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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

a_n_d_e_r_s Re:If only PJ was still running groklaw! (173 comments)

Actually she tried to turn it over to someone else for a while. But the other person did not have her clarity in explaning the court document that PJ had and it was mostly her anyway.

Yes it was taking alot of her time and she did it on her spare time. So I understand why she did not had time to continue to update it.

There is a new site trying to do what PJ did - but missing her brilliance it's a very small site which not many visit:

http://grokthelaw.freeforums.net/ but anyone who wants to, is welcome to help.

2 days ago
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NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

a_n_d_e_r_s Re:My shortest YASD (186 comments)

Actually, the game gives a special death message if you die on turn 1.

Turn 3 is nothing :)

about a week ago
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Linux 3.18 Released, Lockup Bug Still Present

a_n_d_e_r_s Re:Dissecting != Bisecting (106 comments)

Yeah, the editors of slashdot are not fluent in computer science lingo that is common within open source where one work with many different version and need to make sure regression not happen e.g. the linux kernel.

Also if editor had googled the word this statement is visible in the Wikipedia page about bisecting:

"Not to be confused with Dissection."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...

Dissection is mostly known as a biological term about using an scalpel to examine plants, animals or humans.

about a week ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

a_n_d_e_r_s Re:If and only if (652 comments)

Actually what happens if EU decided to make an CO2 import tax om all wares produced in countries who don't lower their CO2 levels to the same as EU ?

All countries dependent on EU would have to lower CO2 emissions too. Thus most countries in the world would do the same as EU to make sure other countries dont get trade advantages from them and also force their import goods to have a low impact CO2 footprint.

Thus everyone will be forced to do it. Just because EU is such a big and important importer of goods.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 8 and 8.1 Pass 15% Market Share, Windows XP Drops Below 20% Mark

a_n_d_e_r_s Re:In related news... (192 comments)

Since this is usage stats. Lets looks at client usage stats on internet:

Windows 57.12%
Linux 20.12%
Apple 18.04%
Other 4.74%

Stats are from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems

So yes Linux has come a long way. Windows may still own the desktop. Market share in what is though of as the PC-market (desktop/laptop/nettbook) its only 1.64% today. But in market share of the computers that are used to surf on the net, supercomputers, servers real time system there Linux are thriving.

Linux is in second place and increasing in the IT that folks use today

about a month and a half ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

a_n_d_e_r_s Re:Ok seriously though ... (367 comments)

Since the code is free you can just buy support from any IT company who offers it. You are not forced to buy it from the original manufakturer. So with Linux - you can basically get eternal support if you want it.

The truth is if Microsoft sold it off they could probably get very good payment from other companies that would love to take over support and upgrades of Windows XP.

Microsoft is killing the business to be able to force the customers to downgrade to their new operating systems.

about 9 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

a_n_d_e_r_s Re:Apple (627 comments)

"Go To Statement Considered Harmful" was a text written 45 years ago.

Still many who think they are programmers uses goto today.

They should have learned by now.

Sadly some bad book teach people to use goto.

about 10 months ago
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Math Models Predicted Global Uprisings

a_n_d_e_r_s Re:Hindsight? (265 comments)

Occupy wall street was a protest against the rich in the little country known as USA.

A typical muslim country is it ? Not really.

Well, it's at least a land full of religious conservatives who don't drink tea but rather push it into the river.
There are many people who read and think too much about ancient obsolete books and think they have all the answers.

about 10 months ago
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Oldest Known Star In the Universe Discovered

a_n_d_e_r_s Re:I guess theoretically... (141 comments)

Knowing which is the oldest object in the world is like doing archaeology.

Looking at old objects we humans can determine more about how the world looked like when the object was created. The materials that was used. The way the object was formed.

It's important information that helps give a greater understanding of our universe and how it was created and the condition that then existed.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

a_n_d_e_r_s Re:CNAME under the publisher's domain (731 comments)

Yes, of course its trivial to block. Many already does that.

