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MediaGoblin 0.7.0 "Time Traveler's Delight" Released

Raumkraut Re:OK, it's a content publishing system (69 comments)

From a brief glance, Plex appears to be for streaming existing content. MediaGoblin is for hosting content you create.

Were I seeking a wider audience, I'd have the options of Vimeo or Xtube or Soundcloud or Bandcamp or Flickr to put my content online.

And if you don't want to turn your own content over to third parties, and thereby be subject to their licenses, and often arbitrary censorship/takedown decisions, you could use an instance of MediaGoblin to replace any or all of those services.

What's stopping me from using the dozens of web content galleries

Nothing, but if you're going to do that, you might choose to use MediaGoblin.

2 days ago

Free Law Casebook Project Starts With IP Coursebook

Raumkraut Re:which is fine light reading, but not a referenc (22 comments)

While I agree that NC is generally misunderstood by lay licensors, and greatly more restrictive than most people realise, ND has a valuable place in the licensing suite.
For example, if you write an opinion piece, adding the ND clause will make sure that no-one can (legitimately) alter or distort the text, and use it to misrepresent the position you hold/held.

Otherwise, using ND for non-opinion works shows a certain amount of arrogance. It's effectively proclaiming "no one but myself could possibly make this any better".

2 days ago

Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

Raumkraut Re:Specifically: problems with public domaining. (191 comments)

You don't have to have the source to modify it, it just makes it dramatically easier.

"We're not stopping blacks from voting! They just have to fight their way past the KKK barricade around the polling station."

about two weeks ago

Patents That Kill

Raumkraut Re:will not stop repeating the obvious (240 comments)

Moore's law doesn't suffer under the current regime, because Moore's law was written within the current regime. There's no telling what would happen, or what would have happened, in the microelectronics industry without the current patent rules. Perhaps Moore's law would have been "...doubles every 6 months", instead of 18 or 24 months?

What products covered by "dozens if not hundreds of patents belonging to dozens or more different companies" do is encourage collusion and anti-competitive practices, and even in the absence of abuse massively raise the bar for new entrants to the market (aka competition).

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

Raumkraut Re:Simple Answers to Simple Questions (246 comments)

Does your country have laws protecting corporate whistle-blowers?
It's a lot easier to defend your position if it's the FBI asking you to make surreptitious copies of documents, after they called you following an "anonymous" tip-off...

about a month ago

Maglev Personal Transportation System Set For Trial In Tel Aviv

Raumkraut SkyTran! (81 comments)

Well, sir, there's nothing on earth like a genuine, bona fide, electrified, one-car, SkyTran!

What'd I say?


What's it called?


about 2 months ago

Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

Raumkraut Re:Is what he's saying really true? (268 comments)

He's famous enough to have a Wikipedia page, which IME is a reasonably high bar for someone who isn't an anime character.

about 2 months ago

Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

Raumkraut Re:People pay for music? (364 comments)

What part of "Pay for the service your ilk required us to set up or get out is evil?

I think it's more along the lines of: "Pay for a membership to our Legitimate Businessman's Social Club, or we'll run you out of town."

about 2 months ago

Microsoft, Google, Others Join To Fund Open Source Infrastructure Upgrades

Raumkraut Re:Ah industry initiatives. (101 comments)

1. It's not initially feature-compatible with OpenSSL
2. While there is momentum, it's faster to work apart from the existing project.
3. There's no guarantee the rewrite would be accepted by the OpenSSL team
4. There's no guarantee LibreSSL will work on anything but BSD
5. Theo doesn't control OpenSSL

Personally, my hopes are:
1. This Linux Foundation fund identify LibreSSL as the most feasible solution in the long-term, and provide support for both projects.
2. Important bugs identified by both teams are ported to patch the current OpenSSL release.
3. LibreSSL gains feature parity with OpenSSL.
4. LibreSSL becomes OpenSSL v2, under the stewardship of a healthier OpenSSL community.

about 4 months ago

Future Airline Safety Instructions Will Be Given By Game Apps

Raumkraut Re:Oh great (64 comments)

The information in those demonstrations is trivial and hardly helpful once put to the test. People will panic and that means that little boring sermon will mean almost nothing where it counts.(as always happens)

Perhaps we should be campaigning for people to undergo aircraft-emergency simulations?
You're right that people panic, but people only panic because the situation is unusual. If people regularly experience "emergency" situations without the danger/fear (especially throughout childhood), they can be trained in what to do enough that handling a real emergency becomes routine and practically instinctual.

about 5 months ago

New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Raumkraut Re:Wrong way to go about it... (477 comments)

So what do you do about colleagues in other time-zones? Or on other shifts? Are they not allowed to email you outside of the times you're both at work - assuming there is any overlap at all?

