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The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

DaveAtFraud Disagree (205 comments)

The large companies I have worked for tend to PURCHASE supported free software from Red Hat, SuSE, Oracle (even if it's a clone of Red Hat), IBM, etc. Indirectly this means that they end up paying for the development of free software since these open source companies all PAY their employees many of whom write code that gets licensed under the GPL and contributed as open source. All you need to do to verify this it look at the contributions to the kernel or many of the key Linux subsystems to see the bulk of the contributions are coming from RH, SuSE, IBM, etc. (Why do you think SCO sued IBM for copyright infringement for IBM's contributions to the Linux kernel?)

Most companies are not and don't want to be in the software business. Software development isn't even close to what they do. They are quite happy to pay for software that may or may not be open source. If it is open source, they want the same level of support (or better) as they get with their closed source vendors. While they may not be contributing code, they are paying the salaries of people who write open source software as their full time job by buying this support.

The person who claims that open source is failing due to "free riders" and "volunteer maintainers" hasn't looked at how open source development works. Hell, even back when classic programs like awk and grep were developed and circulated in the old Unix community it was through /usr/contrib the bulk of the developers were professional software developers. These programs (and many more) were developed by software professionals who chose to make them available to others rather than sell them (for a variety of reasons).

Yeah, there are a lot of pieces of open source that were developed and are maintained by volunteers. There's nothing wrong with that and, for quite a few years, open source has had fewer errors and has been far higher quality than the equivalent closed source programs. I'm not arguing that the OpenSSL flaw isn't serious. It is and it needs to be fixed but a certain closed source software vendor seems to patch a dozen equivalent flaws each month. I'd hardly call the OpenSSL flaw a reason to condemn the open source development model.

Cheers,
Daver

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns

DaveAtFraud Re:I laughed (156 comments)

Use a pun, go to prison.

Cheers,
Dave

about two weeks ago
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How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

DaveAtFraud I for one... (117 comments)

...welcome our new military robotic overlords, SIR!

Cheers,
Dave

about a month ago
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Study: Space Rock Impacts Not Random

DaveAtFraud Of Course: Mondays! (78 comments)

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse after the weekend along comes a space rock to turn your already bad Monday into something even worse.

Cheers,
Dave

about a month ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

DaveAtFraud Re:that's because (376 comments)

So, in other words, Americans are a bunch of mindless drones who use their spare time posting mindless comments to mindless "news"... Who knew?

You mean, like posting to slashdot?

Cheers,
Dave

about a month ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

DaveAtFraud Re:Probably moot for a while (574 comments)

The worst managers I've had to deal with are the bean-counters.

You haven't suffered until you've worked for a stress-puppy micro-manager.

Cheers,
Dave

about a month and a half ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

DaveAtFraud Re:Probably moot for a while (574 comments)

Strictly technical contract Linux/Unix System Administrator here. Gave up on a management track when I not only pointed out that the Emperor not only had no clothes but was also a few pounds overweight and some parts weren't very imperial in size.

Cheers,
Dave

about a month and a half ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

DaveAtFraud Probably moot for a while (574 comments)

I'm getting three to five e-mails and or phone calls a day from headhunters. I'm very senior (30+ years in the business) so I'm not cheap. 2007 through 2010 I couldn't buy a job. What changed is the labor market. It just got a lot tighter. It may not be the dot com days when if you could say computer you got hired but it's looking a lot better.

The last laugh is that a lot of hiring managers and HR dweebs haven't gotten the memo and are still pulling the same old bullshit. If you run into one of those, keep looking. There's someone out there who doesn't need a glass navel to see where they're going.

Cheers,
Dave

about a month and a half ago
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Pianist Asks Washington Post To Remove Review Under "Right To Be Forgotten"

DaveAtFraud Re:I wonder when (257 comments)

You (and possibly said law) use a definition of true that excludes quite a few people and their opinions. There are all sorts of "deniers" out there who dispute the truth of everything from the Holocaust to the moon landings to climate change to the shape of the earth. What is the "truth" of the subject concert review of the original article? What is the truth of the guy who started the whole right to be forgotten cause and his bankruptcy?

Hell, we have trouble getting information "erased" when it is found to be false (court case near here of a guy who was accused of rape, lost his job, was ostracized, etc. only to be able to prove he didn't do it). I somehow doubt that any and all uncomfortable data can be erased but high profile and well off people will be able to obfuscate their history even better under the "right to be forgotten."

Cheers,
Dave

about a month and a half ago
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Pianist Asks Washington Post To Remove Review Under "Right To Be Forgotten"

DaveAtFraud I wonder when (257 comments)

Alessandra Mussolini will petition the EU for the right of her grandfather (Benito) to be forgotten? Lots of negative comments out there about him.

Cheers,
Dave

about a month and a half ago
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Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

DaveAtFraud If anything, too lenient (165 comments)

I was thinking more along the lines of something like having the convicted party drawn and quartered, staked out on an ant hill (fire ants preferably), garroted, etc. The potential punishment needs to be a real deterrent; not whiling away the years in some minimum security resort.

/. groupthink seems to have focused on the "heroic hacker" unearthing politically embarrassing scandals while forgetting the damage that everyone from site taggers who get carried away to what common criminals, terrorists and state actors can do. There are people out there who can do real damage. Be it either without thinking or with much greed or hatred.

Cheers,
Dave

about 2 months ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

DaveAtFraud Art Museum Directors Next? (475 comments)

How many museums have art by Botticelli? You know. The art with lots of nudes and cherubs?

Cheers,
Dave

about 2 months ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

DaveAtFraud They don't even mention (422 comments)

Carbonated beverages of all kinds (diet, non-diet) tend to contribute to osteoporosis. The carbonation leaches the calcium from your bones.

