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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

orasio Re:informal poll (641 comments)

Single core atom, and pipelight is not very pretty or reliable.
If I change the hardware, it's gonna be an android tv box , or a tablet I have lying around.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

orasio Re:informal poll (641 comments)

I run ubuntu in my home computer. Also in my work computer.
My kid uses ubuntu also .
My wife uses Windows 8

No dual boot, anywhere.
I am thinking of changing my media center into either android or windows though, damn netflix. But right now it's Ubuntu-xbmc

about two weeks ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

orasio Re:April Fools! (162 comments)

I've never understood the popularity of git. It may be useful for open source by supporting distributed development but it seems far less useful for a traditional corporate environment. SVN just makes far more sense to me in terms of command structure. If I wanted a DVCS I would probably go with Mercurial. Git is just awful.

I am working in a traditional corporate environment right now.
SVN sorks great, even when you use branchs. The problem is that merging is just not worth it.
Right now, we use SVN, and the equivalent of a pull request in github or similar, is a manual process, with several pain points, that works against the grain of development. We need to have separate code reviews for commits, and then count on developers merging code that is accepted.
We also have problems creating branches, destroying them.

I think SVN was OK for the enterprise when the enterprise didn't need all the pretty things modern development processes bring. Right now, they want to deploy every few days, automated testing, decentralized development, and SVN doesn't fit well.

About Git being awful, that might be true, even though I doon't see it. There might be a need for better tools, but the command line client is good, specially compared to the svn client. In any case, it's the dominant player in DVCS, it's the safest investment.

about two weeks ago
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Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

orasio Re:They are all paid too much (712 comments)

If you are trolling, sir, congratulations, it's a beautiful piece.

about 2 months ago
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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

orasio Re:Precisely (1098 comments)

The thing is that you are worried about computing in the current world.
RMS is worried about the future of computing, and has helped shape it, winning several battles, even though he is losing the war.

Of course there are IP laws/contracts/whatever that don't let you link to GPLed code. That's why it's GPLed, so the work of free software developer does not help those who want to shrink our freedom.

You can use our work, if you share, if you don't share, go build it yourself. It _is_ us versus them, and RMS sees it very clearly.

Fifteen years ago, RMS rants about a dystopian future looked exaggerated. Right now, they look like old news.

You are right that the GPL is a PITA when you want to work with proprietary software, that's not a bug, it's a feature, which BSD software lacks. That's because the GPL is supposed to have a long term effect.

about 3 months ago
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Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

orasio Re:Unprofessional all around (692 comments)

I agree.
At my second interview for a job, I was told that, if hired, I would be on trial for 3 months. I replied that I welcomed the opportunity of getting to know the company before making a long term decision, they replied that _I_ was expected to commit long term from day one.
We ended up working together for three years, but I had to help them fix their hiring process and expectations a little bit.

about 3 months ago
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My favorite brand of snake oil is ...

orasio Re:My favorite brand of snake oil is open source (291 comments)

Not only in that case.
Your ability or interest might change. Like what happened now with NSA backdoors getting more publicity, the Linux code is getting more reviewed for their backdoors, even after being in use for several years. If the source were not available, it would be a lot harder to check.

About "non-code submmitting users", I don't think they are the ones who should audit it. You can trust someone who does submit code, or you can suddenly gain interest in security and start checking it, or even pay soomeone to do it. The thing is that it's possible.

