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Red Hat Developer Demands Competitor's Source Code

dark12222000 Re:They are not claiming everything is their own. (394 comments)

RTS simply said they had used some APIs. What that means isn't entirely clear - it could mean modules, or just a specification. There has been some question as to whether or not they are shipping a modified Linux without releasing source, but that's been a more recent development.

about 2 years ago
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Red Hat Developer Demands Competitor's Source Code

dark12222000 Re:Guilty by confusion. (394 comments)

You're wrong. The issue here is whether or not Rising Tide backported other's contributions from their GPL version which would be a violation of the GPL. Nvidia's codebase is 100% theirs and is 100% proprietary, and therefore, they can do whatever they want with it. Rising Tide open sourced a version of their code. They claim the version they are now selling is only their work... despite that it seems to contain improvements found in the GPL version from other contributors.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Add Forums To a Website?

dark12222000 Depends on what you want (259 comments)

Most of it depends on what you're after.

PhpBB has a ton of features, but is a bit slow and bulky. I feel it's easy to work with, but it's probably not the easiest out there.

VanillaForums are extremely simply but lack some features (though many of these can be "bought").

vBulletin has a lot of niceties, but can be a bit of a hog and doesn't come cheap.

There is also SMF (Simple Machine Forums) which I've been told is a cross between phpBB and Vanilla Forums, but I haven't personally used it.

If you're new to this sort of thing, go for Vanilla. It's free, extremely easy, and has a lot of nifty features out of the box.

about 2 years ago
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FTC Whacks "Rachel From Card Holder Services"

dark12222000 Re:Halleluja! (289 comments)

I had similar problems. I finally talked to someone and had a several hour screaming match filled with legal threats and personal insults, after which the calls stopped for me.

about 2 years ago
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Feds Continue To Consider Linux Users Criminals For Watching DVDs

dark12222000 Re:the govt does not have any room to talk (423 comments)

So, there's this thing, called research - you should try it sometime before posting your uninformed opinions.

about 2 years ago
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A Supercomputer On the Moon To Direct Deep Space Traffic

dark12222000 Re:Delusional twaddle (166 comments)

My sarcasm detector must be going bad, because I actually thought you were serious.

about 2 years ago
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Hiring Smokers Banned In South Florida City

dark12222000 Re:Make it illegal (1199 comments)

You're confusing advertising with rights.

I have a right (a liberty in Hoefield's scheme of rights) to curse within my own home. I also have a right to live off of brownies if I so decide. I don't have that right because brownies or cursing is so "valuable" per se, but because it's my right, legally, to do what I wish within my home so long as it doesn't affect others. To carry my example, I can't curse so loudly as to disrupt my neighbors, even though I can otherwise curse - again, the issue isn't the cursing here, it's that I am disrupting my neighbors.

We can argue that smoking seems to cause a lot of health issues for non-smokers who are nearby. The majority of the research we have at this point seems to indicate a causative pattern pretty strongly. Therefore, at least in some states, you can't smoke in a restaurant or by a door way. On the other hand, there is absolutely no reason (nor does the Federal Government have the ability to) limit smoking within the privacy of your own home. I would argue that most businesses don't either unless they can prove that your smoking/non-smoking is required for your job (say, if you work at a hospital).

TLDR: "If [eating brownies] is so great and such a valuable right that others shouldn't be able to stop you doing it whenever and wherever you please, why do [brownie producing companies] spend hundred of millions of dollars every year just to keep convincing people they need to keep doing it?

about 2 years ago
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Open Source Raspberry Pi WebIDE Alpha Released

dark12222000 Re:This was stupid the first time... (26 comments)

If you're on slashdot, you have a "more expensive host". Hell, if you have a smart phone, you have "a more expensive host". It's a freaking 30$ computer. Get over it. Yes, you can develop on it directly if you want. For the rest of us, there's this beautiful web based IDE.

about 2 years ago
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Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks

dark12222000 Re:reflects well (1223 comments)

I agree with you, but I also agree with Linus.. Argh, what to do!?

about 2 years ago
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How Microsoft Is Wooing College Kids To Write Apps For Windows 8

dark12222000 Re:Technet + Dreamspark (187 comments)

What University do you go to? CS at my Uni is 80% Macs, 10% Linux machines (disproportionately Ubuntu, for better or for worse), 5% Windows machines, and the rest never bring laptops (and borrow a mac from the Uni to do work on).

