February 2000 Archives
I caught the link to Andrea's Weblog below. Nice comment, fozzie. For those of you out there who don't know (and why would you?) I just got back from seeing an 'internet chic.' She is awesome, and I am very much in love. We met online and now I am moving to her city. It is a very romantic tale, one I hope to tell to the kiddies :-)
A PDA, pager and mobile holster like a under the arm pistol holster system.
"The news that Amazon has received yet another patent has raised awareness that patents are an increasing threat to the openness of the Web and could stifle innovation. We've compiled a list of recent patents that you might want to examine for yourself and comment upon."
"OS-X may work out and it may not, but let�s not confuse it with an advance in user interface. At best, it will catch up with itself, should they decide not to cripple the Finder."
Andrea's Weblog: How we met...
Emailing turns to love. Now there is something about the story, like I have heard it before.
"As one of the founding programmers at Amazon.com, I was very dismayed to learn of the company's legal attempts to enforce its 1-Click (TM) patent."
"I really am a girl, I really do exist, and I'm really not an SF web design team." /usr/bin/girl
An engineer was crossing a road one day when a frog called out to him and said, "If you kiss me, I
ll turn into a beautiful princess".
He bent over, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket.
The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me and turn me back intoa beautiful princess, I will stay with you for one week."
The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket.
The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, Ill stay with you and do ANYTHING you want."
Again the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket.
Finally, the frog asked, "What is the matter? I
ve told you Im a beautiful princess, that I
ll stay with you for a week and do anything you want. Why wont you kiss me?"
The engineer said, "Look I
m an engineer. I dont have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog, now that`s cool."
Thanks DeathOnLegs :)
Manipulating XML documents with Perl and other scripting languages
"There's a kill command, but it kills the whole ame!"
"Bwhahahaha! So, anyone else watch tonight's episode of the X-Files? Here's a piece of advice for all you who should ever find yourself fighting evil computer constructs, and the command to quit the program doesn't work: unplug the damn computer! We now return to your regularly scheduled news." -Ator
"A genuine mustache has been proven to contribute to a significant Guinness wastage, as a result of inter-fiber retention at every sip,"
Maybe my mustache, and beard, will have to go.
"Who says Asians are prudes? There is a lot of eroticism in Asian films, as this year's S'pore Film Fest will reveal"
"It would be interesting to discover how far a seriously critical view of the benefits to society of the law of copyright ... would have a chance of being publicly stated in a society in which the channels of expression are so largely controlled by people who have a vested interest in the existing situation.
� Friedrich A. Hayek, "The Intellectuals and Socialism"
Could not resist sharing this one Natalie Portman topless at the beach (not sure if this is real or a fake, you be the judge)
Using SDL: the birth of "Pirates Ho!"
Creating a game for Linux from scratch
The Ten Original Amendments: The Bill of Rights. Passed by Congres September 25, 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791.
Tuition-free MIT an exploration of some ideas by Philip Greenspun
Evidently Slade's site has been slashdotted. His comments have been posted on slashdot.
"Out of everyone who ever asked me for the code, everyone demanded it saying it's his or her god-given right to the code."
In essence yes it is their right. Not "god-given" but GPL given.
"Not a single person said they wanted it for fixing up the numerous bugs, or adding to it, or anything that the GPL is supposed to stand for."
Wrong! He is confusing GPL with OpenSource, or more correctly the marketing campaign to gain corporate acceptance of "Free" Software. The GPL is about users, the OpenSource idea that more eyeballs on code makes it better by having potentially infinate bug fixers is a side effect to the GPL.
"So, disappointed with what the community has become, I've decided to take a stand, not for the purpose of avoiding the GPL(most of our sensitive code is not under the GPL so this would not be important at any rate), but to improve the condition of the GPL community as well as the gaming society as a whole."
The "GPL community" can be very militant, no denying it. But regardless of how nice someone asks or if they actually intend, and do, fix bugs and advance the code GPL means the code has to be made avialable to users.
