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Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer

AdamWill Breaking news, headline update (90 comments)

Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer, Cuts Off Other Fingers With 3-D Printer

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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

AdamWill we already do (236 comments)

"The next time your mail goes down, should we know the name of the guy whose code flaw may have caused that?""

Two words for you: "git blame".

4 days ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

AdamWill *doink* (290 comments)

A leading contender for the Francis Fukuyama Award For Public Fatuousness.

4 days ago
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TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

AdamWill Good lord, the logic (149 comments)

Wow, it's always a tough competition, but this may win "Ridiculous Slashdot Headline Of The Week".

Logic 101, folks. Let's recap that headline:

"TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA"

Now, what's the story here? One of TCP/IP's designers had access to some then-bleeding-edge crypto *that was part of an NSA project*, but couldn't include it in TCP/IP because it was secret.

Now, can we support the idea that "if not for the NSA" that crypto could have gone into TCP/IP? No, because "if not for the NSA" that crypto *wouldn't have fucking existed at all*. The NSA wrote it. So the choices are "code written, but not available for use" or "code not written at all". Practical difference for the purposes of TCP/IP: zip.

about two weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

AdamWill Re:First amendment only applies to our friends (824 comments)

Ah, ISWYM. Sorry, Slashdot threading always makes it tricky to figure context :/

Now I see the context, I agree with you, and nothing in the debate seems to have suggested that's his position.

about three weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

AdamWill Re:First amendment only applies to our friends (824 comments)

He contributed to the campaign for Proposition 8. The text of Proposition 8 was this:

"Sec. 7.5. Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

The state of affairs prior to Prop 8 was that the state supreme court had determined that marriage between two partners of the same sex was valid and recognized in California. Thus Prop 8 was, very clearly, precisely and inarguably, a measure that specifically abolished marriage for people of the same-sex.

about three weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

AdamWill Re:First amendment only applies to our friends (824 comments)

Marriage is not a right, no. But the right not to be discriminated against by the state *is* a right.

No-one has a right to demand that the state (federal government, state government) be in the business of defining marriage and granting particular privileges to people it considers to be 'married' at all. It wouldn't be a violation of anyone's constitutional rights if the federal government, or a particular state government, just got out of the business of marriage entirely.

But as long as governments choose to recognize a state called 'marriage' and grant particular benefits to people they consider to be 'married', people absolutely *do* have a right for that to be implemented in a non-discriminatory way.

about three weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

AdamWill Re:No (824 comments)

It has been pointed out in other sub-threads, but not this one: this is not a question of personal beliefs, but financial support of active legal discrimination.

"I think it's wrong for two people of the same sex to get married" is a personal belief.
Contributing to a campaign to pass a law to have that belief enforced by the state is not a personal belief.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

AdamWill Re:Ignore Silicon Valley (379 comments)

"Look for real companies designing and building real products for proper customers."

Specifically, if you're an older programmer, look for very large companies with very old products that are so mission-critical they cannot be redeveloped. Or find a good recruiter who does.

My father spent the last ten years or so of his career contracting out at obscene per-hour rates to shops which needed people who could write COBOL to maintain silly little things like, you know, nuclear power plants and the back ends for national banks. Not *important* stuff like apps for ordering coffee, but it pays a living.

He was still getting pleading emails from recruiters two years after he retired.

about a month ago
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Canada & Korea Show Trade Treaties Can Skip Copyright Rule Changes

AdamWill Re:hmm obviously (35 comments)

I'm assuming the OP is Canadian. I doubt many Americans would manage the "Tie Domi doing figure skating" reference.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

(basically, it's Dancing with the Stars...ON ICE!)

about a month ago
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Canada & Korea Show Trade Treaties Can Skip Copyright Rule Changes

AdamWill Re:That would be because it's *Canada* (35 comments)

What exactly are we building those absurd arctic "patrol ships" for, do you think? Patrolling? For...polar bear poachers?

about a month ago
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Canada & Korea Show Trade Treaties Can Skip Copyright Rule Changes

AdamWill Re:It's because the US isn't involved (35 comments)

Canada produces plenty of copyrighted works, sure. We don't exactly *export* a lot of them, though. I'm not sure how much demand there is in South Korea for episodes of Trailer Park Boys, Murdoch Mysteries or Corner Gas, and those are some of Canadian TV's success stories. :)

about a month ago
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Major Wikipedia Donors Caught Editing Their Own Articles

AdamWill Re:They're Republicans (125 comments)

Compare and contrast with the other AC whining about evolution below.

