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Comment: Re:Eric Schultz (Score 1) 356

by Basje (#43993391) Attached to: Your License Is Your Interface

In Europe we do have other provisions though. In Europe most jurisdictions have a closed system where exceptions to copyright are codified as law. Exceptions have to conform to the Berne three-step test. By codifying conformity is checked by the legislative power. In the US fair use is an open system and conformity with the Berne three-step test is checked on a case by case basis by the judiciary.

It is a basic illustration how Common Law and Continental Law use different mechanisms to implement largely the same end results/

Comment: Re:Sounds cool, but... (Score 4, Informative) 316

by Basje (#33000564) Attached to: World's First Molten-Salt Solar Plant Opens

The location of the plant in Priolo Gargallo is not that far from the Sahara. It's actually a little more south than the northernmost part of the Sahara in Tunesia, which is roughly 250 miles west of the plant. The solar radiation will be roughly equivalent, no need for undersea cables. Most importantly Sicily is a (slightly) more stable region that does not rely on income from oil like many of the North Sahara states.

Programming

Zen Coding 175

Posted by kdawson
from the change-your-life dept.
Download Squad has a quick review, with video, of Zen Coding (Google Code project page here), an extremely well-thought-out accelerator for anyone who codes HTML. Its syntax is CSS-like. Zen Coding has been around for a while — here's its author Sergey Chikuyonok's introduction in Smashing Magazine from last November — and it has now picked up support for more than a dozen editing environments, including Notepad++ and TextMate.

Comment: Re:I do that for Gentoo all the time. (Score 1) 244

by Basje (#31856234) Attached to: In the past year, I've filed Z bug reports, where Z=

Get over it. Spam is a fact of life, deal with it. Fact is, if you have an older e-mail address you'll get spam. A couple of years ago it was a problem. Nowadays there are quite effective filters, which you need anyway.

I stopped being paranoid a couple of years ago and no longer worry about spam (use my my e-mail uncloaked, ). The amount of spam I got quadrupled in half a year (from about 25k to about 100k spam/month), but at those levels it didn't really matter anyway. I get two or three false negatives a day, big deal.

Math

Help Me Get My Math Back? 467

Posted by kdawson
from the we-can-forget-it-for-you-wholesale dept.
nwm writes "I am trying to refresh my math skills back to the point that I can take college-level statistics and calculus courses. I took everything through AP calculus in high school, had my butt kicked by college calculus, and dropped out shortly thereafter. Twenty+ years later, I need to take a few math courses to wrap up a degree. I've dug around some and found a few sites with useful information, but I'm hoping the Slashdot crowd can offer some good resources — sites, books, programs, online tutors, etc. I really don't want to have to take a series of algebra-geometry-trig 'pre-college' level courses (each at full cost and each a semester long) just to warm my brain up; I'd much rather find some resources, review, cram, and take the placement test with some confidence. Any suggestions?"

"We are on the verge: Today our program proved Fermat's next-to-last theorem." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982

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