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A Software License That's Libre But Not Gratis?

anthony_dipierro Re:To clarify ... (246 comments)

Obviously, modifying the software in-house counts as a derivative work, and I'm okay with that - just not with the idea that customers would then onsell or give away the modified product to other potential customers.

Just selling source code and not granting any license at all would probably accomplish that in practice if not strictly by law. In-house modifications are arguably fair use, and even if not it's basically unenforceable law anyway.

Personally I'd want to go one step further. I'd like to allow (and encourage) distribution of modifications (for free or for a charge), to people who already purchased the original.

more than 5 years ago

A Software License That's Libre But Not Gratis?

anthony_dipierro I'd like something similar (246 comments)

I was thinking recently that I'd like something similar to this, though I wouldn't call it a "libre" license. The idea is that anyone who purchased the software would get full source code and a license to make any changes without restriction, and they could distribute the software, with or without changes, to anyone who purchased a license. Furthermore, they could resell licenses. So if the base license cost $10, they could make changes and sell the modified software for $15, as long as they turned over $10 to me for each license they sold. Incidentally, it seems to me that such a license is sufficiently "free", and could actually be more useful than traditional free software, because it allows people who make modifications the ability to make money.

more than 5 years ago

eBay To Disallow Checks and Money Orders In US

anthony_dipierro Re:Improvement at e-bay (412 comments)

i was told by a mortgage broker that it is illegal for the mortgage company to make interest on the money they're holding in escrow.

Sure they "make interest on the money". In fact, you're the one paying it. If you didn't have to pay that money into escrow, it'd go toward your principal, and lower the interest you pay on the loan.

more than 5 years ago


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Unfairly moderated posts

anthony_dipierro anthony_dipierro writes  |  more than 12 years ago I'm thinking of putting up a list of URLs of unfairly moderated posts. Here's the deal. Link them here, and I'll go through the list and any which in my sole opinion have at least a shred of usefulness will go into a list which I'll post links to here in my journal and on another site. I'd prefer if you'd give me permission to also mirror the posts themselves, but if you don't mention that I can do that I'll only post the links. If there are a lot maybe I'll separate them into different categories: "funny but offtopic", "criticism of slashdot", "different viewpoints", etc. I'll try to keep an open mind, but purely useless trolls will be ignored as will duplicate submissions.


Democrats Rebuke Plan to Store Nuclear Waste in Nevada

anthony_dipierro anthony_dipierro writes  |  more than 12 years ago

U.S. Democrats are criticizing a plan to transport the nation's nuclear waste to a storage facility beneath the Nevada desert.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote next week on a Bush administration plan to build a permanent nuclear waste dump in Yucca mountain in the Nevada desert, 145 kilometers northwest of Las Vegas.

In the Democrats' weekly radio address Saturday, Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley said waste shipments from nuclear power plants - mainly in the east - across the country would be an attractive target for terrorists. She also said an accident involving nuclear waste would be catastrophic.

The congresswoman accused the Bush administration of putting the country at risk of "mobile Chernobyls" - a reference to the 1986 explosion at the Ukraine's Chernobyl power plant that spread radiation over much of Europe.

The waste-dump plan has strong support from both parties in the House of Representatives. Opponents believe prospects of stopping it are stronger in the Senate. Nevada's governor has vetoed the plan, but the president and congress could override the state's objections.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission told Congress last week nuclear waste could be safely transported by rail.

Story from VOANews.


New Security Measures Announced for NYC Area Airports

anthony_dipierro anthony_dipierro writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Two U.S. governors have announced new security measures for the three major airports that service New York City.

The governors of New York and New Jersey said Friday they support a plan to require increased criminal background checks of airport employees at the Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark airports. They also plan on installing fingerprint scanners to identify employees, more sophisticated cameras and motion detectors.

The $100 million plan goes beyond new security measures passed by Congress last year.

The New York and New Jersey state legislatures must pass laws in order to allow the background checks and fingerprint scanners.

Story from VOANews. Modifications made.


"Give rebooting the boot"

anthony_dipierro anthony_dipierro writes  |  more than 12 years ago An article on newsfactor discusses a new memory technology which the author suggests might mean the end of computer rebooting. Essentially it's only nonvolatile ram though, and while that might cut down on rebooting for those of us who turn on and off our computers, the operating systems themselves would have to change before we could really start cutting down on time-consuming reboots. This is one place where linux and other unix lookalikes have an advantage - they are specifically built to run for long periods of time without rebooting.

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