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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

chrisd Thanks for all the Fish Wrapper (1521 comments)

In 1997, right after Chips n' Dips had faded away, to be replaced by the enigmatically named http:///..org, all of us free software nerds hung on its every story, comment and poll like it was carved on tablet and flung from a burning bush. A year later I had started at hardware maker VA Research and /. was falling down for lack of machinery, so we rummaged through our returns piles and sent Rob and Jeff some 2u servers to help out. That was for me the beginning of some of the most important friendships in my adult life.

Its hard to explain how important Slashdot was to all of us 10 years ago. Indeed, without it it would be hard to imagine HN, Reddit, Digg, Fark or any of a thousand lesser sites. The editorial perspective of Rob and the other editors of /. is what kept people coming back and for a long time that perspective was Rob's, then Rob and Jeff and a bunch of us (some, like Timothy and samzenpus, still around!), but then Jeff left, now Rob. In some way I see this as a passing of an era in free software.

Throughout, while some have left for those greener shores, slashdot abided even while buffeted by the markets and the de/evolving internet news world, and it has remained a default tab in my and many others' browsers.

I didn't mean this post to be about Slashdot though, but about my friend Rob. I'll only say that while the site will be the lessor for you leaving, I firmly believe that computer science will gain my. While this note reads like an epitaph or the last pages of a book, it is really no more than a thank you note from me and many I know to your for your decade+ of work on the site. So...


more than 3 years ago

Google Funds Ogg Theora For Mobile

chrisd Re:Paging Chris DiBona (183 comments)

Sorry, but Theora is still not as high quality as later codecs. That hasn't changed. But I was very happy to fund this work out of my group.

more than 4 years ago

Google Mystery Domain Reroutes 3% of Net Surfers

chrisd The story from Google... (140 comments)

Hey, the fellows in netops asked me to clarify for you folks here's the story:

1e100.net is a Google-owned domain name used to identify the servers in our network. Following standard industry practice, we make sure each IP address has a corresponding hostname. Starting in October 2009, we started using a single domain name to identify our servers across all Google products, rather than use different product domains such as youtube.com, blogger.com, and google.com. We did this for two reasons: first, to keep things simpler, and second, to proactively improve security by protecting against potential threats such as cross-site scripting attacks. Most typical Internet users will never see 1e100.net, but we picked we picked a Googley name for it just in case (1e100 is scientific notation for 1 googol).

So there you go!

more than 4 years ago

Android and the Linux Kernel Community

chrisd Lots of comments on LWN.net's coverage (354 comments)

If you head over to LWN, we've already gone back and forth on this a bit. http://lwn.net/Articles/372419/. The short form is that if they don't like how we use the kernel, we're unlikely to be accepted upstream. It's all still released as source code to the world, but the mainline is not interested in most of what we've with to the kernel.

more than 4 years ago

Symbian Introduces Open Source Release Plan

chrisd Re:Android (92 comments)

I'd like to point out that the Kogan phone folks could have adapted the code to the screen size, but it would have taken longer than their product plan would have allowed. So in that case, you are right, but if they had started the screen porting stuff earlier, then they probably could have shipped something like what they put on their website.

Let me remind you that the structure of the droid licensing is very clear: linux kernel, then apache/bsd all the way up from there (With a dollop of lgpl). You don't need googles permission to ship an android based device. There are some apps (maps comes to mind) that you do need googles permission to ship, but those are closed anyhow.


more than 5 years ago


chrisd Re:Nope. Never. (395 comments)

Man, no respect for writing 2 non-fiction books. -none-. Course the second one sold for shit...


about 6 years ago

"Pull" Barcode Scanning Could Be Android's Killer App

chrisd Re:smells like a polecat (296 comments)

This isn't like that at all....the phone can read bar codes, which is nice, it isn't some grand marketing initiative with tie-ins with Wired and all that. But I can see people replacing the old bulky symbol style handhelds for something like this.

more than 6 years ago



Summer of Code Org Application Deadline Approaches

chrisd chrisd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

chrisd writes "Hey everyone, just wanted to drop a line reminding open source projects that they only have until March 12th (pst) to apply for Google's Summer of Code. We are accepting more organizations this year than last because we want to add a couple hundred more students to the program, so if you are part of a great project or know someone who is, we'd love to see an application. Please note that this is for organization and not for prospective students, that's not for a few more weeks (see the rogram timeline). Thanks!"
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Microsoft Submits Licenses for OSI Approval

chrisd chrisd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

chrisd writes "Guess who's coming to dinner? Microsoft has submitted both the Microsoft Public License and Microsoft Community license. Jon Rosenberg, a PBM (whatever that is) with the worlds largest software company, submitted them just a few minutes ago, so they've yet to make it into the linked archive. He sent two emails proposing the Microsoft Permissive License and Microsoft Community License. Let's see if we can break some of those comment records!"
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chrisd chrisd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

chrisd writes "Hi everyone, just wanted to do one last shake of the old tree...the Summer of Code student application deadline is coming up on the 26th. We've got some great applications but I'd love to see more. We're accepting 800 students this year into the program and we have 131 open source organizations who'd love to see you apply. Anyone can talk about open source but you could be coding some with some of the best developmers out there. Apply today."

chrisd chrisd writes  |  more than 8 years ago

chrisd writes "When we first released the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) we were focused on building a great tool for people to build AJAX apps with. Now, we're happy to announce that all of the GWT source code is available, including the Java to JavaScript compiler and the debugging browser, under the Apache 2.0 license. If you'd like to see how we pulled off letting you avoid dealing with nasty browser quirks, you should take a look. More importantly, we're running this like a true open source project now: we'll be developing GWT completely in the open, as per our project charter. More info on the GWT blog"


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