Subject: wikipedia page
May be of interest to someone here who has a Wikipedia account:
It's wonderfully juvenile, but I really wonder: why isn't it overrun
with spam? I really can't figure that out.
It is, no?
Seems to me it's a good collabaration tool. Finally multiple people can update a document at the same time.
Mon Jun 07 2010 08:31:43 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ UncensoredSo I finally got around to checking out http://www.yourworldoftext.com (I think someone pointed it out here a while ago).
It's wonderfully juvenile, but I really wonder: why isn't it overrun with spam? I really can't figure that out.
That really is an interesting approach to things. I rather like it. Very simple.
Di Jun 08 2010 12:21:28 EDT von Harbard @ Uncensored
since a billy boy is a condom anyway, it was probably "we want to sell the redbull under the viagras"
Bohemian Rhaposody....classical guitar.
I'll do one better:
Bohemian Rhapsody: Muppets Style! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGlTzt24Izw
This guy handles his video rentals with style and panache!
The german army has a new tactical weapon:
The video-rental letter thread was most amusing. That does have a certain measure of style to it.
I think fleeb will get most out of this: http://abstrusegoose.com/276
M.C. Escher is cool:
somebody finished his painting (filled the white spot...)
I'm in need of some constructive critisizm... (wether it be a large metal bat called "reality" or some gentle, kind, constructive, advice... I don't really care where the advice comes from at the moment)
I'm trying to advance my career in technical drafting, but coming up short because I either do not have a high enough degree, do not have enough experience, or apply at the wrong time and miss the hiring time at a company.
So, I built a website for professionals and employers to view whenever they please so it would be easier for me to distribute my resume and other information without having to wade through a ton of technical information.
what do u guys think?
The 'Under Construction' header sets off alarms for me.
There's a sort of thing that goes off in my head whenever I see any kind of web site with that phrase (and, in this case, I think the warning still applies). Websites are always evolving, so it doesn't make sense to claim that a particular site is 'under construction'. Ergo, when I see that, my gut reaction is that the person is not well informed.
You obviously do not fall into that category, but the gut reaction remains.
The design itself is minimalistic and clean. I like that, personally. It's certainly focused, and delivers exactly the content you intend without any distractions.
their comments system (ever heard of OpenID?)
I think that the Free Software Foundation doesn't focus enough on the
fundamentals. What is software freedom (don't give me the Four
Freedoms please)? Why is it important? The FSF campaigns against
specific products or specific classes of technologies, starting with
proprietary software, of course, and now including DRM, software
patents, and clouds/SaaS. This is all well and good, if the public
being campaigned to understands the fundamentals.
Currently the dialog goes something like this:
FSF Guy: "Don't use iPads, the have non-free software, patented
software, and DRM. They take away your freedom."
Average User: "What is freedom?"
And from there, the FSF is either a babbling lunatic talking about
freedoms 0-3, or the Average
User has already walked on to the Apple
booth with all the shiny new toys.
Never mind that the FSFs task is made all the more difficult by how
the words Free and Freedom have become meaningless weasel-words in the
English language (and I'm guessing others too). For one thing, often
people get the concepts of power, the ability to do something, and
freedom, the right to do something, confused. To quote Jack Sparrow:
"The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do, and
what a man can't do." With this twisted view of freedom, the app that
provides the most functionality, the most power, gives you the most
freedom. For the Average User, this unfortunately means Apple or
Microsoft software (never mind the inherent power in simple software,
UNIX tools case in point. Learning curves have something to do with
this I guess.).
So, the point being, the FSF (or somebody else) needs
to focus on the
fundamentals of what software freedom is and why it is important. Most
FSF material as up at step 100, most of the world is at step 0. Even I
am not completely solid on the fundamentals of free software. Do I
really have a right to see the *source* code of a program? Can I
legitimately use force to obtain that source? I think not. But that's
getting into copyright law in general. There's more immediate
questions, like Nvidia graphics drivers. Also, SaaS, where is the line
between SaaS and a hosted service? Logically, wouldn't rejecting SaaS
also mean rejecting any hosted service, even something like email and
simple LAMP services?
Ok, I think I've rambled on a bit now. Suffice to say, the FSF is
getting nowhere hammering out specific instances of software freedom
violations without first addressing the fundamentals.
PS: Oh, and one more thing... got to find a way
to couch software
freedom so that it is 100% not connected to programming, not even the
word Open Source connected to it. Software freedom means more to users
than programmers, and two of the Four Freedoms are specifically about
the code being Open Source. To reach a wider audience, free software
needs to be able to reach people who don't even understand, or want or
need to understand, the difference between source code and binary code.