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What Could Have Been In the Public Domain Today, But Isn't

ThoughtMonster Re:I have a solution (412 comments)

Choose to not give a fuck about copyright, or use those works that should be in the public domain and don't give a fuck about anyone else's hangups.

It's not about the stuff that's already available to the public, it's about the stuff shelved in some store-room, waiting to see the light of day. Not many will go through the immense effort of digitizing such media if there is no incentive (monetary or otherwise) in doing so. I'm guessing a lot of unreleased stuff is irrevocably lost because of such issues with copyright.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Geek-Centric Magazines Still Published On Paper?

ThoughtMonster Make Magazine (125 comments)

Not strictly "geek" stuff, but always interesting. Though I guess you already know of it.

more than 2 years ago
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Rosette Wins Loebner Prize 2011

ThoughtMonster Re:Convincing? you be the judge. (57 comments)

I think perfect grammar makes the whole thing even less convincing. Not many people put that much effort in chat talk. And the whole thing seems too vanilla to me.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Bad Economic Times Good for Free Software?

ThoughtMonster Re:Why? (357 comments)

Money not spent on software doesn't magically disappear.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Bad Economic Times Good for Free Software?

ThoughtMonster I think not... (357 comments)

...given that the current economic situation is partially due to excessive corporate control of government and as such, the economy itself. Or is it the other way around?

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Rejects SYSmark Benchmark

ThoughtMonster Once again... (118 comments)

This would've been avoided if these "industry standard" tools were released as open source. It would be interesting to see if such a development will arise from this dispute.

more than 3 years ago
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Nintendo Pulls Dead Or Alive Over Porn Fears In EU

ThoughtMonster Simple fix... (350 comments)

Make them 18!

more than 3 years ago
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Tasmanian Dept. of Education Wants Anti-Virus for Linux, OS X

ThoughtMonster Pretty standard, really. (396 comments)

There already exist both commercial and non-commercial anti-virus applications that run on Linux (Wikipedia has a list) which mainly target Windows viruses passing through corporate networks. Some anti-virus solutions target native viruses (virii?), but most are quickly obsoleted via updates anyways. I suspect this is what the Dept. of Education is asking for, and it's not unreasonable.

more than 3 years ago
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Nokia and Microsoft Make Smartphone Alliance

ThoughtMonster Re:Shocking (479 comments)

This whole thing is even more crazy if you take in account that Nokia shelled out more than $400 million for two assets (Symbian and Qt/Trolltech) which are now pushed into irrelevance. Nokia even open-sourced the entire Symbian operating system under the EPL, a huge move unlike what has been done by any company, only to dissolve the Symbian foundation after Mr. Elop joined the company.

What's more, Symbian and Windows phone are not perfect replacements. As some other posters have noted, the hardware requirements for Windows Phone are egregiously high, whilst Symbian is known to be frugal with hardware requirements because it was built from the ground-up to be an operating system for low-power devices. The user-interfaces are radically different.

The main issue with Symbian is that it was hard to develop for. This was supposed to be resolved with Qt, but now what? Nobody will develop for a platform that's going to eventually die.

more than 3 years ago
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Nokia and Microsoft Make Smartphone Alliance

ThoughtMonster Shocking (479 comments)

This is a good read on the whole matter. Writing's a bit crude in some parts but raises some good points.

These charts also illustrate the point. Nokia is alienating both its development community and its customers. Qt is put on the sidelines. Who's going to develop for a dying platform? A lot of people I know buy Symbian because of the generally familiar UI, which is similar to the Series 40 phones. Windows Phone is radically different.

Ugh.

more than 3 years ago
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The First Truly Honest Privacy Policy

ThoughtMonster One Question (119 comments)

Is it legally binding?

more than 3 years ago
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PayPal Withdraws WikiLeaks Donation Service

ThoughtMonster Re:Dangerous (794 comments)

http://www.backblaze.com/

You may remember them from this post on their blog where they provide a detailed description of their technical setup. Their services are excellent, IMO.

more than 3 years ago
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The Future of Android — Does It Belong To Bing and Baidu?

ThoughtMonster Arguable (171 comments)

The most important asset Google-approved Android devices have is the Android Market. So, how far can a manufacturer go toward replacing Google's applications and services before Google says "No Android Market for you!"? By the way, I believe most Android devices that come out of China don't ship with Android Market so there you go.

more than 3 years ago
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Firesheep Author Reflects On Wild Week

ThoughtMonster Hopefully... (229 comments)

...after this and the whole Google fiasco, manufacturers will take a hint and make WPA encryption mandatory. You can't realistically expect users to know how to configure this stuff and it doesn't actually cost the company anything extra.

more than 3 years ago

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