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+ - When GPL becomes Almost GPL - The CSS, Images and Javascript Loophole.

Submitted by sobolwolf
sobolwolf (1084585) writes "It has been apparent for sometime that many developers (mainly theme designers) are split licensing PHP based Based GPL distributions, releasing proprietary files alongside GPL files with the excuse that CSS, Javascript and Images are "immunized" from the GPL due to the fact that they run in the browser and not on the server. This is almost always done to limit the distribution of the entire release, not just the proprietary items (most extensions will not function in any meaningful way without the accompanying CSS, Images and Javascript). Some of the more popular PHP based GPL projects like WordPress have gone as far as to apply sanctions to developers distributing split licensed themes/plugins while others such as Joomla have openly embraced the split licensed model, even to go as far as changing their extension directory submission rules to cater specifically to split licensed distributions.

In light of all this I would like to ask the following question: While it seems to be legal to offer split licensed GPL distributions, is it in the spirit of the GPL for a project such as Joomla (who's governing body has the motto "Open Source Matters") to openly embrace such a practice when they can easily require that all CSS, Images and Javascript be GPL (or GPL compatible) for extensions that are listed on the Joomla Extensions Directory?"
The Internet

+ - Open Letter To Google 1

Submitted by sobolwolf
sobolwolf (1084585) writes "I am sick to the death of trying to register a domain and finding that someone is add squatting on it. If there is one thing that I hate more than spammers, it's domain squatters. For added salt to the wound, our "do no evil" friends at Google seem to condone the practice, even encourage it.

If there was not monetary gain from doing this, it wouldn't happen. So on behalf of myself and the multitudes that want to register a domain name for a legitimate reason I ask that Google stop to allow their ads to be displayed in such a fashion."
Biotech

+ - 60 grams of fat for breakfast!->

Submitted by sobolwolf
sobolwolf (1084585) writes "The people who brought you the Monster Thickburger and the 1,100-calorie salad are at it again — this time for breakfast.

"We don't try to hide what these are," a Hardee's spokesman said of the 920-calorie breakfast burrito.

Hardee's on Monday rolled out its new Country Breakfast Burrito ("country breakfast bomb") — two egg omelets filled with bacon, sausage, diced ham, cheddar cheese, hash browns and sausage gravy, all wrapped inside a flour tortilla. The burrito contains 920 calories and 60 grams of fat.

In 2003 the chain introduced a line of big sandwiches, including the Monster Thickburger. The 1,420-calorie sandwich is made up of two 1/3-pound slabs of beef, four strips of bacon, three slices of cheese and mayonnaise on a buttered bun.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington-based advocate for nutrition and health, has called the Hardee's line of Thickburgers "food porn.""

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