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Comment: Re:Videos I've seen (Score 1) 961

by Chaos1 (#37530368) Attached to: Conflict Between Occupy Wall Street Protestors and NYPD Escalating

I got that impression as well. In at least one video you can see the arms of a protester swinging at a cop before they pan over to show the officer grabbing and subduing them. Just because you yell "this is a peaceful protest" does not make it one.

I'm not saying that there's not overly aggressive cops involved, just that the story is being skewed in both directions.

Comment: Unprecedented? Really? (Score 1) 722

by Chaos1 (#36767792) Attached to: Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase

"Netflix provoked an unprecedented outpouring of backlash across the Internet ..."

Really? I'm pretty sure the Internet is a small toddler who throws fits when it doesn't get it's way. Not every backlash can be unprecedented, nor is this the first time people got vocally (in a sense) angry at a company. The loudest crowd is not always the majority.

Open Source

+ - Announcing Freecell Solver Enterprise Edition->

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Shlomi Fish
Shlomi Fish writes "Freecell Solver Enterprises Inc., on behalf of the Freecell Solver development team, is glad to announce the upcoming availability of Freecell Solver Enterprise Edition. In its Enterprise Edition, Freecell Solver will be enhanced to solve generalised Freecell, in which there can be an arbitrary number of card ranks. Since generalised Freecell is NP-complete. This will allow using Freecell Solver's ingenious, cutting-edge algorithms to solve the previously hard, provably NP-Complete problems of the Travelling Salesman problem, Subset sum, Sudoku and Enterprise content management.

Read more on the announcement to learn more about this and upcoming exciting developments."

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+ - Federal Judge: N.S.A.'s Wiretapping is illegal->

Submitted by mdl4
mdl4 (1780438) writes "WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the National Security Agency’s program of surveillance without warrants was illegal, rejecting the Obama administration’s effort to keep shrouded in secrecy one of the most disputed counterterrorism policies of former President George W. Bush.
In a 45-page opinion, Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that the government had violated a 1978 federal statute requiring court approval for domestic surveillance when it intercepted phone calls of Al Haramain, a now-defunct Islamic charity in Oregon, and of two lawyers representing it in 2004. Declaring that the plaintiffs had been “subjected to unlawful surveillance,” the judge said the government was liable to pay them damages."

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The Internet

+ - SPAM: Silicon cockroaches, dirty IPv4 addresses & mo

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "The world's leading Internet engineers see many surprising trends occurring under the covers of this complex network environment. Among their findings are the evolution of silicon cockroaches — tiny, mobile, unattended wireless devices — and "dirty" Internet address space that can't be used by network operators. Here are a few eye-openers about what’s really going on in the Internet infrastructure that were discussed at a meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) held in Anaheim last week, summed up by Network World's Carolyn Duffy Marsan."
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Comment: Distribution Charges are not a violation (Score 1) 782

by Chaos1 (#28917867) Attached to: The Ethics of Selling GPLed Software For the iPhone

I'm sorry to hear that you have one developer raising a stink. The GPL doesn't have any restrictions against charging for distribution. Hell, even Stallman used to charge to distribute GNU utilities and it was more than just the cost of shipping (time + media + shipping).

Or yet another example, Wolfenstein 3D was ported to the iPhone by ID Software. Keep in mind that this piece of software has been available as GPL'd source code for a number of years. ID Software didn't go back to the virgin code either, they found an open source project which had done a number of modifications, re-hacked it and then sold it on the Apple store. The source code for the iPhone app is available for download at no cost.

You've obviously had to lay out some money for the developer license and spent a fair amount of time on the port, so I don't think charging a couple of dollars violates the letter or the spirit of the GPL.

Now if you'd kindly get to work on porting NetHack to the iPhone, it would be appreciated.


+ - White House ordered to preserve all e-mail->

Submitted by Verunks
Verunks (1000826) writes "A federal judge Monday ordered the White House to preserve copies of all its e-mails in response to two lawsuits that seek to determine whether e-mails have been destroyed in violation of federal law. The issue surfaced in the leak probe of administration officials who disclosed Valerie Plame's CIA identity"
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+ - High-Tech Hobbies For Geeks 3

Submitted by MotorMachineMercenar
MotorMachineMercenar (124135) writes "I'm a thirty-something geek who works in finance, plays computer games and wastes time on the internet — ie. I spend pretty much all my time in front of a screen. Lately I've started looking for a hobby, something outside the slouching-in-front-of-the-computer realm, and hopefully something to do with my hands with concrete stuff. I'm not talking about the gym, martial arts, photography or books (do that already), but something novel, high-tech and creative. The potential to actually make new discoveries applicable in the real world would be a huge benefit. The most appealing choice I've found thus far is BEAM robotics, although I'm quite skeptical of the potential for new discoveries. So perhaps a robosoccer challenge would be a better option. Amateur rocketry sounds like fun, but I'd like to keep traveling without being subjected to a "routine" cavity search."
Hardware Hacking

+ - How to reduce CPU temperature by 15% for just $20!->

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crazyeyes writes "Reducing the CPU temperature has always involved newer, larger heatsinks with ever more powerful fans. All of that mean extra costs. But what if you could have better cooling without the extra cost?

For only $20 in sandpaper, you could reduce your CPU core temperature by 15%! So, join graysky as he shows you how to lap your CPU heatspreader and heatsink for a much better thermal contact and better cooling performance. Here's a quote from the guide :-

"Hardware enthusisasts have always looked for ways to keep the processor running cooler. Not only does it improve the processor's stability, it also increases its overclockability. Hence, the use of better thermal pastes, larger heatsinks and more powerful fans. However, there is only so much you can do with air cooling."

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+ - Acer to Acquire Gateway

Submitted by cigarky
cigarky (89075) writes "Acer Inc. plans to acquire U.S. computer maker Gateway Inc. for $710 million in a deal that will push the Taiwanese company past China's Lenovo Group as the world's third largest vendor of personal computers."
Linux Business

+ - Becoming a Linux OEM: The Agony and the Ecstacy->

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jammag writes "This article, Becoming a Linux OEM: A Roadmap, talks about the challenges (and rewards) of selling hardware with Linux pre-installed — most likely a growth market in the years ahead. The interesting part is the description of how some smaller Linux OEMs have made it. The bottom line: surviving as a Linux OEM requires far more than making it as a Windows OEM. In particular, you have to make the systems idiot-proof for users who don't care a whit about what OS they're using."
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