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Justice Department Seeks Ebonics Experts

shaka Re:That's not the professional term (487 comments)

But when you move to another country to live you should make some attempt to learn to speak the language.

That's all well. But this is, as the GP pointed out, about different subcultures in the same country, using different dialects.

more than 3 years ago
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A Call For an Open, Distributed Alternative To Facebook

shaka Re:We have it. It's called the World Wide Web. (363 comments)

Spot on.

I'm still grateful for Roxton's post though, if only for getting acquainted with the term "mansplain".

more than 4 years ago
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The Struggle To Keep Java Relevant

shaka Re:Who cares? (667 comments)

If thats Java - then okey-dokey.
If its C#, then groovy, if its C++ then thats ok to.

This doesn't make sense. If Java is the right tool, then I should use "okey-dokey", if C# is the right tool, I should use Groovy, and if C++ is the right tool (is it ever, though?) then it would be ok to use Thats?

more than 4 years ago
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Free Software Foundation Urges Google To Free VP8

shaka Re:Well thats the FSF for you (315 comments)

You miss the bigger picture because you are focusing on details.

Google is a real mega corp almost the size of Microsoft and Oracle. Google is built on free software and mathematics. And Google would not be possible if free software did not exist.

more than 4 years ago
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Free Software Foundation Urges Google To Free VP8

shaka Re:Well thats the FSF for you (315 comments)

It is you, Viol8, that is on the wrong train.

The embryo to the Internet was created before you could actually copyright software. It was created in open collaboration, funded by the US government.

The Internet as we know it today would not exist if there was no GCC, BIND, BSD, Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl, Python.

The Internet and free software are two world-changing concepts that are evolving in a symbiotic manner; one is not possible without the other.

more than 4 years ago
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Free Software Foundation Urges Google To Free VP8

shaka Re:Well thats the FSF for you (315 comments)

Exactly! The principles of free software is transforming the world: Open collaboration. Wikipedia, Creative Commons.

In hindsight, it will likely be hard for people to understand how Stallman could be viewed as such a radical.

And it will be very hard to understand how some people became among the richest in the world by selling software.

more than 4 years ago
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Free Software Foundation Urges Google To Free VP8

shaka Re:Not a good letter. (315 comments)

AC compared RMS to a beggar, asking for money for himself.

Urging Google to "give away" VP8 is more akin to someone asking for money for somebody else. To amend AC's flawed analogy: a Red Cross collector.

Then again, the FSF never asked for money, but contributing value, so I think it would be wise to end the money analogies altogether.

more than 4 years ago
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Free Software Foundation Urges Google To Free VP8

shaka Re:Not a good letter. (315 comments)

Sometimes I find [RMS and the FSF] as annoying as the beggars that shake the cup of coins under your nose to make you give them something. No fucking way.

Really? Stallman asked you for money? Funny, because I never heard about him asking for anything in return for GCC and GDB. Intel, on the other hand...

Intel® Compiler Suite Professional Edition for Linux: $1,349

Whoa!

As FlyingBishop said here before me, quid pro quo. A lot of people owe RMS and the FSF a lot.

more than 4 years ago
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Free Software Foundation Urges Google To Free VP8

shaka Re:Well thats the FSF for you (315 comments)

Please study your history and particularly the state of computing in the early eighties, when Stallman founded the FSF. He looked at the future of computing and he saw a bunch of big companies with a proprietary Unix version each, and new players like Apple and Microsoft. Had the Internet been built on that foundation, not to mention robotics, AI and rapid prototyping, today would be a very different world.

It's easy for you to point your finger and talk about "the real world", now that GCC, Linux and the free BSDs exist. Now imagine a company like Google, except they have to pay licenses for the OS, compilers and interpreters, databases, video and audio conversion. Imagine yourself using computers and not having any control of what goes on, with corporations controlling everything from the BIOS up.

Richard Stallman changed the world. "Reactionary", indeed. Do tell, dear Viol8, what you ever accomplished out there in the "real world"?

more than 4 years ago
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Mum's the Word On Google Attack At Davos

shaka Re:Disclosure At the Table (217 comments)

I think it's pretty obvious that western democracies are less free and open than they were around the turn of the millennium.

If we are supposed to set some kind of example for the world, we're doing a lousy job.

The prime example perhaps being USA:s increased and very public spreading of torture.

I'm not sure about the GPs analysis that it's all in the name (or spirit) of making more money.

more than 4 years ago
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ChromeOS Zero Released

shaka Re:Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (232 comments)

I have used:

mail
Emacs
pine
mutt
Netscape
Evolution
KMail
Thunderbird
Squirrelmail
IMP
Zimbra
Mail.app
Outlook
Outlook Express
Exchange's poor excuse for web mail ...and probably a few more MUAs to read my e-mail through the ages.

