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Comment Better than ruby/gems (Score 1) 130

I usually download the tar.gz for a perl module, then it's a simple 'perl Makefile.pl && make && make test'. Install honors DESTDIR, so then I can package it myself, every time. If my distro ever does release an updated module, my package system should pick it up then.

Gems on the other hand, I haven't been able to package at all. Best solution I've seen is Debian, they set up a 'quarantine' under /var/lib/gems, with it's own bin directory and everything, to keep gems away from Debian packaged ruby libs. Then you get to fight with vendoring, config.gem, initializers, etc. I got to the point on one app where I just gave up and copied the libraries into RAILS_ROOT/lib. I sure hope rails 3.0 improves this.


Details Emerging On Tunguska Impact Crater 164

#space_on_irc.freenode.net (Dusty) writes "Lake Cheko in Siberia has been noted as the probable crater of the 1908 Siberian Tunguska event. This news was discussed here in December, but details on the crater were scant. Now a new paper written by Luca Gasperini, Enrico Bonatti, and Giuseppe Longo (the same team in Bologna, Italy that made news in December) has a horde of new details on the supposed crater. The team visited Lake Cheko complete with their own catamaran and completed ground-penetrating radar maps, side-scanning sonar images, aerial images, and some sample collection of Lake Cheko. Intriguingly, they also imaged an object under the sediment that may be a fragment of the impacting body. Their paper (PDF) includes a lot more details including images, side-scanning sonar image, a 3-D view of the lake, a morphobathymetric map. It's an interesting read, these dudes are good. They plan to return this summer and drill the core if weather permits, hopefully answering the question once and for all." The same team also has a more discursive article in the current Scientific American that includes some detail on the working conditions in the Siberian summer. Think: mosquitos.

Why We Think Music Should Be Free 1

This is not a diatribe about copyleft. It's an exploration of ways "music delivery" has changed over the last three decades, and why these changes have led to a commonly-held belief that music can be downloaded or exchanged without paying a dime to the artists who wrote and played the songs. (more below)

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