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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

mugurel Good, but... (121 comments)

thank god Xerox didn't do open source back then, free software might have never seen the light of day:

In 1980, Stallman and some other hackers at the AI Lab were refused access to the source code for the software of a newly installed laser printer, the Xerox 9700. Stallman had modified the software for the Lab's previous laser printer (the XGP, Xerographic Printer), so it electronically messaged a user when the person's job was printed, and would message all logged-in users waiting for print jobs if the printer was jammed. Not being able to add these features to the new printer was a major inconvenience, as the printer was on a different floor from most of the users. This experience convinced Stallman of people's need to be able to freely modify the software they use.

(from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R... )

about a month ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

mugurel Re:On the Internet, nobody can hear you being subt (387 comments)

On the Internet, nobody can hear you being subtle

So what if some technically superior thing Torvalds wants to do requires being subtle? Doesn't that ever happen, or will he trade the technical superiority for being heard?

about a month ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

mugurel Re:or, they're just a business (405 comments)

Sorry if capitalism is painful that way.

it might not affect you or me (in any negative way), but exploitation does happen. Does that mean nobody is entitled to ask for proper remuneration?

about 6 months ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

mugurel Re:Direct Market =! a bad thing (405 comments)

Re:Direct Market =! a bad thing

what language do you use for programming?

about 6 months ago
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Researchers See a Post-Snowden Chilling Effect In Our Search Data

mugurel Technology suite (138 comments)

Just in case you're wondering why the work DHS analists seems so ineffective, from TFA (page 50):

The current suite of equipment on the Traditional Media desk includes one Dell Optiplex GX620 workstation (232 GB HD/2MB RAM),...

about 7 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

mugurel Re:as fast as Chrome? (688 comments)

is it anywhere near as fast as Chrome?

sure, that's what the sleek and smooth tabs are for. jeez, don't you even read rhe summary?

about 7 months ago
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Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

mugurel In other news... (117 comments)

Linus Torvalds is now said to suspend (but not resume) key linux developers up to 10 times faster.

about 7 months ago
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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

mugurel Re:...but if you want free software to improve... (1098 comments)

Or alternatively, BSD emphasizes freedom for everybody. GPL emphasizes freedom for end-users by attempting to ensure that any derivative works are also free. The real world effect of course is that people writing commercial software still write the same commercial software, but can't use anything involving GPL in those products. So, even if there's a commonly used tool that does most of the job, they have to reinvent the wheel which means that they waste more time doing that then adding value to customer (or have to charge the customer more to cover the increased development time).

The users have exactly the same freedoms as before PLUS the ability to buy a product that might better serve their needs. The end-users are still just as free to use the original software as they were before.

Your point about commercial software developers benefitting from BSD by building closed source software based on open source software is not convincing to me. If there were no GPL at all, and all open sourced software would be BSD licensed, how much open source software would there be for a commercial developer to benefit from in the first place? Not much I fear, if we were all commercial developers like that.

about 10 months ago
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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

mugurel Re:...but if you want free software to improve... (1098 comments)

The GPL is all or nothing, and the GPL community often gets absolutely nothing by insisting on all.

I'm not so sure about that. The Linux kernel (GPL-licensed) for example, is much more widespread than the OpenBSD kernel (BSD-licensed). I think an important reason why Linux is a success is that it receives contributions from many sides, including commercial enterprises. It is not at all self-evident that this would have been the case if Linux would have been BSD-licensed.

about 10 months ago
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Intel Dev: GTK's Biggest Problem, and What Qt Does Better

mugurel Re:It's true! (282 comments)

Informative as this is, GP was not saying they were *old* linux users, just they were old-*style* linux users.

about 10 months ago
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Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo Form Alliance Against NSA

mugurel Oh irony... (293 comments)

Aren't these the firms that have for years complied silently to dubious NSA requests to hand over user data and/or encryption keys?

about a year ago
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Apple Blocks Lawrence Lessig's Comment On iOS 7 Wi-Fi Glitch

mugurel my 2 cents for Lessig (326 comments)

Check with Apple if you're holding your iPhone correctly.

1 year,28 days
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Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

mugurel Re:Ardour (223 comments)

yes it runs on macos too. the session files are xml.

about a year ago
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Text Analyzer Reveals Emotional 'Temperature' of Novels and Fairy Tales

mugurel Re:This Guy (65 comments)

It's Project Gutenb*e*rg

about a year ago
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Graphics Cards: the Future of Online Authentication?

mugurel Defective by design (178 comments)

It's not a good idea to use the particularities of a hardware production process as the theoretical basis for authentication.

more than 2 years ago
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Cinnamon 1.6 Brings New Features and Applets

mugurel First impression by user in DE crisis: good! (74 comments)

As so many of us, I've been unsatisfied with recent developments in linux desktop environments. Since the advent of compositing, I've moved away from minimalist window managers, to enjoy window scaling/expo and similar improvements in desktop usability. I consider myself open to progress, in the sense that I've tried both unity and the gnome shell. But these last two have never gotten "out of my way", as they proclaim to do, and attempts to configure things to work the way I want have never been completely satisfying either. My most persistent frustrations have been with window switching and workspace management.

I've just given cinnamon 1.6 a try, and I must say that out of the box, it already fits my needs much better than both unity and gnome shell. I especially like the fact that you can name your workspaces, and dynamically expand them at the same time. Window switching without popups and without flicker also works, even if it's not blazingly fast. Lastly, configuration of behavior and layout (both by menu settings and by editing the theme's css) is more straightforward than I dared to hope.

Long story short: Cinnamon is well worth a try if you're lost in the crack between old and new style destkop environments.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many of You Actually Use Math?

mugurel Re:Data Mining/Big Data/Machine Learning.... (1086 comments)

I second this. Working in a research area that involves machine learning, I can say that it's *very* useful to be familiar with linear algebra and calculus. I wish I had taken more of that stuff when studying.

more than 2 years ago
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RMS Responds To NPR File-Sharer's Blog

mugurel Re:Kazaa DID mistreat its customers (634 comments)

It *is* what RMS was complaining about: if Kazaa would have been free software, spyware would have had little chance, because it would be possible (and legal) to redistribute Kazaa without spyware. As I understand it, RMS's arguments do not concern what software-makers do with their money, but rather what restrictions they pose on you as you use their software.

more than 2 years ago

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Plants and trees harmed by WIFI signals

mugurel mugurel writes  |  about 4 years ago

mugurel (1424497) writes "A recent study at TU Delft, TNO, Alphen aan den Rijn, and Wageningen University (The Netherlands) shows that electromagnetic radiation as emitted by WIFI routers negatively affects plants and trees. Over the course of three months, twenty trees have been exposed to six radiation sources. The upper and lower epidermis of leafs close to the radiation sources had died at the end of the period, leading to parts of the leafs dying. Exposed corn plants showed a reduced growth in comparison to a control group. Similar deviations in plants are observed internationally in urban areas. The researchers hypothesize that the ubiquity of wireless signals (from routers and other forms of mobile communication), as well as fine particles may account for the widespread this.
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