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Is Anonymous Going Mainstream Following Website Funding?

mw13068 They already own a website... (101 comments)

... it just happens to have other people's content on it sometimes.

about a year and a half ago
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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Launches On September 25

mw13068 Re:my name is mw13068 and I like WoW... (247 comments)

*cough*she'spretty,andiloveher,butshedoesn'tplaywellenoughtobetankorhealer,sohastobedps*cough*

more than 2 years ago
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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Launches On September 25

mw13068 Re:Move along, move along. (247 comments)

Your subtext is showing... You obviously care a great deal about this game.

more than 2 years ago
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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Launches On September 25

mw13068 Re:my name is mw13068 and I like WoW... (247 comments)

Half right. Her one max-level character is a mage (Forsaken), and the next highest is a hunter (Troll). I play all the tank/healing toons to keep her safe -- as any good husband should.

more than 2 years ago
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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Launches On September 25

mw13068 my name is mw13068 and I like WoW... (247 comments)

My wife and I both play, and have for years. My tendency is to play too much, get all the gear, and achievements, get frustrated by something stupid and quit for a while -- only to come back a few months later. My wife plays casually, *loves* the graphics, and all the little frills (pets, mounts, etc.), and actually *reads* quest text and follows the story. I tend to think she's doing it right, and I'm (usually) doing it wrong. We'll be getting MoP and likely enjoying it enough to pay the fees.

more than 2 years ago
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David Lowery On the Ethics of Music Piracy

mw13068 Re:In a world... (713 comments)

Given that being creative and holding down a job are not mutually exclusive, no. I'm sure there are a few artists who have been able to work for pay and still create art. Of course, nobody *has* to get a job (especially in America) but paychecks are sure handy for the troublesome parts of an artist's life like food, shelter, and clothing.

more than 2 years ago
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David Lowery On the Ethics of Music Piracy

mw13068 Re:In a world... (713 comments)

Of course society should value artists. Society always has, and always will -- but we must concede that throughout history, most great art and artists went unappreciated in their time. This idea of 1. Make something artistic, 2. Show it to people, 3. ???, 4. PROFIT! is silly. And I know enough struggling artists to know that's how a lot of them think. They are generally miserable and live in fear of needing dentists and doctors because they're poor. So, yes, generally I say to artists: get a day job.

more than 2 years ago
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David Lowery On the Ethics of Music Piracy

mw13068 Re:In a world... (713 comments)

All these arguments are predicated on the false assumption that because someone calls themselves and artist, that they should then be able to make a solid livelihood from it. And even further, if someone gets some level of fame, that they are somehow entitled to maintain that. The world doesn't work that way. I play guitar in a band, and I have a lot of fun. Sometimes I get paid a little cash. Most of my income comes from an unrelated career that I also built for myself.

more than 2 years ago
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David Lowery On the Ethics of Music Piracy

mw13068 Re:In a world... (713 comments)

The musicians who are very talented and easy to work with became popular and were paid more, and the musicians who weren't quite as talented would just play music in their spare time, with friends at pubs and family gatherings in exchange for dinner and drinks -- and work in other trades to make a livelihood. There is no law on the books that states "Anyone who decides they're an 'artist' should therefore be able to make a living at it."

more than 2 years ago
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David Lowery On the Ethics of Music Piracy

mw13068 In a world... (713 comments)

Long, long ago, before there was equipment to record sound, musicians made money by playing live music for people.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Secure My Life-In-A-Briefcase?

mw13068 Soon: How do I cure my briefcase theft paranoia? (241 comments)

Soon: "I have my whole life in this briefcase, and I have to have it in front of me at all times for fear of losing it. As you might expect, it makes going out in public embarassing, and my girlfriend left me because I tried to lay it on her back during sex." I've named my briefcase "Sally" is this a good name for a briefcase with my life in it? Protip: don't put your whole life in a briefcase.

more than 2 years ago
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KDE 4.4 Released Alongside Website Redesign

mw13068 Re:Is it time to look yet? (368 comments)

