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Comment Re:Since America has the best programmers... (Score 1) 55

Debian is a decentralized, global, volunteer-run organization. Anyone can organize a BSP. There is no "they" that you can speak of so uniformly. I do imagine however (though I do not know for sure since I am not a Debian developer) that Debian conferences are held outside of the U.S. because of incidents like this.

Comment Re:Schmidt might not be worried, but I am. (Score 1) 207

And I would be surprised if this prediction is even remotely accurate. Do you use Facebook? It is increasingly becoming the only website you need to keep in touch with your contacts/friends and it is the only website that I have ever encountered that actually makes Google search engine less relevant. My friends no longer tell me to "Google" something that comes up in a conversation. They just post the link with a description of why they might like it to their profiles.

Last but not least: they have done a really, really nice job with the website. As far as Web 2.0 apps go, I would put facebook second only to gmail.

Comment Re:Lose-lose situation (Score 5, Insightful) 344

Having a good reputation among the slashdot crowd may be more important than you think. Oracle's name is quickly becoming mud in the minds of of a lot of developers, and while in the short term that may mean little to them, it will probably bite them in the ass down the road. Developers may not make purchasing decisions for the kinds of large companies that purchase Oracle's products, but they make do make technical ones, and they also advise the people who make those purchasing decisions.

The State of Ruby VMs — Ruby Renaissance 89

igrigorik writes "In the short span of just a couple of years, the Ruby VM space has evolved to more than just a handful of choices: MRI, JRuby, IronRuby, MacRuby, Rubinius, MagLev, REE and BlueRuby. Four of these VMs will hit 1.0 status in the upcoming year and will open up entirely new possibilities for the language — Mac apps via MacRuby, Ruby in the browser via Silverlight, object persistence via Smalltalk VM, and so forth. This article takes a detailed look at the past year, the progress of each project, and where the community is heading. It's an exciting time to be a Rubyist."

Comment Re:*First post.. (Score 4, Interesting) 590

Teachers are being paid to teach. They are not being paid to create lesson plans. I am not a full time teacher, but I have taught, and I can tell you that when I do I regularly use lesson plans that I have created at previous schools or in my free time when I not working for anyone (but know I will be teaching again someday down the line). And, yes, sometimes I have even downloaded plans off of the web. How could a school I teach at claim ownership over this work? In my mind this would be like club owners claiming to own the rights to any music that is played at their venues.

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