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Comment the tools of your trade are an investment (Score 1) 375

Invest in the tools that will allow you to work most effectively. Your monitors are your tools. You would question a carpenter who uses a hand-saw all day instead of a power saw to finish a job in half the time. Tradesmen of all sorts, mechanics, welders, plumbers, electricians, even landscapers, know that their tools are an investment. They allow them to work efficiently and do jobs they otherwise couldn't. I'm not going to tell you that a 2560x1600 is necessarily worth the extra money vs a 1920x1080. I'm telling you that you should decide what tool is best for the job, and THEN consider if it is a worthwhile investment. After all, you are going to stare at that thing 8+ hours a day. Most people spend a lot of money on "luxury" options for their car, which they may drive an hour or less per day. Leather chairs, upgraded radio, navigation system, tinted windows, larger engine, special wheels, you name it. These things cost far more than a nice PC and monitors, and you use them far less! $0.02.

Comment derived works and Linux kernel GPL-only symbols (Score 1) 56

Dear Mr Moglen, I am developing proprietary software which will eventually become an "appliance" of sorts, and will need a kernel to run on. However, this software will also require proprietary NIC drivers, extensions to the kernel's TCP/IP stack, and overall, will add many functions which need to run in kernel-space and be accessible by user-space programs. The Linux kernel's somewhat recent move toward "GPL-only symbols" presents a problem for people like myself, who are suddenly no longer sure Linux is an appropriate kernel that can serve their needs in the future. It also muddies the waters such that a company can no longer be ensured that code which can load as a module is free from becoming encumbered by the GPL. I may be required to choose a different kernel than Linux for my "appliance" because of this uncertainty. I will certainly need to plan for supporting more than one underlying kernel, for example, the ability to run atop (and load into) both Linux and FreeBSD. Can one expect their product to be labeled a "derived work" if it functions entirely as a loadable module and does not make use of GPL-only symbols? The answer from some in the Linux community is still yes. Does this change if the work is also compatible with a different kernel, and thus is a marketable product offering the user a choice of kernels, or perhaps, simply defending the business from becoming "locked in" to a kernel with a foggy future for proprietary software? Should all makers of "appliances" who need loadable modules to interface with proprietary hardware now see the Linux kernel as a dead-end platform? We may find ourselves having to contribute code to FreeBSD to bring some of its VM capabilities up-to-speed with Linux, which would benefit the free software community. However, we are not sure we can open-source and GPL-license the in-kernel code we need to make our proprietary hardware and "appliance" work -- it's part of the secret sauce. This is why Linux is an uncertain option.

Submission + - Europe running short of IPv4 Addresses (

jeffsw6 writes: The RIPE NCC has begun allocating IPv4 addresses from its very last /8 — or block of 16.7 million IPs. No organisation can expect to get more than 1,024 more IPv4 addresses from RIPE any time soon. We all knew this was coming for over a decade, but IPv6, the only way to continue growing the Internet, is still not widely-deployed. Things are about to get interesting.

Submission + - GM drops its Facebook ads (

bpspain writes: "
The decision by General Motors (GM) to stop advertising on Facebook may be a reality check for the biggest social network. GM apparently dropped its Facebook ads because they are less effective than other alternatives like Google AdSense and Google’s banner ads that are more targeted. GM is not the only company questioning the effectiveness of advertising on Facebook, Kia Motors Corp. has previously questioned the value of Facebook ads, wondering how the paid ads help them ssell cars.
  The direct financial impact of GM’s move is relatively minimal for Facebook, but it drew attention to the network’s advertising system. And unlike Google’s AdWords system, which has a proven value proposition for advertisers, complete with detailed analytics and suggestions to improve their ROI, Facebook’s ad system is still immature. It’s likely that if Facebook wants to fulfill the huge expectations in its $105 billion IPO, it will have to market itself to the marketers better. This news comes amidst a recent poll showing majority of Facebook users not feeling safe in doing financial transactions over Facebook. Both of those developments will certainly pose a threat in dampening the demand of interest in the upcoming IPO of Facebook. To make matters worse, in Mark Zuckerberg’s letter to shareholders prior to the filing of IPO, he said, “Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission – to make the world more open and connected. Simply put: we don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services.” Meanwhile, GM will keep its Facebook pages, for which it pays no fees, to market its vehicles. More than 3.1 million people on Facebook “like” two pages dedicated to the Camaro muscle car, and 1.2 million “like” the Chevrolet brand. GM spends $30 million a year making content like pictures and videos to post on its pages. GM even has brand pages for individual countries. Apparently, GM’s decision was not permanent and it could buy Facebook ads in the future. Most of the investors are anxious that Facebook does not have a sure way to make money from its massive number of users accessing the website from smartphones yet. Moreover, its profit from the ads department has decreased in the past months. No one is even confident that Zuckerberg is going to wake up soon with a proper understanding of advertising."

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Submission + - Intel Demos 7Gpbs Wireless Docking (

Lucas123 writes: Intel for the first time demonstrated the Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) docking specification using an Ultrabook, which was able to achieve 7Gbps performance, ten times the fastest Wi-Fi networks based on the IEEE 802.11n standard. The WiGig medium access control (MAC) and physical (PHY) control specification operates in the unlicensed 60GHz frequency band, which has more spectrum available than the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands used by existing Wi-Fi products. According to Ali Sadri, chairman of the WiGig Alliance, the specification also supports wireless implementations of HDMI and DisplayPort interfaces, as well as the High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) scheme used to protect digital content transmitted over those interfaces. It scales to allow transmission of both compressed and uncompressed video.

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