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Comment Re:The big difference here is (Score 1) 679

This shouldn't be marked a troll without looking into it. The link below shows evidence of his attending the National Journalism Center, designed by Philip Morris to produce effective contacts within the media in order to feed biased research to, and other wise argue their cause. He also spent time at a right wing think tank, known to push neo-con ideals. I make no claims against Gladwell, how ever there is evidence to support the above comments, that should be looked at to assess the accusation.

Submission + - Light Table Funding Success (

omar.sahal writes: Chris Granger's Light Table IDE, covered here previously on Slashdot has been successfully funded by a Kickstarter campaign. 7,317 backers brought in $316,720, obliging Chris to support the Python Programming language with his first release. Chris and his team have also been successful in being funded by xy combinator.

Some more back ground on the concepts developed by Bret Victor found in Light Table

More on Light Table

The previous Light Table story


Submission + - Richard Stallman – software freedom activist speaks on russia today (

omar.sahal writes: Richard Stallman is on Russia today spreading the word of free software. Stallman talks about free software, Linux and Steve Jobs. Also announces that he does not use a mobile, as it's a device for surveillance. Also tells the presenter the differences between free software and open source. He then goes on to explain what the word hacker means.

Comment Re:What's new? (Score 4, Informative) 137

Watch this, his lectue and demo and then tell me it's the same as we already have, and that a man charged with designing new forms of human computer interaction at Apple didn't know this. Also please respond with why he wasted our time telling us something that already comonly exsisted in the software world, as well as how the confrence organisor and who ever aproved posting missed all this. I was happy to see my post on slashdot. It's quite heavily edited, but this has improved the post. One question for slashdot, is the reason many posts get rejected due to posters needing heavy editing and this not having been done in the past.

Submission + - Light Table - a new IDE concept (

omar.sahal writes: Bret Victor (covered previously on slashdot) demoed the idea of instant feedback on your code. Victor's concept runs a little like a interpretor on your code, but in realtime. This allows the programer to instantly see what his programe is doing. Chris Granger has turned this novel idea into Light Table — a new IDE designed to make use of the Victor's insights.

Bret Victor — Inventing on Principle —
Update on the project —

Comment Re:GNOME 3.4 team (Score 1, Insightful) 144

That will sort my problem's out but what about ubuntu being the most popular linux version! People will try it, see the interface problems, think this is linux (they dont know what Gnome is necessarily) and go away thinking its very unprofessional.

Comment Google Leaves App Inventor In Limbo (Score 1) 114

I don't know about other people but I'm quite hopeful about app inventor. This software could be aimed at someone like me and when I used it I liked it, but was thinking it would be much better if I could see the code as well. With the code being open this can be added, It's tough for those using it for now, Google has let them down.

Comment GNOME 3 Wins Linux Journal's Readers' Choice Award (Score 1, Insightful) 378

I have a mixed views of gnome, one criticism I have with it the old one of it has been simplified to the point of being un-intuitive. When people accused gnome of this in the past I dismissed it! Now I have noted that to minimize the open application I have to point to the upper left corner, no buttons for this. File, Edit etc are not part of Gnome apps they are in the bar at the very top of the screen. Much of this change is change for changes sake, its unfamiliar (no other desktop works this way). Its a shame because the general concept is good. One area (top left corner) gives you access to all applications and parts of the system.

Comment Andrew Tanenbaum On Minix, Linux, BSD, and Licensi (Score 4, Interesting) 480

"I think Linux succeeded against BSD, which was a stable mature system at the time simply because BSDI got stuck in a lawsuit and was effectively stopped for several years."

The reasons may also be more to do with Linux and the way it was run! Early hackers have noted that they preferred BSD, but could not use it due to lack of dual booting, this would have meant deleting windows which may have been needed for work. It was also easier for aspiring hackers to contribute to Linux, you didn't have to be one of the inner circle to contribute. There was also a lack of politics, persons within the rival operating systems had noted and open differences which would have affected work.

Comment Re:Excellent article on what's wrong (Score 4, Insightful) 944

It gets worse the more you study it. The sub prime housing issue was fraud plain and simple. We then had to pay for this when the assets (read bad debts) went bad. We also have to help the banks with their debts to Greece, Ireland and co, another bailout. So banks can't loose their money we have to give it to Greece, Ireland etc. This is then administered by IMF, ECB etc who help banks pillage countries, This money does not help the people of those lands, it harms them, so that when their economy worsens assets can be picked up cheap by banks, banks debts are paid and there future profits are guaranteed at our expense. It just goes on and on, the big question is will our governments keep bailing them out until our own currencies are ruined?
Don't think that The US, Great Britain etc are safe, we have big issues our selves.

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