Monthly Archives: January 2013

Give Up, M$! You Lost Munich.

You have to give M$ points for persistence. They still believe GNU/Linux costs more than their product, at least “internally”. I guess that means they are in denial or their salesmen don’t care about truth. “The study concludes that at … Continue reading

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FLOSS In Action In Government

The UK developed a “Fix My Street” web application as FLOSS. Source code is on GitHub (GNU Affero General Public License). It’s now being copied by Switzerland and Norway is using it to allow citizens to report potholes and such, … Continue reading

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Using Technology To Transform Government

From the United Kingdom… "The cost of technology has plummeted. We retendered the hosting for a small part of government recently, and the incumbent systems integrator bid £4m, while a UK SME [small/medium-sized enterprise] bid £60,000. That’s a 98.5% saving. … Continue reading

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Wonderful Day in the Country

I live between city and country, the suburbs, more or less. Today I went for a 1 mile hike to get the mail and saw a jack rabbit on the road ahead. He was nervous and never let me get … Continue reading

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Finally A Decent Easy To Use Video Editor For GNU/Linux

There are a bunch of video editors for GNU/Linux but most of them are difficult to use or fragile. Here is one that is both easy and robust while being moderately powerful. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles … Continue reading

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Telling It Like It Is On “Gun-Control”

The riotous “debate” on gun-control in USA is actually about “people-control”, not saving children. One editor gets it. “Protected by a hundred supersonic fighter jets, ten thousand armored vehicles with machine-gun turrets, and twenty million fully functional military tanks (many … Continue reading

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Wheezy

Wheezy, the imminent release of Debian GNU/Linux, is in great shape. I apt-get dist-upgraded the last PC in my home still running Squeeze this morning and it was uneventful. All my customizations survived except a few desktop icons. One package … Continue reading

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M$’s GAAP

GAAP – Generally Accepted Accounting Principles mean getting the bottom line right. M$’s quarterly reports are awash with “reconciling amounts” that move around from quarter to quarter like snakes in the grass. Assuming they are not lying outright I thought … Continue reading

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California Recommends Clothing Firms Use GNU/Linux And FLOSS

California has charged two clothing manufacturers have an unfair advantage by using that other OS without paying licensing fees. “The unpaid fees gave Pratibha Syntex and Ningbo Beyond Home Textile a “significant cost advantage in the low-margin business of apparel … Continue reading

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Emergence, Chinese-Style

China plans to grow several industrial ecosystems to support global reach including… “the electronic information industry. 2015 form 5-8 large backbone enterprises with sales of over 100 billion yuan, and strive to cultivate large enterprises with sales of over 500 … Continue reading

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Demons

Seen on a discussion about firearms-control: “Homicides by firearm per 100,000 (a sample) : England 0.07 Australia 0.14 Spain 0.20 Canada 0.51 Uganda 0.87 USA 2.97” SCHNEIDEREIT: Demonizing gun-rights advocates doesn't help | The Chronicle Herald. Of course the gun-grabbers … Continue reading

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30% Of Memory Chip Production In 2013 Will Be Mobile

Last time I checked, most executables reside in RAM. If “The portion of mobile RAM to global production of memory chips will rise to 30% in 2013 compared to 21% in the previous year, buoyed by strong demand from the … Continue reading

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