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Comment: Re:If you're using GPL code, you have no choice (Score 2) 167 167

I agreed. If you are using any GPL code, derivative works should be GPL. If you combine BSD, MIT with GPL, it will turn everything to GPL. GPL is not bad, it will remain open source forever (ok, until it became public domain after a lot of years) and it will be great for things to snowball. GPL is only bad where there intentions to close the source code or to combine it with other licenses that allows that.

Comment: OS/2 has it in somekind of way... (Score 1) 75 75

OS/2 at being some modular and object oriented allowed you to fix some bugs on the Workplace Shell (Desktop Interface) (WPS) without access to the source code of it. The trick of OS/2 is that it uses SOM in the middle between the GUI and the Desktop.

Since all the WPS where objects, you just grabbed the clock object (WPClock), and create a child from it, you can incorporate more functionality, or remove the functionality that you didn't like. So on OS/2 you disabled the parent WPClock object and tell that NewWPClock child should be the one that everyone must use.

It is a different way from what this article says, but it does not means this is the first time that someone can extend/fix/improve a program without it's source code.

+ - Fans asks Disney for Tron 3->

martiniturbide writes: Disney's Tron fans are trying an online petition requesting the third installment of the film. Their request says:
"Tron: Legacy grossed over 400 million dollars and helped more fully realize the world created in the original Tron. It's a shame that Disney has elected not to move forward with a third Tron film as the universe is ripe to be explored. Sign this petition so that we may show Disney that The Grid is too great to never be shown again and to prove that Flynn lives."

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Comment: Re:so what? (Score 2) 202 202

But I think that there is a difference between a regular company paying exorbitant salaries that has the IP and full control of their product and another "company" that his assets is Creative Commons and that can be "legally stole" (copied) by other one. It is good to put under the scope the executive staff salaries to make some preassure, but we also need to understand that the full wikipedia site can be copied and all their contents can used to create a similar site. I prefer an executives making money this way, than other companies that only hives you a limited right to use their content. On Wikipedia everybody owns the content to copy it and distribute it.

Comment: so what? (Score 3, Insightful) 202 202

Even if they are sitting on money and over-expend it, all their content is Creative Commons, anybody can "Fork Wikipedia". The contribution to Wikipedia to the present days is still there and it is huge. It will be desirable that the extra money will be expended to enrich the content and not waste it, but if we compare how politicians use money today, I prefer that it is being waste on a collaborative open project. I really hope that the same thing happens to Archive.org someday, that they will be able to sit on money to improve the "library".

Comment: Too many options - Try to negotiate. (Score 1) 353 353

Hi

There is a few options that came to my mind, but all of them requires that you sign an agreement with your boss/Company.

1) Ask for an agreement telling that both parties owns the right of the software and source code. Try to avoid any “Eternal” periods of time of confidentiality since you may not know what happens in more than 5 years. So if your boss asks you for confidentiality of the source code limit the time of it.

2) When you set an agreement about the ownership of the source code and software, there is a good wording on the “IBM Customer Agreement” (http://www-05.ibm.com/support/operations/files/pdf/ica_us.pdf). Read “6.2 Materials Ownership and License”

Read “Type I Materials” and “Type II Materials” on the Type I the company owns the rights and gives you “ irrevocable, nonexclusive, worldwide, paid-up license to use, execute, reproduce, display, perform, sublicense, distribute, and prepare derivative works based on, Type I Materials. “

On “Type II Materiales” you own al the rights and you give the rights to the company of “.an irrevocable, nonexclusive, worldwide, paid-up license to use, execute, reproduce, display, perform, and distribute (within Customer’s Enterprise only) copies of Type II Materials.”

3) Other alternative is, if you can get an agreement with your boss, is to make to dump that source code, and start a new one from scratch on your home under your own time.

But there is a lot more alternatives that goes in the middle, why don’t making a company on your own and give some stocks to you “boss/hiring company” as payment of the rights of the source code there are a lot of options. You just need to negotiate.

Good Luck. Regards.

