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Comment: Re:Fine with me, GPLv3 sucks for business (Score 1) 808

by mossholderm (#38410050) Attached to: GPL, Copyleft Use Declining Fast
Because typically what you are saying is incorrect. If you are writing an application, you are usually free to choose any license you like. LGPL was created so that you can link against libraries without worrying about giving up your secret sauce. The glibc library is an example of this. Granted, you need to take care, in some people's minds, to avoid GPL'd libraries, but it is your choice to use or not use GPL'd libraries.

Don't like it? Don't use them.

Comment: Re:GPLv3 threw out the baby with the bathwater... (Score 3, Informative) 808

by mossholderm (#38409828) Attached to: GPL, Copyleft Use Declining Fast
"I personally have seen companies who had to re-engineer a whole embedded controller from Linux to Windows CE just so they did not bump into GPL v3 issues."

Too bad for them, since most of Linux isn't GPL v3. The kernel certainly isn't and huge portions of userspace aren't either... ESPECIALLY in the embedded space, where people use slimmer versions of things like libc.

Comment: Re:Two things... (Score 1) 1239

by mossholderm (#37006522) Attached to: United States Loses S&P AAA Credit Rating
You're missing one key thing in your argument: There isn't a huge pile of cash laying around each year to pay for things. The operating model of our government, and most others is:

1) Pass a budget to determine what you are going to pay for that year.
2) Start spending against the budget
3) Pay for emergencies that come up (floods, earthquakes, etc.)
4) Collect taxes

Notice that the income, in general, doesn't come in until the end. The country lives on credit. Normally, this works. Our problem is that we have let the spending versus revenue get out of hand. One, the other, or both have to change to fix things.

Comment: Re:Users are not stupid (Score 1) 137

by mossholderm (#36636952) Attached to: Judge OKs Wiretap Lawsuit Over Google Wi-Fi Sniffing
(Reposted because I forgot to log in)

The problem with your first statement is that having a "good and valid reasons for leaving a wifi network unpassworded" doesn't mean that those reasons afford you an expectation of privacy, and so, is irrelevant to the discussion.

As to Google's sniffing being more intrusive than a reasonable person would expect, there is no need for the metaphorical telescope. This situation is more akin to going around your neighborhood, telling everyone that they are free to use your windows and doors, and then acting surprised when someone sees you in the shower. The people who are utilizing open WiFi are sending out beacons saying "I'm here, I'm unencrypted, feel free to use me."

Keep in mind, the WiFi Alliance has mandated that Access Point ship with encryption enabled by default for something like a decade, which is longer than the expected lifespan of most wireless gear. The vast majority of people utilizing Open networks have, at some point, made a choice to have their network be unencrypted and accessible by anyone who cares to join.

There is one way to find out if a man is honest -- ask him. If he says "Yes" you know he is crooked. -- Groucho Marx