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Norwegian Study: Global Warming Less Severe Than Feared

clarkie.mg Re:Look at the data (468 comments)

Your first link point to very local data - northern Europe - but your paragraph about it is titled, in bold Global temperature increase data *FACEPALM*
Here is some real data you might want to consider and inspect closely.

Secondly, you point to the fact that, quote, In fact we see the opposite, we see that the CO2 rise *follows* the temperature rise, not precedes it.. Well that is simply not true concerning the contemporary climate events, the temperature rise is extremely well correlated to the human output of co2 in the atmosphere. Now, correlation being not causation, it is possible that another cause - which one, you never say - would make the temperatures rise. However it is extremely unlikely that another natural cause would magically correlate with human activity of the last 200 years.

But maybe you meant the co2 rise of the past climate events ? That must be that, because it's a common meme through the deniers' sphere. It's funny that you fail to reproduce the basic non-scientific mantras of the deniers and you want us to believe that your post is of any significant value. *FACEPALM*

Concerning the delay between temperature rise and concentration of co2 rise in the past warming events, it correctly is of about 800 years on a total warming phase of around 5000 years. However, considering that this means that the present climate event has nothing to do with human output of co2 is a lack of the most basic knowledge of climate science.

Here is how it worked - short version : the earth changes orbit periodically - milankovitch cycles - and the amount of energy received by the earth increases a little bit. This drives global temperature up, 1 or 2 degrees, not more. This, in turn, induces changes in the biosphere : more vegetation in short. Slowly, that vegetation dies and releases co2. The co2, in turn, drives temperature up with the greenhouse gas effect. But much higher than the effects of the initial perturbation, 8 to 12 degrees more ! This is called a feedback. But that doesn't mean that co2 cannot be the initial perturbation if we release enormous quantity of it as is the case in the present climate event.

In fact, the delay in the paleolithic events and the no delay in the present event is another proof by simple logic that the humans are the cause of the imbalance.

Also, this shows how worse the situation can become as past climate changes lasted hundreds or thousands of years when this one would be much shorter. Guess in which case the biosphere adapts better ?

I could go on answering your nonsensical post but i stopped reading after that second paragraph that shows you lack even the most basic knowledge on the subject.

I suggest that you educate yourself, for example with "Climate Change Science: A Modern Synthesis" Farmer, G. Thomas, Cook, John published by Springer. Then maybe you can tell the world to look at the data.

about 2 years ago

Norwegian Study: Global Warming Less Severe Than Feared

clarkie.mg Not "Less Severe" but "Slower" (468 comments)

This study doesn't say anything about the "severity" of the phenomenon but is a statistical modelling of the sensitivity of the surface temperature to the concentration of co2. In other words, the rate of the warming. However, it is written : "When the researchers at CICERO and the Norwegian Computing Center applied their model and statistics to analyse temperature readings from the air and ocean for the period ending in 2000, they found that climate sensitivity to a doubling of atmospheric CO2 concentration will most likely be 3.7C, which is somewhat higher than the IPCC prognosis. But the researchers were surprised when they entered temperatures and other data from the decade 2000-2010 into the model; climate sensitivity was greatly reduced to a “mere” 1.9C." That doesn't look to be a very solid model ...

about 2 years ago

Larry Sanger Tells FBI Wikipedia Distributes "Child Pornography"

clarkie.mg Democrat in the sense of for democracy. (572 comments)

I wrote democrat in the sense of being for democracy, not in the sense of being for the democrats of USA.

more than 4 years ago

Larry Sanger Tells FBI Wikipedia Distributes "Child Pornography"

clarkie.mg Definitely not libertarian or even democrat! (572 comments)

I have just one last comment, in response to a few Slashdot comments. Some of those comments were written by people who sound like complete creeps to me, [...] Such people should not be making policy for the seventh most popular website in the world.

So now, in your opinion, anyone who defends freedom of expression or freedom of thinking is automatically classified as having the lowest moral standards among those who can use that freedom ?

Never heard of the quote "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." by Voltaire ?

Besides, you make a succession of small and subtle deviations in your reasoning :

first, we start with the subject of fictional representations of sexual characters that might be minors;

second, we are on the subject of those who are sexually stimulated by such depictions. It's not the same ! Watching such cartoons *does not* automatically translate in being sexually stimulated for a massively large part of the population. It even is disgusting for many people. [For me, I am more disgusted when i see a baby about to die of malnutrition in Africa or children being shot by an helicopter in Irak or Gaza, than by a stupid cartoon.]

third, we are now talking about those who make a comment acknowedging that people get stimulated by that kind of fiction, or simply moderate the comment. It doesn't necessarily mean they are "creeps" but you put them in the same league;

fourth, you make a whole paragraph about those who advocate a pedosociety : "Such people should not be making policy for the seventh most popular website in the world."

