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GNU Hands Out Trisquel At a Microsoft Store

byolinux Re:What about Apple? (274 comments)

They've done dozens of events at Apple Stores, including the huge Apple store about 100 metres from this Microsoft store.

about a year ago
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GNU Hands Out Trisquel At a Microsoft Store

byolinux Re:Based on Ubuntu (274 comments)

"free enough to be distributed with the Linux kernel sources"

the firmware files are typically under a license that prohibits modification and even redistribution.

about a year ago
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GNU Hands Out Trisquel At a Microsoft Store

byolinux Re:Linux, Linux, Linux, Linux (274 comments)

> A desktop os needs a browser (Firefox), text editor (vim), office suite (OpenOffice), PDF reader (evince), window manager (kde), etc

Browser: GNU Icecat, text editor: emacs, office suite: GNOME Office, PDF reader: GNU PDF, window manager: GNOME.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Laptop With Decent Linux Graphics Support?

byolinux A solution (260 comments)

I found its actually hard to get a machine that's decent these days, unless you're prepared to put up with a bit of crap.

The solution is to build your own custom laptop -- http://www.avadirect.com/gaming-laptop-configurator.asp?PRID=25095

If you go for the "VISIONTEK Killer" wireless card, it has an Atheros chipset, so you can distro-hop to your hearts content. They also ship it with no OS if you like.

about 2 years ago
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Slashdot Asks: SATA DVD Drives That Don't Suck for CD Ripping?

byolinux Re:Who cares? (330 comments)

Rip it all and then use something like beats to figure out the audio fingerprinting and correctly tag things for you.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

byolinux Re:adapting (547 comments)

If you press stop twice, then hit play, you can generally skip that stuff.

about 2 years ago
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Victory For Music Locker Services?

byolinux MP3tunes is a pretty cool service (51 comments)

Their DAR.fm thing is also neat.

I hope this means they'll be able to ramp up the service now, as their support sucks.

more than 3 years ago
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Stack Exchange Website Profiler Now Open Source

byolinux Re:.NET production profiler (56 comments)

He used proprietary software to get the GNU project up and running. First thing he wrote was an editor, then a compiler using that editor, then tools using that compiler and editor, then more tools using the existing tools, compiler, editor, etc.

more than 3 years ago
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The FSF's Campaign Against the Nintendo 3DS

byolinux Re:the horrible effects of homogenisation (187 comments)

> Another thing that bothers me is that the FSF stuff almost comes across as negative, so 3DS is evil, iPad is evil, Kindle is evil, etc. Great, but what hardware is actually ok to buy? Why is there still no hardware database of the good stuff that doesn't limit my rights?

http://www.fsf.org/resources/hw

more than 3 years ago
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FSF Suggests That Google Free Gmail Javascript

byolinux Re:over the top (413 comments)

But Google is distributing proprietary software!

Like all proprietary software distributors, we want them to stop and release free software instead. That's why we take up the argument with them.

more than 3 years ago
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FSF Suggests That Google Free Gmail Javascript

byolinux Re:over the top (413 comments)

But this is Google's code that its running on MY computer. I should be able to control it.

more than 3 years ago
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FSF Suggests That Google Free Gmail Javascript

byolinux Re:i guess that was a sanctioned comment (413 comments)

The code is already in your browser and you can already look at it. That's not the issue.

The issue is that without the essential freedoms to study, modify and distribute copies of the software, users are at a disadvantage to the developer and that's unjust.

more than 3 years ago
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FSF Suggests That Google Free Gmail Javascript

byolinux Re:Idea assumes everyone knows Java (413 comments)

Because users aren't able to legally modify, study and distribute it? Plus, it's not in a suitable form for modification.

more than 3 years ago
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FSF Suggests That Google Free Gmail Javascript

byolinux Re:Why? (413 comments)

You think the FSF should prefix all of its opinions on its own website?

more than 3 years ago
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FSF Suggests That Google Free Gmail Javascript

byolinux Re:over the top (413 comments)

They just have to provide the code under a free license. Running the code is another problem entirely.

more than 3 years ago

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FSF Files Suit Against Cisco For GPL Violations

byolinux byolinux writes  |  more than 5 years ago

byolinux (535260) writes "The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced that it has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Cisco. The FSF's complaint alleges that in the course of distributing various products under the Linksys brand Cisco has violated the licenses of many programs on which the FSF holds copyright, including GCC, binutils, and the GNU C Library. In doing so, Cisco has denied its users their right to share and modify the software.

"Our licenses are designed to ensure that everyone who uses the software can change it," said Richard Stallman, president and founder of the FSF. "In order to exercise that right, people need the source code, and that's why our licenses require distributors to provide it. We are enforcing our licenses to protect the rights that everyone should have with all software: to use it, share it, and modify it as they see fit."

The complaint was filed this morning in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by the Software Freedom Law Center, which is providing representation to the FSF in this case. The case is number 08-CV-10764 and will be heard by Judge Paul G. Gardephe. A copy of the complaint is available on the FSF web site."

