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  1. The Internets have been abuzz ever since Jobs announced his apparent disapproval of FairPlay. What are your thoughts? I personally think that the whole thing is a PR stunt, especially as I recall an EFF white paper from a few years ago when the EFF asked if Apple would drop DRM if it wasn't needed. They said "no." If there's already a topic on this, I couldn't find it.
  2. I suspect that Microsoft is going to try and sneak the Next Generation Secure Computing Base into a future Vista service pack, or even in some other routine update, like they did for WGA. I don't trust Microsoft and related companies not to abuse that kind of power, so I would not recommend that anyone use Vista with "Trusted" Computing. Perhaps, but I sure as hell am not letting that happen on my computer. If my last-year's-model ASUS (which I ordered on purpose to avoid the chance of a TPM) doesn't get shipped from Newegg because of my lousy debit card's maximum spending limit, and I have to actually buy one from a store, I'm running PC Wizard on all the show models to check for TPMs.
  3. What's that icon next to iTunes in the Dock for that looks like an old iTunes icon?
  4. Software patents are different from software copyrights. You don't "reverse engineer" something that's patented. Software patents are about methods, that's why they all start with "A method in which..." No matter how the code is written, even if it is completely original, it can still constitute a patent infringement. The only exception, other than explicit permission, is if the patent holder gives out a non-exclusive royalty-free license for everybody to use it, like Adobe did with its PDF format.
  5. I know that this isn't a Windows expert site, but it's probably the best place to go at the moment. I know that the user's folder in the Documents and Settings folder is pointed to in the %UserProfile% environment variable. Now I want to shift all personal information onto an Ext2 partition for read/write and patent-free interoperability with Ubuntu and Windows, and it would be most convenient if I could just move the entire profile folder over to the partition. I know that I can just move My Documents, and I already did that, but that leaves Application Data, Desktop, and other personal stuff on the NTFS partition. I think I can change the environment variable in Windows, boot into Ubuntu to copy everything, and restart Windows in the new location with no problems. However, there might be some reason that the profile folder can't exist on a FAT or NTFS file system. Is it possible that the IFS driver I have installed is loaded after the profile folder is accessed and not before? I already found out that it does not load in Safe Mode, which will make that pretty much impossible for this profile. I can just make a new profile specifically for Safe Mode, or just use Administrator, so that isn't a loss. Is there any other way that this would not be able to work? I'm going to ask on the Ubuntu forums too, so don't feel bad if none of you know.
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    Should I Upgrade?

    Yes they would. Remember Windows 95? I would not recommend it. I don't trust Vista not to abuse the Treacherous Computing in the Macs.
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    ReactOS X?

    Well then wouldn't that be only for "sound systems"?
  8. If you do get the MacBook, don't use Vista with it. MacBooks have TPMs and Intel Core 2 Duos, and I don't trust that Microsoft dropped NGSCB.
  9. Isn't NTFS patented by Microsoft? Isn't this a patent infringement?
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    ReactOS X?

    What's Alsa? Google tells me nothing.
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    ReactOS X?

    Oh. Well, judging by the obscurity of GNUStep, I don't see why anyone would use it anyway. But I still think that the ReactOS X idea has merit, even if there may be patent concerns to worry about. Maybe the folks in government will wise up and stop recognizing software patents by the time it could be seen as a threat.
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    ReactOS X?

    Not to sound rude, but are you sure that the GNU project doesn't have a license? Did you ask them? I know, but many big companies don't just sit by the sidelines while outside projects try to replicate or replace their work, no matter how legal those projects may be. SCO, for example, is exhausting all of their reputation and money trying to shut down BSD and Linux because they have severely damaged UNIX's once dominant market share in the server market. Microsoft will surely likewise go after ReactOS upon its completion because it's a threat to their dominance in the desktop market. Apple is no exception. It started legal battles with Microsoft when Windows 95 came out just because the GUI was "too similar" to the Mac OS, and even attempted to go after anyone who designed an Aqua skin, as they may hold a patent on theming itself.
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    ReactOS X?

    GNUStep actually predates Cocca (so says Wikipedia, anyway), so it wouldn't have infringed on Cocca's copyrights because they didn't exist at the time. It is possible that they might have existed during the development process, but I'm not sure if that would suddenly require the project to have to come to a halt in order to avoid infringement. I seriously doubt that the GNU project would pursue any task that could cause legal problems. In fact, the FSF refused to allow GIFs on their pages due to "patent issues" (not the case anymore since October). And in any case, I'm pretty sure that single words are ineligible for copyright. Words can only be protected by trademarks. If the other finished FOSS projects (GNU/Linux, BSD, and FreeDOS to some extent) designed as replacements for proprietary operating systems are actually illegal, they would have been shut down by the courts by now. This isn't to say that they won't be taken to court by the companies that their respective systems replace, but they clearly have enough confidence in the law to not simply shut down out of fear.
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    Tablet PC from apple?

    Oh, {censored}. Please delete this post.
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    ReactOS X?

    Perhaps, but Linux/BSD isn't as simplistic as Mac OS X. There are some aspects of the Mac OS that are even simpler (and more logical) than Windows, such as the location of all the program files in the Applications folder instead of scattered amongst the hard drive and the registry. You also have to remember that building free replacement operating systems doesn't happen quickly. GNU (not counting Hurd) took 7 years to make, and FreeDOS took 12 years. The biggest difficulty would be to keep up with the latest versions of the proprietary OS during the free OS's development, and sometimes that turns out to not be as difficult as it would seem, or so I would think.