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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

johncandale Move on and other thoughts (142 comments)

20 years is a lifetime in software. Windows 3.11 was current then. Based on your post either the project is replaceable or already replaced.

an open source project for over 20 years under a corporate aegis.

There is your mistake. The corp will do what it likes.

we have a sizable user community and the software is considered one of the de facto standards for what it does.

Both of those need qualifications. For example 20,000 people might sound like a lot but it is not a sizable user base. One of the defacto.... one of out of how many? If there are 2 or more standards that work nearly as well.... Well there you go.

If there are other projects that are viable with these problems just open a website, decouple from the corp and be active. Open source projects are very tough and not always a good idea. The corp you were under most likely made things 10 times as easy for you. Now you are going into the wild. There isn't any magic formula for recruiting volunteers unless you can con a few local schools into using the project as a internship/homework for degree students.

yesterday
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

johncandale Digital Divide was always largely myth (275 comments)

Digital Divide was always largely myth. No one ever got a basic education from technology. The powers that be lied to you. Digital divide was just good copy to write about. The Real divide was class and wealth, always was. Still is. Private school or a public school in rich area, educated parents that help with vocab and homework, safe environment, tutors, etc.

If anything tech heavy schools hurt more because of a magic blend of

A. the tech funds rush to the worse schools where it is the last thing they need

B. It likely caused more ADD like behavior

C Computers don't actually help you learn how to write or math or think better

Going into a job not knowing how to use MSword was not the problem. "Poor" people were not being left behind any faster then before. The debacle in some schools (for example see https://www.google.com/search?...) over reaching for tech instead of more teachers is a direct result of newspapers writing about the "Digital Divide" for over 16 years till the point the copy came to be believed.

yesterday
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

johncandale The laws are behind & protectionism is alive a (282 comments)

The city just wants their cut of the commerce. No doubt they will frame it in the "for the safety and regulation of the city" terms.

The vested interests will also complain about fair competition. The problem with that is you can't stop more efficient businesses forever. Holding them back too long creates more problems when the crash finally comes

In the end the laws are just behind. There are all this under used goods and services in the cities. (Cars idle all day at work, rooms empty while people are out of town). Before the internet it was too inefficient to match a user with the seller. This is no longer true. Fix the laws and productivity of resources will increase. Heck even the city government needs to change and allow filing of business sales taxes online for small scale stuff.

Remember, this is inevitable anyways over the long term.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

johncandale It is stealing (578 comments)

deal with it.

about two weeks ago
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Hybrid Car Owners Not Likely To Buy Another Hybrid

johncandale $12 a gallon (998 comments)

sooner or later gas will be $12 a gallon in the US. sooner or later hybrids will be cheaper, last longer and get even better mileage. They aren't going away.

more than 2 years ago
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How To Crash the US Justice System: Demand a Trial

johncandale Re:As a lawyer--- (897 comments)

it's not just the sentencing guidelines, it's the absurd laws. Every single person is guilty of at least 20-50 different federal laws at any one time. Before you know what happened, they have you stacked up threatening you with 20 to life. The jury trial is not supposed to protect just the innocent, but the guilty, and the guilty that did no harm to society, By making the process open. The DA is a political office, and some DA's once elected, want high conviction rates. How do you do that? By going after the poor that can't defend themselves. A lot of these people might not have been living upstanding uplifting lives. Might of had some gray areas, doesn't mean they did what they were accused of. ".I could get a jury trial for a speeding ticket if I wanted" Maybe you could, but I was refused one. And in some states they are defacto not done anymore. Why don't you lie some more you whitebred elitist?

more than 2 years ago
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How To Crash the US Justice System: Demand a Trial

johncandale Re:What is the cost of defense these days? (897 comments)

It's got to be more then $5000 for a federal case. Cases involve much more then the jury trial hours. There is the pretrial, with evidence hearings, etc. this stuff drags on for months or years before you get a jury. Unless you are rich, you are hiring a hourly rate lawyer, and it's going to be $150 an hour at least. including office hours billed. If you are lucky you might get legal aid or a firm to take the case pro bono, but those are super rare. And most legal aid, or student lawyers are just not very good.

more than 2 years ago
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How To Crash the US Justice System: Demand a Trial

johncandale Pay the innocents costs (897 comments)

Just make the DoJ pay the innocents FULL costs in any jury case that does not result in a guilty conviction. This would A:make them focus on real cases that matter. B:give everyone that is innocent incentive to go to trial.

more than 2 years ago
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How To Crash the US Justice System: Demand a Trial

johncandale Re:jury trials cost more money (897 comments)

