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Comment Re:Linus (Score 5, Informative) 909

By his own measure, he says about 2% of the code in today's kernel is written by him, but about 80% of it goes through him before being included. It's unrealistic to expect any one person to have a significant percentage of Linux code literally belong to them, so it would be disingenuous to use that 2% figure as some sort of argument to undermine Linus' authority with regards to the kernel.

Like him or not, Linus is still the man in linux kernel development circles, and for good reason.

Comment Re:My office mate from India (Score 3, Insightful) 355

It is done in India and it has no gay connotations whatsoever. In fact I think you'd offend and confuse anyone by suggesting it is related to homosexuality. Walking down the street holding hands with your male relative or friend is just done, the same way shaking hands (for instance) isn't gay here.

Comment Re:Not surprising at all (Score 1) 509

I discovered this same relationship (empirically) while dicking around learning Scheme. I don't know what journal these guys got published in but I doubt it's anything more than a journal of exposition. The result is 'obvious' to anyone with mathematical training and I can think of at least two ways to prove it off the top of my head.

Comment Re:Nevermind I was wrong (Score 3, Informative) 119

I think you were correct. In fact in the official rules it states in big capital letters:


Seems pretty clear to me. The contest is to celebrate the 1,000,000,000 download, and it ends at that point, but it's just a random draw beyond that.

Comment Re:This is about non-corporate content creators (Score 1) 479

This fight never had anything to do with "network capacity". They are saying the don't have enough capacity to stream internet video. Yet they do have enough capacity to stream HDTV 24x7 - so longs as you are paying Time Warner for it.

It takes a really strong streak of paranoia and delusion for that argument to not make sense to you. Yes, in general, companies are better able to deliver services and maintain a high capacity when you pay them for it. I know data is just this one cable running into your house for you, but believe it or not it takes some mighty powerful infrastructure to stream porn into millions of houses 24 hours a day.

Comment Re:Sorry, but those limits will never happen (Score 3, Informative) 479

I think the problem is your math, not their service. 60 MB for 1 hour does not equal 1 GB in 4 hours, not even close -- a gig is 1024 megabytes.

Assuming your estimate of 60 MB per hour is correct, their 100GB/month account will let you play Left4Dead for 56 hours a day without paying any overcharge fees. Is that enough for you?
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Carabos Initiate New "Source Liberation" P

AdrianP writes: "Carabos, the team behind the successful PyTables Pro library built on NumPy, is describing a new plan for open-sourcing their flagship product, a "database designed to handle massive amounts of data in an efficient way." Over the next five years, Carabos will be collecting donations and license purchases towards a target goal of 300,000 Euro. When the goal is met or the five years expire, whichever comes first, PyTables Pro will be released as Free Software, 10% of the raised funds will be donated back to Free Software projects such as NumPy, and the remaining money will sponsor the team's continued development of PyTables Pro as free software.
PyTables Pro is a scientific-computation-oriented database that claims to search a table of 10,000,000,000 rows in the time it takes to perform a single disk seek."

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