The name of the domain makes it easy to just block all content from just that domain.
Doesnt matter if they call it ad.name.com or partners.name.com or media.name.com or whatever.name.com

If its all ads from one of the "legit" subdomains, its easy to block just that domain.

If that is hidden behind a URL scheme with www.name.com/ads/ (or /media/ /partners /whatever/ ) its easy to block.

If ads is added bya specific script file that all webpages include - just block that script file.

Blocking ads speed up the browsing. If you never intend to buy from internet-ads anyway and instead
always use consumer compare sites for selecting which product to buy - who needs ads anyway ?

about a year ago
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Lasers Unearth Lost 'Agropolis' of New England

a_n_d_e_r_s Re:long lost civilization (105 comments)

It's still there ? Hm, some might say that.

But thats only if you count the current USA as a civilization. ;)

about a year ago
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

a_n_d_e_r_s Re:Windows XP still at 28.98% (470 comments)

As long as the old junk is better then the new junk. They continue to use it.

about a year ago
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

a_n_d_e_r_s Sigh (470 comments)

when did this site become the new site for Microsoft uninteresting press releases about their so-called successes ?

about a year ago
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Earth's Orbit Reshapes Sea Floor

a_n_d_e_r_s Re:Misleading Headline (55 comments)

Its a very sad state in the world that any article - even those who not even talk about global warmning - get dragged into that flame war by the deniers.

about a year ago
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90 Percent of Businesses Say IP Is "Not Important"

a_n_d_e_r_s Re:Percentages that don't add up (185 comments)

Actually the reverse is probably more true.

The fact that 25% of jobs are claimed to be dependent on IP does not mean that those job will get lost if no IP existed. There is alot to suggest that most of those jobs would still be in demand even if IP does not exists. Because someone need to program that software. someone need to write that music and someone need to write that book.

The business would change yes - but there still would be a demand for the products so how much loss in jobs would one see if all IP was no longer enforaceble ? And how many new business oppurtunies and new jobs would we not see if IP was abandoned ?

Removing IP can lead to a world with even more jobs available then before.

about a year ago
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Exponential Algorithm In Windows Update Slowing XP Machines

a_n_d_e_r_s Re:On purpose? (413 comments)

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Bubblesort is a very easy algorithm to implement... and works well for a few entries.

1 year,1 day
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Oldest Human DNA Contains Clues To Mysterious Species

a_n_d_e_r_s Re:Hominin? (93 comments)

Hominin a subtribe of homonids

Homonids is great apes thus humans gorillas chimpanzea orangutans

Homonin are all those related closer to humans than chimpanzees thus neantherthals etc

1 year,13 days
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Oldest Human DNA Contains Clues To Mysterious Species

a_n_d_e_r_s Re:underground cave... (93 comments)

Well the cave could technically be in an mountain. Over ground level and inside the mountain thus making it a mountain cave.

1 year,13 days
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Bitcoin Thefts Surge, DDoS Hackers Take Millions

a_n_d_e_r_s Re:Something I've been ruminating about all day (305 comments)

Given the fact that the gain will reach 0 one day. Its built in that it will happen.
That day the bitcoins will slowly get eroded away and lost in the big bucket in the sky.

In the end most bitcoins will mostly be nothings - lost bitcoins that will never be recoverable and the total worth of the bitcoin market will be highly exaggerated without anyone knowing if they still exists or are lost.

