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Comment: Re:Stephen R.Donaldson- Chronicles of Thomas Coven (Score 1) 1244

by crush (#39277743) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

Donaldson has a terrible writing style that has a few brief moments of greatness and a lot of tawdry mediocrity. He doesn't come close of Tolkien on any level, and I found "The chronicles of Thomas Covenant the unbeliever" to be very dull for the most part. I wouldn't recommend them to anyone.

Agreed. Turgid prose made worse by the uncritical application of a thesaurus. Anyone that enjoys the adventure and poetry of Tolkein should steer well clear of Donaldson.

Comment: Re:Blogger only - it seems (Score 1) 250

by crush (#38906133) Attached to: Google Begins Country-Specific Blog Censorship

I would imagine that Google don't want users to just switch to other search engines.

This change (coupled with their bias towards google+ results) is probably going to push more users in that direction as they doubt the quality of the information resulting from a google search.

I've switched to using DuckDuckGo! and Ixquick about 6 months ago. They work perfectly.

Comment: Re:FireGPG (Score 1) 167

by crush (#38136310) Attached to: OpenPGP Implemented In JavaScript

FireGPG has to call a local copy of GPG outside of the browser. This GPG4Browsers all happens within the browser. The eventual goal seems to be to be able to provide OpenPGP even in environments where GPG is not installed on the OS and the user only has rights to run a web-browser.

The authors are aware of the following problems in the _prototype_:
      - this uses HTML5 local store which can't be cleared securely
      - it lacks validation of certificates
      - it can't generate keys.

But it is very interesting. Danke schÃn!

Comment: Re:R or WEKA ... Wait, What Exactly Are You Doing? (Score 1) 146

by crush (#38080212) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Statistical Analysis Packages For Libraries?

Sorry to burst *your* bubble but your argument fails on several fronts:

1. There already exists a succesful support company based around R:
2. The model of making money by providing BETTER support and releasing Free Software is proven by Red Hat, MySQL AB (pre-acquisition), etc
3. The OP doesn't sound like they need anything besides out of the box functionality, which is incredibly full-featured in R (especially compared to Excel!)

Comment: Confusion of Free Software with Open Source (Score 1) 151

by crush (#37957250) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When and How To Deal With GPL Violations?
The icon attached to this story is for "Open Source" yet the story is discussing GPL licensed software. Ironically the objective of OSS advocates was exactly to hide the obligations that Free Software licensing imposed on distributors. It would seem from the problem being discussed that they've succeeded.

Comment: Re:CDF? Really? (Score 2) 167

by crush (#36836678) Attached to: Wolfram Launches Computational Document Format

You're assuming malice. But the most likely thing is that they used Wolfram Alpha to search for "CDF" instead of using Google or Ixquick. ;)

Similar cluelessness abounds in their comparison chart which claims e.g. that HTML5 is incapable of a "dynamic document hierarchy" while "Readers can dynamically open and close chapters and sections in CDF documents. CDF also supports hierarchical, tab, slide, flip, opener, and other document organizations."

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."