"... every important open protocol, markup language, image file format, colorspace definition, style sheet language, and what have you, there are full and detailed specifications available online. Sure, some of them are fairly cryptic if you don't know what you're looking at, and many are written using formats or formal language that seems unnecessarily obscure to the newbie. "
Check out Carmack's .plan for 2/23/00
" If you can't stand to work under the GPL, you should release the code to you last binary and give up your project. I would prefer that you continue your work, but abide by the GPL.There is a The QuakeLives Files:
If necessary, I will pay whatever lawyer the Free Software Foundation reccomends to pursue this."
"PurposeOne slashdot comment:
This web site aims to be a collection of material which gives some insights into some of the perceived problems with the QuakeLives project and its leader, Slade. Many people, the author included, have become extremely upset and irate at the behaviour of this group, especially Slade, as we have observed it. "
"Carmack's motives re: the GPL
I'd like to think that part of Carmack's motivation for embracing the GPL was something like this:
The people most interested in the Quake source are part of a Windows-centric "community" to which the GPL is utterly alien and incomprehensible. This is where closed-source shareware came from, right? Those people don't even give away the source for "freeware". Hell, I'm a Windows programmer, but I can recognize the fact that these people are mostly (though not all!) yutzes. It was goddamn inevitable that some asshead was going to build something on the Quake source and then turn Libertarian and refuse to abide by the GPL. If you drop a rock, it will fall. If you drop source code onto a gang of Windows programmers and Libertarians, somebody's gonna try to steal it. This is a law of nature. Carmack damn well knew this was going to happen.
It's great fun and damned cool that somebody just happened to release The Code Most Likely to Be Subject to GPL Violations . . . under the GPL. And that the code happened to be released by somebody willing and financially able to hire dozens of savage, bloodthirsty lawyers to send howling after the blood of malefactors. I've seen comments from Carmack about how much he likes the GPL as a user, because (as Stallman intended) he can fix bugs in drivers instead of waiting for vendors to make excuses. I think he cooked up a test case. I think he's been a nice guy and given this Slade moron a lot of rope. And now I think he's going to nail Slade's ass to the wall, and it's going to be a beautiful and instructive example. I don't think that was his only reason for GPL'ing Quake, nor even a major one, but it is what it is. When a guy with a machine gun in his hand throws meat into a tank of sharks, I don't think he's just exercising his throwing arm."
by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 24, @07:29AM EET (#294)
"Skip Lockwood writes: 'Virginia and Maryland are racing to be the first states in the U.S. to enact a new law governing software and Internet information transactions. No matter which state wins, local consumers, businesses, and libraries will lose.'"
An excerpt from the DOJ vs. Microsoft, Bill Gates describing "Killer App"
Explore2fs the WIN32 explorer for Linux ex2fs partitions
Very handy for those migrating from the Windows world to the land of Tux.
"ATI further supports Linux by offering graphics accelerated video playback
ATI issues software development kit to support Linux video applications using iDCT and Motion Compensation with ATI RAGE 128� and RAGE 128 PRO�"
Good. Now lets hope some silly patent doesn't get involved here.
Alphanumerica Embraces Mozilla Open Source Project
Skins for Mozilla, with a discussion. Good news to here companies working with the Mozilla code.
Think Outside's Stowaway Keyboard
All I have to say is I WANT ONE!!!
"Work is underway to get SVG support into Mozilla. Dean Jackson issued a call to arms for developers to work on the project.SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics, a W3C standard.
Jeremy Lea responded, pointing to some efforts he had made getting SVG working in Mozilla, but had to stop due to time constraints."
"Our societal myths about marriage blind us to an astonishing reality: In just one generation an institution in which most of us still believe has been largely abolished � even as we continue to marry and divorce, dutifully carrying on as if nothing had happened, like Pod People in a trance.
Marriage will fundamentally change or die in coming decades, and only those willing to change it can hope to preserve it.
Something deep within us longs to meet our beloved, who will complete, love, honor and care for us in sickness and in health till death do us part. My perfect mate will understand and accept me: We will always be able to tell each other the truth, make beautiful love, laugh, sing, and take romantic walks in the moonlight.
