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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

pevans Re:revolutionary idea? (328 comments)

Noting the sarcasm tag, so you believe that the USA is actually the best country on earth? You honestly believe that.


about three weeks ago

Man Campaigns For Addition of 'Th' Key To Keyboard

pevans Unifon Alphabet (258 comments)

Thirty years ago when I still thought 'hope and change' was an actual thing, I was excited to discover the Unifon alphabet. It accomplishes the goals of this guy and much more. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unifon

about a year and a half ago

Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells

pevans Re:A cloned embryo is... (92 comments)

Exactly. Well said.

about a year and a half ago

Oracle Responds To Java Security Critics With Massive 50 Flaw Patch Update

pevans Re:Too late (270 comments)

Just uninstall it everywhere.

Beginning a while back I began removing it from all the little SMBs I do work for. At first just a few with trepidation. Then the rest.

It turns out that exactly none of them needed it. None.

Who wants to pay for their employees to play Pogo games anyhow?

Sure, there may be enterprise sized outfits who rely on it, but I'm guessing most slashdotters aren't that well-monied with their clients and are more small-time as I am. Just uninstall it everywhere and save yourself one of the tedious, recurring headaches supporting windows boxes.

Ten boxes here, thirty there... and we can kill the thing and get it off our plate entirely.

Full disclosure: I've long hated java as a user suffering bloated start-up times and xplatform probs, as an IT drone endlessly updating it and for its sheer verbosity as a language (it's just way too much typing for me to bother with vs other langs).

Needless to say, I was very disappointed with the choice Google made with Android... :-(

about 2 years ago

Suggestions For Music Hosting?

pevans Re:You don't want "hosting" (225 comments)

> but rather a VPS, dedicated server,


I've been a long-time customer of NetNation -- OK, now it's Hostway and they've had a couple of power probs at my NOC that *never* happened before, but..

I have 4 Peta-Bytes of transfer every month and it costs less than 250USD/month for a dedicated server. Yes, that was peta with a capital 'P'. That's only with 100mb duplex, but you can pay a bit more for gigabyte speeds as they have lots of fibre. This is in the austin DC.

Buy one or two or more of those and stop worrying. After adding more than one, you'll need to do interesting balancing things, but at nowhere near the cost of what you are currently in store for.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Open Source vs Proprietary GIS Solution?

pevans Re:Yet another Canadian immigration scam ... (316 comments)

I don't log in much -- hardly ever in fact. Anyhow:

You (@rnmartinez) are (not to put too fine a point on it) acting like a septic-sucking scum bag. I just wasted an hour of my life researching your sorry ass. It's the first time I ever wished I had less google-fu.

I would really appreciate it if you'd just leave slashdot off your guppy list, because we aren't listening anymore and never will thanks to tom.

This would be a very good time for you to re-evaluate your goals in life.

Trying to avoid Hell clearly isn't at the top of your current agenda, but you might at least give it a passing thought.

about 3 years ago

Underwater Spider Spins Itself an Aqualung

pevans c'mon mods! (91 comments)

I hardly ever log in, but I had to give this effort a comment.! Well done jollyreaper :-)

more than 3 years ago

Inside the DOJ's Domain Name Graveyard

pevans viewdns.info returns aren't very complete (72 comments)

I entered one of my own ips and got back only 7 of the 40 or so domains hosted on that box. Most of those domains have been there for years. Any other tool I've ever tried for this before always disclaims that the results will be incomplete as they are based on using search engines.

more than 3 years ago

Geocentrists Convene To Discuss How Galileo Was Wrong

pevans Thanks for learning to live your faith (1027 comments)

Thank you David.

I rarely log in, but I needed to comment on this post (the OP).

more than 4 years ago

OpenSolaris Governing Board Dissolves Itself

pevans Re:What momentum may that fork have? (198 comments)

One word: btrfs

All the posts here mostly talk about the wonders of zfs. I was enamored of zfs myself when it first came out.

Thing is, even if they got rid of the license problems, the thing is still not very linux kernel-friendly. The way it is, it will only ever exist in user-land/fuse. Yes, it can be made to work. So what?

