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How Ubiquiti Networks Is Creatively Violating the GPL 225

Posted by Soulskill
from the violating-it-in-the-normal-way-is-passe dept.
New submitter futuristicrabbit writes: Networking company Ubiquiti Networks violates the GPL, but not in the way you'd expect. Not only did the kernel shipped in their router firmware not correspond to the sources given, but their failure to provide the source led to a vulnerability they created being unpatched long after its disclosure. They're maintaining the appearance of compliance without actually complying with the GPL.

Comment: Re:Interesing... (Score 5, Insightful) 394

by packrat0x (#49137437) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

When Congress also demands "information from universities, companies and trade groups about funding for scientists who publicly [accept or] dispute widely held views on the causes and risks of climate change," then I'll care about what "prominent members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate" think about climate change.

It's not like members of Congress understand the "research or testimony" anyways. Nor do members of Congress care what others have to say; they use testimony as an opportunity for themselves to give speeches disguised as questions.

Comment: Re:This made my day... (Score 1) 320

by packrat0x (#49134477) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

Put an end to the double Irish.

Again, the current government are already working to increase tax revenue from companies that try and siphon earnings overseas. This is an international problem and if you have a way to solve it that actually works, then HMRC would love to hear from you.

Eliminate income, payroll, and VAT taxes. Replace with retail sales tax.

Comment: Re:Please tell me this is satire (Score 1) 320

by packrat0x (#49134437) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

You're surprised by politicians being scientifically clueless? I guess you can't be an American....

In America, most politicians are educated as lawyers (and rarely in an additional profession). They usually weren't good enough at being a lawyer to succeed in private practice. Then look at the typical undergraduate and graduate coursework a lawyer does (in America). Not one rigorous science course at all. Why do we wonder that politicians are "scientifically clueless" ?

Comment: Re:Fridge door handle (Score 1) 162

by packrat0x (#49134189) Attached to: Should a Service Robot Bring an Alcoholic a Drink?

The three laws demonstrates that morality cannot be codified, it's a critique of the 10 commandments and other such lists of rules that attempt to do the same thing for humans..

The 10 commandments are themselves a critique of a rules based approach. In less than 40 days since the commandments were audibly announced by God, to all Israel, they made an idol and worshiped it. As for Adam, he couldn't even follow ONE rule.

Comment: Re:LOLWUT (Score 1) 65

by packrat0x (#49119691) Attached to: How One Developer Got the Internet To Watch People Code

Auto isn't obnoxious when it's self triggered. I love using HTMLKit for coding because you can setup custom rules based on the language you're using and just hit a key (your choice of which key) to trigger a pre-defined auto-behaviour. Saves so much time not having to fuss with auto-behaviours you don't intend and not manually entering every slow detail every time. Even places the carat where you want it.

In other words, you use macros.

Comment: Re:Oh, really? (Score 1) 393

by packrat0x (#49071469) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

[2] It has to run the programs people want to run, because in the real world they don't want to run some MS Office knockoff, they want to run MS Office. Ditto for Photoshop and the dozens of programs they rely on, some very big name products, some very obscure, to do work, have fun, etc.

What I want to run is Office 2003. But that is becoming less and less of an option thanks to Microsoft.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.

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