The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons
How about you use the GNU General Public License? It has strong copyleft, which prevents people from distributing closed-source software that uses your library.
Ron Wyden Introduces Bill To Ban FBI 'Backdoors' In Tech Products
Actually, the bill text says "no agency may mandate...", so it ought to cover the DHS and NSA as well.
However, since most (all?) government-induced vulnerabilities so far have been "suggested", rather than "mandated", I'm unsure how effective this bill would be.
MasterCard Rails Against Bitcoin's (Semi-)Anonymity
Consumers have no recourse if a digital currency loses its value or if the digital currency system fails.
Consumers have no recourse if a national currency fails either.
Also, national currencies are mostly digital nowadays. MasterCard themselves do nothing but digital transactions.
Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity
Has Hawking not heard of Friendly AI?
Strong AI is ridiculously dangerous if you don't give it a proper goal system. It will be invented sooner or later, assuming humanity doesn't destroy itself first. Therefore, we're better off trying to find ways to make it friendly, rather than trying to stop its development.
Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted
Most of Java is free software, under the terms of the GNU GPL, and Android Java is also open-source, so how can Google infringe any copyright?
Well, Android Java is not released under the GPL, but rather the incompatible Apache 2.0 license.
We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello
For every website where users can upload data, it needs to be distributed.
Slashdot, Github, Google*, all the forums, large and small, you name it.
They're all controlled by relatively few people, and subject to censorship, hardware failure and human madness.
Upside of the centralized system is (usually) fast speeds and comparatively easy maintenance and development.
Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"
The result of data localization for most consumers would be a slower Internet experience
MIT Study Outlines a 'Perfect' Solar Cell
Perfect Cell uses Solar Flare
How Hackers Accidentally Sold a Pre-Release XBox One To the FBI
You can't "steal" intellectual "property".
Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film
They already made DOA: Dead or Alive .
More spiritual licensees include Dwarf Fortress: The Movie and FTL: The Series .
Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks
I think the Gimp is sleeping...
CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers
One wonder why this guy would travel to America if he knew he could get arrested for his business. Only thing I can think of was that he actually didn't know it was illegal.
Relevant law: Title 18,United States Code, Section 2512(l)(b) (sale of an interception device).
The Physics of Space Battles
The answer to "why ain't it realistic?" is: Rule of Cool.
The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning
We already knew Lightning Can Do Anything. :)
California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels
Have they not seen "I, Robot" (2004)? Of course you need a manual override.
Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'
Deleted pages are in fact archived, but so that only Administrators can read them.
Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3
So Digia doesn't mind if vendors "deny users the right to modify Qt or write their own applications," as long as those vendors pay Digia their tithe.
F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data
The data is copied, not "stolen". Get it right!
Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome
So, how long until this DRM module is hacked to let you save uncrypted copies?
Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?
My TL-WR1043N uses factory firmware, and I don't remember ever having to reboot it.
I also don't use WiFi, but since it was practically impossible to find a cheap router without WiFi... :)
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