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+ - The Individual Midnight Thread 40

Submitted by unitron
unitron (5733) writes "Trying to figure out time zones is starting to make my brain hurt, but apparently in a bit over 6 hours somewhere on the other side of globe from Greenwich the Week of Slashcott will begin, as Midnight arrives for anyone in that zone, and then it travels west, where I will encounter it in about 23 hours.

So if we can get this thread out of the Firehose, I was thinking that, as the 10th arrives for us in our respective locations, we could leave here what may be our final farewells to Slashdot.

Until Midnight, this is our meeting place, our City Hall, our town square.

(and yes, our playground)

After that I'm not sure where we can congregate to discuss how the Slashcott's going and whether it's time to move on.

I'm going to jump the gun and lay claim to "So long and thanks for all the Karma", and perhaps someone could do a Bob Hope and re-write the lyrics to "Thanks for the Memories".

In the meantime, a bit of housekeeping.

An AC beat me to the week-long boycott idea by a couple of hours, and suggested the date range of the 10th through the 17th.

As part of a group of people familiar with the concept of beginning a count with 0 instead of 1, I really should have spotted the mistake of putting 8 days into that particular week.

So, should Slashcott Week end as the 17th begins, or do we give Dice a bonus day?"

+ - Happy birthday, Debian!->

Submitted by stderr_dk
stderr_dk (902007) writes "According to Wikipedia the initial release of Debian happened August 16th 1993. In other words, it's Debians birthday and you're all invited.

Over the years, Debian has been forked a number of times. Some of the more well-known forks are Ubuntu and Knoppix.

The latest release of Debian pure blend was Debian 7.1 "Wheezy" on June 15th 2013."

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Comment: Re:Hooray! (Score 1) 457

by influenza (#32179250) Attached to: The Telcos' Secret Anti-Net Neutrality Strategy

RIght on!

I would mod you up for this but I don't get points anymore.

Thank you for calling the telcos robber barons, that is exactly what they are. Net neutrality isn't about government regulation, it's about not ceding power to regulate the internet to corporations.

If the government cannot be trusted to regulate the internet, how can we possibly trust a handful of corporate giants? It's ridiculous to argue that the interests of the telcos are in line with the interests of everybody else.

A free internet is just as important as a free market. Without net neutrality, innovation on the internet will be crippled once only the incumbent giants can afford to pay premium for the fast lane.

I'm no fan of big government, but I cannot understand why so many advocates of small government are not also afraid of the big business trampling all over their rights and freedoms. The reality is that the Fortune 500 are integral part of how the world is "governed", whether they fall under the category of government or not. Where is the Tea Bagger uprising against the corporate establishment?

Censorship

Judge Closes Online Access To Info On Civil Case 64

Posted by kdawson
from the need-not-to-know dept.
Ponca City, We love you writes "The Tulsa World reports that Judge Linda Morrissey has ordered online access to information about a civil case locked up on the court website for the duration of a retrial out of concern that jurors might access earlier trial information and be prejudiced. The first trial, which focused on a death amid allegations of negligent medical care, wound up in a mistrial because jurors did not reach a verdict. Lawyers involved in the second trial agreed to the order because they were concerned that jurors could be influenced by getting information from a record of events in a case filed in February 2007 that could be inadmissible as trial evidence. Morrissey routinely gives strong admonitions to jurors that they not search the Internet for information about a case being tried. But not everyone agrees with the judge's closing of court records. The lawyers involved in the trial 'don't represent the public's interest in those records,' says Joey Senat, an associate professor of journalism at Oklahoma State University who writes for FOI Oklahoma, adding that what might be convenient to trial participants does not outweigh 'the public's right or need to know.'"

Comment: Re:Dear FSF (Score 1) 1634

by influenza (#30935454) Attached to: iPad Is a "Huge Step Backward"

It's worth nothing that you cannot run arbitrary code on a Tivo because they use DRM to prevent unsigned kernels from being loaded. "Tivo-ization" was a primary motivation for the FSF to write the GPL3.

Myself, I don't understand why some people draw the line for software freedom at embedded systems. I can understand it if most people would want to use the ROM that came with their phone/media player/ebook reader/DVR unaltered. But we should have the right to do whatever we want with our devices.

Comment: Re:open means closed for cellphones (Score 1) 238

by influenza (#30914166) Attached to: Canadian Android Carrier Forcing Firmware Update

The Openmoko community is a breeding ground for mobile Linux distros and and the FSO middleware. FSO and these distros, like SHR, Hackable:1, QtMoko will eventually be ported to other devices. That's one reason why Openmoko is still relevant. The work being done on Freerunners now will eventually result in being able to replace the proprietary parts of the Pre or the n900 with all Free software, or potentially replace the OS on an Android phone with a Linux distro that runs a X.org server.

The people using and developing for the Openmoko phones are very familiar with its faults. They use the phone and develop for it because the Freerunner is the most open handset available. It's a labour of love, and there are a lot of folks in the community that are very committed to Free Software.

If nothing else, Openmoko gave a bunch of nerds a crack at creating their own mobile operating system. It had the potential (and maybe still does through FSO and SHR) to enable the kind of built in the garage innovation that brought about companies like HP and Apple. That's a bit of a long shot, but a lot of great work has come out of the Openmoko community and things are still moving along.

Comment: Re:You can buy unlocked phones from Nokia today (Score 1) 307

by influenza (#29323673) Attached to: Nokia Fears Carriers May Try To Undermine N900
Except that you'll be paying the same monthly rates as customers who did get a subsidized phone from their carrier. That's not fair. Those of us who buy their own phones should get lower rates. When I brought my Openmoko Neo Freerunner to Fido (in Canada), it was actually cheaper to get a Nokia feature phone than to just get a SIM card.

Comment: Re:Canada? Does it matter? (Score 1) 140

by influenza (#29102391) Attached to: Facebook Faces the Canadian Privacy Commissioner

Are you sure about that? From the quick facts side-bar on the CPIC overview page:

The Automated Canada United States Police Information Exchange System (ACUPIES) provides CPIC users a link to the U.S. National Crime Information Centre data banks, and all U.S. users access to the CPIC files. Currently, this link is processing over 12 million transactions per year.

Wikipedia links to a reference that claims that the "wandering persons" database (for tracking alzheimers patients) is not shared with the US. So they don't get complete access, but they can access CPIC.

Comment: Re:Canada? Does it matter? (Score 1) 140

by influenza (#29089983) Attached to: Facebook Faces the Canadian Privacy Commissioner
Actually, police records are shared between Canada and the US. The police keep a file on you if they've ever spoken to you (and taken your name, birthday and address) whether you're actually in trouble or just a witness. American police have access to those files. If a Canadian is pulled over by the police in the US, the US police officer will see their Canadian police file when they do their check.

Comment: why not AGPL? (Score 2, Interesting) 95

by influenza (#28584677) Attached to: <em>ArenaLive</em>, an Open Source MMOFPS

It's too bad this isn't under the AGPL. Maybe it has to be GPL2 because of what it's based on. But with the GPL2 source only has to be shared with people who receive binaries. This does not include visitors to a website, or an in-browser game in this case.

The AGPL got me thinking about the relevance of FLOSS if everything moves to cloud computing. If this project takes off, it would be a "cloud" that is based on FLOSS. Meaning that others could take the code and run their own "clouds". It would be the same as it is now, only instead of connecting to player-run servers through the game menus you would surf to them in a browser.

Either way, I'm far to crappy on FPS, so unless the game has safe-zones for hippies that don't like killing it won't be very fun for me.

You have a tendency to feel you are superior to most computers.

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