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Thirteen open source workshops at colleges in 2013

mlinksva 3 years ago (1 comments)

I missed that post! Funny how many of the comments are claiming that most professional programmers and CS students don't know how to code. Now everyone knows how to code! ;-)

about 7 months ago
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Ubuntu Will Soon Ship On 5% of New PCs

mlinksva any manufacturers named? (441 comments)

I have a hard time believing 5% without names. That represents a huge number, at least 20 million units a year, roughly the worldwide market share of a company like Asus. (If 5% turns out to be true, that's wonderful! Onward to 50%. :-))

more than 2 years ago
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Confidential Data Not Safe On Solid State Disks

mlinksva Condifentiality of data not safe ... (376 comments)

Is what the story title should've been. Confidentiality, not data, is the subject of "safe". Much like copyright doesn't "protect" creative works, rather it protects revenue streams and feelings of copyright holders and authors.

more than 3 years ago
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License For Textbooks — GNU FDL Or CC?

mlinksva Re:my experience (8 comments)

Great summary. Two tiny things:

Another possibility would be dual-licensing with CC-BY-SA and GFDL, but that's probably not worth the extra work unless you've identified materials you want to use that are under GFDL.

If the things they want to use are GFDL-only and the product is an adaptation of those then they don't have the option of dual licensing. You may have meant "you want your work to be incorporated into that are under GFDL."

Only do CC-BY if you simply want to make a gift to the world, and you don't care if your work is repackaged into something non-free by other people.

CC-BY isn't quite a pure gift -- it could be used by a selfish licensor if that person only cares about maximizing the amount of credit they get -- incorporating CC-BY works into non-free works still requires giving credit.

more than 4 years ago
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License For Textbooks — GNU FDL Or CC?

mlinksva Re:understanding the GPL (8 comments)

I find the GPL readable. In any case, this post doesn't ask about the GPL. It asks about the GFDL.

more than 4 years ago
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License For Textbooks — GNU FDL Or CC?

mlinksva do you want copyleft or not? (8 comments)

The GFDL and CC-BY are rather different licenses. The first is a copyleft license (requires adaptations to be distributed under the same license), the latter is a permissive license (do anything you want so long as you give credit, roughly).

If you don't want copyleft, CC-BY is your choice.

If you do want copyleft, it would make sense to choose between GFDL and CC-BY-SA, which you can think of as the copyleft version of CC-BY. Wikipedia (and other Wikimedia sites) migrated from the GFDL to CC-BY-SA as their primary content license in June, see http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/15411

Thanks for not considering a more restrictive license. :)

more than 4 years ago
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AbiCollab Takes On Google Docs and Zoho Writer

mlinksva Re:Who cares? (82 comments)

My business plan is to not think about abicollab again until I hear that the server component is FLOSS. :-)

more than 4 years ago
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Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

mlinksva Re:Evidence please? (458 comments)

We can only expect the decline of RIAA member companies will lead to less advertising revenue.

Which is less important anyway since top100 gives RIAA member companies advertising gratis, even as they persecute filesharing. There's the irony.

more than 5 years ago
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Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

mlinksva Re:Captain Obvious to the rescue! (458 comments)

Captain Obvious should not be oblivious to obvious irony, which is what the post is pointing out.

more than 5 years ago
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Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

mlinksva Re:Flawed premise (458 comments)

filesharing has done nothing to break the hold of the major labels on the promotion and marketing of musical acts. As long as they can hold on to those, they will survive, and eventually they will figure out how to take advantage of the internet to make loads of money.

Indeed. Filesharing isn't going to break major label hold on our minds any more than sharing copies of Microsoft software was going to break that company's hold on our computers.

In the end, we'll have advertisements embedded into the hit singles, as part of the music and lyrics.

Yep, and if we're willing to look to other cultures, it's probably already happening, see http://gondwanaland.com/mlog/2008/02/23/copypop/

more than 5 years ago
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Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

mlinksva Re:Flawed premise (458 comments)

I don't think the premise is that filesharing should favor less known artists. The premise is that it is ironic that it favors major labels, ie some of the main entities trying to shut down filesharing. That is pretty ironic, no?

more than 5 years ago
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Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

mlinksva Re:Flawed premise (458 comments)

TPB is a music (and other media) discovery service to the extent people look at its "top" pages.

Last.fm is of course much more interesting as a music discovery service. For those with concerns like the author of the post, check out http://libre.fm/

more than 5 years ago
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Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

mlinksva priacy as major label marketing (458 comments)

But if one starts thinking about it, it has the ironic effect that TPB is a driving force of consolidating the market power of the major labels rather than driving forward any new music. The conclusion has to be that "pirates" are just as little resistant to the major label marketing as any other person. Even though there are thousands and thousands of artists out there that want their music to be shared and listened to, they are widely and effectively ignored by the masses. In fact, one might say that TPB and the likes are countering the development of new markets, simply because the gap between the heavily marketed music and 'the others' is wider than ever, when the bare naked truth about peoples taste in music is put into such a system.

