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Comment Re:What's really interesting... (Score 1) 374

uh, no. Banshee devs opted to disable their amazon plugin by default (that's a lot different from opting to get $0). This doesn't mean GNOME would get no money, it would simply mean that users would have to enable the plugin before 100% of the revenue went to GNOME. This way would have given end-users the freedom to decide who would get the affiliates revenue from their purchases.

Comment Re:Flamebait (Score 1) 374

The agreement that the Banshee devs made with Canonical was that the Amazon affiliates code would be unchanged but theplugin would be disabled by default (while the UbuntuOne plugin was enabled by default). Users could then enable the Amazon plugin and 100% of all revenue would then go to GNOME.


33 Developers Leave 500

dkd903 writes "We all knew it would come to this, and it has finally happened — 33 developers have left to join The Document Foundation, with more expected to leave in the next few days. After Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems, fell into the hands of Oracle, as did a lot of other products. So, last month a few very prominent members of the community decided to form The Document Foundation and fork as LibreOffice, possibly fearing that it could go the OpenSolaris way."

Submission + - Android at risk from 88 High-Critical Flaws (

darthcamaro writes: HTC's Droid Incredible has an incredible amount of software flaws, according to static code analysis vendor Coverity. They ran Android 2.2 as used on the Droid Incredible through the same static analysis engine used for hundreds of open source projects including Linux and found a pile of code flaw. Surprisingly, it is Android's use of Linux as a base that keeps the defect density down a bit, the non-Linux bits of Android are buggier than the LInux-bits. And no it's just about about wakelocks either

The defect density findings however change when Android's Linux heritage is taken out of the equation. Chou noted that the Android kernel is derived from the Linux kernel and when the parts that are Android-kernel-specific are taken out, the defect density goes up. According to Chou the defect density of Android specific kernel code was 0.7. "Android-specific code in the kernel tended to be buggier," Chou said.


Submission + - Actroid Female Telepresence Robot Looks Super Real (

kkleiner writes: Kokoro recently unveiled its Actroid F telepresence robot, a full sized female humanoid with complex facial movements and realistic appearance. It can blink, shift its eyes and neck, bow, and even breathe. A webcam on your end watches your face and head movements and has the robot mimic them. It’s one of the most complex and human-like telerobots ever seen and it really freaks me out. This thing is sort of the epitome of the Uncanny Valley.
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Submission + - Meeks: Oracle Doesn't Understand 'Community' (

Blacklaw writes: Micheal Meeks, founder of The Document Foundation and LibreOffice lead, discusses the reason for the very public split from the Oracle-owned project.
Asked about the friction that has lead to the forming of the Document Foundation and the community's very public split from Oracle, Meeks told us: "The Oracle people have decided that all of the non-Oracle people on the Community Council, which is there to govern the community, should be recused — as in, kicked off the council — because they have a 'conflict of interest' with the community that they're supposed to be governing."
"Apparently," he said, "the conflict of interest is that all of the community non-affiliated Oracle people, of which there are four from different companies, all individually have a conflict of interest with the community which they represent, whereas Oracle is the one who owns the community, and it's theirs, and it exists for them, and thus these people should be kicked off because they're not doing what Oracle wants."
Meeks explained that this was a clear symptom of Oracle's negative attitude towards community: "Community is something that does things for you, it's not something that you're a member of, if it doesn't do what you like then walk all over it and ignore it."


Apple Counter-Sues Motorola Over Touchscreen Patents 201

Earlier this month, we discussed news that Motorola had sued Apple, alleging infringement of 18 patents involving the iPhone, iPad, and other Apple devices. In response, Apple has now launched a pair of lawsuits alleging that Motorola is the infringing party, pointing to a number of patents involving touchscreen displays and multi-touch technology, and also methods for interacting with settings and data on a device. Apple wants the court to award them damages and prevent Motorola from continuing to sell the offending devices, which include the Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, BackFlip, Devour i1, Devour A555, Cliq, and Cliq XT.

Submission + - Salesforce Seems to Pay Patent Royalties for Linux

FlorianMueller writes: The Register reports on a "strangely worded statement" according to which Microsoft and have settled their patent dispute, with the net effect that Salesforce pays Microsoft an undisclosed amount of royalties for patents "in the areas of operating systems, cloud services and customer relationship management software." The reference to "operating systems" suggests very strongly that Salesforce joins, HTC, TomTom, Samsung and who-knows-how-many-others in paying royalties to Microsoft for using Linux. The Open Invention Network (created by IBM, Red Hat and others five years ago) claims that it shields Linux from patent claims. But where is the OIN when it's actually needed? Apparently large companies like Amazon and Salesforce determined that the OIN couldn't help them and decided to pay. One can only wonder what the OIN's agenda actually is.

Comment Re:And what have YOU done for Free and Open Source (Score 2, Informative) 268

Wow, you fail at reading comprehension. Miguel has never claimed that Mono *doesn't* infringe on patents because he can't be 100% certain that it doesn't, it's not the same as knowing that it *does*.

No one has been able to point us (the Mono team) at a single patent that we may infringe. Not one. You'd think, with all the rabidly anti-Mono trolls such as yourself, that one of you, after 9 years, would have come up with at least 1 solid patent infringement claim, but no.

Same old vague hand waiving claiming we infringe patents that you can't point to but just *know* exist. Sorta like some people claim to *know* that God really exists, or like many children believe with all their heart that Santa Clause really exists.

Comment Re:-1 Misses the point (Score 1) 268

It's comforting to finally read some words of wisdom!

You also touched on something I have always found so amusing. I don't know if you've noticed or not, but a vast majority of the people badmouthing Mono have not contributed *anything* to F/OSS (like the Boycott Novell trolls), who, when asked why they don't contribute, reply (more-or-less) "we don't have time, we're too busy badmouthing Mono".

Imagine if these people put their time and energy into something constructive instead, like contributing to Rhythmbox (since they obviously hate Banshee), GNote (since they hate Tomboy), or any other alternative to the Mono apps out there. If they put half the energy into that as opposed to writing hundreds of thousands of comments/articles per day bashing us and our project, they'd have nothing to worry about because the C alternatives would have far surpassed the Mono versions.

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