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Is MySQL Slowly Turning Closed Source?

forgot_my_nick Re:Oracle doesn't care about developer people (336 comments)

>Java is free like in libre, the reference implementation is under the GPLv2: OpenJDK

Java is NOT free as in Libre. While OpenJDK is the "reference implementation" (which in Oracles terminology means "Blame the Apache Foundation") it does not and will never include the closed source goodies in Oracle Java.

In addition, Linux distros are no longer allowed to redistribute Oracle Java due to some bizarre Ellinsionian fiat. (probably they want you to use Snoracle Linux). So If you still need Oracle Java for whatever reason, you have to install it yourself. However despite Larry's best efforts, the Community (thanks!) has come through with scripts and native packages to install recent Oracle Java on any Linux distro you can think of.

more than 2 years ago
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Volume 4A of Knuth's TAOCP Finally In Print

forgot_my_nick Re:Pigs flying, hell freezing over (173 comments)

Good God! next thing you'll tell me Slackware's going to be doing dependency resolution!

more than 3 years ago
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Volume 4A of Knuth's TAOCP Finally In Print

forgot_my_nick Wow (173 comments)

Am I right my assumption that there may be as many as 8 volumes of Volume 4?

more than 3 years ago
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UK ID Card Scheme Data Deleted For £400K

forgot_my_nick Re:They need prvate contractors (149 comments)

> They need private contractors. Government officials are not capable of wiping their own arses, let alone data.
Who let you out of the Daily Mail comments section?

more than 3 years ago
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FSF Announces Support For WebM

forgot_my_nick Re:Riding coattails! (333 comments)

> If you need permission to use it, is it really open? I think that's the main point people seem to disagree on here.

In the context "Open" means you are free to read the standard, inspect (and use) the source of the reference implementation and even implement and distribute your own implementation. However at some stage you will most likely have to pay a licence fee if you are distributing h264 encoded videos or a implementation of the h264 codec.

If there was never any chance of attracting a licensing fee then it would be "Free" (as in beer and as in possibly speech).

more than 3 years ago
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Duke Research Experiment Disrupts Internet Traffic

forgot_my_nick Blame Cisco (maybe) (80 comments)

According to comments on the linked article the problem was that Cisco CRS-1 routers misinterpreted or didn't understand the modified BGP data and passed on corrupted versions of the BGP data.

more than 4 years ago
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Glibc Is Finally Free Software

forgot_my_nick Re:If that's the case ... (337 comments)

Don't be daft! But if they can nag Jörg Schilling until he changes the licence to make them shut up, Debian might include cdrtools again. But that happening is less likely than Oracle changing it's mind about supporting OpenSolaris.

more than 4 years ago
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F1 Simulators Revealed

forgot_my_nick Re:simulator usefulness is artificial (72 comments)

I've often thought that the stupid rules imposed by the FIA contributed to deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenburger. It's sad to see that 16 years later they are still making senseless rulings.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Bug Could Give Spammers Names, Photos

forgot_my_nick Re:It knew who I was (145 comments)

Almost certainly some brain dead acquaintance of yours knows both your email addresses, had them in their email address book under your name and allowed Facebook to rifle through it when they signed up.

more than 4 years ago
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IE9 Flaunts Hardware-Accelerated Canvas

forgot_my_nick Re:Good ideas never die, they just rebrand (265 comments)

If it gets the graphics card vendors to pay attention to the 2D API's again and improve support, then Hell, yes I'm all for it. Even on XOrg the graphics card vendors ignore the 2D graphics acceleration API's these days with the obsession with 3D. If you are lucky they will accelerate them indirectly through OpenGL. There is a reason why the open source XOrg drivers are generally faster at 2D graphics than the proprietary ones.

more than 4 years ago
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Indian Woman Convicted of Murder By Brain Scan

forgot_my_nick Re:James Randi challenge - Take Two (453 comments)

Please excuse the technical problems with the parent.

Actually if you bothered to JFG, to would find that the One Million Dollars is in an endowment fund account administered by Goldman Sachs, so bar the bank collapsing or it getting embezzeled, the money is real qand is going nowhere.

See http://www.randi.org/joom/challenge-info.html [randi.org] for further info

more than 6 years ago

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Download al Qaeda manuals from the DoJ, go to pris

forgot_my_nick forgot_my_nick writes  |  more than 6 years ago

forgot_my_nick (1138413) writes "At Nottingham University, in the United Kindom, 2 men a student and a universtiy employee and postgraduate student were were arrested and held for 6 days by the "terror" police. One now faces deportation. Their crime? Downloading and printing required course materials while being Muslim. The course materials? A redacted copy of the "Birmingham Terror Manual", available here:
http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/terrorism/alqaida_manual/
as well as directly from the DoJ.

See here for further information:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/30/notts_al_qaeda_manual_case/"

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