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Submission + - Chamber of Commerce - Called out for forum rigging (osoyoostimes.com) 1

SpectateSwamp writes: "The latest fiasco is "public not being allowed to all candidates forums"

http://www.osoyoostimes.com/news/2011/04/13/oliver-federal-candidates-forum-to-be-closed-to-public/

This isn't something new; they were fixing forums way back in 1993 when I ran in the YellowHead riding. I have a couple videos where I caught them in the act. Uploading shortly when I locate the files.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKwxLB6jO54

Anybody associated with this group deserves our scorn. Maybe dog poop at their business entrance or a slap from old ladies. This is a major crime against democracy.

We would be better served if the Mafia or Hells Angles ran the forums. At least we would know what to expect.

A number of people are prepared to stand with me as I video those attending. Locals deserve a replacement forum.

I'm waiting for responses from chamber members. What's your side of the story. Use your real names please.

Doug Pederson AKA SpectateSwamp"

Submission + - If It's on the Net, It's Public Domain...Right? (livejournal.com)

An anonymous reader writes: An article published on the web in 2005 was lifted by Cooks Source magazine and reprinted without permission. The author sought minimal compensation (in the form of a donation to a University) and was instead given the greatest, most full of win, snarky email response in recent memory. The magazine editor's rationale being that if it's on the internet, it must have been public domain.

Submission + - Copyright Infringement and Me (livejournal.com)

cmiller173 writes: The editor of a magazine that infringed on the copyright of a freelance writer tell the writer "the web is considered 'public domain'" and "We put some time into rewrites, you should compensate me! "
Canada

Submission + - Canadian Heritage Minister Slimes DMCA Critics (michaelgeist.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore launched a full attack against critics of the proposed Canadian DMCA yesterday. Warning against "radical extremists", he stated people should not take reform suggestions seriously: "Don't fool yourself. These voices that are out there, these people that are out there who pretend to be experts that the media cite all the time. They don't believe in any copyright reform whatsoever. They will find any excuse to oppose this bill, to drum up fear, to mislead, to misdirect, and to push people in the wrong direction and to undermine what has been a meaningful comprehensive year-long effort to get something right. "
IT

Submission + - The Rime of the Ancient Network Switch (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: When a Cisco 6509 went belly up, the drama that unfolded could only be described in verse:

'It happened quite quickly, as if in a dream:
A supervisor engine just died with a scream.
The standby stepped up and it handled the mess,
but the active supervisor expired from stress.

Vendors were called and replacements were sought,
but none could be found, it all was for naught.
For it seems, you see, this part was EOL,
and for all our best efforts, we were SOL...'

Submission + - Canadian ISP's fight back (again)

jenningsthecat writes: "With the recent CRTC decision giving Canadian telcos such as Bell and Telus the legal right to deny third-party ISP's access to their infrastructure, smaller Canadian internet providers are again fighting for their lives, and are asking their customers for help. The ISP's are sending out e-mails asking people to go to http://www.competitivebroadband.com/ to send either a form letter or a personalized message to the Industry Minister, the Prime Minister, the Opposition Leader, and optionally the respondent's local Minister of Parliament.

If the CRTC's decision is not overturned, approximately 30 ISP's will likely be forced out of business. Competition in the ADSL market will be totally eliminated, and Canadians will have only two choices for wired Internet access: the local Cableco or the local Telco. Given that Canadian taxpayers have heavily subsidized the telcos in multiple ways for several decades, this decision to hand over exclusive control of the keys to the cookie jar hardly seems fair.

To all Canadian Slashdotters: If you are in favour of net neutrality and believe competition is a good thing, please click on the link above and make your views known to the powers-that-be."

Submission + - CRTC In Canada take a Giant Step Back (competitivebroadband.com)

Idiomatick writes: "Historically in Canada, Bell was given a monopoly over the phone (and hence DSL) lines through government support and funding. To encourage a healthy ecosystem within which competition can thrive, Bell was forced to sell use of it's last mile lines to resellers at cost. This worked quite well, many competitors popped up. However the CRTC made a ruling recently which declared ethernet access and transport services as non-essential. This means that Bell will no longer be required to resell at cost to competitors and may set any price they please. Which will in my city one-third the amount of competition.

To voice your concerns or to sign a petition to help reverse this decision hit http://www.competitivebroadband.com/consumer/ , they are a coalition of 30 smaller ISPs with numbers rising."

Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Ethics of selling GPLed software for the iPhone 11

SeanCier writes: "We're a small (two-person) iPhone app developer whose first game has recently been released in the app store. In the process, we've inadvertently stepped in it, bringing up a question of the GPL and free software ethics that I'm hoping the Slashdot community can help us clear up, one way or the other.