Gmail is the best interface for e-mail, for me, so far. Actually, the only one that comes close is probably mutt with procmail, but it's hard to compare since spam wasn't really a problem back then.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Counter-Terrorism Is In Shambles

shaka Re:Many will say that I'm trolling, but ... (370 comments)

First, the US is not an empire. Empires take from their subject states, the United States gives out money, technology and protection.

There are different kinds of empires. Not all of them do their conquering as blatantly as Genghis Khan or the Spanish conquistas. The British Empire was a trade empire during it's first half, exporting technology, trading and bringing home wealth. Chinese empires have seldom attempted to expand or conquer.

Look at the Roman Empire or British Empire, they levied troops from their subject territories while ripping out the natural resources and taxing trade.

When the US entered Afghanistan, they bought war lords to help them combat the Taliban. The US doesn't tax trade but controls the rules of trade.
The US is an empire all right.

Different empires have different missions, but as imperial missions come, the American mission is pretty similar to the British and the Roman: To spread "civilization" in the name of a christian god. Look to the Spanish empire, the Chinese empires, Tsar Russia and the Soviet Union for other missions.

I really recommend reading Empires: The Logic of World Domination from Ancient Rome to the United States by Herfried Münkler, a great book which steers clear of the usual theories of imperialism and tries to go beyond, to explain the dynamics of empires, hegemonies and states.

more than 4 years ago
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Antitrust Case Against RIAA Reinstated

shaka Re:What about my stress level (163 comments)

Well, I guess we are living in a "Least Favored Nation"... (Sweden here!)

more than 4 years ago
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WHO To Investigate Handling of Swine Flu Information, Vaccine Orders

shaka Re:Not only UK (372 comments)

Apparently, our politicians are even more gullible than the yanks, and they bought into the idea that every person would need not one, but _two_, doses of vaccine!

As of December last year, 4 million people in Sweden had taken the vaccine. In the entire EU (with a population of 500 million), 10 million had taken the vaccine.

Yay!

more than 4 years ago
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The Economy of Wikileaks

shaka Re:BT for web pages -- easy but not done (78 comments)

As you say, the technology doesn't really work well for web browsing as of today, and I think you're correct in that WikiLeaks will implement something like this right now.

I do, however, think that this - or something like this - is the path we will eventually walk down, when the Wiki and the Blog have converged into a WYSIWYG/WYSIWYM capable editing platform for lots of different people and organizations.

I also think that this is where Opera Unite is pointing. DHT, the web and the Internet will be viewed as the same phenomenon 100 years from now, the next step up since the printing press.

more than 4 years ago
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The First Robot To Cross the Atlantic Ocean Underwater

shaka Re:it's really dumb actually (156 comments)

The Italian crime syndicate the 'Ndrangheta account for about 3.5% of Italy's GDP.

They control both the production and the distribution of cocaine between South America and Europe (and increasingly via West Africa).

The entire deal is within the organization, as the GP suggests. They already ship cocaine by the container, I think they can afford losing a sub evry now and then if they profit from it in the long term.

I still think it's easier shipping it in containers, though.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox 3.5 Now the Most Popular Browser Worldwide

shaka Re:IE6? Really? (422 comments)

It really doesn't matter whether you make your site follow the lowest common denominator or, as you suggest, maintain multiple versions for different browsers. What it comes down to is spending time on creating new features or spending time catering to the bugs of IE6.

Yes, not supporting IE6 may cost you some part of your visitors, but how many visitors are you losing because of lack of development and modern features? That's not as easily measured and obviously depending on the type of site we're discussing, but in many cases I bet it's a lot more than 5-10%.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Open Sources Etherpad, Piratepad Launches

shaka Re:Etherpad Wiki? (126 comments)

Of course you can mix it with...

This is how far I came in my quick rebuttal of your statement, before actually investigating the matter. After spending two hours doing that, I have come to the conclusion that you are absolutely correct, sir! Turns out, there is no formal definition of the MediaWiki syntax - it's just a number of regular expressions, and the implementation is the de facto standard.

http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/WYSIWYG_editor#State_of_WYSIWYG_and_MediaWiki_software
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MediaWiki#Limitations

That's too bad, but they seem to be doing work to standardize that, and then it's just a matter of time before in-page editing. Of course, full browser support for MathML and SVG would also be great.

more than 4 years ago
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MIT and the DARPA Network Challenge

shaka Re:DARPA is mapping society. (68 comments)

I'm sure you read the fine article.

The MIT may reserve whichever rights they want, and it still won't be DARPA secretly mapping society.

more than 4 years ago

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The Pirate Bay vows to keep fighting

shaka shaka writes  |  more than 5 years ago

shaka writes "The Pirate Bay paraphrases Winston Churchill's "We shall fight on the beaches" speech in their press release, in which they vows to keep fighting the "menace of tyranny":

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the ef-nets and darknets, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Internets, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the baywords.org, we shall fight on the /. and on the digg, we shall fight in the courts; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, the Internets or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the Anon Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in Cerf's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.

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