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Torvalds: SteamOS Will 'Really Help' Linux On the Desktop

conner_bw Old African word meaning can't configure Debian (304 comments)

> It'll also force different distributors to realize if this is how Steam is going, they need to do the same

And! Force different *distributions* to support Unity! Because if this is how Steam is going (Ubuntu), they need to do the same. /me ducks

about a year ago
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Wikipedia's Participation Problem

conner_bw Re:Unfriendly Elitists (372 comments)

Yes, elitist, exactly. And, historicaly, not shy to voice it? It's kind of ironic that the man who wants to fix a participation problem that started in 2007, held the opinion that there is no such problem in 2006?

"The idea that a lot of people have of Wikipedia," he noted, "is that it's some emergent phenomenon - the wisdom of mobs, swarm intelligence, that sort of thing - thousands and thousands of individual users each adding a little bit of content and out of this emerges a coherent body of work." But, he (Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia) insisted, the truth was rather different: Wikipedia was actually written by "a community ... a dedicated group of a few hundred volunteers" where "I know all of them and they all know each other". Really, "it's much like any traditional organization."

Source: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/whowriteswikipedia

about a year ago
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90% of Nuclear Regulators Sent Home Due To Shutdown

conner_bw Re:October 17th Conspiracy Theorists Welcome! (358 comments)

> What do you mean goes mostly unnoticed?

Ie. Let's shut down the government because of a healthcare disagreements! And keep talking about healthcare disagreements! (and not that other thing that has nothing to do with anything don't look over there.)

1 year,13 days
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Longtime Linux Advocate Don Marti Tells Why Targeted Ads are Bad (Video 1 of 2)

conner_bw Let's Fight Back? (187 comments)

Quick, everyone post spam assassin false positives and goatse pictures in the comments section to change Sladshdot's ads targeting this story!

We can win this fight by bringing /. to it's first post glory days!

1 year,13 days
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GNU Hurd 0.5, GNU Mach 1.4, GNU MIG 1.4 Released

conner_bw In a seperate announcement (206 comments)

HURD will be paired with the Unity GUI and renamed Caldera OpenLinux to make HURD the most popular distro ever!

1 year,25 days
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NSA Chief Built Star Trek Like Command Center

conner_bw Needs More Replicators (372 comments)

This command centre is clearly modelled after the old, shittier, Stark Trek and not the far superior TNG; blatantly ignoring the prime directive as they fulfill their mandate of interfering with everything all the time. /me puts on flame retardant suit

about a year ago
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Dialing Back the Alarm On Climate Change

conner_bw Re:Oh goody (490 comments)

> No advert impression-pumping here.

I think we can all agree that this sentence is the most plausible conspiracy in this thread.

about a year ago
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Newest YouTube User To Fight a Takedown: Lawrence Lessig

conner_bw My Book About Intellectual Property (154 comments)

The book is titled "Chef Ramsay's Replicator Wars" It's about how in the future wide spread use of food synthesizers turn meals into intellectual property and people share recipes online illegally to eat. In this future Monsanto genetically modified foods taking over all the crops were, in fact, preemptive copyright infringement claims.

In the future, criminal organizations poison online food banks with bad data. Many people fear getting food from ill-reputable sources.

In the future, everyone speaks in motivational English, a sort of ambiguous coaching and slogan infested sales gibberish. The book is narrated from the past so as to not read totally crazy all the time.

In the future, people are intelligent . They simply no longer reason using language. Words are too slow and have become some sort of status symbol, or like song. Actual discourse occurs by aggregating a collection of media into themes and asking someone to download your "curation;" which if accepted is a near instantaneous dump of ideas into your mindspace. This suggests that, even if an argument isn't coherent, 100 arguments, some yours, some others, some verbal, some not, curated together into a single theme and instantly dumped on demand, gets a point across faster. People no longer care about word efficacy, rather coolness factor or Likes.

In the future, everyone is on Segways because computers got smaller but not microscopic. The Segway is actually a sleek compact design for a thousand of today's server farms. The Segway acts as a personal Googleplex to interface with all the features of life 3000 (Segways in the future are actually Google Glass that got bigger) Hence their slogan: A Segway for your face.

In the future, there is the serious problem of "exposure" where a criminal asks you to accept a discourse then, instead, dumps corrupted memories of executions, murders, and sexual abuse into your mind space. This is a serious crime. If not contained it causes widespread psychological problems and degenerates society as a whole. This is why individuals connect to their own personal Googleplexes instead of sharing a centralized one.

about a year ago
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One-Way Ticket: Mars One Project Applicants Top 100,000

conner_bw Old Barsoomian Proverb (240 comments)

"They told me that the streets on Mars were paved with gold, but when I got to Mars I realized that the streets were not paved with gold. In fact, they were not paved at all. Moreover, I was expected to pave them."

about a year ago
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Finance Firm Bloomberg Goes In For $80,000 On Ubuntu Edge Project

conner_bw All I got was this lousy T-Shirt (98 comments)

If this thing takes off Apps could be written in C/C++ or JS instead of Cocoa or Java. Probably Python down the road?

