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Posted 12 Apr 2010 at 16:40 UTC by proclus

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proclus/GNU-Darwin Lives!

Posted 29 Mar 2010 at 17:33 UTC by proclus

I've been keeping this journal the way it was in 2000 for historical archival reasons. If you are interested in current information, here are some up to date links.

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'A Critical Examination on Recruitment/Promotion Process"

Posted 19 Mar 2010 at 19:08 UTC (updated 19 Mar 2010 at 19:09 UTC) by badvogato

THIS IS AN ALGORITHM WITH PERFECT SOLUTION BELIEVE TO BE FOUND.

by Susan and Eric. { scene setup:

pencil, paper, paper plate, pen, scissor, rubber band, rubber eraser, black ink, red ink, table, chair, clock, 4 huge windows, 1 hidden observation window. At least 4 applicants in the same room. allow discussions, making noises, every other way of interactions except killing each other with tools not listed above. Each applicant was given several pages of test papers. Testing duration is not specified. Background music playing BACH Violin and Voice. Hilary HAHN, Matthias GOERNE, Christine SCHAFER....}

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Happy Valentine's Day

Posted 14 Feb 2010 at 11:52 UTC (updated 14 Feb 2010 at 14:01 UTC) by badvogato

My thoughts put burden on my mind. From reporting of the prosecution of Rutger's Chinese Ph.D for 'trespassing' at Newark airport that produced a HUGE security breach scare, to my disliking of James Lewis argument that Internet can not remain entirely as a self-organizing entity'

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Green Arrays, Inc - Chuck Moore's company

Posted 30 Jan 2010 at 20:27 UTC by badvogato

"All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

Chuck Moore now has a weblog and his own company Green Arrays Inc near Lake Tahoe from incline village.

cheers!

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Proposal to extend DNS with Peer to Peer server-independence

Posted 28 Jan 2010 at 20:12 UTC by lkcl

Google and others have just proposed that DNS be extended. If DNS is going to be changed in such a minor way, why not do something much more useful and interesting, which has a fully-functioning implementation already in prevalent use for over fifteen years on millions of free software systems? Why not make the DNS protocol a true server-independent peer-to-peer Naming Service? In combination with the modern DNSSEC extensions, many of the complaints associated with the current peer-to-peer free software implementation would vanish.

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Proprietary File Formats conflict with Equal Opportunities

Posted 28 Jan 2010 at 17:30 UTC (updated 28 Jan 2010 at 18:52 UTC) by lkcl

In applying for jobs and contract opportunities, the first hurdle is the request for a CV in a proprietary document format. ASCII text, the utmost basic of file formats, defeats many stupid employers and recruitment agencies. Whilst this is useful to help weed out working for companies with stupid people in them, it doesn't help in actually getting work.

The approach which has actually had far greater success, however, in getting companies to change their policy of using proprietary document formats is to explain clearly that the "online application form" contravenes "Equal Opportunities" legislation. This article describes the approaches taken and the success stories, one at a time, by which the proprietary document format practices have been successfully changed.

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Individual Rights and the Political Process

Posted 23 Jan 2010 at 15:50 UTC (updated 25 Jan 2010 at 13:37 UTC) by badvogato

"Individual Rights and the Political Process: A Proposed Framework for Democracy Defining Cases" by Walter M. Frank

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Google's China affair

Posted 17 Jan 2010 at 11:34 UTC (updated 19 Jan 2010 at 17:05 UTC) by sye

Google China closes its door after talks with Chinese government officials failed. - News report from Boxun.

Employees are given 6 months pay and are encouraged to apply for opening positions in other branches of Google operations in Asian & in US.

Those cyber-hackers in China, are they wearing black, white or yellow hat ?

That's what I want to know.

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Winter Top

Posted 31 Dec 2009 at 18:51 UTC by badvogato

Happy new decade of this new millennium to galaxy hikers everywhere!

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Feedback from goffice charts

Posted 23 Dec 2009 at 15:01 UTC by jbrefort

It is now possible to get some feedback about data just by moving the mouse over the chart to an appropriate point.

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The Case of Inslaw & PROMIS

Posted 20 Dec 2009 at 23:41 UTC (updated 20 Dec 2009 at 23:59 UTC) by badvogato

So louie, I'm sure you know the case of INSLAW .

What become of PROMIS (prosecutor management information system) after IBM rescued it from the bankruptcy court?

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Why Eiffel is my favorite language

Posted 11 Dec 2009 at 18:27 UTC by audriusa

This year I needed to do a project in a language that is both old and notable but still understood as unusual and exotic: Eiffel. I did not know Eiffel in the past and needed to learn it very quickly to do my task. Hence this article is not about Eiffel itself, it ist about a newcomers impression about Eiffel. I will be writing about the "classic" Eiffel with EiffelStudio, not about SmartEiffel and other interesting clones that surely also deserve a lot of attention.