What it leads to think is that watching cartoons about sex equals being sexually stimulated by it equals morally approving it equals advocating for legal sex with minors in the society.

I don't think that kind of reasoning is fair or valid.

more than 4 years ago

Larry Sanger Tells FBI Wikipedia Distributes "Child Pornography"

clarkie.mg You are not a libertarian! (572 comments)

In reply to this :

Call this censorship if you like, but I don't really think you have a constitutional right to publish and consume realistic drawings of child rape and molestation.

Apart from repeatedly saying it's wrong, you didn't give any reason behind this opinion.

So i'd like to know what are the criteria that you would use to decide what *fictional* material should be allowed or not ?

Surely it can't be that the situation depicted is illegal or most fictions would be banned.

Surely it can't be that the situation depicted is illegal and shocking as the sensibilty varies from one person to another. I can't stand the movie "Natural born killers" but that doesn't mean i want it banned. If you don't like one type of fiction, just don't look at it. You would have a point if sensitive fiction would be pushed on national TV. I personally think there is too much violence on tv but i don't care if someone rents a very violent movie on dvd.

Is it that the situation depicted must be illegal, shocking and involve children ? Then we surely must ban "Anne Frank's journal", "Schindler's list", "Pan's labyrinth" (murder of a child at the end), "law abiding citizen" (murder of a child at the beginning)
On what grounds would you assume that it's right to show violence, murder, rape or torture on an adult in a fiction but not on a child ? If you ban fictional situations involving children on the basis that it's "wrong" in reality then it looks like the same horrible situations are "right" in reality if they concern an adult. Of course that is not the case ! A rape is criminal and horrible in reality whether on a child or an adult. And in fiction, it's still horrible but like many other fictional depictions, it's FICTION, if you don't like it, just ignore it ! [NB: Anne Frank is not fiction]

Is it that the situation depicted must be illegal, shocking, involve children and depict sexuality or nudity ? Then, i am sorry but you have strange moral values. I see no reason why you would be offended by the cartoon of an underage having sex and not be offended by the murder of a child in a movie.

Is it that the situation depicted must be illegal, involve children and depict sexuality or nudity and look apologetic ? When you see a murder in a movie, you instantly know it's wrong, whether the movie is apologetic or not. That should be the same with depiction of illegal sexual activities involving minors. There is no reason to ban it, you should be able to use your moral judgment whatever fiction you see.

The bottomline is, if it's fiction and there is no victim, it's not a matter of legality but morality. And morality is in the eye of the beholder. It's not the role of a governement to decide what is moral or not. If you don't agree with that, then you surely are not a libertarian.

more than 4 years ago

What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?

clarkie.mg Re:Doesn't work, unfortunately, on XP. (896 comments)

Your comment validates my point. It does work. It makes software difficult to install. Virus work best when they are easily installed.

If your strategy against malware is to make the system unusable then i don't think you are doing a great IT support work.

If microsoft introduced UAC in windows vista, it's for that precise reason, some software need administrative rights otherwise they stop working.

And having limited rights doesn't stop malware, it just limits the damage to one account but it can still do whatever it usually does : using your computer in a botnet, slowing your internet connection, bombard dubious ads, steal information, send spam and of course infecting other computers.

more than 4 years ago

What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?

clarkie.mg Doesn't work, unfortunately, on XP. (896 comments)

Unfortunately, running as non ADMIN on windows XP creates problems. One example is when a software updates, it can stop to work. I've had the case with firefox. Firefox will update silently and on the next reboot, the software won't start, producing an error.

Also, it doesn't prevent malware from installing but only limits the how deep malware can infect the windows OS.

more than 4 years ago

Ubisoft's New DRM Cracked In One Day

clarkie.mg Re:Priceless (678 comments)

I am just Cc Cv http://www.tweakguides.com/Piracy_8.html :

BioShock was released on 21 August 2007, sporting a new version of SecuROM protection incorporating an online activation method. It wasn't until almost two weeks later that a working crack for the game was released, and in fact the crack came from an unknown third party, because the established cracking groups had been unsuccessful in getting around this version of SecuROM. 2K Games' Martin Slater said in this interview:

        We achieved our goals. We were uncracked for 13 whole days. We were happy with it. But we just got slammed. Everybody hated us for it. It was unbelievable... There is a lot of strain on our content-delivery servers and things like that, where everyone has to download a 10MB executable. I don't think we'll do exactly the same thing again, but we'll do something close. You can't afford to be cracked. As soon as you're gone, you're gone, and your sales drop astronomically if you've got a day-one crack.