XPilot, a unique and groundbreaking UNIX-based game from the early/mid nineties, was a classic in its day but was forgotten and has been dead for years, both in terms of use and development. My college roommate and I were addicted to it at the time, even running game servers and publishing custom maps. As it's fully open source (GPLv2), and the iPhone has well over twice the graphics power of the SGI workstations we'd used in college, we decided it was a moral imperative to port it to our cellphones. In the process, we hoped, we could breathe life back into this forgotten classic (not to mention turning a years-old joke into reality). So we did so, and the result was more playable than we'd hoped, despite the physical limitations of the phone. We priced it at $2.99 on the app store (we don't expect it to become the Next Big Thing, but hoped to recoup our costs — such as server charges and Apple's annual $99 developer fee), released the source on our web page, then enthusiastically tracked down every member of the original community we could find to let them know of the hoped-for renaissance.

Which is where things got muddy. After it hit the app store, one of the original developers of XPilot told us he feels adamantly that we're betraying the spirit of the GPL by charging for the app (hopefully he'll chime in with a comment below; I'll leave him anonymous for now to avoid further stepping on toes).

That left us in a terrible spot. We'd thought we were contributing to the community and legacy of this game by reviving it, not stealing from them by charging for it — and didn't think $2.99 was unreasonable (and, again, the source is available for free from our page). It never occurred to us that one of the original creators would feel that we were betraying their contribution. We've discussed the philosophical fine points of free-as-in-speech vs. free-as-in-freedom with him, and have suggested a number of remedies — such as reducing the price (it's now $1.99), profit-sharing with previous contributors, making the game free at some point in the future (once we'd at least recouped our costs), or going "freemium" (offering a fully-functional free version plus a paid version with enhancements we added ourselves, with both GPLed of course). But in each case, the bottom line is that this developer feels the app should be free-as-in-beer period, and anything less is a sleazy betrayal of anybody that made contributions under that license. Which is a shame, because we deeply respect his work on this game and would love for him to be on board with the port — but at the same time this was months' worth of work and we honestly believe we're going about this in a reasonable way.

Obviously one of us has a non-mainstream understanding of open source ethos, but it's become clear we can't come to a consensus on which of us it is, and whether the "spirit of the GPL" allows selling GPLed software (especially when one wasn't the original creator of the software but a more recent contributor). The only way to determine that, it seems, is to poll the open source community itself.

We're determined to do the right thing by the GPL and the community. So here's our plan: we'd like anybody with an opinion on this to vote, and if the community feels that ethically this should be free-as-in-beer, we'll fix it by making it free, end of story. In order to make the vote clear and transparent to all participants, we'll use twitter. Remember, we're not talking about whether it's practical to base a business on GPLed software, nor the best business model for doing so, and certainly not whether the source must be distributed for free (obviously it must be), but just whether charging the binary version of an enhanced/ported version of a GPLed app (while releasing the corresponding source for free) is an ethically defensible thing to do.

If you feel that, ethically, any GPLed app must be given away for $0, include "#xpilot #freeasinbeer" in a tweet.

If you believe a binary version of a GPLed app may be sold with a clear conscience (as long as the source is distributed free of charge), include "#xpilot #freeasinspeech" in a tweet.

We'll count the tweets from unique accounts in one week and behave accordingly."
Quake

Submission + - ZeniMax buys iD, expect humoungous rocket soon! (zenimax.com)

CelticLo writes: ZeniMax Media Inc., parent company of noted game publisher Bethesda Softworks, today announced it has completed the acquisition of legendary game studio, id Software, creators of world-renowned games such as DOOM, QUAKE, Wolfenstein, and its upcoming title, RAGE.
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA Wants to Bar Jammie from Making Objections (blogspot.com) 2

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "In the Duluth, Minnesota, case headed for a re-trial on June 15th, Capitol Records v. Thomas-Rasset, the RIAA has filed a motion seeking to bar the defendant Jammie Thomas-Rasset (she got married recently) from making objections, during trial number 2, to the plaintiffs' copyright registration documents. To preempt those of you reacting with shock and anger at the American judicial system, let me assure you this motion has nothing to do with the American judicial system : the RIAA's motion has the chance of a snowball in Hell of being granted, as there is simply no legal basis for preventing a person from making valid legal objections in Trial #2, just because the lawyer she had in Trial #1 didn't make similar objections. I'm guessing that the RIAA lawyers realized they have some kind of problem with their paperwork, and thought this a clever way of short circuiting it; instead, of course, they have merely red flagged it for Ms. Thomas-Rasset's new legal team. A few days earlier the RIAA lawyers filed a similarly ludicrous motion trying to keep Ms. Thomas-Rasset's expert witness from testifying; that too is doomed."
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Giant Shoe Honors Journalist Who Targeted Bush Screenshot-sm 60

A town in Iraq has unveiled a giant monument in honor of the journalist who threw his shoe at former US President George W. Bush. The statue, unveiled in former dictator Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit, depicts a bronze-colored shoe, filled with a plastic shrub. Fatin Abdul Qader, head of an orphanage and children's organization in the town, said the one-and-a-half-ton monument by artist Laith al-Amiri was titled "statue of glory and generosity." This statue is the least expression of our appreciation for Muntazer al-Zaidi, because Iraqi hearts were comforted by his throw." Mission accomplished.

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