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Comment Re:confiuration (Score 1) 306

Here's how I got SMB working...

Tried that, I can access the share from Linux but not from windows.

As for the wireless driver, grow up.

Your precisely the reason Ubuntu isn't ready for the general public. You fail to see that if linux wants to be gpl and doesn't want a stable ABI then it's going to have to adapt, do things like reverse engineer drivers and yes point you in the direction of them instead of pretending they don't exist.

It would have been easy for ubuntu to do this, but it doesn't. and I fail to see why that prevents them doing a iwlist scan to show available access points too.

Comment Re:confiuration (Score 1) 306

so how do you add shares and users to samba, that's part of the setup too and it doesn't happen automatically.

maybe your wireless card didn't need any bytecode. Also the wireless setup didn't even do a iwlist scan and display a list of points I could connect to. Windows does much better than that and ubuntu should be able to do even better than windows.

Comment Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 674

I guess you've never heard of civil disobedience.

The answer is to do it so much that everyone can see that it isn't really a problem and then they will accept a change in the law.

If writing letters and political campaigns don't work, then there's something in your constitution that allows you to form a militia to over throw the corrupt government, or did you wander what that was doing there?

Comment Python (Score 1) 844

like trying to fight your way out of a paper bag (very slowly), but what was the paper bag doing there in the first place, I'd much prefer a world that I could see instead of one that I couldn't.

and then if you want to do anything sensible you have to use C.

still a lot clearer than Perl.

Software

Submission + - Can my rights granted by the LGPL be limited? 2

An anonymous reader writes: I recently had a brief e-mail conversation with the people of Ext JS — a rather neat JavaScript/AJAX library — about their licensing terms. They offer their library under the LGPL 3.0 which is their alternative open-source offering next to their commercial license.

However, unlike MySQL — where you can also choose between GPL and a commercial license — they limit your freedoms as to what you can do with their software under the LGPL 3.0 license. It is my understanding that once I obtain a copy of a work under LGPL 3.0 I can do with it pretty much anything I want — including re-distribute it — as long as I comply with the terms of the license.

Specifically, they say you cannot build your own framework on top of their software when using the LGPL 3.0 version. For that you need to buy their commercial license. It seems strange to me to limit users in such a way and still claim you're distributing under the LGPL.

I have two specific questions for the Slashdot audience:
  1. Is it allowed to extend the LGPL by imposing limitations in freedom of usage?
  2. If limiting the freedoms granted by the LGPL is not allowed, is their entire open-source licensing offer void OR only their additional limitations.


To ask the second question in another way: can I or anybody else consider their additional limitations void and assume they offer their software under the terms (and freedoms) of the LGPL?
The Internet

Submission + - 9thCirCourt Rules WebSearch for Nudity as Fair Use (techluver.com)

Tech.Luver writes: "U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, Dec 04, reaffirming its earlier support for the socially redeeming value of searching the Internet for nudie pictures. The San Francisco court, in reviewing a case it initially considered in May, reiterated its finding that Google could display tiny versions of photographs by Perfect 10 Inc., a Beverly Hills-based adult publisher, in search results, even when those images were copyrighted. The court said, Google met that test. The justices ruled that a larger public interest in searching for information — or, in this case, images of partially clad women — amounted to a "transformative use" that trumped Perfect 10's copyright claims. ( http://techluver.com/2007/12/05/us-9th-circuit-court-of-appeals-rules-web-search-for-nudity-as-fair-use/ )"
Announcements

Submission + - UK minister proposes new file sharing law (bbc.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: (Lord) David Treisman, a minister in the UK government at the relatively new Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills has threatened file sharers with a new law unless ISPs choke traffic:

"If we can't get voluntary arrangements we will legislate,"

Ironically, Triesman has just been appointed as minister for students — I'm sure they'll love him for that.

The ISPs clearly have a better grasp of technology than Treisman — their spokesperson is quoted as sayingL:

"However, ISPs cannot monitor or record the type of information passed over their network. ISPs are no more able to inspect and filter every single packet passing across their network than the Post Office is able to open every envelope."

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