Our society, in short, is promoting an institution that only works, to be generous, for some 10 to 20 percent of us.
There is something about dealing honestly with marriage that triggers people�s defensiveness and anger as do few other issues.
And that gap between expectation and reality spawns more ills than one can bear to enumerate: first and foremost the sexual, physical and emotional abuse of children, the insecurity they are forced to endure as their parents spend much of their time bickering, fighting, living emotionally deadened lives often resembling zombies � and often wind up divorcing anyway."
I going to end up quoting the whole article if I don't stop now. It is a very good piece. I like so many that I know want that "perfection" embodied in the great marriages we see. I want to get married some day, realised that when at 14. I want to have a whole bunch of kids. Frankly it scares the shit out of me. I want to believe that marriage can work, really truely work. I have to believe that my "split apart" is out there and that we will find each other some day and live in bliss til death do us part. Then part of me feels that it one person will not be the answer. Like I have lots of friends, maybe I will need lots of Loves.
"...the real malicious hacking, which would involve the compromising of crucial data and intellectual property by rivals tech firms, and probably represents the lion's share of online criminal activity, is kept as a closely-guarded, dirty little secret."
Corporate digital warfare.
" drew my inspiration from the cacophony of personal voices I found online. Here was the mother lode of personal expression � the one place in our lives that we (as people lucky enough to have access) can say whatever we want about anything we want. This was the anti-television. Digital democracy."
There is mutch rejoicing in the world. I finally got my modem working again after 5 days of no net access form home. (I have had net access but form my 5 year old Mac and but slow modem :)
Ask and you shall receive. Here is a link to a story about former Apple and Macromedia dudes making a consistent user interface for linux using GNOME 2.0. I have fell in love over the past few days with GNOME/E with the AquaE theme (macosx like interface). I am convinced that the opne-source UI is better than even the Mac, it just needs to be cohesive. What i like about the Mac is that it just feels so GOOOOOD to use, because it is a whole environment. Hopefully the dudes at eazel will see the light and make linux even easier to use.
"I know one guy who works as a researcher for law firms, finding prior art for patents - and he finds it 95 percent of the time. So here we have 95 percent of software patents that aren't inventions at all."
Thanks for the link to the academy awards, fozzy, but thre was no need: the academy awards are a sham. Any organization that decides what is 'the best' in a given year that passes up Iron Giant for best picture, best acting, best special effects, best music, best screenplay, best adaptation, or anything else i have missed is a SHAM. A SHAM I tell you. The Iron Giant has one of the most profound existential statements ever made (I am not a gun), and with some of the most subtle nuances ever put on film. As far as I'm concerned, the same motion picture academy that made TITANIC its best picture (I liked it but it wasn't the Fscking best picture) and then skipped Iron Giant completely is worthless.
He is correct about Linux needing to learn from Palm's example, that is what Joe Six Pack wants. Easy to no installation. Always there.
He is wrong about needing project management. "If you have a problem fix it!" the OpenSource/Linux mantra solves "Hot Lists" when a company wants a feature that is not progressing fast enough, or not at all, they can pay programers to develop the feature. In this case the corporations can follow their own project management practices. See problem solved because it does not exist.
Another one, there already is his Microsoft Word clone out there AbiWord which is going down just this road.
Oscar Nominees are up. All I have to say is Iron Giant should be nominated for Pest Picture. Anamated features can also be Best Pictures.
The Vision Thing: The Secret Mac OS - What happens when the Internet becomes the OS? We're about to find out.
Your Jedi name is: Laubr Zifor
Your soap opera name is: Micheal Douglas
Your porn star name is: Bugsie Zimmerma
Penny Arcade: INterview on TUCOWS
"Tycho: They've got this ride, it's a really cool ride, I love it, it's got Indiana Jones!"
If you love someone, you don't wnat them to suffer.
You want to take their sufferings on yourself.
If even I fell this way,
why doesn't God?
Romance 101 Presents: The New Interactive Love Test
Perfect Valentine's Day time waster.
