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Comment: Allowable under SISSL (Score 5, Informative) 227

by soullessbastard (#20912245) Attached to: OpenOffice.org 2.3 Review

Disclaimer: I am one of the founders of NeoOffice.

Being based on OOo 1.x, IBM does not need to release the source code for Symphony. OOo was originally dual licensed both under LGPL and the SISSL license. SISSL allows companies to make completely closed source forks, only providing notice of the original vendor and SISSL license. This license was one of the primary motivating factors for why we forked and created NeoOffice, to prevent companies from making a commercial product whose improvements couldn't be shared back with all the volunteers that had worked to create it.

Closed source forking is also our reason for using full GPL since it guarantees everyone's freedom to access the code. Not even LGPL provides that ability since commercial closed source proprietary code can still be incorporated provided it's in a shared library. Only the full GPL provides enough protections to ensure that everyone must cooperate and that no one can make key parts of the project rely on closed source solutions.

ed

Supercomputing

Military Running a Parallel Earth Simulator 470

Posted by Zonk
from the in-that-reality-i'm-an-ardent-fan-of-this dept.
Fantastic Lad writes "The US Department of Defense (DOD) may already be creating a copy of you in an alternate reality. Putting supercomputers to an innovative use, the military is simulating our planet in an effort to predict the outcome of different scenarios. They might run tests to see how long 'you' can go without food or water, or how 'you' will respond to televised propaganda. Billions of nodes are created in the system, intended to reflect every man, woman, and child. 'Called the Sentient World Simulation (SWS), it will be a "synthetic mirror of the real world with automated continuous calibration with respect to current real-world information", according to a concept paper for the project. Simulex is the company developing these systems, and they list pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and defense contractor Lockheed Martin among their private sector clients. The U.S. military is their biggest customer, apparently now running the most complex version of the system. JFCOM-9 is now capable of running real-time simulations for up to 62 nations, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and China. The simulations gobble up breaking news, census data, economic indicators, and climactic events in the real world, along with proprietary information such as military intelligence."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal: If Ray Charles played dice...

Journal by soullessbastard
he'd better avoid that rotating crap game hosted by Einstein, God, Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and the Devil. Definitely a bad time to enter...Sinatra is up by at least 10Gs. God's loan shark is calling him in and soon he'll have to put his bling Ark into hock.
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Journal: Compiling OOo yet again...

Journal by soullessbastard
Compiling OOo yet again. It's still valentine's day, there's a girl sleeping in my guest room, and I'm here compiling OOo listening to Korngold opera. And my ass is vehemently reminding me that I shouldn't have eaten the chorizo pizza with onions. This may be the source of my dilemma...I doubt it could be the choice of music...
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Journal: Somtimes OS X bites me in the ass...

Journal by soullessbastard
Does it irk anyone else that sometimes OS X, if running out of disk space on the main drive when logging out/shutting down, nukes all your preferences? Usually it used to just blow away my dock prefs, but now its beginning to blow away registration information for apps as well!

Not very cool, esp. when one is trying to hit a deadline!

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Journal: Installing OpenBSD

Journal by soullessbastard
Man, spending memorial day weekend installing OpenBSD sucks hole. I wish to God the intaller wasn't sensitive to additional keystrokes after the download procedure for all the tgzs. Not good for a drunk. I've just had to restart like, oh, five times :( ed

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