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12-Lead Clinical ECG Design Open Sourced; Supports Tablets, Too

ArcRiley Re:WTFPL (134 comments)

Its worse than that - of all the software I can imagine warranty disclaimer to be useful for, this would be one of them.

The authors could be easily sued if this ever got used for medical purposes and a bug they introduced led to harm or death. Not to say they couldn't be sued anyway, but the license would at least provide a bit of protection.

Seriously, if they wanted a permissive license use Apache.

about 10 months ago

Nvidia Engineer Asks How the Company Can Improve Linux Support

ArcRiley I'm sticking with Radeon (581 comments)

Very happy with my Radeon chipsets, don't have to worry about kernel version incompatibility or graphics lockups from some bug we can't even begin to fix. I've had both problems with nVidia hardware.

No PR move from nVidia is going to change my mind beside opening the specs.

more than 2 years ago

On Slashdot Video, We Hear You Loud and Clear

ArcRiley Re:Ooyala Player? (263 comments)

Serious +1. Slashdot wins over few geeks by releasing new features using obsolete technology. I've been ignoring these videos because they're not available as HTML/5 Ogg or WebM.

more than 2 years ago

Google Fiber Work Hung Up In Kansas City

ArcRiley But... its fiber?!? (153 comments)

Maybe I'm missing something, but fiberoptics aren't conductive. That's one of the beautiful things about it. Why would they need steel-coated cables to protect them from the electric lines?

more than 2 years ago

Latest Humble Bundle Comes With Uplink Source Code

ArcRiley Re:The License (96 comments)

There's a big difference between "source code available" and FOSS.

The only thing they've really allowed here is for volunteer developers to contribute to their proprietary product. Gee, thanks.

more than 2 years ago

FSF Uses Android FUD To Push GPLv3

ArcRiley Re:Locked Bootloaders (282 comments)

HTC and Samsung are having no trouble selling phones with unlocked bootloaders.

Of course carriers would prefer to have complete administrative access to your phones, control what you can do with them and bloat them with software you can't remove. Clearly market pressure is pushing in the direction of freedom.

more than 3 years ago

FSF Uses Android FUD To Push GPLv3

ArcRiley Locked Bootloaders (282 comments)

If Android were GPLv3 licensed we wouldn't have a problem with companies locking down their bootloaders. We could use the energy we currently put into hacking root access on our own phones into improving the platform.

I obviously agree with the FSF.

more than 3 years ago

Google+ Account Suspensions Over ToS Drawing Fire

ArcRiley Facebook does this too (560 comments)

Lets not forget that Facebook has been deactivating user accounts on the suspicion that they're using an alias for many years, they have a small dictionary of banned names to do this automatically. Have a unique first name like "Husky Smithson"? Too bad.

Only difference is Facebook accounts are not also used for email and other essential services.

more than 3 years ago

Samsung Launches Exynos-Based Origen Dev Board

ArcRiley Re:Linux drivers (79 comments)

They never claim that the board will be supported entirely through freely licensed software and drivers. Much of the hardware on the board is only supported through proprietary firmware/drivers. It would be great if Linaro could change that, but I doubt they have that kind of leverage (or interest). What we'll likely get is a board that requires an "evaluation SDK" filled with proprietary drivers compiled for the specific development environments they support while they parade their board around saying "isn't it great you can run Linux on this?"

Until they make a public announcement to the contrary we have no reason to believe otherwise.

more than 3 years ago

Samsung Launches Exynos-Based Origen Dev Board

ArcRiley Linux drivers (79 comments)

This would be worth so much more if the board's chipsets supported freely licensed drivers. As it stands only proprietary drivers are available for most of the hardware which may or may not work with the kernel version/variant you want to use.

more than 3 years ago

HTC Is Paying Microsoft $5 For Every Android Phone

ArcRiley Buying HTC (261 comments)

I currently own an HTC phone, and due to the bootloader being locked down I swore I'd never buy another. The recent announcement about future phones bootloaders being unlocked actually had me looking at the phones they'll have available in a few months. We're already paying roughly $10 a phone for all the media codec licenses; MP3, h.264, etc (none of which I actually use on my current phone), but paying Microsoft an extra $5 feels dirty.

more than 3 years ago

PlayStation Network Hack Will Cost Sony $170M

ArcRiley Was it worth it? (189 comments)

The real question is whether it would have cost them $170 million to leave the OtherOS feature alone. Lets not forget Sony started the fight with the community by removing a feature originally provided on the hardware that was used heavily by researchers and programmers at home. Then the community found a way to root the PS3, then they patched it, then the root keys were found, then they started blocking rooted consoles from the network, then the network was taken down for everyone.