Cheers,
Dave

about 2 months ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

DaveAtFraud I'll stick with coffee and beer (422 comments)

Actually there have been quite a few studies regarding coffee, caffeine and health:

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd...

The general consensus is that coffee is GOOD FOR YOU unless you have specific health issues like hypertension, high blood pressure, etc. Go troll on a different subject. You'll lose on this one.

Beer! Now that's another subject. Dark and thick is the best. Just had a Left Hand Brewing Company Nitro "Wake Up Dead" Stout. It almost doesn't need a glass. Yummy.

Cheers,
Dave

about 2 months ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

DaveAtFraud Re:Ummmmmm. Escargot. Yummy. (481 comments)

Even in Japan, octopus meat is usually cooked (boiled) for sushi. The arms of the common octopus and the giant octopus (most common varieties for sushi) are edible raw, and are treated as a delicacy, but they are very chewy--you'd need to get a good sushi chef to slice it paper thin to have any hope of chewing it off. The Koreans do eat living octopus arms that are only chopped and not sliced, but they use a different, smaller species that isn't as well suited for sushi.

I didn't know that. The other items on the menu at our favorite sushi place are noted as being cooked (e.g., unagi, ebi) or lightly flamed (seared tuna, scallops if you ask for them that way) but otherwise raw. I just assumed that since the octopus wasn't noted as cooked, it was raw. Unlike most of the other items on the menu that I might see in a fish market, I've never been to a fish market that had octopus (cooked or not).

I enjoy learning and, especially, learning about the things I eat. Thanks. Also, something tells me that the octopus being boiled isn't going to make it acceptable to my friends and family who stick to cooked items on the sushi menu....

Cheers,
Dave

about 2 months ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

DaveAtFraud George Jetson's (151 comments)

The one that folds up into a briefcase that you can carry.

Cheers,
Dave

about 2 months ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

DaveAtFraud Right. Yet another, "There ought to be a law..." (203 comments)

Lots of things are against the law and yet people still murder, rape, kidnap, steal, etc., etc. What makes you think some idiot will follow a law that says they can't fly their flying car if it has a bit of a bend? I followed some jerk whose brake lights didn't work last week. I'm sure that's illegal, too.

Cheers,
Dave

about 2 months ago
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Linux 3.17 Kernel Released With Xbox One Controller Support

DaveAtFraud I'm shocked (114 comments)

Linus missed an opportunity to "adjust" the kernel version numbering scheme. This should have been released as Linux kernel 11.0.

(Sorry, couldn't resist)

Cheers,
Dave

about 3 months ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

DaveAtFraud Re:Looney Tunes (320 comments)

I always knew there was something else I didn't like about Democrats besides their tax and spend, big, nanny-state government ways and now I know. No sense of humor.

Cheers,
Dave

about 3 months ago

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Favorite way to add capsaicin to a dish:

DaveAtFraud DaveAtFraud writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DaveAtFraud writes "Fresh chilis
Dried chilis
Preserved chilis/chili sauce
Mild hot sauce
Medium hot sauce
Natural but very hot sauce
Extreme hot sauce
Something else that I'll explain
Cowboyneal perfectly spices all of my food"
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Tanya Anderson Sue RIAA for Malicious Prosecution

DaveAtFraud DaveAtFraud writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DaveAtFraud writes "Groklaw has the scoop. Tanya Anderson, the single mother from Oregon previously sued by the RIAA (the case was dropped by the RIAA just before losing as a summary judgement), is suing the RIAA and their hired snoop Safenet (Formerly known as MediaSentry) for malicious prosecution. She is asserting claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the RICO Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act. One of the Groklaw readers has already picked up that she is seeking to have the RIAA forfeit the copyrights in question as part of the settlement. PJ has the full story and pithy analysis."
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DaveAtFraud DaveAtFraud writes  |  more than 8 years ago

DaveAtFraud writes "Infoworld has an article about a German company that is offering music downloads without DRM. Akuma uses a digital watermark technique invented by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits to trace and prosecute only people who illegally upload music. From TFA: "The watermark technology makes slight changes to the data in sound files, such as a higher volume intensity in a tiny part of a song, that are undetectable by even the best trained ears, according to Fraunhofer researchers. However, if unauthorized copies of a download turn up on, for example, peer-to-peer file sharing networks, the watermark allows Akuma to identify the purchaser of a file and take action against them." This means the end user can make as many copies as they want and can even share copies with very trusted friends. The only flaw I can see is what happens if someone loses their music player and their watermarked music gets uploaded?"

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Pissant A.C. criticism

DaveAtFraud DaveAtFraud writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Some pissant A.C. seems to think it is his (or her) job to insist that I not "sign" my posts the way I always have. Why would anyone listen to criticism from a pissant A.C?

Cheers,
Dave

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Response to signature criticism

DaveAtFraud DaveAtFraud writes  |  more than 6 years ago I found this citation in one of columns in today's Rocky interesting:

"To date, other Western countries have been more successful in covering all citizens at a lower per capita cost, but they have done so only by limiting the availability of high-technology medicine." So writes former Colorado governor Richard Lamm and co-author Robert Blank in their recent book, Condition Critical. A New Moral Vision for Health Care. And these guys are on Polis' side of the single payer debate.

"Every single payer health system has at its core some form of health-care rationing, including strict limits on expensive care, such as organ transplants, chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants, and long waiting lines for elective surgeries." Lammand Blank honestly acknowledge.

The columnist pointed out that such limits and rationing don't apply to the very rich like Polis, who can afford to go outside the system for care. Sounds like my signature.

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