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Activision, Raven Release 2 Star Wars Games Under GPL

rbowen Re:Version control: You're doing it wrong! (105 comments)

I've been talking with the developer in question this morning, and he'll be putting the code into Git this evening or this weekend, as he has time.

about a year and a half ago
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SourceForge Allura Submitted To the Apache Software Foundation Incubator

rbowen Re:How about... (30 comments)

It makes sense to have the code stewarded outside of SourceForge, because it ensures that the development is completely open. We (SourceForge) value our projects' ability to own their own data, even if that means that they can move it somewhere else. By having Allura completely open, and even developed outside of SourceForge itself, we ensure that this right - the right to pack up and move - is 100% protected.

It also provides us access to innovation and ideas from outside of our own small organization, which, in turn, further benefits our projects.

Don't tell my corporate overlords, but I consider the health of these Open Source projects to be my highest goal when I go to work in the morning. I firmly believe that if those projects are more successful, then the company will be more successful. But it's the former, not the latter, that gets me to work every morning.

Taking Allura to the Apache Incubator is for the benefit of our projects. It gives us the opportunity to focus more sharply on the things that will make their developer experience better. And folks who haven't seen the new SourceForge, and are making their judgements based on old-style SourceForge projects that haven't upgraded, are selling everyone short.

more than 2 years ago
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SourceForge Allura Submitted To the Apache Software Foundation Incubator

rbowen Re:How about... (30 comments)

Rob, that remark shows you to be somewhat uninformed about both SourceForge *and* Apache.

more than 2 years ago
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SourceForge Allura Submitted To the Apache Software Foundation Incubator

rbowen Re:This Should Protect SourceForge (30 comments)

We've been talking about the incubator long before there was ever talk of selling.

more than 2 years ago
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Wearable Device Generates Electricity From Walking Knee Movements

rbowen Re:Travel! (99 comments)

I was talking about "walking." It was funny. Now it's not any more. Thanks a lot.

more than 2 years ago
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Wearable Device Generates Electricity From Walking Knee Movements

rbowen Travel! (99 comments)

You could even use the power generated by your knees to travel from one place to another!

more than 2 years ago
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Ray Bradbury Has Died

rbowen Like an old friend (315 comments)

I feel like an old friend has died, and I've been near tears several times today. I grew up on his stories. I deeply identified with his characters - especially Douglas Spaulding. I read Dandelion Wine almost every year, and it's always new.

He influenced my writing style more than anyone else, as well as his encouragement to write something every day, whether I want to or not.

His stories were always about more than just the setting - science fiction was simply a vehicle for him to communicate deep truths.

I've been remembering all day a scene in Dandelion Wine in which Great Grandmother says goodbye to her family, and then settles into bed to try to find the dream that was interrupted when she was born. I hope you find your dream, Ray. Sleep well, old friend.

more than 2 years ago
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Bessel Beam 'Tractor Beam' Concept Theoretically Demonstrated

rbowen impossible to create (54 comments)

From the article:

  While true Bessel beams are impossible to create, as they would require an infinite amount of energy, ...

This would seem like a good reason not to use them, even in a government project.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Source Tax Software?

rbowen Open Tax Solver (387 comments)

Here's one: https://sourceforge.net/projects/opentaxsolver/

Having said that, I have found that paying a professional has always been a worthwhile investment. I have a masters degree in mathematics, so it's not a question of the calculations, but my accountant knows things about tax law that I don't, and keeps me from getting audited while getting me the best refunds that the law allows.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Feed Africa?

rbowen Also, some of the richest (592 comments)

Africa also has some of the richest soil in the world.

One of my favorite stories about my visit to Zaire (now Congo), is when we were taken to see the air strip.

We were visiting a little mission hospital on the shore of Lake Tanganyika, near Uvira, and one day they said that we were going to walk out to the air strip. They didn't get many planes in, and each time they were expecting a plane in, they'd send out some folks to make sure that it was clear.

But this was just after the rainy season, and there hadn't been a plane for almost two months, and we couldn't find the air strip at first because there were full-sized trees growing all over it. We found the markers, and it was clear where it had been, but it looked like a full-grown forest.

As others have mentioned, saying that Africa has some of the poorest soil in the world is absurd. So does the USA. It's a little like saying "Australia has some of the youngest people in the world."