The community is big, Sony is small, and there are enough fringe elements in the community to make us dangerous as a whole. Hopefully they've learned their lesson and begin behaving in a more cooperative manner with the community, but I have a feeling they're just going to raise the stakes even further.

more than 2 years ago

Google Delays General Release of Honeycomb Source

ArcRiley Re:So Android 3.0 ... (262 comments)

Or at least until one of the copyright holders for the GPL source code they're using sends them a cease and desist order.

Much of the Android source is under a permissive or academic license, but they are required to provide the source code to the copyleft parts.

more than 3 years ago

Canonical To Divert Money From GNOME

ArcRiley Why the FOSS community no longer love Ubuntu (374 comments)

The Ubuntu project is also losing support from developers over these things. I quit the project when they added the Ubuntu One music store, started selling proprietary software through software center, and became a peddler for MPEG-4 patent licenses. Most of my friends who used to be Ubuntu members have since quit as well, none of us want to follow them down the dark path they're headed.

I should probably update the email address associated with my slashdot account.

more than 3 years ago

Python 3.2 Released

ArcRiley Python 3 packages (164 comments)

PIL is working on Python 3; "The current free version is PIL 1.1.7. This release supports Python 1.5.2 and newer, including 2.5 and 2.6. A version for 3.X will be released later" (source). So is Django, Turbogears, wxpython, pygtk, etc. You can vote on which major 3rd party packages you'd like to see ported.

PyQT, CherryPy, Genshi, and many others are already ported to Python 3.

more than 3 years ago

Python 3.2 Released

ArcRiley Re:Anti-Gravity (164 comments)

Yep, "import antigravity" is an easter egg. It also contains geohash code, but the core functionality of the module demonstrates how easy Python is;

import webbrowser"")

Works with every major web browser, no muss, no fuss.

more than 3 years ago

Python 3.2 Released

ArcRiley Goodbye, Python 2 (164 comments)

I don't know of a major Python library that isn't upgrading to Py3 - and this release marks the tipping point where we wave goodbye to the aging 2.x codebase.

PEP-3003, the moratorium to changes to the language to allow alternative Python implementations to catch up, only applies up to the 3.2 series so we're going to continue moving forward from here. Nobody's forcing Python 2 users to upgrade their code, but there's many advantages and ever decreases hurdles to doing so.

Don't fear change, this change is good and necessary for the advancement of the language.

more than 3 years ago

Hiding Backdoors In Hardware

ArcRiley proprietary firmware (206 comments)

You don't even have to go to this great of a length; if you want to root Linux machines, release a proprietary driver in the form of a binary Linux kernel module and watch as your customers blindly install it.

This is one reason why we should insist on the source code to all firmware - or reverse engineer write new firmware ourselves.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Finally Turning a Profit On PS3s

ArcRiley Re:Why cut prices? (117 comments)

Ditto. I was planning to purchase a PS/3 for our home entertainment system just before they decided to end support for the Other OS feature.

Then again, their Linux support was never that great with their intentionally crippled hypervisor. What use is a Linux console without accelerated 3d and video? I can build a dual core system with 2gigs ram and accelerated graphics for under $150.

more than 4 years ago

Penumbra: Overture Goes Open Source

ArcRiley Only the engine was released (74 comments)

These games from the Humble Indy Bundle have not been released under a free license, nor does it appear they will be. All that is being released are their engines. There are already dozens of free software game engines available with no free software games which use them.

While this is a nice gesture, and does raise some awareness for software freedom, its important to point out that the games themselves are still very much proprietary.

more than 4 years ago


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