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Comment: Re:First CC! (Score 2) 56

by Roger_Wilco (#37648140) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which License For School Products?

Creative Commons *is* a copyright license.

This is how you copyright a work: write it. Done!

Now no one can distribute it without your permission (except as allowed by fair use). You can give them permission to use it in certain ways using a new or pre-existing license, like CC (or GPL). There is no "conflict" between copyright and creative commons; quite the contrary, CC depends on (C). The GPL does too, as RMS has pointed out more than a few times.

Comment: Computing History (Score 2, Insightful) 1348

by Roger_Wilco (#33933196) Attached to: Desktop Linux Is Dead
Consider not the fraction of the market, but the size of the market. How many people have GNU/Linux on their desktop?

Compare the size of the market to the size of the market for various other systems. There were 17 million Commodore 64 machines sold. I suspect there are easily this many people with open source desktops in the world; there are around 10 million users of Ubuntu alone. Does the author mean to say that the Commodore 64 was unsuccessful, was itself dead on the desktop, for having a mere 17 million users? It seems unlikely.

Being the sole desktop option is a hazardous place to be. If you believe in capitalism, you should prefer a mix, you should prefer that users (at some level, potentially corporate) decide which system to use.

I use GNU/Linux: Ubuntu on the desktop, Debian on servers and sufficiently high-end embedded systems. That's not about to change. I'm glad others are concerned about converting people, but only so far as it causes them to make better the software I use.

Comment: Redundancy (Score 1) 266

by Roger_Wilco (#33425622) Attached to: Flight Data Recorders, Decades Out of Date
It seems to occur surprisingly often that the black box cannot be found, because the tail (e.g.) cannot be found. I would leave the existing black boxes in place and add a large number of very small additional devices: just a flash chip in a styrofoam ball. With a bunch of 'em, the chance of finding at least one would be significantly improved. It may be easier to get accepted a system that only adds redundancy, since it can't be less effective than the already-approved one.

+ - Device for typing on the bus? 1

Submitted by Roger_Wilco
Roger_Wilco writes: My commute involves a certain amount of time on a bus. I can spend this time reading, but I'd like to be able to put it to use writing. Even when I can get a seat, the bus is quite a bit too rough to use a pen and paper, and a laptop is out on (frequent) days when I need to stand. Any suggestions of good devices for typing standing up on a bus?

Comment: Re:Let me be the first critic (Score 2, Insightful) 1127

by Roger_Wilco (#27430835) Attached to: Linux Needs Critics

What do I care if Linux works for you?

I run Linux for me; it works for me. I may encourage you to run it too, but it's not my problem if it doesn't work out. Remember the bit about "no warranty"?

Now, if you're paying for a working system or support, that's a different story. If you get a Linux shop to build you a PVR, they'd better give you a working machine. But demanding that volunteers fix your problem is insane.

The only one responsible for making your computer work is you.

Comment: Re:LaTex Who? (Score 1) 328

by Roger_Wilco (#27189845) Attached to: Collaborative Academic Writing Software?

Mathematics generally requires TeX. For example, the AMS. (They prefer various forms of TeX, but will also accept submissions on paper, so you could use MS-Word. But it's a world of pain for all involved.)

I couldn't dream of using anything else, even outside of math, if only to get proper kerning and small-caps.

"I'm a mean green mother from outer space" -- Audrey II, The Little Shop of Horrors