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Comment: why not just introduce LibreOffice in schools? (Score 1) 226

by Victor Tramp (#46685285) Attached to: Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

It's way more hackable than MS office, the kids aren't only learning how to work for one company, and they can learn to actually make their own choices. Who cares if it's actually BETTER than MSOffice or not, it's not exactly BAD software. The one thing that really can be said which stands out as superior to MSOffice is that LibreOffice is free for the kids (and parents, and teachers) to use and hack.

If you're a parent, and your're tech savvy, and you're NOT involved in your children's school's tech, then sure.. expect Microsoft will try to buy your children's futures and never expose them to the idea that they can learn their own way, with whatever tool they want.

It is now, and has always been Microsoft's way or the highway. If, in the spirit of any opensource project, you yourself don't get involved in your own kids' school, and what they use and what they can teach with, sure.. Microsoft will gladly teach your children their way only, and America will -continue- to lag behind the rest of the world technically.

Nobody gets paid to post articles about that though, Everybody's-Own-Good Corp. doesn't exist to fund this message. So alas, another comment explaining the obvious fault with this whole /. article goes unconsidered.

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Comment: OWNCLOUD (Score 1) 146

by Victor Tramp (#46230895) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Local Sync Options For Android Mobile To PC?

it's been said a couple times by now i'm sure.. but i use an instance of owncloud to host/backup/share my

contacts - via CardDav
calendar - via CalDav
pictures/files - via webDav
browser history/bookmarks/addons/prefs - via mozilla_sync (an own cloud app)

i host it on my own hardware, it's basically php+apache (could be nginx or whatever, i happen to be using apache) postgres (could be mysql, whatever else)..

i sync it with thunderbird/lightning (but it'll sync with anything really)

I can't understand why most people aren't doing it.

i don't rely on google, motocast, or any third party for hosting/storing/sharing my data. it's mine own. on my own cloud.

and hell, that's only about a quarter of the functionailty.. owncloud also replaces dropbox, sharepoint, and is slowly replacing googledocs

you can also link owncloud to dropbox/ubuntuone/otherclouddiskprovider and transfer all your junk outta their servers int your servers. you can even link it to other ownCloud instances.

and if you REALLY wanna get fancy, you can even use openswift (the OpenStack storage backend) as your storage underneath..

and since the whole thing's GPL'd i don't feel like a corporate shill for pimping it so hard.

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Comment: Re:Not ready as a gaming platform (Score 1) 520

by Victor Tramp (#33347796) Attached to: Steam Not Coming To Linux

or, WINE.

I consider myself an avid gamer, and have been so since the 80s.. I haven't had a windows box in a dozen years.. When I see it, people using it, or god-forbid, have to use it myself, i'm reminded WHY i don't use windows..

I've been playing TF2 since it came out, under linux, no problems..

No, it's not better than the native awesome it could be if ported.. (hell, it runs on Mac now, half the job's already done)

I realize I'm in the vast minority of people who consider themselves a "gamer" while using linux exclusively.. but we wouldn't be so rare if Valve had the balls to actually produce a linux client.

As for that fraction of linux users who are all free software uber alles; they're the reason the term "open source" was coined. While Free Software and Open Source Software philosophies differ, Open Source Software's philosophy that "it makes sense for some software to be paid for", and that more penguins in general would be inclined to buy games for linux anyway, is all the more reason to make Steam available for linux..

but whatever.. it hurts just the same. =(

Comment: Re:Wouldn't Valve rather you spend you money on ga (Score 1) 520

by Victor Tramp (#33347650) Attached to: Steam Not Coming To Linux

seriously.. walmart??

WALMART is your argument against linux on the shelf in stores?

Walmart failed because they sell crap, and lots of it.

For instance: what brand of PC was linux in walmart running on? Dell? somehow I think not.

So an off-brand no-name chinese OEM, with an unheardof, untested, unusable distribution of linux fails to sell in the most god-awful place to shop ever invented by man, and this is your proof linux is unsellable?

seriously, wat?

