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NASA Developing Nuclear Reactor For Moon and Mars

FishWithAHammer Re:Backups (424 comments)

Whoops, he's desperate for hugs again. Nice modding, manchild.

about 5 years ago
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NASA Developing Nuclear Reactor For Moon and Mars

FishWithAHammer Re:Backups (424 comments)

True, but the problem is that solar power isn't going to do you very much good when it's in shadow for a month. There are ways around it, but it vastly increases your construction-on-the-moon costs.

about 5 years ago
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Production of Boeing 787 Dreamliner Delayed Again

FishWithAHammer Re:A few words... (334 comments)

Prove it.

about 5 years ago
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NASA Developing Nuclear Reactor For Moon and Mars

FishWithAHammer Re:mmhmmm (424 comments)

I'm not so sure I would bother. Nuclear scales pretty well; why not just increase the size of the nuclear plant by a comparatively small amount to get those amenities?

Remember, on the Moon, "day" is 650 hours long.

about 5 years ago
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Production of Boeing 787 Dreamliner Delayed Again

FishWithAHammer Re:A few words... (334 comments)

I'm not sure how respectable their space program actually was, and neither are a lot of people. They did some impressive stuff, but they also had this habit of blowing up on the launchpad or otherwise fucking up - we really have no idea how many cosmonauts died during the Soviet program.

about 5 years ago
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Woman With Police-Monitoring Blog Arrested

FishWithAHammer Re:Not so happy when the shoe is on the other foot (847 comments)

A police officer does not stop being able to restrict your rights by arresting you when he is off-duty. Therefore, they do not have the same privilege of privacy.

about 5 years ago
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Woman With Police-Monitoring Blog Arrested

FishWithAHammer Re:Not so happy when the shoe is on the other foot (847 comments)

No, they are not "just like anyone else." When you are entrusted by the state with abilities that a normal citizen does not have, you willingly put yourself under the microscope.

The same goes for elected officials.

more than 4 years ago
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Woman With Police-Monitoring Blog Arrested

FishWithAHammer Re:Not so happy when the shoe is on the other foot (847 comments)

Firefighters do not have the ability to strip a citizen of their rights.

Police do, and their ability to strip a citizen of their rights doesn't go away when they are off-duty (please don't bring up "citizen's arrest," people, it is a largely ignored concept for a reason). They are entrusted with large responsibilities, so the case for monitoring them is vastly different from that of a regular citizen.

more than 4 years ago
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Woman With Police-Monitoring Blog Arrested

FishWithAHammer Re:Not so happy when the shoe is on the other foot (847 comments)

Because in their professional capacity the police are agents of the state. My employer is not the state.

When you choose to seek the power that the police (or elected officials, for that matter) wield, you forfeit the right to be treated as a regular Joe Citizen.

more than 4 years ago
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$18M Contract For Transparency Website Released — But Blacked Out

FishWithAHammer Re:Surprised? (384 comments)

I have more karma than you have mod points, Mark.

You're so close to getting that hug!

more than 5 years ago
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$18M Contract For Transparency Website Released — But Blacked Out

FishWithAHammer Re:Surprised? (384 comments)

Keep it up, Mark. That hug is waiting for you!

more than 5 years ago
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$18M Contract For Transparency Website Released — But Blacked Out

FishWithAHammer Re:Surprised? (384 comments)

It's cute how Mark Fink, aka "twitter", keeps going around modding me down because he doesn't like my stance on Mono.

Keep it up, Mark. Maybe Roy Schestowitz will give you a hug someday.

more than 5 years ago
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$18M Contract For Transparency Website Released — But Blacked Out

FishWithAHammer Re:Surprised? (384 comments)

A majority-based representative democracy is no less a representative democracy than a direct-percentage representative democracy. It just has different methods of assigning representation.

Whether or not those different methods are better--that's a different question, and one on which I share similar views to yours; I would much rather more granular representation. But it doesn't stop being a representative democracy because you, personally, have your ox gored.

more than 5 years ago
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Wikipedia Approaches Its Limits

FishWithAHammer Re:A halfway decent source? How? (564 comments)

Wikipedia sucks for a lot of reasons, but this isn't one.

Just cite the application's manual/help file.

more than 5 years ago
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Leaving the GPL Behind

FishWithAHammer Re:Erroneous article (543 comments)

Where is the business case for me making more content when the first copy I sell can be freely and legally given away to anyone who wants it? This is precisely why the GPL for games is not at all a good idea.

more than 5 years ago
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Leaving the GPL Behind

FishWithAHammer Re:Control freak (543 comments)

Your post is interesting, and I wish I had time to reply point by point, but a few things:

-I am talking about the GPL in its "ideal state" (the entire kit and kaboodle, assets and all, being GPL'd, which is what the "INFORMATION WANTS TO BE FUHREEEEE" crowd goes on about).