More recently, the online activation methods of Mass Effect and GTA IV have similarly prevented fully working pirated versions of these games from being available until at least several days after their official release, and definitely not before release. What most users don't consider is that 'day-one' or 'day-zero' piracy as it's called is disproportionately more damaging to a game's sales than at any other time, as this article explains:

        Day zero piracy is where a game is released for free by pirates before the official release. It's disastrous for the developer and publisher because whatever route gets the game out to the gamer first will be the favoured choice, so a game uploaded to the internet before the release date will have a huge impact on sales.

It's around the release period when marketing hype has reached fever pitch, and gamers are most excited about getting a game. If a working pirated version is available at the same time, the potential for lost sales is enormous. Pete Hines of Bethesda Softworks recently confirmed the same thing when discussing concerns about Fallout 3's release, saying in response to a question about day-one piracy: "Yeah, it's a huge problem. Huge."

Even the makers of StarForce DRM have said exactly the same thing regarding the use of their protection technology. On the StarForce forums they said this:

        The purpose of copy protection is not making the game uncrackable - it is impossible. The main purpose is to delay the release of the cracked version. Maximum sales rate usually takes place in the first month(s) after the game release. If the game is not cracked in that period of time, then the copy protection works well.

more than 4 years ago

Ubisoft's New DRM Cracked In One Day

clarkie.mg 99,7% ? (678 comments)

To be honest, I don't think you get it. How many regular, normal users are going to google/torrent the hack?

To be honest, I don't think you get it. Do you think a company would bother developing DRM schemes if 99,7% of the buyers didn't care and bought whatever they can ?

http://www.tweakguides.com/Piracy_4.html :
The report concludes that "...by the end of 2007, there were more than one billion PCs installed around the world; nearly half have pirated software on them." ... For 2009, the most pirated PC game as reported in this article was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The PC version had a staggering 4.1 million downloads via torrents alone compared with an estimated 200,000 - 300,000 actual sales via retail and Steam

http://www.tweakguides.com/Piracy_8.html :
As yet another example of removing DRM not leading to any reduction in piracy, the game Demigod has been pirated so heavily in its initial release period that it has caused the game's servers to effectively go down. Out of the 120,000 connections made to the game's servers, over 100,000 were by confirmed pirates, leaving only around 18,000 legitimate purchasers.

Very interesting article.

more than 4 years ago

Killer Apartment Vs. Persistent Microwave Exposure?

clarkie.mg Re:You're not exposed to multiple channels (791 comments)

What if you don't use a wi-fi AP and only use your cell phone once or twice a day for less than a minute ?

You are - correctly - showing that the effects of cell tower antennas are several orders of magnitude lower than those of an individual phone or wi-fi AP but why do you ignore the length of exposure factor ?

If you have a broken bone, you will probably pass a x ray radio scan with no protection but you will notice that the medical operator is protected behind a wall. Different exposure.

more than 4 years ago

Passive-Aggressive Wi-Fi Hotspots

clarkie.mg Email as SSID (263 comments)

I suggest using an email as SSID and chat all night long with your awake neighbour.
Great way to make friends ... unless you live surrounded by jerks.

more than 4 years ago

By Latest Count, 95% of Email Is Spam

clarkie.mg How many emails in your (gmail) spam folder ? 396 (198 comments)

Please put the answer in the title of your response. Note that gmail deletes spam that is older than one month so if you answer for another spam system, count for the last 31 days or specify the length of time.

I have 396, much lower than the peak that has been around 900 for years then abruptly got to around 400 each month and remarkably stable.

about 5 years ago

By Latest Count, 95% of Email Is Spam

clarkie.mg Re:Accounting for help desk calls?! (198 comments)

Are you sure ? I know a lot of inexperienced people who are overwhelmed by the number of messages in their mailbox. One 70 year old just told me she gave up on her mailbox because there were 750 messages in it. Another one, 50 years old, is drowning in advertisement messages - not even spam, she gave her email on legitimate shopping sites.

A third one, 50 years old, lost an email confirming her plane travel and ended up rebooking it ! When she called me, i found the email in 1 second by using the search function.

For an experienced user, it might seem easy to use some basic techniques like filtering, searching, sorting but most people just pile up the messages and only use "reply" and "forward" without editing.

