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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

greenguy I lived in Nicaragua for five years... (322 comments)

... and there was a broad consensus among both the ex-pats and the Nicaraguans I knew that a canal through Nicaragua would be an unqualified ecological disaster. It would cut a wide swath through the little remaining virgin forest there, not to mention clearing out many of the remaining indigenous communities. They apparently also want to build an airport, an oil pipeline, multiple "free-trade" zones, and a second deep-water port. I can't believe that surfing is considered more important than all this.

about a month and a half ago

Introducing the NSA-Proof Crypto-Font

greenguy Re:Familiar with image recognition at all? (259 comments)

Um, if you mod something down down, and then comment, it wipes out your moderation. Which, in effect, also negates your post.

But, keep trying!

about a year ago

NSA Building $860 Million Data Center In Maryland

greenguy Re:Cool! (177 comments)

The other good news here is that 90% of the emails the NSA collects are spam.

about a year ago

Compared to its non-Super version, I most prefer ...

greenguy Unknown (288 comments)

My favorites were "Spoon Man" and "Black Hole Sun."

about a year ago

Why We'll Never Meet Aliens

greenguy I'm not convinced. (629 comments)

We're hundreds of times smarter than the ancient Greeks and Romans -- and by "smarter," I mean we have vastly greater information available to us. And yet, I'd jump at the chance to go visit them in their time and place. Why? Because I think they were still pretty sharp, given their constraints. They did some pretty impressive stuff. Additionally, human nature makes for interesting drama, regardless of the level of technology. And that would map on reasonably well to any alien civilization capable of interstellar travel and communication with us. In other words, they'd have to have some order to their society, which we could learn in time. They'd likely have some form of metaphysical belief structure, and possibly several competing structures. They have to communicate somehow. They have to have advanced understandings of math and science. These are all things we could learn from them, or at least about them, just as an ancient Roman could learn to use a tablet computer, if they really wanted to. An advanced civilization would know that we are capable of advancing, and that would make us interesting to them.

about a year ago

Unanimous: Provo Utah Council Approves Google Fiber

greenguy We are Unanimous. (130 comments)

Don't expect us.

about a year ago

Possible Cure For MS Turns Common Skin Cells Into Working Brain Cells

greenguy Obligatory? (87 comments)

Cue the jokes about a cure for Microsoft.

about a year and a half ago

Google Fiber: Why Traditional ISPs Are Officially On Notice

greenguy Oy. (408 comments)

These are our choices: stick with a variety of crappy ISPs, or consolidate on one that's pretty decent, but whose business model consists of stripping us of our privacy and funneling our Internet experience through its pipes.

This is not the 21st century I was told to expect.

about a year and a half ago

How much I care about GMO food labeling:

greenguy Re:Moot point (461 comments)

Selective breeding is not genetic modification, even if both take place at the genetic level. Selective breeding effectively makes humans an environmental factor that influences evolution. Genetic modification physically splices genes into cells -- genes that never could have made the leap across species, or even whole kingdoms. No amount of selective breeding is going to give a tomato a gene from a fish.

One is a semi-natural process, and the other is about as far from a natural process as could be imagined. One has been documented for as long as there have been documents, and the other is an experiment being conducted on all of us.

about a year and a half ago

Creationist Bets $10k In Proposed Literal Interpretation of Genesis Debate

greenguy Re:Three letters.. (1121 comments)

Certified mortgage banker?

about a year and a half ago

Creationist Bets $10k In Proposed Literal Interpretation of Genesis Debate

greenguy All manner of problems with this. (1121 comments)

First, there are two not-entirely-congruent Creation stories, right there in Genesis. Second, creationists are known to be wily about fudging their interpretations of Scripture and data: "Did I say literal days? Well, literal days were different back then." "Oh, sure, there's a fossil record, but that's God testing us." "The mention of 'behemoth' in the Old Testament proves man coexisted with dinosaurs." "Who were Cain and Abel's wives? Uhh... er..." Third, I can't imagine who they would find to arbitrate such a bet.