When you're being accused by nutters from both sides of being biased towards the other side, I'd say you're doing a reasonable job of being neutral. See also: the BBC.

about a month ago
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Major Wikipedia Donors Caught Editing Their Own Articles

AdamWill Inaccurate description of NPOV (125 comments)

From summary (and presumably TFA):

"one of the most terrible sins on Wikipedia is to edit articles for pay, or otherwise violate the 'neutral point of view' policy"

but...that's not what NPOV is about. NPOV isn't a conflict-of-interest policy. It doesn't say anything about editing articles for pay.

about a month ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

AdamWill Re:ARITHMETIC, not maths (384 comments)

"So really the article is bogus as they are two different things"

Nope, your understanding is bogus.

It's not important whether the test is technically math or arithmetic: what's important is whether *those being studied* consider it to be math. Follow it through. The test demonstrates quite strongly that both women and men acting as 'hiring managers' tend to believe men will be better than women at this arithmetical task, even though it is known that in fact the two perform equally. (This is why the test designers chose the simple arithmetical task: because we know that *in truth*, women and men do it equally well).

The key question is this: do you really think they'd be biased when they assess the ability of men and women to perform a simple arithmetical task, but *not* be biased when assessing their ability to perform a complex mathematical one? Unless you truly think the answer to that question is 'yes', which seems unlikely, then no, you haven't invalidated the test. If anything, I'd have expected that perhaps people wouldn't be biased against women when it came to something this simple (i.e. that if anything, the test had a chance of coming up 'negative' even though the bias does exist). The fact that people displayed such a strong bias *even when the task in question is very simple arithmetic which we know the sexes actually perform equally well*, if anything, makes the study more compelling.

about a month ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

AdamWill Re:Unconcious bias? (384 comments)

*was about to complain about stereotyping, then realized he was listening to Rufus Wainwright covering Judy Garland*

about a month ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

AdamWill Re:Lawrence Summers, save me! (384 comments)

"I could be that PERHAPS there IS a difference in some math skill between males and females?"

The test under discussion was specifically designed to use a 'mathematical' task that it is already established women and men perform equally well at. As the article states.

about a month ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

AdamWill Re:Test Also Measures Confidence (384 comments)

RTFA: this specific factor is mentioned, and was compensated for by giving different 'hiring managers' different levels of information about the applicant. Some got just a picture of the applicant. Some got a self-assessment by the applicant of how they thought they'd do on the test (and the authors note that, indeed, men tended to give over-optimistic self-assessments, and women over-pessimistic ones). Some got the applicants' actual results.

The bias persisted in every case, it appears.

about a month ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

AdamWill Re:uhh (384 comments)

What this study goes quite a long way to showing is that people tend to think women are worse than men *even at very basic arithmetical tasks which we already know both sexes are in fact equally good at*. The implication being that if the bias extends that far, it seems much more likely it's not actually based on 'inconvenient truths' about real performance.

about a month ago

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Final Fedora 15 GNOME 3.0 Test Day this Thursday

AdamWill AdamWill writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AdamWill writes "Over the last few months, the Fedora project has run a series of test events for the major new GNOME 3 release. The third and final GNOME 3 Test Day is coming up this Thursday, 2011-04-21. Now the final GNOME 3.0 release has been made, this event will focus on testing its integration into the upcoming Fedora 15 release and exposing any remaining bugs that can be fixed with minor updates. This is a great opportunity to test out the final GNOME 3.0 code on a late pre-release Fedora 15 base, and help the Fedora and GNOME teams to produce a great release. There will be live images available to make sure you can test easily and without the need for a permanent installation — there's no need to be a Fedora user to help out. There are comprehensive testing instructions on the Wiki page, and assistance from the Fedora QA and desktop teams in #fedora-test-day on Freenode IRC throughout the day (WebIRC link for those without an IRC client)."
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Fedora GNOME 3 Test Day #1 coming tomorrow

AdamWill AdamWill writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AdamWill (604569) writes "The first of three Fedora project GNOME 3 Test Days is taking place tomorrow (Thursday 2011-02-03) in #fedora-test-day on Freenode IRC. Join others and the GNOME development team to test out GNOME 3 and help make sure it's stable and polished! The testing is easy, can be done from a live image so there's no need to have Fedora installed or to be a Fedora user, and you can help out with just ten minutes of your time. This blog post has more details on the event and how you can get involved."
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Fedora presents...Graphics Test Week this week