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Happy 10th Birthday, Advogato

Posted 5 Nov 2009 at 20:18 UTC by robogato

Advogato.org is officially 10 years old. Raph made the first Advogato diary post on Nov 5, 1999 and the first article was posted on Nov 6, 1999. Ten years may not seem like much, but it's a long time in Internet years. Not many blogging or social networking sites can claim to be that old. Happy Birthday!
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Every Engineer's Solemn Duty

Posted 1 Nov 2009 at 10:28 UTC (updated 1 Nov 2009 at 10:35 UTC) by MichaelCrawford

This is the first of a series of essays I will publish here and elsewhere, in an effort to solve what I regard as some fundamental problems that are endemic to the computer industry.

I have felt called to my Duty several times in my career. I have never regretted performing it, but doing so has been a heavy burden, as it always came at great cost. This is one of those times - I will explain in the next essay I publish just why.

November 1, 2005

My father Charless Russell Crawford was an engineer too, an electrical engineer. Once a carpenter, he was inspired to enlist in the Navy one snowy evening while roofing a house, when he struck his thumb real hard with a hammer. The Navy sensed my father's potential for leadership and sent him to study at the University of Idaho, where he met my mother Patricia Ann Speelmon. My sister was born while they were still students. After graduation, he went on to Officer Candidate School and was given his commission. The telegram with news of my birth took two weeks to reach him: he was deep in the Phillipine jungle getting trained in survival, as the Vietnam War was just then heating up: the year was 1964. My father's engineering specialty was antiaircraft missile electronics: guidance and control systems.

The lesson my father taught me, a lesson I only now, as I speak, realize for the first time I was ever taught, is to Do My Duty. You already know my father did his for his country. I want you to know that he did his duty to his family as a husband, father and provider, and he did it well. He did his duty as a teacher too: I learned science and engineering at my father's knee, as we worked on projects together. Once we had a contest to see who could make a working telephone from stuff found lying around the house.

Engineers have other Masters who demand duty of us: our profession, our conscience, those who invest in, purchase or use what we design, our coworkers, and the public.

Listen to me carefully, and never forget what I'm about to say. I want all of you to spend some time thinking it over deeply, then I want you to discuss it among yourselves:

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The Crazed Approach to the Internet: what's driving it?

Posted 30 Oct 2009 at 22:07 UTC by lkcl

The Internet is a tool to connect people, to empower them to share information and knowledge. Through increased communication, one person's contribution becomes everyone's gain. Through the power of collaboration, many minds can achieve what one person alone could not. It sounds like either a recipe for a Utopia or for a nightmare, which starkly reminds us that with great power comes great responsibility. And it's our right to be given the choice, to take advantage of the opportunity that the Internet represents. But there is something happening to the "InterWeb": the tracks are being ripped up. Mandelson in the UK. "3 Strikes" in France. Fascist Censorship in Australia. Phorm. Net Neutrality. The Pirate Bay attacks. The RIAA. The DMCA. There's a recurring and accelerating theme of attacks, which have accelerated over the past ten years, to attempt to control what can and cannot be done with the Internet, that is beginning to blur with Science Fiction predictions from well-renowed authors. The question is: why? What's the driving force, and what motivates these attacks, when, mathematically and statistically, they are simply impossible, leaving an alienated populace feeling threatened by and distrusting their Governments, just like in China, Iran and other "Regimes" which we believe that we are "better than"?

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Any FOSS Java scanner?

Posted 17 Oct 2009 at 12:58 UTC (updated 18 Oct 2009 at 08:09 UTC) by audriusa

In relation to the Wikipedia applet proposal, I am currently moving through the web in the hopeless search of some FOSS project that would show at least weak interest in scanning of Java source code for bad intents. One of the huge advantages Wikipedia or other public server could provide is that we have the applet sources and can compile on a server side. Among other things this allows to strip the signature easily, maybe we could do more.

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Sci-Fi Masterworks and more

Posted 6 Oct 2009 at 16:59 UTC (updated 7 Oct 2009 at 14:25 UTC) by lkcl

flogger asks on slashdot what sci-fi stories are recommended for reading as part of a teaching class about sci-fi. As I've read over 500 sci-fi and fantasy books, and own over 300, I've written up some of the best. Covering history, politics and the best and worst of human nature, science fiction's freedom opens doors which remain firmly closed to traditional fiction. It just has to be done well enough to be believable.
(updated 7oct2009 with fantasy list)
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The Pyramids and the Bazaar

Posted 18 Sep 2009 at 05:08 UTC by KlausWuestefeld

Eric Raymond's software bazaar is a fantasy.

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New tendentions with C popularity: returning to the roots?

Posted 2 Sep 2009 at 09:05 UTC by audriusa

The look into Tiobe index may give quite a surprising results if we pay attention into that is happening during the latest year. Java seems no longer declining, Python and C# are also kind of stable but we clearly observe the growth of C language popularity. It is even not C++ but a plain C.

I wonder it this is just some transient event or the reliable shift.

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