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Comment: Re:OK, dumb question after reading the article (Score 0) 747

by pravuil (#27303101) Attached to: Richard Stallman Warns About Non-Free Web Apps

Who gives a shit. Every project available is governed by the contractual agreement the owner/developer/patent holder applied to it. One cannot justify saying that it should be one way just because it would better suit a broader audience in one individual's perspective. If the general public cannot govern themselves then what is the point of doing business. Why the hell should anybody do anything for anyone else. We might as well just destroy one market to destroy every other market in existence. The ignorant view of people is astounding sometimes.

I'm not putting blame on you Estanislao. I'm just pushing the argument further. Fundamentally those two stipulations provide so much conflict it's impossible for people to see straight. If private property is forced into public domain then why even try to do anything. But at the same time, if there is an exploit out there shouldn't the consumer be able to protect themselves in a timely, respectful manner? I'm about ready to dump Linux and focus solely on BSD. This bullshit of open standards is wearing thin quickly to no general benefit to business or even the consumers the software is trying to provide a solution for.

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It feels like I'm at the end of my wits sometimes. Every effort put things in their own allocated place but obligations get strained in order to fulfill those same obligations. As you might or might not know or even care for that matter, what I wish to achieve. The best ideal is to provide jobs for programmers. To do that I have to focus on my own efforts to build capital. I would prefer to do it within reason to keep my efforts pure from interests that could eventually undermine what I belie

Patents

Red Hat Hit With Patent Suit Over JBoss 201

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the at-least-it's-not-about-perfume dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A small software company is claiming that Red Hat's JBoss open source middleware violates one of its patents and is asking a court to stop Red Hat from distributing the product. Software Tree LLC claims that JBoss infringes on its database patent for 'exchanging data and commands between an object oriented system and a relational system.' Software Tree's partners include Microsoft, and that the suit was filed in Eastern Texas, which is known as a plaintiff's paradise for patent actions."
Software

+ - How to open source a library + maintain ownership?

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HenryC
HenryC writes "My company has a closed source webservice that clients submit data to. We were hoping to open source the client, so users can extend it / fit it into their own needs and if that is succesfull, eventually open source everything. However, it sounds like it is very hard to open source a client library and still maintain enough ownership to keep the quality high and keep it consistent with our webservice. For example, we don't want people using it in a way that collects data which would violate the privacy policy. We don't have the funds for an IP lawyer but still want to go through with this. Does anybody have any recommended reading, or case studies, or anything that would be helpful for us to figure out which license to use and how to add any additional info to keep this safe?"
Red Hat Software

+ - Red Hat enlists community help fighting trolls->

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Stickster
Stickster writes "Back in 2007, IP Innovation filed a lawsuit against Red Hat and Novell. IP Innovation is a subsidiary of Acacia Technologies. You may have heard of them — they're reported to be the most litigious patent troll in the USA, meaning they produce nothing of value other than money from those whom they sue (or threaten to sue) over patent issues. They're alleging infringement of patents on a user interface that has multiple workspaces. Hard to say just what they mean (which is often a problem in software patents), but it sounds a lot like functionality that pretty much all programmers and consumers use.

That patent was filed back on March 25, 1987 by some folks at Xerox/PARC, which means that prior art dated before that date is helpful — and art dated before March 25, 1986 is the most useful. (That means art found in a Linux distribution may not help, seeing as how Linus Torvalds first began the Linux kernel in 1991.)

Red Hat has invited the community to join in the fight against the patent trolls by identifying prior art. They are coordinating efforts through the Post Issue Peer to Patent site, which is administered by the Center for Patent Innovations at the New York Law School, in conjunction with the US Patent and Trademark Office."

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Comment: There will never be one distro to rule them all... (Score 1) 791

by pravuil (#26714903) Attached to: Torvalds Rejects One-Size-Fits-All Linux

but the evolution of Linux begins at the base. With new releases being a norm every six months, new developments come and go. The linux kernel is the fundamental base. The extensions surrounding the kernel should have a fundamental to reshape how the kernel is exploited. There needs to be a market leader to invest time and resources to simplify how the kernel should be exploited. It will change the dynamic for Linux distributions while maintaining the integrity of the opensource community. The fundamental of the kernel isn't the problem, it's the fundamental of the extensions surrounding the kernel that is.

In my belief, there needs to be a distribution that bridges the gaps between other distros, then another one to break down dependencies exclusively. It doesn't necessarily require totalitarian consolidation but there needs to be a community effort to focus on variations of the types of consolidation.

Fedora has done great efforts with security but has some fault with stability for certain features. It's cutting edge just not as stable as I would like it to be at times. OpenSuSE has stability, ease of use and great insight into stable features but with encrypting the root and swap partition by copying files over to another partition, repartition, then move the files back is a bit of a stretch for the average user. The system updates could be more aggressive but hardware support for nvidia and ati drivers is perfection. Debian is great and stable, very proactive in terms of updates but in terms of getting it to meet up to current technological standards without sacrificing it's open integrity is the only thing that keeps me from switching over fulltime. Ubuntu needs stability. Most of the updates are no more than scripts to get things by. You see this when trying to do a base server install and then attempt to piece together a decent windows manager on top of it. If a system had the security of Fedora/Red Hat, the stability and ease of use of OpenSuSE/Novell, not to mention the integrity of Debian, you would have one hell of a distribution. If anybody has the time, they could learn a lot from Linux from Scratch. I'm doing my part but I'm just one person. Anybody out there willing to work on a project like this, I would be more than willing to help out.

