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Raspberry Pi Gets an Open Source Educational Manual

mckorr Re:Epub (56 comments)

Grab a copy of calibre. It's free, and can convert pdf to epub or mobi.

about a year and a half ago
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New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

mckorr Re:So... Question, (1232 comments)

The Newtown guns were stolen (from the mother.) The Columbine guns were acquired illegally, using a combination of outlawed third party purchasing and illegal underage sales. Very few mass shootings were done with legally acquired firearms.

about a year and a half ago
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Does OpenStack Need a Linus Torvalds?

mckorr Re:Clouds Need To Be Free (152 comments)

I think you might have to think this through again with the launch of Windows 8. The new interface means that a lot of people no longer "know how to use it." The desktop paradigm that everyone has been using for decades is still there, but Microsoft seems to be doing their best to hide it. But I must agree with you about the cli. I use it constantly on both Windows and OS X, but then I learned in the days of DOS. Most of my high school CS students have no idea it even exists, much less have any idea how to use it. I get a lot of looks of fascination and horror when they see me use it.

about 2 years ago
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Linux Forcibly Installed On Congressman's Computer In Act of Terrorism

mckorr Re:There's more to this story. (343 comments)

It's worse than that, they've stockpiled copies of Bob....

about 2 years ago
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Afghans Build Open Source Internet From Trash

mckorr Re:Semantics maybe... (140 comments)

Dogs, and indeed most domesticated species, are poor examples to use for evolution. They have been selectively breed by humans to enhance or eliminate various traits. Dogs didn't evolve, they were created. Same thing for cats: they have been selectively breeding humans for 6000 or so years....

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Phone-Bombs FBI and Blizzard

mckorr Re:Wankers (404 comments)

That will be their name after Homeland Security tosses them in prison. It's not rocket science. Fuck with corporations, they pay politicians, laws get passed, profit. Fuck with the US Senate, the FBI, they _find_ you. And you know very well the US doesn't care about jurisdiction.

more than 2 years ago
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Is This the Golden Age of Hacking?

mckorr Re:Hacking vs Cracking (213 comments)

"Technophile" Like an "audiophile" is someone who is always trying to improve their sound system.

more than 2 years ago
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France To Launch a National Patent Troll

mckorr Re:Godwin (179 comments)

I'd have to question that definition of a failed state. The United States government has never had a monopoly over the use of force within it's borders. The general populace has always been better armed than the state, and it is a founding principle that this is the correct way to do things, that the people should retain the ability to overthrow the government should it turn tyrannical. While I would find merit in a statement that the US is failing, indeed seems in danger of imminent collapse, it has nothing to do with force, or a monopoly on violence.

more than 3 years ago
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Corporate Mac Sales Surge 66%

mckorr Re:not necessarily (494 comments)

I have to agree on this one. It seems the one thing the Mac haters refuse to acknowledge is that, at it's core, OS X is a *nix. I have the Terminal app on my dock, and spend as much time on the command line as I do clicking things. BootCamp takes care of games, and VM's for any Linux/Whatever application I need that I can't either find a port of or compile myself.

Once I got "under the hood" (on my teacher issue Mac) and realized what I was working with, I ditched my Windows machine in favor of one that "just works" when I need it to, and does serious work when that is required.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Isn't Swamping the Internet

mckorr Re:40 GB? (208 comments)

Yours doesn't? How quaint...

more than 3 years ago
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16-Year-Old Discovers Potential Treatment For Cystic Fibrosis

mckorr Re:He will shortly find himself in court... (236 comments)

Which brings up an interesting question: does patent imply copyright? Does having a patent on a compound confer copyright on source code used to simulate that compound? And if it doesn't, how long until the lawyers claim it does, and you all start calling me a bastard for bringing it up?

more than 3 years ago
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16-Year-Old Discovers Potential Treatment For Cystic Fibrosis

mckorr Re:He will shortly find himself in court... (236 comments)

Dunno, but I'm sure they'll try. Large US corporations are not known for playing by the rules.

more than 3 years ago
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16-Year-Old Discovers Potential Treatment For Cystic Fibrosis

mckorr He will shortly find himself in court... (236 comments)

as Big Pharm sues him for using their drugs in a manner not properly prescribed. This will effectively lock him down while they rebrand the drugs, package them, and patent the cure for their profit.

more than 3 years ago
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LimeWire Settles For $105 Million

mckorr Re:Question/Opinion I have about song value (167 comments)

Actually, that's kind of brilliant. I'm sure some bright lawyer for the defendant will do just that, and I wouldn't be surprised if he pulls it off.

Now, how do we start a class action against the RIAA for price gouging by charging us 99 cents a song? They set the value, let's make them stick to it!

more than 3 years ago
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Yahoo Beats Patent Troll That Beat Google

mckorr Re:Can you prove the date of your notes? (82 comments)

There is a more or less standard format that has developed for Lab/Engineering notebooks. The "no blank space" part is done specifically so you can't add information to a previous date. That way the notebook shows how an idea was developed over time, documenting the entire development process rather than just the end result. Pages are generally signed off on by two people, the person taking the notes and a second "witness," which is supposed to cut down on forgeries.

And yes, they can be entered into evidence as legal documents. How valid they are becomes a matter for the lawyers/jury/whatever.

more than 3 years ago
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Yahoo Beats Patent Troll That Beat Google

mckorr Re:Appeal? (82 comments)

What? C'mon, there are millions of American public school students! With lunch money! That they are wasting on food! Sue them too!

Since we seem to be living in an age of bullies, shouldn't they just get it over with and follow things to their logical conclusion?

more than 3 years ago
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Google Expected to Settle Over Drug Ads, to the Tune of $500M

mckorr Re:Weapons are typically illegal (138 comments)

It doesn't matter where their offices are, it matters where they are incorporated. Google is incorporated in the US, and hence is expected to follow US law, even if those laws are idiotic, or a half century out of date.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Expected to Settle Over Drug Ads, to the Tune of $500M

mckorr Re:Peculiar policies (138 comments)

There is no jurisdiction within the US in which the ownership of any type of firearm is illegal. This was never true even in DC before they lost the recent Supreme Court case. Our constitution does not permit such laws.

Possession of fully automatic weapons is illegal everywhere in the United States, unless the owner has a federally issued Class 3 firearm license. They don't just hand those out to everyone who wants them. In addition, certain jurisdictions limit the the types of firearms you can own. Often these restrictions are completely illogical ("assault weapon" bans, for example, which ban some weapons based on what they look like, not on how they function,) but they do not violate the 2nd Amendment.

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Under Civil War?

mckorr Re:Penny (301 comments)

I have two PS3's. My recently purchased slim (bought the same week that PSN went down) will not let me watch Netflix, no matter what I try. My ancient fat (original, 1st gen) will eventually let me watch, after sever failed attempts to log in to PSN. Both have the same firmware version, and the slim's settings were copied from the fat. So, just because one person can get to Netflix with PSN down does not mean everyone can. It all depends on some combination of hardware, software, and settings.

more than 3 years ago

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