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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Hemogoblin Re:Oh, the timing... (727 comments)

Thanks for this, so accurate it made me actually laugh out loud. I'm sitting at my desk drinking coffee, reading a year of the Linux desktop story and thinking about the "good old days". I raise my coffee to you, cheers!

Logged in for the first time since 2012 to write this :)

about two weeks ago
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Opera 11 Beta Released, With Extensions Support

Hemogoblin Opera Slashdot! (142 comments)

Everyone always forgets the best feature of Opera; typing /. into the link bar is a shortcut to Slashdot!

more than 3 years ago
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Senate Bill Adds Shuttle Flight, New Shuttle-Derived Vehicle

Hemogoblin Re:Bad, bad mistake. (230 comments)

All politicians know the right thing to do, but they don't know how to get re-elected once they've done it.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Surpasses Microsoft In Market Capitalization

Hemogoblin Re:P/E Ratio (557 comments)

You can only compare PE ratios for companies that have similar growth prospects and are in similar industries. Comparing the PE of Walmart and Apple is meaningless.

more than 4 years ago
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Canonical Bringing an Instant-On Ubuntu

Hemogoblin Opera (251 comments)

Interesting, Unity looks exactly like the Opera web browser. I love the sidebar.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Attackers Identified as Chinese Government

Hemogoblin Re:No, Seriously... (651 comments)

We will see 6-10% inflation for 3 to 8 years sometime in the next 15 years, because that is the ONLY way the US government can get out of the financial hole we are in.

That's one way. Another way would be to slash government spending, and raise taxes. Actually, the U.S. government is on a better footing than a number of countries, such as say, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Britain or even Japan (with more than 100% of GDP worth of debt). Greece is dealing with it now slashing benefits and raising taxes. To obvious huge political cost.

It doesn't matter who will be running the US in 5 years; Democrat or Republican, they're going to have to raise taxes or/and cut spending.

more than 4 years ago
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US Cybersecurity Plan Includes Offense

Hemogoblin Strangelove (101 comments)

Mr President, we must not allow a script-kiddie gap!

more than 4 years ago
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Heart Monitors In Middle School Gym Class?

Hemogoblin Re:Holy shit? (950 comments)

Thanks :)

more than 4 years ago
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Heart Monitors In Middle School Gym Class?

Hemogoblin Re:Holy shit? (950 comments)

Can you recommend a good HRM? Yeah, I know I could just check google.

more than 4 years ago
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Father of Green Revolution, Norman Borlaug, Dies at 95

Hemogoblin Re:Not a great man (227 comments)

Your statement is completely incorrect. Famine does not exist to any great extent today, 40 years after Borlaug's seeds went to Pakistan.

I don't think you meant to make that broad a statement, but I'll correct you anyway; famine does exist today. Many countries, especially in Africa and Asia face starvation. Here's two BBC articles, one from 2003 and the other from 2009, referring to famines.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/low/south_asia/8178636.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/2635089.stm

more than 4 years ago
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Pirate Bay Trial Ends In Jail Sentences

Hemogoblin Re:Industry wins in court of law (1870 comments)

Oh and if any of you Canadian slashdotters read this, check out Dr. Michael Geist's website and help prevent this sort of shit happening in Canada. The amount of lobbying by the industry is insane, and really needs some opposition.

more than 5 years ago
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Pirate Bay Trial Ends In Jail Sentences

Hemogoblin Re:Industry wins in court of law (1870 comments)

12% of the [UK] population share.

Here's some further evidence from Canada, taken from this Angus Reid poll (PDF), released March 12, 2009

45% of Canadians think that using BitTorrent to download free music files is "just something regular internet users should be able to do". 27% think they are doing something they shouldn't, but it's not a big deal. 25% think it's something they shouldn't be doing, and technology should be developed to stop it. Only 3% think it should be criminal and punishable.

We're appealing to the principle of wide reflective equilibrium: if your ethical theory contradicts its very purpose, it's not a good theory. Since the vast majority of the population (in Canada at least, Sweden is probably similar), disagree with this type of law, passing laws to prohibit this sort of behaviour will lead to both anger and guilt. It will encourage conflict between those who have met the law, and those who have not, leading to resentment. This contradicts the purpose of the law to make society harmonious and peaceful. Less stringent laws might actually encourage less filesharing.

more than 5 years ago
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Energy Secretary Chu Endorses "Clean Coal"

Hemogoblin Clean coal doesn't seem that great. (464 comments)

From reading the Economist, I've the impression that clean coal isn't actually that great. Check out these two articles:

The illusion of clean coal

Trouble in store

Despite all this enthusiasm, however, there is not a single big power plant using CCS anywhere in the world. Utilities refuse to build any, since the technology is expensive and unproven. Advocates insist that the price will come down with time and experience, but it is hard to say by how much, or who should bear the extra cost in the meantime. Green pressure groups worry that captured carbon will eventually leak. In short, the world's leaders are counting on a fix for climate change that is at best uncertain and at worst unworkable.

Aside, the WSJ isn't really giving us any new information, is it? Obama was advocating CCS during the election, so is it really surprising that his secretary is now advocating it?

more than 5 years ago
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College Police Think Using Linux Is Suspicious Behavior

Hemogoblin Re:the warrant states a crime (1079 comments)

If someone pretends to be you, and misrepresents themself as you for the purpose of defaming you. This is the kind of misrepresentation that can amount to fraud.

