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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Vultan Re:Discrimination (579 comments)

The point is that Wikipedia is rapidly being adopted as a first point of reference for information worldwide, and research has demonstrated that the bias in contributors has led to a bias in the actual content of the encylopedia.

about three weeks ago
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Will Developers Finally Start Coding On the iPad?

Vultan Apple licensing issues (463 comments)

Ok, I'm throughly confused. I thought Apple's terms restricted being able to transfer code in and out of an interpreter on iOS. If that's the case, how can you use this as a development environment in any reasonable way?

about 2 years ago
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After a Decade, Mac Sales Again Top 10%

Vultan Re:When you don't have as much, buy for durability (410 comments)

My mid-year 2007 iMac is on its third logic board. And I ain't the only one:

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/1516765?start=0&tstart=0

Apple replaced it twice under AppleCare, but that has run out. Seems likely it will blow again in less than a year. I highly doubt I'll be buying another Mac. I didn't pay "the Apple premium" for hardware to die this quickly, this often.

more than 3 years ago
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Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion' Developer Preview Available

Vultan What's old is what's new (365 comments)

Windows 3.1 called, and it wants Program Manager back... despite the apparent name change to LaunchPad...

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Adds Delete Account Option

Vultan Re:is "delete" really an option? (249 comments)

Negatives: I got to touch base with high school friends, It was impossible to sort though all the crap that came in, I was constantly ignoring this and that, I started unfriending people who posted too much shit to get shit from them for unfriending them. It started arguments with my family when I didn't want to friend them or I friended them and ignored them. I lost real life friends because facebook allowed me to learn more about their personalities then I ever really wanted to know. I got into real life arguments because I didn't check or respond to a facebook status.

I wish I had moderation points... the experience the parent describes is identical to mine, and the precise reason I got off Facebook. It is so much easier to tell people "I'm not on Facebook" than it was to deal with the drama.

more than 4 years ago
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Cub Scouts To Offer Merit Pin For Video Gaming

Vultan Re:No first person shooters? (366 comments)

No first person shooters? Are the scouts aware that they actually offer a merit badge in SHOOTING.

I'm the last person to depend Scouting (they've really gone off the deep end in recent years), but I should at least point out that the Rifle Shooting merit badge significantly emphasizes gun safety and appropriate use. I remember my own experiences from scout camp as a kid where they were hyper-vigilant about safety, only using guns for target practice, and so on. Again, I'm not defending Scouting in general or guns in particular, but there is a big difference between learning how to shoot targets with a rifle (with a high emphasis placed on safety and understanding of the dangers) and shooting up aliens in a first-person shooter.

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Releases Thunderbird 2.0.0

Vultan Mulberry Mail (311 comments)

Ever since Mulberry Mail went free (as in beer), I switched from Thunderbird and haven't looked back. It's dramatically faster and includes a whole lot of features that I use that I had always been frustrated that Thunderbird didn't have. Apart from those who are attracted to Thunderbird because of its license, why aren't more people using Mulberry? Does Thunderbird 2.0 change this perspective?

more than 7 years ago

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Mulberry Mail is now open source

Vultan Vultan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Vultan (468899) writes "Mulberry Mail has been around for a number of years, but it became free (as in beer) a while back when Cyrusoft stopped marketing it and let its developer, Cyrus Daboo, take ownership of it. Daboo has just announced that Mulberry Mail is now open source under the Apache 2 license. Mulberry is a remarkably full-featured and mature piece of software: it should provide some interesting competition for Thunderbird."
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Vultan Vultan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vultan (468899) writes "Slashdot readers may be familiar with BlueJ, a popular free (as in beer) IDE used for teaching Java. One of BlueJ's key strengths is its object bench (see screen shot), which lets students interact with objects in a point-and-click manner. Microsoft has stolen this same idea, without attribution or citation, for inclusion in Visual Studio 2005. Screen shots of the new Visual Studio functionality show it to be nearly identical to that of BlueJ (compare with screen shots in pages 11 and 12 of this BlueJ tutorial. This is unethical on its own, but the matter is considerably worse: Microsoft has applied to patent this "object test bench" functionality. If this patent succeeds and Microsoft chooses to enforce it, BlueJ could be shut down. Of course, BlueJ counts as prior art, but the BlueJ project is a small academic operation and may not have the resources to challenge.

I've used BlueJ myself in educating students, and it is a wonderful tool. The team building it has spent many years working really hard on it. What can be done?"

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