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Comment: Sid Meier is a time traveler (Score 4, Insightful) 379

I get to break this out again:

        As the Americans learned so painfully in Earth's final century, free flow of information is the only safeguard against tyranny. The once-chained people whose leaders at last lose their grip on information flow will soon burst with freedom and vitality, but the free nation gradually constricting its grip on public discourse has begun its rapid slide into despotism. Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master.
                Commissioner Pravin Lal, "U.N. Declaration of Rights"
                Accompanies the Secret Project "The Planetary Datalinks"

Comment: Re:The End-Users most of the time don't really car (Score 1) 96

by C. Mattix (#48518243) Attached to: Openwashing: Users and Adopters Beware

I absolutely agree with your statement here:

Open source is not about being free, it is mostly about the sharing of information with the goal of making it better and aiding everyone.

I think the phrase "open source" has gotten overly politicized over the years and for many people is approaching the level of an "-ism." I think the shift to calling it "community driven" software (or the like) better represents the meaning and intent of most projects. Things start to go awry when the that goal gets pushed to the side in the favor of some "agenda" that has little to do with the purpose of the project itself (examples like monkeying around with license agreements come to mind) or when egos and "religious zealotry" get in the way of community communication.

Comment: The End-Users most of the time don't really care (Score 4, Insightful) 96

by C. Mattix (#48515327) Attached to: Openwashing: Users and Adopters Beware

From the End-User standpoint, really the only thing that they care about is that there is a "full featured" product that is free (as in beer) and they won't have to deal with marked-up license fees. Most of the time, if a company goes to a potential client and, for example, says they are going to use an Open Source CMS system, the client basically thinks "Great! My project will be cheaper because I won't have to pay additional license fees."

In all reality, I would venture that the VAST majority of open source projects in the wild that are being used VERY RARELY have that source code looked at by anyone other than the developers that are building the system or those looking to exploit it.

For most people who are more concerned with using a system than how it is built, "Open Source" just means they have to use Google for documentation instead of calling the vendor or reading a manual.

+ - SPAM: Alba White Truffle Fair

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Truffle Market is the place to come to find out everything there is to know about the truffle, immersing yourself in a unique and headily scented atmosphere. Every truffle on sale at the market has been checked by a special commission before the market opens to the public, and this group of experts will also be available for consultation at the Consumer Help Desk inside the pavilions."
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+ - GlaxoSmithKline "Accidentally" Released 45 Lts of Live Polio Virus->

Submitted by ferespo
ferespo (899921) writes "Belgium – As reported to ECDC by Belgian authorities, on 2 September 2014, following a human error, 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution were released into the environment by the pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in Rixensart city, Belgium. The liquid was conducted directly to a water-treatment plant (Rosieres) and released after treatment in river Lasne affluent of river Dyle which is affluent of the Escaut/Scheldt river. Belgium’s High Council of Public Health conducted a risk assessment that concluded that the risk of infection for the population exposed to the contaminated water is extremely low due to the high level of dilution and the high vaccination coverage (95%) in Belgium. (Official ECDC press release http://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/p...)"
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Portables

+ - RIM Releases Reason for Blackberry Outage

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "According to BBC News, RIM has announced that the cause of this week's network failure for the Blackberry wireless e-mail device was an insufficiently tested software upgrade. Blackberry said in a statement that the failure was trigged by "the introduction of a new, non-critical system routine" designed to increase the system's e-mail holding space. The network disruption comes as RIM faces a formal probe by the US financial watchdog, the Securities and Exchange Commission, over its stock options."
Networking

+ - OpenOffice Could Soon Become Network-enabled

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Linuxtoday.com has picked up a message from the OpenOffice Dev mailing list in which a new company is introducing the GravityZoo OpenOffice porting project with the aim of bringing it to the Internet. GravityZoo is a networked computing platform that looks very interesting. "When OpenOffice.org is "GravityZood", it will become a suite of productivity applications that are always available, online, via a broad range of devices. It will be possible to share and collaborate in real-time, to switch from one device (e.g. a PC) to another (Mobile) device. There will also be no need to save data, because everything you produce is saved automatically on the network. There is no need to download, install or update, the latest version is just available and accessible from any GravityZoo enabled client."

Michael Dell using Ubuntu on his personal machine->

From feed by engfeed

Filed under: Laptops

Who says the people aren't in power? Not long at all after customers voiced their demands to have Linux pre-loaded across a wider spectrum of Dell machines, the company caved, and as we sit and ponder just what flavor of Linux will soon be available, we can't help but guess Ubuntu. According to Michael Dell's lineup of personal rigs, his prized Precision M90 is currently humming along with a copy of Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn at the helm, garnering speculation that it's at least in the hunt for being a Linux variety available on its forthcoming machines. Moreover, it appears that Michael doesn't shy away from open-source software at all, as VMWare Workstation 6 Beta, OpenOffice.org 2.2, Automatix2, Firefox 2.0.0.3, and Evolution Groupware 2.10 are also seeing a good bit of personal use. Still, the whole thing could be a complete ploy to make loyal users believe that the CEO really is just one of us -- after all, this same company did just reinstate Windows XP as an OS option.

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Linux Business

+ - Linux sponsered Indy 500 car campaign

Submitted by fedaykin42
fedaykin42 (588488) writes "The Tux500 program was created with a simple goal: "to collect community donations to enter a Linux sponsored car in the 2007 Indianapolis 500." For those that don't know, the Indy 500 is one of the world's most viewed sporting events. With approximately 350,000 spectators at the Speedway, over 5.5 million in the U.S., and an estimated 344 million international viewers, this is a great opportunity to get the Linux name out there. The team is actively working to raise enough money to have "Primary Sponsership", which means not only a large logo on the side of the car but also "Team Linux" in the race team name. Donations can only be accepted through May 21, 2007, so fire up your paypall accounts and let's see a very big Tux going 200mph!"
The Courts

+ - MySpace threats lead to arrest

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raustin writes "Scott Young Bear faces a felony charge for threats against schools that he allegedly posted on his MySpace page. Police Lt. Dan Donlin said police learned of the entry on Young Bear's blog, titled "I love the massacre," from the mother of an acquaintance of Young Bear. The entry indicated the writer found Monday's mass murder at Virginia Tech humorous and thought a similar shooting in his home town would be funny, too, Donlin said. Full story: http://www.bismarcktribune.com/articles/2007/04/20 /news/local/132242.txt"

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