Ideally, i'll be buying one (or something similar) when the service contract on my X220 runs out in 2015. Hopefully it's enough of a computer to replace my computer by then.ï

More commodity hardware for Linux hackers to hack on isn't a bad thing. For now I donated $50 for a T-Shirt. I'm into it.

about a year ago
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Remember the Computer Science Past Or Be Condemned To Repeat It?

conner_bw Darkness At Noon (479 comments)

Now, every technical improvement creates a new complication to the
economic apparatus, causes the appearance of new factors and combinations,
which the masses can not penetrate for a time. Every jump of technical
progress leaves the relative intellectual development of the masses a step
behind, and thus causes a fall in the political maturity thermometer. It
takes sometimes tens of years, sometimes generations, for a peculiar level
of understanding gradually to adapt itself to the changed state of
affairs, until it has recovered the same capacity for self-government, as
it had already possessed at a lower stage of civilisation. Hence the
political maturity of the masses can not be measured by an absolute
figure, but only relatively, i.e, in proportion to the stage of
civilisation at that moment.

    When the level of mass-consciousness catches up with the objective
state of affairs, there follows inevitably the conquest of democray,
either peaceably or by force. Until the next jump of technical
civilization - the discovery of the mechanical loom, for example - again
sets back the masses in a state of relative immaturity, and renders
possible or even necessary the establishment of some form of absolute
leadership.

    This process might be compared to the lifting of a ship through a
lock with several chambers. When it first enters a lock chamber, the ship
is on a low level relative to the capacity of the chamber; it is slowly
lifted up until the water-level reaches its highest point. But this
grandeur is illusory, the next lock chamber is higher still, the levelling
process has to start again. The walls of the lock chambers represent the
objective state of control of natural forces, of the technical
civilisation; the water-level in the lock chamber represents the political
maturity of the masses. It would be meaningless to measure the latter as
an absolute height above sea-level; what counts is the relative height of
the level in the lock chamber.

    The discovery of the steam engine started a period of rapid
objective progress, and consequently, of equally rapid subjective
political retrogression. The industrial era is still young in history, the
discrepancy is still great between its extremely complicated economic
structure and the masses' understanding of it. Thus it is comprehensible
that the relative political maturity of the nations in the first half of
the twentieth century is less than it was in 200 B.C. or at the end of the
feusal epoch.

    The mistake in the socialist theory was to believe that the level
of mass-consciousness rose constantly and steadily. Hence its helplessness
before the latest swing of the pendulum, the ideological self-mutilation
of the peoples. We believed that the adaptation of the masses' conception
of the world to changed circumstances was a simple process, which one
could measure in years; whereas, according to all historical experience,
it would have been more suitable to measure by centuries. The people of
Europe are still far from having mentally digested the consequences of the
steam engine. The capitalist system will collapse befre the masses have
understood it.

about a year ago
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Thailand Government Declares Bitcoin Illegal

conner_bw Two illegals make a legal (185 comments)

Bitcoin illegal? Damn, how am I going to by my illicit drugs now?

about a year ago
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55,000 Sign Twitter Abuse Petition After Jane Austen Campaigner Threats

conner_bw Pride And Predjudice (421 comments)

Rape and death threats? How much misplaced pride and prejudice can a mob of idiots have?

Snap snap, grin grin, wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more?

about a year ago

Submissions

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Did you ever want to hate things?

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  about a year and a half ago

conner_bw (120497) writes "Sometimes, people and things on the Web are incredibly aggravating. Did you ever wish you had an app to say what you hate? Now you do. IH8.it is the federated social Web's premier service for hating things. iH8 is open source and recognizes the Open Graph Protocol, so you can hate movies on IMBD or timothy on Slashdot. Stop contributing and start hating!"
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Ask Slashdot: To AdBlock Or Not To AdBlock?

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

conner_bw (120497) writes "Is there an acceptable compromise to behaviour targeting? On the one hand, I don't want to be profiled by unscrupulous advertisers. On the other hand, I feel that the advertiser is the middleman between the things I care about (content) and the dollars that support those things. My compromise is to take a page out of BF Skinner's book Walden Two and view the situation as a sort of absurd behaviourist experiment. Basically, I adblock everything but whitelist the sites I support. Is this too much? Not enough? What should the individual do protect themselves, if anything at all?"
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Behavioural Advertising: To Block Or Not To Block?