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Wikimedia may use CC thanks to FDL 1.3

byolinux byolinux writes  |  more than 5 years ago

byolinux (535260) writes "The FSF released FDL 1.3 today. This version of the license allows public wikis like Wikipedia to relicense their FDL-covered materials under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license. There's an FAQ explaining the details. Wikipedia plans to hold a public consultation process to decide whether and how to migrate to CC-BY-SA."
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Students for Free Culture 2008 Conference

byolinux byolinux writes  |  about 6 years ago

byolinux (535260) writes "Students for Free Culture Berkeley is proudly hosting the Students for Free Culture 2008 Conference over this week. The conference will be held October 11th at the Chevron Auditorium at UC Berkeley. Anyone interested in politics, tech policy, art, and culture will find something to like. Join guests from Creative Commons, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and others! Attendees are asked to donate what they think the conference is worth, whether that's $1 or $100."
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An opportunity to End Software Patents

byolinux byolinux writes  |  more than 6 years ago

byolinux (535260) writes "End Software Patents (ESP) has filed an amicus curiae brief in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's (CAFC) rehearing of the In re Bilski case. The rehearing could lead to the elimination of patents on software. ESP executive director Ben Klemens said, "This is an historic opportunity to fix the US patent system, as the Bilski rehearing will directly address the boundaries of the subject matter of patents. In our brief, the End Software Patents project supports the Supreme Court's long-held position that computer software should not be patentable, and has highlighted to the Court the real economic harm software patents cause the US economy.""
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byolinux byolinux writes  |  more than 8 years ago

byolinux writes "Eric needs help. At LinuxWorld SF 2006, he said "We have a serious problem. Whenever I try to pitch Linux to anyone under 30, the question I get is: 'Will it work with my iPod? We are not yet as a community making the painful compromises need to achieve widespread desktop market share. Until we do, we will get locked out of more hardware." — it seems Eric needs someone to send him a virtual hug, by way of an iPod. He can plug it into his GNU/Linux computer and he'll see just how well free software can work with his new toy. Maybe he'll even add support for it in Fetchmail

Buy Eric Raymond an iPod and donate to Rockbox and the FSF at the same time!"

Journals

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Happy... whatever you're doing...

byolinux byolinux writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Sleeping and resting is how I'm trying to spend my time, how about you?

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Me.

byolinux byolinux writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I just realised that I am not really sure if people on /. know anything about me.

I am Matt. I am 23. I live in Exeter, UK. I am a Debian guy. I like Macs. I run cnuk.org. I work for the FSF as a web guy. I am single (bah).

What else do you know about me?

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McDonalds and Racism

byolinux byolinux writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Have you ever seen Ghost World? In it, Steve Buscemi's character works for a fictional fast food chain called Cook's Chicken, only the restaurant was previously called Coon Chicken and their logo was a stereotyped sinister looking African American.

This prompted my memory last night, when I was talking to Dr Cousens about fast food, and how different it would be if we had our place, when I remembered my Grandmother (who sadly passed in 1997) telling me that McDonalds was owned (globally) by Ronald McDonald who was a real clown that had made it big. She also told me not to eat there because he was really a black man who tried to make himself look white to be successful. She also said his real name was Sambo. Sambo McDonald.

Naturally, by this time in my life I wasn't ready to believe such an obvious lie, but it got me thinking about how many kids grow up hearing crazy stories and urban myths and believing them as fact.

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The fun of zoo.pl

byolinux byolinux writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Every day on Slashdot, you see posts that you disagree with, you read posts and sigs written by people you'd dislike if you knew them in real life, but occasionally you find people who are trying to do something destructive.

One such user is Profanity Blacklist, who adds people to their foes if they post vulgarity on Slashdot. To me, this is dumb. Really fucking dumb. It's censorship and I don't like it... when I discovered this, I added all the fans of the user to my foes list - thinking that I'd cause some of them to sit up and take notice. However, what I forgot to do, was check the foes list too as some of the people on there are also listed as fans.

This is an interesting situation: It seems that if you get added as a foe by this user, and then add this user as a friend it might do something out of the ordinary.

But I didn't check.

I added people to my foes list and then today, I find someone's left me an offline message on ICQ...

Eh, this is SeanDuggan from /.
I noticed you've marked me as a foe. Since I don't think I know you from Adam and a quick browsing of the post history doesn't seem to indicate we've stepped on each others' posts, I'm curious as to why the relationship change. You're perfectly welcome to, of course, but I'm always curious as to the whys of things. Heck, could be it's some negative personality trait I can fix.

Seems friendly enough. I check him out - sure enough, he was added as a foe and sure enough, he has a blog post explaining that suddenly - he has two foes and one is the Profanity Blacklist. Whoops! Now, I actually bother to check, I see that not only is he a pretty cool guy, but also he posted something that made me laugh when George Carlin said it, and made me laugh again on Slashdot when I read it back, which is a rare thing indeed.

Anyway, I'm going to keep myself as his foe until I've spoken to him, explain why I'm a trigger happy Brit at times and hope we can go for some cold ones sometime.

This post is Creative Commons ShareAlike-Attribution-NonCommercial licensed.

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Submitted this today...

byolinux byolinux writes  |  more than 10 years ago Macworld UK are reporting that BBC2, here in the UK are to show Steve Jobs and Bill Gates head-to-head on December 4th. Show presenter and financial analyst Alvin Hall will try to quantify the merits of both men. The show features "helpful insights from those who know them best", and will declare "who emerges at the top of the technological pile," show information says.

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