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Comment: Lawrence Kasdan gets only a quick mention? (Score 3, Insightful) 422

by VValdo (#48888225) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

I don't understand. A hundred comments and you're the only one I see who even mentions, let's alone puts due faith in co-writer Lawrence Kasdan.

Kasdan co-wrote "The Empire Strikes Back", co-wrote a movie called "Raiders of the Lost Ark", and wrote other, ehem, minor movies like "The Big Chill", and "The Bodyguard" and "Silverado".

He's co-writing this thing.

Comment: But- but- (Score 1) 291

by VValdo (#48209649) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

The maximum speed a DOCSYS modem can achieve is 171/122 Mbit/s (using four channels), just a fraction the 273 Gbit/s (per channel) already reached on fiber.

According to this page, the DOCSYS 3.0 ARRIS/Motorola SB6183 and Netgear C6300 can handle 300 Mbit/s.

The SB6183 uses 6 download & 4 upload channels.

+ - OpenStack Was Denied Non-Profit Status->

Submitted by WebMink
WebMink (258041) writes "Seems no-one noticed back in May, but it's not just Yorba that has fallen foul of the changing outlook of the IRS concerning open source foundations. The huge OpenStack Foundation has also been denied non-profit status by the IRS. They had applied for 501(c)(6) (trade association) status like Eclipse and Linux Foundation before them, so this is all the more surprising. Has the IRS decided the expected philanthropy of open source is being gamed by corporate abusers?"
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+ - Open Source Initiative, Free Software Foundation unite against software patents->

Submitted by WebMink
WebMink (258041) writes "In rare joint move, the OSI and FSF have joined with Eben Moglen's Software Freedom Law Center to file a U.S. Supreme Court briefing in the CLS vs Alice case. The brief asserts the basic arguments that processes are not patentable if they are implemented solely through computer software, and that the best test for whether a software-implemented invention is solely implemented through software is whether special apparatus or the transformation of matter have been presented as part of the claims (the "machine or transformation" test). They assert that finding software-only inventions unpatentable will not imperil the pace of software innovation, citing the overwhelming success of open source in the software industry as proof."
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+ - Will Nokia Turn Smartphone Troll?->

Submitted by WebMink
WebMink (258041) writes "While the focus of the news of Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's devices businesses is the future of Microsoft as an Apple clone, there's another story too. What will become Nokia? Microsoft has left them with all the device & smartphone patents, plus a huge pile of cash to spend. Nokia is already aggressive with patents, but with no smartphones to sell (and thus no target for counter-suits) they have every incentive to follow the trail of others (like Kodak) before them and become a massive mobile troll."
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+ - Shuttleworth Agrees To FSF Demands For Edge Phone->

Submitted by WebMink
WebMink (258041) writes "In an interview at OSCON, Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical spoke about the vision behind the Ubuntu Edge phone as a concept device to test features the mobile industry is too conservative to try. Notably, he agreed with the Free Software Foundation's demands that the device should carry no proprietary software and have Free drivers (transcript):

So what’s going to be in there? That’s all going to be free software?
Yes, we’ll ship this with Android and Ubuntu, no plans to put proprietary applications on it. We haven’t finalised the silicon selection so we’re looking at the next generation silicon from all major vendors. I would like to ship it with all Free drivers.


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+ - Github Finally Agrees Public Repos Should Have Open Source Licenses-> 2

Submitted by WebMink
WebMink (258041) writes "After strong criticism last year, Github has finally accepted the view that public repositories with no open source license are a bad thing. Self-described as the "world's largest open source community," a significant number of GitHub projects come with no rights whatsoever for you to use their code in an open source project.

But from now on, creators of new repositories will have to pick from a small selection of OSI-approved licenses or explicitly opt for "no license". In Github's words, "please note that opting out of open source licenses doesn't mean you're opting out of copyright law.""

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Comment: Here's my magic formula for travelling.. (Score 5, Interesting) 126

by VValdo (#44267251) Attached to: Limitations and All, Chromebooks Appear To Be Selling

1 Samsung Arm CB + x2go + Chrubuntu (13.10 xubuntu) =

full access to running programs on my home Linux PC from anywhere, with HUGE battery life, at less than 2 lbs and $250. With x2go I can run applications remotely, and the chromebook only has to handle the UI, not the actual processing. As a result, I can run Intel apps and it feels pretty fast, even from 2000 miles away. If the computer gets stolen, it's only a loss of $250 as opposed to the thousands a lightweight laptop would cost, and the data is on my home computer, not the cb...

x2go btw is amazing, tunneling linux application's interfaces through ssh, so they feel like they're running on the chromebook, but aren't. If you can set up ssh, you can set up x2go.

+ - Oracle Quietly Switches BerkeleyDB To AGPL->

Submitted by WebMink
WebMink (258041) writes "A discussion in the Debian community reveals that last month Oracle quietly disclosed a change for the embedded BerkeleyDB database from the quirky Sleepycat License to the Affero General Public License (AGPL) in future versions. AGPL is only compatible with GPLv3 and treats web deployment as a trigger to license compliance, so developers using BerkeleyDB will need to check their code is still legally licensed.

Even if they had made the switch in the interests of advancing software freedom it would be questionable to force so many developers into a new license compatibility crisis. But it seems likely their only motivation is to scare more people into buying proprietary licenses. Oracle are well within their rights, but developers are likely to treat this as a betrayal. As a poster in the Debian thread says, "Oracle move just sent the Berkeley DB to oblivion" because there are some great alternatives, like OpenLDAP's LMDB."

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