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Global Broadband Speeds Dropped At the End of 2011

Russ Nelson I got 100Mbps! Don't blame me. (118 comments)

My local ISP (slic.com) installed FTTH, and I'm getting 100Mbps to my house, so don't blame me for any drop in speed!

about 2 years ago
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Open Source After 12 Years

Russ Nelson Re:12 years? (174 comments)

And very few people listened to you and also called it open source. Sucks to be in the dustbin of history, doesn't it?

more than 3 years ago
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Open Source After 12 Years

Russ Nelson Re:Stop calling it "FOSS" (174 comments)

Oh, you mean the Microsoft who has produced Free Software? You know, software that you can get at zero cost.

The fact is that both Free Software and Open Source are flawed terms. Grow up and deal with it.

more than 3 years ago
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Open Source After 12 Years

Russ Nelson Re:Yeah, 12 years since the hucksters came (174 comments)

Hi, drinky. Still being an idiot after all these years. Yes, you can find a very small number of instances of "open source", but it wasn't widely used (as it is now), it didn't have an explicit definition (as it does now), and it didn't have a cadre of people dedicated to promoting it (as it does now; points at yours truly).

The fact that you hate Open Source; that you hate the OSI; cannot change the fact that we created Open Source as it is used now.

In short, STFU, stupid.

more than 3 years ago
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How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

Russ Nelson Re:Let me get this straight... (551 comments)

The housing market is greatly hampered by various levels of government. Look at Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac. Look at building codes. Look at zoning regulations.

In the US, pretty much nobody goes without food unless they have mental problems, in which case their problem is mental, not foodal.

more than 3 years ago
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How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

Russ Nelson Re:No More Deregulation (551 comments)

Okay, but note that we're talking about linear infrastructure here. It's a hard problem to solve no matter who's doing it. No matter how you solve it, 1) there will be problems and 2) people hankering to solve it the other way.

more than 3 years ago
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How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

Russ Nelson Re:I'm from California, ask me... (551 comments)

And you would be right if it were "deregulation", but it wasn't. It was just "bad reregulation". There was never a customer-regulated market for electricity in California, so nobody can say that it failed!

more than 3 years ago
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How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

Russ Nelson Re:Airplane tickets. (551 comments)

They're a lot more free than they used to be, and the prices are a lot lower. Do you want to see them even lower yet? Give customers more freedom to regulate.

more than 2 years ago
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How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

Russ Nelson Re:There are no free markets (551 comments)

But my point -- that corporations are not free to do anything they want in so-called "free" markets -- remains.

more than 2 years ago
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How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

Russ Nelson Re:Suicide! (551 comments)

ITYM Linear infrastructure, which is hard to regulate whether by governments or customers. There's no magic wand.

more than 2 years ago
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How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

Russ Nelson Re:No More Deregulation (551 comments)

There is no such thing as deregulation. Markets are regulated by their customers. The only way to get deregulation is to NOT regulate by government, and yet force the customers to buy anyway. And gee, that's exactly what happened in California when it deregulated.

more than 2 years ago
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How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

Russ Nelson Re:Airplane tickets. (551 comments)

Airplane tickets are fantastically cheap relative to 30 years ago when the deregulation started. You could pay $1,000 to fly coast to coast in 1980 dollars. Now, the last time I flew it was $450 in 2010 dollars.

more than 2 years ago
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How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

Russ Nelson There are no free markets (551 comments)

There are no free markets. There are only markets controlled by governments and markets controlled by customers. The markets controlled by customers work out pretty well for customers. The markets controlled by governments work out pretty well for governments and the politicians that run them and the lobbyists who fund them and the corporations who make money because the politicians control the markets in their favor.

more than 2 years ago
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Supreme Court Throws Out Bilski Patent

Russ Nelson Re:A step forward (232 comments)

Oh, no, we're already trespassing on the abyss's property.

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon Hints At Scrapping Unlimited Data Plans

Russ Nelson Re:Good, Unlimited is a Fantasy (319 comments)

Actually, there *is* such a thing as unlimited Internet. You have a certain bandwidth limit, and you are allowed to suck down data all day long at that rate. Trouble is that's not an efficient use of their network, nor your time. People usually want high speed when they want it, and are willing to put up with total download amounts rather than being speed limited.

So, 5GB == 40Gbits/month = 1.3Gbits/day = 55Mbits/hour = 15Kbps **unlimited** (like, really, completely unlimited, download at 15kbps all day long).

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon Hints At Scrapping Unlimited Data Plans

Russ Nelson Re:Unlimited already means 5G (319 comments)

The article you link to is three year old, or should I say three years wrong. Talk to any Verizon reseller or rep, and they'll tell you "no such thing as unlimited, everything has a 5GB cap, and beyond that we charge you $.01KB."

more than 3 years ago
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Botnets Using Ubiquity For Security

Russ Nelson Can we call a spade a Windows machine? (95 comments)

One of these days, some victim of a botnet is going to initiate a class action lawsuit against Microsoft for publishing an insecure operating system, with the injured parties being the people whose machines were induced to participate in a tort.

more than 3 years ago
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Why We Still Need OSI

Russ Nelson Re:OSI (108 comments)

It's horrible that we're not recognized for our tremendous accomplishments. Anyone who is skeptical of our claims is just completely ignorant of the history of the organization.

Errr, how many times do I need to post this to meet your definition of "frequently"? I wouldn't want you to be wrong in the Internet.

more than 3 years ago

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OSI approves Microsoft Ms-PL and Ms-RL

Russ Nelson Russ Nelson writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Russ Nelson writes "In a board meeting held October 10th, and announced today, the Open Source Initiative approved two of Microsoft's software licenses: the Microsoft Reciprocal License and the Microsoft Public License. These licenses are refreshingly short and clean, compared to, say, the GPLv3 and the Sun CDDL. Like Larry Rosen's pair of licenses (the Academic Free License and Open Software License), they share a patent peace clause, a no-trademark-license clause, and they differ between each other only in the essential clause of reciprocation.

Of course, Microsoft is not widely trusted in the Open Source world, and their motives have been called into question during the approval discussions. How can they be attacking Open Source projects on one hand, and seeking not only to use open source methods, but use of the OSI Approved Open Source trademark? Nobody knows for sure except for Microsoft. But if you are confident that Open Source is the best way to develop software (as we at the Open Source Initiative are), then you can see why Microsoft would both attack Open Source and seek to use it at the same time. It is both their salvation and their enemy."
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Russ Nelson Russ Nelson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Russ Nelson writes "I use four screens, and sometimes lose my cursor. No more! I have Obi-Wan to point the way for me. Using the Makezine Controller, a small X program, OSC, and a pair of servo motors, I have a real-life cursor (2.4MB video).

The X program tracks the cursor, and ten times a second, sends an OSC (Open Sound Control) command using sendOSC to the controller. The commands work together like this: ~/src/servo | osc/sendOSC/sendOSC -h 192.168.0.200 10000"

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