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1950's analog computer
Authored by: 400guy on Friday, July 13 2012 @ 09:47 AM EDT

Economic Stocks and Flows — A Lecture Using a Phillips MONIAC Economic Analog.  The embedded video of the lecture shows the computer in action.  And I bet the inventor did not use a GUI library <grin />.

Patentable?  Nyah, I say.  Water and pipes and valves and tanks: just mathematics, differential equations this time.

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Shuttleworth and Ubuntu ARE cheap
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, July 13 2012 @ 10:13 AM EDT
Shuttleworth and his Ubuntu ARE cheap. Perhaps not as moneymakers, but at least they don't count as decent people. Reading the argument that it was too expensive to help out the "upstream" Debian, the volunteer source for Ubuntu's success:
Canonical remains unwilling to support PPAs (Personal Package Archives) via Launchpad for Debian, but only Ubuntu. Canonical's reasoning for not supporting the building of PPAs on upstream Debian is that it's an expensive service to operate.
That is a sad attitude, given that Debian assembles more than 99% of the software Mr El Cheapo Mark Shuttleworth's company Canonical rips for Ubuntu.

I think the Ubuntu staff's attitude towards their benefactors in Debian is worrying. Why does Canonical hurt their source? It cannot be good in the long run.

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Tasmanian cops to world: it's not our job to censor the Internet
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, July 13 2012 @ 02:23 PM EDT
The cops in Tasmania, Australia have informed the general public that it's not
illegal to call people nasty names on Facebook, and that they don't want any
more complaints on those lines: "If this behavior occurred in a public
place it would not be a reportable offence. It is not the role of Tasmania
Police to censor internet content." -- Cory Doctorow

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Yahoo still leaking
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, July 13 2012 @ 04:09 PM EDT

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Maxim Integrated Products v. The World, On Topic?
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, July 13 2012 @ 05:54 PM EDT

MIPS is stated to be a practicing entity, yet none of those it is prosecuting are direct competitors. Also none of those going after MIPS to invalidate the patents are in the "innovation space" about those patents. I get the feeling that patents on these functions may be part of the reason why financial systems display frequent security problems, as the makers and operators try to avoid or workaround the patents. Yet more evidence in favor of Open Source Security.

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Troll lawyer has some issues
Authored by: SpaceLifeForm on Friday, July 13 2012 @ 07:48 PM EDT

Stone issued subpoenas to Internet service providers, hoping to unmask those who had downloaded Mick Haig's pr0n [ed]—but he did so before the judge in the case had agreed. When some of the Does contacted the attorneys provided by the court to defend their interests (from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen), the gambit was revealed, and the attorneys moved to sanction Stone. Stone dropped the case, but it wasn't enough to halt the sanctions bid. The district court judge agreed that Stone's conduct had shown "staggering chutzpah" and fined him $10,000 in addition to other penalties. That sanction was appealed and has now been upheld by the Fifth Circuit.

“The court characterized Stone’s actions as a ‘grave’ and ‘wanton’ ‘abdication of responsibility,’ transforming the use of subpoenas ‘from a bona fide state-sanctioned inspection into private snooping,’ and noted that Stone has abused the subpoena power before in other cases,” the judges wrote in the Fifth Circuit decision.

The Fifth Circuit court also has required that a copy of this decision be filed in all of Stone’s other cases, involving defendants all over the country.

Warning: Bad Lawyer Language at link.


You are being MICROattacked, from various angles, in a SOFT manner.

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Olympic committee says you're only allowed to link to their site if you have nice things to say
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, July 13 2012 @ 08:27 PM EDT
Hey, LOCOG! I think you're a bunch of greedy, immoral corporatist swine who've sold out London to a bunch of multinationals and betrayed the spirit of athleticism and international cooperation.

You're a disgrace. And I'm linking to you. In a most derogatory manner.

What are you going to do about it?

Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

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ZaReason - supporting non-locked-down hardware
Authored by: SpaceLifeForm on Friday, July 13 2012 @ 08:45 PM EDT


You are being MICROattacked, from various angles, in a SOFT manner.

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