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Github Finally Agrees Public Repos Should Have Explicit Licenses

mlippert Re:Simple... (120 comments)

Github could require a particular license for pubic repositories if they wanted. I actually think it might even be a good idea. Not a specific license, but requiring that public repo's must specify one of a particular set of "open" licenses.

They would probably have to implement this by requiring that a license be specified for any newly created public repository, and by giving existing public repositories a deadline by which they would have to specify a license or be "disabled". Disabled as in no one can push/pull or fork the repository.

The hardest part I think is going to be existing forks of disabled repositories. Actually even going forward I'm not sure what that means. Does the "owner" of a fork get to change the license on github? What does that mean? Damn, copyright is a godawful mess and I would like it to be very different, but at the very least I'd like copyright to only apply to registered items like it did before the 1986 Berne Convention (see the wikipedia article) and require a copyright notice.

about a year ago

NHTSA and DOT Want Your Car To Be Able To Disable Your Cellphone Functions

mlippert Self-driving car (405 comments)

They're going about it all wrong. They should be pushing for self-driving cars to become a reality. The the "driver" is a machine and is never distracted, and the people in the car can be doing whatever they want while the car is "driving".

about a year ago

Mozilla Plans Major Design Overhaul With Firefox 25 Release In October

mlippert Re:Booo, hissss (250 comments)

Hmm, I knew a "long click" would do that, but not drag down, thanks. However I think I still prefer having the visual button to click on.

about a year ago

Mozilla Plans Major Design Overhaul With Firefox 25 Release In October

mlippert Re:Booo, hissss (250 comments)

Yeah I agree, I've had to find ways to "undo" most of their UI changes in the last couple of years.

I like my statusbar with add-on info on the bottom of the window. I didn't like losing the statusbar but at least there still was an addon bar I could use for the info at the bottom of the window. I don't want add-on info being moved to the top toolbar area.

I like having a forward/back dropdown so that I can see where I am in my back/forward history and select how far forward or back to go next. I had to install the addon Backward/Forward History Dropdown 0.2.4 to get this functionality back.

I like my tabs underneath the addressbar, fortunately about:config lets me put that back urlbar.trimURLs false
I don't really want part of the url greyed out; about:config urlbar.formatting.enabled false

I like to see the http: or https: prefix in my addressbar

I like having a menu bar which fortunately still exists. I hope this change doesn't plan to remove it.

Of course I also don't ever use the browser fullscreen. It's a little nuts on a 1200x1960 monitor.

Mostly firefox has let me keep the UI features that I want. It does sound like this is an update that I may not want to install however. And that will suck, because I don't really like chrome or IE. I could go check out opera, but I'm skeptical about it.

about a year ago

Electric Car Environmental Impact: Power Source Matters

mlippert Re:A few points... (341 comments)

Thanks that was very interesting, and full of actual real world experience. The only thing you didn't state were some of the distances (such as the long biweekly trip that requires the 20min recharge on the way back, how far is the round trip?

about 2 years ago

Amazon Matches iTunes Match With New 'Audio Upgrade' Feature

mlippert Re:Store this! (157 comments)

So I actually went and read the article. Turns out that people are misinterpreting what is happening (I know, shocking!)

Amazon is splitting out the music from their current Cloud Drive and moving it to this new "Cloud Player" where they are doing some of this stuff w/ 256kbps copies and whatnot.

However going forward, they have 2 different cloud services, Drive and Player. Drive is for files and the Cloud Player clients do not connect to it. If you upload a music file to your Cloud Drive (from this point forward) it will not be found by their Cloud Player client. And they are still giving a free 5GB Cloud Drive out.

If you buy music from Amazon it is no longer going to be available on the Cloud Drive, it will now "only" be available on the Cloud Player (server). In addition the free Cloud Player will contain ALL Amazon purchased mp3s and also allows you to upload 250 other songs (note that they limit the number of songs not the size of the song files).

It seems that the conversion of existing songs on people's Cloud Drives is just to move them to Cloud Player. What I don't know is if they will also delete those music files from your Cloud Drive, or if they leave them for you to delete.

more than 2 years ago

Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

mlippert HP Veer perfect size (660 comments)

Actually I've got an HP Veer which I really love. It is the perfect size (not for general surfing the web, but for checking email, the all important google to name an actor, and for just carrying around in my pocket).

I really like the Web OS also, and it really sucks that HP released the phone and then killed it 2 months later (I did buy a 2nd one because there's nothing else being sold right now that compares!)

