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Oct 13 2012

Install the OpenDyslexia font and tell us how it works for you

Font demo of OpenDyslexic

I’m interested in doing a little science experiment. I’ve read that a commercial font designed by a dyslexic university student apparently didn’t help reading speed, but does help with certain classes of reading errors. Readers of any Freethought Blogs would certainly classify as folks who read a lot on the internet (yeah, yeah, get the …

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Jan 07 2012

Cory Doctorow on SOPA: “The Coming War on General Computation”

This is vital information for those of you who understand what the American Stop Online Piracy Act actually means for the sovereignty of the global internet. Go make some coffee, and start this video. By the time the video is done, an hour later, go reheat and actually drink your coffee. I have three words …

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Oct 15 2011

Unpacking the Astrology Vs Computers lawsuit

No, no, this is the GOOD kind of astrolabe.

The title to this post is grossly reductionist, but it amused me. Regardless, I’m not planning on taking on astrology yet again, just the particular astrologers who are engaged in what I view to be a money-grab along the same lines as the now defunct SCO Group.* A company called Astrolabe was founded in 1979, …

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Oct 09 2011

Astrologers pick a fight with open-source software and history itself

Via a pingback ostensibly made by Astrology-X-Files (and maybe even Curtis Manwaring himself, no less!), this news about Astrolabe at Tech Dirt, where they’ve just filed suit against the maintainers of the public-domain Olson time zone database that is used in just about every open-source time zone related project imaginable:

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Jul 25 2009

MS’ duplicitous “olive branch” to Linux is aimed at the backs of our collective skulls

Recently, Microsoft got a good deal of press for having open-sourced its Hyper-V drivers for Linux, releasing them under the GPL v2 even. To anyone paying attention to Microsoft’s earlier rhetoric about the GPL being “un-american“, this is surprising news. To those of us who know what’s actually going on underneath the finely crafted patina …

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Jun 19 2009

The smoking gun that came in the form of a chicken

Dana Blakenhorn was at a convention in Taiwan, and after noticing only one device preinstalled with Linux in the whole show, cracked the Asus / Windows / Linux story wide open with one simple question: “what happened to all the Linux?” “In our association we operate as a consortium, like the open source consortium. They …

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May 26 2009

Some Canadian news

Here’s quick round-up of a few news tidbits salient to us Canucks. Former PM Brian Mulroney might be lying about his having represented Karlheinz Schreiber’s business interests in a trip he made to China in October 1993. The scandal is that he took three hundred grand from Schreiber to lobby for a project to have …

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May 17 2009

Sony Pictures CEO admits to gross ignorance

Via Slashdot: Michael Lynton is a guy who “doesn’t see anything good having come from the internet, period“, because of the piracy that has apparently eaten into his profit margins. I contend that what has eaten into your profit margins is the fact that casual movie-watchers are now better equipped thanks to new technology to …

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May 16 2009

Open-Source Software Shout-Out

(OSSSO?) Here’s two great bits of code that’ll never get attribution from my workplace, as they’re being used on internal-facing projects, so I wanted to give them shout-outs here where someone might actually notice. First is a pure DHTML-and-Javascript date picking applet, simple but efficient and well-documented for any beginner Javascript programmers, which I’ll be …

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May 15 2009

One true time I hold to, MySQL will always go on

I just quoted Celine Dion. Oh my. On behalf of all of Canada, I apologize for her existence. The prognosis is much less grim than it once might have been for MySQL, in the wake of Sun being bought out by rival database company Oracle. Monty Widenius, who is to MySQL what Linus Torvalds is …

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