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Comment Re:Mr. Shuttleworth should try to understand himse (Score 1) 655

Ubuntu doesn't actually contribute much source code anyhow. It takes and takes, but returns very little.

I'd like to back up your statement with some facts, since you're not getting much love from the mods.

Around 22:30 in this video you see which companies give back to the Linux kernel
Spoiler: Canonical is not in the top 10. Not by a long shot.

Comment Re:It's all for show from now on. (Score 2, Informative) 768

After reading your comment I watched the episode online, thanks for pointing it out to me.
I don't live in the US so I can't watch CBS on tv.
I recommend to everyone that hasn't seen it yet to check it out, it's been really educational.

Props to CBS for not filtering out non-US IPs like other some tv stations do.

Comment Re:There's something not quite right about this (Score 3, Informative) 99

Funny that the first person to mention Launchpad is someone that works for OpenHatch.

Not to steal your thunder, I think OpenHatch is wonderful, but it does remind me an awful lot about launchpad.
For those of you unfamiliar with LP, is another site like this, that tries to get people involved with F/OSS projects.
You can contribute bugreports, fixes, Q&A about software, provide translations...
It used to be focussed around Ubuntu and Gnome (because the site is run by Canonical Inc.), but nowadays the site has really taken off (no pun intended) and hosts many kinds of FOSS projects.

I like how OpenHatch makes FOSS-involvement something you can boast about on forums/social networking sites using their HTML widget.
It makes me want to get my hands dirty and get involved :)

Comment Unattractive website (Score 1) 269

It always amazes me that the websites for wonderful FOSS projects can be so damn ugly.

The Resynthesizer website is a great example. It's not so much the site itself I find ugly, but the logo.
They make a Gimp plug-in for crying out loud, they should be able to whip up something more appealing.

I get that programmers just don't care about their website or logo, only about coding the actual software.
But that kind of attitude is keeping some FOSS projects from becoming popular with the general population.

At first glance Resynthesizer wouldn't strike me as a serious competitor for anything that a behemoth like Adobe makes, although TFA shows me that it is.
Maybe that makes me a narrow-sighted idiot, but I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Comment Re:Ubuntu 6 month cycle (Score 1) 319

Windows 2000 hits end of life this summer. 2003 enters extended support which ends in 2015 - this was extended due to poor uptake of Windows 2008. They currently offer 10 years of support but they often extend if uptake of the follow on release is low.

RedHat and Novell support their enterprise linux OS products on a seven year cycle.

Novell even leaves the downloads availble for up to 10 years.

Comment Philosophers, "we told you so". (Score 2, Insightful) 342

I have been flamed more than a few times around here for suggesting Computer Science has not got a clue what they are doing when it comes to AI. Philosophy has been at this problem and more for the better part of the last 400+ years (more like a 1,000 years) in a serious way. The stock b.s., I get from the science fiction fan boys is that somehow natural language is a problem that can just be brute forced as if you were trying to figure out the password you forgot to your email account. Good luck with that.

By the way, language "recognition" by a computer is likly the easy part of the problem for AI researchers to crack. It is still not going to yield any real AI, just better cars and toasters.

Comment Re:Release early, release often. (Score 1) 319

I used to use kpovmodeler. I found it easy to use and quite powerful for my limited needs. Sadly, my recent upgrade from 8.04 to 9.04 broke kpovmodeler. I couldn't do an unistall/reinstall because kpovmodeler was no longer in the repositories. The software has been without a developer for a couple of years now, and as such, no longer qualifies to be included in Ubuntu. Now, if I want to render something, all I've got is Blender - overly complicated and powerful. It's like using a chainsaw to spread butter. Sometimes all you need is a simple little tool.

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