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Apple and Nokia Outraged That Samsung Lawyers Leaked Patent License Terms

sjvn Re:PR Spin (201 comments)

Why does this read like a PR document written by Apple to sway public opinion? Both parties have come close or outright crossed the ethical lines in their various legal battles. Finger waving or sanctioning a lawyer here or there does not change the core issues. Rather is distracts from the core issues and gains sentiment (or attempts to).

It reads like PR because it's written by a known Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle patent shill.

Steven

about 10 months ago
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The World Fair of 2014 according to Asimov (from 1964)

sjvn Where are the robots!? (2 comments)

And, I still want my jetpack damn it!

Steven

about a year ago
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Google Glass: What's With All the Hate?

sjvn Re:'Simple really... (775 comments)

Ah, it's not always on.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Programmers Who Have Not Stayed Current?

sjvn Fire (509 comments)

Fire them all and let unemployment sort them out.

More seriously, if he can't produce the code you need, or maintain older code, whatever, he really does need to be moved out.

Steven

about a year ago
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Microsoft To Abandon Windows Phone?

sjvn Read the Fine Article (505 comments)

It's called upgrading the OS. Nothing to see here people except a really, really bad, mis-leading headline.

Steven

about a year ago
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Google WebRTC: Can It Replace Skype?

sjvn What game changer? (199 comments)

Skype is P2P VoIP too. This is old technology rehashed one more time. It works OK--I mean there's a reason why Skype's so popular--but if you really want useful open-source VoIP look to SIP implementations.

Steven

more than 3 years ago
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Google Wants Your Voice Data

sjvn Yeah, you need voice data to get voice to text (138 comments)

And you're surprised why? All voice apps. do this. Always have, always will, and until it's perfected, and we're a long, long way from perfecting it.

Steven

more than 3 years ago
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Legal concerns for would-be FOSS committers

sjvn Sad, but true (1 comments)

Contributing to open source is usually great for your career, but in the wrong place with the wrong contract, it can turn really, really ugly.

Steven

more than 2 years ago
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Freedom Box Foundation Wants Plug Servers For All

sjvn Re:err. what. (225 comments)

Here's my fuller story on what Moglen and company have in mind:

Freedom Box: Freeing the Internet one Server at a time
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/networking/freedom-box-freeing-the-internet-one-server-at-a-time/698

The short version is that the idea is to make it possible for you to use the Internet as freely and privately as possible no matter what restrictions governments, businesses or ISPs have in mind.

It still won't help if your government does an Egypt and pulls the plug, but short of that, it has real possibilities.

Steven

more than 3 years ago
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How many microprocessors are in your home, total?

sjvn But, what about those of us with too many.... (559 comments)

CPUs and slide-rules?

And, thinking of CPUs, what about the Z80's kids in the fridge and other household electronics? CPUs are Everywhere today!

Steven

more than 3 years ago
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Where Do I Go Now That Oracle Owns OpenOffice.org?

sjvn LibreOffice (510 comments)

The existing codebase is OO 3.2x and they're adding in Novell's existing older and OpenXML MS Office format support. It does fine on my Presentation slides that started life in PowerPoint.

Steven

more than 3 years ago
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Fedora 14 Released and Reviewed — Advanced, and Not For Wimps

sjvn Re:Wanker (200 comments)

Actually, they were not fixed in the RC. Sorry, they weren't.

more than 3 years ago
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Gizmodo Not Welcome at 2010 WWDC

sjvn Oh come on (395 comments)

And this is news why?

They'll be welcome again at another Apple shindig when Steve Jobs is dead and buried.

And, probably not then.

Steven

more than 4 years ago
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Web Coupons Tell Stores More Than You Realize

sjvn OMG! (125 comments)

So you mean coupons you get off the Web are like--OMG!!!--Web cookies.

Come on people. There's nothing here that hasn't already been in Web cookies for more than a decade. If you don't want to be tracked, don't use 'em. Or, if you want o zap them, the cookies that is, see the instructions on the following Web page:

http://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/page.php?id=3235

Steven

more than 4 years ago

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Q: Who Really Creates Linux? A: The Enterprise

sjvn sjvn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sjvn writes "Some people are still under the delusion that Linux is written by unwashed hackers living in their parents' basements whose only social life is playing D&D and having flame wars over IRC (Internet Relay Chat) about whether vi or EMACS better and debating Picard versus Kirk. Nothing, nothing could be further from the truth according to the Linux Foundation's latest survey."
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Microsoft Wants to Be Your Big Brother

sjvn sjvn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sjvn writes "Today, I have a temperature of 99 degrees Fahrenheit, a headache, my blood pressure is 100 over 71, and my heart-heat is around 90 beats per minute. I have felt better. Now, if Microsoft's plan goes the way it wants, my Windows computer will soon be reporting all of that, and more, to my boss.

No, this isn't science fiction. This isn't paranoia. This is tomorrow's Windows-based office.

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Microsoft-wants-to-your-Big-Brother/

Steven"

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ICANN to Probe Network Solutions

sjvn sjvn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sjvn writes "Network Solutions is backing off of its domain registering policy in the wake of reports that it was automatically registering domains based on user searches, but they're not backing off all the way and now ICANN is going to take a closer look at Network Solutions' user 'protection' policies.

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/ICANN-to-Probe-Network-Solutions-Domain-Registration-Policies/"

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Dell release Ubuntu 7.10-powered PCs

sjvn sjvn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sjvn writes "The official word will be out any minute now, but in the meantime DesktopLinux has learned that Dell will be releasing Ubuntu 7.10 (http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS7924076658.html) on a laptop and desktop with immediate availability. And, as an extra added bonus, they're tossing in legal DVD-playback capability. In a word: "Neat!""
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Red Hat and MS in Partnership Talks?

sjvn sjvn writes  |  about 7 years ago

sjvn writes "Guess who's talking partnership deals with Microsoft now? The answer: Red Hat. Red Hat and Microsoft both confirmed that they're talking about talking about making a technology deal according to Peter Galli in eWEEK (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2154521,00.a sp). Red Hat doesn't want a patent deal, but Microsoft wants some kind of IP protection. so the two are trying to edge around their differences to make a deal. And, why is Red Hat, formerly the loudest of Linux companies when it comes to objecting to making deals with MS doing this? Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols proposes in eWEEK sister publication Linux-Watch, that it's really very simple (http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS5620044582.html ), it makes good business sense even if will make some Linux fans see red... and we're not talking about the color of hats here either."
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sjvn sjvn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sjvn writes "The latest and greatest version of Debian, Etch, was supposed to be released on Dec. 4, 2006. Almost two months later, though, according to the Feb. 17th Release Critical Bug Report memo to the Debian Developers Announcement list, there are still 541 "release critical" bugs... What's happening here?

http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS2327436222.html"
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sjvn sjvn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sjvn writes "Canonical Ltd., the sponsor of Ubuntu, and Linspire Inc., the developer of Linspire and Freespire, on February 8 announced a technology partnership to integrate with each other's Linux distributions. Linspire/Freespire will be based on Ubuntu, rather than Debian, and Ubuntu will integrate with Linspire's CNR package installer/updater.

http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS7103672739.html "

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