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Comment Well at least he didn't say (Score 1) 835

Oh yes, over there, in the garden of unicorns, under the rainbow, where the pipes of pan make the fairies dance, yes, they support Linux wholeheartedly.

- OR -

He looks around suspiciously first, then leans in, and whispers, Meet me at the side entrance tonight when the sun sets...(Looks at daughter) Bring her with you.

Comment Re:Patents are so 1999... (Score 1) 228

I don't consider UNIX "legacy baggage" at all. It's evolving more than any other OS technology. Just look at OSX! All I'm saying is that MS could evolve with UNIX instead of against it. They cast a line in the sand decades ago and it's time for them to give up the fight. Some people prefer a UNIX-like OS so why not give it to them? It's working for Apple isn't it? BTW, I'm all for moving on from traditional technologies. I'd like to see something like bumptop evolve into a full-fledged OS, but that sort of thing is probably still a decade away.

Comment Re:The usual Information Wants to be Free (Score 1) 278

Your argument is emotional, and I am not arguing the merits of DRM, so therefor I will not engage at the level..

No, it isn't. It's technical: DRM doesn't work, and can't work, and as such it's pointless.

In the digital age when content, even content obtained legitimately, can be distributed world wide on a mass basis within hours and in some cases minutes both against the content creator/owners wishes and in violations of the protections currently in place what recourse to content creators/owners have?

Absolutely none. And they'll never have one.

No matter how much DRM you wrap around a MP3, I'll always be possible to break it. Worst case, I can place a microphone next to my speakers. And once it's broken even once, it's trivial to create a non-DRMd file from that.

Think of any popular MP3 file or program. Look on file sharing networks. There's not a single that's not available, regardless of the amount of effort done by the author to prevent it.

Your argument that there are content creators that sell their content without any sort of digital rights management, implies that you believe that all content creators should do so. I submit that it is the choice of the content creator/owner to make that decision for themselves and as such it is your choice to purchase or not as both of you have that fundamental right.

In that case, you should know that I never buy DRMed content. It's a 100% guarantee I won't buy whatever you're selling.

I also submit that we, the DMR'd ( if you will ) are the original creators of DRM since those content creators were forced to attempt to control the distribution of their content when those of us with digital means undertook to distribute their content without their agreement, to the world en-mass. In this regard we are truly hoisted on our own petard.

I submit it's a pointless exercise. You can't make data not copyable any more than you can make water not wet. You may not like it, but the world doesn't adjust to your preferences just because you'd prefer it to work in some other way.

I think that if you don't like the situation, you should just give up, and earn money in some other way. You'll be happier that way; because no matter what protections you apply to your stuff, they're doomed to be broken if somebody cares enough to break them. And the stronger the protections you apply to your work, the more sales you'll lose to people who think they're too restrictive.

Hardware Hacking

An Open Source Coffee Machine 99

An anonymous reader writes "The Open Source Coffee Machine [video link] is a recycled coffee machine, controlled by a PC running Beremiz, and using some MicroMod CANopen I/O nodes from Peak-System. This machine have been prepared by Peak-System and Lolitech for SCS-Paris-08 exhibition. It served free coffee during four days at Peak-System's booth, and has been donated to IUT of Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France, so that students can have fun practicing automation."

Star Trek's Synthehol Now Possible? 509

[TheBORG] writes "Professor David Nutt, a psychopharmacologist at the University of Bristol in the UK, believes that there is no scientific reason why 'synthehol' (a science-fictional substitute for alcohol that appears in Star Trek:The Next Generation television series) cannot be created now. It will allow drinkers to experience all of the enjoyable, intoxicating effects of alcohol without unpleasant side-effects like hangovers." Of course, there's still the real deal, Romulan Ale, for when you want a splitting headache in the morning.

iTunes Use Surges Past QuickTime, RealPlayer 281

QuatermassX writes "Forget increased sales of Mac computers, think media players. The iPod 'halo effect' shows its true power in recently compiled statistics from Nielsen/NetRatings and Apple. From the report on 'Podcasting is taking off and iPods are seemingly ubiquitous. Unique users of Apple's iTunes player should pass RealPlayer by mid-2006 with nearly 30 million users in the US alone. People are tuning in over twice as long with iTunes than with RealPlayer or Windows Media Player. As broadband penetration increases we are spending more time on our computers.'"

How OSS Models Put Vendor Support on Solid Ground 45

Jane Walker writes "How can vendors offer free enterprise software and be financially strong enough to provide commercial support? It's all about hybrids, says expert Julie Hanna Farris. Find out how to determine if a commercial open source vendor has the chops to support products in the long term."

Attorney General Investigates Music Price Fixing 257

An anonymous reader writes "The Guardian is reporting that the US Attorney General has launched an investigation into whether or not record labels are engaged in price fixing of music downloads. From the article: 'The department of justice inquiry centers on the activities of the four largest record labels: EMI, Sony BMG, Universal and Warner Music. Subpoenas are believed to have been issued to all parties, with federal officials understood to be focusing on whether the companies have been colluding to keep the price of downloads artificially high.'"

Google Copies Corporate Data to Google's Servers? 295

Penguinisto writes "According to, some CIOs have been seeing their company data being transferred to Google's servers as part of Google Desktop's functionality." From the article: "Mark Saysell, IT director at Coutts Retail Communications UK, said he is planning a network audit to find rogue installations, which will then be de-installed. New security measures will also be put in place to prevent further downloads. He said: 'Google has definitely over-stepped the mark and in turn is forcing IT departments to take a very draconian approach to machine security and web access.'"

Comment Re:Spreading diseases? (Score 2, Interesting) 746

I would actually rate the 'waterless' as more sanitary since, unlike a handle flush you never need to touch it.
Around here, I've found quite a few motion-triggered auto-flushing urinals, nicely solving that problem. Sometimes the motion sensor is a tad too sensitive, though, flushing before you're done. At least it doesn't splash. ;-)

In a five year period we can get one superb programming language. Only we can't control when the five year period will begin.