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Comment: TOP was my first love.. (Score 1) 739

by janeeja (#27712881) Attached to: What Did You Do First With Linux?

I first installed Debian somewhere before the potato era. On a 386 I had to put the hdd on the same cable as the cdrom otherwise it wouldnt boot.

I installed it and accidently got in to `top` which was the most unbelievable KEWLLLLLst thing I ever saw !!!!

In that time people still took the time to properly write a manualpage grmbl..


+ - Facebook Users to Vote on New Governance Documents

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xrsblu writes "In an apparent attempt to avoid the public outcry brought about by recent revisions to Facebook's Terms-of-Use policy, Facebook has placed a link at the top of user home pages asking them to vote on one of two possible new governance documents:

'We've revised the two new documents we proposed to govern the site, the Facebook Principles and the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, based on your feedback. Now, we want you to vote for the system of governance you think is best. Voting will close on April 23 at 11:59am PDT. Visit the Facebook Site Governance application to learn more, read the documents, and vote.'

Link to news coverage."

+ - Philosophies and programming languages->

Submitted by evariste.galois
evariste.galois (1205072) writes "In Wikipedia, in every article for a programming language, there is a special section "Language Philosophy", in which the motivation and the basic principles of the language design are being analyzed. The author is investigating much further than that, the deeper connections between philosophies and programming languages, by considering most influential thinkers of all time (e.g. Plato, Descartes, Kant) and trying to figure out which programming language fits best with most aspects of their own philosophy (Did you know that Kant was the first Python programmer?). The list is not exhaustive, but this is a funny and educative start."
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+ - Wine optional DIB engine shot down->

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Elektroschock writes "The Wine patches for an experimental DIB engine won't get accepted. Wine developer Max Venato is the latest developer to express his frustration:

But bad news.... It seems that the code won't be accepted on wine tree, so I'm stopping the public development and just keep what I do on my tree for Autocad use. Sorry but I don't like to loose any more time on hopeless tasks..... If you wish to try out future new patches of my engine, please just ask for it by mail.

The WINE project has been deferring the task to include a DIB engine for years while the commercial Crossover flavour includes a DIB engine."
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Comment: Re:No Child Left Behind (Score 5, Insightful) 1114

by janeeja (#23852455) Attached to: Helping Some Students May Harm High Achievers
If you want the epitome of this 'one-size-fits-all' approach and witness its results upclose then please come to europe.

This fear of a middle-ages class-based school system that is encoded in every administrators head, has forged a bond inbetween civil servant and teacher so strong that they cannot be distinguished from another.

In fact this bond is so strong now that even the slightest form of desire for exellence is not just seen as an attack on the schoolsystem itself but also on the very fundaments of the society it's supposed to serve.

One giant self fulfilling prophecy if you ask me.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"