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+ - A fundraiser to "unfork" htop on the Mac->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It's usual to see initiatives to fork an open source project, but here's one that goes the other way around. After years getting bug reports from Mac users who were using a fork based on a 5-year old codebase, the original author of htop, the interactive process viewer for Linux, decided to try to take matters with his own hands. He started a fundraiser so he can work on a proper port himself. The original port has been done by stripping away all Linux code and replacing with Mac code — and this way it hasn't kept up with features and bugfixes. The plan of the fundraiser is to add a proper OS-abstraction layer and write Linux and Mac backends, so that htop can finally stop crashing on the Mac."
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Comment: Re:they're not spies, they're defectors (Score 1) 191

by HishamMuhammad (#32752184) Attached to: Russian Spy Ring Needed Some Serious IT Help

Hah, it had to be circletimessquare -- oh how I miss Kuro5hin and this kind of out-of-the-box thinking that used to come up there so often from you and the rest of the people. Too bad the place was filled with trolls to the point of unusability the last few times I tried to return.

Comment: Re:Wake up and smell the stock market people... (Score 1) 359

by HishamMuhammad (#31750210) Attached to: IBM Breaks Open Source Patent Pledge

You are merely being compensated for your expenditure of time and energy, not gouging someone.

I see your point (and I agree with Sloppy's point above) but, to nitpick, compensation of time and energy is gross profit (which even not-for-profit companies have to have, in order to remain operational, unless they're funded by a third party). The grandparent post was explicitly talking about net profit, which is what remains after all costs are compensated.

Comment: Please mod parent back up! (Score 1) 359

by HishamMuhammad (#31750114) Attached to: IBM Breaks Open Source Patent Pledge

How did people mod this down as troll? The parent expressed a valid opinion. It may be diametrically opposed to your core values, or even the core values your country is based on, but it's a valid, clearly-stated opinion. Don't use "Troll" as a synonym for "Disagree".

Come on people, we're no Thought Police here.

United States

+ - Obama Defends Warrantless Wiretapping

Submitted by a whoabot
a whoabot (706122) writes "The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Obama administration has stepped in to defend AT&T in the case over their participation in the warrantless wiretapping program started by Bush. The Obama administration argues that that continuation of the case will lead to the disclosure of important "state secrets." The Electronic Frontier Foundation has described the action as an "embrace" of the Bush policy."

+ - Leaked Memo: XP Reprieve May Go On After Windows 7->

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CWmike writes "Gregg Keizer reports that Microsoft acknowledged today it has 'broadened the options' for PC makers to continue offering Windows XP as a downgrade from Vista — and potentially even Windows 7. However, the company would not confirm specific reports that HP has been given the green light to sell new PCs with Windows XP Pro preinstalled through the end of April 2010. 'Based on feedback, Microsoft is further broadening the options provided to Direct OEMs to help customers facilitate End User downgrade rights included in the product license terms of a new system with either Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate,' a Microsoft spokeswoman said in an e-mail. 'This option is designed to help ... small business customers, looking for Windows XP Professional due to application compatibility concerns.'"
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