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In Mississippi, Gov't Text Messages Are Officially Public Records

CarsonChittom Not legally binding (33 comments)

It's worth noting that this is an opinion by the Mississippi Ethics Commission, and as such, while suggestive, is "advisory" and not legally binding.

The main point of soliciting an opinion from the Ethics Commission is that a "public official" who acts upon such an advisory opinion is not subject to civil or criminal liability as long as the official "follows the direction of such opinion and acts in accordance therewith unless a court of competent jurisdiction, after a full hearing, shall judicially declare that such opinion is manifestly wrong and without any substantial support." (Mississippi Code of 1972, Annotated, section 25-4-17(i)(i))


Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

CarsonChittom Buy Vimeo (162 comments)

Why build something from scratch? Why not just buy Vimeo, like Google bought YouTube?

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

CarsonChittom Re:Firefox (531 comments)

Genuine question: people still use SCCS?

about a month and a half ago

FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

CarsonChittom Re:No throttling - impossible dream (235 comments)

WaffleMonster, I believe you hit the nail on the head - the key is differentiate between bandwidth management and discrimination or preferential treatment. The problem will be how to clearly draw the line between them.

This doesn't seem like much of a problem to me. If your pipes are at a capacity that you need to prioritize certain traffic, you do it based on the service—video, VoIP, P2P, et cetera—regardless of source, and that's bandwidth management. If your pipes are at any capacity and you throttle a specific source of traffic, that's discrimination. Do you see any problems with that as a bright line?

about a month ago

Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

CarsonChittom Downton Abbey (314 comments)

Is it just me or do the people who want you to work in open offices sound like the nobility in Downton Abbey?"

It's just you, since I don't watch Downton Abbey. Make a reference to Doctor Who and I might get it, though.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: To Publish Change Logs Or Not?

CarsonChittom Re:Change logs matter (162 comments)

That is probably because everywhere I've worked, one of the first things I make sure works is a way for the source management, bug tracking, and release management systems to reference each other.

You might be interested in Fossil then.

about 4 months ago

I typically visit a doctor (for medical reasons) ...

CarsonChittom Re:I guess I'm not indestructible after all (415 comments)

Pithy and funny.

But, as I said to those making the joke when it went around last year, apparently untrue. It seems from (admittedly, purely casual) searching that cancer outcomes are actually somewhat better in the US than in Europe, at least for some kinds of cancer. The National Center for Policy Analysis, a "non-partisan think tank," has a page from 2007 on this with cites to appropriate studies; and a 2011 British Department of Health policy document entitled "Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer" admits (p. 7) that England's cancer outcomes are below the European average.

about 6 months ago

Xerox "Routine Backup Test" Leave 17 States Without Food Stamps

CarsonChittom Re:Fail-safe (305 comments)

Only a very small number of transactions would have been failed anyway for insufficient funds, etc., and these are reconciled when that part of the system is restored to service... meaning there's very little loss to the provider for this.

Right. And if EBT payments did likewise, it'd be a headline in some newspaper that Sen. Local voted for allowing welfare recipients to receive benefits to which they weren't otherwise entitled.

Not a commentary or criticism; simply a statement of fact.

about 6 months ago

What I Did During My Summer Vacation: Burning Man Edition

CarsonChittom I miss JonKatz (228 comments)

Bennett Haselton makes me miss Jon Katz.

I know.

about 7 months ago

How To Turn Your Pile of Code Into an Open Source Project

CarsonChittom Re:No .tar.gz, Get a package manager (176 comments)

I woudn't mind compiling from the source if there was an easy way to uninstall an application afterwards.

I believe what you're looking for is GNU stow.

about 7 months ago

Un-Un-Pentium On Your Periodic Table of the Elements?

CarsonChittom Re:Hmmmm .... (172 comments)

It's "one-one-five-ium" from the Latin word for "one" and Greek for "five."

about 8 months ago

Windows NT Turns 20

CarsonChittom Re:Lesson One (213 comments)

There is Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications, which is used now instead of the ancient posix layer you mentioned.

SUA is deprecated, as that link details, in Windows Server 2012 (as well as Windows 8). The next major release of Windows won't include it even as an option.

about 9 months ago

LibreOffice 4.1 Released

CarsonChittom Re:3,000 bug fixes (157 comments)

Commenting to undo an unmeant moderation.

about 9 months ago

Former Student Gets Year In Prison For College President Election Fraud

CarsonChittom Re:A future leader of the US electorial commision (274 comments)

to choose between John Jackson (with his 2-cent tax that "goes too far") and Jack Johnson (with his 2-cent tax that "doesn't go far enough").

I think you mean that Johnson's 2-cent tax "doesn't go too far enough." Don't let their identical DNA fool you.

about 9 months ago

Former Student Gets Year In Prison For College President Election Fraud

CarsonChittom Re:Plea bargaining (274 comments)

Civilization is expensive. If it's not worth paying for a trial, it's not worth imprisoning someone. The cost of a jury trial should be incentive for the state to imprison as few people as possible.

Stipulated, at least for the sake of argument.

How then should civilization discourage behavior such as this student's, in your opinion?

about 9 months ago

When GPL Becomes Almost-GPL — the CSS, Images and JavaScript Loophole

CarsonChittom Re:"Spirit" is nonsense (224 comments)

I completely disagree. I would characterize the situation as: evolving technology resulted in a situation which the GPL v2 did not envision when drafted. Therefore, to further the goals of those who drafted the GPL, the legal language was updated.

That doesn't mean there is a "spirit of the GPL." It just means that hindsight is 20/20.

about 10 months ago

When GPL Becomes Almost-GPL — the CSS, Images and JavaScript Loophole

CarsonChittom Re:"Spirit" is nonsense (224 comments)

On the contrary: the GPL—and, again, any open source license—is an agreement between the creator of a work and those who wish to redistribute it. If it isn't that, it isn't anything, in my view. If I publish a hypothetical piece of software with the terms that "Every day except my birthday, you can redistribute this. On my birthday, you can still redistribute it, but you have to pay me $1," and then you distribute it on my birthday, you still owe me a dollar, the fact that you can distribute it every other day under the GPL notwithstanding. This is an unavoidable consequence of the way such a license comes under the existing copyright scheme.

Again, legal documents mean what they say. What they don't say, they don't mean.

about 10 months ago

When GPL Becomes Almost-GPL — the CSS, Images and JavaScript Loophole

CarsonChittom "Spirit" is nonsense (224 comments)

There is no "spirit" of the GPL, or of any license. It's a legal document. It means what it says. Whether RMS likes it or not, the GPL is dependent on the underlying priciple of copyright, that the creator—not society—is entitled to control the redistribution of his or her creative work (someone releasing software under the GPL—or any open source license—is simply not using the default controls). That principle, if anything, is the "spirit" of the GPL, nor could it be otherwise given the legal system of which it is the progeny.

about 10 months ago


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