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Journal: in which i am a noob all over again 17

Journal by CleverNickName

I haven't posted a journal here in almost three years, because I couldn't find the button to start a new entry. ...yeah, it turns out that it's at the bottom of the page.

So... hi, Slashdot. I used to be really active here, but now I mostly lurk and read. I've missed you.

Comment: You don't get it. (Score 1) 438

by ebbomega (#33344232) Attached to: Wikileaks Now Hosted By the Swedish Pirate Party

Even countries that have extradition treaties with the US have the caveat that the law that the person is being extradited for should be one that is a law in the country doing the extradition. It's not that they're breaking the law, it's that they're breaking an AMERICAN law that isn't a SWEDISH law.

Comment: Not really. (Score 4, Insightful) 438

by ebbomega (#33281206) Attached to: Wikileaks Now Hosted By the Swedish Pirate Party

It's more just falling in line with the party, and offering another level of protection for the site.

The reason that Sweden's Pirate Party got political support in the first place was because Americans pushed political pressure on the Swedish government to take action, thus causing the first raid on The Pirate Bay. When the public got wind of this, there was massive public outcry saying that they shouldn't allow American corporate interests (and American copyright law) dictate what the Swedish government did. So all of a sudden there was a ton of political support for people that opposed American-style copyright.

This is a political move not to equate wikileaks to the Pirate Party, but instead to show that the Pirate Party operates as a safe haven for information so it cannot be tampered with by foreign interests (most notably, the American government and American corporations, who seem to believe that they are the authorities to determine what copyright law SHOULD be rather than the constituents of these so-called democracies).

This just falls in line with what the party represents. I think that the Swedish people would sooner resent America for trying to impose its beliefs on their democratically elected governments than they would be worried of the consequences of staving those companies off. It's not like America is about to bomb them because they run filesharing sites. And if they did, then Sweden would have an entire international body of allies who would object.

Education

Quantum Physics For Everybody 145

Posted by kdawson
from the this-time-without-the-math dept.
fiziko writes in with a self-described "blatant self-promotion" of a worthwhile service for those wishing to go beyond Khan Academy physics: namely Bureau 42's Summer School. "As those who subscribe to the 'Sci-Fi News' slashbox may know, Bureau 42 has launched its first Summer School. This year we're doing a nine-part series (every Monday in July and August) taking readers from high school physics to graduate level physics, with no particular mathematical background required. Follow the link for part 1."

Comment: Not a travesty of justice (Score 1) 168

by ebbomega (#32543816) Attached to: Judge Rejects SCO's Motion For a New Trial

If you want justice:
1) SCO will no longer be able to argue to the Bankruptcy court that it still has a reasonable chance of success with their litigation, so they will be forced to focus their resources. They can no longer rely on plausibility of winning their IBM case, because they essentially have no case now. Not to mention, there's now a good whack of counterclaims that IBM will be drawing out of them, and they're basically entirely crippled now. The Judge gave them the option to waive their IBM suit, and if they don't take that opportunity then they risk getting sued by Novell as well, meaning they're going to be in mad mad debt even longer.
2) SCO shares are worth a nickel. That's right, 5 cents. You could probably buy a whole big-ass chunk of the company right now if you really wanted to, but who would? You have a literally bankrupt company with tons in debts, looking to accumulate a whole bunch more debts through litigation, that is currently being administered by a court-appointed trustee. So all you'd be getting is debt and zero power to fix it.
3) If SCO does decide to appeal this, then at this point it's going to start costing Boies-Schiller, the law office that accepted this bullshit case in the first place. So now THEY get a financial lesson out of all of this too - don't take pump-and-dump schemes, and don't enter into law cases without first KNOWING that your client has evidence. Personally I'd actually LIKE to see this appeal happen just so Boies-Schiller can suffer as well.

The reason this case has drawn out as long as it has is because the legal system DOES work. They gave SCO enough rope to hang themselves with, and SCO took every last inch. Rather than cut their losses when any of the billions of evident signs that they were going down - when they were ruled by a judge to not own the copyright, when they were ruled by a JURY they didn't own the copyright, when they declared bankruptcy, etc. etc. etc. All this has added up to their current state: A dead company, and all of its owners in a SERIOUS amount of debt. If they cut their losses and settled then a lot of where they are now could have been avoided. But they refused to swallow their pride. And now they have a worthless company that nobody will buy, and a product that has no resources to keep it going, and no feasible plan to crawl out. Justice has been served. So if it ties up the courts for a little bit longer, all it's going to do is drive them deeper and deeper, as well as all the people that surround it. All of the chief executives' reputations have been tarnished. It'll be a long time before anybody does business again with Darl McBride before thinking twice, thrice, or sixteen times about it.

They've lost. They're over. They have no recovery. They're dead already. This is just the final crushing fatality blow. Don't think Justice hasn't been served, it has.

The only people hurt by another appeal are the lawyers at this point, so yeah, let them. I want to see these fuckers. rot.

Comment: Well, for my purposes (Score 1) 164

by ebbomega (#32367482) Attached to: Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Benchmarked and Reviewed

it suits me just fine.

To be honest, I'd be happy with just keeping the home drive as-is - it's never given me issues (except in Amarok where every upgrade or so it would reset my library... that's what I get for using KDE apps... back to rhythmbox for me!). The only issues I ever got was when I just repointed my repositories to the new distro and upgraded that way.

Only reason I go through the hassle of creating the new user is because I want to check out what neat new features have come in by default.

That's what I like about linux - is that I can make it as much of a hassle as I'm comfortable with. If I really want to turn my brain off, then I can reformat my home dir every time. But I configure a lot of shit to work very specifically for me, so I don't want to have to keep reconfiguring everything. Seems a lot easier for me just to keep my home drive kicking around.

Most windows apps wouldn't give me that option. If I wanted to move from XP to Win7 I'd have to completely copy over my Documents & Settings folder, and then start rearranging into the appropriate Win7 folders. Most of my shortcuts would stop working so I'd just have to make new ones. Just seems like a lot more of a headache for power users.

My approach isn't for everybody, but I'm not everybody. I'm the kind of guy who uses shell scripts to clean up his mp3 collection, and likes to install programs at the commandline because synaptic takes too freaking long. Sure, you don't NEED it to run linux effectively, but I'm a stickler for doing things the quick advanced way.

Comment: Better not fix it. (Score 1) 264

by ebbomega (#32367246) Attached to: iPhone's PIN-Based Security Transparent To Ubuntu

Not being able to talk with Linux is one of the things that has kept me off iPods for years. I finally liked the features of the iPod touch and buckled, and used it in Virtualbox under windows/iTunes (so I didn't have to jailbreak it).

Now, finally, Rhythmbox can seamlessly put music on my iPod. If they take that functionality away, then that oft-publicized letter that Jobs put forth touting open standards as an excuse for not supporting Flash is going to be exposed as pure and utter hogwash.

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