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Comment: Re:interestingly, has always been open source (Score 3, Informative) 43

by pHalec (#44490967) Attached to: Backdoor Found In OpenX Ad Platform

OpenX has been through many twists and turns. I started using it with my employer when it was called phpAdsNew; it then became OpenAds; then OpenX.

It gradually went from a passably supported and FOSS-minded project to a hybrid model, with the FOSS part atrophying very quickly. It became clear to us that this was a liability and we stopped using it. We're now actively avoiding hybrid models like this.

Finding a 7-month-old backdoor vindicates our suspicions.

Comment: If only there was some kind of standard... (Score 1) 332

by pHalec (#39711379) Attached to: iTunes' Windows Problem

Ever tried to use an iPhone with Linux? If you can't run iTunes you can't do *anything*.

iTunes is a tool Apple uses to avoid using standards and thereby maintain full control over the user's experience. They're tying themselves in knots trying to do it all within a single app, but the alternative -- things like allowing the phone to be used as a USB storage device, as pretty much every other vendor does -- is un-Apple. It's a wonder they even support PTP for photos.

I've happily gone over to Android, which does have its own quirks, but at least my Samsung phone hasn't been crippled by the vendor.

Comment: Journal management software (Score 1) 103

by pHalec (#37902346) Attached to: Open Hardware Journal

Hi Bruce!

Obviously I'm biased, since I work on the project -- but have you seen Public Knowledge Project's "Open Journal Systems"? It's FOSS and its goal is to automate the management and workflow for publishing an academic-style journal. It wouldn't do your layout etc. for you, but it would help with submission management, peer review, and a lot of the associated stuff that needs doing. See http://pkp.sfu.ca/ojs for the details.

Cheers,
Alec Smecher
Public Knowledge Project Team

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