Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?
I know Slashdot hive mind thinks M$ is evil (i think it too), but even Microsoft knows it's not about the OS, it's about developer tools (developers, developers, developers).
Unix API is nice. Sockets? include sys/socket.h plus a couple of other headers and you are fine. Graphics? include opengl/gl*.h. But how about other things? Playing sound? Choose between OSS, ALSA, JACK or dozens of sound servers. KDE x GNOME war? Both lost.
I love linux, but it's truly is a PITA using and programming for it's desktop environment.
Ask Slashdot: How Did You Become a Linux Professional?
A Linux from Scratch installation is far from a usable system on the long run, but is a great experience for learning.
ISO Updates C Standard
Maybe someone thinks the standards must be expensive so a thrid party that didn't work on the process must pay too.
Apple's Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) Now Open Source
Apple has a lot of patents on audio/video compression. Have they licensed those for free for this implementation? How about another implementation or fork? Will those have the same license?
Google: Orkut Will Co-Exist With Google+
I'm Brazilian. Orkut is still very popular here, but lost some space to facebook. A reason is that orkut is FULL of low-brow content. "Orkutization" is used as a verb to define the rise of low-brow content in a given service.
There's no way in hell Google is going to migrate all this.
Ask Slashdot: Living Without Internet At-Home Access?
I can't imagine how this can work. Computers without internet aren't 1% as useful. If you think about making a Wikipedia mirror, you don't plan to cut back on computer time anyway.
Just take the slowest connection you can find, or share with a neighbor, or use a cellphone for tethering.
Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?
I got a email@example.com address and EVERYDAY i receive at least one e-mail by mistake. People type firstname.lastname@example.org as xyz,email@example.com and there you go...
I tried filter, warn people, flag as spam, but there's no sure way to catch it all. I at least try to have fun. So far i've got:
- Pics from a married man to his male lover.
- US$370 transfer from Paypal (i didn't take the money, by the way).
- Dozens of resumes.
- E-mail from a girl to his teacher who would do ANYTHING to don't fail his course.
- Got my e-mail banned from Facebook because someone signed up with my email and messed up (Solved later).
- Deleted 100+ e-mail accounts that used my email as secondary email for password recovery.
Change your e-mail or live with it.
In Brazil, Google Fined For Content of Anonymous Posting
IAAB (I am a Brazilian). Sure, anonimous posting is forbidden by Constitution. So is interest rates greater than 12%/year. It's more complicated than that.
I think judges have a problem understanding how internet works and are trying to not lose power (like when a judge tried to block all of youtube because Cicarelli's sex video: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2007/06/youtube-wins-privacy-case-against-brazilian-supermodel.ars ). I feel sorry for Google.
Contest To Hack Brazilian Voting Machines
Paper ballot is far from perfect. I think we are better this way. People will not hack a voting machine to win, just buy votes. It's easier.
Brazil is a very big country and counting votes was always problematic. Now we have a official result in the same day.
Elections for legislative branch was a problem too. People wrote the name or a nickname of a candidate, or just swear. A monkey (or another animal from a zoo, can't remember) was elected years ago as a prostest.
Buying votes is harder too. They just took people who cant read and gave a paper already marked.
Hosting a Highly Inflammatory Document?
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Game Developers On Gold Selling
In economics and finance, arbitrage is the practice of taking advantage of a price differential between two or more markets: striking a combination of matching deals that capitalize upon the imbalance, the profit being the difference between the market prices.