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Comment: The wrong license (Score 5, Interesting) 130

by Alain Williams (#46785949) Attached to: Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

The license used is:

"It basically says these seeds are free to use in any way you want. They can't be legally protected. Enjoy them."

This is a GPL type license. There is nothing to stop Monsanto from going to a farmer who is using these seeds and saying:

Pollen from one of our products blew in last year and so these seeds now contain some of our genes, so you now owe us for using these seeds and can't give it away to anyone.

The only way to deal with Monsanto is to beat them at their own game. One way would be to develop a seed with some novel genes (call them NoGe) and copyright these under something like the GPL. Then grow these seeds upwind of a Monsanto development facility; when, later, Monsanto then sue someone for illegal use of their seeds a NoGe 'owner' could testify that the Monsanto seeds must be allowed free to everyone use due to the 'viral nature' of the GPL. That legal punch up would be interesting to watch!

Comment: Talking of unpaid taxes ... (Score 4, Funny) 630

by Alain Williams (#46754505) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Now that the government of the USA has decided to remove the statue of limitations as regards taxation, might I remind Barack Obama of the little matter of unpaid taxes to King George III of England. These date back to your protest against the 1773 Tea Act. Can I tell her Magesty's government that payment will soon be made ?

Comment: Re:"Something from Nothing" is not science (Score 1) 594

Read pages 126-140 of "Brief History of Time". I'm not talking about physics and as such you should trust Hawking's ideas more than mine. The problem here is that Hawking isn't talking about physics, either. He's bothered by the fact that the Big Bang points to God, at least to him. So he goes off to crazyville trying to get rid of the Big Bang. It's really kind of sad to watch, and it's not science.

As I said, and I quote, "I'm not going to let a belief or disbelief in a deity dictate my feelings about the subject." That makes me more of a scientist than Hawking who sadly allows his belief in the lack of a deity to cloud his thinking in the scientific realm.

Comment: Re:"Something from Nothing" is not science (Score 1) 594

No he doesn't - he sounds like a creation "scientist" explaining how the earth really *could* be only 6000 years old. Yes, the Big Bang might be an incorrect hypothesis, but I'm not going to let a belief or disbelief in a deity dictate my feelings about the subject.

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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money 687

Posted by samzenpus
from the coffers-are-bare dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The GNOME Foundation is running out of money. The foundation no longer has any cash reserves so they have voted to freeze non-essential funding for running the foundation. They are also hunting down sponsors and unpaid invoices to regain some delayed revenue. Those wishing to support the GNOME Foundation can become a friend of GNOME."

Comment: My profession would be useless, hobbies useful... (Score 1) 731

by emag (#46736703) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Frankly, as a sysadmin, it would take quite some time for my profession to be useful. However, I am not solely defined by my profession. My hobbies, such as firearms, cooking, woodworking, dabbling in a little gardening and other low tech stuff would end up much more useful, after the apocalypse. I actually enjoy unplugging and doing something that doesn't require a computer now and then.

Comment: Re:It's time we own up to this one (Score 1) 149

by Bruce Perens (#46730395) Attached to: NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed
I think we need to take a serious look at the "many eyes" theory because of this. Apparently, there were no eyes on the part of parties that did not wish to exploit the bug for close to two years. And wasn't there just a professional audit by Red Hat that caught another bug, but not this one?

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