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Comment Re:No thanks (Score 1) 66

Gold, really? eGold was a site that did paypal for gold, and failed miserably. Gold-to-cash is a constantly changing ratio, and can lead to gold holders to be quite poorer when the stock market is soaring... cash is better than gold most of the time.

eGold failed because they were engaged in fraud and straight up money laundering

Comment Re:Subsidies inflate pricing. (Score 1) 1797

The reason the federal student loan program exists is because it ISN'T profitable to make that loan. Most kids are going to default, and the banks will be left holding the bag.

you can default on student loans, but you can never be absolved of them.

The only risk in making a student loan is that the beneficiary dies before they can pay it back, which is generally speaking a sound bet.

Comment Poisoning The Well (Score 1) 291

The questions they ask and the available answers are fucking bullshit.

When you think about America’s energy needs, which of the following solutions come closest to your opinion?

  • Strong investment in renewable energy like wind and solar
  • More drilling than investment in renewables (mix of both solutions)
  • More investment in renewable than drilling (mix of both solutions)
  • Strong focus on offshore drilling and allowing drilling in federal lands including wildlife reserves
  • Unsure

Submission + - GPL Compliance and Censorship (

mithrandir14 writes: The current maintainers of netatalk formed a commercial entity to provide support to corporate entities in an attempt to fund further development of the project. ( In January they posted a list of vendors who they felt should be paying them but were not to their news blog with a very disgruntled and petty tone. In June, apparently, since same vendors still were not paying them they closed all development on the project and withheld the source and binaries except to those customers who were paying them in an attempt to extort money out of consumer NAS vendors using their product. The code and binaries withheld included the necessary afp 3.3 implementation details to support time machine on the forthcoming OS X 10.7 release. Some very disturbing actions followed. We've come to expect this type of closed communication and censorship from corporate entities but to see it from the maintainers of a fairly popular GPL'ed project is disheartening. The code is once again available but appears to have taken steps to obscure the fact that they were pressured into doing so instead of doing so of their own accord. A timeline of events is located here:

Comment LGPL with affero clause (Score 1) 210

We're a developer group that is now writing a server library. We plan to use it for commercial projects by putting all the code into the library and creating a thin proprietary wrapper to keep clients happy.

It's a strategic move to use the LGPL, as if we used GPL then we'd have to sell proprietary licenses. Proprietary people would choose to either:

  • Re-implement their own closed-source version of the software.
  • Buy a proprietary license from us and then not make the changes public.

This way (by using LGPL) we get to extract as much free source-code from them as possible.

The problem now comes with the fact that our library can be used for web services. People could make changes to our library, use them in their commercial service and not make changes public.

I was searching the net and found these links:

The 2nd link claims you can just include an affero clause in the LGPLv3? What is your word on this?

Many thanks to the FSF. I love your work.

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