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

conner_bw (120497) writes "Dear Slashdot: Is there an acceptable comprimise to online tracking? On the one hand, I don't want to be profiled by unscrupulous advertisers. On the other hand, I feel that the advertiser is the middleman between the things I care about (content) and the dollars that support these things. My compromise is to take a page out of BF Skinner's book Walden Two and view the situation as a sort of absurd behaviourist experiment. Basically, I adblock everything but whitelist the sites I support. Is this too much? Not enough? With regulatory boards failing to protect the consumer, what should the individual do protect themselves, if at all?"
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Discovery Channel Crashes a Boeing 727 for Science Documentary

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

conner_bw writes "A Boeing 727 passenger jet has been deliberately crash-landed. The pilot ejected just minutes before the collision. The plane was packed with scientific experiments, including crash test dummies. Dozens of cameras recorded the crash from inside the aircraft, on the ground, in chase planes and even on the ejecting pilot's helmet. All of this was done for a feature length documentary to be shown on the Discovery Channel later this year."
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IBM researchers make 12-atom magnetic memory bit

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

conner_bw writes "Researchers have successfully stored a single data bit in only 12 atoms. Currently it takes about a million atoms to store a bit on a modern hard-disk, the researchers from IBM say. They believe this is the world's smallest magnetic memory bit. Moore's law is on the way out the door."
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I Believe That Hands Are Our Future

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

conner_bw (120497) writes "A new rant from a attempts to convince interface designers to to look beyond the current mobile and tablet trends. To me it hints that until something better comes along a mouse and a QWERTY keyboard, both tactile interface devices, have their place. "Are we really going to accept an Interface Of The Future that is less expressive than a sandwich?" Mmm, sandwich."
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Laptops?

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

conner_bw (120497) writes "I'm an OSX user looking to switch to a Linux laptop. I like the Unix/BSD aspect of OSX. Simple things like when I close the lid the laptop goes to sleep, the sound card works out of the box, long battery life, minimum cooling fan noise, and a comprehensive but relatively straightforward backup system and "AppleCare" package are important to me. What all-inclusive model of laptop and distro would you recommend?"
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Twitter to meet with UK government about riots

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  more than 3 years ago

conner_bw writes "Twitter has confirmed that it will meet with the UK Home Secretary on Thursday, after being called in for discussions over the role it played in the recent UK riots. Twitter will send a representative to the meeting scheduled for August 25. Both Facebook and RIM will also send representatives to the meeting in regards to their effects on the riots."
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Open Source Text Editor $4.99 In The Mac App Store

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  more than 3 years ago

conner_bw (120497) writes "Smultron is a great OS X text editor. Anyone who's used this editor over the years will tell you it was aborted then forked. Left for dead on SourceForge, it has now reappeared in the Mac App Store for $4.99. No changelog, no sourcecode, no new information for old users. Does anyone have the scoop? Is this just a new version number / cash grab, or what? Is this the future of open source on OS X?"
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MIT Media Lab Researcher Prints Playable Flute

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  more than 3 years ago

conner_bw writes "What if making an acoustic instrument was a matter of hitting “print”? MIT Media Lab researcher Amit Zoran did just that. He created a flute using the Objet Geometries Connex500 3D printer. The instrument is playable and the results are surprisingly good for a first attempt. As an aside, rumour has it that Amit has a bumper sticker that reads: My other printer prints food."
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Music production tablet runs MeeGo on Intel Atom

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  more than 3 years ago

conner_bw (120497) writes "Trinity Audio Group demonstrated a prototype of a tablet running a MeeGo-based version 5.0 of its Transmission audio platform for musicians. Now open for beta testing, the Indamixx 2 tablet runs on an Intel Atom processor with 2GB of RAM, and offers a multitouch display, 160GB of storage, and the Renoise tracking and sampling application. Full story."
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Adobe Flash On Apple iPad Via 3rd Party Opensource

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  more than 4 years ago

conner_bw writes "A few weeks ago we saw Adobe's CEO lambast Steve Jobs for putting up a smokescreen which he claims hide the real reasons why Flash is forbidden on the iPad. Steve Jobs, on the other hand, accused Adobe of lagging behind, to get with the future, and use open technologies like JavaScript. Well this week a company called Smokescreen wrote a Flash SWF player in Javascript, and this Javascript code plays SWF binaries on the iPad without any jail-breaking and the code is open source. The hilarity ensues."
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Robotic Butterfly

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  more than 4 years ago

conner_bw writes "A group of Japanese researchers, who publish their findings today in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, have succeeded in building a fully functional replica model of a swallowtail butterfly. They have filmed their model butterfly flying. The invention corroborates the idea that, unlike other insects who actively compensate for aerodynamics, the flight of swallowtail butterflies is realized with simple flapping, requiring little feedback control of the feathering angle. So, how many flaps this thing can manage before it stops flying?"
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Co-Founder of XML Joins Google, Blasts iPhone.

