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Comment Re:Who Cares (Score 1) 892

Of course human nature is changed by systems. Before money, humans didn't live, breath, and eat money like people do today. When there is a shortage of something, people compete. When there is an abundance of something, people share. Beyond that, human nature is shaped entirely by the systems that surround it, and likewise shape those systems by interacting in it.

Humans used to kill each other all the time. Now it rarely happens (directly), because of a system of crime and punishment. By nature, individuals were sick of being attacked, so they created a system to protect themselves.

That said, you probably meant it is foolish to think you can change human nature from the top-down. Justice may be enforced top-down, but obviously its origins are from the the very grassroots up. Just because you weren't alive when it happened doesn't mean your nature as a person wasn't affected by the justice system, or political system, or that the it was a foolish endeavour.

If you can come up with a system which is so beneficial that even those people who profiting from the status-quo would want to switch to it, then you can change human nature.

Comment Re:WIKI Laws (Score 1) 233

Wouldn't Google Wave fit the bill for collaboration on legislation pretty well? With the release, they've been heavily pushing a new "Add email address" feature to current Wave users which just sends invites, so it should start spreading pretty quickly if creative people in the beta can actually make it useful for something. That plus the gradual federation of servers and diversification of clients, just like email, could make XMPP the collaborative protocol of the next decade. Seems like the right direction to head in, anyway.

Submission + - KDevelop 4.0 Released (

HatofPig writes: "The KDevelop Hackers are proud and happy to announce that KDevelop 4.0 is finally available as a stable release. The first stable release since KDE 3.5, KDevelop 4.0 comes with lots of features already, even though some things had to be dropped compared to the 3.5 series due to time constraints. In particular we have focused on building an excellent C++ IDE instead of trying to integrate lots of languages halfheartedly. Of course it is still possible to add support for more languages to KDevelop and we are confident that it is actually easier than before: the best proof for that is the PHP plugin that is released alongside KDevelop 4.0. Lots of screenshots here!"

Comment Re:I have a feeling.... (Score 1) 1010

But the great thing is that there are umpteen different ways to use most of that free software in open-source operating systems. Virtualization is probably the most reliable, but the progress in Wine has been astounding and it works great for running VirtualDub, and can use Windows video encoders like the XviD binaries for Windows. And I've been watching online television from CTV in Firefox using the Silverlight plugin, so that is a testament to progress in Mono.

Comment Re:Ouch. (Score 2, Informative) 388

At Loblaw's our President's Choice gift cards need to be peeled out of the frame they are inset into, with backing. There's no way to get anything off of the card until then. Plus the frame holds the little hole so you can hang them on the shelf.

And phone cards all just have identical barcodes. The POS system then generates their activation code upon confirmation of payment, and prints it on their receipt.

This is in little ol' Canada, by the way.

Comment Re:How the telcos will respond (Score 1) 150

If a company designed a product to operate in the whitespace radio band, wouldn't they want to market it to people in Baltimore and Philadelphia too? So why would they make a device that would interfere with DTV transmissions in those cities? Or, do you mean that they are so far away that your ability to pick them up isn't protected?

Comment Any ideas? (Score 1) 1

I've always been planning to implement a file backup system, but that's pretty boring stuff. The reason I brought up Dropbox is because ultimately I think it'd be the penultimate reason to pay for webhosting, were the idea implemented in FOSS. In the meanwhile, how do you backup your personal files to your webhost?

How can I make my life easier by using my hundreds of gigs of space, and thousands transfer each month? I googled for a while and couldn't find much geared towards answering my question. There must be some interesting web-based software out there that people run on their own servers to help productivity. What do other slashdotters keep installed on their servers?

The Internet

Submission + - Good uses for personal web hosting? 1

HatofPig writes: "Like many people, I've purchased a domain name with my name in it, but don't have the time or inclination to start a blog, or maintain a website there (at least not yet). While I've used my webspace for a few hobby projects, and the occasional file hosting, there are several hundred gigabytes just sitting there unused and I find it hard to justify renewing my yearly contract when it comes up again, unless I find a use for it. I'd donate some of it to a mirroring service, but shared-server hosting plans aren't really good for that sort of thing. That said, I'm sure there are lots of useful things that I could use my webspace for, if I had an imagination. Something like a self-hosted Dropbox alternative would be a fantastic use, if it existed. What interesting things do Slashdotters use their personal webspace for? How should any self-respecting geek make use of their webhosting plan and domain name?"

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