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[3]: Um, I disagree
by bert64 on Tue 8th Mar 2011 11:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Um, I disagree"
bert64
Member since:
2007-04-23

Exactly, if software (or anything for that matter) is kept simple its easy to be defect free, and easy to understand exactly whats going on... Simple machinery is often more reliable and easier to fix than complex machinery for the same reason, far easier to understand how it works and why its not working.

The more complex something is, the greater chances of defects creeping in, and the problem is that software has increased in complexity much faster than anyone has the ability to keep track of it.

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RE[4]: Um, I disagree
by Neolander on Tue 8th Mar 2011 15:38 in reply to "RE[3]: Um, I disagree"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Every piece of software should be like xkill.

Press a keystroke, instantly see the mouse cursor change (visual feedback).
Left-click a window to kill the program (instantly, no nonsensical delay), right-click to quit the "killing" mode.

This program must be, say, 15 LOC long at worst, yet it's so incredibly useful everyone I've shown it to loves it and want it on his Windows/OSX system.

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RE[5]: Um, I disagree
by zlynx on Wed 9th Mar 2011 16:47 in reply to "RE[4]: Um, I disagree"
zlynx Member since:
2005-07-20

The actual functionality of a program like xkill isn't in the program. Instead of thinking of xkill as a 15 line program consider the entire X software stack that xkill is using. That's tens of thousands of lines and very complex.

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