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  more than 4 years ago

conner_bw writes "XML co-founder Tim Bray has taken the job of "Developer Advocate" at Google. Don't other companies call these evangelists? Because he sure doesn't mince words against the iPhone in his first sermon. From his blog: "It’s a sterile Disney-fied walled garden surrounded by sharp-toothed lawyers. The people who create the apps serve at the landlord’s pleasure and fear his anger.""
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Misa Digital Guitar Runs On Linux

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  more than 4 years ago

conner_bw writes "Imagine strumming to a guitar without any strings, on a touchscreen. Think the idea is too far fetched? Misa digital guitar claims to be just this. Working over the natural limitations of a traditional guitar, this new instrument eliminates the need to pluck strings while using the right hand to control sound. My favourite parts of the site are the Specs (Linux kernel 2.6.31 (Gentoo); 24 frets; touchscreen; MIDI out; Ethernet) the FAQ (How do you SSH into the guitar?), and this quote from the developer: Because the software is open source I'm hoping people completely change the instrument and share new "firmware" with others. Different graphics, different control ideas etc. It would all be free of charge. So I'm hoping that happens as the instrument becomes more familiar."
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Commodore 64 Emulator Written In JavaScript

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  more than 4 years ago

conner_bw (120497) writes "jsc64 is a Commodore 64 emulator written in JavaScript. Released as a proof of concept under the GPL, it uses the HTML5 Canvas-element to render the Commodore 64 screen layout. This means it works on modern browsers such as the lastest version of Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari. I guess this means that in the future we will we be judging browser performance by how good it runs emulators?"
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Teenager Invents Cheap Solar Panel From Human Hair

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Renoise writes "Milan Karki, 18, who comes from a village in rural Nepal, believes he has found the solution to the developing world's energy needs. A solar panel made from human hair. The hair replaces silicon, a pricey component typically used in solar panels, and means the panels can be produced at a low cost for those with no access to power. The solar panel, which produces 9 V (18 W) of energy, costs around $38 US (£23) to make from raw materials. Gentlemen, start your beards. The future of hair farming is here!"
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sux0r 2.0

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  about 6 years ago

I've been working on this for 6 months and i'm proud to finally have something to show for it.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/sux0r/

sux0r 2.0 is a blogging package, an RSS aggregator, a bookmark repository, and a photo publishing platform with a focus on Naive Bayesian categorization and probabilistic content. sux0r 2.0 is open source and is distributed under the GNU Affero General Public License.

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The reckless pursuit of utopia at all costs, even utopia.

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***

Montreal based Trotch Recordings held a music contest with the theme "Mutant Breaks : The reckless pursuit of utopia at all costs, even utopia."

Eleven tracks have been received from all over the world. We (one guy) are very pleased with the caliber of the work. Obviously we have a strong bias but this is by far the greatest Renoise competition in the history of mankind. Each track brings their own flavor of breakbeats and experimentation, and each are pretty effing good. Conner_bw, a person who's opinion you don't give a shit about, will be taking a couple of weeks to judge and pick a winner. In reality, Conner_bw will be asking his friends to judge and he will base his decision on that. That's right, celebrity judges! Minus the whole you probably never heard of our (one guy) friends part.

If you want to listen to the tracks, all free, they're available here:

http://www.trotch.com/mbc/

The songs are XRNS Renoise modules. When you download the tracks and load them up in Renoise you can poke and prod them all you want. And in case you didn't know...

Renoise:
* is a music composition tool
* has a unique approach when compared to mainstream sequencers
* delivers professional results
* works on all your computers (Windows, Macintosh, Linux)
* has a vibrant international user community
* rocks the mad hours, so hit the showers

Get the Renoise Demo to listen to the tunes. It's a free demo, what are you waiting for?!

http://www.renoise.com/download/renoise/

Questions? Opinions? Comments? Spelling mistakes? Post them here.

http://www.renoise.com/board/index.php?showtopic=16544

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Enjoy Good Hex? Try Renoise for Linux (and OSX, and Windows)

conner_bw conner_bw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Renoise is a contemporary digital audio workstation (DAW) based upon the heritage and development of tracker software. Its primary use is the composition of music using samples (in WAV, AIFF, FLAC, Ogg, and MP3 format), and MIDI sequencing of VSTi soft synths.

I'm very active in the Renoise community, whatever that means. I initiated the XRNS-PHP Project several months ago, post regularly in the Renoise forums, and absolutely love this music sequencer.

Give it a try, the demo is free, maybe it's for you too?

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