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Comment Merkel's virgin soil (Score 3, Informative) 197

Remember, she's the one who called the Internet 'virgin soil' last year. But she's not the only one who has no clue. Every other week some European politician speaks up, demanding billions of tax payer's money to create an independent European IT industry. These noobs really seem to think there'll be a day when they can say, "Look, Obama, we've got our own Intel, we've got our own Microsoft, you can kiss our asses." At the same time, these guys complain that they can't run their offices with Linux: "It's too complicated for our staff. Give us back our Windows XP, our MS Office, our Internet Explorer."

Comment iWoz, Chapter 6 (Score 4, Informative) 121

titled 'Phreaking for Real' tells the story from Steve Wozniak's perspective. It starts "In 1971, the day before I headed off to my third year of college at Berkeley, I was sitting at my mother's kitchen table and there happened to be a copy of Esquire sitting there." After giving an account of the article and the excitement it gave him, Woz first mentions Jobs four pages later: "One of the first things I did after reading the article was to call up my friend Steve Jobs. He was just about to start twelfth grade at Homestead High School, the same high school I'd gone to. I started telling him about this amazing article, [...]".

Comment CCC's public role in Germany (Score 5, Informative) 162

The Chaos Computer Club is probably not adequately characterized as a 'hacker group'. It was founded in 1981 as a computer club and, while hacking has always been their most prominent activity, they have grown not only into a nation-wide association of about 3000 members, but into an influential civil rights organization as well. Their expertise in matters of IT security is frequently called upon by public media in Germany. The CCC is well respected even by many politicians and their expertise was cited more than once by former Ferderal Minister of the Interior Gerhart Baum during the trial that ended last year with the Verfassungsgericht (federal constitutional court)'s finding that the federal anti-terror law that obliged providers to retain all telecommunications data for six months was unconstitutional. The CCC organizes the annual Chaos Communication Congress that Slashdot readers might remember as being the event where some major hacks were presented to the public: The CCC is also well know for Project Blinkenlights, which grew out of the CCC but is now an independent project.

Comment Re:What percentage of those infected... (Score 1) 668

The fact that it's hard to find anyone who dares to advertise vaccination in public has to do with the risks involved. Although the figures are very low, they're not zero. Who wants to be confronted with the mother who lost her otherwise healthy baby due to an allergic shock incurred by the vaccination process? I think that, apart from laziness or ignorance, these risks (possibly exaggerated in perception) are also the main reason why people shy away from vaccination.

Comment Reporting bugs as a way of giving back (Score 2) 326

I always thought of reporting bugs to the developers as a way of giving back. If I were a developer, I'd be grateful to every bug report. But with the recent debate about the long list of unconfirmed Firefox bugs, I now begin to feel like someone who asks for free lunch. That's an unfortunate trend. That way, I'll end up figuring out a workaround to the problem and keep it to myself. Wasn't the idea that the wheel shouldn't be invented again and again one of the main reasons to adopt and advocate FOSS?

Comment Re:Does anyone remember (Score 1) 171

Sorry! But I didn't say it's great. What I learned from the Pet Shop Boys video is that when you're over 30 and you're looking down, your face will fall out of its frame. Similarly with skydiving (but that's not in the video).

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