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Intel Porting Android To x86 For Netbooks and Tablets

PaintyThePirate OLPC OS Swings? (163 comments)

What OLPC OS swings? The ones being shipped today, like million plus that have been distributed over the last few years, still use Sugar on top of customized Fedora.

more than 4 years ago

New Litigation Targets 20,000 BitTorrent-Using Downloaders

PaintyThePirate Re:Good thing (949 comments)

It is incredibly depressing that even without further copyright extensions, movies being released today will very likely never be out of copyright within our lifetimes.

more than 4 years ago

Best Way To Land Entry-Level Job?

PaintyThePirate Re:show off your programming skills (441 comments)

Agreed. It's a little known fact that you can apply to GSoC as long as you are still a student as of April 26, 2010. It's likely what got me interviews, and eventually my job.

FOSS projects tend not to care about who you know, where you studied, or what your GPA was, as much as they care about your creativity, your drive, and your skills.

more than 4 years ago

I've originated Q Wikipedia articles, where Q =

PaintyThePirate Re:Missing Option (256 comments)

It's strongly discouraged because interesting and relevant trivia should be part of the text of the article itself.

Instead, someone starts a trivia list on the page, and people add every obscure video game or episode of Naruto that happens to mention the topic of the article.

As far as the poll goes, I originated one article, which was subsequently deleted.

more than 4 years ago

C-Span Posts Full Archives Online

PaintyThePirate Re:Too Bad No Creative Commons (115 comments)

Check out the rights page. All of the footage of Congress and various Federal events is under the Public Domain. It's annoyingly still flash video, but you can legally rip it from the site and do whatever you want with it. Same with the subtitles.

It's nice to see copyright law working correctly for once.

more than 4 years ago

Time To Take the Internet Seriously

PaintyThePirate Re:Time-Based Filesystem (175 comments)

Interestingly, this is the approach that OLPC and now Sugar Labs have taken for file access in Sugar, using the Journal activity. This is also the direction Gnome is heading in, with Zeitgeist and its GUIs.

It's a little strange at first, and it certainly can't replace normal file browsers completely, but it ends up being pretty convenient in day to day use. Of course, these aren't filesystems, just layers atop them.

more than 4 years ago

Examining Virtual Crimes

PaintyThePirate Re:Legal Questions of Virtual Activity? (85 comments)

Bad analogy. The real life equivalent of what you're saying is getting convicted for shooting at a paper target. These laws are about harassing human beings over the medium of video games.

That's not to say the laws aren't ridiculous, just that your example isn't an argument against it.

more than 4 years ago

Pieces of employer-supplied clothing I own and wear:

PaintyThePirate Re:RedHat question? (343 comments)

I like the GSoC shirts. I've gotten complimented on the 2008 shirt by non-geeks who have no idea what GSoC is.

On the topic at hand, from my current employer, I have an XL tshirt they handed me on my starting day that I will never be large enough to wear, and a decent hoodie that I wear occasionally.

more than 4 years ago

100% Free Software Compatible PC Launches

PaintyThePirate Re:Microsoft builds Linux powered OpenPC (458 comments)

I agreed with you until I saw what the PC actually was. That is, built entirely from off the shelf components. You can buy the Mini-ITX motherboard they use that with comes with a 1.6Ghz Atom for £64.60 on The case, power supply, and RAM are all quite ordinary. You can in fact build this exact computer for at least £100 less on your own.

I would have been more impressed if they pulled an OLPC and used a FOSS BIOS and designed a motherboard.

more than 4 years ago

New XBMC Port Promises ARM-Powered HD In the Palm of Your Hand

PaintyThePirate Re:Small Correction: (123 comments)

Indeed. Apparently they are releasing Rev C4 of it soon with a 720Mhz processor though.

more than 4 years ago

Asimov Estate Authorizes New I, Robot Books

PaintyThePirate Re:Heh (426 comments)

No, that would be the same if Asimov rose from the dead and decided to write three more books.

more than 4 years ago

jQuery Dev Bemoans Overwhelming Spam On Google Groups

PaintyThePirate Re:Upgrade the Captchas (251 comments)

Google bought ReCAPTCHA recently. I hope its only a matter of time before they integrate it.

more than 4 years ago

Sparc Sends SparkFun Electronics C&D Letter

PaintyThePirate In after some FUD (219 comments)

Sun has nothing to do with this. SPARC International owns the trademark, not Sun.

more than 4 years ago

Google Takes On Amazon With Own E-Book Store

PaintyThePirate Re:Why are they paying retailers? (152 comments)

I was confused too. The summary is missing this key piece of information:

"Google Editions allows retail partners to sell their books, especially those who haven't invested in a digital platform," he said. "We expect the majority (of customers) will go to retail partners not to Google. We are a wholesaler, a book distributor."

more than 4 years ago

Will Books Be Napsterized?

PaintyThePirate Re:More on the "iPod for books" (350 comments)

It was an analogy to checking something out and returning it.

What I mean is a subscription plan where you can read the e-books as long as you are a subscriber to the service. When you stop paying, you can no longer read the e-books. Something exactly like Rhapsody or Zune Pass, except that people consume books differently than music.

I suppose it would also be possible to emulate the scarcity of physical books at a library by having a limit to the number of "checked out" e-books at a time and/or having due dates for returning them. Both would be annoying though, and an example of DRM implemented poorly.

more than 4 years ago

Will Books Be Napsterized?

PaintyThePirate Re:More on the "iPod for books" (350 comments)

On the other hand, a well stocked digital library that functions like Netflix or like a physical library with a reasonable monthly fee could nip mainstream e-book piracy in the bud.

This isn't quite like Rhapsody or Zune Pass or similar music subscription schemes where you would end up with an annoying pile of encrypted data when your subscription runs out or the company folds. Well, it is, but most people are content with checking out a book once, reading it, and checking it back in.

Of course, something like this could only be possible with DRM and e-book reader support for that DRM, which despite what you hear on Slashdot, can be useful when implemented properly.

more than 4 years ago

'09 Malibu Vs. '59 Bel Air Crash Test

PaintyThePirate Re:'52 Citroen DS (496 comments)

You're posting to slashdot while driving? I think you may want to watch the video in the linked article...

more than 4 years ago



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