-I am not talking about the LGPL, and I have no problem with the LGPL. I won't use it because, frankly, fuck the FSF. I would use the CDDL or Mozilla Public License instead, which are more favorable to downstream developers (the separation is not at the binary level, where you can't statically link an LGPL library without your own code being infected; the CDDL/MPL places the "boundary" at the code file, and you can have proprietary and CDDL/MPL code files in the same compiled binary with no issues).

-You are one of very few people (I'm another one) who responsibly use AdBlock to reward sites by consenting to let them sell our eyeballs to their advertisers. There aren't many.

-I'm not a game developer who has any interest in sequelitis; in fact, my company's first major project is an X-Wing style space sim which we know isn't going to make a lot of money. We're doing it because we think that catering to the hardcore audience is a decent way for a four-guy company to stay afloat, without cashing in our integrity. (But no, our game engine is very much not going to be LGPL'd. It won't be expensive, but if you want to use it, you're licensing it.)

more than 5 years ago
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Leaving the GPL Behind

FishWithAHammer Re:Control freak (543 comments)

Right, but if the code is free, why isn't the rest? Going both ways, free code but not free assets, is hypocritical.

Mind you, I don't entirely disagree with you, and I'm sure I could come up with a way to make it work. But if your whole deal isn't GPL'd, it kind of misses the "fweedom!" point according to RMS and his hangers-on.

more than 5 years ago
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Leaving the GPL Behind

FishWithAHammer Re:Control freak (543 comments)

I consider computer programming to be in many ways similar to art, yes.

more than 5 years ago
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Leaving the GPL Behind

FishWithAHammer Re:Control freak (543 comments)

Sorry, missed a bit.

The fact that there are millions of dollars being funneled into a "Free as in Speech" product and that other methods than proprietary software sales are used to "recoup costs" sounds to me like you're supporting his point again rather than contradicting it.

There are no methods for a game that work the same way. Under the GPL, you sell it to one person and they can give it to everyone else. That isn't going to make you any money. Advertising? They have the code, bye bye advertising display code. Software as a service (an MMO, which only works for one very specific type of game)? Hello, private servers, goodbye revenue.

The pack-in model, including other stuff beside the game, is silly as well. Why? Because you are increasing your production costs to only get above a $0 sale point. All it does is increase your costs, without providing a lot of real value to the end user. Packing a game nominally worth $30 at the market with cost-$5 tchotchkes and then charging $10 for it? Why the hell would any significant group buy it? The game is the product, not the tchotchkes. Selling those won't recoup your investment.

This concept is not bad for some areas. It obviously works for Linux, although the GPL has held back advancement by fucking over driver developers (RMS still says the nVidia driver behavior is against the GPL, it's only because everybody ignores the guy that they persist). I am saying it does not work for a lot of others, and that anti-copyright fake-freedom idiots and GPL zealots alike don't consider anyone else before going I WANT I WANT I WANT.

more than 5 years ago

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Microsoft Puts C# and the CLI under Community Prom

FishWithAHammer FishWithAHammer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

FishWithAHammer (957772) writes "Peter Galli of Microsoft posted a blog entry on Port25 today, regarding the explicit placement of C# and the Common Language Infrastructure (the ECMA startard that underpins .NET) under their Community Promise:

It is important to note that, under the Community Promise, anyone can freely implement these specifications with their technology, code, and solutions. You do not need to sign a license agreement, or otherwise communicate to Microsoft how you will implement the specifications. ... Under the Community Promise, Microsoft provides assurance that it will not assert its Necessary Claims against anyone who makes, uses, sells, offers for sale, imports, or distributes any Covered Implementation under any type of development or distribution model, including open-source licensing models such as the LGPL or GPL.

This clears the way for Mono to be fully integrated into GNOME, and Boycott Novell can go back to crying in their corner."
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Big Performance Improvements with Mono 2.2

FishWithAHammer FishWithAHammer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

FishWithAHammer writes "As blogged about by Mono Project leader Miguel de Icaza, with Mono 2.2 comes a new code generation engine for the Mono Framework, the open-source implementation of the standards set by the .NET Framework. The benchmarks for the Linear IL engine developed primarily by Zoltan Varga are impressive! Miguel also mentions the introduction of Mono.SIMD, a system for allowing the use of SIMD instructions within managed code. He writes:

Using SIMD for accelerating certain floating point operations had been in the back of our minds for a while. We looked into implementing that in our old engine, but that turned out to be very difficult. With the new engine, Rodrigo was able to put together a prototype in a weekend (the legend goes that Rodrigo's wife was busy that weekend). This prototype was later turned into Mono.SIMD an API for accelerating vector operations.