I offer a one hour basic course for email management with an optional one hour for setting up filters and other tools but email is rarely considered a serious issue rather a tool to send jokes, porn or "how are you" messages, unfortunately.

about 5 years ago

2009 Darwin Award Winners Announced

clarkie.mg Re:What about the crotch bomber? (208 comments)

He was seriously injured but didn't die. He might have taken himself out of the gene pool, though, by unsuccessfully manipulating explosive liquids hidden in his underwear.

about 5 years ago

Firefox forbidden by the public services of Wallon

clarkie.mg No reference ! (4 comments)

This story is making the rounds on french blogs but there is no reference anywhere. That's just a stupid rumor.

more than 5 years ago

Why a Hard Disk Is a Better Bargain Than an SSD

clarkie.mg Re:More Gems from the SSD comparison article (403 comments)

since an SSD has no moving platter, there is no difference between sequential and random read/writes.

Yes but many cheaper ssd based on MLC cells *do* have problems with random writes so that they perform, at times, worse than a conventional hard drive. This post : http://forums.slizone.com/index.php?showtopic=34943 summarizes the problem revealed by anandtech there : http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/intel/showdoc.aspx?i=3403.

more than 5 years ago

Why a Hard Disk Is a Better Bargain Than an SSD

clarkie.mg Re:Understatement (403 comments)

Given the choice between a 256GB SSD and a 1.5TB HD, I'll go for capacity every time...

If you can afford this : http://computers.pricegrabber.com/hard-drives/OCZ-Technology-OCZ-OCZSSD2-1VTX250G-250GB-SATA/m714828834.html you probably can buy this : http://computers.pricegrabber.com/hard-drives/WD-Caviar-Green-1TB-Drive/m94740806.html in the same order and put both in your computer. Why choose ?

more than 5 years ago

14-Year-Old Boy Smote By Meteorite

clarkie.mg "Wired" article on the subject (435 comments)

Interesting article on "Wired" on the subject : http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/06/boy-survives-being-struck-by-a-meteorite/
with a photo of a car hit and these numbers :

"A broad 1991 study of meteorite strikes on structures and near humans found that they are relatively common. The authors tabulated 69 strikes on human infrastructure since 1790, including 57 in the 20th century. They also counted 25 near misses of human beings."

Will this case be classified as a near miss or direct hit ?

more than 5 years ago


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Aircraft Maker Will Produce Electric Cars in 2006

clarkie.mg clarkie.mg writes  |  more than 10 years ago French aircraft maker Dassault has announced that they will team up with Hydro-Québec to produce an electric car, available as of 2006. Hydro-Québec will provide the lithium-metal-polymer (LMP) battery and the wheel motor propulsion system. The car will be built in partnership with a car specialist and sold in association with a large automaker not yet found.

Submitted to slashdot 2004-03-05


Linux french users want PC's without windows

clarkie.mg clarkie.mg writes  |  more than 12 years ago

The following associations : AFUL, ALDIL, APRIL, Linux-Azur, Parinux, ALL. The following sites LinuxFrench.NET, Linuxfr.org, Portalux.com, KDE-France.org, NoCopyright.fr.st, gcu-squad.org, Independant Technologies, Planète Libre, TuxFamily, Toolinux call all french consumers to refuse to be forced to buy software when they buy a computer, through OEM licenses. Such practice is illegal in France (and in most Europe). They suggest that the consumers stand for their rights in front of the "Direction de la répression des fraudes" every time they encounter such a case.


Translation of "Ecrans de demarrage animes pour LILO"

clarkie.mg clarkie.mg writes  |  more than 12 years ago

This is the translation of the page http://www.gamers.org/~quinet/lilo/index-fr.html. It was made with the help of the reverso web site.

Animated start up screens for LILO


Since the middle 2001, most of the distributions Linux includes versions modified by LILO (LINUX LOADER) who support the graphic modes VGA or VESA and who allow to have a beautiful thorough image of screen by starting. Since SuSE Linux 7.2, the distribution SuSE includes an interesting extension of LILO which allows to a programmer to define functions which are executed when certain events occur (pressure on a touch, expired time...). It gives a bigger flexibility than the other extensions which are supplied by most of the other Linux distributions, including the new graphic modes which were recently added to the official version of LILO 22.x.

By testing the LILO'S SUSE version and the mkbootmsg program, I wondered if the routines called periodically as well as the function which copies parts of the image to the screen could be used to create animations. I discovered quickly that it was effectively possible to improve the start up screen with animations. Having seen that my friends liked the results, I decided to share them on this Web site.

These full of life screens of start up were tested with SuSE Linux 7.2 and 7.3. It should also work with the other Linux distributions, as far as you installed LILO's appropriate version. It is explained on my help page (in English).


Several persons said me that LILO was not conceived to make this kind of things and asked me why I made this. So here are some reasons: because LILO was not conceived to make this kind of things, because it is funny, because certain persons like wasting their time looking at beautiful animations when their computer starts.

