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Comment: Look ma I know statistics (Score 3, Insightful) 808

by Akoman (#38410476) Attached to: GPL, Copyleft Use Declining Fast

Not to invalidate the outcome of the report (though the hyperbole could do with some work) but this arbitrary 'percentage' assignment has me wondering. Could this not just reflect a new growth in say Rails projects or Javascript (the Ruby community is traditionally MIT/BSD, see too very common frameworks like jQuery). In the past code like this was rarely included, but this might just represent the true makeup of the community and fast LOC growth in one community doesn't mean the other community is jumping ship to a different license.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 177

by Akoman (#37271934) Attached to: Xbox 360 Reset Hack Yields Unsigned Code Execution

Beyond the obvious "I want to tinker" motivates the XBox360 is a really nice device in a home theatre. You can do your games, but also Zune Marketplace isn't terrible but if you hate it there is still Netflix. It can play your music off a CD or an attached USB device. I haven't a model with wireless but I'm seriously considering it because thats cool to have. Finally, it advertises the capability of doing UPnP with Windows Media Centre. Unfortunately, it doesn't do UPnP with Linux (or Windows Professional AFAICT), the classic arcade games shop is atrocious AND a massively overpriced ripoff (so emulators), will only play certain digitally locked media files. This isn't much, but its the only things I feel are missing from my entertainment centre. With some work I see MythTV having a place on it.

Comment: Neuromance not really about the 'net (Score 1) 334

by Akoman (#36193626) Attached to: <em>Neuromancer</em> Movie Deal Moving Forward

Maybe its because I (mostly) grew up with the internet, but upon my recent re-reading Neuromancer really struck me as a story about redemption. Maybe its because like many 'post'-Depression people I worked a manual labour job and had seen "The Company Men" recently, but I think you'll see a lot of surface elements that we think are important stripped down to focus on that.

Comment: Re:bad title tag (Score 4, Informative) 221

by Akoman (#33560282) Attached to: Anti-US Hacker Takes Credit For Worm

It's just a rip from the article, which is terribly written and fails to provide a lot of context. My initial opinion was this was a stitch up and the hacker was just against the war and people were stretching connections and definitions to make them sound like a security threat. This ComputerWorld article is way better at providing the details that link this worm to previous efforts by a Libyan hacker to create a politically motivated hacker group. To describe these guys as anti-US would be, I think, a simplification of the motivation of these groups. Jihadists (and here I also probably simplify) may be prepared to attack the States, but the motivation is not simply anti-US. I found this article on Eurozine to be really interesting on breaking down their attitudes.

Comment: Re:Bosses earn too much (Score 1) 1018

by Akoman (#33085834) Attached to: High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay

The idea that we must retain a huge rich class of individuals in order to keep ourselves employed is too ridiculous for words. Your argument that rich consumption drives the economy fails utterly to take into account the reality that they'll only ever consume a portion of their wealth. If that wealth was distributed amongst more individuals then there would, in fact, be more consumption than if you concentrate it. If you don't believe me, consider how little savings and investment the vast majority of people have, especially in relation to the rich. It's because we're spending it all! The idea that the employers are getting paid for taking bigger risks and succeeding should have been completely demolished by the fact that the bailout has removed *any sense of risk.* Not only does your business not fail, but you still get your bonuses!

Maybe instead of trite bullshit lines of 'take tougher classes in school' implicitly indicating that you think we are all morons, you should take a look at the real world in action and not whatever bullshit they fed you in Macroeconomics 101: How to Justify the Gross Accumulation of Wealth.

Comment: Re:There's more to this story (Score 1) 691

by Akoman (#31221250) Attached to: Our Low-Tech Tax Code

Most places in the world the system is this: you have healthcare.

But you might have to wake up at 4 in the morning and go stand in line for hours in order to actually get care. Depending on where in the world.

lol. Oh man, you have swallowed all the health insurance industry agitprop. How's it taste btw? Sometimes we have long lineups. Mostly its just because a bunch of people have a cold and instead of going to their family physician they scramble to the emerge and when emerge pre-screens them they're obviously not as high priority as the guy who has crazy low blood pressure for no discernible reason.

Oh, I'm sorry, you wanted health care where actual health issues isn't want determines priority, but how fat your wallet is? You're good then. Disregard.

Comment: because the one who pays is the one who controls (Score 1) 368

by Akoman (#30854298) Attached to: 75% of Linux Code Now Written By Paid Developers

Because you're employed by a business which is more interested in itself than the broader linux community. The patches you create may be of a use to the broader community, but business priorities will generally come first. Now, it is a given that some (perhaps even a significant portion) of these developers are given a long leash, but the reality is the leash is always there. The resignation of Con Kolivas is a good example of why extensive corporate interest is bad: see http://apcmag.com/why_i_quit_kernel_developer_con_kolivas.htm

Comment: While we're busy pimping Haitian charity options (Score 1) 139

by Akoman (#30768480) Attached to: Disaster Recovery For Haiti's Cell Phone Networks

"We have a relationship with one organization, Batay Ouvriye, and are putting our resources and time into helping Batay Ouvriye to help rebuild from the catastrophe and maintain the struggle for a better Haiti and a better world. Batay Ouvriye is a combative grassroots worker and peasant?s organization in Haiti with workers organized all over Haiti, especially in the Industrial sweatshops and Free Trade Zones. We have set up a means to send money to Batay Ourviye. If others wish to send money to Batay Ouvriye, please email miamiautonomyandsolidarity@yahoo.com

The Batay Ouvriye Haiti Solidarity Network is calling on all Progressives to join us in the aftermath of the Earthquake Disaster to help us organize support for the various Workers” Unions, Peasant Associations, Toilers’ Associations in the Batay Ouvriye Movement in Haiti."

http://miamiautonomyandsolidarity.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/call-for-solidarity-and-funds-for-the-working-people-of-haiti/

More info on the Batay Ouvriye from the Industrial Workers of the World trip: http://iwwinhaiti.blogspot.com/2008/04/blog-post.html

Comment: As Seen @ DemoCamp (Score 1) 495

by Akoman (#30768284) Attached to: Tynt Insight Is Watching You Cut and Paste
DemoCamp in Edmonton got a demo of this backbreakingly suit-oriented piece of software. It's a sign of how all DemoCamps slowly become lame as shit that all of the Q & A was spent with the suits asking about how they make money or providing advice on that point rather than commenting or asking about the technology.

Egotist: A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me. -- Ambrose Bierce

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