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Learn from Linus: the Nice way, the Nasty way, and the Hacker way | 172 comments | Create New Account
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Chairman Goodlatte Review of Copyright Law is very bad news...
Authored by: Gringo_ on Wednesday, April 24 2013 @ 11:33 PM EDT

I wonder how much he is getting paid by the MAFIAAs for this one? According to Wikipedia...

Goodlatte is an original sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act, H.R. 3261, introduced in the House's, Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet Subcommittee, which he Chairs. He is also a coauthor of the bill, as referenced by Chairman Lamar Smith,[8] Congresswoman Waters,[9] and Goodlatte himself[10] during Markup hearings for SOPA. The bill enables the Justice Department to shutdown websites that it determines are dedicated to copyright infringement. The DoJ would be able to commence legal action against any site it believes to have "limited purpose or use other than infringement," and the DoJ would be authorized to prevent search engines, social networking sites and domain name services block access to the targeted site.

This man is not to be trusted. Beyond "copyright reform" on behalf of the MAFIAA, his ultimate ambition is to have every US citizen marked with an RFID tag. We need to do everything in our power to obstruct progress by his committee.

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Microsoft re-releases botched patch as KB 2840149, but problems remain
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 25 2013 @ 12:40 AM EDT

I'm interested by this statement that completes the article:

"If MS13-036 -- Microsoft's second major botched patch so far this year --
doesn't convince you to turn off Windows Automatic Update, I don't know what

But, given the quality of Microsoft products, you need any patches that are
released about 4 weeks before they are available. The patching process only
begins when exploits are actively being used, so, by the time they develop a
patch, and it's the right Tuesday, they need to be installed.

Well, as they say, if you can't trust an OS's update mechanism, you can't trust
the OS, but what chance do any of us have of pulling our family, friends or
clients off the Microsoft teat (or, should i say, syringe)?

(I recall the statement about the open source community's attitude toward
updates - 'Release because it's ready, not because it's Tuesday.' Applies here,
both ways, doesn't it?)

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MS brings war to Kansas
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 25 2013 @ 07:52 PM EDT
Gotta love it... trust Microsoft.

Security, privacy, trust... three words I never associate with Microsoft.

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Learn from Linus: the Nice way, the Nasty way, and the Hacker way
Authored by: FreeChief on Thursday, April 25 2013 @ 08:39 PM EDT
The article lists four things we learned from Linus
He attributes the success of Linux during his talk to four primary principles:
  • Don't Dream Big... OK, World Domination was a joke
  • Give It All Away... OK.
  • Don't Have a Plan... Maybe. There's a plan for the next release, but not for the next twenty years
  • Don't Be Nice... Now hold it right there!
My girlfriend and I spent a nice evening drinking beer with Linus, Tove, and about eight other guys sometime around 1997. (Tove insisted we were invited when she found that my girlfriend was the only other woman at the conference.) Now some guy I've never heard of says Linus is not a nice guy? I don't make a habit of getting into bar fights, but this guy needs to learn some manners.

I calmed down when I read (some of) the article. The "not nice" to which he refers is in the criticism of each others code and ideas. The riff-raff thinks that trashing something is not nice, and that it is nice to praise it even it it is broken. In hacker culture, submitting a bug report is a service. If someone can tell you, even before you write it, why the program won't work, so much the better. That saves a lot of work.

I get a lot of satisfaction from trashing my own work. When I can delete a long procedure that took a week to write and replace it with something short and simple, I go home happy,

 — Programmer in Chief

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