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Comment: Re:10.4.8 (Score 1) 267

by samkass (#46743849) Attached to: Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

What are you talking about? Apple has released the source of every version of the core OS X stack from 10.0 to 10.9.0 (including 10.4.9):

You can even recompile your kernel and swap in your replacement. Occasionally they take a little time to post it (I don't see 10.9's point releases up yet), but it gets there.

Why anyone holds these people up as innovators of industry is beyond me, they did not invent ...

Invent != Innovate. I'm glad that you can admit that you don't understand the industry, though. Admitting ignorance is the first step in learning.

Comment: Re:License needed only for specific things (Score 2) 118

by samkass (#46257999) Attached to: Why Do You Need License From Canonical To Create Derivatives?

It's kind of strange that on the same day Canonical is being called out for not being 100% free about everything, another article discusses Google's actions with Android, which is much, much more closed and yet most of Slashdot seemed eager to rush to their defense.

Comment: Re:Beta delenda est! (Score 0, Offtopic) 161

by samkass (#46186641) Attached to: Graphene Conducts Electricity Ten Times Better Than Expected

I've used all my mod points on "Offtopic" today. I was fine with the protest until Slashdot responded and opened a discussion area for it. Now, if you want to discuss beta, go to the beta article. Other people who care will be there, too. Maybe you can even effect positive change.

Spamming every single discussion is, quite obviously, now Offtopic and other people with mod points seem to agree with me.

Comment: Re:...but if you want free software to improve... (Score 4, Interesting) 1098

by samkass (#46061353) Attached to: FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

>>The result it that some software turns into a hand-out for companies that, in the long term, are trying to make free software disappear.
> No company is trying to do that, especially not one that is relying on free software for their products.

Apple is.

Their current flagship platform is openly hostile to Free Software and even the concept of open systems where the end user has full control over the hardware.

Near as I can tell, Apple isn't doing anything to try to make Free software disappear. They are, however, creating many alternatives ever since GPLv3 made it unviable for them to continue to participate in that community as much. Even now, though, if you look at all the packages they use and contribute to as part of MacOS X (the core of which is all open source, although most of it isn't Free Software), there are many GPL packages among them: . It does seem that with companies like Apple actively participating in Open Source but not as actively participating in Free Software, that to a certain degree it's proving many of the anti-GPL folks' points and probably really pissing off RMS.

Comment: Re:I deciphered it last month. (Score 5, Insightful) 170

by samkass (#46032629) Attached to: Voynich Manuscript May Have Originated In the New World

There is no records of the romans having contact with China.

There are such records. The Bible discusses silk, and the Romans loved it. The Silk Road was established about 1800-1900 years ago to supply the Roman empire with Chinese silk. Later the Romans attempted to breed their own silkworms.

As for extensive pre-Colombian contact, I would assume based on the exchange of plants, animals, metals, disease, and technology, that such contact would stick out in the historical record. In my opinion it's far more likely that the carbon dating was inaccurate or that the interpretation of the plants as American than that extensive pre-Colombian exchange existed.

Comment: Re:Don't imagine it stops there. (Score 1) 348

by samkass (#45865377) Attached to: U.S. Waived Laws To Keep F-35 On Track With China-made Parts

Here's a list of semiconductor manufacturing plants many of which are in the United States, including some of the most advanced fab lines in the world. It's true, as others have said, that assembly almost always happens in Asia now, though, but that's not a requirement if you're not price conscious. As for the capacitors and such, I think there's been less concern about them from a security standpoint.

Comment: Re:Link to Asimov's actual article (Score 3, Insightful) 385

by samkass (#45862121) Attached to: Isaac Asimov's 50-Year-Old Prediction For 2014 Is Viral and Wrong

- Access to affordable birth control. In third world countries, birth control isn't always affordable or easy to come by.

These predictions were made in 1964. "The pill" had just become available for birth control use in the United States a few years previous, but only in some states and only to married women... it wasn't generally available to any woman who wanted it in all states until the early 70's. Maybe it was because he was a male, but not realizing the impact this would have on the (developed) world seems to be one of his bigger oversights.

Comment: Re:64 GB ECC 32 consumer, pcie vs. sata. compare H (Score 4, Interesting) 804

by samkass (#45793069) Attached to: What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?

The real comparison comes in how good the machine is at doing what you need it to do. If you're making a movie or doing serious sound editing, video editing, or modeling, this machine and the accompanying software is clearly top-tier, compared to trying to assemble a full workflow yourself that includes the hardware, software, and infrastructure integration. And the fact that you just order it off the shelf and it comes with everything and integrates with everything isn't really priced into this comparison.

Comment: Re:stop the sensationalist crap (Score 5, Informative) 462

by samkass (#45622511) Attached to: U.S. Measles Cases Triple In 2013

Measles is tracked in part because it's really easily preventable with a safe vaccine which had eliminated it on the North American content a decade ago, and because it's one of the single most virulent diseases known to man. In a susceptible population, breathing the same air of someone who has it will make you 90% likely to get it. Many of the "pandemic" worst case scenarios is the measles virus combining with a more deadly virus to create a super virus, but even without that measles complications are common and can lead to permanently reduced vision, encephalitis leading to brain injuries, or other long-term problems. In the developed world the death rate is something like 0.3%, but in the undeveloped world it's sometimes over 25%. Nasty, easily preventable stuff worth tracking.

"Never face facts; if you do, you'll never get up in the morning." -- Marlo Thomas