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Does Google Pin Copyright Violations On the ASF?

ishobo Re:I am confused. (136 comments)

Slashdot was a trash heap from the very beginning.

more than 3 years ago
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Preserving Great Tech For Posterity — the 6502

ishobo Re:The 6502 was never lost - WDC owns the core (290 comments)

That is not correct, they never bought a license. WDC co-held the design with MOS. WDC has been selling 6502 based products since 1979.

more than 3 years ago
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Preserving Great Tech For Posterity — the 6502

ishobo Re:Not so fast... (290 comments)

Available from Western Design Center, started by Bill Mensch, the person who co-designed the 6502 with Chuck Peddle. Both also helped design the 6800. WDC ha seen selling the 6502 based products since the 1979. Both the Apple IIe and IIc used WDC product, the 65C02. All the second source products over the years have been lisenced from WDC. WDC has been able to sell products based on the original 6502 design because they co-held the patents with MOS.

It is still sold in its original 40-pin plastic DIP. Verilog soft cores are available too.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Banks Attempt To Censor Academic Publication

ishobo Re:Good. (162 comments)

In Canada, debit is not run by the credit companies, it's directly run by the banks themselves...

The banks are credit companies. Visa and Mastercard are payment processors not credit providers, they do not issue or manage credit accounts.

more than 3 years ago
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Yahoo! Says Delicious To Get the Boot, Not the Axe

ishobo Re:It's called the "employee mobility pool" (84 comments)

The dumpster behind 701 First Avenue, Sunnyvale, California is technically "outside of the company"

Third party removal of contents from a waste bin is illegal in California. The contents in the container are the property of the entity providing waste services, usually the government where the property resides, even if the government entity contracts with a private removal company. Also, the container is normally serviced while still on private property unlike most residential waste and a charge of trespass could be levied.

more than 3 years ago
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The French Government Can Now Censor the Internet

ishobo Re:france sucks (419 comments)

A Candian that looks like an American when it comes to geography. Did you graduate high school?

There are more than three countries in North America. Panama is the southern most nation, while Greenland (Denmark) is the northern most. All of the Carribean Islands are part of the continent too.

more than 3 years ago
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What 2D GUI Foundation Do You Use?

ishobo Re:For "personal" Apps (331 comments)

I am not baiting at all. The problem is you have a strange definition of toy. I suppose Tk is a toy in the same manner as Linux. Of course, that does not stop people from using it. I would never base my embedded product around something as poorly designed as Linux compared to Integrity or QNX.

Two can play that game.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA's 'Arsenic Microbe' Science Under Fire

ishobo Re:This is how science works (152 comments)

I see, the publications in Nature and Electroanalytical Chemistry were a figment of everbody's imagination? I would stop teaching that course if you are this ignorant.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA's 'Arsenic Microbe' Science Under Fire

ishobo Re:This is how science works (152 comments)

I'm teaching a course in the scientific method and controversial theories this semester, and this is such a perfect example of how science is *supposed* to work. This isn't cold fusion...

Cold fusion was peer reviewed too.

more than 3 years ago
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Ex-Sun CEO Warns Oracle of Death By Open Source

ishobo McNealy stayed too long as CEO (408 comments)

...McNealy cites its author Ayn Rand as his mentor while he was growing up.

That statement sent shivers up my spine.

The company died on the vine with McNealy (and his ego) at the helm. Sun never fully recovered from all the equipment they virtually gave away (leased or financed) to companies during the telecom/Internet bubble. When he finally decides to step aside, he allows the promotion of Schwartz, an engineer with little successful business experience, to CEO while he continues to pick up a paycheck as chairman of the board. The idea by Schwartz (with McNealy agreeing) to start giving away their software and make it up in support has got to be the most asinine. My experience with companies is they usually do not pay for support if there is no compelling reason, and post bubble, they had little incentive to do so.

Sun suffered from a NIH syndrome throughout its life, pushed primarily by McNealy. The company also had a history of acquiring companies only to EOL products months later; it is amazing how many purchases were poorly timed.

Open sourcing Solaris is a red herring. The biggest problem was the Intel version played second banana and its constant on-off-on development was not helping matters. If they slashed the price of the Intel version to a reasonable level, while offering unrestricted use on multiple processors and no user limits, it would have been a win. Instead, they tried to get people to buy their Sparc equipment.

Sun is a good case study on a business that refused to adapt.

The one thing I will say about Ellison and Oracle, they can squeeze blood out of a rock.

more than 3 years ago
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What 2D GUI Foundation Do You Use?

ishobo Re:For "personal" Apps (331 comments)

You still have no idea what you are talking about. Is there place that makes people willfully ignorant, maybe a dumbfuckary?

more than 3 years ago
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Supreme Court Refuses P2P 'Innocent Sharing' Case

ishobo Re:Stupid (351 comments)

Applies to any type of tax entity, as a percentage of yearly revenue averaged over the last several years.

more than 3 years ago
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What 2D GUI Foundation Do You Use?

ishobo Re:Some thoughts: (331 comments)

Tcl/TK: It is a silly language.

Only for really stupid people. If you have trouble understanding command and arguments, you need to find an activity that requires little thought processing, such as greeting people at a WalMart.

more than 3 years ago
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What 2D GUI Foundation Do You Use?

ishobo Re:For "personal" Apps (331 comments)

You are a dumbfuck. Stop commenting on something you know nothing about.

more than 3 years ago
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Linus On Branching Practices

ishobo Re:comment from original page (90 comments)

In almost any sane shop, failure to follow the change procedures can be a grounds for immediate dismissal.

Most companies are not sane. I once worked for a forex provider where policies were not followed and never enforced by management. It was a reactive and chaotic environment, where engineering had direct access to production and build/release was responsible for production operations versus an actual operations/mis team. I blame this squarely on the youth culture in the IT world, were discipline is rare. I actually had a developer (senior platform architect at age 28) complain about the number of branches, when I wanted to bring a 4th online. In the early 90s when I did development at Lotus, I had to work with 21 branches for all the various projects I was involved with and never broke a sweat.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Now Second-Largest ISP

ishobo Re:Not an ISP (71 comments)

One can get a DS1 or higher from Level3, UUnet, Sprint, etc... They are all ISPs that cater to the business segment. In terms of largest, that would depend on the criteria used. Simply counting the sum of all traffic flowing through a company's network is not legitimate. A better metric would be to count only the traffic that originates and ends at a customer access point.

Network World distorted what Arbor was saying and Slashdot continued its fine tradition of being a clusterfuck of Internet wisdom.

more than 3 years ago
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All Your Stonehenge Photos Are Belong To England

ishobo Re:Image rights and trademark (347 comments)

Hall of Fame v. Gentile was vacated by the 6th and it went no further. It did not establish any case law regarding the trademark of a structure. If you are going to throw around examples, I recommend the 6th's White Tower v. White Castle (1937) and Ferrari v. Roberts (1991), Also, the SCOTUS opinion in Two Pesos v. Taco Cabana (1992). Finally, the Lanham Act of 1946 had a narrow scope protecting marks likely to cause confusion or deceive purchasers as to the source of goods or services. In 1967, the statute was ammended, eliminating the wording of purchasers, broading the scope.

Finally, one key detail that is often overlooked in the Hall of Fame case is both parties sold posters of the museum, hence they were competitors.

about 4 years ago

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