I had the same experience in the KDE 3 -> 4 era. I tried lots of different window managers before finally deciding to try out Gnome for a while. I found I really didn't need all the configuration hassles that KDE provided me.

more than 4 years ago
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Sam Raimi To Direct World of Warcraft Movie

mw13068 Re:Not as good as you'll expect. (298 comments)

I'm sitting in a conference listening to a presentation, and I read your comment and it caused me to actually LOL. Everyone looked at me...

more than 5 years ago
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What Free IDE Do You Use?

mw13068 bash, ssh, vim? (1055 comments)

I'm a Web developer, not an "actual" programmer, but I love BASH, ssh, and vim. I find GUI tools get in my way. Like using boxing gloves to play cards.

more than 5 years ago
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Cola Consumption Can Lead To Muscle Problems

mw13068 You can have my cola when... (420 comments)

You can have my cola when you pry it from my weak, atrophied hand!

more than 4 years ago
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Slimmed Down MySQL Offshoot Drizzle is Built For the Web

mw13068 I'm OLD and I'm NOT HAPPY (370 comments)

Oh Hi! I'm a database admin/weirdo/geek and I have "big issues" (TM) with any and all database technology, and related discussion that does not fit with my myopic view of the world! This Drizzle does not make me happy. You kids! GET OFF MY LAWN!

more than 6 years ago

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Netflix not getting rid of profiles?

mw13068 mw13068 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mw13068 (834804) writes "I took about an hour or so today to merge one of my Netflix profile queue's into my main queue. Then, this afternoon I received the following email from Netflix:



Dear [Luser],

You spoke, and we listened. We are keeping Profiles. Thank you for all the calls and emails telling us how important Profiles are.

We are sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused. We hope the next time you hear from us we will delight, and not disappoint, you.

-Your friends at Netflix

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New York State and ODF

mw13068 mw13068 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mw13068 (834804) writes "A bill which requires the Director of the New York State Office for Technology to study and recommend a document format for preservation of electronic documents has been signed into law as of August 1, 2007, and is effective immediately. The bill, which amends State Technology law section 305 requires the Director of the New York State Office for Technology to:

... study how electronic documents and the mechanisms and processes for obtaining access to and reading electronic data can be created, maintained, exchanged, and preserved by the state in a manner that encourages appropriate government control, access, choice, interoperability, and vendor neutrality.


The Director of the OFT is Melodie Mayberry-Stewart PhD. So, if you have an interest in the adoption of a real open document format (OASIS ODF, rather than Microsoft's OOXML) then Ms. Mayberry-Stewart is the person to send your comments to.

Here's the text of State Technology Law section 305. Paragraph 4 is the new part.

305. Use of electronic records.

1. In accordance with rules and regulations promulgated by the electronic facilitator, government entities are authorized and empowered to produce, receive, accept, acquire, record, file, transmit, forward, and store information by use of electronic means. If any such government entity uses electronic records, it must also ensure that anyone who uses the services of such government entity may obtain access to records as permitted by statute, and receive copies of such records in paper form in accordance with fees prescribed by statute. No person shall be required to submit or file any record electronically to any government entity except as otherwise provided by law. Government entities that obtain, store, or utilize electronic records shall not refuse to accept hard copy, non-electronic forms, reports, and other paper documents for submission or filing except as otherwise provided by law.

2. A government entity shall have the authority to dispose of or destroy a record in accordance with the arts and cultural affairs law, regardless of format or media.

3. An electronic record shall have the same force and effect as those records not produced by electronic means.

4. The director shall study how electronic documents and the mechanisms and processes for obtaining access to and reading electronic data can be created, maintained, exchanged, and preserved by the state in a manner that encourages appropriate government control, access, choice, interoperability, and vendor neutrality. The study shall consider, but not be limited to, the policies of other states and nations, management guidelines for state archives as they pertain to electronic documents, public access, expected storage life of electronic documents, costs of implementation, and savings. The director shall solicit comments regarding the creation, maintenance, exchange, and preservation of electronic documents by the state from stakeholders, including but not limited to, the office of the state comptroller, the office of the attorney general, the state archives, and the state historian. The director shall also solicit comments from members of the public. The director shall report findings and recommendations to the governor, the speaker of the assembly, and the temporary president of the senate on or before January fifteenth, two thousand eight. This act shall take effect immediately.

