Creative Commons Urged To Drop Non-Free Clauses In CC 4.0
Sorry to be pedantic, but the English language Wikipedia uses the CC-BY-SA license. The BY bit's important as it requires attribution. I'm not sure about other languages but the German and Scots version also seem to use the same license.
CDE Open Sourced
In its day CDE was great, but that day was a long time back. Open sourcing it might have done some good 10 years ago, but time has passed it by.
As for not fully open sourcing OpenMotif at the same time, it just makes me shake my head.
Wikipedia-Sponsored Pilot Study Lauds Wikipedia Accuracy
Which is exactly why Wikipedia rules don't let self published works, such as blogs, be used as "Reliable sources"
GNOME: Staring Into the Abyss
The good news is you aren't alone being about the way that wallpaper changing didn't transfer from dcop to dbus. https://git.reviewboard.kde.org/r/105319/diff/3/ is a patch someone's created for adding this functionality back into dbus. Hopefully it will make it into an official version of KDE sometime before the heat death of the universe.
GNOME: Staring Into the Abyss
I'm a KDE user so don't directly experience this, but I went through similar pain with KDE 4. I hated it when it came out, and I still don't like it as much as I liked the earlier less ambitious versions, but I did eventually get used to most of it, especially once I found out how to replace its menu system with the classic view.
It beats me why developers of alternate desktops feel the need to repeat the worst mistakes of the market leaders.
Microsoft Office 2013 not compatible with Windows XP, Vista
Microsoft aren't going to support obsolete versions of the OS forever, no software vendor does. Try installing recent major FLOSS programs on Yggdrasil Linux if you don't believe me.
Sure you can say they should give XP a little more time, but eventually they will need to stop supporting it and maybe, just maybe, that time is now.
There's definitely something weird happening today, this is the second time I've defended Microsoft. I might need to do a few Hail Stallmans to repent
MemSQL Makers Say They've Created the Fastest Database On the Planet
Not only would it tell all your "friends" and relatives what you are eating and when but the control for turning notifications off would be deeply buried next to the mains power wire and mysteriously switch itself back on at random intervals.
Getting the Most Out of SSH
SSH didn't even exist when I was 16 (nor 32, for that matter) but I have used it most days since the late 1990s.
Keep your mind open and new tricks and tools will find their way in then use the maturity gained by experience to filter out the dross and keep the ones that are useful to you.
Japanese Court Orders Google To Turn Off Auto-Complete Function
Add to that the way that with on-line recruitment sites, when you place a job ad you get hundreds of responses from people who have training and experience only tangentially associated with the role you are recruiting and any easy way to reduce down the number of applicants you have to study in depth is welcome.
Obviously with a .jp domain name and a registered office in Japan, Japanese courts are going to have a difficult time believing that Japanese law doesn't apply.
Linode Exploit Caused Theft of Thousands of Bitcoins
I would imagine that the crackers would want the same deal with their lawyers
Microsoft Dumps Partner For Fake Support Call Scam
Because they are in one country and try and defraud people in a second country.
To put them in jail it would be necessary for the police in the target country to do a lot of paperwork and liaise with the police in the source country.
As each crime is only for a couple of hundred dollars each time the police probably can't be bothered with making the effort.
WordPress Hacked, Attackers Get Root Access
You must be new here. This is Slashdot, people don't read the articles before posting.
Ask Slashdot: How/Where To Start Watching Dr. Who?
I was 6 years old and I was so scared of the Daleks I had to watch from behind my mother's chair.
In the 70s I was a teenager & the show was still pretty juvenile and had become self referential so not only did I outgrow it but it sowed the seeds of its own demise.
The 200x-201x version is much more aimed at an adult audience. I'd suggest starting with it.
Facebook Opens Up Home Addresses and Phone Numbers
Strangely enough there used to be which is why to this day my mobile has a confidential, unlisted number.
Sometime around 1993 to 1995 I bought my first mobile. The telephone company had this weird idea of publishing a paper white pages directory of mobile numbers and as in their minds mobiles were only for business use back then wanted me to pay to be in this directory.
When I said I wasn't prepared to pay the nice lady at the phone company call centre discovered that the only way to drop me from this directory was to make my phone confidential & unlisted where it stays to this day.
This means caller-id doesn't work on voice calls, but does show up on text messages. I suppose one day there could be a negative to this but until then I can't be bothered spending an hour on hold to have it done.
BTW I don't have the same phone, nor exactly the same number but somehow the setting always transfers
Happy 10th Birthday To Wikipedia
If an information site carries advertising but does not control that advertising (e.g. through a hands off use of adsense) and does not have a pressure to maximize advertising revenue then there is no reason I can see why it should affect information or bias.
This is especially so on Wikipedia where the editors and the foundation largely interact at arms length and nearly all communications and discussions are in public.
Happy 10th Birthday To Wikipedia
Wikipedia is crazy not to take ads? Would you work for free in order for someone else to get paid?
Wikipedia is run by a non-profit. I am a Wikipedia editor (same name there as here), and I would happily continue editing if Wikipedia had a small amount of advertising to pay server costs and the costs of running the foundation. Just as I make other donations to charities I support.
I'd rather see small Google style ads every day than those ugly banners for a couple of months a year solid
The Strange Disappearance of Dancho Danchev
He's been researching cyber jihadists for 3 years.
Those guys don't normally disappear their enemies, bombs are more their style.
Google Asks Users To Complain Against Facebook
Facebook can log in to your email account as you, [...] While they are at it, why don't they get your emails too.
Agreee totally, if facebook want to read everyone's emails they should have to finance their own Streetview cars.
Telstra Violating the GPL?
The manufacturers don't have an obligation under the GPL to supply you or any other member of the general public with the source code. They only have an obligation to supply Telstra with the source code.
Telstra, in turn, have an obligation to supply their customers with the source code on request and for a price that covers their actual costs of supplying that source code.
Branding is irrelevant here.
If ET Calls, Who Speaks For Humanity?
Maybe, but if you hadn't made your post I never would have thought of mine which we both got a good laugh out of. So teamwork strikes again and we both win.
kiore hasn't submitted any stories.
My initial feelings are that it is most suited to be a personal diary style blog. As I already have a personal blog at blogspot and I don't feel like duplicating that content, I've decided to make it a place to report on news articles on software patents.
Don't get too attached to it, I'm not planning on putting huge amounts of work into it.
Moderation: Marking as "Troll" a post I agree with
Heh, that was strange. I had mod points again and as I usually do I picked a fairly new article that I would have no interest in posting in to moderate. The one I chose was Comprehensive Guide to the Windows Paging File .
One of the posts said to dump Windows and install Linux. As a happy user of SuSE Linux, this is something I both advocate and have done myself, for my home machines at least.
Problem was that the comment wasn't relevant to the topic, so the mod was fair, but ... man that hurt.