Moreover, the problem does not lie completely with *nix developers themselves. Case in point, it takes them months to fix their broken calls to memcpy which were:
traced to Adobe Flash by maintainers of glibc at Red Hat, Linus Torvalds and others.
Relevant part of the conversation:
> Subject: Re: FP-5739 "Strange sound on mp3 flash website with Fedora 14 x86_64"
> Hi Shu,
> That's is great to hear. Would you guess it's a matter of days, weeks or
> months before this can get fixed?
> If it will take a long time for you to fix this, Fedora may need to look
> at some way to work around this bug.
> Best regards,
> Hi Magnus,
> Maybe months. Thanks.
> Best regards.
However, some of the modules which people find really useful are rewritten by the core team, so one could say that they were not an output of the PhD/Masters.
In the larger scheme of things, the solutions by academics remain solutions for academic only until they are widely adopted. Then they permeated textbooks, and become the standard solutions of a useful problem. For this, there will exist a software (probably a rewrite) which has optimized it to within an inch of its life.
So the ideas behind the software live on, while the actual lines of code might not.
Don't be that so harsh on the First World people, they have their own share of problems.
music or video player for Ogg or an offline Wikipedia or MIT OpenCourseWare appliance
cause you cant find the thing for sale anywhere
Yes, one can.
besides if you could would you? I mean I might give up to 40 bucks for this toy that will end up in the junk bin a year later
The cost is $99.
I agree that it might very well end up in the junk bin a year later, but I believe that is the point behind the device. It is not an end product in itself; it is meant to be experimented with, . Developers and students are meant to start from here and make something else. ~ musically_ut
I think if this conjecture was proved a decade or so ago, we would know of it's existence, and of its proving and the surprisingly hard road to its proof in classrooms; just like we see the problem of findings median in linear time. But today, as we speak, we are in fact commenting on a blog entry which refers to the proof and are discussing the type of flaw it may have; even though we do in the end yield the matter to experts.
And this is not the only instance. The talk of Arsenic based life form, or, more recently, the hints of Higgs Boson at LHC among other things that I have come to know of on slashdot, which has enough readership to have an effect named after it. And slashdot is usually has a relay link to another blog.
Here one may take a leaf out of RIAA and the leading Music labels' book which has also seen the role of middle men being made largely obsolete by the advent of Internet.
The solution, hence, is simple: just sue the
However, the summary is misleading here:
And because the site charges membership fees before people can download the content uploaded by others,
Hotfiles allows for downloads (though at limited speeds) for non-premium accounts too.
Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955