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Submission + - Open Well-Tempered Clavier: a Kickstarter campaign for open source Bach (kickstarter.com) 1

rDouglass writes: The Open Goldberg Variations team has launched a new project to make an open source, public domain version of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. The work is significant because of it's enormous influence on musicians and composers throughout history. A new studio recording, a new digital MuseScore score (with support for MusicXML and MIDI), as well as all source materials (multitrack WAV, lossless FLAC) will be provided as libre and gratis downloads. New to the project are publisher GRIN Verlag, as well as record label PARMA Recordings. GRIN and PARMA will produce and distribute the physical score and double CD, even though the digital versions are to be widely available and in the public domain. Their enthusiasm for the project runs counter to the general publishing and music industry's fear of digital file sharing, and shows growing momentum for finding new models to make free music commercially sustainable.
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Submission + - BCGurus taking aim at open source, take down video (acquia.com)

rDouglass writes: BCGurus, an Adobe Business Catalyst reseller, hoped to stir up the pot and go viral with a video featuring them, at a firing range, shooting the logos of open source projects such as Drupal, Joomla!, Wordpress. The open source response, and likely pressure from Adobe, have now forced them to backtrack and remove the video.

Submission + - Whitehouse CIO on Open Source in Government (drupal.org)

kbahey writes: The North American DrupalCon 2010 was held in San Francisco from 19 to 21 April with about 3,000 attendees. The highlight of the conference was the keynote by David Cole, CIO for the Whitehouse, on Open Source in government. The link has a video of the talk and a panel with the New York State Senate CIO, Andrew Hoppin.

As reported before on Slashdot, the Whitehouse is a Drupal user since October 2009.

Comment Oh good, another scary number (Score 3, Interesting) 235

One of the things driving me when I began the quitting process was that my back of the napkin math showed I had smoked in the area of 148,000 cigarettes. I had a hard time putting that in terms of anything else. I couldn't compare it to any other non-reflexive thing. I haven't signed my name 148,000 times, or tied my shoes. What have I done 20+ times per day for 20 years?

Now I learn that that means I have 10,000 cell mutations on top of that. Neato. Of course, 10,000 cells is kind of a drop in the bucket compared to the inner surface of my airway.

To smokers: Please note his does not mean that I'm not still hopefully addicted to nicotine. Now it just comes in the form of Cherry Commit Lozenges. They work pretty OK. I've had maybe 1 cigarette per month for the last 5 months.

On the other hand, I miss that I no longer look cool.

Comment Re:Population and cancer (Score 1) 235

It seems to me that any number of debilitating and lethal diseases can be seen this way and that population control should be proactive. If we can cure cancer, it would seem that population control through education would be a far better way to ensure population control without the horrible pain and suffering that the afflicted and their loved ones endure.

I realize that birth control education/legislation/etc. brings up an entirely new conversation (one I'm not trying to start here) but I'd pretty much support anything that would have kept friends and family from dying a slow, painful death.

Comment Re:Don't forget Wine (Score 1) 289

Wine has nothing to do with virtualization.

False. Both are methods for running the software you want while still retaining the freedom to select an operating system.

It's a compatibility layer, nothing more.

False. It's a compatibility layer that might eliminate the need for you to use full-blown virtualization.

Yes, I am aware of the recursive acronym. I see it (and your comment) as exactly the kind of pendantry that is keeping many people from enjoying open source software. Fortunately I am able to see past it, and despite the name of the product, I am able to realize that Parallels and WINE can be used to meet the exact same needs.

Comment Re:I read this as (Score 1) 572

I completely agree. I've had the unlimited plan for about 5 years, since my Original Rzr. I've since been using it with my iPaq and was just about to buy an HP netbook that I could drop my SIM into for data connections.

I've been an ATT customer for about 12 years, and if they drop the unlimited data I'll just switch to Verizon or Tmobile. I've been waiting patiently for a 'Droid phone I can use on ATT anyway, this would be the perfect time for me to just get one and switch carriers.

Comment Grunt job (Score 1) 325

$8/hour is grunt work. Even telephone help desks start at $13 and there isn't that much difference between the U.S. and Canada.

I suspect you won't learn much. I would certainly go and look very carefully at both the working conditions and at the job requirements before starting in.

Intern positions here in technical fields get 2-3 times minimum wage. Engineering interns make enough during the semester to pay for their next two semesters education.

My advice: Keep looking.

Comment This IS D-Link we're talking about. (Score 2, Insightful) 138

Marketing? Yeah right. The REAL issue will be SUPPORT. Having had to deal with D-Link support (both consumer and professional), I'd much rather be slowly eviscerated with a knitting needle.

And if it's something that can't be reduced to a cookie-cutter firmware setting with no options available, D-Link will fuck it up.

Comment GPA inflation? (Score 1) 20

From TFA:

John Jay College sophomore Ahmed Elshafaie, 19, who graduated from Long Island City High School, said he avoids math classes.

"I don't want to ruin my GPA," he said. "High school standards were really low."

Maybe what US high schools need is a difficulty multiplier for GPAs. Of course, that would require some sort of national standard that would have somebody crying foul.

Comment Re:Ok, but why...? (Score 1) 88

So by basically erasing all hope for recovery for the spinal injury victim, Evolution has enabled the non-injured humans a means of escape from lions, tigers, and bears. Since we live in modern society, it's uncommon to see this kind of pursuit.

Actually there is a similar circumstance with an opposite effect - bankruptcy. When a modern human becomes insolvent and declares bankruptcy, its predators are prevented from finishing him/her off, instead they must resort to attacking the not-so-weak middle class. Look how that's worked out...

I say we strap 10lbs of C4 to those who have gone bankrupt and use them as human torpedoes against the banks.

(j/k, I have nothing but sympathy for those who've hit rock bottom)

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