+ - An USB Adapter for almost all Console Controllers->

martiniturbide writes: The Retrogaming and Emulation community are putting their efforts together to support the Bliss-Box 4-Play last days on kickstarter. This is an independent produced multi console controller USB adapter supporting Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, PS3 and Raspberry Pi and it already supports 17 controller ports (NES, SNES, Sega Dreamcast, Atari 2600, Virtual Boy, DB9 and more). EmuParadise just released a ”GiveAway” to promote the project, there had been several videos reviews ( Lon Reviews Tech with the Ouya!, Lon Reviews Tech , Racketboy, Thomas Smith ) and even Zophar’s Domain came back from the underworld to try to promote this project on the last days of the funding campaign.
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+ - Microsoft Announces Windows Holographic Platform

An anonymous reader writes: At its Build 2015 developer conference today, Microsoft announced the Windows Holographic Platform. In short, the company will let developers turn Windows 10 apps into holograms for HoloLens. On stage, Microsoft showed a Windows video app that you can simply control with your voice: Just say “follow me” and the video app moves along as you walk around a room. “Every single universal Windows app has these capabilities,” said Alex Kipman, technical fellow for the operating system group at Microsoft. Apps can look like little windows, or they can be more than that. The demo included a photos app, a browser, Skype, a holographic Start Menu, and even a dog on the floor.

+ - NASA Probe Spies Possible Polar Ice Cap on Pluto->

astroengine writes: As NASA’s New Horizon’s spacecraft rapidly approaches Pluto for its historic flyby in July, the dwarf planet is gradually sliding into focus. And in the latest series of observations beamed back from the fringes of the Kuiper belt, surface features are becoming evident including the stunning revelation that Pluto may possess a polar ice cap. “As we approach the Pluto system we are starting to see intriguing features such as a bright region near Pluto’s visible pole, starting the great scientific adventure to understand this enigmatic celestial object,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington D.C. “As we get closer, the excitement is building in our quest to unravel the mysteries of Pluto using data from New Horizons.”
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+ - Could Nepal earth quake be twice as big?->

Taco Cowboy writes: On April 25, Nepal was hit with the biggest earthquake in 80 years—but just how big was it?

Amidst the destruction, there was a spat on the issue between the US and China. The US Geological Survey (USGS), which monitors earthquakes worldwide, reported that the Nepal earthquake measured at a magnitude of 7.8. However, the China Earthquakes Network Center (CENC), which hopes to provide a similar service, measured the same earthquake at a magnitude of 8.1

While a difference of 0.3 in the magnitude of the seismic activity may not seem like much, the apparently small differences in magnitudes of earthquakes reported by different agencies around the world are, in real-life, huge. Because if we are to believe the Chinese data, the Nepal earthquake may have been twice in size than if we believe the US data

So who is correct?

There isn’t an independent body that can verify which of the two data points we should believe. Also, the discrepancy may be due to using different parameters in measurement: USGS uses moment magnitude and CENC uses surface-wave magnitude


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+ - Windows 10 can run reworked Android and iOS apps

An anonymous reader writes: After months of rumors, Microsoft is revealing its plans to get mobile apps on Windows 10 today. While the company has been investigating emulating Android apps, it has settled on a different solution, or set of solutions, that will allow developers to bring their existing code to Windows 10. iOS and Android developers will be able to port their apps and games directly to Windows universal apps, and Microsoft is enabling this with two new software development kits. On the Android side, Microsoft is enabling developers to use Java and C++ code on Windows 10, and for iOS developers they’ll be able to take advantage of their existing Objective C code. 'We want to enable developers to leverage their current code and current skills to start building those Windows applications in the Store, and to be able to extend those applications,' explained Microsoft’s Terry Myerson during an interview with The Verge this morning.

+ - All console controllers in your PC->

martiniturbide writes: Bliss-Box 4-Play is a multi console controller USB adapter with support for Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, PS3 and Raspberry Pi and it already supports 17 controller ports (NES, SNES, Sega Dreamcast, Atari 2600, Virtual Boy, DB9 and more). It does it by having a variety of cables (that are available for sale or DIY) that connects to the main device and it supports up to 4 controllers at the same time. They are trying to get support via kickstater to be able to commercialize this adapter.
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