References/Links:

The text of the bill (now law): http://www.assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=S05599&sh= t

The New York State Law site (navigate to section "STT"): http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/menugetf.cgi

The New York State Office for Technology: http://www.oft.state.ny.us/"
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New Mass. draft proposal allows OOXML

mw13068 mw13068 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mw13068 writes "New story from Standards Blog:

The Massachusetts Information Technology Division (ITD), the state agency that effectively launched the voyage of ODF around the world in August of 2005, has released a new version of its Enterprise Technical Reference Model. And this new draft includes Microsoft's OOXML formats as an acceptable "open format." http://www.consortiuminfo.org/standardsblog/articl e.php?story=20070702101415578"

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Update on NYS ODF bill

mw13068 mw13068 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mw13068 writes "Here's an update on the NYS bill S5599a "To direct a study by the Director of the state Office For Technology on the future of electronic document policy for New York State."

As of yesterday (6/20) the bill has become an amendment to another similar bill, and has passed the senate and assembly. Next step is the Governor.

Original Bill: http://www.assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A08961
New/Amended Bill: http://www.assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=s5599a

The current acting "Director of the state Office For Technology" is Melodie Mayberry-Stewart. So when the bill passes, that's who New Yorkers should our future correspondence in support of the OASIS Open Document Format to. http://www.cio.state.ny.us/"
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mw13068 mw13068 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mw13068 writes "From the FSF Website: http://www.fsf.org/news/gpl3dd4-released

The new draft incorporates the feedback received from the general public and official discussion committees since the release of the previous draft on March 28, 2007. FSF executive director Peter Brown said, "We've made a few very important improvements based on the comments we've heard, most notably with license compatibility. Now that the license is almost finished, we can look forward to distributing the GNU system under GPLv3, and making its additional protections available to the whole community."

The FSF has also published an essay by Richard Stallman on the benefits of upgrading to GPLv3. "Keeping a program under GPLv2 won't create problems," he writes. "The reason to migrate is because of the existing problems which GPLv3 will fix, such as tivoization, DRM, and threats from software patents. . . . Further advantages of GPLv3 include better internationalization, gentler termination, support for BitTorrent, and compatibility with the Apache license.""

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mw13068 mw13068 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mw13068 (834804) writes "In a recent article in the Seattle Post Intelligencer FSF General Council Eben Moglen points out: "The [Microsoft SUSE] coupons have no expiration date, and Microsoft can be sure that some coupons will be turned into Novell in return for software after the effective date of GPL 3. Once that has happened, patent defenses will, under the license, have moved out into the broad community and be available to anybody who Microsoft should ever sue for infringement."

Groklaw is also covering the story in it's inimitable way."
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mw13068 mw13068 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mw13068 writes "Here's an AP story about Dell joining the MS and Novell deal. An excerpt:

On Sunday, Microsoft and Novell said Dell has agreed to buy Suse Linux Enterprise Server certificates from Microsoft and that the computer maker will set up a services and marketing program aimed at getting users of open-source platforms to switch to the new Suse Linux offering.

"Dell is the first major systems provider to align with Microsoft and Novell in this collaboration, and we intend to lead in this space," Rick Becker, a vice president in Dell's product group, said in a statement."
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mw13068 mw13068 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mw13068 (834804) writes "As of this writing, all World of Warcraft subscribers who play the game via Linux and Cedega are offline. According to many posts on transgaming.com forums, some change occured Friday (10/27) evening which caused all Cedega users to be bounced offline. Users can now only stay connected for a few minutes before the game crashes.

Some hypothesize that Blizzard made some change to their anti-hacking server-side programs which caused the problem. Subscribers who play the game via Wine are apparently not effected by the change."

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