Digana (1018720) writes "Emacs, one of GNU's flagship products and most famous software creation of Richard Stallman, has been discovered to be violating the GPL since 2009-09-28 by distributing binaries that were missing source. The CEDET package, a set of contributed files for giving certain IDE functionality related to static code analysis, has distributed files generated from bison grammars without distributing the grammar itself. This happened for Emacs versiones 23.2 and 23.3, released during late 2009, and has just been discovered." Link to Original Source top
Digana (1018720) writes "Deldo is a vibration control package for emacs, allowing any and all emacs hooks to have haptic event additions. Currently deldo works with the Rez Trancevibe/Drmn Trancevibe, but can easily be edited to work with other computer controllable toys." Link to Original Source top
Digana (1018720) writes "This happened rather quietly July last year, but the Mathworks, creators of the popular mathematical software Matlab, rejected any non-BSD free code publicly hosted in their servers. Most noticeably, much GPL code was affected by this decision, although the Mathwork's word choice avoids specifying if this is about fighting copyleft or not.
Digana (1018720) writes "I have witnessed a recent incident where two people were having one of those online spats over a website's messaging system. One of the parties decided to make the conversation public for whatever reason, and the other requested that his side of the conversation be altered, removed, or censored claiming copyright on his side of the conversation.
In Estate of Hemingway v Random House, the copyrightability of conversations was denied in the US citing that for such a conversation to be copyrightable, it would be required that
be required that the speaker indicated that he to mark off the utterance in question from the ordinary stream of speech, that he meant to adopt it as a unique statement, and that he wished to exercise control over its publication.
Are online communications somehow different from this decision pertaining to IRL conversations? I know email correspondence is usually agreed to be copyrighted, but what about IM or similar?"
Digana (1018720) writes "I am living in an unwealthy country where a good salary is in the range of 1,000 EUR per month, and I visited one of the Commonwealth countries, where a friend unexpectedly got me a job interview at a handheld videogame company. They offered me the job, and for three months made me do paperwork, and I even swapped emails with the people there asking about the nature of the job and what sort of literature I should be reading. It was a common Debian sysadminning job, taking care of their servers.
Then a couple of days ago, after they've jerked me around for those months, they inform me that due to the "economic climate", they cannot hire me after all. I've sent them a strongly worded reply, and I'm now pondering my next move. I probably have already ruined my opportunities of future employment there, so should I try to sue them for deceiving me? Should I let it go? Should I hope that they might still want to hire me later if they lift the hiring freeze? I heard that about 40 other people are in the same situation as I am, and the laws of the target country allow class action suits (the laws of the source country, needless to say, are ineffective)." top
Digana (1018720) writes "M. S. El Naschie has long been the editor-in-chief of the Elsevier publication Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, and he has also been its most active contributor. However, he has also been publishing pseudoscientific rubbish and numerology, which has been uncovered by prominent theoretical physicist John Baez. Elsevier has since stated in a private communication that El Naschie will be retired from his position.
This whole affair, however, does not bode well for the opponents of open access journals, as this is clear evidence that the parasitic influence that Elsevier and other publishers have on the scientific community cannot prevent crackpot rubbish to be caught in time. The worst part is that this journal costs 4520 USD anually and is part of bundles that university libraries purchase from Elsevier en masse." Link to Original Source top
Digana (1018720) writes "GNU Octave is a free numerical computing environment highly compatible with the MATLAB language. After 11 years of development since version 2.0, stable version 3.0 released yesterday. This version is interesting because unlike other free or semi-free MATLAB competitors like Scilab, specific compatibility with MATLAB code is a design goal that has manifested itself in goodies like better support for MATLAB's Handle Graphics, a syntax closer to MATLAB's own for many functions, and many functions from the sister project Octave-Forge ported to the core Octave project for an enriched functionality closer to the toolboxes provided by MATLAB. GUI development is underway, but still no JIT compiling, which is a first-time stopper for Octave newbies coming from MATLAB with unvectorised code."