Naturally, these start up screens will not be so useful for those that let their Linux server work during several months without restarting it (some of my servers work for more than year). But these animations were not conceived for these servers : they are more interesting for the desktop computers which are restarted from time to time. I created the first start up screens for a laptop which I start and which I switch off at least once a day.

Full of life start up screens

Please , click one of these images to go to a separate page (in English) from which you can download the file to use with LILO as well as all the files sources.

640x480 , 256 colors ( VESA)
- Progress bar ( timeout )
- Hard disk motor
- Two flashing lights
Being xray-blue
640x480 , 256 colors ( VESA)
- Progress bar ( timeout )
- Hard disk motor
- Two flashing lights
- Rotating fan
640x480 , 256 colors ( VESA)
- Walking penguin at the bottom of the screen
- Walking X-Mas penguin one top of the slim
- Falling penguin for the LILO timeout
Special keys: F1 , F2 , F3 influences the penguins Breakout
640x480 , 256 colors ( VESA)
This is has full, playable game, not a simple animation.
Special keys:
- F1 for help
- F2 starts has game
- Shift and Ctrl control the beats Copyright

I distribute these animated start up screens animated under the General Public License GNU ( GPL), the later golden version 2 (according to your choice).

It means that you can them use, them modify, copy them and distribute them freely. You can even sell your own version if you want. But if you distribute them to the others, you should also distribute the code source for these start up screens. In this case, the " code source " ( " the favorite shape of the work to make there modifications ") means the files of configuration and the source of the images, with all the copies and the masks. He should be possible for those that receive the code source to modify the animation easily, so he is not generally sufficient to distribute only the final image PCX because it would not be the shape preferred to bring modifications to the image (unless you worked only on this bitmap and drawn file any pixel by pixel, but in that case I pity you).

For more details, please , consult the complete text of the GPL (in English, also available in version HTML on the www.gnu.org site). A French translation of the GPL is available on the www.april.org site.

[ Return on my page of software]


Rejected slashdot submissions

clarkie.mg clarkie.mg writes  |  about 13 years ago

Here are my recent submissions to Slashdot, and their status within the system:

  • 2001-07-12 16:03:25 Spam in Europe : opt-in err ... no I mean opt-out (articles,spam) (rejected)
  • 2001-07-14 21:58:51 Electric Gaming (articles,games) (rejected)
  • 2001-07-17 14:21:27 pictures of the Simputer (articles,pilot) (rejected)
  • 2001-07-17 14:33:36 Bye bye Killustrator, hello Kontour (articles,kde) (rejected)
  • 2001-09-14 10:06:49 Why do they hate America ? (askslashdot,usa) (rejected)
  • 2001-09-18 17:57:54 biological war book (articles,news) (rejected)
  • 2001-09-19 12:07:04 hacker reveals names of fondamentalist mailing lis (articles,news) (rejected)
  • 2001-09-19 12:19:04 Stephen Hawking : A.I will surpass humans (articles,news) (rejected)
  • 2001-10-21 01:06:38 Mandrakesoft founder sees 99% linux market share ! (articles,mandrake) (rejected)
  • 2001-11-22 12:59:08 the science of star trek (articles,movies) (rejected)
  • 2001-12-09 20:38:44 Mandrake Linux Gaming Edition out. (articles,mandrake) (rejected)
  • 2002-01-13 20:54:32 You'd better read Borland/Inprise license ! (articles,news) (rejected)
  • 2002-02-01 01:08:19 Animate your LILO (articles,linux) (accepted)
  • 2002-03-02 15:04:32 Linux french users want PC's without windows. (articles,microsoft) (rejected)
  • 2004-03-05 01:01:56 Microsoft wants to know who your friends are (articles,microsoft) (rejected)
  • 2004-03-05 19:02:53 Aircraft maker will produce electric cars in 2006 (articles,biz)
  • 2004-03-05 19:24:58 Aircraft maker will produce electric cars in 2006 (science,biz)


You'd better read Borland/Inprise license ! (sub n12)

clarkie.mg clarkie.mg writes  |  about 13 years ago This Freshmeat editorial shows you what you risk if you accept a license from Borland/Inprise : they can go into your home to check if you have paid them and other denials of rights.


