Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

The Past, Present, and Future of OSS

Smartcowboy Re:seems a tad optimistic. (150 comments)

It is official; Netcraft now confirms: Slashdot is dying

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered fat nerds talking about Linux community when IDC confirmed that Slashdot's market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all message boards that normal people don't care about. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that Slashdot has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. Slashdot is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last ]in the recent Richard Stallman-lookalike contest.

You don't need to be a Kreskin to predict Slashdot's future. The hand writing is on the wall: Slashdot faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for Sashdot because Slashdot is dying. Things are looking very bad for Slashdot. As many of us are already aware, Slashdot continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

Cowboy Neal is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of recent polls. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time article developers CmdrTaco and Jon Katz only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: Slashdot is dying.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

Kuro5shin leader Rusty states that there are 7000 users of his crappy site. How many users of Ars Technica are there? Let's see. The number of fat losers at comic book shops versus people using the expression "Micro$oft" on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore, there are about 7000/5 = 1400 Ars Technica users. Open Source posts on Usenet are
about half of the volume of posts about people eating diswasher soap. Therefore there are about 700 users of Bitcoin. A recent article put Tolkein fans at about 80 percent of the
Slashdot market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 Slashdot users. This is consistent with the number of people buying Real Dolls.

Due to the troubles out of Andover, abysmal sales and so on, NewsForge went out of business and was taken over by OSDI who sell another troubled software development model. Now Feed.com is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

All major surveys show that Slashdothas steadily declined in market share. Slashdot is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If Slashdot is to survive at all it will be among Cheeto-staind t-shirt wearers. Slashdot continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, Slashdot is dead.

Fact: Slashdot is dying

about 2 years ago
top

The Past, Present, and Future of OSS

Smartcowboy Stupid me (150 comments)

"open source software along with computers and technology as a whole has gone from the sidelines to a prevalent position in the lives of modern consumers."

And stupid me though that the final goal of open source were to empower us by making us more than mere consumer. I tough that open source was about making us freeer human beings.

about 2 years ago
top

Canadian Teenager Arrested For Photographing Mall Takedown

Smartcowboy Re:I'm sorry but.. (770 comments)

irving47 had a similar view yesterday. I think both of your objections are valid. In irving47's case, it's clear tresspassing and in your case it looks a lot like harassment. We need to find a middle ground where events like the one in tfa don't happen but people's privacy isn't compromised.

about 2 years ago
top

Canadian Teenager Arrested For Photographing Mall Takedown

Smartcowboy Re:I'm sorry but.. (770 comments)

One could argues that it is illegal to see cp in the first place.

about 2 years ago
top

Canadian Teenager Arrested For Photographing Mall Takedown

Smartcowboy Re:I'm sorry but.. (770 comments)

If you can see it, it should be legal to photography it.

about 2 years ago
top

Ballmer Tells the BBC There's More MS Hardware On the Way

Smartcowboy MSX (133 comments)

In the '80, Microsoft created the MSX computer platform. I never actualy seen one of those for real so I can't tell if they were any good.

about 2 years ago
top

Bill Gates Talks Windows Future, Touch Interfaces

Smartcowboy Re:Like Apple? (198 comments)

Copying Apple vision worked for MS in the '80s.

more than 2 years ago
top

Apple To Stream a Product Launch Live For the First Time

Smartcowboy Re:I'm disappointed (288 comments)

I'm replying to myself because I forgot to explain why I can be disappointed with a new model if my current computer is good enough.

Actually, the screen of my imac is too small. So I would like to get a bigger one but I have one more reason to dislike the new imac: These 16:9 display are bad. I would be better with a used 16:10 screen from kijiji and a previous-generation macmini, one with integrated dvd. Or, as I said earlier, a beige linux box.

Apple jumped shark.

more than 2 years ago
top

Apple To Stream a Product Launch Live For the First Time

Smartcowboy I'm disappointed (288 comments)

I don't care about the ipad mini. I don't have a use for that kind of gadget. But I say thumb down for this new imac. Yeah it's more powerful, wich is good, but my ssd-upgraded five years old imac is already powerful enough. Yeah it's slimmer but why? When i'm at my desk, I see the imac in 2d anyway. When i'm not at my desk, I don't see it at all. I don't understand why I should care about the width of the thing. I dislike the external DVD drive. It's one more clutter on my workspace that's already swamped by books, papers, dried coffee cups and rotting lunches. They should have kept the current imac's mesurements and use the available space to make it extensible. Oh.... I remember I'm talking about Apple. Do as if I did not say anything. My next computer will be a beige Linux box anyway: most of the softwares I use are FLOSS already so it will not be a big change for me.