On the off chance I've missed any, please pick up where I left off...

about a year and a half ago

Can Valve's 'Bossless' Company Model Work Elsewhere?

greenguy Yes, a bossless workplace can work. (522 comments)

There's an entire business model based on operating a business with no boss -- it's called a worker cooperative. As a founder and member of one, and a friend of dozens more, I'm here to say that it works.

The existence of one bossless model makes it easy to believe that others could exist. The presence of an authority figure, or of any kind of hierarchy, is not a requirement for business success. This isn't speculation -- there's proof in black and white.

about a year and a half ago

Canonical Announcing Ubuntu Tablet Tomorrow?

greenguy Re:©anoni©al won't work, they're still F (121 comments)

I think that if that were going to happen, it would have by now. Debian would have taken over, or Ubuntu, or Red Hat. But, instead, the success of each has had a ripple effect, as each works to imitate and/or provide alternatives to whatever bells and whistles are working for one of them this week. In other words, the GPL has provided a level playing field for competition, and there's no reason to think it won't continue to do so. The success of any given distro can't be entirely de-linked from the success of "Linux" generally, any more than the success of a particular microbrew can be de-linked from the success of microbrews generally, or a particular e-book from e-books generally, and so on.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

greenguy Voice interface (322 comments)

Smartwatch confirms it: keyboards are dying.

about a year and a half ago

Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode 7 Due In 2015

greenguy Huh? (816 comments)

*checks date* ...Still October..

about 2 years ago

Cinnamon 1.6 Brings New Features and Applets

greenguy AMD 64 bug? (74 comments)

I'm using LMDE, and I really like Cinnamon. However, my desktop has an AMD 64-bit processor, and there's a known bug where Cinammon randomly locks up on AMD 64, so I use XFCE.

Can anyone tell me if this bug is fixed? I'm not about to try it, and risk losing work. I learned about this bug the hard way.

about 2 years ago

Open Source Advocates' Attitudes Toward Profit

greenguy Here's my attitude... (208 comments)

... it's not so much a question of profit, it's what you do to get it. If you are secretive, controlling, colluding, or corrupt about it, then I'm against it. If you're transparent, responsible, sustainable, and honest, then I'm for it.

I've been known to pay for Linux software, and I've been paying for Linux-based services for years. I also use FLOSS in my freelance work.

I mean, c'mon. No less than RMS has said you can sell software if you want. Who does this guy think is more hard-core than RMS?

more than 2 years ago

I'd rather WikiLeaks concentrate on leaks about ...

greenguy Re:erm, all of the above (312 comments)

They all overlap some, and some overlap a lot. I'm thinking particularly of political corruption and corporate malfeasance. Those border on two names for the same thing -- or at the very least, they form a feedback loop.

more than 3 years ago

Would You Take a One-Way Ticket To Mars?

greenguy Re:Mars Need Women... (561 comments)

In fact, it's cold as hell.

more than 3 years ago



Announcing Gobuntu, the all-Free-Software Ubuntu

greenguy greenguy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

greenguy writes "Mark Shuttleworth recently announced the arrival of Gobuntu, a derivative of Ubuntu which will only use Free Software. He says... "It is a flavour of Ubuntu (like Kubuntu or Xubuntu) that is basically the same desktop environment as Ubuntu (a GNOME desktop) and a very strict set of restrictions on the licences of code and content. This means that we try to strip out ANYTHING which is not modifiable and redistributable, including firmware, PDF's, video footage, sounds etc. We are trying to apply the FSF "rights" definition to everything in the platform." Note that it's not quite ready for prime time, and will mostly serve a starting point for distros like gNewSense."
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FLOSS as fair trade

greenguy greenguy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I have long believed that the free/open-source software movement shares a lot of values with the fair-trade movement. However, examples of overlap between the two are not that common, and serious writing that looks at the similarities is even less common. In an attempt to stir up some conversation, I devoted an issue of my magazine to this [2.2MB PDF; opens in full-screen]. It's written for a non-technical audience, but I'd be curious to hear what Slashdotters think. And yes, the magazine is created and hosted using only FLOSS.

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