Ten tips to reduce spam

clarkie.mg clarkie.mg writes  |  more than 13 years ago

  1. Do not post your email on a website or in newsgroups.
  2. Use a separate email address for subscribing to web sites. If that email gets spammed, change your email on web sites you want to continue to use, delete your second email and create a new one.
  3. Use 2 emails, one for your job and one for your private use. That way, you won't get porn or stupid jokes at your job and your company won't monitor your private emails.
  4. Never reply to a spam. If you have to unsubscribe, do it on the web.
  5. If you want to put your email on the web or in newsgroups or on any system that can be digitally scanned for emails, disguise your email so that only a human can read it. Example myname@isp.com becomes myname(AT)isp(DOT)com.
  6. Use a tool for filtering your incoming email.
  7. Never forward an email chain letter. They are all scams. If you absolutely want to forward one, check the information before.
  8. If you have subscribed to mailing-lists, check or ask if it is indexed on the web and if your email is diclosed there. Ask for removal or dedicate another email to that list that you will delete/change when it gets spammed.
  9. If you have time, read the headers of spam emaiks and complain to the ISP that the spammer used.
  10. There are many tools and advice on the web: abuse.net cauce

Updates to this list are in my journal.


Something any US citizen can do tomorr... NO today

clarkie.mg clarkie.mg writes  |  more than 13 years ago It is not necessary to go abroad to make something useful for the world. As you live in a democracy, you can encourage the people you voted for to change some politics that the USA have and that are the source of a lot of pain in the poor countries. The first things that come to my mind are the number of international treaties that the USA have not signed : 1. the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) 2. the Convention on the Rights of Children (CRC). All countries except for the United States and Somalia have ratified it. 3. the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty 4. the ban on antipersonnel landmines (the Ottawa Treaty) 5. the Kyoto Protocol 6. the Law of the Sea Treaty All those treaties, if signed and applied, can make the world a better place for poor citizens of poor countries. There are also a number of treaties that the US has stripped to sign them. NOTE : Don't get me wrong, I am not your basic anti-US socialist european. In the numerous talks I had with people after the 11th september, I was always blaming those who said "It's their fault ! Good for them". I was (am) also defending the action against the taliban (except for the use of some nasty bombs). But, being a supporter of the US must not hide that it's a BIG SHAME to have not signed, ratified and applied those treaties at least ! PS : sorry if some info is outdated, do not hesitate to notify me.


Reasons to boycott XP (v. 0.3.1 - 2001.10.25)

clarkie.mg clarkie.mg writes  |  more than 13 years ago 1. eXPensive though hardware prices dropped 2. eXPires if hardware changed. 2bis. bother : product activation even if reformat (virus ?) 3. ethiX P??? 4. Security 5. linuX Preferred 6. eXPosed DoS 7. eXPloit 8. eXPand ! your hardware ! 9. eXtra Profits seen : http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=23009&cid=2477391 10. eXPerience Problems seen : http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=23009&cid=2477239 11. eXtend Protect (monopoly) seen : http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=23009&cid=2477270 12. eXPlain, eXPeriment, eXPlain, eXPlosion, eXPloration links : expires : http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/21981.html activation : http://www.arachnoid.com/boycott/ http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-201-7540650-0.html http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/newsroom/piracy/productactivationfaq.asp http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2818418,00.html http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2818238,00.html http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2815189,00.html http://slashdot.org/yro/01/09/02/1457200.shtml http://j-walk.com/ss/excel/activation.htm http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2817623,00.html http://salon.com/tech/col/rose/2001/10/08/file_monopoly/index.html DoS : http://grc.com/dos/winxp.htm , http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/19332.html size : http://www.osopinion.com/perl/story/13739.html


Link to the online translation of J. le Marois chat with JDN

clarkie.mg clarkie.mg writes  |  more than 13 years ago The original translation by voila.fr is here. I have mirrored it in my journal to save time for the readers (translation takes a few seconds).


clarkie.mg clarkie.mg writes  |  more than 13 years ago

[Edited translation]

Jdnet Chat of Wednesday , October 17, 2001

" Our fall in stock exchange(scholarship) is completely disconnected from the reality of the company "

MandrakeSoft's economic model, listing on the Stock Exchange, robustness of the free software, Linux and the general public, the role of the big builders in the ecosystem of the free... One hour was not of excess to allow Jacques Le Marois, founder and CEO of MandrakeSoft to answer the questions put on the occasion of this Cat. Report.

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  Guest: Jacques Le Marois, CEO of MandrakeSoft

Date: on Wednesday , October 17, 18h-19h05
Number of composed questions: 201
Number of reserved questions: 44

    Jacques Le Marois : Hello everybody. Thanks to the Newspaper of the Net to have invited me to answer your questions.

18. 00
  Has the notion of "free" a reality in the world of the company?
    The free is more and more massively used in the company, on one hand by the young already user computer specialists of free software. And on the other hand by the computer responsibles who estimate the total cost of the solutions of base of free software with regard to solutions of type Windows.

  Who differentiates you exactly of Microsoft or Oracle?
    The difference is that our solutions are on base of free software and our own developments are in free license ( GPL). What offers a perpetuity for our users as for their computer solutions, because they have access directly to the code source.