As Robert Cringely might have put it...
No a look at the big picture around the DVD DeCSS, the real reasons for the legal action.
"Those who try to compare free software to communism have it backwards. In fact, I'd say that proprietary software is much more like communism than free software is, because the two share the concept of strong, top-down central planning."
NASA will give Linux a nod for upcoming portables buy
Good choice NASA, that is one to save money. Maybe the code for those satalites and rovers should be OpenSourceed. Maybe the bugs would get caught before hand.
Can the open-source browser redeem Netscape's name and give Microsoft a run for its money?
A monthly column for the cultural anthropologist and other liberal arts hackers gone Webmaster
Release 1.0 -- The Open-Source Revolution
by Tim O'Reilly, with an introduction by Esther Dyson
Sandpapering the conscious mind with William Gibson: Science Fiction Weekly Interview
"Alan: They just want to be able to send e-mail or look on the Internet. They don't want to know about disk partitioning or most of the things that go in PCsIn my case the Visor rules infinately more than it sucks. If the USB synching just work reliably, oh wait engle tells me it does on the Mac.
... One of the things I like about the Palm Pilot--I hate it for a lot of reasons, like the handwriting--but when you use a Palm Pilot and have no clue what you are doing, you have a set of basic functions that anybody can use. Yet as you get to know a bit more about it, as you learn to use it, you discover all of these extra features and all these extra clever things you can do. "
Mark your calendars and program those VCRs CODE RUSHPBS Thursday, March 30, 2000, 10:00 p.m. ET. "The one-hour documentary follows bright and quirky Netscape Communications engineers as they pursue a revolutionary venture to save their company. Through the program's verit� style, viewers see human and technological dramas unfold in the collision between science, engineering, code and commerce."
League for Programming Freedom (LPF) is an organization that opposes software patents and user interface copyrights.
Otake Japanese Calligraphy English to Japanese Index
Lots of fun with names.
"Where should web authoring be done? When should you use a browser/server-based tool and when a client-based tool?"
The Accessible Web Author's Toolbox -- AWARE Center -- HTML Writers Guild
I do try to make accessiable code, my little sister is blind. Accessiable HTML is better code, more likely to run 'right' but generating the good happits can be hard. Hope the AWARE helps.
An interactive map of the strategic alliances in the Internet industry
Damm HP is connected ot all the big boys, AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo, and AT&T. Looks like they win regardless. Oh, and their strategy of hooking up with startups, going back to the garage, hedges against another Netscape comming out of the woodwork.
A very good DaveNet. Some excerpts:
"So, a shared vision? I thought about this for a few hours. I tried to imagine the leaders of the Internet industry sitting in a room and arriving at a shared vision. Is it possible? I thought about Steve Case and Bill Gates. Case is clearly trying to steer the users into the proprietary AOL world, instead of pushing them to the Web. Gates wants to emphasize the power of desktop computers, with all their RAM and disk space, and of course Microsoft's 20+ year investment in operating system software for desktop software.Sorry for all the quoting but there is lots of good stuff in there. Read it, if nothing else than the conclusion, "How to Make Money on the Internet".
Could Gates and Case get on a stage and share a joint vision that's anything more than lip service? Not now. Maybe in a few years, but certainly not in time to make a difference in the battle to keep the Internet open and free. Add the other personalities of the industry, Andy Grove, John Chambers, Scott McNealy, Masayoshi Son, Larry Ellison, John Doerr, Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, the list goes on and on, and it seems clear that nothing less than an external redefinition of the purpose of technology could get these men into agreement.
Then I realized that such an externally defined vision had already been forced on the technology industry. The standards of the Internet, HTTP, HTML and URLs; and perhaps XML, which is a simple formalization of HTML. To go to the next step the leaders of technology merely have to agree to stop struggling against these standards, and to share the knowledge they have developed around them. The web is ready-made for a shared vision. All that remains is for two or more of the leaders of the Internet industry to get what Clinton, Schwab and Davos are asking them to do.
