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The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

Meneth GPL (205 comments)

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.

about two weeks ago
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Ron Wyden Introduces Bill To Ban FBI 'Backdoors' In Tech Products

Meneth Re:Why only FBI? (109 comments)

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.

about two weeks ago
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MasterCard Rails Against Bitcoin's (Semi-)Anonymity

Meneth Digital (111 comments)

MasterCard writes:

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.

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Meneth Friendly AI (574 comments)

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.

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

Meneth GNU GPL (260 comments)

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.

about a month ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

Meneth Distributed everything (269 comments)

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.

about 2 months ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Meneth Localization (179 comments)

The result of data localization for most consumers would be a slower Internet experience

wat

about 2 months ago
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How Hackers Accidentally Sold a Pre-Release XBox One To the FBI

Meneth Obligatory (67 comments)

You can't "steal" intellectual "property".

about 2 months ago
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Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

Meneth Re:Pulp Non Fiction (197 comments)

I think the Gimp is sleeping...

about 3 months ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

Meneth Why go to America? (195 comments)

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).

about 3 months ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Meneth Of course (506 comments)

Have they not seen "I, Robot" (2004)? Of course you need a manual override.

about 4 months ago
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Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3

Meneth Tivoization (117 comments)

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.

about 4 months ago
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F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data

Meneth Obligatory (164 comments)

The data is copied, not "stolen". Get it right!

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

Meneth Hack (201 comments)

So, how long until this DRM module is hacked to let you save uncrypted copies?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Meneth Re:TP-Link TL-WR1043ND (427 comments)

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... :)

about 4 months ago

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