* Posts by LDS

6534 posts • joined 28 Feb 2010

Redis kills Modules' Commons Clause licensing... and replaces it with one of their own

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"GPL only requires you to make code available"

Apache licenses and any other open source licenses as well - the only difference is the impact on other code.

But why the need of the AGPL? Exactly because under GPL if you never redistribute a "derived work", you never have to share the code as well. Thereby all cloud providers and ASPs can "play ball" without making available any code they add or modify, under GPL and many other open source licenses. Again, it's FOSS licenses were designed for a different world - when the "enemy" was the big corporations *selling* software, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, etc.

How much code is under AGPL? Very little. There were also some incompatibilities with GPL in the past.

Anyway, it doesn't look FSF is going to change the GPL to close those loopholes - because I'm afraid it would put it against some of its biggest supporters.... as they make tons of money using GPL software for which they'll never share any changes, since it's only used "internally".

Yet evidently a lot of software will have to avoid GPL in the future is it risks to be easily exploited by cloud providers without getting anything in return - nor money, nor code.

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Re: Wow, they finally got it!

GPL would have not changed that. Cloud providers don't distribute software, so they're not bound to share any change they make. Just like many web applications, by the way, were only the client code is 'distributed'.

Open source licenses were written for a different world, that of packaged commercial software, to be delivered and used 'on premises'.

'We don't want a camera in everyone's living room' says bloke selling cameras in living rooms. Zuckerberg, you moron

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Re: Pay YOU?

It would be true if Facebook wasn't building so called "shadow profiles" of users who never used the product and never will. Even if you got an iPhone...

There's also the issue if someone else force you to use a Facebook (or Google, etc.) product, say a school using Google's products and maybe asking you to join a WhatsApp chat to be notified as a parent. Sometimes, even your employer.

Being in a dominant position, you could have little choices.

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Re: That's why people should not pay - by law

Do you mean rights should be available only to those able to pay? Privacy is a right . especially since without it you can't have freedom. Laws are created to protect rights.

Companies like Facebook have shown they can break rights on a very broad scale - and could get the money to even pay some dollars to poor people so they sell their rights - which was exactly what the application blocked by Apple did.

The wold is not simply black and white, there won't be only rich people who could opt out (and why should I give a private company money for not being tracked???? It looks like mafia - "pay, or else"), and poor people who can't, so all the rich ones will go away and the rest are of no value - there would be many shades of gray - and many would have still value for advertisers, influencers, and political propaganda - unless you also revoke the right to vote to poor people as well.

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"Yep, that's right Mark. So glad you finally got there"

No, he just understood he have to get rid of Apple controlling what applications Facebook could run....

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Re: Why do people think this guy is so smart?

It's not only luck - it's lack of any ethics also. You don't build such kind of sites over and over, starting with stealing women photos to "vote" on them, if you're not inherently crooked. He found he wasn't alone, and in the internet Far West it worked.

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That's why people should not pay - by law

I don't want me data slurped for any sum. But he's right, poor people deserve the same protection as rich ones - thereby data slurping needs to be simply illegal.

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Re: Does Zuckerberg even understand the concept of 'lying'?

No, and I'd wish he had a nose like Pinocchio. It would have reached Mars, by now.

OK, team, we've got the big demo tomorrow and we're feeling confident. Let's reboot the servers

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"By actually paying for licenses they "don't" need*?"

The same banks that usually throw away a lot of money in many silly ways?

Which licenses they didn't need? The one that actually made the software working, as the demo didn't work when the license expired? I guess it was the usual case of "we'll address the licenses issue later..."

A trial licenses *is not* a development license - the name tells what it is for. Development licenses are usually exactly alike the full ones, so you can develop and test your software *properly* without any trial/demo restrictions and lack of support and fixes.

If you're mean and prefer "free trials" to save some money, you can end to lose a lot because you can't develop properly.

If you win a bid because you're going to save on development expenses using such tricks, there are big risk you become a liability when the software is deployed.

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Big project involving *banks*, and no money for development licenses?

The company and the banks really deserved that....

Most software has specific development licenses available - usually it means you have to register and pay an annual subscription - but you get full product licenses to be used for development only - plus support, patches, etc with which you usually need to test your software with - something you usually don't get with trials.

Not so smart after all: A techie's tale of toilet noise horror

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Re: Toilets, health trackers, sexual innuendo

Maybe because your today column had none of them, so they needed to keep the Friday page balanced?

Eggheads want YOU to name Jupiter's five newly found moons ‒ and yeah, not so fast with Moony McMoonface

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Re: Talking of Pallas ...

Pallas is already an asteroid - I guess many useful names could have been given to asteroids in the past, when they didn't though they would have discovered so many asteroids and moons....

Anyway as Latin names were used, it would be Minerva - but it's being already used as well.

Anyway, I would call Minerva the hypothetical large planet lurking in the Kuiper belt - it has to be really clever and wise to be able to hide itself for a so long time from humankind...

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"Where ALL Roman gods simply copies of greek ones?"

No, and while many of them came from a common cultural substratum - probably the Indo-European one - which made easier to map them (as you can even map gods from other cultures as well) , there were some more specific ones.

Janus is a good example of a god which had no Greek counterpart.

Julius believed there were so many gods you could even add a new one - himself...

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Did they get to the end of their list of Jupiter's mistresses and rape victims?

I would start to name them after prominent women in astronomy and space exploration...

U wot, m8? OMG SMS is back from dead

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Yes, they write:

"Social software needs a social graph"

Are you a messaging app, or a "social network"? If you aim to be the latter and want to build a "social graph" (which has a big value for many type of businesses...) is evident you're collecting more information about users than needed for simple messaging - and remember, not all of the phone numbers someone knows should be sent to a third party, whatever hashed or the like.

What's wrong with having the "handle" of a user through a different channel? Why all these applications are obsessed with slurping people address books?

Even keeping "social graphs" updated and knowing the frequencies of your messages and to whom they are sent is something of value, even if the messages themselves are highly encrypted.

Let's face it, phone numbers are formidable unique IDs, as people rarely change them often for many reasons - getting them in whatever form is a highly valuable way to track them.

Profs prep promising privacy-protecting proxy program... Yes, it is possible to build client-server code that safeguards personal info

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And not that it wasn't attempted before: P3P


Do you really believe that privacy can have a tech-only solution? And would work without enforcement, on a voluntary base by developers?

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Looks like a Rube Goldberg implementation of the "Do Not Track" flag to me...

... users will never be able to trust companies eager to slurp their data - unless a law say they can't, and breaking it will trigger big fines and maybe prison time for executives.

Bored bloke takes control of British Army 'psyops' unit's Twitter

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"the question is who put those dinosaur bones there for you to find."

You know, it was Slartibartfast & C.

Just do IoT? We'd walk a mile in someone else's Nike smart sneakers, but they seem to be 'bricked'

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"According to my teenage son the in crowd kids are all wearing limited edition"

Yeah, the target market is gullible children who will ask their parents to spend silly sums for goods that are made in Vietnam for a few dollars...

"Limited edition" in these contexts is always a synonym of "limited awareness" on the consumer side.

Unearthed emails could be smoking gun in epic GDPR battle: Google, adtech giants 'know they break Euro privacy law'

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I'm very sorry for them...

... but if the law outlawed their business model, they have to change their business model. I'm sure that when slavery was outlawed, those in the business were badly impacted, and had to find a new revenue source. With time, they invented marketing, a new way to exploit people....

Visited the Grand Canyon since 2000? You'll have great photos – and maybe a teensy bit of unwanted radiation

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We knew US aren't still very good at recycling waste...

...yet this looks too much!

"Hey, where do I put this uranium?" - "Ehhhm, don't know, maybe behind that stuffed animal? Who knows, maybe we'll get a radioactive monster, with time!"

Next in the news "North Korean tourists spotted around Orphan Mine"

Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear

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Maybe they are just waiting for the right time...

'Occult' text from Buffy The Vampire Slayer ep actually just story about new bus lane in Dublin

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IIRC one the "vital" parameters shown by sickbay displays in ST was how much insurance was still going to pay, or something alike...

Solder and Lego required: The Register builds glorious Project Alias gizmo to deafen Alexa

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Re: @AC ... If I was to have one

Even without DIY, there were and there are commercial home automation and remote control systems which aren't made by Amazon or Google and don't slurp your life.

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Just a pity the noise fed to Alexa and sent to Amazon servers for "analysis"...

... is not a real Shuttle taking off at max power....

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin

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I'm sure the cross wasn't angled at 45° - I hope - it needs to be an angle equal to the latitude.

About large sundials, Cassini (the astronomer) build a meridian in the cathedral of Bologna which is 67 metres long. A hole in the ceiling 27m above projects the sun disc on it at midday - this kind of sundial isn't used to tell the hour, but to measure the length of the solar year, and will tell the day of the year (including equinoxes and solstices).

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Or vinyl records....

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Re: Using a sundial at night

As long as you have an app giving guidance to put the phone in the right position...

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You can make a hole in the ceiling and have a moving image of the Sun on a wall, instead of a shadow....

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Re: Innovative sundials?

Wrong - with the aid of computers it's really possible to design innovative sundials.

Look at these ones, for example:



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Actually, if you make a sundial large enough....

... it could be very precise.

Anyway, I can see a sundial on my way home from workplace, and another on the town hall.

Bloke thrown in the cooler for eight years after 3D-printing gun to dodge weapon ban

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Re: @Jake @ yank lurker ... Gun show

Yes. What matters is the bullet weight and its speed (which is the kinetic energy). Longer thinner bullets propelled by more powerful charges may also be more aerodynamic and lose less speed while traveling.

Some bullet may also break, and anyway the shock-wave and bones fragments also damage tissues around.

That's why assault rifles using such kind of ammunition are so deadly, and their wounds more devastating.

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"You have to check the person's driver's license"

Oh, great....

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"Gun laws only keep law abiding citizens from owning guns."

No, also they decrease the total number of firearms available, and those on the black market as well, and thereby increase their prices. That's because usually a large number of illegal guns have been first bought legally and then stolen, lost, sold, etc.

Thus it become even for criminals harder to obtain a gun. It's also far easier to seize guns because or you have a permit, or you can't have one. So even criminals have to care.

Also, encounters with cops become friendlier, because unless they have good reason to think otherwise, they do not fear you are armed.

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Re: But Background Checks Don't Work!

Still, it looks that the man who killed five people in Aurora, Ill. was barred to own a gun, but it still had one...


Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app

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Re: Do what Microsoft used to do...

Windows 8 and Windows Phone UI were excellent, well thought designs for a tablet and phone UI - much better than Windows 10. A very good improvement over the very outdated and limited 'Program Manager' UI still used by most phones and tablets.

They should have never, never been used on a desktop or server system which require a totally different UI.

Windows 10 Mail application is another example of a very bad design that trying to be modern became unusable. The same approach was used for the Outlook.com UI, which is now impractical and very slow.

Surface Studio 2: The Vulture rakes a talon over Microsoft's latest box of desktop delight

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"The alternative is a 12.9" iPad pro."

Actually the real alternative is a Wacom Cintiq or other specialized devices as such. They are expensive too.

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"possibly people that use it for video rendering"

I think it will be used more for showing the rendered video than actually rendering on it. It's also not a machine for high-end video editing where you may need reference displays that make this system look cheap (they can cost tens of thousands), plus dedicated editing consoles.

It's surely an interesting albeit expensive device when you need something with pen input, plus the dial.

Monitor color spaces don't make it a great photo editing station, though, it does support DCI-P3, but that's designed mostly for projectors and video, AdobeRGB is usually a better choices for photo.

Blockchain is bullsh!t, prove me wrong meets 'chain gang fans at tech confab

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"The decentralisation stuff is really just a distractiion"

Most hype comes from parties who by default think you should not trust anything and anybody. Just, it means you should not trust the blockchain too - which is still an agreement from multiple parties, and if can control enough parties, you can control the blockchain. They believe the sheer number of the parties won't allow it, but there's actually no warranty about it.

Cryptography could allow to hinder frauds inside centralized systems as well. Obviously if you believe centralized systems should not exist because they are symbols of Pluto-judaic Masonic Lizards power, thatìs another matter.

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"The blockchain is the foot soldier of decentralisation"

"said Alex Mashinsky, CEO of lending platform Celsius Network"

Hope he has stored his password where his heirs could access them if needed....

