Excellent work, Streisand: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/11/canonical-abused-trademark-law-to-target-a-sit...
Snark aside, there are two important things to note about this:
- Ubuntu already has options in the system settings for you to do basically the same gsettings tricks mentioned on that site.
- Trademark law basically forces all trademark holders to be jerks, or lose the trademark.
That said, I don't have the confidence that the privacy settings code can successfully avoid bitrot over the next few years as more and more integration with online services is added. I already scrub through the package lists and do similar scope package uninstalls each time I upgrade.
It's really helpful to have someone like the EFF keeping tabs on this!
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Let's see how much of this curriculum is accessible to a precocious 5yo with an XO-1, and how much of it is tech-aggrandising twaddle that caught the eye of this here privileged white dude:
Space Hobo likes this.5yos have trouble with touchpads, especially capacitive ones that seem easily fooled by ground loops. I'll have to see about swapping that piece out with one from the rest of my fleet. Clicking and dragging is too much to ask for without an external mouse. This is compounded by the fact that if you hold down on the mouse button for too long, a context menu appears (one which does not include "put this in the script pane")
Still, fun to do all the dragging of jigsaw pieces around and chat while the lil'un picks backgrounds and sprites and so forth.
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Why do I always get error popdowns? At least now they don't seem to stop me from posting!
Also, is it weird that I have to actually type in "public" to post publicly any more? Bizarre.
2013-10-19T19:49:26Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: a(n) collectionOh hi there, identi.ca. I forgot all about you, because you no longer support RSS in any useful fashion. You're Just Another Web Site To Go Check instead of something I can subscribe to next to all the rest.
NNTP, IRC, XMPP, whatever: I'd take any protocol that people are already using for other things! But telling me I can install A Special App to read this is even less compelling than "remember to go to that one Web site frequently"!
That is, in status.net I could subscribe to my stream, and see everything I'd actually get on my user page. With pump2rss, I'd have to enter each wotsit I follow one at a time to make a disjointed flow of stuff, and I'd have to work to keep it in sync. Syndication is supposed to automate, not make more work.
How the OLPC have fallenTwo weeks ago, two cast-off XO-1s (the original One Laptop Per Child machines) were left on a desk at work. Since someone very close to me was about to have a fifth birthday, I snagged them and decided to set them up as a sort of extra birthday gift.
Once I saw an actual 5yo playing with this system, I was gobsmacked at how ideal they are for their intended purpose! I am now hooked and sold completely (especially since the XO-1 didn't even have any blobs for hardware access!)
Unfortunately, they're rather old and flaky, and it seems the best thing to do is to grab a bunch of old XOs and cannibalize parts to make one nicely-running machine. I contacted all my friends at MIT and laptop.org, but it seems that the organisation is in maintenance mode: they're making the new XO-4 Touch laptops and shipping them to deployments, but there's no way to get units or parts in small numbers to the US or UK.
There's a lot of confusion about the XO-4 Touch. Even folks who used to work for the OLPC foundation said "Don't they sell the those in Walmart?" but it turns out that that's the "XO-Tablet" which is just an android device like any other. I took this rather disappointing screenshot of it from a demo video.
It's quite a precipitous fall from a system that teaches 5yos how to edit pong games in situ to Yet Another Android Tablet that pretends that Neil Armstrong believes you can become an astronaut by playing Star Wars branded Angry Birds. This is just...depressing.
Apparently the organisation is in maintenance mode. They make plenty of new batteries, screens, and whole cases of XO-4s, but they only ship them to the actual Deployment sites. This means that if you're thinking of fewer than 100, they have no way of getting anything to you from the supply chain.
So if anyone has any leftover give-one-get-one laptops, tech eval units, or knows a group of folks who are going together on a bulk order for the new XO-4s, I'd love to hear about it.
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However, if all that OLPC remains is a vendor of cheap, proprietary Android tablets wrapped in green silicone, then what motivation remains to continue to plug for it?A very good question. Fortunately, it seems that the folks at Sugar Labs are continuing to fight the good fight.
None of these people are Doctors
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Family PhotosX11R5's uncle in his drawing room. Date unknown. Note tiny mice inhabiting overstuffed chair.
Uncle Pedro is still mad about that Cory Doctorow story we tricked him into reading.http://themosthorriblething.com/?h=when+sysadmins+ruled+the+earth,+by+cory+doctorow
* clavicle beams a copy of 'when sysadmins ruled the earth' to Randall's kindlehttp://zork.net/fortunes/gar/241
<@clavicle> "You're wonderful," she said. "Oh, gross. 2.0 just dumped core all over my bathrobe."
<@clavicle> god, this never gets better.
<@clavicle> I thought maybe if I got older I'd react to weak humor more easily.
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Cory Doctorow is Not a DoctorThis is a friendly reminder to keep awareness of this critical issue in the light of the destruction of the identi.ca !notadoctor group.
Thank you for your attention in this matter.
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My exhaustive yet brief duckduckgo research indicates that the death scenes from The Champ and from The Lion King get listed together on a lot of "top 10 saddest death scene" lists by people who don't seem to realize that the latter is a copy of the former.
Quit sucking, mongodb.
Space Hobo shared this.Chris: I actually use a document-store abstraction layer that does CRUD plus exact-match search, with some utility primitives for integer and array items if they're native. It supports MongoDB, Redis, Couchbase, LevelDB, as well as in-memory and on-disk storage. It's working pretty well right now.
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Space Hobo,Really? That's all the context I get? Turned out I was replying to myself, even!
You were addressed in an activity.
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