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Comment Re:How does this differ from installing FB client? (Score 1) 166 166

The vulnerability isn't in Hangouts. It's in Stagefright, which is a media library. Hangouts is only important here because it uses Stagefright in a way that exacerbates the issue. You can't fix Stagefright by updating Hangouts. You have to update Stagefright, which is part of the OS rather than part of an app.

Comment I don't think you want an OSI license. (Score 3, Interesting) 85 85

This doesn't sound like open source is your real desire. It's totally possible to have a proprietary license with source provided to the customer.

You could gain some mindshare by using one of the more restrictive Creative Commons licenses, like Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs
(CC BY-NC-ND) or Attribution-NoDerivs
(CC BY-ND).

You could use something very similar to the pre-2007 qmail license. It allows people to download and use it. They can make any changes locally. They can redistribute the pristine sources or binaries made from them to others. They can't distribute their alterations. They can distribute patches against the pristine sources, but they can't call those part of the product.

The OSI has a whole list of licenses. I'd bet not one of these meets your requirements. You really shouldn't be saying it's "open source" unless you're using an OSI-approved license.

Software licensing is a legal issue. The people you really want to be talking to about what license language meets your exact needs in light of the laws where you operate are lawyers. More specifically, you want probably want people versed in both copyright and contract law to look into this.

Comment My company issued phone is a smart phone. (Score 2) 227 227

My company issued phone is a smart phone. I don't have a "desk phone". If I did, it would connect to our Asterisk box, not directly to a POTS line. We have WiFi all over the building, both a RADIUS-authenticated SSID and one for less secure stuff that just has a shared WPA password. Some things are only available via the wired Ethernet. What keeps us more secure than banning smartphones is hiring people who wouldn't steal and sell the company's source code and proprietary information.

A targeted threat that broke into an employee's phone then connected to the firewalled WiFi then got past the firewall and into the rest of the systems is really complex. It'd probably actually be simpler to target the developers' VMs where the source code lives.

Comment Horse for courses (Score 1) 318 318

Server? Get it right and apply only security updates. Work desktop? Change it up every once in a while as long as stability isn't sacrificed. Don't spend so much time tweaking that you lose a lot of time actually doing your work. Home workstation? Play with it. Try things out. See which updates are worth putting elsewhere. Game system? Make sure it supports the games you want to play and isn't an easy security target. Work phone? Get security updates, but don't update it to odd things that your IT department is going to hate you for. Personal phone? Well, who cares as long as it's as dependable as you need it to be?

Comment Are you contracted with the state or a company? (Score 2) 165 165

If you're through a consulting company that sells your time to the state and managed like an employee then you're not an employee of the state. You're an employee of that consulting company. The arrangement between the state and your employer is one thing, and your arrangement with the consulting company is another. Your company can't sell your time on a regular schedule to the state and then tell you you're a contract employee. That doesn't mean the state can't contract for a company's employees to be assigned to work on-site at the state's offices, though.

If you're on contract with the state directly, then they should treat you like a contractor. If they manage you as an employee, they need to employ you internally. If they want to keep you as a contractor, they should give you those freedoms.

You need to know that this isn't just about you. Allowing yourself to be treated as an employee and compensated as a contractor weakens everyone else's position, too. In fact, there's probably a union like AFSCME that would be very interested to talk to you about this.

Comment Re:Might as well be "Simon" (Score 1) 111 111

8500 of those, including manufacturing processes for those phones. They also bought perpetual licenses for every other patent Nokia has outside of the NSN stuff. MS also gets the protection of 60 or so cross-licenses Nokia had with other companies like Qualcomm, Motorola Mobility, and Motorola Solutions. Here's an article about those patent licenses and purchases.

In case "Motorola Mobility" doesn't ring quite the right bell, that's the portion of Motorola that Google bought and then sold to Arris Group and Lenovo as two separate pieces, keeping a third piece and all but about 2000 patents.

This significantly weakens the case of any Android phone manufacturer trying to settle patent suits against Microsoft in a patent-for-patent cross licensing swap. The patents Microsoft actually owns are one thing. The massive number of patents they already have a license to that could otherwise be used MAD-style in a back-and-forth license fee case are another entirely.

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Scientology Group Urged Veto of Mental Health Bill 265 265

An anonymous reader writes: According to records obtained by The Texas Tribune, Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed a bill that would have given doctors more power to detain mentally ill and potentially dangerous patients, after a Church of Scientology-backed group helped organize a campaign against it. "Medical staff should work closely with law enforcement to help protect mentally ill patients and the public," he said. "But just as law enforcement should not be asked to practice medicine, medical staff should not be asked to engage in law enforcement, especially when that means depriving a person of the liberty protected by the Constitution." The bill would have allowed doctors to put mentally ill patients on a four-hour hold if they were suspected of being a danger to themselves or others. The bill had the support of two of the nation's largest medical associations.

Comment Re:Might as well be "Simon" (Score 1) 111 111

I think Microsoft knew they could never compete in the space long-term but wanted a big patent pool tied intimately to the phone industry. Their money-making strategy in the phone space was not to get Windows to actually be competitive. It was to sue and settle for royalties against all those Android phone makers.

Comment Re:Government knows best... (Score 1) 432 432

Contractor vs. employee classification can be abused, but calling someone who chooses when to pick up a rider and at what rate a contractor is not a shenanigan. It would be a farce to call that driver an employee. Actually the taxi drivers who often are listed as contractors but work assigned schedules for specific rates set by the company are much closer to employees, and that's the "traditional" model.

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