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Comment A winer CEO... (Score 1) 139

... only 50% of the revenue was stolen, and his biggest problems are still:
- late delivery
- slow development
- unable to certify/ship the laser

So, yeah, the other incompetent 'financial guy', seems like an easy to blame scapegoat to me.
Lot's of blabla, but I've been waiting all these years on false promises during all the updates...

Comment That's one way to look at it... (Score 1) 562

That's one way to look at it... but seen how he f*cked things up in the prequels, this movie truely is part of the series. I'm normally very critical about Disney, but you can only admit that they got this one right.

Maybe his first 3 movies where so good because his ex-wife was involved so much?

I enjoyed this movie, despite the high expectations (which normally make it more difficult to live up to it).

Submission + - Book torrent released before its release date: Linux C Programming 1

internet-redstar writes: Before its release date, the book "Linux C Programming" is available for download in its DRM-free format through bittorrent.
Author, Jasper Nuyens, a Linux veteran was asked about his feelings. "Well, this is a strange situation", he replied, "like the movie from Quentin Tarantino, it is occurring more and more that works are distributed online even before they are available for purchase through the normal sales channels".

The author, however indicated that he isn't that sad with this event. "I don't make my living from selling books. If more people attend our courses based upon the books, than that's great, if more learn to program in C on Linux, that's great too." Mr. Tarantino might not share his feelings, but in the music industry too, some artists shift away their focus from selling CDs to selling tickets for their performances.

"Maybe a similar model is possible for book distribution", Mr Nuyens continued. He added that he will not be taking steps against further distribution of his book. "The sharing through BitTorrent of the book actually helps its distribution, so I don't see it as a bad thing at all."

Here is the magnet link:

Comment Re:Android (Score 1) 383

"In terms of past copyright law, a derivative work is a modified version of a previous work, and I don't see any way that a completely separate program such as a driver is a "modification" of the kernel just because the kernel loads it."

Stupid remark. Why do you think the LGPL had to be created for libraries while the software "just interfaces with those libraries"? The reach of a modified work under US copyright law goes very far, and would certainly include kernel modules (if they are written from scratch or not). There isn't even a stable kernel api inside kernelspace for device drivers (and good so).

Comment Re:Android (Score 1) 383

You fail to see the importance of the kernel and its license, with such a remark. Android is indeed the Linux kernel combined with mostly GPL and Apache Licensed code, also a little bit of proprietary licensed software is in the mix.
Android can only use hardware thanks to Linux support. And for certain device drivers, such as the GPU support on most most android smartphones (but also other device drivers sometimes), this is implemented with proprietary licensed binary drivers.
This means it isn't very easy to port Cyanogenmod or other Android Open Source Project based versions of Android to all smartphones.
Added to that, these proprietary drivers are in a shady legal zone: the GPL states that all 'derived works' have to be GPL too. Under US law, it's a no-brainer that they are derived works from the Linux kernel and thus should be GPL too. Linus however, chooses (up till now) not to enforce that. He's perfectly happy that other people are doing the effort to make Linux work on other hardware, with proprietary drivers or not.
My question is if it isn't time to change that opinion. Because it would benefit everybody involved: community, users, hw device makers, smartphone integrators, ecology and Google.
Community: more opensource software for everybody to benefit from
Users: can upgrade their old smartphones and get rid of bloatware
hw device makers: can focus on selling their hw and supporting the community contributed drivers with less effort
smartphone integrators: don't have to worry about supporting old hw and the associated security risks and liabilities
ecology: old smartphones will be less soon discarded when they can run the latest linux/android builds
Google: has to worry less about version fragmentation, security problems of old android releases and smartphone vendors no longer supporting their users

So it's really a win/win situation for everybody in which Linus has the power to change the world for the better with a simple email :-D

Comment Android (Score 1) 383

Linux has now become the most popular operating system in the world through Android. Yet the fact that binary drivers are somehow allowed, makes it impossible for users to upgrade their systems and create cyanogenmod-like alternatives. Is it not time to change the stance with respect to binary drivers, or to give a timeframe to device makers for how much longer this will be allowed? Nvidia is moving slowly into the right direction now, but in the ARM arch, it remains a mess. HW manufacturers aren't interested in the IP on their device drivers, nor are smartphone vendors interested in maintaining and providing software updates. Can't this be a win-win opportunity for everybody involved, and shouldn't it start with some kind of timeframe like: 'Linux will no longer allow binary drivers from mid 2016'?

Comment Weather is more tough than expected... (Score 1) 162

Wind is a bigger problem than most people think. Just think back about how people looked at air travel 100 years ago, and yet again a large part of the public sticks with the same oldfashioned outdated views. It will never happen. Add to that fact that the 3D low air space can not at all be compared with traffic congestion as we know it... 'filled with drones'? Get real!

Comment Isn't Google's fault, or is it? (Score 2) 579

Many remarks say that Google isn't to blame as they provide bug-free versions of Android as well.
HW vendors are indeed not interested to provide upgrades for hw they no longer sell.

While that is true, it was Google's choice to allow binary device drivers for Android interaction by the vendors.
It are these proprietary device drivers which are preventing initiatives such as Cyanogenmod and others to provide a clear upgrade path.
It illustrates the big mistake Google makes in this regard (allowing binary drivers and focusing on Apache licenses).
The position of Google is strong enough to make a stance in the interest of the users (and the world) that all Android drivers should be OpenSourced... in that way the users can 'bake their own' and get their own responsability with respect to upgrades.
The current situation brings the responsibility upon unwilling HW vendors, unwilling providers and ultimately Google.

Sooner or later this is going to blow up into the face of Google because bigger security problems will one day be found!
It's time Google takes a stance for OpenSource software in the interest of the users and the larger common good (certainly now it's completely on par with their own interests)!

Comment Re:This was bound to happen. (Score 3, Interesting) 112

Somewhat maybe. In any case many people just want to experience flying. It is great fun to fly. And testing new planes is a special kind of fun at that. So I'm sure he had fun. And I'm sure he outweighed the fun versus the risk. I'm a frequent paraglider pilot, and even this close to earth lethal accidents do happen.
I for one accept my risks and live to have fun :)

Comment Fishy Google Ideas (Score 4, Insightful) 289

While I do think the article is too long, I think some of the actions of Google are to be expected. Microsoft is also lobbying massively in Washington, and Google has to put some counterweight on that - one could think.
But what Assange lists about Google Ideas is disturbing.
And when I look at the Google Ideas website, it seems to be a very valid point. And even more disturbing.

Yet I do believe he thinks the CEO of Google has more power than he has in reality. And I might be naive. But, seriously, they should look better into what Jared Cohen is doing with the money of Google, there certainly is something fishy about this guy, his connection and interpretation of 'do no evil', thanks to Assange for pointing that out!

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