Again, all of our software is either on a central server that can be SSH'd to with X access (and thus any machine can be used to get to it), it's cross platform, or it's OS/X or Linux. I can only think of maybe one specific class that you *must* have a windows machine for (and it's like a C# class or something) and even then, I think they meet in a computer lab of Windows machines.

Any mac can be setup for development trivially quickly and easily. I'm not at all a mac fanboy (quite the opposite) but Apple did figure out how to treat their developers well. It wouldn't surprise me if a great amount of Universities are pretty Windows leaning, but it's not the de facto standard by any shot. OS X has a good hold on the Universities (and most programmers) and I strongly suspect it will continue grow. (Personally, they can have my Arch laptop when they can pry it out of my cold dead hands).

about 2 years ago
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How Microsoft Is Wooing College Kids To Write Apps For Windows 8

dark12222000 Re:Technet + Dreamspark (187 comments)

Welcome to programming? Lets you see develop windows applications without buying a 400$+ windows PC, or even Linux applications without a machine that runs Linux. If you buy a mac, all the programming tools are free, all the documentation is free, and you don't even need to show student ID.

about 2 years ago
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House Approves Extending the Warrantless Wiretapping Act

dark12222000 Re:It Has Kept Us Safe (326 comments)

Yup. This has absolutely kept us perfectly safe. All of our consulates are safe, we've never had any terrorist attacks, and there have never been any breaches of government security. This is clearly working so well.

By the way, you're a selfish bastard if all you care about is "My freedom".

about 2 years ago
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House Approves Extending the Warrantless Wiretapping Act

dark12222000 Re:Can this be retroactively legalized (326 comments)

It's not supposed to be legitimate to give a pass ex post facto, but it happens. This is pretty clear in both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

about 2 years ago
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What The Apollo 11 Crew Did For Life Insurance

dark12222000 Re:If the odds are against you (168 comments)

It's not free money. You do understand how insurance works, right? You pay into a system based on estimated risk and if bad things happen, they pay a large lump sum to your survivors to help with expenses. It's not unreasonable to force an insurance agency to cover all types of work so long as they get to set the premiums and deductibles.

about 2 years ago
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Amazon, Apple Expected to Strut Their Small-Tablet Stuff Soon

dark12222000 Re:Underwhelming Nexus (115 comments)

You clearly can't read spec sheets. Go read what the Nexus 7 specs actually are and then try again.

about 2 years ago
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Legitimate eBook Lending Community Closed After Copyright Complaints

dark12222000 Re:Easy.... (288 comments)

"User License Agreement", ie, Contract. In order for a contract to be valid, a few things have to be true, in this case, the contract has to be legible/readable, and the other party must affirmatively agree to it. (This isn't an argument so much as just fact, which I'm sure you'll agree to).

I'm going to argue that most EULAs represent a "sticker contract", and would typically be considered non-binding because they fail to be readable by any average person and that no affirmative consent is given. Legally, EULAs may or may not be legally enforceable in different states. South Carolina considers EULAs not-enforceable while some states may consider otherwise. From my own reading of the law, I think any "Here's a long complicated 20 page essay on how you don't have rights, written in a foreign language, click 'I Accept' to install" type thing doesn't constitute an actual legal binding agreement - YMMV, it's usually up to the court in question.

about 2 years ago
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Legitimate eBook Lending Community Closed After Copyright Complaints

dark12222000 Re:Easy.... (288 comments)

Several authors did specifically file just "complaints", not DMCA takedowns. Whether or not there were DMCA takedowns in there, we don't know.

You are correct about not needing a EULA, it just helps.

about 2 years ago
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Legitimate eBook Lending Community Closed After Copyright Complaints

dark12222000 Re:Easy.... (288 comments)

You realize that's not a EULA, right? EULA stands for End User License Agreement. Those last two words there - License Agreement - actually have meaning. This isn't the fourth grade, learn how to use a dictionary.

about 2 years ago
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Legitimate eBook Lending Community Closed After Copyright Complaints

dark12222000 Re:Cry me a river (288 comments)

Yeah! Let's burn down all the libraries! We'll murder the inter-school lending programs too! And all of their administrators!

about 2 years ago

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Notch releases early view of 0x10c

dark12222000 dark12222000 writes  |  about 2 years ago

dark12222000 writes "Notch, the creator of the acclaimed game Minecraft has just released a video which gives us an early glimpse into his latest game, 0x10c. The video includes basic physics, lighting, and an early weapon.

0x10c is a space based MMORPG which allows players to explore space while programming and building their own spaceship."

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