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Comment: SoylentNews (Score 1) 33 33

SoylentNews picked it up:
SourceForge has since removed the adware from GIMP-Win:

[updated on 28-5-2015] Since yesterday, SourceForge Gimp-Win mirror downloads only the original software without any offers. We also invite the Gimp-Win developer to take back control of the project if that is his desire, while respectfully asking that he maintain any project updates or allow us to do so.

Comment: Xenharmonism (Score 1) 106 106

The most urgent deficiency in most music software and the MIDI protocol itself is the fixation on the 12-TET scale.
The new MIDI HD protocol fixes this issue with its "Direct Pitch" feature that lets you define arbitrary notes.
However most composing software still offers no practical way to edit music in other scales.

It's time for music to evolve. The grim reality however is that popular music has been getting more bland for the last 50 years:

Comment: Titan is a most beautiful moon (Score 2) 69 69

Titan is gorgeous.
True color:

It's also the setting of the first chapter in the brilliant hard sci-fi novel Fiasco by Stanislaw Lem.
I can't wait for new probes to report from there.

Comment: The Machine That Changed The World (Score 1) 149 149

There's a gem of a documentary about the history of computing before the web.

The Machine That Changed the World is the longest, most comprehensive documentary about the history of computing ever produced.
It's a whirlwind tour of computing before the Web, with brilliant archival footage and interviews with key players — several of whom passed away since the filming.

Episode 1 featured Interviews with, including but not limited to:
Paul Ceruzzi (computer historian), Doron Swade (London Science Museum), Konrad Zuse (inventor of the first functional computer and high-level programming language, died in 1995), Kay Mauchly Antonelli (human computer in WWII and ENIAC programmer, died in 2006), Herman Goldstine (ENIAC developer, died in 2004), J. Presper Eckert (co-inventor of ENIAC, died in 1995), Maurice Wilkes (inventor of EDSAC), Donald Michie (Codebreaker at Bletchley Park)
Torrent (H.264):

Comment: Re:Only a Matter of Time Now (Score 3, Insightful) 132 132

A stable driver ABI would lead to more proprietary drivers and nobody wants that.
Proprietary drivers are usually only supported for a few years before the vendor drops them to increase the sales of new hardware.
In the meantime, almost all libre drivers in Linux enjoy support for decades, on a large number of system architectures.

Comment: Re:Bizarre Personal Cult (Score 4, Interesting) 279 279

RMS has been one of the most important men of the last 50 years or so.
His contribution to society is immense.
We need more like him to fight for our freedom.

Just imagine a world with only proprietary software.
Locked into golden prisons.
No thanks.

"Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come." --Matt Groening