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Comment Re:Proprietary solutions (Score 1) 149

The best way to answer this question comes in two parts, three if I include Microsoft. The first part is to examine what happened with XFree and Xorg a while back. XFree changed its license, people revolted and focused more effort on Xorg. Licensing can change at any level of development to fit the needs of the community but when there's a point where the project has to fork, it will fork. How this can relate to cost will be explained later.

The second example of this is compiz, beryl and compiz-fusion. It has been forked and consolidated over the life of its development. It has done this in part to provide equivalent functionality of other OSes, if not more flexible, to the Linux community. Innovation spring boarded because of how forking and consolidation worked together. I'm sure people would be hesitant to agree with this especially if they were directly involved with the development. When you're in the middle of a battle, it's hard to see straight. The value of this was flexibility in order to develop a stable package in a short amount of time and get it so it can be built upon through a community of plugin developers. While most projects never see the light of day, this one did.

I'll include one aspect of Microsoft. If you haven't read the news for the past 10-15 years you might've missed how MS treat ideas and how they assume it into their own system. A lot of the ideas and features MS provides today come from various communities that provide a means to capitalize on these ideas and then centralize the profit without concern to the communities that support it. The cost is recouped on businesses and their ability to achieve better effectiveness because of speedy implementation. MS hasn't been as speedy as I would like them to be for quite a long while. Their development cycle has slowed a bit for my own personal tastes. In a way, they are at the will of the developers willing to provide innovative code into the fray. The developers are very leery of their own patents and how other people can profit from them. While there has been a lot of change, sometimes things stay the same the more they change.

What does this mean in the long of it for OSS? Well, the cost to distribute is a problem because development relies on ISPs. Mirroring of repos can help to distribute taxation to servers. P2P can distribute the load to the end user. Developers can volunteer depending on the availability to perform. In a weird way, their own need to express themselves through code inspired the need to find ways to divert cost.

On the other side of the coin, various personal reasons can keep people from being more active. The general economy is a big part of the equation. In order for innovation to evolve at a reliable speed, a certain level of integrity of the community has to exist. Commercial involvement would be welcome as long as the flexibility to perform remains untouched. I don't speak for the community at all when I say any of this, just so you know.

Syphoning ideas from end users can only go so far. Maintaining the integrity of the dreamer can be ridiculous at times, but can provide a means to surprise every once in a while. I'm sure there are people more than willing to do anything if they knew what that thing was. All in all it is all chance unless you find a man with a plan. I think if you find that. You find your answer. And as a reminder, this is all my own humble opinion.

Comment Re:Security? (Score 1) 377

I really hate bashing Microsoft at this point. I'm not going to. I will say this and leave it at that. Security within Windows can be problematic if you don't properly setup your permissions. Hacking the registry helps but you either have to rely on Windows update or a third party for any real fix. You really need someone who knows what they are doing though to do it effectively. Antivirus and firewalls don't cut it all the time when you have poor policy practices. That's true for any system.

I hate suggesting this but the US government needs to implement Linux or something similar in all their security critical systems. Linux is great for setting up local repositories for local networks.


Submission + - Earth's Evil Twin (

Riding with Robots writes: "For the past two years, Europe's Venus Express orbiter has been studying Earth's planetary neighbor up close. Today, mission scientists have released a new collection of findings and amazing images. They include evidence of lightning and other results that flesh out a portrait of a planet that is in many ways like ours, and in many ways hellishly different, such as surface temperatures over 400C and air pressure a hundred times that on Earth."

Submission + - BSA Bully Over Small Businesses, Becomes RIAA-2 ( 2

Tech.Luver writes: "Michael Gaertner worried he could lose his company. A group called the Business Software Alliance was claiming that his 10-person architectural firm was using unlicensed software._______________ The alliance demanded $67,000 — most of one year's profit — or else it would seek more in court. "It just scared the hell out of me," Gaertner said._______________ Targeting small businesses is lucrative for the Business Software Alliance, the main copyright-enforcement watchdog for such companies as Microsoft Corp., Adobe Systems Inc. and Symantec Corp._______________ Of the $13 million that the BSA reaped in software violation settlements with North American companies last year, almost 90 percent came from small businesses._______________ Gaertner, who worried his BSA encounter would crush his business, wants to rid himself of the Autodesk, Microsoft and Adobe software involved in the case."It's not like they have really good software. It's just that it's widespread and it's commonly used," he said. "It's going to be a while, but eventually, we plan to get completely disengaged from those software vendors that participate in the BSA."_______________ ( )"