"

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Fixing Linux: "The Space Between"

FishWithAHammer FishWithAHammer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Ed Ropple writes "I was having some trouble with a couple of shell scripts I was trying to make work the other day. In an attempt to divert me from building up a head of steam and ranting for an hour or so, a buddy of mine asked me an interesting question: "so how do you fix it?" That question's the genesis of this blog entry, not-so-humbly titled Fixing Linux. In this article I look into three underlying technical issues I see with the progression of Linux/BSD on the desktop: the divide between GUI and command-line tools, the divergence of languages and libraries used on the OS, and the reliance on text streams and pipes as communication between small-function independent programs."
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Creative Labs C&D's Vista Driver Creator

FishWithAHammer FishWithAHammer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

FishWithAHammer (957772) writes "For some time now, users of Creative Labs' sound cards have been almost entirely unable to use them due to Creative's lack of proper Vista drivers. An end user known as Daniel_K decided to take it upon himself to release working Vista drivers. Creative, apparently, takes a dim view of this, ordering him to stop distributing the only drivers that have made Creative hardware workable on Vista. Daniel_K, in his response, accuses Creative Labs of intentially crippling the Vista version of their drivers; other Creative customers have speculated that this is in order to sell new "Vista-compatible" cards in the near future.

I guess we know what companies care about keeping their customers, don't they?"

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FishWithAHammer FishWithAHammer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FishWithAHammer writes "As part of my Google Summer of Code project, I'm working with WinLibre to develop a vaguely Debian-esque software download system for Free/open source software on the Windows platform. My reasoning is that open-source software suffers from poor presentation. Most computer laymen, even those aware of open source software, often don't have any idea how to go looking for it — their Google-fu is lacking — but would use it were it easier to access. What I have proposed is both a Debian-style packaging mechanism (capable of using Windows Installer MSIs or not, as the user wishes) and a software "catalog" that takes the best aspects of Synaptic and Linspire's Click-N-Run system. Seamless, simple installation and removal of programs in as straightforward a way as apt-get (there will be a command-line tool as well). I'm posting to Slashdot to get the ideas of you lot who, while you may not be the target audience, can certainly provide insights that can be of value.

There are areas that I'm personally not familiar with, and while I have done some research I would like the opinions of Slashdotters on some others. While at first I intend to set it up so that WinLibre (and I) run only one repository, I am curious as to how this sort of tool could be most useful to network administrators. Customizable repositories will be available; the code will be under the GPL, after all, so it'd be a little hard for them not to be available.

I'm also interested in the ideas of those who might be in a position to roll together packages. I intend to package a number of open-source language interpreters with the core software to allow special pre- and post-install scripts, as well as removal scripts. C#Script, Perl, and Python are definites, as is a Cygwin sh interpreter. We will have some program requirements — chief among them that no registry changes may be made by the program — but some of them, I fear, will require some flexibility; some programs really do require a way to edit the registry, for example, and I am considering offering some sort of tracked way to make registry changes so they can be rolled back on uninstallation of the program.

I'd love to hear what Slashdotters think of this. Think of it as a wishlist, but you don't get any damn ponies.

Ed Ropple (FishWithAHammer)"
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FishWithAHammer FishWithAHammer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FishWithAHammer writes "Gizmodo has a story running about a twelve-year-old getting a Zune for Christmas — and finding homemade pornography on it. From the article:

Apparently the Zune, which Martin purchased at a local Walmart, came with a 1-hour and 44-minute homemade porn video. We're talking guy-on-guy action here. Walmart's response? After blaming MS for the porn, they refunded the Martins and gave them a $25-dollar gift certificate.

Fox Chicago has a video report as well."
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FishWithAHammer FishWithAHammer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FishWithAHammer writes "Wired should be immediately suspect under most circumstances, but Lore Sjöberg's column on "Complainers of the World" (you can hear the South Park reference) is pretty funny. Quoth:

If you play an online game that you enjoy, there's one surefire way to spoil the experience: read the forums on the official site. There you will find a vast underworld of lost souls keening their misery onto your screen. A game you thought was entertaining, well-balanced and attractive will be torn apart before your very eyes and pronounced lacking in every conceivable way.

And the punishments are appropriate."
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FishWithAHammer FishWithAHammer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FishWithAHammer writes "It's official — Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft has been released! This version contains the replacement init daemon, upstart, GNOME 2.16, and a host of other new features, including GAIM 2.0 and Firefox 2.0 (not Iceweasel?!).

You can get the ISOs for the Canonical-supported Ubuntu 6.10 distribution here. It doesn't look like Xubuntu, Kubuntu (woot!), or Edubuntu have been posted yet, but they should be soon."

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