Medicine

Artificial Brain '10 Years Away' 539

Posted by samzenpus
from the batteries-not-included dept.
SpuriousLogic writes "A detailed, functional artificial human brain can be built within the next 10 years, a leading scientist has claimed. Henry Markram, director of the Blue Brain Project, has already built elements of a rat brain. He told the TED global conference in Oxford that a synthetic human brain would be of particular use finding treatments for mental illnesses. Around two billion people are thought to suffer some kind of brain impairment, he said. 'It is not impossible to build a human brain and we can do it in 10 years,' he said."

Comment: why bother trying to be separate services??? (Score 1) 66

by Victor Tramp (#28777597) Attached to: Roku Set-Top Box Gets A/V Aggregation Service

who cares about podcasts? gimmie tv shows..

One of the things i love about boxee is the sheer amount of TV shows i can watch on hulu, joost, cbs, and others..

Quit trying to compete with each other and give the market what it wants, all shows, on demand. Advertize your brains out like you do on broadcast tv, and let people fall all over themselves trying to make decent interfaces for your content.

Seriously. I don't care what the holdup is, just hurry up and make TV like this.

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Image

Huge Unidentified Organic Blob Floating Around Alaska 424 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the real-reason-Palin-resigned dept.
Z80xxc! writes "The Anchorage Daily News reports that a 15 mile-long blob of unknown, 'gooey,' probably organic material is floating past communities on Alaska's North Slope. The US Coast Guard sent pollution experts to investigate, who determined that it was not an oil spill or other type of pollution, but were unable to determine what it is. A sample is currently being analyzed by experts in Anchorage, while the blob is following the current northwards."
Space

Shiny New Space Fence To Monitor Orbiting Junk 76

Posted by samzenpus
from the good-space-fences-make-good-neighbors dept.
coondoggie writes "Some work has begun on tracking and detecting the overabundance of space junk which has become a growing priority as all manner of satellites, rockets and possible commercial space shots are promised in the coming few years. Today Northrop Grumman said it grabbed $30 million from the US Air Force to start developing the first phase of a global space surveillance ground radar system. The new S-Band Space Fence is part of the Department of Defense's effort to detect and track what are known as resident space objects (RSO), consisting of thousands of pieces of space debris as well as commercial and military satellites. The new Space Fence will replace the current VHF Air Force Space Surveillance System built in 1961."
The Media

Google Will Star In New Dow Jones News Model 95

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the free-will-find-a-way dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Dow Jones is getting set to launch a new aggregator, akin to Google News, which will charge Web users for access to high-quality journalism. 'The Journal is one of the many newspapers you might buy in one place and with one payment [...] Watch for it,' said Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton. However, rather than posing a threat to Google News, Andrew Keen, author and entrepreneur, says the aggregator will use Google as a critical partner. The only people who should be worried about this new model, says Keen, 'are all those lucky consumers who, over the last 15 years, have been getting their news for free.'"
Businesses

If You Live By Free, You Will Die By Free 251

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the give-it-away-now dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Internet entrepreneur Mark Cuban writes that the problem with companies who have built their business around Free is that the more success you have in delivering free, the more expensive it is to stay at the top. '"They will be Facebook to your Myspace, or Myspace to your Friendster or Google to your Yahoo," writes Cuban. "Someone out there with a better idea will raise a bunch of money, give it away for free, build scale and charge less to reach the audience."' Cuban says that even Google, who lives and dies by free, knows that 'at some point your Black Swan competitor will appear and they will kick your ass' and that is exactly why Google invests in everything and anything they possibly can that they believe can create another business they can depend on in the future searching for the 'next big Google thing.' Cuban says that for any company that lives by Free, their best choice is to run the company as profitably as possible, focusing only on those things that generate revenue and put cash in the bank. '"When you succeed with Free, you are going to die by Free. Your best bet is to recognize where you are in your company's lifecycle and maximize your profits rather than try to extend your stay at the top," writes Cuban. "Like every company in the free space, your lifecycle has come to its conclusion. Don't fight it. Admit it. Profit from it."'"

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