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Comment Re:Same as any other potential fraud. (Score 1) 223

Yes, a slave running away DOES hurt the master.

Wow. You're really trying stake this out as a moral stand? Seriously?

No, he's stating a fact, which is independent of moral interpretation. This is why people who are not libertarians realise that it's a question of balance. Most people today would realise that the harm of being a slave is greater than the harm of depriving a slave owner of his or her property.

Comment Re:300 MPH flesh sacks of water (Score 4, Interesting) 333

To put that in perspective, the InterCity 125 was a rail service introduced in 1976 in the UK with a top speed of 125mph. Sadly, we've neglected our rail infrastructure as a result of one of the stupidest privatisation plans in the history of the world and so they rarely hit over 100mph now. Meanwhile, the French TGV has, on some lines, an average speed of 173.6 mph, with top speeds of over 200mph. It recently lost the record for the fastest journey speed for a scheduled train to the Chinese.

Doing that journey in 3 hours wouldn't even be stretching modern technology. You do, however, hit diminishing returns quite quickly. At 125mph, it's about 3 hours. To get to 2 hours, you need to go up to 191mph. To get down to 1 hour, you're up at 382mph and the Hyperloop speed makes it just over half an hour. While there's an obvious advantage to half an hour over 3 hours, there's not much difference in convenience between a 2-hour and a 3-hour journey. Even getting a 3-hour trip down to 1.5 hours isn't something that many people would be willing to pay a significant premium for, especially when you have half an hour of much slower travelling to get you to the station at each end.

If California wants to spend a lot of money on their train system, they should consider improvements to the Caltrain. It's under 80 miles of track, but getting between San Jose to San Francisco on a Sunday is painful. Upgrading 80 miles of track to support even 150mph trains and replacing the archaic rolling stock would mean that most of the valley on the Caltrain would take less time than one side of San Francisco to the other on the BART (which could also benefit from some modernisation). And if you've ever driven from one side of SF to the other, then you'll see the attraction of public transport...

Comment Re:300 MPH flesh sacks of water (Score 2) 333

Has the speed of rail journeys increased at the same rate? And how much does the EuroStar contribute to that? Most of the time, I'd rather spend two hours travelling in comfort than one hour in cramped conditions - there are a few times when I'd really appreciate more speed, but most of the time I'd like to be on a mode of transport where I'm comfortable enough to work or relax. When I started here, I took a few first-class train trips back on the London to Swansea route, at off-peak times, so I got a 4-seat table to myself and could spread a laptop and some papers out and found it very productive time (no distractions). A half-hour train instead of the three-hour train just wouldn't be much more of an incentive.

Comment Re:Why bother? (Score 2) 131

GNUstep started to implement the OpenStep specification, which was a public spec for portable application development and was implemented by NeXT and Sun (hence the NS prefix on all of the class names). The most popular implementation of OpenStep is called Cocoa, and includes a lot of extensions to the base spec. We try to implement these extensions as well.

Comment Re:Well, someone has to ask... (Score 2) 131

The only concern I have is they do seem to be looking at it more as a framework for porting, which is the least important use from my perspective. This is the tool to build the better desktop on linux everyone claims to want.

GNUstep aims to implement the APIs that Cocoa uses. This has a natural use as a porting tool, but the main reason we're implementing the APIs is that we want to use them (which has the unfortunate side effect that ones we don't like tend not to be implemented quickly, even if lots of OS X code uses them). Over in Étoilé (which, no doubt, Slashdot's early-'90s character encoding support will mangle: Etoile with accents on both 'e's) we're building frameworks for building better environments, some of which also work on OS X and some of which don't.

Comment Re:Photoshop in Linux? (Score 5, Informative) 131

No. If there were a market for a Linux build of Photoshop, then Adobe would find it much easier to port the Windows version with WINE than the OS X version with GNUstep (and I say this as a GNUstep developer). Applications like OmniGraffle, however, would be easier to port. I think we already implement most of what OmniGraffle needs, but there are lots of missing bits of APIs. I have a Summer of Code student who is working on getting the CoreAnimation / CoreGraphics stuff integrated (our current GUI code uses the NeXT DisplayPostscript APIs) which should help with a lot of things.

Comment Re:base it on traffic vs. how many domains host'd (Score 2) 303

And on active sites it looks like IIS has been dropping in use since April 2009. Apache has actually picked up a bit since they had a big drop between 2005 and 2007, although it's down a bit since the small peak in 2011. The most interesting part is the growth of the 'other' line from about 6% to about 12% over the past 3 years. It's sad to see Lighttpd has almost died (not much development for years, now just counted as part of 'other'), but it's good to see a few different servers clustered around the 5-10% mark. Having a single server with over 50% of the market makes it quite an attractive target. It would be good to see more diversity.

Comment Re:How many knew that it was a global release? (Score 4, Interesting) 443

I don't know the show, so I've neither pirated it nor watched it legally, but add to that:

The pirated version is a download that you can watch on any device any time. The Netflix stream requires Silverlight, so I can't use it on the FreeBSD box connected to my projector nor on one of my tablets. The other tablet runs Android, so there is a Netflix streaming app, but I don't think it lets me download things and I mostly want to watch things on the tablet when I'm on a train or plane (spotty / expensive / unavailable Internet access).

In rural parts of the UK (e.g. where my mother lives), the ADSL connection isn't fast enough for streaming, but it's fine if you start downloading 10-15 minutes before you start watching, so again the pirated version wins because you can just download it and then watch it later.

Give me a service that lets me download DRM-free videos with some reasonable per-month, download-capped pricing, and I'll very happily subscribe (and, no, I'm not moving the goalposts - this is what I've been asking for for the last 10 years). Something like 30-45 hours for £10-15 would be fine. Until then, I'll keep getting the shiny disks through the post.

Submission + - GNUstep Kickstarter Campaign Launched (

borgheron writes: The maintainer of GNUstep has launched a kickstarter campaign to get the time to make GNUstep more complete and get it's APIs up to at least a Mac OS 10.6 level of compatibility. This will allow applications for Mac OS X to run on Linux with a simple recompile using new tools developed by the GNUstep team to directly build from xcodeproj project files. If the kickstarter project is funded beyond it's $50,000 goal, it's possible that WebKit and Darling might also be completed allowing applications built on Mac OS X to run without the need for a recompile... think WINE-like functionality for Mac OS X applications on other platforms... including Windows, Linux, BSD, etc.

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