Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Mar 2011 23:21 UTC
Legal Well, how about some positive news to end this day? How about annoying the heck out of the Business Software Alliance? There's a new proposal for a directive on consumer rights in the EU, and in it, digital goods - software, online services, and so on - are explicitly defined as goods that are no different than any other good - like bread, watches, or cars. In other words, you would suddenly own the copies of software you buy, effectively declaring the EULA as a worthless piece of paper. Surprise - the BSA is not happy about this.
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RE[4]: Flawed analogy
by Neolander on Tue 8th Mar 2011 06:34 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Flawed analogy"
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The only thing that's notably different about microchip design from program design is that there's no need to worry about the UI, as such. Mathematically, it's all just algorithms, so it's as complex (perhaps a bit moreso) as programing

*goes back to quietly lurking*

Then why are microchip issues far less common ?

Besides, I think that this debate is badly introduced to start with. Are we really comparing software as a whole, from embedded 1KB snippets to bloated OSs like Windows Vista or OSX Leopard, to hardware as a whole, from plastic screws to supercomputers ?

Edited 2011-03-08 06:44 UTC

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RE[5]: Flawed analogy
by daedalus on Tue 8th Mar 2011 15:03 in reply to "RE[4]: Flawed analogy"
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Then why are microchip issues far less common ?

A couple of possible reasons unrelated to complexity:

1) Because defective hardware is much more expensive to rectify than buggy software (think recalling hardware products as opposed to pushing out or making available software patches), hardware is tested far more vigorously in QC than software.

2) Microchip issues may be more common than you think, as often hardware issues can be worked around in software. How many people have had graphical glitches resolved by updating their graphics card drivers? What's to say those issues aren't in the silicon, and were just mitigated by workarounds in the updated driver?

These come from my personal experience developing hardware and firmware for medical equipment for a living...

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