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Drupal's Creator Aims For World Domination

teknomage1 Lambda the Ultimate (192 comments)

The most depressing thing about Drupal is that http://lambda-the-ultimate.org/ , a website devoted to discussing the latest in programming languages research, is a drupal site. How on earth can a site that decries the unsoundess of C code, and can discuss the relationships of monads to any of three different effects calculi use PHP to run their site? Mind boggling.

about a year and a half ago
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USB Foot Controls

teknomage1 Great for Emacs (123 comments)

As an emacs user I'm looking forward to a new level of complicated chording commands. I won't have to use my nose to hit keys anymore!

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Bans Online Sales In Japan

teknomage1 Re:What next? (237 comments)

If Japan *did* become the 51st state, the State of Japan would get more than twice as many electoral votes as California, and would thus quickly come to dominate all presidential elections, as well as the House of Representatives. Demagogues like Tokyo mayor Shintaro Ishihara and incompetents like Prime Ministers Yukio Hatoyama and Yoshiro Mori would become major US political figures.

Right, but if they become 47 states, they will dominate the senate by adding 94 new senators. I don't think that solves the problem.

more than 4 years ago
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Is the Tide Turning On Patents?

teknomage1 Re:Software patents can help certain industries (172 comments)

That's a total fallacy. If no one innovates anything, there's nothing to scoop up. Innovating always yields at least short term advantage. Everyone will develop their own solutions and guard them jealously. There has never been an industry where no one innovates. You can't fight human nature.

more than 4 years ago
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Is the Tide Turning On Patents?

teknomage1 Re:Software patents can help certain industries (172 comments)

So what you're saying is that without patents your company wouldn't bother to develop new techniques? Wouldn't you be left in the dust by those that did? It seems like the "insider" scenario could easily be mitigated by background checks and the like. It works for the Intelligence community.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Backs MPAA, RIAA, and ACTA

teknomage1 Re:It could have been worse... (703 comments)

Don't you see? This is a brilliant strategy. By coming out in favor of ACTA, the Republicans now have to rail against ACTA for destroying America's freedom. Then Obama can "concede to political pressures" on the issue and ACTA is withdrawn, thus protecting America from this crap for another 4 years. It's pure genius.

more than 4 years ago
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Technical Objections To the Ogg Container Format

teknomage1 Re:Just complaining (370 comments)

I wonder how many of the technical objections are workarounds for where the "obvious" choice is already covered by software patents. One of ogg's selling points is that it isn't covered by any patents, and we know there are a lot of lame software patents out there.

more than 4 years ago
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Organovo Has Its First Commercial 3D Bio-Printer

teknomage1 Re:What the f**k... (91 comments)

I would've gone with PCLOADLIVER, but I think on saw that a few years ago last time slashdot talked about this technology.

more than 4 years ago
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Murdoch To Explore Blocking Google Searches

teknomage1 No more FoxNews in my search results! (549 comments)

This is awesome! Now I don't have to sort through all the FoxNews crap in search results.

more than 4 years ago
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Archiving Digital Artwork For Museum Purchase?

teknomage1 Re:Source code/scripts (266 comments)

Maya, for example, often gives different results between versions. It's also been owned by 5 companies in 6 years. What do you figure the odds of your work rendering correctly in 50 years? On the other hand, blender supposedly is still able to open first edition .blend files, but my point is you won't be there to spot check the consistency.

more than 4 years ago
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US Court Tells Microsoft To Stop Selling Word

teknomage1 Re:This is nuts. (403 comments)

I agree. I've been less than thrilled with Microsoft's behavior pretty much since windows 98, but this software patent nonsense needs to be reigned in. To me it seems like they should just abandon the Eastern Texas market. Without Word, either the court will cease to function or maybe they'll adopt Open Office, learn about Free Software, and cease being patent troll heaven. Oh wait, I suppose I should wake up now.

more than 5 years ago
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The Problem With Cable Is Television

teknomage1 Re:Sour economy? (334 comments)

Maybe the baby boomers, but I don't know anyone in the 20-35 age group that pays for cable unless they want to watch sports. We all have internet access, hulu, and netflix.

more than 5 years ago
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Oil Deposit Could Increase US Reserves 10x

teknomage1 Re:Uhhh, What? (869 comments)

Why do people always discuss National Energy Independence, when the oil is just going to be harvested by a multinational energy corporation and sold at whatever the market will bear?

more than 6 years ago

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