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Comment Re:$1B in new tax revenue! (Score 2) 164

Actually, there something else the EU could do. And it's already been happening for years. When selling actual stuff (e.g. furniture) you can charge the company's country's VAT up to 100kEUR (sometimes 35k) yearly revenue in a specific EU country, at that point you'll have the register with that specific country and charge that country's tax next year. Works quite well, avoids both a LOT of paperwork and big companies moving to low VAT countries and it could have been done exactly like this with electronic goods.

Comment Benefit corp? 501(c)(3) is the way (Score 1) 153

Thanks for referring to CouchSurfing. For many years the people in charge of CouchSurfing pretended the project could never be sold out [0]. And that's exactly what happened. It became a B corporation, but actually a C corporation. A Benefit corporation means a little bit more than the B corporation label, but the website Ello is linking to is actually also ran by the same B Labs that gives out "B corporation". I'm sure there's lots of confusion about the whole B/Benefit thing but if Ello really wanted to be for the public good they would have become a 501(c)(3) with an "irrevocably dedicated to charity" clause in their by-laws. [0]

Comment Refuse DRM (Score 5, Informative) 405

Cory Doctorow is quite successful and he's thus far refused to jump on the DRM band wagon. On the contrary, all his books are available under a Creative Commons license, and I think part of his success is due to this. Personally I'm much more likely to support an author who believes in freedom of information and I have happily bought some of his books to give away to friends, a while after I had read freely available versions on some electronic device.

GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode 267

Hot on the heels of the Gtk+ 3.8 release comes GNOME 3.8. There are a few general UI improvements, but the highlight for many is the new Classic mode that replaces fallback. Instead of using code based on the old GNOME panel, Classic emulates the feel of GNOME 2 through Shell extensions (just like Linux Mint's Cinnamon interface). From the release notes: "Classic mode is a new feature for those people who prefer a more traditional desktop experience. Built entirely from GNOME 3 technologies, it adds a number of features such as an application menu, a places menu and a window switcher along the bottom of the screen. Each of these features can be used individually or in combination with other GNOME extensions."

Comment WordPress and security? (Score 2) 192

I've used both WordPress and Drupal for a good number of years. I hate PHP and Drupal is definitely not as much fun to work with as say with CoffeeScript. But there are still quite a few sites I would build in Drupal any day. And well, I'm okay with people tearing down Drupal, but I chuckled when reading "I dread to think what would happen if security professionals looked carefully" and then "look at Wordpress for example".
WordPress probably has the worst track record out there in terms of the number of hacked websites. The number of noobs using WP probably has something to do with it. But when comparing the two ecosystems it seems that the Drupal community is also way nicer and more aware of licensing issues (GPL is actually enforced), people actually care about their code working properly and safely. WordPress plugins often seem merely to be written for a quick buck (even with obfuscated code at times).

Comment ditch patents and move on (Score 1) 41

Patents were good for human progress until the end of the 20th century. But 20 years has become a whole lot of time for one silly idea to be locked in or monetized by one entity. For a while already patents have been blocking progress in quite a few fields, especially software, but I expect 3D printing will be a big one this decade. Can we please ditch them and move on as a species capable and allowed to invent and share ideas freely?

Comment CoffeeScript on (Score 1) 453

I'm no fan of JS but last year I decided to give it a try anyway, first because of Node.js, phonegap and later I tried CoffeeScript several times and slowly I've become a big fan and all our new code is written in CoffeeScript. Much less typing, very readable (nothing like Perl) and if you add underscorejs to the mix you get a very nice and concise language that looks and writes a bit like something between Ruby and Python - which you can use both on the server and the client!

Comment SSD is way more robust and saved me money and time (Score 1) 405

I travel a lot, including a lot of hitchhiking, not like your average business trip. Consequently I've had to deal with several broken hard drives. Since I switched to SSD this hasn't happened anymore. That means I've likely saved some money by not having to buy a new hard drive and a lot of time from having to deal with a broken hard drive.

Comment Mars One (Score 1) 409

"A manned mission to Mars will attract attention from hundreds of millions of people around the world. The three week period surrounding the launch, and the three week period surrounding the landing on Mars, will attract global media attention comparable to (or more likely, significantly exceeding that of) the Olympic Games."

Comment time for new politicians. #votepirate (Score 1) 253

Around 2005 there was a struggle against software patents in the EU. The only democratically elected EU institution, the European Parliament, said "no, we don't want it" and the Commission (a group of 27 or so people) says "yes, you have to want it". And unfortunately this is a very common pattern.

The ACTA case is particularly striking now with one person who is quite incapable of grasping the nature of copying intangible goods has this much power.

Gucht: "But for me there is no moral difference between taking something that is not yours in the physical world and doing so in the virtual world."

For me there is a huge difference! And if the most powerful person in the EU dealing with this matter doesn't see that it's time for him to move on. We live in a world where theoretically anyone could have access to all music, movies and books ever created. I feel we're morally obliged to make this happen. If that breaks a couple of business models, so be it, time for new business models. And time for new politicians. #votepirate.

To do two things at once is to do neither. -- Publilius Syrus