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Canonical Could Switch To Rolling Releases For Ubuntu 14.04 and Beyond

mamas Re:Rolling apps and core releases (222 comments)

Huh, no it's not. With Android and iOS -style appstores, users get their apps pushed/updated by a central app store. Developers push their own updates to the up store. That's not like the old Windows pre-store style of users installing applications manually, and each app handling its own updates automatically, if it even did.

Go check out Listaller, will you?

about a year ago
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Canonical Could Switch To Rolling Releases For Ubuntu 14.04 and Beyond

mamas Re:Rolling apps and core releases (222 comments)

Hear! Hear!

If you think about it for a couple seconds, you'll realize that this is how
Android and iOS works, and the whole appstore model trend is leading.
It's also the reason most Android users don't care that they're stuck
on Gingerbread on their mobiles -- the (leaf) apps they use keep being updated regardless.

I can't wait for a cross distro appstore model to trickle into mainstream distributions,
where leave application maintainers push their upstream instead of having distro packagers do it.
I'm hoping that something like the "Listaller" project really succeeds.

about a year ago
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Red Hat Developer Demands Competitor's Source Code

mamas Re:is it shipping to customers ? (394 comments)

And somehow that argument forgets that they wrote it to work as an extension of a GPL kernel.

IOW, you somehow think its fine for them to to stand on the shoulders of all the kernel's GPL code, without respecting that kernel's GPL license.

If you don't want to GPL your work, then don't make your code a derivative of another GPL work in the first place. This is the crux of the question.

> It is THEIRS, they wrote it, they can do what they will and license it any damned way they want!

Yes, and the people who write the kernel they extended think the same way. But the license they, the kernel copyright owners, chose, is the GPL. If this scsi work is a derivate (again, _that's_ what is in the open), and they don't abide by the GPL, then they don't have a license from all the kernel copyright holders to distribute the resulting kernel.

Who is leaching who again?

about 2 years ago
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Digia To Acquire Qt From Nokia

mamas rename Digia as Trolltech (152 comments)

Good.

Now Digia should acquire the Trolltech trademark as well if they haven't, and rebrand themselves as Trolltech. Then everyone could forget Nokia ever happened.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Builds On Top of Android, But Hedges On Open-Sourcing Improvements

mamas Re:Altruism vs profit. (156 comments)

Appologies, I misunderstood your other comment as saying something like if "you're caught infringing on GPL, then you have to release your sources". I now see that's not what you meant.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Builds On Top of Android, But Hedges On Open-Sourcing Improvements

mamas Re:Altruism vs profit. (156 comments)

> If I want to use a GPL library that (for example) has nice string parsing I have to publish the code to my entire multi-million dollar software project
> because of that one small component that I could write in a few days. That is completely ridiculous.

What is completely ridiculous is that people still spread this FUD. You do _not_ have to publish the code to your entire multi-million dollar software project. If you fail to comply with the license, then you don't have a license to use the GPL library, and then you're infringing copyright.

Releasing your code is one way to rectify the situation, that it is not the only one. Nothing _forces_ you to publish your code.

more than 2 years ago
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Judge Rules API's Can Not Be Copyrighted

mamas Re:Good to Know (365 comments)

> I agree, but what makes me ponder is that the European court said to allow copyright on an API would allow
> monopolizing ideas.

Ponder what? This is exactly what Alsup also said.

more than 2 years ago
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Tor Researchers' Tool Aims To Map Out Internet Censorship

mamas Re:Quick links to .onion forums (71 comments)

s/being tor/behind tor/

Where's the edit button...

more than 2 years ago
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Tor Researchers' Tool Aims To Map Out Internet Censorship

mamas Re:Quick links to .onion forums (71 comments)

Are you worried about sensitivity issues? That does not seem to be a valid technical reason. Even if such image pops up, you're being tor, so nobody will know you've seen it. That does not seem a good reason to spread unjustified "Never visit .onion sites with images enabled in your browser!" FUD.

As for #2, yes, that's what I was thinking. Even a frame could be load from non-onion sites. Heck, you can easily wrap the whole page inside a frame... It seems to be that if that's a worry, then the browser should forbid accesses to non-onion sites from onion sites, either built in, or with a plugin (for user clicks, pop-up a "are you sure you want to go there" warning).