more than 2 years ago
top

Wayland 1.0 Released, Not Yet Ready To Replace X11

Smartcowboy Re:what about xorg? (455 comments)

As I understand it, x.org replaced xfree86. Both are X11 implementation.

more than 2 years ago
top

Wayland 1.0 Released, Not Yet Ready To Replace X11

Smartcowboy Increased performance? (455 comments)

Imagine recreating xlib so it doesn't communicate with an X server but directly draws things on the local screen, maybe in a multithreaded fashion. In such a scenario, the ability to share a display between many programs would be lost or alternatively a badly behaviored program could disrupt the other's windows. What kind of increased performance would be obtained (if any) by replacing IPC, as used in X11 (and in wayland too?) for drawing and use in process fonctions instead?

more than 2 years ago
top

Einstein Letter Critical of Religion To Be Auctioned On EBay

Smartcowboy Re:Why kill the 1 Jew when you can 1 million chine (414 comments)

I like the part where the US gov give them immunity for some reasons. Are you sure there is nice guys in that story?

more than 2 years ago
top

Judge Rules Defense Can Use Trayvon Martin Tweets

Smartcowboy Re:Will Zimmerman get justice? (848 comments)

Are you implying that using drug and being a theft are enough to get shot in the back while walking on the street? How the lifestyle of the victim is even relevant to the actions of the aggressor?

more than 2 years ago
top

FSF Opens Nominations For Free Software Awards 2012

Smartcowboy Re:Not very free (56 comments)

"Second, you're probably going to explain how Europe is the center of the world, etc. It's not. It's not even a continent."

I'm not interrested in dick-measuring contest anymore than you.

"All the EUPL can do is fragment the community"

As the EUPL allows one to re-license existing software under the GPL, this point is probably moot.

"Forth, translations? http://www.gnu.org/licenses/translations.html [gnu.org] lists Armenian, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, Galician, German, Italian, Serbian, Slovak. I'm sure it will grow to much much more than 22. And note "Chinese". This actually covers 20% of the world's population, if that is the criteria you want to argue with."

My point was that none of these translations are official and thus can be misleading to a potential reader. The FAQ on gnu.org itself point to that fact and urge to refer to the english version for business use, hence my accusation of it being anglocentrist. I agree the EUPL care only about european languages and I agree too that's not an ideal situation. However, the merit of the EUPL is to put many languages on a equality basis. If someone's only care is free software, then there is nothing wrong with the GPL but if you take a broader look at the situation, you'll see that freedom is more than being able to hack software. It's also having access to localized software, something that many FOSS already get mostly right and also being able to use one's native language for legal matters and that's definitively something the GPL needs addressing in the future.

"GPLv3 was a global project, with input from hundreds of people around the world."
I fear it's becoming increasingly harder to resist to the globish sirens. Can you honestly tell me that nobody raised the same questionning I have right now?

Finally, thank you for bringing a bit of sanity in this discussion.

more than 2 years ago
top

FSF Opens Nominations For Free Software Awards 2012

Smartcowboy Re:Not very free (56 comments)

Circular argument is circular.

You definition of a circular argument is strange and different.

This makes you an asshole of the first order.

Using insults as an argument is very mature indeed.

You made this thread useless and boring. Thanks.

more than 2 years ago
top

FSF Opens Nominations For Free Software Awards 2012

Smartcowboy Re:Not very free (56 comments)

To turn your argument around and do some substitution, the Eurocentrism of the EUPL is a bad thing, especially since it doesn't apply to Brazil, Philippines or China. How come the EUPL isn't translated into Brazilian Portuguese, Tagalog, or Cantonese? The European Commission certainly has more resources than the FSF, so why don't they do it?

The fact is that the EUPL supports 21 more languages than the GPL. And yes, the EUPL is eurocentrist. It still is better than the GPL.

The reasons given in the FSF link you gave do not match up with the definition of Anglocentrism.

Yes it does. The FSF don't provide translation because they think the right of the non-english peoples is less important than their legal risks.

Indeed, to make another real-world comparison, the Treaty of Tripoli is written in Arabic. An English translation presented to the US Congress was not the official one - it was there for explanation. The official ratified treaty is the Arabic version and the US is bound to it.

Your ~200 years old treaty is between two parties of different languages. In these case it is sometime necessary to choose. Moreover, the US gov certainly had arabic speakers on its side. In the GPL case, you can have a situation where both implicated parties may be non-english speakers but still be tied to an english license because of residual rights from a previous distributor.

the requirements for winning are not that you must be a GPL supporter.

The FSF can't be only bad. I honestly think that they mostly act in good faith. They may be blinded by their cultural bias but that don't make them necessarily evil.

