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Comment: Re:This cannot have been legal??? (Score 2) 80

by suutar (#49794975) Attached to: Murder Accusations Hang Over Silk Road Boss Ulbricht's Sentencing

It's still an unproven allegation at that point. The judicial system may have decided that bringing that stuff up at sentencing is not forbidden, but it's still a dick move in my opinion.

Now, since such charges are pending in a different venue I don't expect it to make a practical difference in the long run; he's still likely to be in for life. But effectively he's going to get sentenced twice for the same crime.

+ - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11

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An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.


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Comment: Re:Clean room implementation? (Score 1) 213

Internal APIs are part of the kernel implementation; that's why they change so often. If you're using one, you're implementing a kernel piece, and therefore creating a derived work.

The external API that is for use by non-kernel software has no such restriction. You can write any code you want that makes calls to the Linux kernel. You may not be able to _ship_ the linux kernel along with your code, if your code isn't GPL, but that's a restriction on what you can do with linux code, not with your own.

Comment: Re:oh the Irony (Score 1) 533

by suutar (#49792657) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

Depends on the voltage. Assuming the same total power (demand) and the same resistance (same cable), double the voltage means half the current means a quarter the resistive losses. Used to be that getting AC to and from a nice high voltage was a lot easier than DC, because we had transformers but not DC-DC converters, but now the gap has shrunk.

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