AdamWill AdamWill writes  |  about 4 years ago

AdamWill (604569) writes "The Fedora project announces that this week is Graphics Test Week. Tuesday April 13th is NVIDIA Test Day, Wednesday April 14th is ATI/AMD Test Day, and Thursday April 15th is Intel graphics Test Day. Even if you're not a Fedora user, you can help Linux as a whole by contributing your test results. The testing can be done using a live image, so there's no need to install Fedora onto your system to contribute to the testing: just download a live image, write it to a CD or USB stick, boot it, and run through the tests. Comprehensive test instructions are available on the Wiki pages, and you enter your results into a table on the Wiki page; there's no need to have a Fedora wiki account to do this. QA team members and developers will be available on the IRC channels throughout each event to help with testing and triage, and to work on some of the problems immediately. If you have time, please check out the Wiki pages and join the IRC channel — #fedora-test-day on the Freenode network — to help out! You can use WebIRC if you're not a regular IRC user — just click that link and you're in the chat."
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Fedora 13 Alpha released

AdamWill AdamWill writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AdamWill (604569) writes "The first pre-release of Fedora 13, Fedora 13 Alpha, has been announced and is available here. As always, a new Fedora brings a bundle of new features, including available experimental open source 3D acceleration support for NVIDIA graphics adapters, automatic printer driver installation, easy color management on the GNOME desktop, a bundle of improvements to NetworkManager and more. Known issues are here."
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Fedora 12's package installation policy tightened

AdamWill AdamWill writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AdamWill (604569) writes "In response to Slashdot's earlier story about Fedora 12's controversial package installation authentication policy, the package maintainers have agreed that the controversial policy will be tightened to require root authentication for trusted package installation. Please see the official announcement and the development mailing list post for more details."
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Fedora 12 released

AdamWill AdamWill writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AdamWill (604569) writes "The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of Fedora 12 today. With all the latest open source software and major improvements to graphics support, networking, virtualization and more, Fedora 12 is one of the most exciting releases so far. You can download it here. There's a one-page guide to the new release for those in a hurry. The full release announcement has details on the major features, and the release notes contain comprehensive information on changes in this new release. Known issues are documented on the common bugs page."
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Fedora 12 Beta released

AdamWill AdamWill writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AdamWill (604569) writes "The Fedora project has announced the release of Fedora 12 Beta, which is available here. This will be the final pre-release before the final release in November. New features of Fedora 12 highlighted in the announcement include substantial improvements and fixes to the major graphics drivers, including experimental 3D acceleration support for AMD Radeon r600+-based adapters; improved mobile broadband support and new Bluetooth PAN tethering support in NetworkManager; improved performance in the 32-bit releases; significant fixes and improvements to audio support, including easy Bluetooth audio support; initial implementation of completely open source Broadcom wireless networking via the openfwwf project; significant improvements to the Fedora virtualization stack; and easy access to the Moblin desktop environment and a preview of the new GNOME Shell interface for GNOME. Further details on the major new features of Fedora 12 can be found in the release announcement and feature list. Known issues are documented in the common bugs page."
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Intel's Poulsbo Driver A Bloody Mess?

AdamWill AdamWill writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AdamWill writes "Phoronix writes about the mess that is the Linux support situation for Intel's new graphics chipset, the GMA 500 — aka Poulsbo. They refer to my own post on the topic near the end. Intel has a reputation as one of the most clued-up open source-friendly hardware companies, but if they can't sort out the mess surrounding the driver for this chipset — which is already used on the Dell Mini 12 and Sony Vaio P, and will be used on many future Intel-based systems — that reputation will take a serious hit."
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One Laptop Per Hacker program offers reduced-price

AdamWill AdamWill writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AdamWill writes "Emtec, the company behind the Gdium netbook, is launching the One Laptop Per Hacker program. Interested developers can apply to get a pre-release Gdium system at a reduced price of 250. Taking advantage of the Gdium's unique system of storing the operating system on a removable and interchangeable USB key, each system provided in the program will come with two G-Keys, containing different versions of the Mandriva Linux-powered operating system — one contains the standard version, and one a complete development environment. Interested developers are invited to register for the program, providing a description of what they would like to develop for the system."
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Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring Alpha 1 released

AdamWill AdamWill writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AdamWill writes "The first pre-release of Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring is now available. This alpha concentrates on updating to the major desktop components of the distribution, including KDE 4.2 Beta 2, GNOME 2.25.2, Xfce 4.6 Beta 2, X.org server 1.5, and kernel 2.6.28 rc8. It is also the first distribution to introduce the major new Tcl/Tk release, 8.6. The alpha is available only in the DVD Free edition with a traditional installer and no proprietary applications; future pre-releases will add the live CD One edition with proprietary drivers. Please help test this first pre-release and report bugs to Mandriva."
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A sad/happy tale of Mandriva decline/growth

AdamWill AdamWill writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AdamWill writes "Controversy in the Mandriva world this afternoon. Vincent Danen is all doom and gloom, citing declining numbers of posts to mailing lists as evidence of a shrinking community. However, Javier Villacampa points out in the comments that the community is spreading out to different places, and Adam Williamson responds to Vincent, citing fast-growing numbers of users and posts on the official forums."
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Mandriva Linux 2009 released

AdamWill AdamWill writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Adam Williamson writes "(NOTE: I'm sorry if this is a dupe, but it's not showing up in my list of submissions as pending or rejected, it's just not there at all, and it's an important story, so I wanted to make sure you get it).