  Hello, at the moment 95 % of pc are equipped with Windows, in these next years what percentage of the market do you think of acquiring?
    Linux 99 %, and Linux Mandrake between 20 and 30 %.

  Is there a free office automation continuation(suite) capable of competing with Ms Office?
    Open Office, derived of Star Office, will be a comparable complete solution completely of Microsoft Office. Already Star Office is massively used in the world Linux.

  The future of Mandrake is of this(they) to move closer to a typical builder HP, IBM?
    We already have strong partnerships with HP. The computer manufacturers are additional of MandrakeSoft because they offer of the hard and the services of integration which allow to offer complete solutions of companies.

  That engages to mandrake?
    That depends on which type of post(post office). At the moment one engages especially in the services which relate.

  With what customers' types do you work?
    In the first one we have customers wholesalers for the broadcasting(distribution) of our packagés products. And otherwise big companies or administrations which beyond the product wish of the support, the advice(council) or the forming(training). For example the MACIF, the Ministry of Culture, the Air Force...

  To be in stock exchange(scholarship), that changes the daily?
    To be in stock exchange(scholarship), yes one should much more take into account its communication.

  50 % in stock exchange(scholarship) in 2 months, what to say to reassure the shareholders?
    It is worse. It is 50 % in 10 days. But it is completely disconnected from the realities of the market and the company. It is the problem of the weak liquidity of the free market where a single shareholder can very easily make fall(flop) the class(course) with a small volume of actions. It is what happened recently.

  Why did the new American staff leave the vessel mandrake?
    It is rather the opposite. MandrakeSoft took drastic measures of reorganization and centring of the company which passed by the departure of a whole series of top managers.

  That do you think of the French landscape of the persons receiving benefits Linux? Fiddle or professionalism?
    It(he) is going to have certainly there a consolidation of the market. The big groups prefer to have interlocutors with a critical size. Otherwise these small companies(societies) concentrate a great deal of talents but have a problem of size which makes them vulnerable in the competition of big traditional service companies.

18. 15

  What differences between a distribution MandrakeSoft and a Redhat or a SuSe?
    There are no fundamental differences, as a motorcar made by Renault, Peugeot and Wolkswagen the same parts manufacturers have the same basic constituents(component) and often. Between versions of Linux it is the same thing(matter), the major constituents(components) are the same. On the other hand an user of one of these products is going to find you 1000 differences and advantages in aid of his favorite version.

  Please , think you not that the fact of including certain unstable software as gcc 2.96 can slow down the use in a professionel environment(middle)?
    GCC 2.96 is much more stable and more standard than the other GCC. There are explanations on Internet pages which explain very well why.

  Mac OSX support the comparison with the other distributions Linux, and does mandrake?
    Mac's OSX problem is that it is a system owner. It does not so benefit from advantages of the free software and its standardization.

  Is it really in the interet of Linux to run(roam) after the general public?
    Linux has never run(roamed) after the general public. Linux meets the needs of his(her) users, and it turns out that for 4 years there are many users who come from world Windows, and who are used to a certain comfort. Where from the projects as KDE, Gnome or GIMP make(do) by these users / developers, and the efforts of MandrakeSoft to facilitate the custom(usage) of Linux.

  HP goes to buy mandrake?
    It is not in the agenda.

  With all these distrib, one goes up in the wall side compatibility of applis, no?
    Not because on one hand RedHat + MandrakeSoft is more than 60 % of the market. And on the other hand all the versions of convergent Linux towards the project Standard Linux Bases.

  You are going to do how Microsoft does and diversify by taking out games and computer material?
    It is in our medium-term projects.

  How many volunteers are contributeurs exclusive of mandrake?
    There is between 1000 and 2000 persons on our mailing lists of contributeurs (translation, tests, Cooker project, produced firewall and porterages).

  Is it serious to base its R&D on volunteers?
    On one hand, we integrate software managed in projects, type the pit(core) Linux, XFree, Apache and KDE, whose developers are employees of companies(societies). And on the other hand our own projects of development are make(do) by employees with the assistance(audience) external of contributeurs.

  Of funny rumours circulate on the project Gnome? You have information?

  Hello, and the new attacks of virus in environment Linux, What do you think of it ?
    There is no virus under Linux contrary to Windows ( 40 000 viruses). On the other hand there were some worms ( verse) attacking(affecting) faults of safety(security) already known and arranging correctives.

18. 30

  You have did it(he) adorn a passion for the genealogy, which are your project?
    Before MandrakeSoft, I participated in the creation of a genealogical service which is called GeneaNet (http://www.geneanet.org).

