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Comment (Score 1) 141

With OpenStreetMap, you can clone the maps (get dumps and install the software) and use them on your own servers. If you're serious about using maps on web sites, you either give Google a few bucks (with the special API for those who wants to pay) or you use your own servers. On the browser, you can install special libraries like leaflet to have pretty maps like Google.

Comment Re:are you kidding me? (Score 1) 305

I installed Firefox 7.0 recently because I needed a SQLite manager and it's available as an add-on. But I'll stay with Chrome for the moment to browse the web, it's fast, stable and has all the features I need.

Comment Re:Not a chance. (Score 1) 241

The Arduino IDE can be used on Windows, Mac and Linux. If I want to try this Gadgeteer, I would have to install Windows and some kind of Visual Studio. The last time I installed Windows it took me a whole afternoon and I wasted a lot of time fixing all kind of problems and had to fight their serial number scheme (even when my copy was valid). I'll also say that this project will most likely be killed in less than a year so I don't know why I would waste my time with it.

Comment Engine (Score 1) 121

Somehow related but is there an open-source, cross-platform adventure game engine scriptable with a language like Lua. I haven't found one yet and always wished I could write new adventures for Guybrush Threepwood (or create somethin else completely new ). Most of the existing projects are using closed-source win32-only engines which is disappointing. I could help such a project if there is one.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 2) 334

Thank you my good man for correcting this young fellow with such a high ID number. I'm not english at all and was very curious at your suggestion, but I knew that the internet would settle your disagreement once and for all, for it seems that "In American English go is sometimes followed directly by a bare infinitive" (source).

No, I'm not drunk.

Submission + - If It's on the Net, It's Public Domain...Right? (

An anonymous reader writes: An article published on the web in 2005 was lifted by Cooks Source magazine and reprinted without permission. The author sought minimal compensation (in the form of a donation to a University) and was instead given the greatest, most full of win, snarky email response in recent memory. The magazine editor's rationale being that if it's on the internet, it must have been public domain.

Submission + - Copyright Infringement and Me (

cmiller173 writes: The editor of a magazine that infringed on the copyright of a freelance writer tell the writer "the web is considered 'public domain'" and "We put some time into rewrites, you should compensate me! "

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