Email is not IM; it's not designed to require or expect an immediate response. Nothing about sending an email necessitates that it must be acted upon immediately.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

Raumkraut Re:Do you need a database? (272 comments)

For storing and querying arbitrarily-structured data, which is what the submitter seems to be wanting, a traditional relational SQL database is not necessarily the best way to do it.

And if anything, MongoDB is easier to start using than any relational database, IME. No need to create databases, schemas, or tables (collections) beforehand - you just install MongoDB, start writing data, and it gets stored.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

Raumkraut Re:Database Scaleability. (272 comments)

MongoDB has indexes.
MongoDB also lets you store and query arbitrary data, in addition to any "key fields", without having to pre-define all the possible fields. Which it seems is what the submitter asked for.

Where has this idea that "NoSQL" means "not a database" come from?

about 5 months ago

Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Raumkraut Re:Viva La XP! (641 comments)

Short version: They have a perfectly working computer with all their stuff on it. Why should they have to throw it in the trash and go through all the pain/expense of an "upgrade"?

Not to mention that, for many people, Windows XP is the only desktop operating system they've ever known.
XP has been around for 13 years. In consumer technology, that's an incredible length of time. After so many years of consistency, of course there are going to be people - millions of them - who don't want to face change.

about 5 months ago

New Apache Allura Project For Project Development Hosting

Raumkraut Re:GitLab Already Exists (43 comments)

I like Redmine, I do, but it has no support for actually being a source control server. On its own, browsing local repositories is all you get.

about 5 months ago

Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

Raumkraut Re:Space travel (357 comments)

In the end it will also not matter, because when these people reach the distant location, there will be no compatible civilization on earth left.

People don't generally think of multi-millennium cryo-sleeper journeys as a "there and back" deal, so the state of any civilization on Earth would be pretty much moot once they wake up at the destination.
That is, unless Earth has advanced so much that FTL Earth ships arrived at the destination before the sleepers did. In which case; "welcome to the world of tomorrow!"

There is no point in deep space travel as long as we are not able to go faster than light or at least close to light speed.

Perhaps no point for those staying behind, no. But for the pioneers, however long the journey takes, they may well become the first humans to explore and colonise a new planet and star system. If you honestly think that such an amazing achievement is entirely pointless, then I think you might be on the wrong website.

about 5 months ago

Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

Raumkraut Re:But He Isn't (276 comments)

So an "official" SN account has denied this being the "real" SN.
The question I ask is: Why didn't that "official" account post a denial for each of the other times someone has been suggested to be "the guy"? Why does this Satoshi Nakamoto get a denial, and not the others?

Methinks he does protest too much.

about 6 months ago

Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

Raumkraut Re:Personal Details (276 comments)

Thought experiment: Remember that guy at Tiananmen Square? If you're not Chinese, you probably know who I mean. Would you consider it "ethical" for an American newspaper to publicise his new identity, location, family, etc.?
What if it then turns out that wasn't the guy after all? Do you consider it "ethical" to publicise all the details about some random citizen, and - at the very best - turn their life upside down, just because some journalist thinks they're probably someone important, due to finding some circumstantial evidence?

"In the public interest" is not the same thing as "interesting to the public".

about 6 months ago

Darker Arctic Boosting Global Warming

Raumkraut Re:On the other side (378 comments)

Perhaps about the same amount that isn't being reflected from those areas of the world where snowfall has been at a record low this winter. Like here in the arctic.

about 6 months ago

South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

Raumkraut Re:Debt (467 comments)

So the real story is that the Police Department in question had an outstanding arrest warrant against someone whose address they knew (the court had sent her several certified letters), and they did nothing about it for nine years?

about 6 months ago


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