Corporation can't have both ways

Posted 10 Feb 2016 at 22:56 UTC by badvogato

Corporations and their BIG brother Uncle Sam can't have it both ways. Trumpeting Open Source Innovation on one hand and heavy handed prosecution with 'trade secret' without IBM's comment on the the other hand.

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A New Book Introducing Programming

Posted 28 Jan 2016 at 22:18 UTC by johnnyb

My new programming book, New Programmers Start Here, just came out today! I'm very excited to get this in the hands of new programmers.

This book tries to be a "pull up by your bootstraps" guide to programming. It introduces more than just the language (JavaScript in this case) by taking the reader through how all of the pieces of data on a computer connect together, and how the computer itself works. I believe that this is the best first-programming book for new programmers.

If you have friends who are designers who want to start transitioning to programming, they should pick up this book. If you have young friends who want to get into programming, they should pick up this book.

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The Nine Billion Names of God

Posted 8 Dec 2015 at 21:01 UTC by ringbark

In 1953, Arthur C Clarke wrote a short story in which monks were proposing to automate the listing of the names of God, believed by them to be around nine billion. How would we get on doing this?

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so I heard GNU turns 30 !

Posted 19 Sep 2015 at 15:06 UTC by badvogato

From CSvax:pur-ee:inuxc!ixn5c!ihnp4!houxm!mhuxi!eagle!mit-vax!mit-eddie!RMS@MIT-OZ
From: RMS%MIT-OZ@mit-eddie
Newsgroups: net.unix-wizards,net.usoft
Subject: new Unix implementation
Date: Tue, 27-Sep-83 12:35:59 EST
Organization: MIT AI Lab, Cambridge, MA

Free Unix!

Starting this Thanksgiving I am going to write a complete
Unix-compatible software system called GNU (for Gnu's Not Unix), and
give it away free(1) to everyone who can use it.
Contributions of time, money, programs and equipment are greatly
needed.

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Progress on Internet Child Pornography

Posted 17 Sep 2015 at 18:29 UTC by MichaelCrawford

I aim to Solve what I at first called, then referred to but now denote as The Software Problem:

Software failure is fundamentally a human problem, not a technical one.

Purely technical solutions fail to effect truly meaningful and lasting change.

A common - but commonly ineffective non-technical Solution to the Deadly Sin of Greed is the arrest, prosecution and imprisonment of the greedy. The progress I report herein aims not to imprison anyone rather to spare the many victims of Child Sexual Predators. While I do expect vast quantities of prosecutions to result from my FBI/IC3 report, I hope to "Break The Cycle", in that many child sexual predators are themselves the adult survivors of incest and child molestation.

I am one such adult survivor, my abuser - in the common parlance - hoped to "train" me to accept my fate by leaving kiddieporn lying around in my plain sight. While my widely-known Madness resulted, that I was so-trained leads to my present focus on the development of Technical Measures, not to so elminate Child Sexual Exploitation rather to take the money out of it.

Adults - even teenagers - have sexually-abused children since the Dawn of Humanity; my own work is unlikely to eliminate it.

But at least I can lead the Venture Capital community to make wiser choices as to which web startups they fund.

To Wit:

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Is There a Mandatory Reporter in the House?

Posted 27 Aug 2015 at 04:00 UTC by goingware

I haven't had a whole lot of luck getting anyone at Adult Protective Services to respond. I received just one email to say that a social worker would call me on the phone to handle my mother's APS intake, but after I responded that I was out of minutes and so must do it via email, I haven't heard back from them.

From time to time a Mandatory Reporter will agree with me that they are obligated to file a Mandatory Report. I expect that's what Mandatory Reporters are for: to agree that they would be imprisoned were they not to file.

Oddly those Mandatory Reports are never filed yet the Mandatory Reporters are never prosecuted.

Just now I quite bluntly confronted my mother regarding my father's murder. She administered at least six caplets of Extra Strength Tylenol per day - quite likely more than six - for at least two years, perhaps three, as Tylenol was modestly effective for Dad's Shingles, which later progressed into Neuralgia.

This despite that he had Hepatitis twice during his life from eating tainted shellfish.

When Dad's doctor ordered a CAT Scan of his liver to determine whether the hardened lump in it could be cancer or just Cirhosis, Mom flatly refused to permit it "Because his insurance doesn't cover CAT scans".

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