Submission + - Matt Groening Final Boss in Simpsons EA Game ( 1

eldavojohn writes: "Announced at E3, Mr. Groening will be the final boss in the Simpsons game. Mr. Groening commented on the game: "They did a send-up of videogames. It's a videogame about videogames; and I'm in the videogame. I'm a boss that you have to fight at the end of the game. It was really fun recording a million ways of dying, going 'UGGH, ARGGH, EUURGH!'""

Submission + - iPhone hacked for Shell Access (

edward350z writes: "The Apple iPhone has been hacked to allow access to the bootloader shell. By using an iPod dock connector-to-RS232 cable, the guys at #iPhone have managed to get access to useful commands such as tftp and eload. It seems like those passwords discovered in the iPhone restore image were not a false trail after all!"
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Submission + - DOJ Accidentally Gives Lawyer Wiretap Transcript

good soldier svejk writes:
It could be a scene from Kafka or Brazil. Imagine a government agency, in a bureaucratic foul-up, accidentally gives you a copy of a document marked "top secret." And it contains a log of some of your private phone calls. You read it and ponder it and wonder what it all means. Then, two months later, the FBI shows up at your door, demands the document back and orders you to forget you ever saw it.
That is what happened to Washington D.C. attorney Wendell Belew. His lawsuit takes on special significance given today's Sixth Circuit Court ruling that surveillance victims can only sue the DOJ if they can prove they were affected. Also in light of that decision we can safely add Catch-22 to the list of literary references above.

Submission + - iPhone Researchers Gain a Shell (

SkiifGeek writes: "A team of researchers (#iphone @ dedicated to finding means to fully control and interact with the new Apple iPhone claim to have successfully gained an interactive shell on the device. In order to achieve this feat physical access to the phone is required, as it relies on some minor electronics to be created and connected to the phone's serial port.

It is believed that general control over the iPhone will be available to the enterprising researchers within a week (after all, it has only just been a week since the iPhone was released), with the promise of enough control to allow for self-propagating code not very far away."


AppleTV Hits the Streets 474

Stories are starting to pop up all over the web about the AppleTV, which evidently means that Apple has set loose the hounds of marketing and the units are (or will be tomorrow) available in Apple stores. Still no word on whether or not it plays DivX files. That will be the key to me purchasing one.

Submission + - CD music sales down 20% in Q1 2007

prostoalex writes: "Music sales are not just falling, they're plummeting by as much as 20%, when you take the data for January-March period in 2007, and compare that to 2006 numbers. Wall Street Journal lists several factors contributing to the rapid decline: Tower Records being out of business, diminishing record sales during the week 1 of the release (you only need 65,000 CDs sold in a single week to top the charts in 2007, while in 2005 this number would not even get you into top 30), and increasingly negative attitude towards CD sales from big retailers such as Best Buy, who now dedicate less floor space to CDs in favor of better-selling items."

Submission + - Be a Developer not a Coder

yavori writes: An interesting point of view where Developers are not Coders and programming languages are compared at level of job done and problems solved is discussed here. The author seems to make a comparison of Ruby on Rails and two of the most used programming languages PHP and Java.

Submission + - RIAA must turn over attorney billing records

An anonymous reader writes: Usually most people settle with the RIAA for a few thousand dollars, but Debbie took the case to court and asked for the RIAA to produce records of what files she supposedly downloaded, along with the dates of the downloads. The RIAA couldn't produce the records and offered to withdraw the case. Now here is where it gets interesting, Debbie asked to be awarded reasonable attorneys fees for her ordeal and submitted her expenses to the court. The RIAA argued that the mother was asking for too much, to which the judge basically said, "Well if you think her fees are too much, show me yours."
The Courts

Submission + - Supreme Court to Hear 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' Monday

theodp writes: "In 2002, 18-year-old Joseph Frederick held up a 14-foot banner saying 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' as the Olympic torch passed by his Juneau high school, sparking a feud with the principal that heads to the Supreme Court on Monday. Legal experts say Morse v. Frederick could be the most significant case on student free speech since the days of Vietnam War protests."

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