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Comment Re:GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 1) 311

The GPLv3 is the best thing for free software, because it forces everything to be free. The rest will die a slow death due to feature and user attrition.

Like that time Windows and OS X used to roam the earth.

I greatly appreciate the open source development world, writing, funding and using it every day, but it will inevitably live in the shadows of the commercial world from a consumer perspective for reasons that have nothing to do with the source code or licence.

Comment Re:GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 1) 311

Just wanted to jump on the bandwagon and agree with your view on this matter. It's already hard enough to get your foot in the door for establishing a presence, and time/effort is a rare commodity such that people will discard an option if it looks like it's going to be more work on top of simply learning how to integrate it in to their project.

Likely someone will end up writing a BSD-modified/Apache/MIT licenced implementation of this and *maybe* from that the standard might have more success in gaining a foothold (assuming there isn't cloud of subtly-broken implementations to poison the well), the downside for the original-standard though will be then that the majority of developers will be following someone else's developments.

All of my own FOSS projects have been set free in the world as BSD-modified.

Comment Re:I like BlueCherry (Score 1) 134

I'm just getting on board with BlueCherryDVR, and I've made a mention of a couple of things that would be nice to have (all duly noted on their forum);

    * Motion detection marking/denoting on continuous video record
    * Adjustable brightness/contrast on the client
    * Better motion detection algorithm ( the current one is excessively sensitive, even at minimal settings )

I concur too about the installation process. BCDVR was an absolute pleasure compared to the pains I endured to get ZM installed; BCDVR is also a lot more stable it seems, both server and remote client.

Well worth the money paid.

Comment Re:/. is not kickstarter (Score 4, Insightful) 287

I really don't see the internet collapsing from him walking away. If it was a legitimate issue it'd be quickly picked up by another party, commercial or otherwise. I'd suggest he does just walk away from it. Even if a lot of money was pushed his way, I'm willing to speculate that he's burned out from all those hours (100/wk?) over the years and now wants to just set things up for a new person, step out, and close the door; been there, done that.

If we ceased having any NTP servers, then there's a more likely internet collapse scenario. The current NTP software seems to have been doing pretty good over the last couple of decades; or is there something that's progressively changing?

I appreciate that the guy has put a lot of work in to it, a lot of us (OSS developers) have and it's a passion more than anything else; if you get money out of it, it's a bonus, but one should never engage in it thinking there'll be any rewards other than seeing that the software itself grows and maybe a little bit of acknowledgement of what you've done. The OSS community can't get all up in arms with disgust when large corps use our software to help them progress, while not all corps give back to all projects, there's still a lot of stuff that is given back, or donated, even when not legally required.

The ethics of earning money off the back of OSS could be debated, but that's a whole different sphere. A lot of us already donate a lot of money already to various OSS projects as a nice feel-good gesture as well as a way to encourage further developments.

Comment Nothing unusual really (Score 4, Informative) 192

There's plenty of cases of electronics misbehaving due to exposure to strong light. Glass enveloped diodes (such as signal diodes) can be notorious for it, as can the black plastic encased units if the light is strong enough.

Small bare CoG (Chip on Glass) LCD panels will crash / hang when you use the flash on the camera taking photos of them in operation ( same reason, the controller die is exposed ).

It's not EM-pulse or xrays causing the problem, just good ole silicon junctions being exposed to intense light :)

Comment Re:Then buy a used PC (Score 4, Insightful) 355

Ignoring the actual Pi debate -
Darn those people who still use 68HC11 and 6502 controllers. You seem experienced enough to likely know yourself that if you've got a chip that's cheap enough not to ruin your BOM, that is available/in-production, does the job, has a solid toolchain, and coupled with years of development experience globally and in-house, then you don't just throw that all in the trash because something newer/faster/smaller/cheaper comes out.

Half the time I think a lot of people jump to the newest stuff because they don't like having their exclusivity eroded. Using older stuff makes sense when your product doesn't need cutting edge and you want to have a wealth of experience / dependability to draw from.

As for me, I'm still enjoying the AVR Tiny4/5/9/10 series, it's like the modern 555 ;)

Comment Re:the problem with Twitter (Score 4, Interesting) 114

+1 to this.

I appreciate the terseness of Twitter's 140char limit, but it's a little *too* restrictive. I agree it makes people creative, but after a while the shine goes off that when you're just trying to get something important out there which could be better said with a few more characters rather than making people jump via a URL to somewhere else.

Maybe they should just abolish the limit entirely. Not like we're confined to the restrictions of SMS as the data carrier any more.

Comment Hope they don't eat food from that oven again... (Score 1) 304

Considering how paranoid everyone is about cancer causing substances it's not great advice really. Reflowing any electronics in an oven will cause a degree of gas-off and splatter of goodness knows what ( even RoHS compliant ), particularly if you're using flux to assist in the reflow. You should never do this sort of thing with items that'll be used for food later.

On the other hand, if you buy a pizza oven for $19.95 and use it for the reflow, and never use it again for food, then no worries ( still a cheap reflow ).

Comment Book on it... C of Peril... yarrrr! (Score 2) 641

Lots of old traps in there, I stopped about 5 years ago with this book, needs a lot more work, but covers the basic "ooops" events. Thankfully at least with things like Valgrind / CLANG|gcc a lot of the older dramatic mistakes can be picked out quickly.

"C of Peril" - the book (pdf, free) at

Comment Re:How badly coded are Windows applications? (Score 1) 349

Not as long-beardered here ('88) but the 1M5, 2u2 and similar numbering system has been around for quite some time over here in Australia. Very useful for avoiding those "Is that a bit of dust or a decimal-point" ambigious situations, particularly when photocopiers and/or leaky screen-printing was used for generating the output.

"Survey says..." -- Richard Dawson, weenie, on "Family Feud"