  What is your opinion on the eventuality of patents software in Europe and on " the affair " W3C(business W3C)?
    Patents software represent a great danger for the industry of the software, and more particularly for the free software. We work actively on an awareness of the dangers which it represents. Concerning the W3C, thanks to the mobilization of the Internet community, it seems on the right track.

  Why you do not develop certain applications mandrakesoft in product, example: phpnuke?
    The applications are packagées in available RPM in Linux Mandrake "multi-manners". As if to making(doing) turnkey products, we began with a solution of safety(security) and we shall make(do) the other products of this type for the future.

  Redhat is not it becoming Microsoft of the free?
    No, thanks to the model of the free, they can never lock the market as Microsoft. On the other hand it is true that certifications and partnerships with big actors of the data processing represent a competitive way towards big companies.

  Mandrake is not it becoming in the free software what Bull was for the data processing?
    MandrakeSoft managed in three years to be imperative himself among the three versions of Linux the most used to the world. What places us in a strong position for for the future contrary to actors as Caldera and TurboLinux.

  Forever Microsoft: You lost a lot of money(silver) last year and lose it even this year. You raised 4,3 million euros during your registration. How , please , plan to be held financially?
    A part(party) of this money(silver) allowed to invest(surround) in successful products and users' very important base. The short-term objective is to reach(affect) the profitability quickly by developing incomes on this users' base.

  Please , dream you of operations of growth external? (Microsoft:)?
    Yes, we envisage any acquisition which would allow us to strengthen our commercial offers to our users.

  What is the percentage of your CA realized via the services?
    For the moment, 15 %. Eventually, this figure should rise to 30-40 %.

  How do you think of being able to gain(win) some money(silver) on the particular users?
    At present, it is a profitable activity. A fraction of our users buys us packagés products, with textbooks(manual workers) and support, what is enough to balance the development cost. It is the activity in the course of development for the professional market that is not still profitable.

18. 45

  I I etonne to me of a speech also gpl while you become more and more professional... Has to see your offer pro, your offer service and the partenrait which you put enplace with trading companies?
    Our own codes are GPL with a process of opened development. Companies wish complete solutions, for which we answer with partnerships ad' hoc free or not free.

  The installation of mandrake is more and more easy, but I have less of probleme of config on a mandrake 7.2 that on one 8.1 the simplicity would be conversely proportional it in the performence of the systeme?
    In Mandrake there is possibility of choosing interfaces light as IceWM either KDE who becomes more and more friendly but more and more heavy.

  Hello Jacques, what is your politics(policy) of international developpement?
    We came back from the politics(policy) " recruitment of top managers and accelerated spending(expenditure) ". We have a pragmatic approach which is to create commercial offers products and profitable services at once in the countries where we have a base users important. In certain countries we shall make(do) local partnerships.

  Further to a discussion with the responsible dsi for the ministere of the defense, their position is clearly the Microsoft choice contrary that asserts the world Linux, that you do think of it?
    Recently a general declared that it was an error, and there is a whole debate within these ministries. We are confident as for their inevitable exit.

  Do you help big publishers(editors) to carry(wear) their applis Linux?
    No. It is not our profession.

  How much sell you of limp mdk by version?
    Between 100 000 and 200 000 boxes.

. Do you Believe that an interface as KDE can really compete With Windows one day?

  Technically, for what novelties to wait in your distrib?
    Please go on our Web site...

  Do you participate in the project LSB which aims to standardize the platform Linux?
    Yes. We participate actively.

  Think of going out applications others than operational systems?
    We take out turnkey complete solutions which associate a OS with applications. For example it is the case of Mandrake Security Firewall a part of the applications of which was developed by MandrakeSoft.

  Is what several actors can coexist on your profession. The link(coming together) among Red Hat and Mandrake is it not inevitable at the risk of seeing one of both companies(societies) dying?
    Yes, several actors can coexist thanks to the model of the free. The users of Linux do not like monopolies. There is of the place for several actors of varied size as in the motorcar. The recent crisis is essentially a crisis of abuse of financing and too fast growth.

  At the rate of the exits(releases) of the differentes version of Linux (Mandrake or not), please , think you not that the users are going 'to grow tired' and possibly of turning to the others free OS / Other distribution?
    Those that do not hold this rhythm of releases disappeared from the market.

  I land maybe, but that means what exactly Mandrake?
    That has no particular meaning. That depends on our interlocutors: for some it is Linux, the others an alcaloïde plant, a magician, a small wall, etc. But more and more it is MandrakeSoft.

19. 00

    Jacques Le Marois : Goodbye and thanks to all to have participated!
( Champagne!)

[ Editorial staff, JDNet]


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