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Submission + - NASA's Poor Treatment of an Independent Inventor (

LoadWB writes: Jed Margolin holds patents spanning four decades. When he attempted to contact NASA about possible infringement upon one of his patents he was met with numerous years of stone-walling, insults, and dubious agency and legal shenanigans, including and detailed within a 4,000-page FOIA answer. So frequently we hear of corporate juggernauts ripping the very life out of consumers (his site is also not devoid of corporate mistreatment,) but read on to see what happens when Goliath is the agency of an ever-growing and increasingly ubiquitous government.

Comment Maybe Oracle should focus on providing support... (Score 2) 142

...rather than suing companies which pick up its slack. I've tried on-and-off for several years to get support from Oracle on my Solaris machines. I'm even offering to pay for the support contracts which abruptly ended when Sun was bought out. It wouldn't have been such a problem if Oracle hadn't pay-walled the Recommended updates for Solaris. I'm having to move away from the venerable old operating system because of Oracle's neglect.

That stench in the air is the SCO disease.

Comment Not quite as old school as Old School (Score 1) 285

Took along my TI-99/4A with about 150 cartridges and an MBX system to Christmas with my family. My two nephews, 7 and 13, got neat new electronica, including a Nintendo DS. They spent most of the day on the TI playing "Championship Baseball" and "Frogger," amongst other games in the collection. They really thought the speech recognition of the MBX was cool, though not perfect.

Why not start them with what you started with, and explain to them your evolution? Maybe even demonstrate it if you can: I have my TI, my Commodore 64, and my Amiga which I can show to them. I can even show them early Macs and Ataris (8-bit and ST) like I got to use in school. It believe it's helpful for them to know from where the technology they use today came.

While I lament that the card-swappers of today don't know so much about the chip-swapping I did (though things like the Arduino and BASIC Stamp certainly help,) I am sure that some of my own elders lament that I never knew what it was like to solder a diode into a CPU to create a new instruction.

Submission + - GIMP Abandons SourceForge. Distributes via FTP Instead (

Dangerous_Minds writes: GIMP, a free and open source altenernative to image manipulation software like Photoshop, recently announced that it will no longer be distributing their program through SourceForge. Citing some of the ads as reasons, they say that the tipping point was "the introduction of their own SourceForge Installer software, which bundles third-party offers with Free Software packages. We do not want to support this kind of behavior, and have thus decided to abandon SourceForge." The policy changes were reported back in August by Gluster. GIMP is now distributing their software via their own FTP page instead. Is Sourceforge becoming the next CNET?

Comment Government control of private transmitters? (Score 1) 175

Are all TV transmitters in England government-run? The problem I see arising from this plan is privately-operated TV stations become a critical infrastructure and eventually fall under government control for integrity and safety purposes. If a TV transmitter shuts down for whatever reason, planned or other-wise, then that part of the air traffic system could fail or operate under reduced capacity. If required for air traffic control, would TV stations then become "too important to fail?"

*sigh* Guess I have to go RTFA.

Comment Web site design confounds saving passwords (Score 1) 538

"Password vaults are likely to become more widely used out of necessity."

A long time ago I memorized my passwords. They started with simple six character passwords to more complex 10 characters. Later as complexity requirements became more disparate between systems, including aging and having to retire otherwise good passwords, I gave up and started saving them, instead.

I use the built-in password saver in Firefox with a master password and FIPS enabled ( and with my user profile encrypted by Windows EFS. I use apg ( to generate random passwords as long as 48 characters and with character sets dependent upon site requirements.

To my aggravation many web sites do not allow me to save my password. To mitigate this I have a bookmark button with Javascript code to strip all autocomplete=off from the forms. I get more aggravated with sites which have maximum lengths or do not allow certain special characters. So far as I know, if you hash what you get from the user it should not matter what is used for the password,assuming it meets complexity requirements.

Sure, I could get a third party password utility, but I feel that I should be allowed to use the built-in utilities available to me. While my way does have its weaknesses, and I know not everyone manages passwords much worse, the situation is no less aggravating.


Submission + - New TCP/IP stack for 68000-based Amigas (

LoadWB writes: Direct from APC&TCP's email announcement today:

Starting today, the free demonstration and evaluation version of Roadshow is available for download from our support web page. Save for a time restriction, the evaluation version is identical to the full commercial release.

Roadshow is a TCP/IP stack for Amiga computers, which allows you to connect to the Internet, access your e-mail, web pages, chat, etc. It can also help you access and exchange files within your local home network.

The full commercial release version will be available for sale from the APC&TCP online store starting January 2013.

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