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Submission + - Open Source Mashup

NicknamesAreStupid writes: I need to choose an open source license.

I am developing an open source iOS application that use a significant number of other open source projects which, in turn, use a number of different open source licenses such as MPL/GPL, MIT, and BSD. I am also using sample code from Apple's developer site, which has their own terms of use. The code dependencies are such that my code would not be of much use without theirs.

If this project is used, then it would be nice to pick a license that best fits in with this mashup. I am interested in maintaining the freedom of my code but do not want to create a catch-22 or make life hard for people who need to use this project for personal use or profit.

My inclination is to use MIT's, as I have done so before. I asked an IP lawyer about this matter, and she replied (pro bono), "it probably doesn't matter." Of course, that advice was worth every penny.

Moving away from legal issues and looking at this from a social perspective, which license would appeal most and offend least? I thought about no license but was warned (pro bono), "If you do not, then someone else may." That one might have been worth paying for but please do not tell her ;-/.

Any suggestions?

Submission + - No-Ip back online after Microsoft Takeover (

NicknamesAreStupid writes: No-Ip, a favorite place for those who cannot get or afford a dedicated IP address for a domain name, just announced they are back online after battling Microsoft, who took down over 20 of their domains by civil court order. No-Ip eventually won in court, but it goes to show how the Big Dogs of the Internet can crush the little ones.

Submission + - The Internet Turned 40 Today, sort of ( 1

NicknamesAreStupid writes: In spite of the urban legend of Al Gore, May 10th marked the 40th anniversary of Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn authoring the first draft of the Internet architecture and TCP/IP at the Palo Alto Canaba Hotel (once a Hyatt and now a Crowne Plaza). Today, they celebrated at Mitchell Park. Vint, who worn a three piece suit, told stories about booting up a PDP-11 (or LSI-11, according to Ron Crane) at Stanford, talking in his three-piece suit to Congress (who thought that people from ARPA never dressed so well), and how the Internet is more than a bunch of wires or 'tubes'. Others talked about the grandfather of HTML (SGML's creator Charles Goldfarb, IBM), InterOp before patents and corporate greed (Dan Lynch), and one, who shall remain nameless, who outed Vint for being the world's first geek because he wore those damn suits in high school (they went to Van Nuys High School).

BTW, the Cabana is also famous for hosting the Beatles in 1965 and being the design model for Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. A plaque dedicating the authorship by Vint and Bob will be installed at the hotel soon. I assume the Cabana already have one for the Beatles.

Submission + - Windows XP Black Market ( 1

NicknamesAreStupid writes: As Whoever57 pointed out, there are some who will still get support for Microsoft Windows XP — the 'haves'. However, most will be the 'have nots'. Anytime you have such market imbalance, there is opportunity. Since Microsoft clearly intends to create a disparity, there will certainly be those who defy it. What will Microsoft do to prevent bootleg patches of XP from being sold to the unwashed masses? How will they stop China from supporting 100 million bootleg XP users? And how easily will it be to crack Microsoft's controls?

How big will the Windows XP patch market be?


Submission + - The (Korean) Empire Strikes Back -- Samsung Sue Apple on Eve of iPhone 5 (

NicknamesAreStupid writes: What goes around, comes around. Samsung claims to have patents on LTE and is going to sue Apple, including an injunction, for the yet unannounced iPhone 5. Will Samsung succeed in hamstringing the biggest Apple release of the year? You may hate them, but patents are making for a better battle than this year's presidential election.

Submission + - Help Hacker Dojo (

NicknamesAreStupid writes: This local 'establishment' has helped many in Silicon Valley get started on the cheap. LIke many successful start-ups, Hacker Dojo is getting a wake up call from the government (in this case, the city of Mountain View) to conform, regulation-wise. Unfortunately, they are not venture funded or going public anytime soon. I've used the Dojo (e.g., there is a weekly iPhone developers meeting on Wednesdays), and many events are hosted there, too. Now, they need money. Since most /.rs are either broke or tight as a shielded metal arc weld, I'm asking for genius ways to raise money for a truly good cause. Try to keep your ideas to the legal ones or at least those where criminal prosecution is unlikely.

Submission + - Slashdot and HTML ( 4

NicknamesAreStupid writes: What HTML tags are permitted in a /. comment? I have looked in the FAQs, About, and even Googled for it — no luck. I know that basic tags like 'br' and 'p' work but some others such as 'table' do not. I'm tired of hit or miss. Help!

Submission + - Another Step Forward in Small Scale Electrical Generators (

NicknamesAreStupid writes: Product Design & Development reports another breakthrough in small scale solid oxide fuel cells. This methane-fueled cell achieves about 50% efficiency at around 2kW, enough to power an average home. It does so by efficiently recycling its heat to perpetuate the process. Of course, this is not practical for most homes, which only have natural gas that contains nearly one fifth impurities. However, that could change if gas suppliers refined their product.

Submission + - Unlocking the iPhone (

NicknamesAreStupid writes: Many outlets are reporting that AT&T will allow owners of iPhones whose contracts have expired to unlock their devices. One might think that a call or a quick trip to their local AT&T store will do the trick, and they do provide this service to people who are currently under contract with a newer phone and want to use their older one. However, AT&T has never made anything 'free' to be 'easy, and this may not bode well for 'former' customers who offer no profitable revenue. For example, when they bought Bell South, they were ordered by the court as part of the acquisition to offer $10/month 'DSL lite' service. The maze in their website which led to this opportunity is now a story of legend ( Will the key to this unlocking the iPhone be as byzantine for former customers?

Submission + - Sex and Drinking (

NicknamesAreStupid writes: USA Today and many others are reporting that male fruit flies turn to alcohol when sexually frustrated. Of course /.'rs never have this problem, either because they are such sex machines or do not know what sex is outside the Internet. Either way, on the heals of another article about vasectomy rates rising 50% during March Madness (see, how many of you are sucking on a beer or other alcoholic drink while reading this?

Submission + - The Future of Auto Theft (

NicknamesAreStupid writes: Over the past twenty years, car theft has declined as new models incorporated electronic security methods that thwarted simple hot-wiring. The tide may now be turning, as cars become the next Windows PC. The Center for Automobile Embedded Systems Security has posted an interesting paper from UCSD and UW that describes how modern cars can be cracked. Unlike the old days of window jimmies, these exploits range from attacks through the CD or iPod port to cellular attacks that take inventory of thousands of cars and offer roaming thieves Yelp-like choices ("our favorite is mint green with leather") with unlocked doors and running engines.
Input Devices

Submission + - How Small Can You Get -- a Two-Finger Camera ( 1

NicknamesAreStupid writes: This pair of finger bands make it hard to see (without using a magnifying glass) just how far camera miniaturization will go. Yeon Su Kim has created a camera that you operate like a handheld camera without the handheld camera. What's next? Probably the elimination of the hand. But wait, there's more! It also does video, plus the camera uses Bluetooth!
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Submission + - Broken Heart Syndrome (

NicknamesAreStupid writes: The Journal of American Medical Association reports that stress cardiomyopathy or, more specifically, takot subo cardiomyopathy can cause real damage to human hearts. It seems to affect female hearts almost eight times as much as males'. This extrapolates to saying a metaphorically "broken heart" is actual physical damage to the human organ. Warning: slash-dotters should not be such heart breakers.

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