#3 and #4 seem to have nothing to do with onion at all. Those can trigger in non-onion domains just the same.

more than 2 years ago
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Tor Researchers' Tool Aims To Map Out Internet Censorship

mamas Re:Quick links to .onion forums (71 comments)

> Warning: view either site with images and cookies disabled in your browser. Never visit .onion sites with images enabled in your browser!

Why? Any reference to where the issue is described?

more than 2 years ago
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Glibc Steering Committee Dissolves; Switches To Co-Operative Development Model

mamas Re:The icon is wrong (102 comments)

That's not true at all.

#1 - glibc is a GNU project
#2 - to contribute code you do need a copyright assignment to the FSF.

You've confused something else.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Are Fantasy World Accents British?

mamas Re:Obvious... (516 comments)

> She said that for the first 2 months after we met she understood about 20% of what I said.

Still! she dates you? You must be some piece of work. ;-)

more than 2 years ago
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How Far Should GPL Enforcement Go?

mamas Re:Execution (432 comments)

You're wrong. That's not why the GPL was invented. There must be a lot of uninformed people out there to mod that insightful...

The GPL was invented as license that preserves the user's 4 freedoms as the code is passed between users:

  http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html

The FSF, who wrote the GPL, are totally okay with businesses using GPLed code. (a link to a reference escapes me now, but it's there over fsf.org).

You're also wrong in thinking that only volunteers use the GPL -- lots of company's have business models mounted on GPL code.
E.g., Red Hat, AdaCode, .. You're dead wrong if you think for example, the Linux kernel, which is GPL, is written mostly by volunteers.

more than 2 years ago
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Carrier IQ Responds To FBI Drama, EFF Wants More Information

mamas Re:A Little Help Please? (140 comments)

Most easy example: keystrokes.

Data, e.g., passwords, sent over https encrypted connections aren't visible by the carrier.

Yet, if the carrier logs keystrokes, they get to see them. A malicious third party could hijack the data as well.

Got it?

more than 2 years ago
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Google Throws /. Under Bus To Snag Patent

mamas google having fun proving flawed patent system? (584 comments)

Wait, is google just making fun of the patent system, showing how it is flawed?

More likely they're just adding something innovative like forum moderators to google groups+ or something or the sort, though...

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Granted Patent For Slide To Unlock

mamas Re:Prior art? (622 comments)

By that reasoning, everything you do in the analog world that will be replicated in the digital world is patentable as "innovation".

E.g., under that reasoning, I would patent a method to input text letter by letter, by pressing specific areas in a touchscreen, which may or may not have the letters drown on the touchscreen.

Then you'd say, a "keyboard is not a touch screen".

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Granted Patent For Slide To Unlock

mamas Re:Slide to...? (622 comments)

Spot on.

With ICS (and probably others) allowing doing more things in that clock screen, like getting access to notifications, and direct access to the camera, this argument gains even more weight.

more than 2 years ago
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Valve Boss Expects Apple To Challenge Game Consoles

mamas Re:Sorry Value, but you are Wrong (197 comments)

yes, that is what I said, they won't be doing anything that someone else hasn't done before them. But I think the people that like gaming on ipads, aren't the type to buy a home console. They are the lowest of the low gamers. They are basicly the people who play solitare on windows. You don't need horsepower for the games they play.

I disagree, and predicting ahead, I think you're just plain wrong. For example, I quite enjoy playing 3d racing games on my galaxy tab 10.1. Time will tell.

about 3 years ago
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Gate One 0.9 Released, Brings SSH To the Web

mamas Re:Hard to buy a license (151 comments)

> Gate One is dual-licensed: AGPLv3 or Proprietary.

> static/bell.ogg - Taken from KDE's default sound theme (KDE-Sys-App-Message.ogg)
> which is licensed under the GPLv2:

gplv2 and gplv3 are incompatible. If it's the "gplv2 or later" version, then mention so.
The combining work will be under agplv3.

I assume you're not including that gpl'ed sound file in the proprietary license version. I suggest you clarify that.

about 3 years ago

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