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Comment: You can't choose forever. Once v3 touches it, gone (Score 1) 27

by raymorris (#47561373) Attached to: seL4 Verified Microkernel Now Open Source

> since you can choose forever, everyone can pick
You cant choose forever. As soon as someone touches it with v3, it's v3 and you can't get it back.
The most common and easiest case where that happens if that someone integrates some other GPL code into the GPL project.
The contributor didn't realize that GPL(2) and GPL(3) are two very different things. The code integrated / copy-pasted from elsewhere was GPL3. If not caught and removed immediately, the presence of ANY GPL3 code, just one line, requires that the entire project be released _only_ as GPL3. It can no longer be used under GPL2.

The reason for that is that the new contribution that is GPL3 licensed wasn't licensed under GPL2. Since that bit isn't licensed under 2, the whole package can't be distributed under 2.

The wording in GPL3 is unclear in such a way that it could pose a very significant risk to people who aren't even remotely involved in open source at all. Whether that wording is merely stupid or devious, who knows. The problem was pointed out before the license was approved, and the wording wasn't changed, so perhaps Stallman actually did intend to leave the threat there, while claiming the threat didn't exist.

Comment: Good point. Doesn't outlaw anything they are doing (Score 1) 134

by raymorris (#47560787) Attached to: Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

That's an excellent point. The executive, including the NSA, reports to the president. If the president wants them to stop doing something, he doesn't need a law - he can just say "stop doing that". We've seen him do exactly that, he said "stop deporting illegal aliens under 18 years old", and they stopped. Therefore, we know that they aren't doing anything the president cares to stop. He would have already stopped it if he wanted to.

Probably, the extremely specific language of this bill bans something they weren't doing anyway. They aren't allowed to spy on a specific area code, which is fine since they are spying on all customers of the telecom, not a specific area code.

Comment: DHS is many different agencies - Coast Guard, FEMA (Score 1) 56

> Seems the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing, or wants!

DHS includes a LOT of hands that don't know what the others are doing. This is a high-level overview of a few of the major sections within DHS:

You'll notice it includes agencies as diverse as the Coast Guard, FEMA, health stuff ...

The $60 billion budget for all of the different agencies within DHS is 10% of the total non-defense operational budget of the entire government. So anything the government does, there's a reasonably good chance it's part of DHS.

US-CERT is now part of DHS, and of course US-CERT is the #1 information security organization. One thing CERT is doing is dispensing DHS grant money to pay universities to develop free cybersecurity courses . Some of the courses are quite good.

Comment: typos (Score 0) 56

When I write open source software in C, and expect it to be widely distributed, I may use the service.
I wouldn't submit PROPRIETARY software, probably, but code I submit to Apache or something like that isn't exactly secret. If NSA or someone wants to analyze the Apache source, they'll do that without me submitting it. By running static analysis on my code, I can learn about potential issues and fix them.

Comment: For widely used open source, great. I'll use it. (Score 2) 56

When I write open source software in C, and expect it to be widely distributed, I may use the service.
I wouldn't submit PROPRIETARY software, probably, but code I submit to Apache or something like that isn't exactly. If NSA or someone reacts to analyze the Apache source, they'll do that without me submitting it. By running static analysis on my code, I can learn about potential issues and fix them.

+ - Dear museums: uploading your content to Wikimedia Commons just got easier->

Submitted by The ed17
The ed17 (2834807) writes "Galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs) are now facing fewer barriers to uploading their content to Wikimedia Commons—the website that stores most of Wikipedia's images and videos. Previously, these institutions had to build customized scripts or be lucky enough to find a Wikimedia volunteer to do the work for them. According to the toolset's coordinator Liam Wyatt, "this is a giant leap forward in giving GLAMs the agency to share with Commons on their own terms.""
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Comment: not MY notion, but yes restaurants de-prioritize r (Score 1) 261

by raymorris (#47554405) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

> Your notion of fairness is like someone standing in line at McDonalds being asked to move to the back of the line because they already bought a dozen hamburgers last week and McDonalds is really busy right now.

FYI, I'm not Verizon. I didn't make this policy. I only explained it.
Interestingly, sit-down restaurants actually DO de-prioritize regulars when they get too busy. Customers who are not regulars (yet) get priority.

> Please, drop the notion of "fair" and "heavy user".

Considering that this story is about the company giving lower priority to heavy users in order to be fair to customers who don't demand as much, it would be pretty tough to have any meaningful discussion about it without discussing the major concepts involved.

+ - Bird flocks resemble liquid helium->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A flock of starlings flies as one, a spectacular display in which each bird flits about as if in a well-choreographed dance. Everyone seems to know exactly when and where to turn. Now, for the first time, researchers have measured how that knowledge moves through the flock—a behavior that mirrors certain quantum phenomena of liquid helium. Some of the more interesting findings: Tracking data showed that the message for a flock to turn started from a handful of birds and swept through the flock at a constant speed between 20 and 40 meters per second. That means that for a group of 400 birds, it takes just a little more than a half-second for the whole flock to turn."
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Comment: perfect solution. Bureaucrats won't find ways to (Score 1, Troll) 107

by raymorris (#47544137) Attached to: SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

> The theory is that a lot of political rancor has taken place in the aerospace community because of the space agency's limited budget. If the budget were to be increased to pay for everything on the space wish list, the rancor will cease.

That will definitely work. Government agencies can never find more ways to spend money.
I bet if we handed 43% of everything we produce to the federal government, they'd stop having budget problems.

+ - The five greatest space hacks of all time

Submitted by Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler (16185) writes "Space missions are amazingly well-prepared affairs, every action and procedure is followed, right down to the most minute detail. But sometimes mishaps and emergencies occur. Some can be dealt with by sophisticated sensors and equipment. Some can be dealt with on Earth from Mission Control. But sometimes the only option is for an astronaut to get their hands dirty, using whatever comes to hand and a bit of DIY know-how. It’s amazing what has been grabbed, bent and improvised to save red faces – or, indeed, the lives of astronauts."

+ - What would you do with half a rack of server space?

Submitted by Christian Gainsbrugh
Christian Gainsbrugh (3766717) writes "I work at a company that is currently transitioning all our servers into the cloud. In the interim we have half a rack of server space in a great datacenter that will soon be sitting completely idle for the next few months until our lease runs out.

Right now the space is occupied by around 8 HP g series servers, a watchguard xtm firewall, cisco switch and some various other equipment. All in all there are probably around 20 or so physical XEON processors, and probably close to 10 tb of storage among all the machines. We have a dedicated 10 mbs connection that is burstable to 100mbs.

I'm curious what slashdot readers would do if they were in a similar situation. Is there anything productive that could be done with these resources? Obviously something revenue generating is great, but even if there is something novel that could be done with these servers we would be interested in putting them to good use.

Christian Gainsbrugh
Lead Developer

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