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GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Richard Stallman, philosopher for our generation? (

An anonymous reader writes: In the introduction to 'Free Software, Free Society', a collection of Richard Stallman's essays and lectures, published by the GNU press, Lawrence Lessig declares that "Every generation has its philosopher — a writer or artist who captures the imagination of a time. Sometimes these philosophers are recognized as such; often it takes generations before the connection is made real. But recognized or not, a time gets marked by the people who speak its ideals, whether in the whisper of a poem, or the blast of a political movement. Our generation has a philosopher. He is not an artist, or a professional writer. He is a programmer." That philosopher is Stallman. Discuss.

Submission + - google not responsive after gmail account cracked

kawaldeep writes: I recently had my gmail account cracked, the password brute forced/guessed, but I haven't been able to get anything out of google (and backdoors into the account have all been changed). I was googling (the irony!) for more info on retrieving cracked accounts, and everyone seems to have the same experience — a consistent nonresponse from google. With gmail becoming the primary email account of quite a few people, especially those on the tech edge, what is the expectation for free (ad sponsored) email? How do legitimate account owners fix these sorts of problems, considering that if I ever have issues with my banking account I can just go to their office with the right credentials and sort everything out?

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison