961 posts • joined Thursday 14th June 2007 21:06 GMT
As if you only replied to prove my point, where you write 'free' you actually mean 'gpl' - BSD/Apache/mozilla etc. are still 'free' whatever you think.
Anyway, taking that into consideration:
"... actually no... total fucking bollocks."
Errrrrm. Right back at you, because of:
"Free software doesn't "require" anything if you don't use it, so feel free not to use it."
What sort of argument is that? LOL.
*everything* (even MS software!) doesn't require anything if you don't use it!
I also don't own a BMW, so I believe I'm not required to do anything there either!
"It also doesn't require that developers suffer theirfree code being incorporated into proprietary products without being afforded the same courtesy of freedom by downstream devs."
Apart from spreading the usual fud that (some) gpl people use against the bsd license, again, your comment is a total falicy - You can't negate a restriction as being free - in turn arguing that the non-restriction is less free.
As you are writing like a typical slashdot post, let me use the time honoured car analogy:
You buy a car. But only you are allowed to drive it.
I buy a car - anyone can drive it.
Despite you not having to require that other people can drive your car, it's obvious that my use of the car is more free - if i've been drinking my wife can drive me home. Yours can't.
Now, it's logical that the word 'require' is bogus in this context - it's just as bogus when you used it. People are free to use bsd software. There are more restrictions on using gpl software, so if you want to go down the 'more free, road, you lose.
Now, back to the FUD. There are numerous companies that use BSD software thaat provide code and servuces back to the project.
Yahoo offered HTTP_ACCEPT and DATA_ACCEPT filters, as well as servers. Apple, netflix, and many others do too - after all, getting a patch into the core means less ongoing maintenance for you.
Just read the facts before posting - despite the fact that the BSD philosophy is to get good stable software to be used everywhere (with no restrictions) you'll find the tired argument that companies only feed back code with the GPL is simply untrue
"It's about choices, duh. Free software gives you them."
Free software does give you choices.
GPL software gives you choices.
BSD software gives you more choices.
If I wanted to use GPL code in a project that was under NDA etc., then I'd be restricted. I could in some cases just use the GPL code in a seperate dynamic library, but it's still a restriction.
If you still don't get it, please look up 'free' / 'restriction' and 'require' in a dictionary.... DUUUUH
P.S. Have a nice day - I have friends that prefer the GPL and we get on ok - it just comes down to dufferent philosophies. It's when GPL people post FUD that it gets annoying. Especially as you are typically the first people to moan when MS posts FUD about Linux.
"The insistence of some groups to redefine the word free keeps amusing me:
"not meet the FSF's criteria for software freedom.
Specifically, the Apache License does not require Google to release all of its source code"
freedom... require... yep."
Haha - well put!
Thanks, by the way, I was beginning to think my definiton of the word 'free' was incorrect - who knew 'free' meant 'gpl' :-)
*bring on the downvotes, gpl worshippers*
Re: Does it block adverts
"Also authors would probably be able to add code to detect if you've disabled Network access* , andso could disable or otherwise cripple the app in someway."
I'd suspect there would be an API call to check for granted privs, although a wise app would still ccheck 'manually' if the priv appears granted, as a rooted phone could lie!
Using user-generated headers/tokens for security purposes.... Noooooooooo!
"The fix involved disabling requests without HTTP referrers, according to Mitchell."
Errrrm, I don't see how this helps!
'master key hack'
I wish you'd stop calling it a 'master key hack' - it's a bug in the key verification as well you know.
'master key hack' implies that private keys have been retrieved, or that the encryption mechanism has been cracked. This might sound more sexy but it's a distortion of the truth
Re: Most famous gig ...
"$18 million is not a royalty payment because people bought her music. It is a damages figure for deliberate commercial distribution without a license. Normally I would say such figures are insane, but the accused is a part of the recording industry that lobbied for this scale of damages, sothey must feel it is appropriate."
2 good points! Cheers!
Re: Good luck to her if it's true... BUT...
"As I read the article the period of infringement would be 8 years, not 2"
Arrrgh - total brain-fart! Of course, you are right!
For some reason I went by the amount of time she was signed to them (duuuuuur)
Hmmm. Is it "Dio Design" or "Diode Sign"?
Re: Study doesn't take into account that people in different places are different
"That concierge nonsense on the whole doesn't godown well in the UK, so if they're not in the UK that should be a point in the teleco's favour, not against.""
Indeed! When I read the article, I thought "I don't want no stinkin' concierge" - I'd even avoid such a place...
</grumpy welsh git>
"were foundto be significantly higher in rural areas for children and people 45 years and older;"
I know many people over 45 years old, but I must say that I've never met any children that old....
(Insert 'get my coat' or 'joke alert' icon here - I can't seem to attach icons on this phone)
"g e" - Thanks for confirming what I thought... I was sure I was being stupid, and was blaming it on a lack of coffee...
So, to clarift, they were able to get this patent on this broad, obvious idea, without needing any actual algoritm or code to back it up?
Re: @I ain't Spartacus
"So because you think it is a reasonable point, no one can disagree. Maybe that's your issue - you don't think you can be disagreed with?"
Why does disagreeing necessitate downvoting?
I don't even downvote people who are wrong, unless they are being idiots about it.
Like non-Spartacus above, I generally only downvote idiots and trolls.
Re: I have found my next ISP
The light pink box with a red border?
I think either your or my monitor is broken!
Three mobile has it already
When I got a pay as you go 'Three' sim a few weeks ago, I was unable to access sickipedia, and to get around it, had to prove I was an adult by accepting a nominal credit card charge.
(Having access on the phone meant I wasn't able to check their blocking mechanism, but I suspect it's simply a DNS hack)
"And, in a really big step forward, all the ISPs have rewired their technology so that once your filters are installed, they will cover any device connected to your home internet account."
Really? Surely it doesn't take an IT genius to realise that if some change is made upstream, it will effect everything connected downstream?
Anyway, surely this "big step forward" is a step back - if daddy wants kiddies computer protected, he'll have to have his protected too (if you accept the PMs comment on face value)
Re: Money. It's a Gas.
"Here in the USA they need permission to come onto your property,"
Fortuantely, in the UK too!
Do they thinks we've forgotten Prism and Tempora?
Why would they go through legal loopholes when all the information is there for them on tap?
(I temped to use the 'black helicopter' icon, but ny browser refused! Hmmmm!)
I agree. The amount of times I've heard of web-application bugs being used to install malware by modifying files is mad.
It's simple enough to make all code files owned by a different user to the one running the web server.
Also, simple firewall rules can stop an account making outbound calls.
I suspect the main culprits are the systems that give users a single non-root username - sometimes with only ftp access!
Think how many non-techie people run their own wordpress or phpbb etc. under such an environment.
Re: Motorways Only
"the idea of a driverless car trying to manage the tricky etiquette of negotiating oncoming tractors on wiggly, muddy, single track roads with passing places would require a degree of hard AI that I fear is a considerable distance into the future."
The problem I have with that is that if a car can't handle that sort of situation, I wouldn't trust it to drive in any situation.
I feel the AI needs to be better than a human in ALL driving circumstances before it can be let loose on its own...
Re: All at once or none at all
"If you were starting from a blank sheet, you'd build your towns/cities/villages/etc so that vehicles and pedestrians were completely separated"
But that is hardly practical. After all, if it was, it would have been done already with those unpredictable human drivers on the roads!
Re: Thanks to this court order....
Yes, the Streisand effect. That was my first thought too!
I can imagine many people will be firing up their vpn's.....
"'m surprised no one actually mentions the level of quality of the audio product. "
Really? Spotify streams at 160Kbps Ogg for the non-paying users, and 320Kbps Ogg for the paying users.
Knowing that the majority of people these days listen to music on mobile phones with crappy earphones, spotify offers bandwidth far in excess of what most people would require.
This part is meaningless:
“Yes. The configuration for reporting extremely private data is sent over plaintext HTTP. WTF, Amazon?”
