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Comment Re:In other words, we should give up. (Score 1) 2247

Why do we let tiny Caribbean countries use data we are already collecting for ourselves? Because we are far richer than they are and it would be cruel to not share it with them just because they are poor. (The discussion would be different if this were something that say, Canada or Europe would benefit from, that can full well afford to split costs or do it themselves.)

also, we ship a lot of goods between the US and Caribbean, and knowing the weather effects those shipping routes.

Comment Re:This Is Ridiculous (Score 5, Insightful) 210

Free for developers looking to make closed derivative works. Not free for society, other developers, and certianly not users.

Just because someone makes a closed fork, doesn't mean the original disappears. The original is still there and still free for users, still free for other developers, and society. Your statement is pure copyleft FUD.

If you want it to be "free," just go public domain it. GPL is about actually keeping software free, not providing a toolkit to proprietary developers.

The whole reason the BSD license exists is to explicitly provide protections to the original author that public domain doesn't explicitly provide, like indemnity to lack of fitness, warranty etc.


Man Put On "No-Fly List" While In Air To NYC Screenshot-sm 300

An unnamed man flying from Nigeria to New York City found out he was added to a no-fly list somewhere above the Atlantic Ocean, when the plane stopped to refuel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Officials won't say what he did or why he was added to the list after he had already boarded a flight. He was not immediately charged with a crime and Customs and Border Protection will only say that he is a "potential person of interest." From the article: "The man, a citizen of Gambia, was not on the no-fly list when he boarded the aircraft in Dakar, Senegal, said a US official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly."

Comment Re:BSD problems (Score 1) 633

I personally prefer the GPL because of the guaranteed perpetual freedom (for users to hack it) that comes with it.

you've just managed to hit my personal pet peeve of the semantics that GPL advocates use in criticizing the BSD license. just because some one else takes a copy of BSD licensed code and makes it proprietary, doesn't mean the original code ceases to exist. If I take a project and license it under the BSD license, it'll always be out there under that license, no matter what happens to derivate works. It doesn't cease to exist in a way that allow people to poke at it and play with it (or even take another copy and run with it). My original code continues to exist. It'll still be there under the BSD license in long run as you put it.


Submission FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE Now Available->

cperciva writes: "FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE, the first release from the new 7-STABLE branch of FreeBSD development, has been released. FreeBSD 7.0 brings with it many new features including support for ZFS, journaled filesystems, and SCTP, as well as dramatic improvements in performance and SMP scalability. In addition to being available from many FTP sites, ISO images can be downloaded via the BitTorrent tracker, or for users of earlier FreeBSD releases, FreeBSD Update can be used to perform a binary upgrade."
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Alienware Admit Trying to Fiddle Reviews 260

An anonymous reader writes "Alienware seem to have admitted threatening review sites with no future hardware unless positive reviews are written about their products. attempted to obtain a recent Alienware system and were rebuffed in an email claiming that their last review had scuppered the chances of them getting any hardware to review in the future. Follow-up emails confirmed this was part of Alienware's global marketing strategy. " I've read through the whole article and it would appear that the above is what the rep said. Now, granted, one would hope that's one person in that company, but still bad form.

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