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Comment: GFDL is a good choice (Score 2, Informative) 2

by rbeezer (#30394366) Attached to: License for textbooks - GNU or CC?
The GFDL gives users of your book the freedom to make copies forever, and to make modifications for their own use. But if they modify the book *and* distribute the modified version, they have to make the modifications available under the same license. Thus the term "viral." This gives your users (other faculty?) the assurance that they can continue to improve your book, should you decide (or become unable) to continue working on it. By contrast a CC license can come in several forms. For example, a NonCommercial clause limits what people can do with your book and makes it not truly free. This seems counter-intuitive, but sometimes interesting things happen if you allow commercial applications. A CC-BY-SA license is close to the GFDL, but the statement of the GFDL is much more explicit and comprehensive. Learn more at http://linear.ups.edu/

Comment: Re:Security implications? (Score 1) 123

by Anonymous McCartneyf (#30381998) Attached to: A Critical Look At Open Licensing For Hardware
The designs don't have to be lousy to have faults visible only in the design. The truly lousy designs have flaws visible whenever you try to use the things.
That said, there are two ways security could be affected by open design:
First, they said open design, not copylefted design. Someone could take an open design, change it just a little, and not list their changes. It could then be really tricky to determine whether the demonstrated flaw is in the open design or the hidden changes.
Second, many of the people who are most vocal about security believe (for good or ill) in "security by obscurity." You can't get that from an open design unless you secretly change it, which loops back into point one.

Comment: Re:Remind me why we need (or even want) this? (Score 2, Insightful) 178

by Burning1 (#30381282) Attached to: Nvidia Announces 3D Blu-ray Format For 2010

Will the directors stop putting in just-for-the-effect, in-your-face scenes meant only to remind you the film is "in 3d!"

Probably about the same time the technology becomes ubiquitous. Remember when Stereo sound was the cool new technology? One need only listen to an old Beatles album to be reminded about how that was abused.

Comment: Re:It's not in their interest to make an effort. (Score 1) 123

by ivogan (#30381268) Attached to: Questionable "Best Effort" Copyright Enforcement

"Not to mention that this lets sleazy lawyers "fish" for people willing to pay them off rather than prove they did nothing wrong."

Ladies and gentlem, seeker_1us has just accidently illustraded exacly what's wrong.

It SHOULD be:

"Not to mention that this lets sleazy lawyers "fish" for people willing to pay them off rather than defend their innocence."

People ahve someone how got the twisted notion the innocence should be proven. This is wrong. it's to be defended.

Let's take that one step further and say guilt should be proven, not fished for.

Comment: Re:Happiness (Score 1) 145

by jedidiah (#30381228) Attached to: Court Says Fair Use May Hold In Some RIAA Cases

...which is perfectly consistent with the previous 50 years of being able to get music for free.

You condition the consumer to the expectation that they can get entertainment for free then they are bound to continue thinking that.

It's just that now most any form of "broadcast" is also a "download". That's just the evolution of technology.

Comment: Nope (Score 1) 13

by zogger (#30381178) Attached to: Capenhaggling in Doomark

Pretty lucky here, no kudzu on the property yet, so haven't seen them eat it or tried to feed it. There's a lot down the street so eventually it will get here. I know they can eat it, theoretically, and so do deer and so on, goats whatever, but so far across the south, there's no group of animals that will eat kudzu faster than it grows unless you got them in such a small pasture as they would eat anything at all to keep from starving. Once it is established it takes over near as I can see, short of massive chemical warfare. The taproots they grow from get six feet long and a hundred lbs or so, hard to kill them off.

I have no idea what controls kudzu in japan. If there is an overlooked cheap and easy method, you could be a billionaire here by applying it.

Comment: Re:What does this do, chemically? (Score 1) 475

by Anonymous McCartneyf (#30000954) Attached to: Low-Energy Laser Etching May Replace Fruit Labels
You want to know why they stopped stamping labels directly onto citrus fruit?
It's nothing to do with the safety of the inks. Sometimes, I think people ink entire oranges to make them orange enough. No. It was determined that, if more than a certain number of people squeeze a given grapefruit, the ink smudges, leaving the label unreadable. This is worse than nothing no matter how you slice it -- especially now that large oranges are the same size as small grapefruit.
Using water-soluable ink on citrus fruit that is then left directly under sprinklers also creates problems...

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