Except facts don't lie and facts show christian parents that use abstinence only education have higher abortion rates and higher pregnancy rates. Stick your head in the sand if you want, but the facts are sex education decreases abortion and pregnancy rates in teens.

more than 2 years ago
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Interrupted Sleep Might Be the Best Kind

johncandale common durig the dark ages? (277 comments)

I note most of the historic references from the link were from the middle ages-pre Renaissance mostly. I wonder if in roman times if people got along better, and were apparently more productive for it, due to sleeping once? I for one, don't wish to replicate much of the post roman pre-enlightenment days in any respects. I mean if it was so natural, couldn't they find a a reference for it beyond homer in antiquity or biblical texts?

more than 2 years ago
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Atlanta's Growing Video Surveillance System

johncandale Re:Camera Vandalism? (189 comments)

centre schemes we have in the UK - they do actually provide a reasonable benefit in my opinion - especially late night at the weekends where police resources can be concentrated where they're most needed (ie around the bars and clubs) whilst keeping an overview of the surrounding area.

You are a tool. How can you support such a system which such great abuse of power possible?

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Creates Qwikster For DVD Only Business

johncandale This is what the modern stock market gives you (481 comments)

Fact is, even thou netflix only thinks it is only going to lose1 million of it's 25 million subscribers with the price increases last 12 months, meaning it actually is, or would have been INCREASING profits, sense the stock price took a 50% dive, the CEO is under huge need to make a change.

Does everyone see how retarded this is?

I know it's never going to happen, but we need to move back to a very long term only stock market investment rules view

more than 3 years ago
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Authors' Guild Goes After University Book Digitization Projects

johncandale library exemptions to copyright (170 comments)

I don't think you understand the library exemptions to copyright and the reasons for and the benefits to society

more than 3 years ago
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YouTube Disables Comments and User Uploads For Korean Users

johncandale Re:Posted Anonymously (237 comments)

note the article was about real names, logging in you still had a pseudonym before. Which it least protects you from random backlash, if not from a determined corrupt government, which could likely track you down with your logged AC IP anyway if they really really wanted to

more than 3 years ago
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Coming Soon to EA's Origin Store: Third-Party Titles

johncandale Re:Who cares? (88 comments)

Steam is Digital distribution, so of course it's up to you to make copies of your hard drive for back up's like any DD system. 'Activate a product' What are you talking about? You have to log in to Purchase and download a product, so of course it's already activated at that point. But once it's on your harddrive you don't need steam to play any non-Valve game that you bought through steam, just launch the *.exe.

more than 3 years ago
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Coming Soon to EA's Origin Store: Third-Party Titles

johncandale Re:Who cares? (88 comments)

no, this is wrong. sorry. You Can Launch Most Steam Games Without Steam. but nice try. Go try it

more than 3 years ago
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Coming Soon to EA's Origin Store: Third-Party Titles

johncandale Re:Who cares? (88 comments)

Most steam games don't have DRM. Most you can play even after you cancel a steam account. and even the ones that do have drm (none that I own, I have 20+ steam games) it's not really the shitty kind of drm, relativity. Also steam lets you re-download your entire library to a new computer free of charge.

more than 3 years ago
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Why We Don't Need Gigabit Networks (Yet)

johncandale Re:Could Not Disagree More (359 comments)

or we could finally kill the redundant cable tv connection and have EVERYthing through the internet, as it should be. That way when the internet gets better, everything else does too. So much silly redundancy in infrastructure. Besides netflix+downloading computer updates while Skyping while your kids are doing the same thing in two different rooms. It adds up.

more than 3 years ago
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Monthly Ubuntu Releases Proposed

johncandale Re:Asa got a new job? (284 comments)

You act like there is only one true way for FLOSS software/ It doesn't make sense for stuff like firefox to be tested in the wild. It might for other products,

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Introduce New Programming Language — Dart

johncandale Re:Great, another fucking language to learn (250 comments)

there is everything wrong with it. No one wants to back a project when it has the perception of a pet product. Examples might include, Mozilla, Microsoft, apple, not wanting to spend development cycles adding function in a very fast market; Even more then that thou is the companies not wanting to port their wed app products to new code, hiring/training new people. Start-in-your basement style companies don't want to spend the time either. Because it's a pet product. So even if it is a great product, it won't get adapted from your track record of the last 50 failed ones you canceled or didn't support or push to get adapted. There is sort of a window for new products like this, you need people to sign up for them mentally so you need company backing to market, and polish the image of the product, Like how every new apple product update is treated like a new form of gold. Like how Steve Jobs spend _10 minutes_ in the product launch keynote talking about how they added folders to iOS, like it was a revolution. Just releasing products into the wild gives your brand a bad image.

more than 3 years ago

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