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Comment: Viewing comments (Score 3, Insightful) 410

by NathanE (#39596321) Attached to: Slashdot Coming Attractions

Having to click 7 times to view all the comments on this page is very annoying. The link at the bottom of the page says "Get N more comments" where N is the total number of comments on the article. Clicking it only returns 5 at a time. This makes it hard to read discussions when you have to continually scroll to the bottom of the page, click a link, scroll back up, continue reading for a little bit, scroll back down, click a link, repeat.

Comment: Mobile bugfixes (Score 3, Interesting) 410

by NathanE (#39596273) Attached to: Slashdot Coming Attractions

How about fixing the mobile version of the site? Its been broken for months:

- In Safari on my iPhone, going to fetches the 5 most recent stories. At the bottom of the page is a "Many More" link. Clicking it doesn't actually fetch the _next_ 5 oldest. Instead it fetches stories from earlier in the day SORTED IN THE REVERSE ORDER. This makes it very difficult to use the mobile site to catch up on news missed during the day. It wouldn't be so bad if .....

- The "Fullscreen" link at the bottom of the mobile version would actually work. The text says "Change view: Mobile - Fullscreen", leading one to believe that the fullscreen link should take you to the normal version of the site. But clicking it simply reloads the mobile version of the page with the "ss=0" URL parameter.

Comment: Mossberg is an Apple fanboi, valid point though (Score 2, Insightful) 568

by NathanE (#30659900) Attached to: Google's Nexus One Phone Launches

Mod me as troll if you want, but its not surprising that Mossberg rushes to defend an Apple product in the face of a new competitor. He also neglects to point out in his comparison that the 16 GB of storage on the iPhone is typically filled with music, leaving much less than that for applications.

Comment: Re:Go Obama (Score 1, Insightful) 1505

by NathanE (#27822041) Attached to: Battle Lines Being Drawn As Obama Plans To Curb Tax Avoidance

Fiscally responsible? Seriously? He received a raw deal budget wise from Bush, but his own proposed budget for 2010 is $1.178 TRILLION (source: Indeed he's projecting less of a deficit than 2009's budget. Hooray!! But this kind of proposed spending is hardly fiscally responsible.

Comment: Am I cynical? (Score 5, Informative) 1505

by NathanE (#27821781) Attached to: Battle Lines Being Drawn As Obama Plans To Curb Tax Avoidance

Am I cynical to think that these businesses will just raise the cost of their goods to cover the additional tax, thus making consumers the ones to pick up this $210 billion tab? I somehow doubt that publicly traded companies are excited to see the earnings hit show up in their quarterly statements.


+ - What are my rights in a patent case?

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An anonymous reader writes "Over the past year, I've created an online budgeting website as a hobby in my spare time. Around Christmas, I was contacted by an IP lawyer claiming this site is infringing on one of his client's patents. The specific feature in question is the ability to specify a paycheck and allocate funds from that paycheck into categories. (How that could be patented, I have no idea. But that's a question for another day.) I'm not convinced that I'm actually infringing on the patent. They mentioned claims 1 and 12 of patent #7,213,064. The issue hasn't gone to court, we are just discussing it via email. They mentioned the desire for settlement. How would I go about proving prior art? What are my rights in the matter?"

Comment: Audio games (Score 1) 2362

by NathanE (#25651011) Attached to: (Useful) Stupid Unix Tricks?

Back in the day we used to play games on people with audio devices. Using netcat we would pipe from the microphone device on one box to the sound card on the target box. It was great seeing people's reactions to having somebody's voice come out the speakers of the machine they were sitting at in a lab or something.

"Hey, stop picking your nose!"

That kind of thing. :)


+ - New Budget Software From Creator of Squirrelmail

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jhunholz writes "The latest project from the creator of Squirrelmail seems to be a personal finance tracking website, NeoBudget. Says the author, "NeoBudget is an online envelope-based budget management system. It walks you through the process of setting up a budget and helps you figure out what to do with each paycheck you receive. NeoBudget comes with some helpful worksheets and reporting tools that help you repay consumer debt and visualize your financial situation.""

+ - :: Software Freedom Day: Taking open sou->

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moquist writes "The approach of Software Freedom Day 2007 brings to mind a question that begs to be asked: what are you doing to inform people in your community about Software Freedom? What kind of event can you imagine holding that would attract the sorts of people who otherwise wouldn't ever hear about or try Linux, Firefox, or OpenOffice? Post your ideas here, or better yet, register a Software Freedom Day team and actually try them out in your community this year!"
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Comment: He's right (Score 1) 540

by moquist (#15981551) Attached to: ESR Says Linux Followers Should Compromise
Lots of people will view this as a sellout, but it isn't. The primarly difference between ESR and RMS is that ESR is pragmatic, and RMS is 100% principled and doesn't allow his principles to be modified by pragmatism.

ESR's stance is that the end (more openness -- and that means more Freedom, too) justifies the means (deal with more proprietary software now).

Lots of people will also claim that there is danger of a slippery slope here, that if we allow *any* proprietary software, then we won't know where to stop. I simply don't think that's true. As Linux increasingly dominates the marketplace and the world wakes up and realizes that Software Freedom just makes more sense, then we'll see a shift away from the new-old way of doing things. (The old-old way was when code was delivered to the customer with the compiled executable(s).)

I believe we'll see the same sort of progress in DRM and music/movie/etc. copyrights and the related P2P battles. As artists wake up and realize that the Internet enables them to survive in a different way than the current studio systems allow, many of these issues will morph and the current battles will go away. Why do you need a studio pushing your single in stores and on radio when the Internet can simply bypass these traditional advertising means and 'Net-based word-of-mouse advertizing can do all of/most of the work?

Of course, these processes will take years, and I think Linux-on-the-desktop will be the first one to see significant progress.

Especially if the community heeds ESR's advice now.

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