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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

They could.

But the weapon manufacturers would have to look elsewhere for their software.

And the implications for such a law would go much further than OpenSource software.

It would be valid for any commercially developed software too.

I would be very surprised if the US government would pass a law to contradict the software industry to such an extend!

about a week ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

Would you agree with such a law?
How are they going to define a 'OSS' license?
Don't you think we will find a way around that to create another license not fitting that description and rendering that executive order useless.
No president would issue an executive order if it also hurts the software industry in the same way.

But I guess it's a valid point and something to be taken into consideration when drafting such a GPLv4.
Also don't forget that the GPLv4 goes a lot further than only the US...

about a week ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

We make software for a reason. Not to just give it away for free as in beer. But to provide freedom.

For that reason we ask people to release the changes to the code back to our collection of software which provides more freedom.

While certain companies are concerned about competitors getting to see their code, the disadvantages are much less important than the advantages of being able to stand on the shoulders of the giants in the opensource community.

We limit the freedom of people who want to use our code without giving back, so we can ensure a future in which we can access data without having to depend on one company. Together we are building that future.

Yet we see that our code is being used for mass surveillance.
To snoop upon all our communications.
To invade our privacy.
To datamine our meta-data and to possibly make far-reaching conclusions.
And to build weapons of mass destruction.
I don't want to contribute to such a future.

about a week ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

Developers have the choice to license their software under licenses as they choose appropriately.
Certainly the BSD license can still be used for such applications, even GPLv3 and GPLv2 licensed programs - in the far fetched assumption that the GPLv4 would become the 'good public license'.
And changing the law to remove clauses out of a software license,... well I think it's highly improbable and very difficult to implement in a law. Yet nothing is impossible. And it would probably lead again to a new software license (and a lot of relicensing work).

about a week ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

As we currently limit the freedom of those who want to create DRM-protected GPLv3 linux appliances. Or as we limit the freedom of people who would like to redistribute a Linux derivative in a proprietary format.

Certain freedoms have to be limited to protect our interests and preserve our own freedoms and even our privacy.

about a week ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

I can't speak for Russia, but Germany is very strict about copyright regulations.

Just as the current license is very good respected, and for certain embedded applications the GPLv3 is avoided, they would certainly not want to risk any software license violation.

about a week ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

While an arms race might have been important in the past, it isn't what drives current civilisation.

And I hope it will stay that way.

At least in my country most of the intelligent Linux developers don't want to work for the weapons manufacturer. So they build less good soft/hardware as they could have otherwise.

Just like good developers don't want to work for Microsoft, because who wants to be associated with that?

The key thing is that I don't want to personally decide what is 'evil' and what is not.

But we are doing that right now with the GPLv3 already.

I believe that the EFF has a wonderful opportunity there to form a committee to make that definition and implement it legally.

about a week ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

Don't you think someone would leak it?

And if they would use it, at least we could sue them...

My bet is they would not. And that they would have to rely upon outdated crappy software. Or pay a lot more for their software development.

Or just use software with older versions of the GPL only.

about a week ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

One could limit the scope of 'evil' to weapons of mass destruction.

I guess that's a valid debate.

And it will still be possible to make them without our software... I just don't want to have helped them!
We make software because of that warm fuzzy feeling. Not to know that it contributes to killing people (from whatever country).

about a week ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

internet-redstar GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

Again I call for the GPLv4 to become the 'good public license'.
Cannot be used for weapon manufacturing or mass surveillance... or anything defined as 'evil' by a FSF committee.

I don't want to be part of the evil masterplans of those basards.
Currently 'patent protection' is defined as evil. But I think most of us agree there are more fundamental evil for which our software can be used...

Wake up RMS!

about a week ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

internet-redstar Either it is valuable to MS or not... (650 comments)

The should not be allowed to have it both ways: protect the source code because it's "valuable" but not support is any more because it has become worthless crap - and hell yes - why not make it a more general law: If you drop support for old software; your company should be enforced to open the source. This has several advantages:
1) Old hardware can still be supported, so there is less e-waste
2) Customers are not forced into anything
3) Even more world domination for Open Source software!

Whatever license, as long as it's OSI approved.

And I can't resist to post a link to our press release done today.

about 4 months ago
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With Burning Teslas In the News Ford Recalls Almost 140,000 Escapes

internet-redstar Re:The difference (293 comments)

Correctly assessed!
And the numbers of failure for Tesla are even much worse than Ford: "There have been 12 reported fires but no injuries in the bigger recall of 139,917 Ford Escape vehicles." - so one in 11659 cars.
Tesla has sold an estimated 18,200 units through September 2013 (according to wikipedia) with 3 fires - so one in 6066 cars.
Neglecting or minimising this problem is a bad thing for everybody.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

internet-redstar Re:Only time will tell... (631 comments)

It is sad that they didn't go for the Ubuntu phone - I was one of the (many) people who contributed to the kickstarter.
Having raised more than 10M usd and then not releasing it... WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT.