They are common data files, accessible to anyone anyway. The only downside to not using https is that it is more susceptible to MITM modifications, not that a sniffer could read them.
Re: What's REALLY scary
"I went to a local tourist attraction and was asked my postcode & last name. I was stunned when the assistant then identified my first name!"
"......have no qualms about posting their life on Facebook for anyone who cares to read it (including Facebook itself)."
There is a lot of stuff known about me by others simply because I live in a village. Many people know my date of birth, and my parents (including my mums maiden name), the car I drive, where I work, when I'm sick etc...
I am, therefore, happy to share online things which are already common knowledge for many. I lived in London for many years, so I understand how this concept could be alien to many..
Re: Ooh creepy
"Is it possible to 'rejoin' Facebook? I didn't think you could leave unless you were willing to make a full time job out of slowly erasing yourself post by post."
It's been possible to delete a facebook account for many years.
Re: At that level of insecurity I would hope so
"Otherwise you would have no way of knowing whether following a URL would mean you had broken the CFAA. If the operator of the web site decided they didn't want you to access that page then you'd be guilty, even though there was no protection on the page whatsoever."
Wasn't this an issue in the UK a while back?
I seem to remember comments saying that this would mean you were guilty of hacking if you manually altered the URL (e.g. Going 'up a level' by deleting bacwards to the next forward-slash)
Perhaps other readers remember more details...
Re: Do a search
You guys..... Your brains woukd explode if you ever read sickipedia.
It doesn't matter how sick and twisted a comment is - if it's obviously intended as a joke, you guys are sick suggesting he deserves to be punished in this way.
He eve wrote j/k for the common-sense-impaired brigade... sigh...
Re: Well I one for needed
"Well I one for needed
Google to translate that."
Me too. I thought it was a sexual reference...
Re: @egor: Surprise!
"No, let's hope they include fail safes and monitoring facilities. "No software is perfect" need not be the same thing as "Our product sometimes fails" ;)"
Yeah - I can't argue with that - although these posts are in the context of microsoft security alerts, so obviously not only is their software not perfect, but neither are any fail safes and monitoring facilities :)
Re: Let's hope that the software engineers behind the space programme never fall into that trap
"Yeah.... Let's hope that never happens.
:-) Fair point!
"Just because it gets said every month on the Patch Tuesday announcement, doesn't mean it's not true. MS has the largest desktop/server OS market share. There would be something pretty odd if they weren't the number 1 target for people looking for vulnerabilities, especially as we keep getting told that their product is "swiss cheese" full of security holes."
MS has the largest desktop share, yep, but not the server share. Also, servers are by their definition "providing services" so they are more visible.
Granted, the typical server is run better than grandmas home pc, but still, saying "of course MS has the most reported holes because it's the most popular" is a cop-out.
"But Microsoft also suffer from being the most popular target for naughty miscreants to look for flaws."
Change the tape - it's beginning to wear out
@egor: Re: Surprise!
"One truth, software is never perfect!"
I see you follow the microsoft philosophy.. That's fine if you program games etc.
Let's hope that the software engineers behind the space programme, nuclear power plants, ICBM's, traffic lights etc.etc. never fall into that trap
But who leaned on Visa/MC ?
Visa and MC are in the business to make money. They wouldn't have made this decision without being leaned on heavily.
if you are angry, go after the source
"That said, the fact that the source code is freely downloadable makes it easier / faster to point out and resolve security concerns.
So linux is both the least secure and the most secure "kernel" out there today."
There are many other open source kernels than just Linux.
Putting aside the rights or wrongs of this case, how has he been damaged to a tune of $50 million? Indeed, how has he been damaged at all?
Re: Search as primary means of navigation?
"This is one of the most true and wise posts I've ever read here. I am in awe."
A shame we don't know which post you are referring to!
Re: 17 hours
Surely just the 17 hours, as the "we are here" will be sent in response to one of the delayed-by-17-hours questions!
Re: I laughed
Wasn't that just a rebadged "open directory" thing?
Re: Nah nah nah!!!
How come this user (just registered and with only one post) has a bronze badge?
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