1 year,16 days

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EU:Microsoft fined $1 billion for antitrust violation

a_n_d_e_r_s a_n_d_e_r_s writes  |  more than 2 years ago

a_n_d_e_r_s (136412) writes "The ongoing sage since 2004 about Microsoft then misuse of dominant position in the EU marketplace to block competitors may be finally over and the fine has been set to 860 million euro (just over 1 billion dollars). In 2004 Microsoft was ordered to provide certain information to competitors but failed to do so and was given an hefty fine. Now the EU General Court in Luxemburg has upheld the EU Commission decision and ruled against Microsoft."
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Filesharing official religion in Sweden

a_n_d_e_r_s a_n_d_e_r_s writes  |  more than 2 years ago

a_n_d_e_r_s (136412) writes "Kopimism has now officially become an sanctioned religion in Sweden. Rick Falkvinge, founder of the original Pirate Party, writes in hos blog that the religion was "founded by people with their roots in the youth wing Ung Pirat of the Swedish Pirate Party; people who believe that copying is not just right, but has a higher purpose in itself. Information is holy, and sharing and copying is a sacred act."
The kopimism message is that Internet is holy and that code is law, copying and sharing of information is a ethically right and that remixing is an holy act."

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Linux 20 years - from hobby to world dominantion

a_n_d_e_r_s a_n_d_e_r_s writes  |  more than 3 years ago

a_n_d_e_r_s writes "Today its 20 years ago. On 1991-08-25 Linus Torvalds send a little message to a Minix diskussions group that would change the world:

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I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since April, and is starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things).

I've currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work. This implies that I'll get something practical within a few months [...] Yes — it's free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs. It is NOT portable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that's all I have :-(.
"
Linus had a dream to be able to run UNIX like operating system on his home computer. But since none was available he did like many before and after him has done — he started to program it himself. Andra såg vad han hade gjort, gillade det och bÃrjade hjÃlpa till att utveckla Linux.

Other saw what he did and liked it and helped him create the world class operating system of today. Every day nearly 1 million new CPUs for the first time start to run Linux. From the super computers of today to the Linux-distrubution Android in cell phones — they all run Linux. World domination in nearly all ways — well except for the desktop so far."

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EU telecom package done. No three strikes and out!

a_n_d_e_r_s a_n_d_e_r_s writes  |  more than 5 years ago

a_n_d_e_r_s (136412) writes "The battle was hard but the final text do ensure that people in EU are not disconnected from the Internet without a chance to get a prior fair and impartial hearing. The important part are:

"Accordingly, these measures may only be taken with due respect for the principle of presumption of innocence and the right to privacy. A prior fair and impartial procedure shall be guaranteed, including the right to be heard of the person or persons concerned, subject to the need for appropriate conditions and procedural arrangements in duly substantiated cases of urgency in conformity with European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The right to an effective and timely judicial review shall be guaranteed."

This means that if someone is accused of copyright infringement they can't just be disconnect from Internet. It let the accused get a chance to disagree and take it to court before being disconnected. The urgency clause also means that if a computer is part of a ongoing DDOS it can get disconnected from the Internet. Now this has to be implemented into the EU nations own national law so the final ruling how this will be implemented is not out yet. But overall it looks like a great success in stopping informal three strikes and then you are disconnected since it gives the consumers the right to stop this by going to a court of Law too keep their Internet connection.

You can read the full text on Christian Engströms Pirat MEP blogg at http://christianengstrom.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/telecom-package-final-agreed-text/

Now only the administrative tasks to get a final approval from the member countries ministers and the EU parlament — but that looks to be like more of a formality then a real hinder since the text has been approved by all important parties in these assemblies."
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Prison for Pirate Bay

a_n_d_e_r_s a_n_d_e_r_s writes  |  more than 5 years ago

a_n_d_e_r_s (136412) writes "The four persons behind the Pirate Bay accused of helping others to commit copyright infringement has today received their sentence of 1 year in prison and about 30 MSEK in damages and loss of the computer equpment that was used to host the Pirate bay. It will most likely be appealed to a higher court. This is reported all over the net BBC and Routers Skimming through the verdict(warning large PDF in SWEDISH) it looks like they where all found guilty as having a general knowledge that the Pirate Bay can be used for copyright infringement and thus where found guilty of the crime. Even though the accused was not even aware of the torrents that was part of the court hearing they where sentenced. This is the real interesting issue — by not even giving an aperance to fight against that their site being used for copyright infringements probably was the important factor that made the court found them guilty. The sentencing is not unexpected (max verdict is 2 years in prison) and the damages is about 1/3 of what the companies that has requested damages had requested. Notice that no punitive damages is applicable."
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Deranged diplomatic passwords revealed

a_n_d_e_r_s a_n_d_e_r_s writes  |  more than 7 years ago

a_n_d_e_r_s (136412) writes "At http://derangedsecurity.com/ there are live and real proof that password like 1234 are actually used for highly sensitive stuff.

