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Submission + - MS undecided on suing users of its open source .NET

ciaran2014 writes: With Microsoft proudly declaring its .NET runtime open source, a collegue and I decided to look at the licensing aspects. One part, the MIT licence, is straight forward, but there's also a patent promise. The first two-thirds of the first sentence seems to announce good news about Microsoft not suing people. Then the conditions begin. It seems Microsoft can't yet bring itself to release something as free software without retaining a patent threat to limit how those freedoms can be exercised. Overall, we found 4 Shifty Details About Microsoft's "Open Source" .NET.

Submission + - Is Pascal an Underrated Programming Language? 6

An anonymous reader writes: In the recent Slashdot discussion on the D programming language, I was surprised to see criticisms of Pascal that were based on old information and outdated implementations. While I’m sure that, for example, Brian Kernighan’s criticisms of Pascal were valid in 1981, things have moved on since then. Current Object Pascal largely addresses Kernighan’s critique and also includes language features such as anonymous methods, reflection and attributes, class helpers, generics and more (see also Marco Cantu’s recent Object Pascal presentation). Cross-platform development is fairly straightforward with Pascal. Delphi targets Windows, OS X, iOS and Android. Free Pascal targets many operating systems and architectures and Lazarus provides a Delphi-like IDE for Free Pascal. So what do you think? Is Pascal underrated?

Submission + - Is D a Criminally Underrated Programming Language? (

Nerval's Lobster writes: While some programming languages achieved early success only to fall by the wayside (e.g., Delphi), one language that has quietly gained popularity is D, which now ranks 25 in the most recent Tiobe Index. Inspired by C++, D is a general-purpose systems and applications language that’s similar to C and C++ in its syntax; it supports procedural, object-oriented, metaprogramming, concurrent and functional programming. D’s syntax is simpler and more readable than C++, mainly because D creator Walter Bright developed several C and C++ compilers and is familiar with the subtleties of both languages. D’s advocates argue that the language is well thought-out, avoiding many of the complexities encountered with modern C++ programming. So shouldn't it be more popular?

Submission + - Arrested For Not Giving Up Camera (

ancientt writes: The cop told him to hand over his camera, but he knew his rights. It didn't keep him from being arrested.

Andrew Flinchbaugh was approached by NJ police and ordered to give up his camera but he recorded the incident on his mobile phone. That recording has now gone viral. They did give him his camera back, but not without arresting him and not without going through the photos first, something that should require a search warrant they did not have. At one point he says that if they take his camera, they will have a lawsuit on their hands. It will be interesting to see if Mr. Flinchbaugh is true to his word.

Comment Voting matters? (Score 1) 381

You know, we really need to get rid of this first-past-the-post system for selecting representatives. At this point about all it's doing is insuring that we only ever see two viable candidates for far too many positions and people wind up holding their noses while voting for the least objectionable candidate... just voting 'someone else' tends to not be very effective. Consider the banking collapse in Iceland and how a bunch of jokers wound up winning elections there... and then wound up coming up with some viable (at least in the short term) solutions for the problems. Now consider how the holy fuck things would have to go sideways in the US for anything even remotely resembling that to happen above the city or county level. Seriously, NOBODY seems to want to take the risk that the Other Party Who Is At Least Marginally More Objectionable will win, so they refuse to vote for a candidate that might actually properly represent them and instead just vote for the slightly less objectionable candidate who seems to stand a chance. Yeah ... not viable to keep this up in the long term.

Submission + - Linux Compatible High-End Laptop With Open BIOS Is Being Crowdsourced (

Luarvic writes: Purism Librem 15 is a high-end laptop designed to respect your freedom and privacy. All its hardware is fully compatible with Linux and requires no proprietary drivers or firmware to work. Its BIOS will be open source Coreboot in final production version. The hardware specs are quite impressive: 15.6" display with resolution a buyer can choose between full HD (1920x1080) and 4K (3840x2160), powerful 4-core 3.4 GHz 64-bit Intel Core i7 4770HQ processor supporting full hardware virtualisation, 4 RAM slots for up to 32GB memory, full-size backlit keyboard with normal F-keys, 3 USB 3.0 ports, extra drive bay which can contain either DVD drive, or extra HD or SSD. Many components like battery, HDD/SSD, RAM, wireless card can be easily replaced or upgraded after unscrewing a few screws.

Crownfunding campaign to fund production of the first batch of Purism Librem 15 is now in progress at Crowd Supply until end of January. Laptops are expected to be shipped to campaign backers in April 2015 if the campaign succeeds.

There is a positive review of Purism Librem 15 in Linux Journal.

Submission + - WSJ refused to publish Lawrence Krauss' response to "Science Proves Religion".

Kubla Kahhhn! writes: Recently, the WSJ posted a controversial piece "Science Increasingly Makes a Case for God", written by non-scientist and darling of the apologist crowd, Eric Metaxas. Noted astrophysicist Lawrence Krauss wrote a simple and clear retort in a letter to the editor, which the WSJ declined to publish. Is it an example of the kind of "fair and balanced reporting" we can expect, now that Wall Street Journal is owned by Rupert Murdoch?

Submission + - Adobe Flash Update Installs McAfee Security Scan Plus Crapware

An anonymous reader writes: If you get an update notification for Adobe Flash you will also be installing McAfee Security Scan Plus. This mornings update did open an Adobe webpage but did not give the option of unticking a box to prevent installation of McAfee crapware like previous updates have had. To uninstall — Start, McAfee Security Scan Plus, Uninstall, restart, cross your fingers nothing gets borked.

Submission + - Telecom providers strike back on Obama's net neutrality support 1

mwagner writes: The cable and phone industries came out swinging following President Obama's surprise endorsement of net neutrality Monday. The industry says strong net neutrality regulation would hurt broadband by freezing investment. They threatened to take the fight to Congress and the courts, as they've done in the past. National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) President & CEO Michael Powell said "Congress and only Congress should make a policy change of this magnitude." Verizon said Title II "would apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet."

Comment Re:rolls eyes. (Score 1) 2

Dead wrong. Parsing bugs in bash were the issue. Bash immediately executing any code that trailed a function definition was not intended behavior. Programs passing data via environment variables is standard practice because it's fast and convenient.

"GNU Bash through 4.3 processes trailing strings after function definitions in the values of environment variables, which allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted environment [...]"

Quark! Quark! Beware the quantum duck!