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Submission + - Fluke Donates Real Multimeters to SparkFun as goodwill gesture (facebook.com)

Actually, I do RTFA writes: We recently heard about the confiscation of a delivery of multimeters to SparkFun for infringing on Fluke's trademark. One common thread in the discussions was the theme that Fluke should have let that shipment through ("lawyers" argued about the legal ramifications of it) as a goodwill gesture to SparkFun and the Maker community. Well, Fluke did one better. They announced they were sending more than $30k worth of official multimeters to SparkFun for them to do whatever they want with.

SparkFun is most likely going to give them away.

A great example of win-win-win?

Submission + - The Rise and Fall of Australia's $44 Billion Broadband Project (ieee.org)

Garabito writes: "In April 2009, Australia’s then prime minister, Kevin Rudd, dropped a bombshell on the press and the global technology community: His social democrat Labor administration was going to deliver broadband Internet to every single resident of Australia. It was an audacious goal, not least of all because Australia is one of the most sparsely populated countries on Earth.
So now, after three years of planning and construction, during which workers connected some 210 000 premises (out of an anticipated 13.2 million), Australia’s visionary and trailblazing initiative is at a crossroads. The new government plans to deploy fiber only to the premises of new housing developments. For the remaining homes and businesses—about 71 percent—it will bring fiber only as far as curbside cabinets, called nodes. Existing copper-wire pairs will cover the so-called last mile to individual buildings."

Submission + - The second operating system hiding in every mobile phone (osnews.com)

Jah-Wren Ryel writes: Every smartphone or other device with mobile communications capability (e.g. 3G or LTE) actually runs not one, but two operating systems. Aside from the operating system that we as end-users see (Android, iOS, PalmOS), it also runs a small operating system that manages everything related to radio. So, we have a complete operating system, running on an ARM processor, without any exploit mitigation (or only very little of it), which automatically trusts every instruction, piece of code, or data it receives from the base station you're connected to. What could possibly go wrong?

Submission + - Gov't Contractor Uses Copyright, Fear Of Hackers To Get Restraining Order Agains (techdirt.com)

Garabito writes: A recent copyright infringement (+ "threat to national security") lawsuit filed by a government contractor against its former employee highlights two terms the government frequently fears: open source and hacking.

Andreas Schou brought this restraining order granted by an Idaho judge to many people's attention. It's an ultra-rare "no notice" restraining order that resulted from a wholly ex parte process involving only the plaintiff, government contractor Battelle Energy Alliance. The restraining order allowed Battelle to seize its former employee's computer, as well as prevent him from releasing the allegedly copied software as open source.

  What this looks like is a government contractor hoping to shut down a competitor by deploying two "chilling" favorites: copyright infringement and "threats to national security." It also hurts itself by falling for government FUD — "open source is dangerous" and "hackers are bad" — both of which contributed to the general level of failure contained in its complaint.

Comment Obligatory Paul Graham reference (Score 2) 79

Paul Graham wrote an essay about trying to replicate Sillicon Valley elsewhere.


For Graham, it's mainly about two things: nerds (that create tech startups) and rich people (that invest in said startups):

"I think you only need two kinds of people to create a technology hub: rich people and nerds. They're the limiting reagents in the reaction that produces startups, because they're the only ones present when startups get started. Everyone else will move.

Observation bears this out: within the US, towns have become startup hubs if and only if they have both rich people and nerds. Few startups happen in Miami, for example, because although it's full of rich people, it has few nerds. It's not the kind of place nerds like.

Whereas Pittsburgh has the opposite problem: plenty of nerds, but no rich people. The top US Computer Science departments are said to be MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, and Carnegie-Mellon. MIT yielded Route 128. Stanford and Berkeley yielded Silicon Valley. But Carnegie-Mellon? The record skips at that point. Lower down the list, the University of Washington yielded a high-tech community in Seattle, and the University of Texas at Austin yielded one in Austin. But what happened in Pittsburgh? And in Ithaca, home of Cornell, which is also high on the list?"


Submission + - Outlawed by Amazon DRM (bekkelund.net) 1

Garabito writes: Imagine one day you grab your Kindle and find out that it has been wiped. You contact Amazon's customer service to find that your account has been permanently disabled and all your digital purchases are now gone. And they won't even tell you why exactly, nor give you a chance to dispute their decision. This may seem like a dystopia, but it has already happened: Martin Bekkelund tells in his blog about this situation happening to a friend: "Amazon just closed her account and wiped her Kindle. Without notice. Without explanation. This is DRM at it’s worst."

Submission + - RMS on Jobs: "I'm not glad he's dead, but I'm glad (latimes.com)

Garabito writes: Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, has posted on his personal site: "As Chicago Mayor Harold Washington said of the corrupt former Mayor Daley, 'I'm not glad he's dead, but I'm glad he's gone.' Nobody deserves to have to die — not Jobs, not Mr. Bill, not even people guilty of bigger evils than theirs. But we all deserve the end of Jobs' malign influence on people's computing." His statement has spurred reaction from the community; some even asking to the Free Software movement to find a new voice.

Comment Re:WTF, this story on homepage, really? (Score 1) 1613

this is the cannonical form:

Sad news ... Stephen King, dead at 54 I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Horror/Sci Fi writer Stephen King was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

Comment Re:He was not 'found' dead! (Score 0, Troll) 1613

I noticed and I don't find it funny at all. And I have been around long enough to recognize the lame and tired meme.

Many Slashdot users looked up to Steve Jobs and came (and more still coming) here to pay a little respect, and to comment about it with fellow nerds and tech-oriented people. I think it's disrespectful to them to present the story that way.

And honestrly, I can't even tell if Soulskill posted this submission on purpose, or if he/she was succesfully trolled, which says a lot about this post-CmdrTaco Slashdot.

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