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Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

darkeye he should oversee the NSA from now on (822 comments)

starting with a full pardon, medals, Nobel peace prize et al

he should be appointed to oversee the NSA & the like, so that they stop overreaching as they do now

at least we know Snowden is a person how won't step aside on these issues

about 8 months ago
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No. of vehicle license types I hold:

darkeye Re:2, of any kind? (312 comments)

same here: I have a car and an airplane license. OTOH I have both EASA and FAA airplane licenses, so overall I might count as 3 :)

about 9 months ago
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The First Fully 3D-Printed Gun Has Been Successfully Test-Fired

darkeye how was the aim / was it on target? (717 comments)

other then the slug exited the barrel, I wonder if they could aim this thing over any usable distance, and hit the target with it?

about a year ago
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If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...

darkeye what makes you think you can ban anything? (417 comments)

like, the very concept of restricting other peoples behaviour, how would you be able to do that?

would you accept a similar 'ban' on your behaviour in return?

about a year and a half ago
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Richard Stallman's Solution To 'Too Big To Fail'

darkeye RMS's idea is not about risk mitigation or banks (649 comments)

RMS's idea predates the latest bank bailout era with many many years. his idea was not inspired by 'too big to fail' at all. his idea is simple a mechanism to make sure there are fewer big companies - and only in cases where a larger size is indeed increasingly profitable, so that it's still worth to have the larger organization which has to pay more taxes because of its size.

RMS's experience is simply that 'large entities' don't behave in a 'good' manner, and thus there is a clear advantage to society of having fewer of them.

about a year and a half ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

darkeye it's the copyright law they should investigate (382 comments)

it's not how MIT acted, but the copyright law, that's what they should investigate. like how come someone can be threatened with 35 years in prison and a $1m fine for making state-funded research papers accessible to people at large?

for killing a person, you only get 4 years.

yeah, for killing Micheal Jackson, you get less than for distributing one song of his 'illegaly'

this has to stop.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Anti-Spam Service Extortion?

darkeye they don't tend to help you to track down the spam (279 comments)

sometimes I also have the feeling that these services are somewhat extortionist. I find this to be the case when they really don't help you in any way to track down the spam they think you're sending.

some of these are helpful and provide sample spam e-mails that they caught. usually the message ID is enough for me to track down the spam and spammer in question.

why such an organization would actually _not help_ fighting spam in this way is beyond me though.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Laptop With Decent Linux Graphics Support?

darkeye nVidia is the best Linux 3D choice (260 comments)

if you're aim is to go for fast 3D, your range of choice is narrowed down to either ATI or nVidia. and, nVidias drivers are the better one.

yes, they are closed source, etc., but still they work.

no open source driver for these cards produces a sufficient level of performance. and, they lack a lot of features that are important for laptops. for example, the open source ATI drivers doesn't scale the GPU clock, which means your GPU will run at 100% all the time, your battery will get drained with it real fast (and your GPU fan will be spinning constantly)

then again, your goal might be different, and you're may not be focused on 3D

about 2 years ago
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Happy (Early) Bday! :) SMS Txt Msgs Turn 20

darkeye maybe the first SMS in the UK (54 comments)

But obviously not the first SMS sent ever.

SMS was developed by Ericsson. Their initial use case was to be able to send out service notifications to phone users (e.g. text messages about technical issues of the phone service, billing info, etc.). the first phones that supported SMS actually couldn't *send* SMS messages - just receive & display them!

I wish slashdot would be more prudent when selecting stories.

about 2 years ago
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Salt Lake City Police To Wear Camera Glasses

darkeye and who will be able to see what the cameras see? (307 comments)

this doesn't change anything unless the cameras are always on, and the public can see all recordings at will.

if not so, the recordings will only be used when it is favorable for the police, but not the other way around

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

darkeye Slackware - RedHat - Gentoo - Ubuntu (867 comments)

Slackware on floppies at first, with the letter-coded floppy sets

then I went for RedHat, on CDs

then Gentoo, emerge away!

and now I use Ubuntu, though I still don't really like apt

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Outsourcing Development a Good Idea?

darkeye make them part of your team - and trust them (403 comments)

the only way to make this work is to treat the outsourcing partner as part of your team. this means you have to develop full trust in the beginning of your working relationship. this trust will be the basis of your working together. this is the most risky part of such a relationship.

initially you can start with giving them a smaller task, which doesn't require too much internal knowledge. as you see how they progress, and how the two teams (yours and them) can productively work together, you can increase your level of commitment to them, as will they do the same. in a manner of months, you can ramp up the amount of work you give them, and they will allocate more people of their team to you. if it doesn't work out, you just cut the relationship and look for someone else.

as trust builds up, you don't have issues anymore of sharing your assets with the outsourcing team. you also don't have accountability issues, like double-checking their timesheets, etc. this also means that efficiency increases. trust really saves money for everyone.