This is why it's a lot better to think in terms of Free Software and not open source. Technical advantages are hard to value if they are not used. Freedom is a lot easier to understand. You have the freedom to use the code as you like, share it and whatever. To illustrate the importance of freedom vs its exercise: lots of people don't want to, or don't have the money to travel outside their countries, but we don't like to have that possibility restricted.

about 6 months ago
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My favorite brand of snake oil is ...

orasio Re:My favorite brand of snake oil is open source (291 comments)

1 - Citation needed. In the sense of open source being easier to debug than proprietary code, it's undeniable.
2 - Citation needed. That strawman is getting old.
3 - True. It does mean anyone _can_, not that anyone _will_ . That's very valuable by itself. You can trust the vendor for example, but have the possibility to stop trusting them. Don't you prefer to be able to find backdoors vs not being able?
4 - Citation needed. Same as 2 -

about 6 months ago
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Canonical Seeks $32 Million To Make Ubuntu Smartphone

orasio Re:Why? ~nt~ (267 comments)

The great mistake of society is a desire to eliminate the poor.

You make sense. But it's a very subversive thing to say, for an American.
Your point is that if someone is to be rich, then someone else needs to be poor.
Plus, you don't really care about poverty, you just care about your standards of living.
But following your ideology, if one were to get rid of poverty, one would first need to get rid of the rich. You can't have everyone living above poverty levels, if you don't first get rid of the rich.

You discovered marxism. Congratulations. And good luck implementing that in the United States.

about 9 months ago
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Mozilla Launches Firefox OS Simulator 4.0 With Test Receipts

orasio Re:It isn't an OS (41 comments)

Erm no. The ability to use a few apps which interface with the Linux kernel and type in a shell that something resembles bash (not even close mind you, it's an even more cut down version of sh) does not make Android Linux. Nothing out of the box Linux works on Android. All the libraries except for the ones providing essential hooks into the kernel are missing. Those programs / libraries which do hook into the kernel are also different from their linux counterpart (go copy "mount" from you phone onto your ubuntu box and try boot up the system).

Really there's nothing Linux about Android other than the underlying kernel.

Linux _is_ a kernel. Everything else you are talking about is mostly the GNU part of GNU/Linux.
Android has the same amount of Linux than any flavor of GNU/Linux, so the GP is right, even though he uses the wrong terms.

about 9 months ago
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RMS Urges W3C To Reject On Principle DRM In HTML5

orasio Re:Fascinating ... (320 comments)

Cool, as long as they don't harm me in the process.

about a year ago
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RMS Urges W3C To Reject On Principle DRM In HTML5

orasio Re:Fascinating ... (320 comments)

RMS doesn't use that word, "open" a lot.
Doesn't use "greed" a lot.
Those are probably your preconceptions of what he says.

RMS usually talks about freedom, as in not giving away your freedom.
DRM requires you to give some other entity control over your devices, more than what you have. That means giving away freedom, and that's why he is against it. I agree with him, also.

about a year ago
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"Choice Blindness" Can Transform Conservatives Into Liberals - and Vice Versa

orasio Re:Not from left to right (542 comments)

I didn't say in my comment that it shouldn't be an insult, I was just exemplifying why I don't believe there is a left wing in the US. In Europe, and Latin America, many ruling parties call themselves socialist, so that's a particularly US thing.

1 year,6 days
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"Choice Blindness" Can Transform Conservatives Into Liberals - and Vice Versa

orasio Re:Not from left to right (542 comments)

I didn't mean conservative as a derogatory term, sorry if I did, English is not my native language. I mean that school of thought that believes that believes strongly in the power of a small state, low taxes, free enterprise, and letting the wealth drip from the top to the bottom, instead of messing with it with taxes or strong intervention. I don't mean the economy specifically, but it can't be seen apart. A person with a hundred million dollars of course can exercise more civil rights than someone who doesn't have them. Without income redistribution, you can't be left wing. You can call yourself "center", but we all know there's no such a thing. I don't mean it as a bad thing, I was just commenting the article, that it's false to say that people change from left to right.

1 year,6 days
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"Choice Blindness" Can Transform Conservatives Into Liberals - and Vice Versa

orasio Not from left to right (542 comments)

In the US there are no left wing parties. As an example, "socialist" can be used as an insult there. From the outside, all US politicians are right wing (meaning that they are not for wealth redistribution or any other left wing concept). It's not that hard to change from strongly conservative to not that strongly conservative.

