top Funding Open Source By Donations: Lighting the Path
My experience has been the same. I donated $50 to Cyanogenmod a couple of years ago (FFS, they saved my buying a new phone!) and got a delighted email from Steve Kondik.
I used to assume the FOSS world would be supported like the Linux kernel is, but now I realize that many cool projects need a user-funded model. I choose a project to donate to weekly, as well as supporting gittip.com. It's not much (and I hope to increase it markedly one day), but I want to live in a world where Free hackers can just hack, and not stress about money.
Rusty. BTW I've never used GNU LilyPond, but I'm delighted such a thing thrives. Do you take BTC? about a year and a half ago
top Schrödinger's Cat and RCU (Well, Structured Procrastination, Actually)
Heheh... I doubt Paul needs an all-expenses paid trip, given how senior he is at IBM.
The article is well worth a read: hell, I've implemented RCU myself, and I learned by reading it.
Hope that helps!
Rusty. about a year and a half ago
top Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will
Or, why don't writers/directors get all the attention? Even Sci Fi conventions seems to headline actors who played a part, rather than writers who created the part.
Is a great story so compelling that the line blurs and people fall in love with the puppets and ignore the puppet master?
Rusty. about a year and a half ago
top Creeping Government Surveillance Now Without Warrants
Nope, this is a standard media beat up of the current govt. Not based in reality, uses vauge statistics in deliberately misleading manner.
Um, no, the 250,000 requests per year are government warrantless data requests; these include call data (who called whom, not contents), location data, and request header data (eg http, email: interestingly, I've not been able to find out which headers are included: links anyone?)
Obviously with this number of requests going on, the process isn't being vetted very well if at all. Certainly there aren't that many people in Australia under reasonable suspicion of criminal behaviour, so it's deeply concerning
top Ask Slashdot: Where Should a Geek's Charitable Donations Go?
One of my favourite geek charities is the
Ada Initiative which provides resources and training for women in open source and open culture.
Needless to say, you should speak directly to any charity you're seriously considering; they'll often have good suggestions for how they money could be used.
top Linux.conf.au Talks Available Online
Looking forward to it!
top New Wii Menu Update Targets Homebrew Again
No, assuming they did the same this release as last.
1) This information is on the website, not on the update itself. The update just tells you how to abort it.
2) When you buy a new game, the update is compulsory or you can't play the game you bought.
Nintendo screwed me with this (deleting my whole TP savefile because one slot was the TP hack) and I was livid. 40 hours of my gf's gameplay gone.
top Go, Google's New Open Source Programming Language
> Stop trying to replace C++ with a language that does not fulfill every aspect C++ covers.
Err, no (how did this get +5?) C++'s entire problem stems from the attempt to Be All Things. A far better approach is to design something that does one part of things well, and interoperates with C like everything else so you can glue stuff together.
They've subtracted, not added. This is the Right Thing to have done.
top Creative Documentation
Hey, I'm glad you liked it.
From reading the comments it seems most of the /. crowd are not the intended audience. This is not user documentation (that's in Documentation/lguest) but programmer documentation for those delving into the source, and it assumes some degree of famliarity with the Linux kernel too. Feedback welcome! Rusty.