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Comment Prescient and on the 'left' side (Score 1) 393

RMS has not only talked about various issues over the years but the general public (not the geeks) seems to have a knack of totally ignoring him. By that count Chrome should be a commercial success adopted by millions of people. Just like RMS warned us about Windows, Iphone, Kindle, etc. Look each of them is a commercial success.

Comment Sarah Palin is like FOSS?? (Score 1) 1425

I hear people say that Sarah Palin does not fit in, is weird, does not do the 'right' thing, does not have the 'right' (or in this case, left) opinion. And alarmingly, there is a large number of people across the US who seem to identify with her, like her and will vote for her.

Does this sound like a familiar pattern to the people in the open source community??

Comment Do you want more power? (Score 1) 600

1. Establish a file server, mail server, domain server, etc. Start talking to vendors.
2. Establish backup servers for redundancy
3. Setup a team of 4 people with skills in networking, databases, mail exchanges app servers and web servers.
4. If you need 24x7 support or weekend support, hire 2 more people. Start talking to contract staffing companies. They might hire one of your friends who needs a job.
5. Ask for budgets for mail access clients, offsite backups, redundancies, etc.
6. Provide options for mobile access, home access, vpn, etc.
7. Ask for more budget to provide the same. Start talking to more vendors.
8. Talk to multiple vendors to hand out contracts so that you get invited to various breakfasts, dinners, events.
9. Ensure that the 20 person company has an IT team of 10 persons and you are telling them what they should do, when they should do it and how. If not, the servers will overload, all their IT systems will break and leave them bankrupt and open to serious litigations. Or something like that.

Biotech

Lizard Previously Unknown To Science Found On Vietnam Menu 133

eldavojohn writes "A lizard long served on the menu in the Mekong Delta has recently caught the attention of scientists when it was noted that all animals in the species appeared identical as well as female. The species appears to be a hybrid of two other species (like a mule or liger). But the curious thing is that this hybrid isn't sterile — it reproduces asexually. The species, known for some time in Vietnam, has now officially been named Leiolepis ngovantrii."
Hardware Hacking

Building a Telegraph Using Only Stone Age Materials 238

MMBK writes "It's the ultimate salvagepunk experiment, building a telegraph out of things found in the woods. From the article: 'During the summer of 2009, artist Jamie O’Shea of the organization Substitute Materials set out to test whether or not electronic communication could have been built at any time in history with the proper knowledge, and with only tools and materials found in the wilderness of New Jersey.'"

Comment write simple user scenarios/stories (Score 1) 396

Step 1 - Write a small story on how the user will use the software.
Step 2 - Execute the steps in the story.
Step 3 - Find defects. Resolve them
Step 4 - Repeat and rinse.
Step 5 Helps document your system for future use

E.g. (for a simple UI driven system. Might not work for all types of software)
Step 1. John clicks on profile page
Step 2. John changes address
Step 3. John changes email ID
Step 4. John saves profile.
Step 5. New address and email ID is saved in database and displays on screen.

Comment In other news... (Score 1) 289

Insurance companies are calling for a levy on city councils to compensate for claims from thefts in cities. They are arguing that since cities provide the infrastructure where thefts happen, they should pay for it. They claim that New York has agreed to pay 50 billion dollars a year for various criminal acts being engaged in by criminals in the city.

Comment Paying customers - pay more!! (Score 1) 462

Looks like he is suggesting that paying customers be made to pay more while restricting non paying customers from playing the game. That is the only way revenues can increase. But collect more money in small amounts rather than one large transaction.

I am not sure this will "convert" non paying customers to paying customers.

The piracy argument cannot be confused with more revenues. There are arguments for piracy (not me) that it increases the exposure to the game and actually leads to more revenues. If more of your friends are playing pirated Quake, some of you will buy it.

Comment Commercial software WITH source code (Score 3, Informative) 357

Many commercial software developers provide their software along with the source code. But they do not qualify as "open source". If there is a restriction on forking the source code or maintaining it yourself, it is not open source.

"Open Source" Software is different from "Source Available" software.

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