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All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

just_another_sean Re:Hey man, is that Freedom Box? (52 comments)

I know your just kidding but that actually would be a pretty good marketing slogan for them. I wonder if they would run afoul of Ramco or whoever it was selling Freedom Rock...

Seems like it would appeal to the older, potentially less tech savvy folks they are targeting with Freedom Box.


Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party

just_another_sean Re:Celebrate (146 comments)

Nice, love the second link/picture. It's nice to know that despite some differences (cloths, equipment) some things never change! :-)

about a week ago

Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party

just_another_sean Celebrate (146 comments)

I'm going to celebrate by making each of my kids write a simple program in BASIC. They can start on 4/20 and have to be complete by 4/30.

It's how I got started by gum and if it was good enough for me, and it was, than it's good enough for them!


about a week ago

Judge (Tech) Advice By Results

just_another_sean Re:The problem with advice on the internet (162 comments)

You forgot - 2 responses pointing out that the past tense of breed is bred, not breeded.

I propose it go between 8 responses... and 1 response...

In other words some completely off topic response that points out the original person asking the question is either bad at grammar or can't spell.

about two weeks ago

How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

just_another_sean Re:People need to start with the scale (392 comments)

Absolutely, I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space...

about two weeks ago

How the FBI and Secret Service Know Your Network Has Been Breached Before You Do

just_another_sean NSA (72 comments)

And here I thought the answer was the NSA tells them and they know because they have root access to these systems.

The fact that it's actually through real police efforts actually makes me feel a tiny bit better.

about three weeks ago

Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

just_another_sean Conflicted (455 comments)

I feel so weird saying this... But, Go Walmart? I guess.

Anyway, as another poster pointed out it's about time someone went after them. Maybe taking 5 billion from them will be a real wake up call.

about three weeks ago

Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

just_another_sean Re:No price != No cost (409 comments)

It's what plants crave!

about a month ago

Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

just_another_sean Re:No price != No cost (409 comments)

Exactly. I am no big fan of Microsoft but the way I see it, no matter which vendor they choose, we are quickly moving to a model where class will begin everyday with:

Welcome to English 101, brought to you by Brawndo! Brawndo, The Thirst Mutilator!

about a month ago

Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

just_another_sean Re:Win 7 (860 comments)

Um, there is a bit more to TPM than that!

about a month and a half ago

Horseshoe Crabs Are Bled Alive To Create an Unparalleled Biomedical Technology

just_another_sean Bled Alive? (159 comments)

Does PITA know about this? /ducks and covers

about 2 months ago

Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

just_another_sean Re: It's disgusting how much control... (387 comments)

How is this a Republican thing?

Perhaps because the Senator who proposed the amendment to Senate Bill 137 is a republican? Or that the two cosponsors are also republicans? (Senators Patton, Balderson and Hite)

I'm not necessarily agreeing or disagreeing with your overall statement but a quick check on the linked article and the bill itself makes it obvious that the republicans are the ones going to bat for the existing dealerships.

in this case it seems that free market = freedom to collect campaign funding from the market.

about 2 months ago

What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

just_another_sean Re:Pizza place (322 comments)

Doh! You're are correct sir. Can't believe I forgot that, I certainly saw the teabagger troll enough in it's heyday.

about 2 months ago

What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

just_another_sean Re:Pizza place (322 comments)

I had a job with them porting from SCO Unix to Linux.

I hoped they paid their $600 per workstation licensing fees!

about 2 months ago

US Democrats Introduce Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

just_another_sean Re:It's incredibly frustrating... (535 comments)

where are all the freedom loving tea baggers?

Apparently on /. modding ZorinLynx flamebait.

I don't get that, I see nothing but observed truth in that comment. Oh well, trolls gonna troll I guess.

about 2 months ago

200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

just_another_sean Re:Nice to be at the top of the food chain (628 comments)

Cows and Pigs are farmed and raised specifically for food. Until the Japanese start using domestication processes that ensure the survival of dolphins for many generations to come I don't really care which animal is more intelligent. I worry more about extinction - we've put measures in place to ensure the long term survival of cows and pigs, dolphins, not so much.

about 3 months ago



Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  yesterday

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Coverity Inc., a Synopsys company, released the 2013Coverity Scan Open Source Report.
The report details the analysis of 750 million lines of open source software code through the Coverity Scan service and commercial usage of the Coverity Development Testing Platform, the largest sample size that the report has studied to date.

A few key points:

* Open source code quality surpasses proprietary code quality in C/C++ projects.

* Linux continues to be a benchmark for open source quality.

* C/C++ developers fixed more high-impact defects. Analysis found that developers contributing to open source Java projects are not fixing as many high-impact defects as developers contributing to open source C/C++ projects."

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Lessig Wins Fair Use Case

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about 2 months ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "An Australian record label that threatened to sue one of the world's most famous copyright attorneys for infringement has reached a settlement with him.

The settlement includes an admission that Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor, had the right to use a song by the band Phoenix."

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Milton Everett Olin Jr. Killed in Bike Accident

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about 4 months ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Milton Everett Olin Jr., A former chief operating officer of the online file-sharing service Napster was killed when he was struck by a sheriff’s patrol car while riding a bicycle, authorities said Monday.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Olin and the patrol car were traveling in the same direction on Mulholland Highway in suburban Calabasas when the collision occurred.

The deputy, who was not named, was taken to a hospital for treatment of cuts and bruises. The cause of the crash was under investigation."

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Rebuilding the internet

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about 8 months ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Alex Polvi is living the great Silicon Valley archetype. Together with some old school friends, he’s piecing together a tech revolution from inside a two-car Palo Alto garage.
In a nutshell these guys are trying to use Linux to give the masses a cheap and reliable way to build server farms similar to Google or Amazon. It's an open source project called Core OS. Is "rebuilding the internet" on a single, standard server platform a good idea or is such an homogeneous environment an undesirable security problem waiting to be let loose?"

