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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." Link to Original Source top
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." Link to Original Source top
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." Link to Original Source top
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:
Buy a OEM laptop with no OS from someplace like this and investigate the hardware, track down drivers, hope after much pain everything works.
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).
mlinksva writes | about 13 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.