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Comment: Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress+plan (Score 2) 308

by kasper_souren (#47300571) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC
I was gonna ask why Republic, Lost wasn't available under a Creative Commons license but I see that it has in fact become available under a CC license since the last time I checked a while ago. I suggest all US citizens go to and start reading.

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

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the extend-freely dept.
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

by kasper_souren (#43136137) Attached to: Drupal's Creator Aims For World Domination
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

by kasper_souren (#42556023) Attached to: 2012 Patent Rankings: IBM On Top, Google Spikes
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

by kasper_souren (#42501353) Attached to: Why JavaScript Is the New Perl
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

by kasper_souren (#41364791) Attached to: Are SSDs Finally Worth the Money?
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

by kasper_souren (#40806597) Attached to: Why You Should Be More Interested In Mars Than the Olympics
"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

by kasper_souren (#40459951) Attached to: EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Ignore Any Rejection of ACTA
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.

Comment: Fix deeper causes: stop subsidies, quotas, tariffs (Score 4, Interesting) 842

by kasper_souren (#40256993) Attached to: California City May Tax Sugary Drinks Like Cigarettes
I couldn't believe it when I was in the US last year, checking the bread section, not a single bread without high-fructose corn syrup! I don't think taxing sodas will fix the this deeper issue. Maybe it's easier to preach for some good old free market solution to fix this issue? "Factors for this include governmental production quotas of domestic sugar, subsidies of U.S. corn, and an import tariff on foreign sugar; all of which combine to raise the price of sucrose to levels above those of the rest of the world, making HFCS less costly for many sweetener applications."

To thine own self be true. (If not that, at least make some money.)