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Comment: Re:Almost never happens... (Score 1) 56

by rusty (#43887083) Attached to: Funding Open Source By Donations: Lighting the Path

My experience has been the same. I donated $50 to Cyanogenmod a couple of years ago (FFS, they saved my buying a new phone!) and got a delighted email from Steve Kondik.

I used to assume the FOSS world would be supported like the Linux kernel is, but now I realize that many cool projects need a user-funded model. I choose a project to donate to weekly, as well as supporting It's not much (and I hope to increase it markedly one day), but I want to live in a world where Free hackers can just hack, and not stress about money.

BTW I've never used GNU LilyPond, but I'm delighted such a thing thrives. Do you take BTC?

Comment: Why do fans flock to the actors? (Score 1) 215

by rusty (#43407875) Attached to: Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will
Or, why don't writers/directors get all the attention? Even Sci Fi conventions seems to headline actors who played a part, rather than writers who created the part.

Is a great story so compelling that the line blurs and people fall in love with the puppets and ignore the puppet master?


Comment: Re:I'm guessing the US hides the request better. (Score 1) 78

by rusty (#41460519) Attached to: Creeping Government Surveillance Now Without Warrants

Nope, this is a standard media beat up of the current govt. Not based in reality, uses vauge statistics in deliberately misleading manner.

Um, no, the 250,000 requests per year are government warrantless data requests; these include call data (who called whom, not contents), location data, and request header data (eg http, email: interestingly, I've not been able to find out which headers are included: links anyone?)

Obviously with this number of requests going on, the process isn't being vetted very well if at all. Certainly there aren't that many people in Australia under reasonable suspicion of criminal behaviour, so it's deeply concerning :(


Comment: The Ada Initiative (Score 3, Insightful) 263

by rusty (#41383735) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Should a Geek's Charitable Donations Go?

One of my favourite geek charities is the Ada Initiative which provides resources and training for women in open source and open culture.

Needless to say, you should speak directly to any charity you're seriously considering; they'll often have good suggestions for how they money could be used.

Good luck!

Comment: Re:For those complaining (Score 1) 258

by rusty (#32663476) Attached to: New Wii Menu Update Targets Homebrew Again

No, assuming they did the same this release as last.

1) This information is on the website, not on the update itself. The update just tells you how to abort it.
2) When you buy a new game, the update is compulsory or you can't play the game you bought.

Nintendo screwed me with this (deleting my whole TP savefile because one slot was the TP hack) and I was livid. 40 hours of my gf's gameplay gone.



Apple Patches Massive Holes In OS X 246

Posted by timothy
from the well-it-wouldn't-be-polite-to-patch-windows dept.
Trailrunner7 writes with this snippet from ThreatPost: "Apple's first Mac OS X security update for 2010 is out, providing cover for at least 12 serious vulnerabilities. The update, rated critical, plugs security holes that could lead to code execution vulnerabilities if a Mac user is tricked into opening audio files or surfing to a rigged Web site." Hit the link for a list of the highlights among these fixes.

Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience 219

Posted by samzenpus
from the type-A-negative-personality dept.
trianglecat writes "The not-for-profit agency Canadian Blood Services has a section of their website based on the Japanese cultural belief of ketsueki-gata, which claims that a person's blood group determines or predicts their personality type. Disappointing for a self-proclaimed 'science-based' organization. The Ottawa Skeptics, based in the nation's capital, appear to be taking some action."

Comment: Re:Fixes problems misguided people think C++ has. (Score 3, Insightful) 831

by rusty (#30058228) Attached to: Go, Google's New Open Source Programming Language

> Stop trying to replace C++ with a language that does not fulfill every aspect C++ covers.

Err, no (how did this get +5?) C++'s entire problem stems from the attempt to Be All Things. A far better approach is to design something that does one part of things well, and interoperates with C like everything else so you can glue stuff together.

They've subtracted, not added. This is the Right Thing to have done.


Internet Explorer

+ - Firefox closing in on Explorer in SMB market

Submitted by thefickler
thefickler (1030556) writes "Mozilla's Firefox browser is closing in on Internet Explorer's market leading position in the small-to-medium business (SMB) market, according to a survey by Toronto-based online time tracking and billing provider, FreshBooks, of 140,000 of its SMB customers. Firefox's browser market share was up by 1.35 percent in February 2007 to 38.95 percent while Internet Explorer's share dropped by 0.73 percent to 56.95 percent"

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.