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Defines Success In an Open Source Project?

rbowen Re:Usage is asinine. (88 comments)

Certainly not. Open Source is nothing if not self-defined. I get to define when my project is successful, and quality might be that definition, in my particular case. Fortunately, quality often leads to usage. But even when it doesn't, it's a worthwhile goal.

more than 2 years ago
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Congress Wants Your TSA Stories

rbowen Dramatic stories (328 comments)

The focus on dramatic stories is misplaced. The simple loss of dignity in traveling should be sufficient. I'm tired of being assumed to be a criminal when I travel.

more than 2 years ago
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Verizon Says Hactivists Now Biggest Corporate Net Threat

rbowen Crime is crime (150 comments)

This is a really dangerous distinction. Crime is crime. Politically motivated crime is - what? Terrorism? I don't like where this is going.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Tips For Working From Home?

rbowen Regular hours (480 comments)

Dress professionally. Keep regular hours. Work as though you were at work.

more than 2 years ago
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European Parliament Blocks Copyright Reform With 113% Voter Turnout

rbowen Re:Whoops (297 comments)

That's not true. In politics, if something fails, we sneak it into another bill a few months later.

more than 2 years ago
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Can Microsoft Afford To Lose With Windows 8?

rbowen Windows ME? (630 comments)

I read every day about how Apple has won and everyone had an android phone, but in the real world, the people who say "what's slashdot?" also don't remember Windows ME or Microsoft Bob. And a computer is a Windows machine and you write Word docs, and you "make a PowerPoint" for a presentation.

Sure, people complain about Windows, but macs are just too weird and, after all, it's just a tool.

At least in this school district, they've trained another generation who thinks that computer == Windows.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Rich People Less Moral?

rbowen Immoral about different things (1040 comments)

I observed just yesterday, at an event, how Americans (ie, rich people, by most if the worlds standards) won't steal laptops, cameras, phones, etc., laying out in plain view, unguarded. I would never leave something sitting on a table at a public event like that, for even a minute, in Nairobi. But there were tens of thousands of dollars worth of electronics sitting out between events at this particular gathering as people wandered around looking at the other tables.

So perhaps the rich are just immoral about different things.

more than 2 years ago

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The Apache Software Foundation now accepting BitCoin for donations

rbowen rbowen writes  |  about 4 months ago

rbowen (112459) writes "The Apache Software Foundation is the latest not-for-profit organization to accept bitcoin donations, as pointed out by a user on the Bitcoin subreddit.

The organization is well known for their catalog of open-source software, including the ubiquitous Apache web server, Hadoop, Tomcat, Cassandra, and about 150 other projects. Users in the community have been eager to support their efforts using digital currency for quite a while.

The Foundation accepts donations in many different forms: Amazon, PayPal, and they’ll even accept donated cars.

On their contribution page the Apache Software Foundation has published a bitcoin address and QR code. As of this afternoon, the address has already collected on the order of 4 BTC."

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Raven Software releases Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy on SourceForge

rbowen rbowen writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rbowen (112459) writes "In the wake of Disney's announcement that it is closing game design studio LucasArts, Raven Software has released the single player source code for the two Star Wars titles it developed for LucasArts, Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, according to Kotaku."
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Apache OpenOffice - $21 Million per Day

rbowen rbowen writes  |  about 2 years ago

rbowen writes "Apache OpenOffice 3.4.1 has averaged 138,928 downloads per day. That is an average value to the public of $21 million per day, as calculated by savings over buying the competing product. Or $7.61 billion (7.61 thousand million) per year."
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Internet Success: A Study of Open-Source Software Commons

rbowen rbowen writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rbowen (112459) writes "Based on a survey of SourceForge developers, this book discusses some of the factors that help Open Source communities succeed. Authors Charles Schweik and Bob English look at "social, technical, and institutional aspects of OSS" to try to answer the question of why some projects thrive while others are abandoned."
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Harvard Library to faculty: we're going broke unless you go open access

rbowen rbowen writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rbowen writes "BoingBoing reports that the Harvard Library has encouraged faculty to release their research publicly, and resign from boards of journals that don't allow open access. The article says that some journals have annual subscription rates in the tens of thousands of dollars, and the library's annual journal costs are almost $3.75M."
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What defines success in an Open Source project

rbowen rbowen writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rbowen writes "Nine years ago, Slashdot asked the readers what makes an Open Source project successful. (http://ask.slashdot.org/story/03/04/21/239212/what-makes-an-open-source-project-successful). The answers were varied, of course. An academic paper summarized the results, and said (albeit with more precision) that motivations for Open Source projects are varied. (http://surface.syr.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1003&context=ischool_other)

Has anything changed? In the era of mobile apps, social media, and Google Ad revenue, have the definitions of Open Source project success changed at all? Have your reasons changed for being involved in Open Source?"

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IDLELO5 is this week in

rbowen rbowen writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rbowen writes "IDLELO means "Common Grazing Ground". IDLELO is the largest Open Source conference in Africa, and this year it's in Abuja, Nigeria. IDLELO is put on by FOSSFA (http://www.fossfa.net/). Speakers include a few names you might have heard of if you're not from Africa, and lots of other names that may be unfamiliar. But these are the movers and shakers of the Open Source world in Africa. We tend to be quick to discount Africa, but while we've been ignoring them, Africa has become a big player in Open Source."
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