Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:Summary and analysis of GFDL and DFSG (Score 1) 466

by TFBW (#5771623) Attached to: Debian GNU/Linux to Declare GNU GFDL non-Free?
Prevent people from modifying my political statements or personal views which I included with the text.

There are two reasons I can think of which would motivate this want.

  1. You don't want people ascribing to you opinions that you do not hold; ie to prevent misrepresentation.
  2. You want to make your text available on the condition that it contain your political statements and/or personal views; ie to use your document as a soapbox.

If your motivation is the latter, then I consider your terms to be restrictive; it would be appropriate to include your document in the non-free section of Debian. If your motivation is the former, however, then copyright isn't entirely relevant. You could put your work in the public domain, and if someone created a "derived work" which misrepresented you, then you could sue (or threaten to sue) for defamation rather than copyright infringment.

The whole business of suing people isn't very nice, but it boils down to a question of what you are going to sue them for: copyright infringment, or defamation. If you think your chances are better at winning a copyright case, then by all means use copyright, but don't be deluded into thinking that such a restriction still allows your document to be classified as "free".


Journal: HTML email is more evil than you can possibly imagine 1

Journal by TFBW
The person who decided that HTML was a good format for email deserves to be shot by a firing squad of about a million persons armed with air rifles (or B-B guns, as I believe they say in the USA). Want to DDoS someone's web server by spamming? Easy! Just include the following approximately 400 times per spam.



Journal: Winpopup: Now they REALLY want you to phone me! 4

Journal by TFBW
In their latest mutation, our spam-kiddies are now using the Windows message protocol to put up alerts on the screens of unsuspecting Windows users. These contain a dire warning that your computer has been compromised, and you should contact tech support -- on my home or mobile numbers. (My thanks to the person who submitted this in my feedback box.)

Journal: The faked forwarded complaint trick 2

Journal by TFBW
Here's another tactic they're trying. Since they seem to have figured out that my mail server is locked down pretty hard, they've taken to forging an entire message that is supposed to have originated in my system, and then they forward that to some poor random Joe as a complaint! Here's an example I let bounce in earlier. Bear in mind that this is the body of the message I'm posting here.

Journal: Looks like they want you to give me a call 1

Journal by TFBW
They're trying a new tactic, by the look of it. I've seen a whole bunch of bounces come in -- primarily from .au domains -- which contain the following key bit.

Hello, You have just been subscribed to the dailynewsletter!
You will now receive our hourly newletter


Journal: Questions and Answers

Journal by TFBW
Hi, folks. This spamming problem looks like it's not going away any time soon, so I'm creating this forum for people to discuss matters. I'll link to it from my home page, showing the latest additions, since my home page has turned into war-room-central.

The life of a repo man is always intense.