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maijc (1365289) writes "Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City yesterday, Jan. 11, according to his uncle, Michael Wolf; Swartz, 26, was indicted in July 2011 by a federal grand jury for allegedly mass downloading documents from the JSTOR online journal archive with the intent to distribute them. He is best know for co-authoring the now widely-used RSS 1.0 specification at age 14 and was one of the three co-owners of the site Reddit."
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quantr writes ""Swartz was indicted in July 2011 by a federal grand jury for allegedly mass downloading documents from the JSTOR online journal archive with the intent to distribute them. He subsequently moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he then worked for Avaaz Foundation, a nonprofit “global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere.” Swartz appeared in court on Sept. 24, 2012 and pleaded not guilty.

The accomplished Swartz co-authored the now widely-used RSS 1.0 specification at age 14, was one of the three co-owners of the popular social news site Reddit, and completed a fellowship at Harvard’s Ethics Center Lab on Institutional Corruption. In 2010, he founded, a “campaign against the Internet censorship bills SOPA/PIPA.”""

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Comment: Re:Stallman bitches, film at eleven (Score 2) 597

by Hobart (#42219437) Attached to: RMS Speaks Out Against Ubuntu

GNU was an interesting philosophy when it was started, but it's not as if it was the only open source ideology or that other open source movements wouldn't have taken hold.

I really don't think it would have.

I think without both GPL, and GNU (especially Readline and GCC), programmers would still be trading pirate copies of compilers from Borland, Microsoft, and Watcom the way people pirate Photoshop today.

MySQL is only GPL because Monty wanted to use Readline initially.

Objective C compilers were only GPL because RMS refused a request from Jobs to let NeXT make a proprietary fork.

To see what people were doing with "open source ideology", look at how well the BSD / MIT licenses served X11, in the pre-Linux era. Every vendor shipped horribly incompatible versions of things.

Look at how people treat OpenSSH. How many people accept money for shipping it, vs. how many people sending money upstream, or patches.

Yes, he sure as hell could use a spin doctor to phrase his statements in a more palatable way. But his position is key, and without it, we'd still be in the "bad old days".

Comment: Linus' follow up... (Score 4, Informative) 1223

by Hobart (#41471847) Attached to: Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks

Linus Torvalds - 3:19 PM - Public

Ok, since I publicly called the guy a f*cking moron, I guess I should also publicly follow up: it does seem Romney was joking.


...Move along. Can we get back to hating on proprietary blobs now?

Comment: The KDE4 breakage (Score 1) 818

by Hobart (#40286873) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

When I switched to KDE, it was a breath of fresh air.

ALL of the keyboard shortcuts in my apps Just Worked, and they worked /right/. And Konsole had support for the bitmap CP437 font I like, and working "fullscreen" mode. It seemed great. ...Then KDE4 happened, and they made the decision to:

  1. Not put "beta" in front of the .0 release which had /huge/ amounts of features dropped out
  2. Effectively stop all forward progress on 3.x that point, toughing my way out through the GNOME stack and getting the "less nice but good enough" running was what I did.

Comment: Re:The usual (Score 1) 297

by Hobart (#39569257) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Test Storage Media?

1. smartctl -AH
Get an initial baseline report.

2. mke2fs -c -c
Perform a read/write test on the drive.

3. smartctl -AH
Get a final report to compare to the initial report.

"mke2fs -c -c" is running badblocks -s -w for you.

If you want more to stare at, you can also add -v , or specify your own test patterns with (multiple) -t options. ( -t 0xCAFEBABE -t 0xDEADBEEF or whatever)

Badblocks does fill a full disk with the pattern, then read it all back confirming no changes.
This does miss flaky devices that, for example are writing over other parts of themselves. (Fake USB flash drives that misreport their size have been known to do this.)

Not sure what a good test would be... first thing that comes to mind is:

  1. openssl enc -rc4 -nosalt -K 0 -iv 0 < /dev/zero > /dev/sdXX
  2. openssl enc -d -rc4 -nosalt -K 0 -iv 0 < /dev/sdXX | tr -d '\0' | wc -c (should return '0' w/o errors)

Comment: With Steve Jobs dead, who will call for no-DRM? (Score 2) 355

by Hobart (#38209796) Attached to: How Publishers Are Cutting Their Own Throats With eBook DRM

Go give the 2007 open letter "Thoughts on Music" a read.

I somehow doubt Jeff Bezos will publish a similar article.

DRM-free MP3 sales from Amazon only happened as a "fight back" against the "evil single source for music" that was iTunes at the time.

If we-the-public have got to rely on some similar benevolent dictator demanding DRM-free choices, is it gonna be Barnes and Noble's Leonard Riggio? I'm not holding my breath. :-/

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.