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Comment Re:GPL enforcement? I don't want to be involved! (Score 1) 35

The distributed binary is just as free as the original binary.

No its not, the original binary with full source code could be modified if it has the full source code available, the secretly modified distributed version does not.

closed source does NOT limit other people's freedoms - they are, as I pointed out, free to use the same original source to make their own derivative

By the same arguments;
Slavery does NOT limit other peoples freedom - slaves might eventually become free man and become slave owners themselves.

so users have the same freedoms I have. If they don't have the skills, sucks to be them but I don't owe it to them to give them my source

If two people are living in a cage, one knows how to escape the other doest, do they have the same freedoms ?

Comment Re:GPL enforcement? I don't want to be involved! (Score 1) 35

BSD does nothing of the sort. It allows the user to do whatever they like w/ packages ... It doesn't make me a slavery enabling agent.

No it doesnt automatically make you a slavery enabling agent, but it does permit you to be slavery enabling agent.
You said it yourself, BSD allows users to do whatever they like.

Comment Re:GPL enforcement? I don't want to be involved! (Score 1) 35

If you create a closed-source derivative of bsd-licenced software AND DISTRIBUTE IT, the derivative is not as free as the original.
Users of the derivative are being deprived of freedoms that existed in the original.
They dont have the ability to modify the original parts of the derivative once its binary only.

And be honest with yourself, if you create a closed source derivative of BSD licensed software would you be doing it mostly for the benefit of yourself or for others ?

Absolute freedom is a fantasy, absolute freedom permits people to take away other peoples freedom (to have power over them), once that happens freedom is no longer absolute.

Comment Re:GPL enforcement? I don't want to be involved! (Score 1) 35

Freedom is about having control of your own actions, Power is about having control of others.

Permissive licences like BSD permit you to deny freedom to other other people, to have power over them.

Copyleft are called restrictive because it forbids you from having power over other people, it requires you to pass on the freedoms you where granted.

BSD doesnt force you to take power from other people, just like slavery didnt force people to buy slaves. But it happened.

Comment Too nice (Score 1) 35

Perhaps they are trying to be too nice, perhaps they shouldnâ(TM)t be trying to make friends of the corporations that choose to violate the communities principles.

Seems like they are going to make a choice between enforcing the GPL in a friendly way or not at all.

I respect their efforts very much, but i would rather see them become more militant, take as much money as they can get from the wilfully ignorant, and not be afraid of making enemies.

Comment Re:GPL enforcement? I don't want to be involved! (Score 2) 35

The right for somebody to create closed-source derivatives is something that should be protected. Not protecting it is merely the act of taking away freedom.

Your saying your not free unless you have the right to deprive others of freedom...

The same arguments where used to justify slavery.

Comment Communicating isnt the problem (Score 1) 202

Communicating plans to commit evil deeds isnt the problem, its actually carrying them out that is the problem. In fact the more people these extremists communicate with about there plans the more likely someone will be able to talk them out of it.

But i guess the politicians will bring in more extreme laws in an effort to make people free of extremists....

Comment Re:Who is to say that this "list" is legit at all? (Score 1) 546

Victims can use defamation law to (try to) prosecute a publisher.

Ofc the point behind anonymous is that arent accountable if they arent identifiable. Which itself is needed because whatever "controls" you can think of that are intended to protect people can also be abused and used to persecute people.

Maybe people shouldnâ(TM)t be judged based on which lists they are on, and we should only judge people we know.

Comment Re:Unconcerned with this level of scrutiny? (Score 1) 85

In our case, the leader of the obstructionists (Tony Abbott) won the election, but struggled to move to a more constructive mode when in power and became deeply unpopular. The center left party didnt want to be associated with tactics that failed once in power.

Tony Abbott recently got dumped by his own party and was one of the shortest serving prime ministers in recent times.

Ironically, he was replaced by a moderate within the right wing party, one of the few people who spoke out against data retention, was involved with an ISP some time ago, and has talked up apps the bypass data retention.

It remains to be seen if our new prime minister personal values will be reflected in policy.

Politics is crazy down here.

Comment Re:Unconcerned with this level of scrutiny? (Score 1) 85

the issue got bipartisan support

Not because the center-left party agreed with the policy (or even understood it), they supported it because they have a policy of supporting all right wing security policies.

They opposed a lot of other stuff and had to agree with the government on something so they were not labelled as obstructionist. A tactic that was used successfully against them when they where in government.

Agreeing with the right wing government blindly on all security was also seen as a good strategy for the left as they had earnt a reputation of being more tolerant than the right wing party, and that really wasnt popular with right wing voters, whom the center-left wing party want to win over so they could compete against the far-left minor party.

See, its really not their fault, they had no choice !

Comment Take advantage of it; copyleft (Score 3, Interesting) 399

Copyleft uses the power of copyright to subvert its common intent.

By giving copyright holders more powers, maybe we can now do more savage things to corporate violators, like send them jail.

Perhaps we need an anti-TPP software licence to take advange of this new power.

The harder they squeeze....

Comment Re:The US needs a serious spanking (Score 4, Insightful) 202

The US needs to wake up to the fact that it doesn't set policy for the world,and that other jurisdictions have their own laws and regulations

The US government happily violates its own constitution. Its expecting too much for any nation to have more respect for foreign laws than their own.

"Consider a spherical bear, in simple harmonic motion..." -- Professor in the UCB physics department