Btrfs is better, uses zfs ideas and leaverages the linux kernel natively.

  http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Btrfs

more than 4 years ago

Confessions of a SysAdmin

pevans Re:Well... (385 comments)

But that's the job. You control what you can and try to mitigate what you can't.

Amen brother. Amen.

more than 4 years ago

How Banker Trojans Steal Millions Every Day

pevans Re:fuckfuck (183 comments)

AC troll, yes. But to write that number of words on it means you are a seriously sick, twisted individual. Wow. The detail.

Even for /. it amazes me how you got a +4 interesting.

It takes a lot for me to log in and post but holy hannah you are one sick puppy, even for a troll.

more than 4 years ago

Some older common law should be applied today.

pevans Re:I concur but! (3 comments)

Well, I could only one up you by a couple of years on using a computer to program something. Yes, that is what I do for a living, no, nothing you've ever heard of :-)

But the real topic is the legal remedies that could be availed of and are not. I see your idea about patches being applied over existing law, but the analogy fails for common law I think. Law does change and gets amended, as you point out, but in common law some laws can always trump others. IANAL tho.

There really will always be bickering. Lets have laws that stop the obvious trolls in their tracks to the point that the really weak challenges don't even get to step one.

about 5 years ago

ESR: 0.75 billion Linux users 5 years from now

pevans Re:Quality and suitability matter, not the name (96 comments)

Face it, Linux doesn't have marketing-droids per se. As far as the desktop is concerned its increased use spreads by word of mouth.

Now, it's very easy to ramble on and extoll the virtues and wonders of Linux vs foo o/s (and there are many - that's what makes it easy..), but with the present state of the installation, as soon as you begin evangelizing Linux, you begin a new hobby: configuring other peoples systems for them.

There is nothing wrong with this, and I do it all the time, but I don't do it as much or as often as I *could*. Why? I'm lazy. I'm not radical enough. I'm selfish. Who knows?

My point is, when the time comes that one can say "What? You're still using winxx? Here's a cd of Linux - it's free, when you're done give it to someone else", and not worry about the persons 'level' and how much time it's going to cost getting them configured and comfortable *then* we may hit those numbers - and better.

We are getting there though. My first experience with linux was in (I think) 1993 and I installed from slacksware's cd. It took me forever to get X to run - and then I was dissapointed by the 'backwards' interface.

Debian made things worlds better, but I still think dselect bites. However, you never go wrong using mc to install ever after - and Debian's site layout is *the best* for seeing dependencies and recomendations etc.

It took less than 20 min to install RH5.2 on a laptop for goodness sakes. There's a miracle in its self! And now Caldera is in the press with their latest release....

It took me a decade or so to finally realise that not everyone actually *enjoys* playing with an o/s or lang until it works. Most people just want the tool - they're not interested in who made it, its history, naming puns etc. - give me the shovel, I just want to dig a hole for goodness sake.

Once Configured, Linux is a marvelous o/s for the desktop, but as long as it needs all the setup after the install we'll remain in the desktop backwaters.

more than 15 years ago



MS New Privacy Rules

pevans pevans writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pevans (44803) writes "Microsoft instituted a policy on Friday that gives the company broad leeway over how it gathers and uses personal information from consumers of its free, Web-based products like e-mail, search and instant messaging.

Almost no one noticed, however, even though Microsoft's policy changes are much the same as those that Google made to its privacy rules this year."

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Running shoe generates electricity

pevans pevans writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pevans (44803) writes "Yes, we've all seen similar things over the years using "ceramic transducers, which are hard and rigid" but this one uses a "a low-cost, polymer transducer, a soft, flexible material that replaces the shoe’s heel shock absorber without sacrificing user experience." I ran across this at http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/27/shoe-generator-harvests-power-from-walking/ first."
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Some older common law should be applied today.

pevans pevans writes  |  about 5 years ago

pevans (44803) writes "Over on Redhat's opensource.com I found this neat summary of a few old laws that could really help us today with the patent trolls. The article 'What's wrong with champerty?' is brief, but full of legal goodness that seems to have fallen by the wayside.

"Let's bring back barratry, maintenance, and champerty for patent lawsuits. Combine that with a limitation on the assignment of patents and a lot of patent trolls would be out of business.""


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