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Comment: Re:Legal statutes (Score 2) 371

by andywest (#44111799) Attached to: FCC Considering Proposal For Encrypted Ham Radio

That is a misunderstanding.

Let me shift the bulletin down: The only reason ham radio is allowed to operate anywhere in the world is because the governments of the world (including ours) do not regard it as a threat to them. Encryption is a threat as far as governments are concerned; and legal limitations (or their lack) in this country don't matter, since ham radio is global. If you add encryption to ham radio, then ham radio becomes a threat to governments, too. Then ham radio will become largely banned or restricted, and its enjoyment elsewhere will drop to the point where it is no longer viable as a hobby.

This proposal, requested by a relatively narrow sector of society (hospitals) out of fear of litigation, if it every becomes allowed, will turn and bite hospitals in the collective butt when they face a shrinking pool of licensed radio operators. Any remaining ham radio operators will use ham radio at work, where the employer assumes the legal risk. Otherwise, why bother, when encryption makes ham radio too much trouble.

Comment: Nope, That's Not Going To Work (Score 2) 2

by andywest (#42971231) Attached to: The Deat of Slashdot

Let assume that the bill passes both houses of Illinois' legislature. The governor might see it for the nonsense it is, and veto it. Even if he signs the bill (or his veto is overridden), the law will be challenged in court almost immediately. It is likely it will be struck down on constitutional grounds, and will almost certainly not be enacted in the meantime.

Just to make things more interesting, the proposer of this bill is also proposing another bill to make gun ownership anonymous.

Comment: It's not just with WinXP. (Score 3, Interesting) 92

by andywest (#42798131) Attached to: Kaspersky Update Breaks Internet Access For Windows XP Users
This is not Kaspersky's only problem with its anti-virus product. I have been asked to install a 'technical update'. When I did so, it crashed the anti-virus so badly that it no longer worked at all. I had to physically remove its folder from the Program Files area and reinstall the program from scratch. And this was with Windows 7. That was back in November. When I got the same message in January, I thought Kaspersky might have fixed the problem. Nope: Install -- crash -- scrape up mess -- reinstall from scratch. You kind of wonder what has Kaspersky been doing over the past six months.

Comment: Preserving Rotting Wood Fiber (Score 1) 171

by andywest (#41386901) Attached to: How I treat my books:
I would like to preserve and safeguard my books, but we are talking wood pulp fiber that starts to rot the minute the book is printed. I have books from the turn of the last century, whose pages are so brown that it is hard to read the text. Yes, the shift from cotton rag to wood pulp may have made books cheaper and thus more available; but trying to preserve rotting books makes up for the cheap price. Oh, and electricity and optical/magnetic media are even more ephemeral.
Wikipedia

+ - Wikipedia Founder Fears For Future of Editorial Community->

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andywest
andywest writes "Wikipedia founder Jimmie Wales admits to a decline in the number of editors on the site, and believes it to be due to a steep learning curve. What he did not mention were the super-administrators, like those in the Overdrive scandal of 2007, who have driven away many of Wikipedia's original contributors."
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Comment: Tired of the same old stuff from the whine cellar. (Score 1) 886

by andywest (#40159793) Attached to: IT Positions Some of the Toughest Jobs To Fill In US
Who's having a hard time filling mission-critical IT positions? Perhaps the kind of companies that will not hire anyone over thirty? Perhaps the kind of companies that think that IT workers ought to be treated like part assemblers, warehouse order fillers or hamburger flippers — cheap and expendable? This is coming from the same kind of arrogant managers and executives who have been whining about programmers, developers, and IT staff for decades. Why do we keep bringing this crap up over and over again? Why don't we just tell those losers to just shut up?
Censorship

+ - Iowa Criminalizes Reporters on Factory Farms 1

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Cody Carlson writes in the Atlantic that Iowa recently passed HF 589, better known as the "Ag Gag" law, that criminalizes investigative journalists and animal protection advocates who take entry-level jobs at factory farms in order to document the rampant food safety and animal welfare abuses within. The original version of the law would have made it a crime to take, possess, or share pictures of factory farms that were taken without the owner's consent, but the Iowa Attorney General rejected this measure out of First Amendment concerns. As amended, the law achieves the same result by making it a crime to give a false statement on an "agricultural production" job application (PDF). As a Humane Society of the United States investigator, Carlson worked undercover at four Iowa egg farms in the winter of 2010 and witnessed disturbing trends of extreme animal cruelty and dangerously unsanitary conditions. "Millions of haggard, featherless hens languished in crowded, microwave-sized wire cages. Unable to even spread their wings, many were forced to pile atop their dead and rotting cage mates as they laid their eggs." The Ag Gag laws also protect the slaughterhouses that regularly send sick and dying animals into our food supply, and would prevent some of the biggest food safety recalls in US. history. "In short, the Ag Gag laws muzzle the few people that are telling the truth about our food," writes Carlson. "Now, the foxes are truly guarding the henhouse.""

Comment: Re:Get Perry (the forker) side (Score 1) 270

by andywest (#37792642) Attached to: OS X Notifier App Growl Goes Closed Source

The Free Software Foundation let their code by free-as-in-beer, but charged for the media to transport the code and for the printed documentation for the code. It was only fair, as this was a way to keep the foundation self-sufficient. So the problem is not, in itself, open-source not equal to free-as-in-gratis.

The point is not that the Growl project is charging for its software, but that the project is not making its code available for patches or for improvements by other programmers, which is the whole idea of open-source. The Growl project, starting with 1.3, are not doing that. And they made the problem worse by refusing to admit that there is a problem.

I have listened to the forker on the interview; he sounds like a rational fellow, and he did believe that he had a reasonable grievance. Frankly, I cannot see any problem that the Growl project had with him (or with the others they cut off and then claimed did not exist), unless they have become blind from their own hubris.

The real problem is that the Growl project may never have been open-source in the first place. The project misrepresented themselves in their license (enclosed below), which looked like it was GPL but in face was not. The least that the Growl project can do now is to admit openly that they are going closed-source, pull out of Google forums, and let their volunteers choose to go elsewhere.

Growl License

Copyright (c) The Growl Project, 2004-2011
All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

  1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
  2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
  3. Neither the name of Growl nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT OWNER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

Java

+ - Copyright trolls close Linux time database->

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Demonoid-Penguin
Demonoid-Penguin writes "The Linux timezone database was shutdown due to claims it breaches a copyright held by Astralabe, Inc. A civil suit was filed in the Boston Federal court 30th September — the defendant is Arthur Olson who has had to shutdown the ftp server at elsie.nci.nih.gov. Astralabe claim that their recent purchase of ACS Atlas, which is referenced by the tz database, gives them ownership of the information in the database. Microsoft will continue to provide erroneous tz data as they have their own database. Java, Unix, Linux and everybody else that use the tz data will have to find another solution to the problem unless the court decides against Astralabe.
Astralabe, Inc, whose web site has that 1970 built by MS Word look, and may well run on a server built of spit and sticks, won't be feeling any love anytime soon over this move."

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