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Comment Re:It's the provider, stupid ! (Score 1) 95

We have XMPP+Jingle, SIP+SIMPLE, OMA IMPS, and now this IMPP joins the club. Guess why people stick to Live Messenger, Skype, Google Talk, Facebook and (gasp) ICQ? These have providers and a pre-existing audience, and people don't care about the inner workings. You can have the best-thought-out, most efficient, open and extensible gem of a protocol, but how many people are going to download a (likely clunky) client and nag their relatives, friends and coworkers into installing it too? Yes, there are a few and we all know one; just wait until said project goes belly-up.

People started caring about gtalk's inner workings when they realized they could not longer see a lot of their contacts (the non-google ones) in the new "hangouts" clients.

Jabber precedes Skype. XMPP precedes Gtalk.

Seems like most of your claims are invalid.

Also, there's a new XMPP<->SIP federation standards in the works (it's still a IETF draft though).

Comment Re:Unimpressed (Score 2) 95

XMPP doesn't provide for much in the way of security unless you are using strictly private single servers.

Once your contacts are scattered across multiple jabber servers all bets are off as far as security.
Your server will almost surely end up forwarding your message to other servers insecurely.

XMPP also struggles with binary blobs (images) etc.

a) There's GPG for XMPP, which is not so uncommon.
b) They intend to federate to XMPP, so, all this applies to IMPP.
c) SSL isn't end-to-end.

As for binary blobs, there's jingle.

Comment Re:Protecting the arts and artists (Score 1) 442

So authors can't possibly want to provide for their children or grandchildren?

I really disklike the how we inhereted all that "inheretance" stuff from the monarchy. The son of the rich are rich, and it's a right of blood.
Wow, kings and princes weren't the same, right?

Having known many older authors, I assure you that's not true.

If copyright expired at death, what incentive would P.G. Wodehouse or SF Grandmaster Jack Williamson (both of whom continued writing into their late eighties or early nineties) have had?

Which is why I support fixed-length copyright terms, rather than life or life-plus.

Copyright exists to motivate author to create works of art, not to make their grandchildren richer.

Comment Re:Maybe they don't care? (Score 1) 356

Yeah, you need a lawyer to understand something like the BSD license:

Copyright (c) ,
All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

        Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
        Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
        Neither the name of the nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

Comment Re: Default: public domain (Score 1) 356

No. Its github, where hosting those repos like that requires you concede to freeing the code.

Yeah, but there's no list of accepted licenses, so I could just wait for someone to reuse my code, and then sue them "yeah, that was released under MCFSL (My Crappy Free Software License), which requires you to [insert really annoying requirement that you want to avoid here]".

Comment Re:Eric Schultz (Score 1) 356

But what happens when some troll comes around, saying you used their code without permission, and violated his rights as an author?
I mean, troll like that are bound to start appearing, that's why we should specify licenses in the first place. To make others certain we're not that sort of troll.

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