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Comment First let's consolidate all keyboards. (Score 1) 681 681

It will be great if it can be some efforts to try to consolidate the keyboards worldwide to have the same number of keys, key shapes and distributions. Why the US Keyboard has a smaller "enter" key compared to the Latin America Keyboard? I fell more important having a big enter key :)

After consolidating the world's keyboards, you can remove with CapsLock key with a knife :)

Comment Re:Also (Score 1) 134 134

The finger position is not the right one when you use a trackpad. When you use a trackpoint you do not move your hands out of the keyboard area. It is more efficient to use a trackpoint. Also, the trackpad is not as precise of a trackpoint. Sorry but the people that didn't used a trackpoint much do not understands it.

Comment SOM and WPS (Score 3, Interesting) 484 484

Maybe some people do not appreciate it, but I think that having SOM (System Object Model) and WorkplaceShell (built over SOM) gave some functionality that was never exploited properly. So, building a Frankenstein I will put over the GUI, SOM (maybe the open NOM and somFree) and the Desktop elements will be built over it. (like Workplace Shell). Check out this OS/2 reference graphic: http://www.edm2.com/index.php/...

Comment Re:If you're using GPL code, you have no choice (Score 2) 171 171

I agreed. If you are using any GPL code, derivative works should be GPL. If you combine BSD, MIT with GPL, it will turn everything to GPL. GPL is not bad, it will remain open source forever (ok, until it became public domain after a lot of years) and it will be great for things to snowball. GPL is only bad where there intentions to close the source code or to combine it with other licenses that allows that.

Comment OS/2 has it in somekind of way... (Score 1) 78 78

OS/2 at being some modular and object oriented allowed you to fix some bugs on the Workplace Shell (Desktop Interface) (WPS) without access to the source code of it. The trick of OS/2 is that it uses SOM in the middle between the GUI and the Desktop.

Since all the WPS where objects, you just grabbed the clock object (WPClock), and create a child from it, you can incorporate more functionality, or remove the functionality that you didn't like. So on OS/2 you disabled the parent WPClock object and tell that NewWPClock child should be the one that everyone must use.

It is a different way from what this article says, but it does not means this is the first time that someone can extend/fix/improve a program without it's source code.

Submission + - Fans asks Disney for Tron 3->

martiniturbide writes: Disney's Tron fans are trying an online petition requesting the third installment of the film. Their request says:
"Tron: Legacy grossed over 400 million dollars and helped more fully realize the world created in the original Tron. It's a shame that Disney has elected not to move forward with a third Tron film as the universe is ripe to be explored. Sign this petition so that we may show Disney that The Grid is too great to never be shown again and to prove that Flynn lives."

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Comment Re:so what? (Score 2) 202 202

But I think that there is a difference between a regular company paying exorbitant salaries that has the IP and full control of their product and another "company" that his assets is Creative Commons and that can be "legally stole" (copied) by other one. It is good to put under the scope the executive staff salaries to make some preassure, but we also need to understand that the full wikipedia site can be copied and all their contents can used to create a similar site. I prefer an executives making money this way, than other companies that only hives you a limited right to use their content. On Wikipedia everybody owns the content to copy it and distribute it.

Comment so what? (Score 3, Insightful) 202 202

Even if they are sitting on money and over-expend it, all their content is Creative Commons, anybody can "Fork Wikipedia". The contribution to Wikipedia to the present days is still there and it is huge. It will be desirable that the extra money will be expended to enrich the content and not waste it, but if we compare how politicians use money today, I prefer that it is being waste on a collaborative open project. I really hope that the same thing happens to Archive.org someday, that they will be able to sit on money to improve the "library".

Comment Too many options - Try to negotiate. (Score 1) 353 353

Hi

There is a few options that came to my mind, but all of them requires that you sign an agreement with your boss/Company.

1) Ask for an agreement telling that both parties owns the right of the software and source code. Try to avoid any “Eternal” periods of time of confidentiality since you may not know what happens in more than 5 years. So if your boss asks you for confidentiality of the source code limit the time of it.

2) When you set an agreement about the ownership of the source code and software, there is a good wording on the “IBM Customer Agreement” (http://www-05.ibm.com/support/operations/files/pdf/ica_us.pdf). Read “6.2 Materials Ownership and License”

Read “Type I Materials” and “Type II Materials” on the Type I the company owns the rights and gives you “ irrevocable, nonexclusive, worldwide, paid-up license to use, execute, reproduce, display, perform, sublicense, distribute, and prepare derivative works based on, Type I Materials. “

On “Type II Materiales” you own al the rights and you give the rights to the company of “.an irrevocable, nonexclusive, worldwide, paid-up license to use, execute, reproduce, display, perform, and distribute (within Customer’s Enterprise only) copies of Type II Materials.”

3) Other alternative is, if you can get an agreement with your boss, is to make to dump that source code, and start a new one from scratch on your home under your own time.

But there is a lot more alternatives that goes in the middle, why don’t making a company on your own and give some stocks to you “boss/hiring company” as payment of the rights of the source code there are a lot of options. You just need to negotiate.

Good Luck. Regards.

Submission + - An USB Adapter for almost all Console Controllers->

martiniturbide writes: The Retrogaming and Emulation community are putting their efforts together to support the Bliss-Box 4-Play last days on kickstarter. This is an independent produced multi console controller USB adapter supporting Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, PS3 and Raspberry Pi and it already supports 17 controller ports (NES, SNES, Sega Dreamcast, Atari 2600, Virtual Boy, DB9 and more). EmuParadise just released a ”GiveAway” to promote the project, there had been several videos reviews ( Lon Reviews Tech with the Ouya!, Lon Reviews Tech , Racketboy, Thomas Smith ) and even Zophar’s Domain came back from the underworld to try to promote this project on the last days of the funding campaign.
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