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Comment Re:Apple buys tesla?? (Score 1) 255 255

please dont do that apple, I really like Tesla. I dont want apple to be able to remote kill my car if i dont accept their EULA

This sort of thing already made its way into the car industry years ago with OnStar; VW just introduced something similar called "Car-Net"; I wouldn't be surprised if Tesla's cars already include something similar, too.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 3, Interesting) 104 104

After reading through the list it seems they want me to give my non-techie family a bunch of shit they'll never figure out or have no use for anyway. How cute

Maybe your non-techie family members are different than everyone else's, but in general those non-techie family members will never really figure out their Windows or Macintosh PC, or their iPhone, or Google servicesâ"they're going to lean heavily on their family's designated techie for tech support regardless of what they're using (for learning how to do new things, for remembering how to do things they've done before, and for cleaning up the messes they get themselves into). Might as well give them something that's easier for you to support.

Comment I don't want to know who's stepping down... (Score 2) 92 92

the news comes in the midst of a global public backlash over the NSA's widespread surveillance programs

I can't find a reliable source for this now, but I seem to remember someone saying recently (on another, less significant matter): "I don't want to know who's getting fired, I want to know who's going to jail."

Of course, we're not even talking about someone getting fired--we're talking about someone retiring....

Comment Re:Can There Be Open Source Love Letters? (Score 1) 183 183

"Can There Be Open Source Love Letters? or just endless forks of each other, never truly heartfelt, never truly satisfying?"

See Nina Paley's "The Cult of Originality": http://blog.ninapaley.com/2009/12/28/the-cult-of-originality/

In particular, the "I love you" cartoon near the end.

Submission + - Bringing Wikipedia to kids without access to the Internet->

Rozzin writes: When San Francisco-based product designer Aislinn Dewey and Wikimedia Storyteller Victor Grigas heard about an inexpensive offline reader for Wikipedia, they knew what they wanted: they want to buy ALL of them and give them to kids in remote areas to learn with.

"Every student today who has internet access is using Wikipedia in school to write papers, research assignments and learn about the world they're living in", they say. "Shouldn't everyone have the same access?"

Their ultimate goal? "provide a whole encyclopedia to thousands of kids living in areas without textbooks, computers, or internet to do their homework with."

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Comment Re:Depends on the source (Score 1) 749 749

Your preference for 24/96 audio as a listener is entirely due to the placebo effect. There are good reasons to master audio in high res, but for listening 16 bit 44.1khz audio is as good as anything.

There's a pretty good explanation of this (and other factors) on xiph.org: "24/192 Music Downloads are Very Silly Indeed"

Comment Re:No focus on AT&T liability? (Score 1) 459 459

If you're going to take the place to be a reactionary "victim" then maybe you should ask yourself who victimized you first -- AT&T perhaps? If AT&T left your car unlocked, would you still blame the thief?

I don't know if I'd blame AT&T for the theft just for leaving my car unlocked, but I'd definitely blame them for it if they gave my keys to anyone who asked.

Comment Re:Do not want (Score 1) 173 173

Every time I run man and get a pointer to texinfo, I want to beat my head on the keyboard. I do not have the time, once again, to look up those obscure keyboard commands so that I may navigate laboriously through the documentation.

Then just pipe it through your pager, and you'll have basically the exact same experience as if it was a man page. e.g.:

info info | less

OK?

Comment Uh, F-Droid? (Score 2) 339 339

The F-Droid app store, to use its own description "is an easily-installable catalogue of FOSS applications for the Android platform". They even do most of the work, like building your app from source, for you. And F-Droid doesn't even include non-FOSS apps to compete with the FOSS ones. How is Microsoft's thing more FOSS-friendly than that?

Comment Re:FRAND excludes Open Source? (Score 1) 137 137

A license that does not offer a rewarding development model is an invitation for corporations to come in and exploit the developers.

Out of curiosity, and since it helps to establish whether your arguments actually have any grounding in actual experience: what do you do for a living, what's your method of compensation, and what is your yearly income?

Submission + - White House Petition to Support FOSS in Schools->

Rozzin writes: "OK, making the White House respond to `the Death Star Question' was fun, but can a nerd political petition with actual relevance get the same number of signatures? A new White-House petition for the federal government to promote use of Free Software in schools is up on the whitehouse.gov site. How do FOSS and education compare to Death Stars on your list of priorities?"
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Math

Submission + - Ramanujan's Deathbed Conjecture Finally Proven->

jomama717 writes: "Another chapter in the fascinating life of Srinivasa Ramanujan appears to be complete:

While on his death bed, the brilliant Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan cryptically wrote down functions he said came to him in dreams, with a hunch about how they behaved. Now 100 years later, researchers say they've proved he was right.

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Education

Submission + - Petitioning the White House to Support FOSS in Schools->

Rozzin writes: "OK, making the White House respond to `the Death Star Question' was fun, but can a nerd political petition with actual relevance get the same number of signatures? A new White-House petition for the federal government to encouage use of Free Software in schools is up on the whitehouse.gov site, so we'll see. How do FOSS and education compare to Death Stars on your list of priorities?"
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Comment Just buy it preinstalled (Score 2) 260 260

There are several makers of Linux laptops, at this point:
I've had great experiences buying from ZaReason, I know people who have had great experiences buying from System76, and ThinkPenguin is another option.

I'm writing this from a ZaReason UltraLap 430 (see recent review on Ars Technica, and a video review by Tom Merritt [note that there are a couple of mistakes about specs in the video]), which I love even more than the Thinkpad X-series that it replaced.

My wife has a ZaReason Alto 4330 that she loves even more than the Thinkpad X-series that it replaced.

For work, I've had several ZaReason machines--including some Alto 3880 laptops (the previous generation of what my wife now has). We got the Altos with 8-way multiprocessing (4-core + hyperthreading) and gobs of RAM, with run-times of 3-4 hours on a single charge and weight just over 4 lbs; they've made fantastic developers' laptops for us.

And, for what you get, the ZaReason machines aren't even that expensive (seriously--a monster-power Alto is only ~$1k).

If you ask for it, the computers even come with whatever username you want setup--you don't even have to fill your name into the account; you just turn the computers on and use them (if you don't ask for it, they infer it from the name on the order).

As I understand it from my friends, System 76 is basically the same way, except that they're Ubuntu only.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long

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