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Comment: Run you own server... (Score 0) 306

by kris (#31941306) Attached to: Cox Discontinues Usenet, Starting In June

Is everybody silly?

Usenet as a discussion forum is dead. Go elsewhere.
If you absolutely must have Usenet as a discussion forum, run your own server. The bandwidth required is next to nothing - any small dedicated server carries the power and bandwidth to run a Usenet server that can easily make it to the top1000 in the server statistics for what remains of Usenet.
If you absolutely must have Usenet as a file sharing medium, well, commercial offers for that exist.

Censorship

German Parliament Enacts Internet Censorship Law 273

Posted by timothy
from the fuer-die-kinder dept.
TheTinyToon writes that by a vote of 389 to 128, "the proposed censorship law to block child porn has been passed by the German government. Not surprisingly, a member of the conservative party (CDU) announced plans to also check if the law could be extended to include so-called 'killer games' like Counterstrike, only two hours after the law was passed. More [in German] on netzpolitik.org."
Censorship

+ - The Dawning of Internet Censorship in Germany-> 2

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tmk
tmk writes "Germany is on the verge of censoring its Internet. On Thursday the German parliament Bundestag will adopt a law to block Internet sites in order to fight child pornography. In the last months the German net community tried to stop the new law, spreaded the word from Twitter to the mainstream media that the new law won't help against child abuse. The netizens started the biggest parlamentary petition in Germany which was supported by 130000 citizens and fought with wikis and internet memes against the established political structures. Activists even helped to remove over 60 websites containing child pornography in 12 hours — proving that internet blocking is an ineffective method to fight child pornography. But the net community didn't succeed at last. The German Federal Police will soon begin to distribute a blacklist to German providers."
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Comment: Re:Giving back is a matter of necessity (Score 1) 312

by kris (#28169251) Attached to: Should Enterprise IT Give Back To Open Source?

"If you've forked a piece of software, and haven't contributed back up because it takes too much in the way of staffing, but you have enough staffing to maintain a forked project, then you're not looking at this right."

Exactly - most enterprises do not think this through properly. They do not adjust their processes to match the Open Source processes on the outside.

Comment: Giving back is a matter of necessity (Score 3, Insightful) 312

by kris (#28167647) Attached to: Should Enterprise IT Give Back To Open Source?

In the past ten years I have been working in multiple companies that have had businesses based on open source software. Very often these businesses not only used open source software, but also substantially modified it in order to adjust it to the needs of the enterprise, to make it scale or simply to fix bugs in code that otherwise has been rarely exercised.

In effect, this created a fork of the software, internally inside the enterprise.

These changes can be maintained inside the company, binding company ressources, or they can be put back upstream. Code can be part of what differentiates you from other companies, or it can be code that does stuff you do which others do as well - then it is infrastructure code to you. All infrastructure code inside your company you should share as open source quickly and reliably, because that not only improves the code but also shares your cost with others.

Very often companies do not do that - instead they are maintaining their fork of code internally, failing to integrate changes from the outside into their own fork, and binding valueable development ressources inside the enterprise in reproducing changes from the outside indepently. The reason for that is usually that there is an intellectual property regime which requires clearance of code before it can leave the company, but insufficient staffing for the actual clearance process.

As the enterprise slowly accumulates and integrates more and more open source projects to maintain their business they are slowly dragged down if they do not manage the process of giving changes back upstream properly.

Comment: Re:PostgreSQL (Score 2, Informative) 153

by kris (#27962115) Attached to: MySQL Founder Starts Open Database Alliance, Plans Refactoring

It is not that easy - Postgres right now is lacking in the area of replication and thus fails as a database for all those MySQL users that require replication for scaleout.

Postgres replication options usually are active-passive (WAL shipping solutions that recover the slave) or are trigger-based and syncronos such as Slony-I.

What MySQL users usually require is replication to be losely coupled and asynchronous in order for it to become a viable scaleout option.

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