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Strange Places To Find Open Source 118

Posted by Soulskill
from the do-cookbooks-count dept.
itwbennett writes "Open source is about more than code: It's also about tractors, prosthetics, Christmas lights, and the poor old U.S. Postal Service. If you don't believe that open source changes everything, take a gander at Marcin Jakubowski's Global Village Construction Set (GVCS), a set of 50 industrial machines that are required to build and maintain a small, sustainable civilization. The open source aspect covers designs, instructions, schematics, budgets — everything anyone needs to know to build their own machines, and it is all freely available and free to share."

Comment: Re:It is a legal decision (Score 1) 152

by tannnk (#33362844) Attached to: Argentine Government Orders Major ISP To Close
Simple answer: There were 30000 people who cryed out loud they didn't agree. "The Dirty War (Spanish: Guerra Sucia) was a period of state-sponsored violence in Argentina from the 1970s until 1983. Victims of the violence included several thousand left-wing activists, including trade unionists, students, journalists, Marxist and Peronist guerrillas [1] and sympathizers.[2] Some 10,000 disappeared in the form of Montoneros, and guerrillas of the People's Revolutionary Army (ERP) were killed.[3][4] Estimates for the number of people who were killed or "disappeared" range from 9,000 to 30,000.[5][6]" Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_War [wikipedia.org]

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 3, Informative) 152

by tannnk (#33330324) Attached to: Argentine Government Orders Major ISP To Close
They have bought media companies all around the country. They bought tv stations in every major city and shut down local programming. They produce everything in Buenos Aires and it's seen in the whole country. It won't boe a problem if there were local alternatives, but since Clarin bought them... The same goes with newspapers and radio station. Now, they owned a cable company named Multicanal. The only competence was Cablevision, but they have divided coverage areas so they don't overlap, so there was no real competence. They provided cablemodem service over Multicanal, but it was really shitty and nobody used it. What they did is buy stakes from foreign holders of Cablevision so they could control both cable companies, and now they have done a customer reacomodation, meaning that you had multicanal and now you have cablevision and multicanal has no customers. Fibertel (The ISP) was a company owned by the same owners of Cablevision. Fibertel was licensed to provide cablemodem, but Cablevision was denied, so the trick was Fibertel owning the cable wires and providing internet access, and Cablevision "renting" fibertel's network and providing cable signal. If you had the two services, you had to pay two bills separately. On Jan 15 Grupo Clarin made Cablevision absorb Fibertel, dissolving Fibertel's legal personality, but intended to use the license granted to Fibertel. In Argentine law, in a regulated communications market, these licences are not transferibles, so that was not approved by the government and were told to stop subscribing new customers. They didn't stop, and tryed to keep operating illegaly.

Comment: Nobody is left without options! (Score 1) 152

by tannnk (#33330230) Attached to: Argentine Government Orders Major ISP To Close
Come on!. There isn't a single spot in Argentina where Fibertel is the only ISP. Telecom and Telefonica are forced to bring service anywhere it is requested, because phone lines in Argentina are considered by law a Public Service. Cablevisión only brings cable where it will be profitable, and only some areas. I live in Córdoba, the second largest city of Argentina and my house is located 35 blocks away from downtown (Barrio Alto Alberdi, para los que conocen). I live 4 blocks from Cablevisión's technical headquarter and I don't have digital cable nor cablemodem coverage. Wherever Fibertel is, there was Telecom or Telefonica before.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 2, Informative) 152

by tannnk (#33330170) Attached to: Argentine Government Orders Major ISP To Close
You may want to take a look at wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cristina_Fern%C3%A1ndez_de_Kirchner "She won with 45.3% of the vote, a 22% lead over her nearest rival. This was the widest margin obtained by a candidate since civil rule was reinstalled in 1983, and avoided the need for a runoff election." "In 1995, Fernández was elected to represent Santa Cruz in the Senate. She was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1997, and in 2001, returned to the Senate." And I must say in Argentina there is a two-term limit, but it was his husband's first term when she got elected. Last year the congress passed a bill changing the law ruling communications. The old law was there since the last dictatorship and among other things prohibited NGO to own a media, even a small radio station. Now the big media conglomerates are criticising every action the government takes because their well-protected monopolies are going to disappear (they'll have to un-invest in all the companies they absorved just to avoid different editorial lines). Grupo Clarin (Clarin Group) is the biggest of these conglomerates and states this is an attack to them, but the reality is that they were operating an ISP illegaly without a license and the measure taken by the government was executed according to law.

Comment: I can't believe you take this seriously (Score 1) 228

by tannnk (#21049227) Attached to: eBay The Vote
Come on!!! I just can't believe u people take this seriously. It's just a prank, like that TV Ad where a guy sells a kiss on ebay (mercadolibre.com is southamerica's ebay) We know every vote matters. Please remember, this is just a prank. And I can tell you I haven't seen any news of this, even in the newspaper from TFA.

Fortune Magazine Profiles MySQL AB 63

Posted by Zonk
from the distributed-working dept.
hdtv writes "Fortune magazine profiles MySQL AB, a midsize company with a fairly large footprint. Fortune magazine popped in on another corporate party, which just happened to take place online across countries and continents." From the article: "'When a company is as spread out as this one,' Basil explains, 'you have to think of virtual ways to imitate the dynamics of what goes on in a more familiar employment situation.' That neatly sums up the broader challenge that many companies are confronting: how to nurture a bond among workers who rarely, if ever, meet. Few businesses are as spread out as MySQL, which employs 320 workers in 25 countries, 70 percent of whom work from home."

Will Sun Open Source Java? 700

Posted by samzenpus
from the free-coffee dept.
capt turnpike writes "According to eWEEK.com, there's an internal debate going on at Sun whether to open-source Java. (Insert typical response: "It's about time!") Company spokespersons have no official comment, as might be expected, but perhaps we could hear confirmation or denial as early as May 16, at the JavaOne conference. One commentator said, "Sun should endorse PHP and go one step forward and make sure the 'P' languages run great on the JVM [Java virtual machine] by open-sourcing Java." Would this move Java up the desirability scale in your eyes? Could this be a way to help improve what's lacking in Java?"

Both Sides of Wii 560

Posted by Zonk
from the not-a-cosmic-joke dept.
Yesterday Nintendo released the official name for their next console. Formerly the Revolution, and now simply called Wii, reaction has been strong among gaming fans. A Brian Crecente article in the Rocky Mountain News looks at why Wii is bad, from a marketing perspective. Chris Kohler, over at Game|Life, looks at why Wii is good because of its iconoclastic nature. And, always happy to help with the irreverent, Games.net examines why Wii is weird. From that article: "We don't think Nintendo Wii is a truly terrible console name, but it's an uncharacteristically risky choice, even for Nintendo. We admire its simplicity and its playfulness (the two i's represent multiplayer action, you see). But on the flip side, parents will have a hard time pronouncing it ("Nintendo...why?") and hardcore gamers will slam it ..."

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