How will the patent economy effect open source projects? I was the only member of the open source world in that room. And I was shattered by the greed. After all, isn't there enough money for people who create successful Internet startups like Priceline.Com? Why do we have patents anyway? Is this system, designed for industrial processes, still applicable given the instant gratification reward system for Internet entreprenuers? When your company has a market cap in the billions, is it anything other than unmitigated greed to ask for even more money, for filing a piece of paper with a government?
He asks the audience a question. How many of you believe there is an Internet Bubble? 70 percent say yes. Now, how many believe the Internet industry will be worth more than the PC industry? Every hand goes up. Now he points out the contradiction. All the dot-com companies represent $1 trillion in value. The PC companies are worth $6 trillion. So if you believe your own logic, the bubble won't happen at least until stock values go up six-fold. Of course the trick is to pick the winners, but it's sure that Son-San will win. Not only is he long on E-Trade, he's also starting his own all-electronic stock market! No trading floor. He doesn't pause to catch his breath. Right on.
We learned about the aspirations of refugees, they want choice, freedom, hope.
'I have something important to say,' I said, and all the faces in the room turned to me. 'The Internet is not about money. I've been inspired as you have by what I've learned from people on the Internet, from their creativity, humanity, hopes and frailty. Don't give up on the Internet, it is for you.'"
Damm I want to be invited to Davos some day.
"Hacker and civil libertarian protest against the MPAA scheduled for today, Friday, February 4, 2000."
Be Unveils BeIA, New Software Platform for Internet Appliances and Entertainment Devices
Hopefully Be makes some money off the Internet Appliance market. I want to see them succed but don't know how they are going to do it given the current situation in the Operating System world. Good luck Jean-Louis Gass�e.
"In the opening plenary of the Annual Meeting 2000, Italian historian and philosopher Umberto Eco provided his 'vision of the future'. Time constraints meant the vision was necessarily abbreviated, but here is the full text of his intended remarks, exclusively for Davos Newbies."
Not a bad start but Palm, and all the protable makers, should be looking at DocBook or some open standard.
"Online retailing giant Amazon.Com Inc. (AMZN.O) and its Alexa Internet software subsidiary face two privacy invasion lawsuits and an informal inquiry by the Federal Trade Commission..."Amazon is being a bad company. Jeff get it right, if you are really in the game for the long term pissing your customers and potential customers off for current gains is not the name of the game.
The Cross-Site Scripting Scam
Dvorak has a good conspiracy theory that ties the recent CERT Advisory Malicious HTML Tags Embedded in Client Web Requests and Microsoft.
"Jon Johansen has gone from obscure teenage Norwegian computer hobbyist to international sysmbol of freedom in the last few months as a result of his involvement in developing DecSS, the famous (infamous?) program that allows DVD movies to play under Linux."
Check this one out. Poor kid gets arrested, questioned, all because he wanted to provide a way to use those DVDs.
I just read the thing on whether or not competition has a purpose. While i like what the guy is trying to do, and the list of masters, i think that his method is a little screwed up. Assigning positive, negative, and neutral numbers to a complex issue is not exactly the best way to examine something. Life is just a little too complicated ( in orders of magnitude) for that.
So i like the guy's theory, but wouldn't use his reasoning to back up any serious argument.
left brain hates right brain
Insomnia, been there do that all the time.
Does competition have a purpose?
Intresting. What do you think engel?
"Solaris, version 8, will ship for free (for all versions running on under 8 processors). There will be a $75 fee for the bundle of applications that come with Solaris, which will include the open source products Apache and Sendmail as well as a restricted version of Oracle 8i. The official price for Solaris itself will be zero. Support will still be charged for, desktop support costing $199 per annum and low-end server support costing $449 per annum. ... However Sun is not going to adopt the Linux license (the GPL)."
Call me a conspiracy theorist but Sun will only make money off of support. The less support needed the poorer Sun gets, doesn't this give them incentative to make things difficult and problematic. It seems that haveing freely, as in GPL, distributable and modifable source code defeats this problem. Now the linux patern is emerging