Maybe Marc is burning through his cash too quickly. Who knows.

But I still think he helped OpenSource and Free Software a lot, whatever direction it turns out to go into.
It looks like there will not be an Ubuntu phone ready for the Xmas shopping season this year, and that's sad, very sad!
Even Apple launched a new phone without having any real new features...

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

internet-redstar Re:Only time will tell... (631 comments)

I'm sure you didn't upgrade Fedora 12 to 19 on the command line.
It isn't supported and it doesn't work.

It's a shame.
Ah and did you try this: rpm -qa | grep -i v fc19
how many old version shit is still hanging around?

We prefer Ubuntu over Fedora out of stability and software choices. Of course Ubuntu has its issues too. But you don't get that much of a 'leaking ship' feeling...

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

internet-redstar Re:Only time will tell... (631 comments)

Google on 'Cinnamon just crashed'...

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

internet-redstar Re:Only time will tell... (631 comments)

I understand your point.
I believe - just like Linus Torvalds - that there is something terrible wrong with the UI designers in Linux.
The kernel has learned from the very beginning that it needs to be stable to userspace, yet the UI designers try to make users change their behaviour with every major release of their crap.
Yesterday I heared that GNOME wants to drop the middle-mouse paste.
Who the fuck they think they are for messing with our user experience. It's just rude.

And that's also one of the major points of critique.
An operating system experience designer should not have to choose between 'dumb' and 'power user'.
Both need to be possible at the same time. But uninformed UI designers try to copy MacOS where they don't even know about the power user options within the Finder. They themselves think it's dumb. But in reality they are the only dumb ones.

In the FOSS context, we can however stick with Enlightenment or with any other window manager, and in the current situation small and light window managers indeed remain wildly competitive with dumb but bloated Unity or Gnome or KDE desktops which lack uniformity and power user options.

But I'm getting off topic; it's more of a general UI experience topic than a pure Ubuntu disaster.
I like the fact that Ubuntu tries with unity to do something new.
BUT it is not that more than a good-effort try. It doesn't work that great. It improved a bit with 13.10, I believe.

As I said, only time will tell if Ubuntu scared away too much power users.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

internet-redstar Re:Only time will tell... (631 comments)

"I've been using Fedora for a few months now "; I am happy for you. Just ignore my post and enjoy the joys of being a newbee on a new distro. It's fun to learn the differences between the different linux distro's!
Enjoy...

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

internet-redstar Re:Only time will tell... (631 comments)

Yes, but it is slow.
And if you ever tried upgrading Fedora from the command line, you know what for a mess it is.
I'm certain it isn't used successfully by YOU on more than a few servers if you say that...
We support thousands of systems, and know what the difference is :)

It's workable for most situations, but it's crappy technology compared to .deb/apt-get

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

internet-redstar Re:Only time will tell... (631 comments)

Being popular as a distribution does not mean they are evil. And the comparison with Windows is just plain _stupid_
Microsoft promotes software patenting.
Microsoft embraces and extends open standards to break them - allows importing of data but only crappy exporting.

Now, I do agree that Ubuntu made some less popular decisions to make money.
While I don't like it either, they are easily apt-get removed.

Ubuntu also does their software development in OpenSource fashion.

I think some of the ubuntu-bashing is unjustified and unconstructive.

Ubuntu has a certain amount of critical mass which is very interesting and which leads to a better quality experience than for example with Fedora.
While I don't agree with all the 'dumbing down', it still allows power user to dive as deep as they want into the system and into the code. And I like the fact that it's not required for novice users.

about 10 months ago

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Kerneltrap is back!

internet-redstar internet-redstar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

internet-redstar (552612) writes "After a year and a half of inactivity, KernelTrap.org is back. As a primary source for condensed easy to read and to follow kernel discussions, it's great for those of us who have the intrest and need to follow up the kernel project on a regular basis without having to wade through the entire Linux Kernel Mailing List. KernelTrap managed to upgrade to Drupal 6, and new posts talk about removing the Big Kernel Lock, Memory Compaction, Properly creating and testing patches and the difficult path to 2.6.34-rc4."
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internet-redstar internet-redstar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

internet-redstar writes "The OpenMoko project promised to revolutionise the GSM experience and it even made me forget all about the iPhone. But while the project homepage reads that shipping would start at the end of april, we didn't see anything move at all. If I hadn't seen one for real at FOSDEM, I would have put this in the hoax-category. What's going on at OpenMoko? I still want one!"
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