Indeed, Theo de Raadt is the most angry and vociferous troll against the GPL, yet he's won.

So Someone who don't agree with you or the FSF and dare to speak about it is a troll? You probably don't have many friends in life. Theo de Raadt's life is about free software. He's an ally to your cause. Can't you see it?

You are just a troll here to bash the GPL and push Eurocentrism. Not only Eurocentrism, but European Union Centrism.

Your inflamatory message prove that I may not be the real troll here. Take a breath or two, please.

more than 2 years ago
top

FSF Opens Nominations For Free Software Awards 2012

Smartcowboy Re:Not very free (56 comments)

My arguments still stand. You only proved your are better at math than me. Bravo!

more than 2 years ago
top

FSF Opens Nominations For Free Software Awards 2012

Smartcowboy Re:I nominate windows 8! (56 comments)

That comment was supposed to be informative/funny. I don't care about Microsoft products and in fact don't use them. BTW you are easily disgusted.

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

top

Apple unveils iPad Mini

Smartcowboy Smartcowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Smartcowboy (679871) writes "Apple unveiled a new iPad Mini today, positioned between the iPhone and the iPad, aimed directly at competition from Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus machines and with a price to match. The iPad Mini is paired with a new "fourth generation" iPad in the existing size, featuring internal upgrades and external connectors. Apple also unveiled a newly redesigned 13-inch MacBook Pro on Tuesday with a high-density "Retina" display, priced at $1,699 with eight gigbytes of random access memory. As well, the company showed a thinner, redesigned desktop iMac computer — which Schiller described as the company's flagship — and an upgraded low-end "Mac Mini"."
Link to Original Source
top

DragonFlyBSD now as powerful as Linux

Smartcowboy Smartcowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Smartcowboy (679871) writes "The next version of DragonFlyBSD is expected before november. Benchmarks coming out of the BSD camp are showing that the soon-to-be-released DragonFlyBSD 3.2 is almost as fast as Scientific Linux (RHEL) 6.2 in at least one real-world workload, namely, PostgreSQL 9.3 mmap performance.

As most people know, Matthew Dillon forked DragonFlyBSD from FreeBSD in 2003."

Link to Original Source
top

Future reproduction reminescent of Huxley's Brave New World

Smartcowboy Smartcowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Smartcowboy (679871) writes "This short documentary predict a future for human reproduction reminescent of famous novel "Brave New World". Once a staple of science fiction, artificial wombs are already a reality — not yet with humans but with sharks. Follows a discussion about why carrying a baby outside a mother’s body may be a good thing. Finally, the first uterus transplant as been completed as two Swedish women could be able to give birth using the wombs in which they were carried."
Link to Original Source
top

Italian scientists jailed for manslaughter over failing to predict earthquake

Smartcowboy Smartcowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Smartcowboy (679871) writes "Defying assertions that earthquakes cannot be predicted, an Italian court convicted seven scientists and experts of manslaughter Monday for failing to adequately warn residents before a temblor struck central Italy in 2009 and killed more than 300 people. The court in L'Aquila also sentenced the defendants to six years each in prison. All are members of the national Great Risks Commission, and several are prominent scientists or geological and disaster experts. Scientists had decried the trial as ridiculous, contending that science has no reliable way of predicting earthquakes. So news of the verdict shook the tightknit community of earthquake experts worldwide. Slashdot had previous report on this story."
Link to Original Source
top

On the science of lightsaber

Smartcowboy Smartcowboy writes  |  about 6 years ago

Smartcowboy (679871) writes "Chances are that you have seen a lightsaber at one time or another, whether on the evening news or down at the local cantina. Therefore you know that a lightsaber is an amazing and versatile device that is able to cut through nearly anything in a matter of milliseconds. Have you ever wondered how these remarkable weapons work? Where does the energy come from, and how are they able to contain that energy in a rod-like column of glowing power? In this article, you will have a chance to look inside a lightsaber and discover the source of its incredible characteristics."
top

Brain Habits You Didn't Realize You Had

Smartcowboy Smartcowboy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Smartcowboy (679871) writes "Brain is certainly the most amazing part of human body. It becomes more interesting when it does not work the way you expect it should. Psychology frequently establishes our intuitions about how human mind works, but it reveals a number of surprises as well..."
top

Producer / ISP founder and his love for BitTorrent

Smartcowboy Smartcowboy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Smartcowboy (679871) writes "Ronnie Apteker, a dotcom millionaire, one of the founders of South Africas largest corporate ISP, a movie producer, and sometimes a stand up comedian talks about his love for BitTorrent and e-mule. Finally someone from the other side who writes something positive about BitTorrent"

Journals

Smartcowboy has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?