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Tiny Quiz #1: Spot the bug !

Posted 7 Apr 2006 at 00:35 UTC by freetype

Are your bored ? Then take this little quiz and test your bug-spotting abilities !!

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Lulu.com - a way to publish books (and they like Gnu licenses!)

Posted 9 Mar 2006 at 21:54 UTC by lkcl

Lulu.com is a web-based publishing house. I'm making people aware of this because if you are prepared to do a little bit of work yourself, you could make your own documentation available - as a book. Or take some GPL or Creative Commons licensed documentation - and sell it. Also, there is a very interesting paragraph which the dickheads of the MPAA and the RIAA could REALLY do with reading.

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kill micro$oft

Posted 3 Mar 2006 at 14:53 UTC by proclus

The time has come for us to move forward and hurt micro$oft.

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A Distributed alternative to the Domain Name System

Posted 28 Feb 2006 at 19:26 UTC by lkcl

For some time, it has been floated that China may end up creating their own alternate DNS root - and from March 1st that will become a reality. In China, they have the clout to be able to do that - simply by putting in place Country-wide NAT that will redirect DNS root queries to the new servers. As all the Root Servers are outside of China...

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Posted 25 Feb 2006 at 17:27 UTC by badvogato

GLOBALIZATION AND ITS EAST ASIAN PRECEDENTS - How to Accept an Alien Culture Without Being Subordinated - by Sukehiro Hirakawa, Otemae University, Japan

This paper was presented by the author at the Conference on Methodologies of Comparative Literature Studies in East Asia, held in Taipei on Novemeber 26, 2005. The conference was hosted by National Taiwan University and organized by the Comparative Literature Association of the Republic of China (CLAROC). A revised version of this paper will be published in the Tamkang Review. The author maintains the copyright of this article as it appears here. This article may not be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the author. Citations of this article must note that this work originally appeared in the Conference Proceedings of the abovementioned conference (theme: Methodologies of Comparative Literature Studies in East Asia), pages 1-7.

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Bootstrapping your body towards maximum life span

Posted 9 Feb 2006 at 02:03 UTC by proclus

It looks like it is going to be a long and bloody useless war, but here is something that you can do to make the most it. You can even make it a part of your war protest, while helping yourself at the same time.

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Introduction: Testing Python Web applications using twill and wsgi_intercept

Posted 7 Feb 2006 at 17:49 UTC by titus

One of the thorniest problems in GUI application development is how to test your user interface. Web applications, as a specific and somewhat limited example of a GUI, are no exception to this problem. However, there are several options for testing Web applications now available. One of my favorites is twill, a remote HTTP driver application that lets you script Web sites. (Disclaimer: I am the primary author of twill, so take my recommendation with a grain of salt ;).

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The stupidest war

Posted 31 Jan 2006 at 20:22 UTC by proclus

Hi, I am working on a follow-up to my anti-war rational paper from three years ago, the start of the war. I'm hoping to take it public in a big campaign at the March anniversary, but maybe we will break it before then ;-}. It is still a little in the rough, so if you have suggestions, I would welcome them plenty.

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Better Collation Rule Markup: a critique of Locale Definition Markup Language

Posted 25 Jan 2006 at 09:20 UTC by GrahamAsher

Unicode, Inc., administers and maintains the Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR), in which are stored XML files containing locale information, including collation tailorings, for many different locales. The format of the XML files is called Locale Data Markup Language (LDML).

In this paper I criticise some features of those parts of LDML that deal with collation rules, and suggest improvements. A concrete syntax for a new improved collations section may be described in a further article if I have time.

This work was prompted by my experiences in writing an automatic tool to parse LDML files and data write tables to be used by C++ collation functions.

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Automatic vectorization for the masses

Posted 22 Jan 2006 at 17:42 UTC by monniaux

Automatic vectorization is a neat technique, which enable programmers to use the "streaming multimedia" SIMD instructions such as SSE or Altivec at moderate costs. Programmers, however, should not assume that they just can program stuff and the optimizer will do everything for them...

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European Union wants to know your opinion about industrial patents

Posted 17 Jan 2006 at 20:59 UTC by groom

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on how future action in patent policy to create an EU-wide system of protection can best take account of stakeholders' needs.

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GNU GPL Version 3 first draft released

Posted 16 Jan 2006 at 20:21 UTC by atai

The Free Software Foundation has released the first draft of Version 3 of the GNU General Public License.

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Interview with Étoilé authors

Posted 16 Jan 2006 at 16:02 UTC by yeupou

Étoilé is a GNUstep based user environnement. Follows and interview with the authors of Étoilé made for Gna!'s hotspot #8.

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Nice fonts for source code display ?

Posted 6 Jan 2006 at 21:46 UTC by gilbou

When using a terminal emulator or editor oriented for programming (whatever the platform, operating system or language), which is your favorite font ?
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Linux hacked onto HTC's Windows Mobile phones

Posted 2 Jan 2006 at 16:18 UTC by lkcl

An article at LinuxDevices.com by a developer working on the Xanadux project reports on efforts to port Linux to HTC's mobile phones that normally run Windows CE. After two years, at least one of HTC's mobile phones -- the Blue Angel -- is making and receiving phone calls, 'even if things are still a bit rough-and-ready.'

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Posted 16 Dec 2005 at 14:09 UTC by mentifex

http://mind.sourceforge.net/mind4th.html now invites Netizens to install a JavaScript Seed AI as "Mind" on their computers.

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IPRED-2: European Union looking to criminalise software development

Posted 27 Nov 2005 at 00:17 UTC by lkcl

Yep. If ever there was an article title designed to catch your attention, this is it. And it's for real. From the FSF Europe web site:

 "Member States shall ensure that all intentional infringements
 of an intellectual property right on a commercial scale, and
 attempting, aiding or abetting and inciting such infringements,
 are treated as criminal offences."
 (Article 3. Page 6 of the dossier: com(2005)276)
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Langauge Independent Component Models

Posted 25 Nov 2005 at 11:12 UTC by zbowling

A lot varities of component models. Mozilla's XPCOM, Gnome's Bonobo, Win32's COM/COM+ abd OLE, Open Office's UDK/UNO, and so many others. Which is worthy of attention?

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Possible use for 'software patents'?

Posted 6 Nov 2005 at 22:39 UTC by Omnifarious

I've been thinking about what would happen to software development in the complete absence of patent and copyright protection. It's an interesting thought experiment, and I believe I may have uncovered a case for a form of software patents.

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New Ging releases with KDE

Posted 4 Nov 2005 at 14:35 UTC by tarzeau

Ging, the only live distribution based on Debian GNU/kFreeBSD, has made its way to the 0.1.0 release.
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