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The Biggest Cults In Tech

ndansmith Re:Cult #1 (397 comments)

The cult of Free Software was established in 1983, you HERETIC!

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Releases Super-Secure XP to US Air Force

ndansmith Reformat, reinstall (507 comments)

In other cases, systems that were configured securely became vulnerable later (for instance, when a system crashed and original software was re-installed without patches that had been on the system before the crash).

The great windows tradition of "reformat, reinstall" at work. I wonder how long until this secure XP starts suffering the same fate because users find it too restrictive to do what they need.

more than 5 years ago
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Let's Rename Swine Flu As "Colbert Flu"

ndansmith Re:Let's not (607 comments)

On the cultural sensitivity angle, I believe it is because Jews or Muslims would be unlikely to seek treatment if they suspected they were infected by a disease caused by contact with unclean animals (which is of course an incorrect assumption, but that is the problem with the name). It would be like a nun seeking treatment for an STD.

more than 5 years ago
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What Filters Are Right For Kids?

ndansmith Re:Use OpenDNS and a hosts file (678 comments)

Yeah, OpenDNS should probably be supplemented, because Google image search, cache, etc. avoid name resolution.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Edicts Boost FOIA and .gov Websites

ndansmith Revision control (400 comments)

Now we need congress to get revision control to increase transparency in the legislative process.

more than 5 years ago
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Building Linux Applications With JavaScript

ndansmith Python? (288 comments)

The availability of a desktop-wide embeddable scripting language for application extension and plugin writing will enable users to add lots of rich new functionality to the environment.

Why not Python? Seems like many Gnome apps already have Python bindings.

more than 5 years ago
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Ubuntu Download Speeds Beat Windows XP's

ndansmith Re:TCP Window Size is the likely culpret. (515 comments)

We had a 20/20 FiOS install where a Windows laptop could not get the advertized download speeds. The tech applied a registry patch to change TCP window and then we were able to hit the full bandwidth. Sounds like that is exactly what is described in the post.

more than 5 years ago
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Shuttleworth Proposes Overhaul of Desktop Notifications

ndansmith Re:KDE 4 anyone? (306 comments)

It also looks almost exactly like Growl for OS X.

more than 5 years ago
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Oldest-Known Human Brain Discovered

ndansmith Re:Einstein (74 comments)

Well, it's a brain thing. But whatever.

more than 5 years ago
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Oldest-Known Human Brain Discovered

ndansmith Einstein (74 comments)

Anyone else find it fitting that the icon for the Science section is Einstein?

more than 5 years ago
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Virginia Begins Open-Source Physics Textbook

ndansmith Wha? (226 comments)

Open source? What could that possibly have to do with a textbook? Is it compiled? Why don't they just say: Virginia Begins Creative-Commons Physics Textbook

more than 5 years ago
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Firefox Download Day To Start At 1 p.m. EST

ndansmith Re:My findings... (1080 comments)

I've been using the RC releases, and while I do like the new browser, the memory footprint is still a monster. Currently, it's using over 175MB of ram for the windows I have open (21 different pages) - and that seems excessive to me.
You're right, 21 pages seems excessive to me as well.

more than 6 years ago

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Paying for Free Software

ndansmith ndansmith writes  |  more than 5 years ago

N. Dan Smith (582590) writes "The Free Software Foundation makes it quite clear that selling free software is not only permissible, it is encouraged. There are some high-profile examples of this in embedded systems and in commercial Linux distributions. However, many free software developers distribute both binaries and sources free of charge. What free software have you paid for? What was the incentive for buying, knowing that you could probably procure the underlying source code for free?"
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ndansmith ndansmith writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ndansmith writes "A deconstruction of the Zune reveals that it uses an ARM11-based Freescale i.MX31L processor which can apparently run Linux. A Wired blogger sums it up nicely: 'Last one to download a stable Linux version of the Zune firmware that enables unlimited MP3 sharing over Wi-Fi is a rotten egg!'"

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