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FSF on Oracle v Google, software patent threat

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 3 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "The Free Software Foundation has chimed in on Oracle v. Google. The main
point they make is that Oracle is only going to hurt Java in the long run by doing this. They mention Sun and the GPL'ing of Java
in 2006 and Oracle's previous stance against software patents.
And of course they get a plug in for IcedTea (suggesting Google would have been better off using it instead of rolling their own).
More at Groklaw..."

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The Missing Link

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 4 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "It's a find that has even Google getting in on the action; scientists have discovered "the missing link", a 46 million year old skull in Africa.

Scientists working in Africa have discovered a Stone Age skull that could be a link between the extinct Homo erectus species and modern humans.
"[This skull] shows the continuity of the evolutionary record, so in that sense it is a link [between Homo erectus and modern humans]," said Scott Simpson, a paleontologist from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.
Researchers discovered the skull five weeks ago at Gawis in Ethiopia's northeastern Afar region (map of Ethiopia). The area is rich in fossil and archaeological deposits ranging from 10,000 years to 5.6 million years in age.


IBM to Linux Devs - Stop Copying Windows

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 5 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Bob Sutor, VP of Open Source and Standards at IBM tells Linux developers to "stop copying 2001 Windows. That's not where the usability action is."

Quoted at the LinuxWorld Conference in San Francisco, Bob thinks that what the open source community needs to make Linux popular as a desktop OS used by consumers and businesses are "some really good graphic designers."

This of course is on the heels of their announced initiative to partner with popular distros and push Linux out to the mainstream.

The article goes on to say

Sutor offered "predictions" that collectively seemed more like a roadmap of where IBM would like to see Linux evolve over the next 10 years. Among the areas developers should focus is in making the OS more green, Sutor said."


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R E S P E CT - Find out what it means to IT

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 6 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Computer world has an interesting article up on why doesn't IT get the respect they deserve.
I'm sure a lot of it will sound familiar to the /. crowd but one thing I didn't expect is that the lack of respect by employees goes far beyond IT... If the survey cited is to be believed the problem presents itself in all aspects of an orginization and is generally caused by ... you guessed it ... clueless management.

From the article:
Why don't IT people get more respect? ...when it comes to how our fellow employees think about us, IT work is a train wreck. Users break the rules we set up, ignore the processes we develop and generally act as if we're clueless in what we do.

But why? As it turns out, it's not just us.

According to a recent survey... More than one-third of employees surveyed — 37% — said they ignore company rules when they've developed a better way of getting work done.
Sound familiar to any of you?"

Link to Original Source

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 5 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Todd Bishop has a post on his blog concerning some comments made by Eblen Moglen concerning the ramifications of MS distributing SLES vouchers once the GPLv3 goes into effect.

Eben Moglen, legal counsel to the Free Software Foundation, discussed the details of the draft General Public License Version 3 — including its defenses against the Microsoft-Novell deal — in an online seminar hosted by OpenLogic Inc. today. ... Moglen said the recent "saber-rattling" further illustrated the importance of protecting against Microsoft's attempts "to disrupt free software production through the inculcation of a large inventory of most-likely invalid patents."
If this is correct can Novell afford to stay on GPLv2 versions of all it's software? Does even one distribution of a peice of GPLv3 software under the MS/Novell deal render MS's patent claims moot? As usual, more coverage over at Groklaw."

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 7 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "A 16 year old NY boy, Robert Santangelo, has responded to a suit brought against him by the RIAA and has filed a countersuit.

Quoth the article:
"Santangelo is the son of Patti Santangelo, the 42-year-old suburban mother of five who was sued by the record companies in 2005. She refused to settle, took her case public and became a heroine to supporters of Internet freedom."

Having dropped the case against Patti in December of 2005 the RIAA turned around and sued her children. The article goes on to point out that the daughter, Melissa, has a default judgment against her to the tune (NPI) of $30,750. The reasoning behind both Robert's defense and countersuit are discussed and finally the article quotes an RIAA rep:

"The record industry has suffered enormously due to piracy. That includes thousands of layoffs. We must protect our rights. Nothing in a filing full of recycled charges that have gone nowhere in the past changes that fact.""

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 7 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Big Business says Patents are Good for Small Business

An article at PC Pro UK (reg required) points out obvious big businesses bias and EU Patent Office collusion in a recent patent study. While this was supposed to be a comprehensive survey welcoming comments from many sources, in the end the study as published is nothing more then the opinions of a few big businesses (SAP and MS on the top of the list) and the European Patent Office. From the article:

A report published by an EU task force on intellectual property claims that small businesses benefit from a patent system, despite lacking almost any participation by the small business community.

Instead, the report, titled IPR (intellectual property rights) for competitiveness and innovation, was written up almost entirely by large corporations and the patent industry."

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 7 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Techworld has an article up discussing a letter (pdf) leaked to them about OSS in Europe. Written by the ISC (Initiative for Software Choice) it claims that OSS is a serious threat to the "software eco-system" and that wide spread adoption would have "dire consequences".

Funded by Microsoft (and others) the ISC exists to convince large governments around the world not to invest heavily in deploying and using OSS. From the article:
Lueders sent the letter on 10 October to leaders of the Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, in response to an EC-commissioned study into the role of open source software in the European economy (referred to by Lueders as Free/Libre/Open Source, or FLOSS).

In the letter, he criticized the study as biased and warns that its policy recommendations, if carried out, could derail the European software economy.
Is this a sign of desperation from the propriety world or just business as usual?"


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