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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

internet-redstar Fishy Google Ideas (288 comments)

While I do think the article is too long, I think some of the actions of Google are to be expected. Microsoft is also lobbying massively in Washington, and Google has to put some counterweight on that - one could think.
But what Assange lists about Google Ideas is disturbing.
And when I look at the Google Ideas website, it seems to be a very valid point. And even more disturbing.

Yet I do believe he thinks the CEO of Google has more power than he has in reality. And I might be naive. But, seriously, they should look better into what Jared Cohen is doing with the money of Google, there certainly is something fishy about this guy, his connection and interpretation of 'do no evil', thanks to Assange for pointing that out!

about a week ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

internet-redstar V-PAL (151 comments)

Let's not forget about the V-PAL project. Maybe one which will really become available? http://pal-v.com/

about three weeks ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

internet-redstar Re:It's not that difficult (202 comments)

I think its a completely different thing. In stonehenge, there was no mega-river which flooded the entire area. While making things difficult in some way, the flooding allowed the Egyptians to move heavy stuff easily because of the Archimedes principle.
They had boats and knew everything about locks and irrigation.
Stonehenge? I think that's a different matter.

about 2 months ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

internet-redstar Re:Stupid theory... (202 comments)

I imagine some archeologists can't either. They just don't understand physics... yet the method of construction seems clear to me.

about 2 months ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

internet-redstar Stupid theory... (202 comments)

They where moved by irrigation.
the flats around the pyramids are perfectly flat. And where flooded with water when the Nile was at a yearly peak.
The water was trapped inside. The fence to keep the water inside is still standing
A corridor in the middle towards the pyramid was build and had dams to move the ships upward
The signs of the dam plates are still there in the corridors
The pyramid itself was a water basin, with the outside walls keeping the water inside
That's why they are all perfectly level
The ships moved the bricks in and lowered them to fill the pyramid. as a result the water rises.
However, water evaporates, and the movement of the ships upwards needs a water displacement at least equal to the mass moved up
So the ancient egyptians left clues everywhere to explain how they did it: everywhere, in the tombs in the pyramids, and even in New Kingdom in the Valley of the Kings, they drew how they accomplished it: by carrying buckets of water on their head.
That's how they build the pyramids; by putting water in the top of the pyramid, till all the ships with the stones where there.
Now, was that so hard to figure out? Stupid archeologists!

about 2 months ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

They could.

But the weapon manufacturers would have to look elsewhere for their software.

And the implications for such a law would go much further than OpenSource software.

It would be valid for any commercially developed software too.

I would be very surprised if the US government would pass a law to contradict the software industry to such an extend!

about 3 months ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

Would you agree with such a law?
How are they going to define a 'OSS' license?
Don't you think we will find a way around that to create another license not fitting that description and rendering that executive order useless.
No president would issue an executive order if it also hurts the software industry in the same way.

But I guess it's a valid point and something to be taken into consideration when drafting such a GPLv4.
Also don't forget that the GPLv4 goes a lot further than only the US...

about 3 months ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

We make software for a reason. Not to just give it away for free as in beer. But to provide freedom.

For that reason we ask people to release the changes to the code back to our collection of software which provides more freedom.

While certain companies are concerned about competitors getting to see their code, the disadvantages are much less important than the advantages of being able to stand on the shoulders of the giants in the opensource community.

We limit the freedom of people who want to use our code without giving back, so we can ensure a future in which we can access data without having to depend on one company. Together we are building that future.

Yet we see that our code is being used for mass surveillance.
To snoop upon all our communications.
To invade our privacy.
To datamine our meta-data and to possibly make far-reaching conclusions.
And to build weapons of mass destruction.
I don't want to contribute to such a future.

about 3 months ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

Developers have the choice to license their software under licenses as they choose appropriately.
Certainly the BSD license can still be used for such applications, even GPLv3 and GPLv2 licensed programs - in the far fetched assumption that the GPLv4 would become the 'good public license'.
And changing the law to remove clauses out of a software license,... well I think it's highly improbable and very difficult to implement in a law. Yet nothing is impossible. And it would probably lead again to a new software license (and a lot of relicensing work).

about 3 months ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

As we currently limit the freedom of those who want to create DRM-protected GPLv3 linux appliances. Or as we limit the freedom of people who would like to redistribute a Linux derivative in a proprietary format.

Certain freedoms have to be limited to protect our interests and preserve our own freedoms and even our privacy.

about 3 months ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

I can't speak for Russia, but Germany is very strict about copyright regulations.

