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Eben Moglen Explains Freedom and Free Software in Two Video Interviews

keithjr Polished? (78 comments)

Prof. Moglen is also one of the most polished speakers anywhere, on any topic, ever.

Except when he's straight up yelling at interviewers?

about 2 years ago
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Stallman Worried About Chrome OS

keithjr Re:Proprietary Software (393 comments)

What's interesting is that this angle of cloud computing has already been covered a couple years ago when RMS first raised these concerns. The answer is still the same: "cloud" does not necessarily mean "non-free."

more than 3 years ago
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Senate Panel Approves Website Shut-Down Bill

keithjr Re:What's Leahy's deal? (390 comments)

I'd say probably opportunism. They come to him with donations, big ones. Then he goes back to them when relevant laws come up, to get their preferred stance. Then he gets more donations for his next campaign. It is odd, I will admit, that Big Content has that much stake in VT. But if he's on the committee, then it's not too shocking that they would seek him out.

more than 3 years ago
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Security Concerns Paramount After Early Reviews of Diaspora Code

keithjr Re:This shouldn't be looked upon as a 'bad thing'. (206 comments)

Facebook was made by people still in college. I'm and sure it wasn't highly secure, and probably still isn't. But we'll never know will we?

more than 3 years ago
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Google Remotely Nukes Apps From Android Phones

keithjr Re:But what if I liked the application (509 comments)

I'm not an expert on the Android platform, but here's my take. Apps downloaded via the Android Market are tied to your Google account. That way, you can move between devices and not have to re-purchase any paid ones, or have to deal with the headaches of re-downloading freebies. So, in that way, you could say that Android has a backdoor to Google.

That said, you can install apps from non-Market sources by simply checking a box in the Settings. Install the app from any other avenue besides the Market, and Google can do naught. The issue about this app is that it was distributed through the Market, which is its own trusted source.

more than 4 years ago
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Symantec Finds Server Containing 44 Million Stolen Gaming Credentials

keithjr Re:I must be new here (146 comments)

Is the buyer really going to come back and demand a refund when it doesn't work?

Probably not, but reputation must be worth something in criminal enterprises. Giving out a bunch of bogus products kills the word-of-mouth.

And what real benefit are these, anyway? Well, all the criminal has to do is sell off the account for less than the game costs up-front. They make pure profit and people willing to buy stolen games get a discount. Steam accounts could probably be quite lucrative, for instance.

more than 4 years ago
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Germany Demands Google Forfeit Citizens' Wi-Fi Data

keithjr Re:Oh i get it. (318 comments)

Google collected broadcast data by accident, but as yet has not violated my privacy.

Says who? Google?

more than 4 years ago
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Germany Demands Google Forfeit Citizens' Wi-Fi Data

keithjr Re:A few things. (318 comments)

It all revolves around the question: how much do you trust Google? If one is operating on the assumptions that a) this isn't the end-all of Google's illicit data-mining, and b) that not all (if any) of it is accidental, there's a strong precedent to be set here. At least, in the public's hands, an independent audit is possible.

I'd say we should be more concerned about the crap private companies can pull (a problem we can't solve) with the crap that governments pull (a problem we can solve, in theory).

more than 4 years ago
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Armstrong, Cernan Testify Against Obama Space Plan

keithjr Re:So... (411 comments)

Everything in your list can be accomplished by unmanned exploration, except for the effects of microgravity and astronaut jobs. We'd generate even more (useful) jobs if we focused an R&D effort on replacing our archaic technology.

more than 4 years ago
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Armstrong, Cernan Testify Against Obama Space Plan

keithjr Re:So... (411 comments)

What do we gain from manned space flight that we wouldn't gain, in a far cheaper way, from unmanned missions?

more than 4 years ago
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3rd-Grader Busted For Jolly Rancher Possession

keithjr Re:This is Not all Bad News (804 comments)

Meh, not really. If something comes from both sides, saying it comes from "the left" is still a true statement. Just an incomplete picture.

more than 4 years ago
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3rd-Grader Busted For Jolly Rancher Possession

keithjr Re:This is Not all Bad News (804 comments)

Errr, refresh my memory, when did small town Texas become a left-wing haven?