Mandriva has today released Mandriva Linux 2009, the new major release of the popular distribution. 2009 is a bold release which brings the new KDE 4 as the default desktop, along with a re-designed installer and Mandriva Control Center and many other new features. Other significant updates include GNOME 2.24, OpenOffice.org 3, Mozilla Firefox 3, and kernel 2.6.27. Key features include new graphical in-line upgrade capability, netbook compatibility, class-leading hardware support, and further improved support for working with mobile devices. For more details, see the Release Tour and the Release Notes. Get it at the download page, or go straight to the torrent list."

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Mandriva Linux 2009 RC2 released

AdamWill AdamWill writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AdamWill writes "Mandriva has today released Mandriva Linux 2009 RC2, the last pre-release before the final release. 2009 is a significant release, featuring KDE 4.1.1 as the default desktop, GNOME 2.24, Firefox 3, OpenOffice.org 3, kernel 2.6.27 and many more significant updates. It also comes with a redesigned installer and Mandriva Control Center. Significant changes in RC2 since RC1 include improved boot speed, support for LUKS encryption of partitions in the Mandriva tools, and some important improvements to hardware support. Download locations are in the link."
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Reimagining The Desktop: a discussion of KDE 4

AdamWill AdamWill writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AdamWill writes "Here is an interesting discussion of the changes KDE 4 brings to desktop interaction. It's a very comprehensive and thoughtful discussion and explanation of the new features KDE 4 introduces and what they mean for how you interact with your desktop. If you're not sure how to go about using KDE 4 to its full potential, read it!"
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Mandriva joins the netbook market with the GDium

AdamWill AdamWill writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AdamWill writes "Lately it's hard to avoid the buzz about netbooks — the small, cheap laptop systems that were popularized by the Asus Eee PC. Mandriva is providing the innovative operating system for the upcoming GDium netbook system, produced by Emtec. The first GDium will be a netbook with a 10", 1024x600 resolution display and a battery life of four hours, weighing in at 1.1kg. The innovative G-Key system stores the Mandriva operating system and all the user data on a USB key — nothing is permanently stored inside the GDium. You can use your own desktop and data by plugging the G-Key into any GDium."
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Mandriva Linux 2009 Alpha 2 released

AdamWill AdamWill writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AdamWill writes "Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring Alpha 2 is released today, marking the first public pre-release of the upcoming Mandriva Linux 2009. This alpha introduces several significant changes, most obviously the inclusion of KDE 4 — 4.1 beta 2, specifically — as the default version of KDE, and the latest development version of GNOME, 2.23.4. The kernel has also been updated to release 2.6.26rc7. Another feature of interest to many users will be the addition of orphan package tracking (and optional automatic removal) to the urpmi package manager. Of course, many applications have been updated (although the default version of Mozilla Firefox is still currently 2.0.x), and most of the distribution has been rebuilt with a new GCC version, 4.3. Please make sure to read the Errata and Release Notes, and file any bugs not covered in those pages on Bugzilla. Mandriva warns that this is a true alpha, likely to contain many bugs related to the new version of KDE. Please install it only in a test environment, and especially do not use it as an upgrade from any earlier Mandriva Linux release."
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Mandriva Linux 2009 plans announced

AdamWill AdamWill writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AdamWill writes "Mandriva has released the planned schedule and technical specifications for its next release, Mandriva Linux 2009. These can be found on the Mandriva Wiki. The schedule calls for a first alpha release on June 25th, with the final release set for early October. Planned features include KDE 4, Firefox 3, OpenOffice.org 3, a new design for the installer, a live distribution upgrade mode for MandrivaUpdate, and improvements to many of the Mandriva tools. Take a look and see what you may find on your system when the final Mandriva Linux 2009 release is available."
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Mandriva Flash 2008 Spring released

AdamWill AdamWill writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AdamWill writes "Mandriva today announces the release of Mandriva Flash 2008 Spring, the new release of its popular bootable distribution on a USB key. This new version uses the new Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring as its base, doubles the key's capacity to 8GB, introduces a new installer which allows you to install Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring to the system's hard disk, and comes in an attractive new white color scheme. It's available now from the Mandriva Store for 59 or US$69."
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