Just as the current license is very good respected, and for certain embedded applications the GPLv3 is avoided, they would certainly not want to risk any software license violation.

about 3 months ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

While an arms race might have been important in the past, it isn't what drives current civilisation.

And I hope it will stay that way.

At least in my country most of the intelligent Linux developers don't want to work for the weapons manufacturer. So they build less good soft/hardware as they could have otherwise.

Just like good developers don't want to work for Microsoft, because who wants to be associated with that?

The key thing is that I don't want to personally decide what is 'evil' and what is not.

But we are doing that right now with the GPLv3 already.

I believe that the EFF has a wonderful opportunity there to form a committee to make that definition and implement it legally.

about 3 months ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

Don't you think someone would leak it?

And if they would use it, at least we could sue them...

My bet is they would not. And that they would have to rely upon outdated crappy software. Or pay a lot more for their software development.

Or just use software with older versions of the GPL only.

about 3 months ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

One could limit the scope of 'evil' to weapons of mass destruction.

I guess that's a valid debate.

And it will still be possible to make them without our software... I just don't want to have helped them!
We make software because of that warm fuzzy feeling. Not to know that it contributes to killing people (from whatever country).

about 3 months ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

Again I call for the GPLv4 to become the 'good public license'.
Cannot be used for weapon manufacturing or mass surveillance... or anything defined as 'evil' by a FSF committee.

I don't want to be part of the evil masterplans of those basards.
Currently 'patent protection' is defined as evil. But I think most of us agree there are more fundamental evil for which our software can be used...

Wake up RMS!

about 3 months ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

internet-redstar Either it is valuable to MS or not... (650 comments)

The should not be allowed to have it both ways: protect the source code because it's "valuable" but not support is any more because it has become worthless crap - and hell yes - why not make it a more general law: If you drop support for old software; your company should be enforced to open the source. This has several advantages:
1) Old hardware can still be supported, so there is less e-waste
2) Customers are not forced into anything
3) Even more world domination for Open Source software!

Whatever license, as long as it's OSI approved.

And I can't resist to post a link to our press release done today.

about 7 months ago
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With Burning Teslas In the News Ford Recalls Almost 140,000 Escapes

internet-redstar Re:The difference (293 comments)

Correctly assessed!
And the numbers of failure for Tesla are even much worse than Ford: "There have been 12 reported fires but no injuries in the bigger recall of 139,917 Ford Escape vehicles." - so one in 11659 cars.
Tesla has sold an estimated 18,200 units through September 2013 (according to wikipedia) with 3 fires - so one in 6066 cars.
Neglecting or minimising this problem is a bad thing for everybody.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

internet-redstar Re:Only time will tell... (631 comments)

It is sad that they didn't go for the Ubuntu phone - I was one of the (many) people who contributed to the kickstarter.
Having raised more than 10M usd and then not releasing it... WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT.

Maybe Marc is burning through his cash too quickly. Who knows.

But I still think he helped OpenSource and Free Software a lot, whatever direction it turns out to go into.
It looks like there will not be an Ubuntu phone ready for the Xmas shopping season this year, and that's sad, very sad!
Even Apple launched a new phone without having any real new features...

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

internet-redstar Re:Only time will tell... (631 comments)

I'm sure you didn't upgrade Fedora 12 to 19 on the command line.
It isn't supported and it doesn't work.

It's a shame.
Ah and did you try this: rpm -qa | grep -i v fc19
how many old version shit is still hanging around?

We prefer Ubuntu over Fedora out of stability and software choices. Of course Ubuntu has its issues too. But you don't get that much of a 'leaking ship' feeling...

about a year ago

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Kerneltrap is back!

internet-redstar internet-redstar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

internet-redstar (552612) writes "After a year and a half of inactivity, KernelTrap.org is back. As a primary source for condensed easy to read and to follow kernel discussions, it's great for those of us who have the intrest and need to follow up the kernel project on a regular basis without having to wade through the entire Linux Kernel Mailing List. KernelTrap managed to upgrade to Drupal 6, and new posts talk about removing the Big Kernel Lock, Memory Compaction, Properly creating and testing patches and the difficult path to 2.6.34-rc4."
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internet-redstar internet-redstar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

internet-redstar writes "The OpenMoko project promised to revolutionise the GSM experience and it even made me forget all about the iPhone. But while the project homepage reads that shipping would start at the end of april, we didn't see anything move at all. If I hadn't seen one for real at FOSDEM, I would have put this in the hoax-category. What's going on at OpenMoko? I still want one!"
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