Trying to make a partisan issue out of a nonpartisan one only muddies the water.

more than 4 years ago
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MechWarrior 4 Free Release Now Available

keithjr Re:Yes, but (151 comments)

Sounds like a Trial of Grievance is due...

more than 4 years ago
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Why IE9 Will Not Support Codecs Other Than H.264

keithjr Re:Someone explain this to me. (436 comments)

Beyond the engineering effort to make wider support happen, there's the question of what HTML5 will use as its VIDEO element. If nobody claims support for Theora, it won't wind up being the standard. So, it's not a bad thing, but this is MS trying to exert its influence over the debate.

more than 4 years ago
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MATLAB Can't Manipulate 64-Bit Integers

keithjr Re:Especially since someone has implemented it.... (334 comments)

There's also the point that supporting a 64-bit OS means that MATLAB should be able to support data structures larger than 4GB in size. It's simply a question of whether users needed to deal with large operands or large amounts of data. With high-speed data and image acquisition tools, I'd wager the latter is a higher priority.

more than 4 years ago
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StarCraft II Mac Client Beta Available

keithjr Re:Linux ? (123 comments)

Current the SC2 beta has a Gold rating on the Wine AppDB. It requires a custom compile with a patch, and a little config hacking, to work. I followed these instructions myself borrowing a friend's account, and could play the game. However, compared to my Windows XP install on the same PC, performance is horrid on Linux via Wine.

I'm hoping OpenGL support means better Wine performance. I'm sure with such a large community, Linux gamers will be able to play this game one way or another.

more than 4 years ago
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After DNA Misuse, Researchers Banished From Havasupai Reservation

keithjr Re:Get it Back (332 comments)

Can they also get back the research that was done, now likely digitally archived? That's the more creepy precedent set by DNA misuse. Heck, why would the university want it after it's been sequenced?

more than 4 years ago
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Apple To Buy ARM?

keithjr Re:Be very afraid. (695 comments)

Although I'm not 100% in on your rhetoric, I think we agree, this would be terrible for the topology of the tech industry.

To say that ARM makes smartphone processors is touching just the tip of the iceberg of ARM's influence: ARM is the embedded processor maker. They also don't make processors; they license IP, including to other chip companies like Intel. Apple acquiring ARM just to get better control over mobile hardware would send shockwaves into one of the most dynamic sectors of the tech industry today.

more than 4 years ago

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Sun announces OpenSPARC Innovation Contest

keithjr keithjr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

keithjr (1091829) writes "As part of an earlier promise to put for $1 Million open-source rewards program, Sun Microsystems has announced the OpenSPARC Community Innovation Awards Contest. There will be seven categories for submissions, with each category's winner receiving $20,000, as well as a Grand Prize of $35,000 for the best overall. The contest period will run from January 28th, 2008 until June 30, 2008."
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Dvorak Slams Sun's MySQL Acquisition

keithjr keithjr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

keithjr (1091829) writes "In keeping with what has become an almost humorous tradition, tech writer John Dvorak has put forth an opinion article expressing his dissatisfaction with the latest hot topic: Sun's acquisition of MySQL. Dvorak writes, "Sun Microsystems Inc. gobbling up MySQL is perhaps the worst single event I have ever witnessed in the history of tech mergers and acquisitions." He even goes as far as to imply that the deal was brokered by Oracle via proxy, stating " I'm close to being convinced that Oracle wanted to buy MySQL to kill the product, but knew that it couldn't pull off the stunt itself. It would be too obvious, especially to European Union regulators. So it sent in a stooge to do the job." Evidence to back up this dubious claim of a "Puppetmaster Oracle" is, unsurprising, lacking."
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Sun Releases OpenSPARC T2 to Open Source Community

keithjr keithjr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

keithjr (1091829) writes "As promised during the UltraSPARC T2 Launch, Sun has announced the release of the RTL (register transfer level) source code for the OpenSPARC T2 to the open-source community. The source code can be found a Opensparc.net. Sun also announced five Universities are official OpenSPARC Technology Centers of Excellence: the University of California, Santa Cruz; University of Texas, Austin; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and Carnegie Mellon University."
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Sun UltraSPARC T2 Processor Announced

keithjr keithjr writes  |  more than 7 years ago

keithjr (1091829) writes "During a public webcast today, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz, joined by several members of the Sun technical and marketing staff, unveiled their latest multithreaded System-on-Chip product, the UltraSPARC T2. The new processor sports 64 threads over 8 cores, with a nominal power consumption of 95 Watts. 10Gbps Ethernet, PCI Express I/O, and cryptographic acceleration are all integrated on-chip. Like its predecessor, the T2's Verilog RTL source code and test benches will be released to the OpenSPARC community under the GPL, along with a Programmer's Reference Manual and Microarchitecture Specifications."
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Brookline, MA launches municipal Wi-Fi

keithjr keithjr writes  |  more than 7 years ago

keithjr (1091829) writes "The city of Brookline, MA plans to open the first border-to-border Wi-Fi network open to commerical and residential use. The wireless canvas, touted as the first of its kind, has been free for preview by Brookline residents. Upon launch, it will be available with a subscription fee. The multi-use service network will also serve as a means of relaying public safety information among city departments, as well as providing Internet access. Free Internet service will also be available in various parks and hotspots throughout the town. The official "wirecutting" information can be found at the Brookline Wireless official website."
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