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Comment: Re:Under pressure... (Score 1) 385

by bgerlich (#28163175) Attached to: When Your Backhoe Cuts "Black" Fiber
Maybe the reason the location of the cable was "secret" is because the cable was laid without proper procedures and paperwork.

Maybe there were no fancy detection systems, just a couple of guys waiting in an empty lot around the corner and a middle management guy in a murky office somewhere praying for the cable not to get cut and hoping that he will avoid the shitstorm coming his way. It's not like the construction site was a secret and it's not like those things pop up overnight.

Comment: Re:Simple question, simple answer (Score 2, Insightful) 774

by bgerlich (#27483971) Attached to: Microsoft Boasts 96% Netbook Penetration
There is also the possibility that the study defined the netbook as the article does:"low-cost laptop computers that are optimized for simple tasks like surfing the Web and e-mailing." This includes the whole market of 15 inch, ten pound laptops that most of us don't consider a netbook.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 1182

by bgerlich (#26989503) Attached to: Gamer Claims Identifying As a Lesbian Led To Xbox Live Ban
Exuse me, are you being sarcastic? If so I apologise.

First you say that one shouldn't mention their sexual orientation without a reason and then you say you are gay. Maybe for you, making a point on Slashdot is a reason enough to mention it, maybe for her seeing it on her profile is a reason enough. Some find Jews uncomfortable to be around, should we also abstain from mentioning ethnicity or nationality because of some hateful individuals?

Comment: Re:Good to see that screwing over children paid of (Score 3, Insightful) 317

by bgerlich (#26959351) Attached to: Slumdog Millionaire Takes Home 8 Oscars
The term "substantial" trust fund, coming from the same person saying that the few hundred quid the kids got paid is a lot because it is three times the average salary of someone living in the slum, doesn't mean much, does it? Also the trust fund will be available to the children actors only if they stay in school until they are 18. Too bad that until then they will be living on one meal a day in makeshift shacks, one can only wonder if they will last until their 18th birthday to enjoy the "substantial" amount of money that has been put aside for them. Interesting, that Fox doesn't setup funds like that for their child actors in the States...

Yes, let's all be merry and celebrate the distributor's generosity. The fact is, that the kids still live in tents while the movie is making copious amounts of money (almost 160 000 000 $ so far).

Also, the diffusion of responsibility is a wonderful thing: those guys made more, those guys made less, those guys just work here, those guys have mortgages to pay and those just followed orders.

Comment: Good to see that screwing over children paid off (Score 2, Insightful) 317

by bgerlich (#26957635) Attached to: Slumdog Millionaire Takes Home 8 Oscars
Sweet justice that governs this world doesn't cease to astonish me. The kids from the slums that played main parts in the movie get paid with chump change, the movie is a success, gets 8 Oscars, the kids get a plane trip to the US for the Oscar gala and get dumped in the slum afterwards, producers sip lattes and count the profits, people are touched by a beautiful story of love while stuffing their faces with nachos, the kids are forgotten, continue to live in poverty.

Ahhh, the circle of life.

GNOME 2.24 Released 163

Posted by timothy
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thhamm writes "The GNOME community hopes to make our users happy with many new features and improvements, as well as the huge number of bug fixes that are shipped in this latest GNOME release! Well. What else to say. I am happy." Notably, this release is also the occasion for the announcement of videoconferencing app Ekiga's 3.0 release.

+ - Experiment involving rope trick in space goes awry->

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Tjeerd writes: "Quote from the site: "Moscow: An experiment that envisaged sending a parcel from space to Earth on a 30-kilometre tether fell short of its goal yesterday when the long fibre rope did not fully unwind, Russian Mission Control said. It was intended to deliver a spherical capsule, called Fotino, attached to the end of the tether back to Earth — a relatively simple and cheap technology that could be used in the future to retrieve bulkier cargoes from space.""
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+ - First U.S. GPL lawsuit filed->

Submitted by angryfirelord
angryfirelord writes: For the first time in the U.S., a company and software vendor, Monsoon Multimedia, is being taken to court for a GPL violation. Previously, alleged GPL violations have all been settled by letters from the FSF (Free Software Foundation) or other open-source organizations, pointing out the violation.

The SFLC (Software Freedom Law Center) announced on Sept. 20 that it had just filed the first ever U.S. copyright infringement lawsuit based on a violation of the GNU General Public License (GPL) on behalf of its clients. The group's clients are the two principal developers of BusyBox. BusyBox is a small-footprint application that implements a lightweight set of standard Unix utilities. It is commonly used in embedded systems, and is open-source software licensed under the GPL version 2.

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+ - First Ever U.S. GPL Violation Lawsuit Filed->

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Adam Hazzlebank
Adam Hazzlebank writes: "The Software Freedom Law Center has filed the first ever U.S. copyright infringement lawsuit based on a violation of the GPL on behalf of the developers of BusyBox. The device in question is a manufactured by Monsoon Multimedia who have publicly acknowledged their use of BusyBox, but have so far refused to make the source available, as required by the GPL. This should be an interesting and important test case for the GPL."
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+ - Vista attacked by 13-year-old virus

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Aviran writes: "A batch of laptops pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium was found to have been infected with a 13-year-old boot sector virus. The boot sector virus 'Stoned.Angelina', first seen as long ago as 1994 and last included on the official WildList in 2001. The computers had been loaded with Microsoft's latest operating system Vista and Bullguard's anti-virus software, which failed to detect and remove the malware. Although the infection itself is harmless, Stoned.Angelina will undoubtedly have left Microsoft and Bullguard execs blushing with embarrassment about the apparent flaws in their software which allowed an ancient virus to slip through the back door."

+ - Trent Reznor Says "Steal My Music"->

Submitted by THX-1138
THX-1138 writes: A few months ago, Trent Reznor (frontman of the band Nine Inch Nails), was in Australia doing an interview when he commented on the outrageous prices of CDs there. Apparently now his label, Universal Media Group is angry at him for having said that. During a concert last night , he told this to fans, "...Has anyone seen the price come down? Okay, well, you know what that means — STEAL IT. Steal away. Steal and steal and steal some more and give it to all your friends and keep on stealin'. Because one way or another these mother**** will get it through their head that they're ripping people off and that that's not right."

The YouTube link contains a video recorded by a fan that shows his full speech during the concert.

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+ - Firefox Adblock May Be Theft->

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cthulu_mt writes: "The International Herald Tribune reports "Adblock Plus threatens the online revenue model" based on a move by several small website to block users of the Firefox browser. On the grounds that Firefox users are stealing their content by running Adblock Plus a popular Firefox extension. In some cases users of the browser are redirected to the web page Why Firefox is Blocked; which goes on to say; "Software that blocks all advertisement is an infringement of the rights of web site owners and developers. Numerous web sites exist in order to provide quality content in exchange for displaying ads. Accessing the content while blocking the ads, therefore would be no less than stealing.""
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