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

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Re: Maximum Password length

I know a bank which limits a password to 8 characters, the first four of which needs to be numbers... I would really like to see the face of the person who decided it.

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Re: correcthorsebatterystaple

English is just one language only, and a password entry box doesn't care if the language is dead or alive... moreover some languages have far more words variations than English.

Want to know what 2020 holds? Microsoft has a little something for you

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Windows 10 is almost four years old...

.... and the new release pace didn't look to have brought much improvements in these years. I think fast pace releases and required test time just favour small additions that more interesting but bigger changes.

In many areas it even went backward - i.e. the email client became quite unusable. Edge will be killed because evidently its Chakra engine is a disaster (not a surprise, looking at the name). Cortana downplayed, after trying to put it everywhere in the system, with little success. Hybrid UI that is bad on both desktop and tablet systems. Acrylic developed at glacial pace, but it's yet to see if it will bring useful features to the UI or it will be another dead end, more visual sugar than real improvements.

And many users still use 7, ten years old, and upgrade when they have no other option.

Something is rotten in the state of Redmond?

OK, Google? Probably not! EU settles on wording for copyright reform legislation

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"But if someone with Google's deep pockets can't afford to play"

It's not that it can't afford to play, it's just it believes it can set the rules to sustain extremely high margine exploiting other people's work. It could be still profitable, even if not with those extremely high margins, if it plays by the rules. That's why the void can be easily filled.

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"Google would still be getting revenue from GB, the Middle East and Africa"

You imply that after Brexit UK will weaken its copyright regulations. Being UK a powerhouse when it comes to content creations which has worldwide appeal and bring a lot of revenues, I really doubt so.

Good luck then with revenues from Africa (great broadband there, eh?), and especially with Middle East, where in most states what you can access is strictly controlled... but sure ISIS videos could have a lot of viewers....

EU is shaping the 21st century internet, unlike US that think it would be nice to have it like 19th century Far West...

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Re: "cultural preservation uses" versus "a new mechanism on licensing on out-of-commerce works."

You've no right on someone else's work until copyright expires. If someone doesn't want to publish something anymore it's a full right of theirs. Stop thinking your are endowed with magical rights to own what is not yours.

YouTube is a money machine. It's not a cultural preservation system, and will happily delete whatever hasn't enough views if needed - it has no mandate to "preserve cultural values" - unlike some institutions - which would not slurp used data and slap ads on your faces to access such contents.

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"And Music doesn't?"

No, because if you publish you playing the game, you're not actually publishing the game - people wanting to play it will still have to buy the game.

If you upload a whole song/video, people will listen to/watch it without ever buying the song/video (but very few)..

Is it so difficult to understand?

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"BT can't be sued if you use your telephone to libel an MP"

Does BT makes a lot of money frorn those illegal calls? Or does VM profit from people driving its cars into crowds? The difference, if you look beyond your finger, is that YouTube business model is built on exploiting other people's contents - unlike VM that profits from making cars, or BT from people making legitimate calls.

YouTube is built to allow uploading illegal contents easy. VW cars aren't build to kill people (and if VM built dangerous cars it would be in trouble, as it is because it tried to gamble emissions rules), nor the BT network i built to harass people - and unlike YouTube, you can't have an anonymous telephone line easily.

So, OK - Google can ask users to register with their own identity as you have to do when you buy a car or a phone contract. So users uploading illegal contents can be tracked and fined. Just like you can be if you driver a car into a crowd, or harass someone on the phone.

Just, the YouTube business model won't work again....

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"the biggest ever public campaign"

Sure, like the FCC one *against* net neutrality....

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"And anyone who has that power should be elected by the people of europe."

In most EU democracies the government and its ministers are not elected by the people - the people usually elect the parliament and then a government is formed and voted by the parliament.

The EU commission is not that much different, but the fact that its member are usually chosen by the EU countries government and distributed among them - EU is not still enough integrated to work otherwise - so a compromise is needed.

Anyway, even in countries with direct election of the president or prime minister (but even in US people till vote for "Electoral College", France does elect its president directly...), then the government is formed by designating members (which may still need a parliament approval)

I see many believe "direct democracy" would work better than "representative" one, actually history shows that it usually leads to dictators and caudillos only.

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