1 year,7 days
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Ask Slashdot: Setting Up a Computer Lab In a Developing Country

orasio Re:have you tried asking them ? (172 comments)

You are right. Free software is good, but needs a community. Android is probably better. I was thinking more in the line of a full scale government initiative. Here, we have Plan Ceibal, which uses OLPC hardware, and has a lot of government backing. Ceibal was one of the reasons the state owned telco now reaches the whole country with broadband. If large enough, an effort to just drop technology in the hands of kids can help everybody understand the need of basic infrastructure.

1 year,24 days
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Ask Slashdot: Setting Up a Computer Lab In a Developing Country

orasio Re:have you tried asking them ? (172 comments)

Agree with parent. Here in Peru, Windows is used almost everywhere because it costs nothing (copyright is not enforced). Open-source is also available for enthusiasts, but most people would ask "Why use it?", expecting a practical answer (not an ideological one).

An ideological answer is a practical answer that takes the medium term future into account. Open source, is not a philosophy/ideology, just a software development thing. Free software is a philosphy/ideology. And it does take third world people into account. It's very hard to predict the result of teaching Office for kids. Of course, teaching Excel may land them jobs in multinationals, to feed their families. But also, it could entrench the influence of foreign companies in their government IT, with large expenses in licenses, that leae the country. If you teach free software, people can also learn valuable skills for the short term, but also develop a more sustainable IT insfrastructure, which could be one of the basis of future development. I live in Uruguay, more or less the same situation as Peru with copyrights, but free software is very popular. And most of our software industry (which is growing very fast) is based on free software.

1 year,24 days
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If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...

orasio Re:Why ban in cars? (417 comments)

Agreed. Here in Alberta, Canada, we just passed a "Distracted Driver" law last year. There are heavy fines for anyone caught using their cellphone (or other device) while behind the wheel, grooming, or eating anything that would be considered a "meal" and not a "snack".

Well, then I suppose I could have soup while driving in Alberta. It's not a meal, after all.

about a year ago
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Can Valve's 'Bossless' Company Model Work Elsewhere?

orasio Re:Capitalism is broken (522 comments)

To be fair, all socialism is post-capitalistic.
The whole idea of socialism (like what Marx wrote) is that capitalism would succeed against scarcity (for exaple: "the end of money"), so a new model would be necessary that didn't rely on it, but on cooperation.
Of course, not all ideas can be implemented nicely, or even at all, but that doesn't mean that socialism is not prepared for "plenty". Penty is onw of its preconditions.

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Community Manager: RMS's Post Seems a Bit Childish To Me

orasio Re:He crazy but necessary (529 comments)

Well, that's your point of view.
What I see is that the GPL is one of the most used software licenses in the world, and it represents exacly his idea.
RMS has had great, awesome partial successes. His philosophy is shared by a lot of people, in practice, and his work has been key to us having real, viable, modern, free software platforms today. Without his work particularly and him been so "political", I don't think we could have gone this far.

about a year ago

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Tonido: User controlled cloud services?

orasio orasio writes  |  more than 4 years ago

orasio writes "I bumped into this freshmeat link earlier today, and learned about this project: Tonido — Privacy and Online Freedom from online servers. The project proposes a software platform for cloud services hosted by users in a p2p platform, supposedly to be released as GPLv3. It's an early release, with jukebox and gallery applications, but the architecture looks like an interesting idea, at least for those of us who would like to enjoy the benefits of "cloud" services, but are not big fans of third parties holding our data."
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orasio orasio writes  |  more than 7 years ago

orasio (188021) writes "Medscape reports about October's issue of Neurology, a study that shows an inverse correlation between BMI and short term memory. Subjects with diagnosed obesity underperformed their skinny counterparts when remembering a list of items. Other effects on cognition are suspected, too. Maybe actually going outside, and quit eating Doritos could make you smarter!"

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