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Microsoft Claims 'We Love Open Source'

mackyrae Re:Not too surprising? (464 comments)

And this is why we have sellers such as

  • ZaReason—request just about any Linux distro you want, even if it's not in the drop-down field (my fave—the only OEM I've found selling systems with KDE and Xfce based distros in addition to GNOME ones)
  • System76—all Ubuntu
  • Dell—they finally have a desktop with Ubuntu 10.04, and there's some 9.04 & 9.10 laptops

about 4 years ago
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Women Dropping Out of IT

mackyrae Re:That explains the pay difference... (706 comments)

The other thing that needs to be accounted for is the options women have that men don't. Women see having a family or having a career as a choice. They can do one, the other, or both. Men don't get to view that as a choice. For men, they must have a career, period. If they want to also be a father, they do it after they come home from the office.

BS. If a man wants to be a stay at home dad, he absolutely can. Now, some of his friends might give him crap for it, because it's not "manly" to have your wife being the breadwinner, but your comment just reiterates that sexist assumption and perpetuates the problem.

more than 4 years ago
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Installing Linux On ARM-Based Netbooks?

mackyrae Yes, Ubuntu will run on ARM (179 comments)

At the Ubuntu Developer Summit last November, one of the Ubuntu ARM guys did a plenary presentation where the machine hooked to the projector was an ARM machine running Ubuntu. I also saw Jonathan Riddell looking for a USB mouse so he could install Kubuntu on an ARM machine he'd been handed.

more than 4 years ago
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Installing Linux On ARM-Based Netbooks?

mackyrae Re:Amazing! (179 comments)

I haven't tried with 128MB, but Etch + E17 runs dandy on a Pentium 2 with 192MB of RAM.

more than 4 years ago
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Professors Banning Laptops In the Lecture Hall

mackyrae Re:good move (664 comments)

If the teacher doesn't make it any *more* fun to learn, what good's it going to do? Fine, instead of zoning out staring at my laptop, I'll zone out staring at that funny bit of plaster in the corner or looking out the window.

more than 4 years ago
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Professors Banning Laptops In the Lecture Hall

mackyrae Re:False analogy. (664 comments)

No, we pay to be told which pages of a textbook are relevant and take exams on the material. Classes are a waste of time. Skip them all, and read the textbook, and you'll learn it better than you will just listening to your professor gab. Twice now, I've discovered when reading the textbook just before an exam that hey, this stuff *can* be interesting, it's just the professors that make it boring! Stupid attendance points.

One exception: Gabe Parmer, GWU's new Operating Systems professor, can make confusing things like concurrency (spinlocks, semaphores, etc.) and page caches easy. After spending only one day on concurrency in his class, I got it. I overheard one student tell him that in a computer architecture class they'd spent 2 weeks on page caches without it making sense, but he'd just taught it in one day, and it made perfect sense. Such teachers are rare.

more than 4 years ago
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Professors Banning Laptops In the Lecture Hall

mackyrae Re:Witless stenographers? (664 comments)

I'm a CS major, so I didn't even notice that those were CS analogies and just considered them normal ways of describing such things.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu "Memberships" Questioned

mackyrae Re:Let me translate (210 comments)

The answer is never "no" only "not yet" and pretty much always includes an explanation of what's missing. Often what's missing is documentation of what they've done, particularly testimonials that say you're helpful either on your wiki page or in the IRC meeting where the interview and vote happen. "Get a few more referrals and come back in a month or two" is a very common response.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu "Memberships" Questioned

mackyrae Re:Ubuntu is NOT how one uses open source (210 comments)

So, what you're saying is, all us Ubuntu Developers are incompetent with the command line, simply by virtue of being *Ubuntu* Developers and not Debian Developers? What about the ones that were Debian Developers before becoming Ubuntu Developers, like Colin Watson and Matt Zimmerman? Did they forget how to use a shell when they started working for Canonical?

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu "Memberships" Questioned

mackyrae Re:Why not? (210 comments)

I think there's a bug open about that.

And he's not stepping down from Ubuntu or from the Technical Board or from the Community Council. He's just not going to be the CEO of Canonical anymore. He's still up at the top for Ubuntu. It just highlights the distinction between Canonical and Ubuntu.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu "Memberships" Questioned

mackyrae Re:Why not? (210 comments)

It was intended to be read as "we expect Mark to do what's right" ...as in "we're holding him to a higher standard" (that standard being the Leadership Code of Conduct). However, it tended not to be read that way, so it was removed.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu "Memberships" Questioned

mackyrae Re:Is there a suggestion box? (210 comments)

They're still GTK though... GTK#

Though actually, there are Mono bindings for Qt I think. I'm pretty sure we ship them in Kubuntu, or at least have them in Main, but we don't ship anything that uses them.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu "Memberships" Questioned

mackyrae Re:Manual Farm (210 comments)

Hasn't backfired in the 3 or 4 years it's been around yet...

And for goodness sakes people, there's no free t-shirt for being a member!

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu "Memberships" Questioned

mackyrae Re:What about money contribution? (210 comments)

If Dante's Inferno is anything to go by, "virtuous non-believers" go to the first circle of Hell. It's good-ish believers who go to Purgatory.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu "Memberships" Questioned

mackyrae Re:Let me translate (210 comments)

There's no t-shirt. I mean, if you become a developer and then attend an Ubuntu Developer Summit...then there's a t-shirt. But for members? Well..if you grab one out of a conference pack so you can look all Ubuntu-y while running an Ubuntu booth at a conference...sure, but anyone working with a Local Community Team can do that. Membership gets you fairly intangible things. A Freenode @ubuntu/member/foo cloak, @ubuntu.com email alias, permission to use the Ubuntu logo on a business card (which you print yourself), an LWN subscription...

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu "Memberships" Questioned

mackyrae Re:Let me translate (210 comments)

Where is this t-shirt thing coming from? You get an LWN subscription, an @ubuntu.com email alias, permission to use the Ubuntu logo on a business card, and a cloak on Freenode.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu "Memberships" Questioned

mackyrae Re:Let me translate (210 comments)

Announcement? Where? This is an interview regarding something that's existed for years. Regarding becoming a LoCo team, perhaps the loco-contacts mailing list or #ubuntu-locoteams on FreeNode could give some pointers?

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu "Memberships" Questioned

mackyrae Re:What about money contribution? (210 comments)

Thanks :) That's a much more thorough explanation than the little bit of "and then there's these Protestants, and they had this Reformation..." thing we had as part of the history part of Religion class in Catholic school.

more than 4 years ago

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mackyrae mackyrae writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mackyrae writes "Now, you can control your computer with your eye movements. This'd be great for quadriplegics (or anyone who's ever broken their wrist).
A German research project has developed a system that could allow hands-free devices to be controlled more accurately by users' eye movements.
EYCIN consists of a monitor linked to a camera that tracks the eye, using optical recognition software to detect the pupil. An on-screen pointer follows eye movements and when the user glances at a designated area for half a second, EYCIN interprets this as a mouse click.
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mackyrae mackyrae writes  |  about 8 years ago

mackyrae (999347) writes "Anyone with a Hotmail, MSN, or Live ID can go here to get a free product key from Microsoft that can be used on up to 10 computers for Vista RC1. After getting the key, it links you to a page where you can download the DVD ISO for the Vista install disk. The Product Key will show up on the page and be emailed to you."

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