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Submission + - GPL Enforcement under threat. Support Conservancy fundraiser. (

Jeremy Allison - Sam writes: "Some companies have withdrawn from funding us and some have even successfully pressured conferences to cancel or prevent talks on our enforcement work. We do this work because we think that it is good for everyone in the long run, because we know it is the right thing to do, and because we know that we are in the best position to do it. But that's not enough — you have to think it's right too and show us by becoming a Supporter now."

Comment Not the first full recovery from space (Score 1) 121

SpaceShip One touched space and all elements were recovered and flew to space again.

BO's demonstration is more publicity than practical rocketry. It doesn't look like the aerodynamic elements of BO's current rocket are suitable for recovery after orbital injection, just after a straight up-down space tourism flight with no potential for orbit, just like SpaceShip One (and Two). They can't put an object in space and have it stay in orbit. They can just take dudes up for a short and expensive view and a little time in zero gee.

It's going to be real history when SpaceX recovers the first stage after an orbital injection, in that it will completely change the economics of getting to space and staying there.

Submission + - Software Freedom Conservancy asks for supporters

paroneayea writes: Software Freedom Conservancy has is asking people to join as supporters to save both their basic work and GPL enforcement. Conservancy is the steward of projects like it, Samba, Wine, BusyBox, QEMU, Inkscape, Selenium, and many more. Conservancy also does much work around GPL enforcement and needs 2,500 members to join in order to save copyleft compliance work. You can join as a member here.

Comment Re:Another in a long series of marketing mistakes (Score 1) 137

You'd need a popular product to pull off obtaining second-clientage from governments, and you'd need not to reveal that your device had legal intercept.

This is just a poorly-directed company continuing to shoot itself in the foot. It's not made its product desirable for government, or for anyone else.

Comment Another in a long series of marketing mistakes (Score 2) 137

There's a truism in marketing that you can only differentiate your product on the parts that the customer sees and uses. Blackberry just can't learn this lesson. They tried differentiating on the OS kernel, which the customer never sees. And now on an insecurity feature that the customer won't be allowed to use. It's been a protracted death spiral, but it's a continuing one.

Comment Re:The man is a marketing genius (Score 1) 207

Hey! My '98 V70 is the most comfortable car I've ever owned. It does not drive like a tank, more like a well worn-in Lay-Z-Boy.

Not saying that the sample lot was all that high-end, well there was the '96 Mazda Millennia, that was a nice car too.

I happen to like the way the V70 looks. This may explain why my wife picks my clothes when we go out, and makes me take the 2001 Volvo S60.

Comment What's Wrong with the Hobbit? (Score 2) 175

The Hobbit books are to a great extent about race war. The races are alien and fictional, but they are races, and the identification of good or bad is on racial boundaries. This isn't all that unusual in the fantasy genre, or even some sci-fi.

Lots of people love those books. And there's lots of good in them. To me, the race stuff stuck out.

Comment Re:GM producers are shooting themselves in the foo (Score 1) 514

You've just answered your own question. If there is no difference, there is no truth in advertising issue, sot he FTC won't do anything. Whether there is a difference or not, I really can't say and I don't avoid GMO myself, and not preachy about GMO.

My concern is the the fact that some people ARE concerned, and simply have the right to know if itis GMO or not. The controversy and lack of long term science means people have the right to choose, but can only do so if they have information. Technically, that is what the FTC should be fore, but they tend to be spineless when it comes to stuff like this.

Comment Re:GM producers are shooting themselves in the foo (Score 1) 514

"They might".

They also might not care until there are enough complaints, and there is almost no way to tell if something labeled "Non-GMO" really is, and if there is no current law on it, doing so in seemingly good faith has no consequences. Plus, it is doubtful any government agency is going to go out and look for extra work. Don't hold your breath on the FTC doing anything.

Machines take me by surprise with great frequency. - Alan Turing