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Groklaw's Unix Methods and Concepts Database

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the groklaw-has-the-best-toys dept.

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jbeaupre writes "Groklaw has spawned a new feature that may prove useful well beyond the current SCO litigation. The UNIX Methods and Concepts Database began as a list of books and papers on Groklaw that became so large it demanded organization. The new system was announced and is currently a work in progress."

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I'm afraid SCO has a patent on this already. (1)

Orrin Bloquy (898571) | more than 8 years ago | (#15320035)

Come quietly, before the leading IP-related Senator's son has to sue you, too.

Go Web 2.0 (0, Offtopic)

Vyvyan Basterd (972007) | more than 8 years ago | (#15320060)

The interface is really fucking annoying. What's wrong with tables? This is exactly what they're for.

Re:Go Web 2.0 (1)

Bill Dimm (463823) | more than 8 years ago | (#15320485)

I agree. This is the second time in two days that I've come across a site with some custom scrolling thing that worked terribly. I just want to hit the "page down" key to scroll, like I've been doing for years. Is that asking too much?

Re:Go Web 2.0 (3, Funny)

NutscrapeSucks (446616) | more than 8 years ago | (#15320544)

It's UNIX Method #528 -- Having a bad User Interface.

Taxonomy (3, Insightful)

redelm (54142) | more than 8 years ago | (#15320062)

So Grok! is looking for some higher level taxonomy to organize information: I suggest the classic phases of computing: Input, Processing and Output. Plus Misc, of course.

Unix, and other Linux-like systems :) has important innovations in all three areas. Processing could be further broken down by kernel tasks: memory mgmt, scheduling, threading, filesystems, device drivers. And misc.

Re:Taxonomy (0, Offtopic)

Elektroschock (659467) | more than 8 years ago | (#15321521)

To be honest, a table with 116 books and a comment section is nothing which does enlight anyone here.

For books there are bibliographies. You find them in your library.

However, I am looking for a web application for book or article collections with reviews, with bibtex export, very 'simple'.

Are there solutions available out there?

Needs work (2, Informative)

just_another_sean (919159) | more than 8 years ago | (#15320079)

It looks like it's a bit short of entries at the moment. I'm sure they could use all the help any interested /.'ers could offer.

Re:Needs work (1)

dorkygeek (898295) | more than 8 years ago | (#15320104)

As well as a good friday night's slashdotting, I guess.

Re:Needs work (1)

just_another_sean (919159) | more than 8 years ago | (#15320420)

Hah, yep... I guess there is a such thing as bad publicity. :-)

Database... GoogleBase? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15320463)

Why not feed it to GoogleBase?

Re:Database... GoogleBase? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15325782)

Why not feed it to GoogleBase?

Because PJ hates Google.

(It took two sites mirroring her articles before she started letting Google index her pages - and even though she gave the mirrors permission - via the CCL, she still bitches about people "stealing" her content.)

Fancy interface... (1)

goofyheadedpunk (807517) | more than 8 years ago | (#15320470)

Did anybody else using it find the experience frustrating? I thought the search function was pretty able, but given that my browser already comes with a perfectly functional scroll bar I don't see the reason to over-ride it with a javascript jerky bar from hell.

But maybe I'm just cranky today.

Anyone else think the scroll bar was a bit inappropriate?

Re:Fancy interface... (1)

rRaminrodt (250095) | more than 8 years ago | (#15320551)

It took me about 2 minutes to realize it was even there. Plus the arrows are both at the top, which is even more unusual.

So yeah, I agree with you, it really belongs in the bad usability category, especially since it serves no real purpose.

Re:Fancy interface... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15320563)

Get used to it. Scroll bars are like people -- they don't have to work if they are pretty.

Re:Fancy interface... (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 8 years ago | (#15320627)

Yes.

But then, I also think Flash is inappropriate.

Great combination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15320661)

Amateur legal analysis and amateur web applications all on one site. Sweeeet.

Call me ignorant but... (1)

porkThreeWays (895269) | more than 8 years ago | (#15320939)

Is the SCO issue still really an issue? I remember at one point it was hot button and there was genuine concern, but even the most die-hard of SCO apologists seem to agree SCO is going to lose. I get all these government computing b.s. magazines all the time and they were the ones reporting this garbage the most; and I seriously can't remember the last time I've read a SCO story in one of those. I understand that litigation is still going on, but they passed the point of grasping on straws a year ago.

Re:Call me ignorant but... (1)

Pseudonym (62607) | more than 8 years ago | (#15331627)

Is the SCO issue still really an issue?

Even now, you occasionally get a pundit who points to legal risks in open source. The downgrading of the SCO case to what is basically a contract dispute with IBM doesn't change that, because pundits can be pretty stupid sometimes. While it's true that if Groklaw disappeared overnight, SCO would still lose, some of the paid mouthpieces wouldn't stop.

How does this differ from Grokline? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15384444)

Why re-invent the wheel?
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