Have you ever wondered what the email password the dimplomatic personel use to protect their highly secure email accounts. How about 1234 ? Yes, that is one of a hundred real passwords and username displayed at deranged security. Swedish security expert Dan Egerstad has broken the password for a number of national powers — but he won't tell anyone how he got them. He tried to call the ambassy of a country but they did not take him seriou — so he decided to display them on a web page since he had not the time to call everyone on the list that he know used bad security and leaked their password to the world. Now you can read the truth about which password that are used to protect the diplomatic emails."

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Microsoft bought Swedens ISO vote on OOXML ?

a_n_d_e_r_s a_n_d_e_r_s writes  |  more than 7 years ago

a_n_d_e_r_s (136412) writes "The vote on OOXML looked fairly secured for a No vote in Sweden. Most in the Working Group In Sweden was against the vote to approve OOXML. Suddenly on the day of the vote more companies showed up at the door, some 20 more companies — each one payed about $2500 to be allowed to vote — and vote they did. Most of the new companies was strangely enough partners from Microsoft who suddenly out of the blue joined the working group, payed membership fees and voted yes for approval.

From being a fairly negative group the working group suddely had a huge majority of yay-sayers who voted for Sweden to approve OOXML as an ISO standard.

For those that want to buy the Swedish vote on an ISO standard — it only cost about $50 000 — its not too much money for anyone that want there own bought and payed for ISO standard.

This has started to brew in Sweden and the newspapers are right now starting to write about the coup against the SIS — Swedens Standards Institute http://www.sis.se/ . The workings groups position can be changed if the power to be at SIS wants to — so its not over yet.

OS2World writes about it:

http://www.os2world.com/content/view/14868/1/

Patrik Fältströms blogg about it:

http://stupid.domain.name/node/382"

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Samsung will sue Apple tomorrow ?

a_n_d_e_r_s a_n_d_e_r_s writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tomorrow looks to be the day of the antipcited Apple release of the iPhone 5 but other sources tell of a threat to people being able to buy an iPhone directly after the announcement as they usually can. Samsung is in the final stages to start a court case against Apple if it is revealed that iPhone 5 support LTA or 4G in its phone.Apple has not licensed LTE from Samsung. Samsung has a large number of patents in the LTE tech and probably do what they can to stop Apple from selling their iPhone 5 on the US and European market according to an exclusive for The Korean Times.

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Linux 20 years from a hobby to world dominance

a_n_d_e_r_s a_n_d_e_r_s writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Today its 20 years ago that Linus Torvalds send a little message to a Minix diskussions group:

I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since April, and is starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things).

I've currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work. This implies that I'll get something practical within a few months [...] Yes - it's free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs. It is NOT portable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that's all I have :-(.

Linus had a dream to be able to run UNIX like operating system on his home computer. But since none was available he did like many before and after him has done - he started to program it himself. Andra sÃ¥g vad han hade gjort, gillade det och bÃrjade hjÃlpa till att utveckla Linux.

Other saw what he did and liked it and helped him create the world class operating system of today. Every day many and not far from 1 million new CPU for the first time start to run Linux. From the super computers of today to the Linux-distrubution Android in cell phones - they all run Linux. World domination in nearly all ways - well except for the desktop so far.

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1+1 =

a_n_d_e_r_s a_n_d_e_r_s writes  |  more than 8 years ago

2 or 10 or 1 - depending on the context. But when the context is the context we all live in - the world - people does not seam to realize that different people see a different context.

Why is it so ?

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