The Internet

+ - CraigsList and eBay in Court->

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TechForensics
TechForensics writes "Why did eBay sue CraigsList in a Delaware court? eBay alleges that CraigsList is "unfairly discriminating" against it as a minority shareholder in CraigsList. More specifically it accuses CraigsList of holding meetings to which eBay was not invited to plan strategies to dump eBay's investment, which Craigslist claims in a countersuit was made for the sole purpose of ripping off trade secrets. It should be interesting to follow this one."
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Biotech

+ - Scientists create Artificial Nervous System-> 3

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unc0nn3ct3d
unc0nn3ct3d writes "Published in Nature Scientists at The Weizmann Institute of Science successfully cultured single dimensional neurons 100 axoms long to form Closed circuits and Logic Gates. Finding the right thickness to be able to begin manufacturing the foundation of a synthetic nervous system, or in other terms an organic / genetic computer.

The question is what will arise from this? Will this form the basis for a more efficient computing system, or a synthetic brain? Either way it a loooooonnnggg way off of either of those possibilities but it represents the first step."

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Comment: Re:Proprietary solutions (Score 1) 149

by pravuil (#26263147) Attached to: Interclue and What Going Proprietary Can Do

The best way to answer this question comes in two parts, three if I include Microsoft. The first part is to examine what happened with XFree and Xorg a while back. XFree changed its license, people revolted and focused more effort on Xorg. Licensing can change at any level of development to fit the needs of the community but when there's a point where the project has to fork, it will fork. How this can relate to cost will be explained later.

The second example of this is compiz, beryl and compiz-fusion. It has been forked and consolidated over the life of its development. It has done this in part to provide equivalent functionality of other OSes, if not more flexible, to the Linux community. Innovation spring boarded because of how forking and consolidation worked together. I'm sure people would be hesitant to agree with this especially if they were directly involved with the development. When you're in the middle of a battle, it's hard to see straight. The value of this was flexibility in order to develop a stable package in a short amount of time and get it so it can be built upon through a community of plugin developers. While most projects never see the light of day, this one did.

I'll include one aspect of Microsoft. If you haven't read the news for the past 10-15 years you might've missed how MS treat ideas and how they assume it into their own system. A lot of the ideas and features MS provides today come from various communities that provide a means to capitalize on these ideas and then centralize the profit without concern to the communities that support it. The cost is recouped on businesses and their ability to achieve better effectiveness because of speedy implementation. MS hasn't been as speedy as I would like them to be for quite a long while. Their development cycle has slowed a bit for my own personal tastes. In a way, they are at the will of the developers willing to provide innovative code into the fray. The developers are very leery of their own patents and how other people can profit from them. While there has been a lot of change, sometimes things stay the same the more they change.

What does this mean in the long of it for OSS? Well, the cost to distribute is a problem because development relies on ISPs. Mirroring of repos can help to distribute taxation to servers. P2P can distribute the load to the end user. Developers can volunteer depending on the availability to perform. In a weird way, their own need to express themselves through code inspired the need to find ways to divert cost.

On the other side of the coin, various personal reasons can keep people from being more active. The general economy is a big part of the equation. In order for innovation to evolve at a reliable speed, a certain level of integrity of the community has to exist. Commercial involvement would be welcome as long as the flexibility to perform remains untouched. I don't speak for the community at all when I say any of this, just so you know.

Syphoning ideas from end users can only go so far. Maintaining the integrity of the dreamer can be ridiculous at times, but can provide a means to surprise every once in a while. I'm sure there are people more than willing to do anything if they knew what that thing was. All in all it is all chance unless you find a man with a plan. I think if you find that. You find your answer. And as a reminder, this is all my own humble opinion.

Comment: Re:Security? (Score 1) 377

by pravuil (#25336235) Attached to: World Bank Under Cybersiege In "Unprecedented Crisis"

I really hate bashing Microsoft at this point. I'm not going to. I will say this and leave it at that. Security within Windows can be problematic if you don't properly setup your permissions. Hacking the registry helps but you either have to rely on Windows update or a third party for any real fix. You really need someone who knows what they are doing though to do it effectively. Antivirus and firewalls don't cut it all the time when you have poor policy practices. That's true for any system.

I hate suggesting this but the US government needs to implement Linux or something similar in all their security critical systems. Linux is great for setting up local repositories for local networks.

Space

+ - Earth's Evil Twin->

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Riding with Robots
Riding with Robots writes "For the past two years, Europe's Venus Express orbiter has been studying Earth's planetary neighbor up close. Today, mission scientists have released a new collection of findings and amazing images. They include evidence of lightning and other results that flesh out a portrait of a planet that is in many ways like ours, and in many ways hellishly different, such as surface temperatures over 400C and air pressure a hundred times that on Earth."
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