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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):
http://opensource.apple.com/

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.

Medicine

Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan 459

Posted by Soulskill
from the suddenly-i-feel-much-healthier dept.
sciencehabit writes "A new theory about the foods that can extend life is taking shape, and it's sure to be a controversial one. Two studies out this week, one in mice (PDF) and another primarily in people (PDF), suggest that eating relatively little protein and lots of carbohydrates — the opposite of what's urged by many human diet plans, including the popular Atkins Diet — extends life and fortifies health."
Communications

Apple's Messages Offers Free Texting With a Side of iPhone Lock-In 179

Posted by timothy
from the golden-handcuffs dept.
itwbennett writes "Who doesn't love free text messages? People who try to transition from an iPhone to any other phone, that's who. Apple's Messages app actively moves conversations away from paid text messages to free Messages. Very convenient until you want to leave your iPhone and switch back to plain old text messages because suddenly you'll be unable to receive text messages from your iPhone-toting friends. There's an obscure workaround, and Samsung, which has a vested interest in the matter, has a lengthy guide to removing your iPhone as a registered receiver of Messages . But the experience is just annoying enough that it might be the kind of thing that would keep someone from making a switch — and that's when it starts to feel like deliberate lock-in, and not so much like something Apple overlooked."

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.

Android

Google's Definition of 'Open' 168

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-may-ride-the-bus-but-we-are-driving-the-bus dept.
An anonymous reader writes "One of Android's biggest draws is its roots in open source. It enables a broad range of device manufacturers to work from the same code base, and provides app developers with more insight into the platform they're building on. But openness isn't a binary condition — there are many shades of gray. While Android is technically very open, from a practical standpoint it's much more difficult for device makers to distance themselves from Google, if that's their preference. 'Phone manufacturers and carriers that want to use Google's services must conform to Google's device standards, a stricter requirement than what basic AOSP requires. For some, this is a catch. For others, it's merely the cost of doing business. ... [Dianne Hackborn, one of Android's tech leads,] defends Google's right to include proprietary services, and to keep them proprietary, saying that its no different than any other proprietary app on Android. That's not entirely true, since Google does keep some API development to itself, but to its credit the company does open-source most of the new APIs introduced to Android.'"

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.
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> 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: http://www.opensource.apple.co... . 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.

Passwords are implemented as a result of insecurity.

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