in an ideal setup, you'll end up with a long-term partner, that is at least as good as what you could get in-house. they will also appreciate this long-term and stable relationship. the benefit will be there for both: you'll get a capable team that is cheaper than what you'd have in-house, and is at least as good. you'll also have more flexibility in the amount of load you place on them. you also don't have to worry about recruitment, training, etc. they will love the long-term and stable customer they are working for. they will enjoy the challenges you give them. and most probably they will make more money than what they could make with a local client.

also note that outsourcing is not always about price, although price is always part of the equation. but its useless to go just for price - as you pretty much get what you pay for. but, you can also aim for an external development partner that is high quality, and not 'dirt cheap', but indeed, cheaper than a comparable high quality in-house team, or a team where you live.

(disclaimer: I run such an outsourcing company in East Europe, and we work for US customers on a long-term, high-quality basis)

more than 2 years ago
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Gimp 2.8 Finally Released

darkeye does it support Photoshop (PSD) layers? (737 comments)

for us, this is the single biggest issue with gimp: it can't open PSD files which contain layers, properly...

I wonder if this will be added anytime soon...

more than 2 years ago

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T-Mobile's Parent Company Might Be Screwing With Hungary's Press

darkeye darkeye writes  |  about 4 months ago

darkeye (199616) writes "Deutsche Telekom is the huge corporation that owns two-thirds of T-Mobile. It also, if you follow a chain of sub-companies, owns Origo.hu, a hugely popular Hungarian news site. Origo's editor in chief was just unceremoniously fired, after writing critically about the Hungarian government—which, incidentally, just inked a $1.5 billion broadband agreement with Deutsche Telekom. Something is rotten in the state of Hungary.
This puts a whole new spin on early termination fees."

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article critical of Microsoft pulled from forbes.com

darkeye darkeye writes  |  about a year and a half ago

darkeye (199616) writes "An article titled 'Sell Microsoft NOW! Game Over — Ballmer Loses' (http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2013/01/20/sell-microsoft-now-game-over-ballmer-loses/) by Adam Hartung has been pulled from forbes.com. The article is still available via the Google WebCache here: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Z07qoZSJTV8J:www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2013/01/20/sell-microsoft-now-game-over-ballmer-loses/
  . While Microsoft is clearly on the decline, it seems it still has for enough reaching hands to sensor content on a major publication like Forbes."

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So where are my technology e-books?

darkeye darkeye writes  |  more than 4 years ago

darkeye (199616) writes "With e-ink and e-books coming of age, it would be kind of obvious, that the first adopters of this technology would be tech enthusiasts themselves — who, for the most part, will be reading thick technology books, and also using them as reference. Anyone who has tried to travel with his tech books knows the weight of dead trees in their backpack, and would appreciate all that info in a single e-book, to be read on an e-book reader or on a laptop.

But — where are these e-books? Why is the paper edition still the default? Looking at major online book stores, either you're being forced into proprietary hardware & software like the Amazon Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Wireless-Reading-Display-Generation/dp/B0015T963C/ref=amb_link_86172951_2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=1PQRCJAZ1HS0S6YHSB0G&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=502000191&pf_rd_i=507846 , or you're not offered an e-book at all (Barns & Nobles, http://search.barnesandnoble.com/ , despite having their own e-book reader, the Nook, http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nook/ ), or you're stuck with viewing online and downloading a limited number of inconvenient watermarked chapters for a subscription fee (Safari online, http://www.safaribooksonline.com/ ). Publishers direct online stores usually don't offer e-books at all. It's only InformIT (http://www.informit.com/) that offers you e-books, at about a 20% discount when compared to the paper version.

So where are the e-books? When is it, that the default is going to be the environmentally friendly and convenient way of sharing written information? When are the reduced costs of this form of dissemination shared with the readers themselves?"
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getting paid to abandon an open source project?

darkeye darkeye writes  |  more than 5 years ago

darkeye writes "I'm facing a difficult dilemma, in which the Slashdot community might have an opinion that could help me. I've been contributing to an open source project heavily, making considerable changes to code organization and quality, but which are unfinished at the moment. Now a company is approaching me to continue my changes. They want to keep the improvements to themselves, which can be done, as the project is published under the BSD license. While this is still fair, as they have all the rights to the work they pay for in full, but, they want me to sign a non-competition clause, which would bar me from ever working on and publishing results on the original open source project itself, even if done separately in my free time.

Aside from ideological arguments (you should give back to the community you're taking from), how would you approach such a dilemma? On one side, they'd provide resources to work on an interesting project. On the other, it would make me an outcast in the project's community, Moreover, they would take ownership of not just to what they'd pay for, but also of my changes leading up to this moment — as I wouldn't be able to continue on my original codebase in an open source manner if I sign their contract."

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