Indeed. So obvious, so seldom stated. I made it point 0 of http://www.slideshare.net/mlinksva/five-myths-about-the-future-of-culture-and-the-commons-presentation

more than 5 years ago
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Creative Commons Releases "Zero" License

mlinksva Re:Official CC0 launch coming early March (209 comments)

IANAL either. Sorry if that was off-putting. It was intended to be more self-deprecating as I was kind of embarrassed to be posting so many comments on this story when I'm a very occasional commenter on slashdot ... haven't earned the right or something.

more than 5 years ago
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Creative Commons Releases "Zero" License

mlinksva Re:goes further (209 comments)

There's no need to create new licenses to have CC-like easy-to-understand software licenses. CC has experimented with "human readable" deeds for a few software licenses and could work more with groups like FSF and OSI to do more and improve on those.

Noncommercial public licensing failed in software for good reasons, and it would be really dumb to introduce it at this point. Many people complain about NC culture licenses, but for software, they are much worse for a variety of reasons that I'll write about eventually, but see some of the bullets at http://www.slideshare.net/mlinksva/how-far-behind-free-software-is-free-culture-presentation

There are lots of poor software licenses out there, but the current generation of ones that are widely used and had a ton of attention during drafting are excellent, ie Apache2 and A/L/GPL3. To the extent they are long it is because they need to be (excepting preambles perhaps). CC licenses are also pretty long.

more than 5 years ago
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Creative Commons Releases "Zero" License

mlinksva Re:Fix the Underlying (209 comments)

And I didn't mean to imply it is either/or, either. :-)

I suspect that building voluntary commons (in software and culture) is probably the most effective means of advancing long term reform -- they demonstrate that restrictive copyright is not necessary for innovation, creativity, etc.

more than 5 years ago

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AcaWiki, a "Wikipedia for academic knowledge"

mlinksva mlinksva writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mlinksva writes "AcaWiki, a project to crowd curate summaries of academic research, has launched (press release). Started by Neeru Paharia, one of the first employees of Creative Commons, AcaWiki aims to make accessible via summarization some of the knowledge the Open Access movement has yet to free and to offer a view on any papers, even Open Access ones, that is comprehensible to non-specialists. The site runs on MediaWiki with the Semantic MediaWiki extension and all content is available under the most liberal CC Attribution license."
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Wikipedia CC BY-SA Rollout Underway

mlinksva mlinksva writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mlinksva writes "After years of work by the Wikimedia Foundation and Free Software Foundation, an overwhelming community vote and WMF board approval, the rollout of Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike as the primary content license for Wikimedia sites has begun with English Wikipedia — see the site footer and ToU. I recently speculated about the potential impact (and how to measure it) of the licensing change on the growth of free culture."
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Wikipedia community vote on license migration

mlinksva mlinksva writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mlinksva writes "A Wikipedia community vote is now underway on migrating to Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike as the main content license for Wikimedia Foundaton projects. This would remove a legal barrier to reusing Wikipedia content (now under the Free Documentation License, intended for narrow use with software documentation, because Wikipedia started before CC existed) in other free culture projects and vice versa."
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Al Jazeera launches CC repository w/Gaza footage

mlinksva mlinksva writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mlinksva (1755) writes "Al Jazeera launched a Creative Commons repository today with footage from Gaza licensed under the most liberal CC license, which allows for rebroadcast, sharing, and remixing, including by commercial media. Interesting that they've launched with this content, which is an Al Jazeera exclusive — other media organizations don't have inside Gaza access."
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Linux On Laptop (LOL)

mlinksva mlinksva writes  |  more than 12 years ago Vendor support for Linux on laptops (preinstalled or just drivers for components) is still nearly nonexistent. When shopping for a Linux laptop, it seems there are three options, all ugly:

  1. Pay someone like Qlitech, EmperorLinux or ASA a steep premium to deliver a laptop with Linux installed.
  2. Buy a OEM laptop with no OS from someplace like this and investigate the hardware, track down drivers, hope after much pain everything works.
  3. Buy a name-brand with Windoze preinstalled and paid for, investiage the hardware, track down drivers, hope after much pain everything works.

Linux-On-Laptops is a good resource, problem is very few of the models currently being sold have entries at LOL (heh).

A fourth option is to watch for a used model that is known to be well supported by existing drivers. This is also the most frugal route, which has a strong appeal.

Will this situation ever change? It could get worse -- the laptop market is growing faster than the desktop market, and the fastest growing portion of the desktop market (I'd bet), "slim" PCs, I suspect has more components in common with laptops than full scale desktops (meaning much worse Linux support).

Arrgh. What a PITA.

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First post

mlinksva mlinksva writes  |  more than 12 years ago Went to a small grocery at 18th & Mission (not Duc Loi, catty-corner from there) and loaded up on super cheap fruit and vegetables. Need to get to Japantown soon, I'm all out of konnyaku and natto.

Last 24hours, coded in Java, XSLT, SQL, Tcl, Perl, Bash. Hadn't really thought about it before, but such juggling of multiple languages in a single day isn't atypical. For the most part it's a case of using the right tool for the task at hand, though I'd love to replace Tcl and Perl with Ruby. Also glanced at Pliant, E and Haskell for my own amusement.

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