Now if I was carrying the phone in a bag of some sort, a bigger phone probably wouldn't be an issue. However even a 4 inch screen really isn't big enough for comfortable web browsing, I think you need a 7" tablet for that.

more than 2 years ago

TSA Shuts Down Airport, Detains 11 After "Science Project" Found

mlippert Re:Charges? (537 comments)

Those are the 2 questions I really wanted answered. You'd think the article would answer them, but strangely it does not!?!

I don't have much of a problem w/ most of the original response, but I really have to question the handcuffs.

It does seem that a little thought would lead someone to think that the likelihood of it being an explosive device was extremely small.

It was left behind on the plane, that means that it was on the plane since the plane departed. A terrorist would have detonated it while the plane was full, not left it behind to blow up a mostly empty plane.

more than 2 years ago

German Copyright Group To Collect From Creative Commons Event

mlippert Re:I'll let Jefferson answer (349 comments)

Thanks, I like the quote and your conclusion about a possible intended consequence of the time originally selected.

more than 2 years ago

Will Facebook Become the Net's SSO?

mlippert Re:If FB does become the SSO, at least do it right (314 comments)

I've thought about trying to set up my own OpenID server, but I don't understand the pieces and how they fit together or what exactly I'd need to do. I don't think I'm as hopeless as that sounds, but I did read a bunch about OpenID a while ago and didn't completely grok it.

What you're doing sounds really interesting could you tell me a little more about how it's set up? Perhaps if you know of some reference links?


more than 3 years ago

Chrome Does Have a Caps-Lock Key After All

mlippert Re:delete key? what? (391 comments)

I must say I was happy to see others have the same response I had to the parenthetical (along with the Insert/Delete pair) in the story.

As a lefty who uses the mouse w/ their left hand, the Ctrl-Insert for copy Shift-Insert for paste, and shift-Delete for cut are much more accessible (because they use the right hand) than the Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V and Ctrl-X keys which would require me to take my left hand off the mouse to press.

I always try to make sure both sets of keys work in apps I develop.

Moving the caps lock somewhere obscure I agree with :-), perhaps next to the key I use about as much, the Scroll Lock key.

more than 3 years ago

EPIC Files Lawsuit To Suspend Airport Body Scanner Use

mlippert Re:Better than National ID card (559 comments)

Yes I see that issue, but perhaps like the scalping laws (which I'm all for BTW) it could be illegal to markup the ticket price more than a low percentage (1-4%) over its original price.

It would probably mean more expensive tickets, but I believe that discretionary air travel is very price dependent. So no one (not the airlines, and not the resellers) could raise the prices too high w/o the risk of not selling the tickets.

more than 3 years ago

EPIC Files Lawsuit To Suspend Airport Body Scanner Use

mlippert Re:Better than National ID card (559 comments)

Absolutely, and I don't think I should need "identification papers" to travel within the country.

more than 3 years ago

EPIC Files Lawsuit To Suspend Airport Body Scanner Use

mlippert Better than National ID card (559 comments)

I'd rather walk through a body scanner before boarding a plane than be required to give them my name and other irrelevant information that only helps the government and the airline to track my personal travel and also helps the airline to continue to restrict transferring of tickets.

As a side note, I've always thought it was just "wrong" that the ticket did not just entitle the holder of said ticket to a particular seat on a particular flight regardless of who originally was considering sitting in that seat.

more than 3 years ago

ASCAP Declares War On Free Culture, EFF

mlippert Re:Speech by NMPA CEO about "anti-copyright agenda (483 comments)

Funny, that's exactly what I thought when I read that list!

Then I read the link (and saw the source), nice of them to collect all of these sensible ideas in one place for me, and it makes me realize that ASCAP is further away from rationality than I thought.

If the EFF is fighting for this list, I need to make a contribution!

more than 4 years ago

ASCAP Declares War On Free Culture, EFF

mlippert Big brother much? (483 comments)

So not only do they want copyrights to last forever, but now they also want to take the copyright away from the creator of the content, because obviously the creator isn't capable of understanding what 'value' their property has if they want to release it under a copyleft license?

more than 4 years ago

Finland To Legalize Use of Unsecured Wi-Fi

mlippert Re:There's got to be a better way... (151 comments)

OK, that's interesting. Do you do that with 2 access point hardware devices, one open and one secure, or do you have a single device that allows that?

And if the latter, I'd like to know more because that's a configuration I'd like to set up.

(I'm about ready to upgrade my current access point anyway so even if this requires specific hardware I'd like to know about it.)


more than 4 years ago


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