I'm pretty sure that defamation is only covered under tort law, and isn't actually a criminal offense where the police would need to get involved. Fraud on the other hand is a criminal offense, but I don't see any evidence from the warrant that would support a charge of fraud. The warrant states that he is being charged with "Obtaining computer services by fraud", though it refers to an incorrect section. Note however that this law says "the words "commercial computer service" shall mean the use of computers, computer systems, computer programs or computer networks, or the access to or copying of the data, where such use, access or copying is offered by the proprietor or operator of the computer, system, program, network or data to others on a subscription or other basis for monetary consideration." Signing up for a social networking site under a fake name wouldn't qualify, in my layman's opinion. Going on for two pages about how it was likely that the defendent created the profile/website is, in my opinion, irrelevant.

The defendent is being charged with "Unauthorized access to computer systems". This could be the "altering grades" thing, but the case for this seems pretty weak prima facie. The only evidence presented is the testimony of the guy's roommate, i.e. the person that was "outed" by the fake website. There's one line in the warrant about how this roomate saw the defendent change grades. The roommate appears to be heavily biased against the defendent, and I'm not convinced we should take his word over the defendent's. Now, I'd be slightly more convinced if the officer had obtained some evidence from the university system that grades HAD been changed.

more than 5 years ago
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Tesla CEO Says Gov't Loan Is 99% Sure and Deserved

Hemogoblin Re:It's a loan not a bailout. (652 comments)

The U.S. government spent over $20billion in farm subsidies in 2005. By your definition, that would be considered a "bailout".

I know many slashdot readers are liberterians and oppose any non-basic public expenditure, but can we please resist the temptation to redefine "bailout" to mean all forms of public expenditure?

more than 5 years ago
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Conviction of Sen. Ted Stevens Is Thrown Out

Hemogoblin Re:Common Law (440 comments)

Oh man, I should stop to think for like 2 seconds... you don't mean Los Angeles, you mean Louisiana. Sorry, I'm Canadian and not used to state abbreviations.

more than 5 years ago
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Conviction of Sen. Ted Stevens Is Thrown Out

Hemogoblin Re:Common Law (440 comments)

...with the exception of LA which uses Napoleonic code to this day

I think you're incorrect about that. It's common law, but it has codified many of it's laws. To quote wikipedia:

California's legal system is based on common law. Like all U.S. states except Louisiana, California has a reception statute providing for the "reception" of English law. California Civil Code Section 22.2 is as follows: "The common law of England, so far as it is not repugnant to or inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States, or the Constitution or laws of this State, is the rule of decision in all the courts of this State."

All statutes, regulations, and ordinances are theoretically subject to judicial review. They can be overturned by any state court of record as unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution or the California Constitution, and can also be declared unconstitutional under the federal Constitution by a federal court.

Notwithstanding California's status as a common law jurisdiction, it has codified the law in the manner of the civil law jurisdictions. Moreover, California substantive law includes some significant civil law features, such as a system of community property in the context of marital property.

more than 5 years ago

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PMO Issues The Order: Canadian DMCA Within Six Wee

Hemogoblin Hemogoblin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Hemogoblin (982564) writes "Dr. Michael Geist, U. of Ottawa law professor reports that the Conservatives intend to to yet again introduce DMCA style copyright legislation in Canada.

From the article "Months of public debate over the future of Canadian copyright law were quietly decided earlier this week, when sources say the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) reached a verdict over the direction of the next copyright bill. ...The bill represents a stunning reversal from the government's seeming shift away from C-61 and its commitment to a bill based on the national copyright consultation. Instead, the consultation appears to have been little more than theatre, with the PMO and Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore choosing to dismiss public opinion. Second, after adopting distinctly pro-consumer positions on other issues, Moore has abandoned that approach with support for what may become the most anti-consumer copyright bill in Canadian history."

http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/5008/"

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The Canadian DMCA: A Summary To-Date

Hemogoblin Hemogoblin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Hemogoblin (982564) writes "Dr. Michael Geist, the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, has posted an informative summary of the issues surrounding the incoming Canadian DMCA. This is a must-read for those interested in the future direction of copyright and technology in Canada.

My short version would be that there is concern with what the bill is likely to contain (modeled after the U.S. DMCA which has had a negative effect on innovation, privacy, education, and research), what it is unlikely to contain (nothing on fair dealing, time shifting, device shifting, the private copying levy), and how it came about (no public consultation, strong-armed pressure from the U.S.). As for what reforms we should have, I think my eight Fair Copyright for Canada principles are balanced and meet the goal of complying with the WIPO treaties.
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OiNK Shut Down

Hemogoblin Hemogoblin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Hemogoblin (982564) writes "http://torrentfreak.com/oinkcd-servers-raided-admin-arrested/

From the link: "The servers of OiNK.cd — one of the most popular private BitTorrent trackers — are raided and the admin, a 24-year-old man from Middlesbrough, is arrested."

OiNK.cd now contains the following text: "This site has been closed as a result of a criminal investigation by IFPI, BPI, Cleveland Police and the Fiscal Investigation Unit of the Dutch Police (FIOD ECD) into suspected illegal music distribution. A criminal investigation continues into the identities and activities of the site's users""

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