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03.04.09

IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: March 4th, 2009 – Part 1

Posted in IRC Logs at 11:45 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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schestowitz Testing a new xserver again, PetoKraus ? Mar 04 00:01
PetoKraus no Mar 04 00:01
PetoKraus found a memleak Mar 04 00:01
PetoKraus :D Mar 04 00:02
schestowitz Predictable Mar 04 00:02
schestowitz Microsoft search aimless and eternally doomed. Changing identity for like the 5th time.. no underlying improvements.. http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2009/03/03… They should really give up. They lose billions there. Mar 04 00:03
Balrog Yes Debian did mess up with openssh Mar 04 00:03
Balrog but not as badly as Nintendo with their signing methods Mar 04 00:04
Balrog or MS with all the holes … probably one of the most laughable one is about the rollover of address space Mar 04 00:04
schestowitz Isn’t it less severe for Nintendo? Mar 04 00:04
schestowitz Debian=easy patching, regen key Mar 04 00:04
Balrog why would it be less severe to Nintendo? Mar 04 00:04
schestowitz Nintendo=needs reflashing? Mar 04 00:05
Balrog their system isn’t designed for easy patching Mar 04 00:05
schestowitz badserii: Nintendo doesn’t have sensitive data on Web servers Mar 04 00:05
Balrog messed-up signing code was written to prom (not eeprom) Mar 04 00:05
schestowitz Ubuntu fixed is gracefully Mar 04 00:05
Balrog true, but they have ‘piracy’ to worry about Mar 04 00:05
schestowitz Patching and then a graphical prompt about new keys. No need to reauthorise afterwards, so no pain. Mar 04 00:06
Balrog Yes. Mar 04 00:06
Balrog but when you have a first-step in the chain of trust bug that can’t be patched…. Mar 04 00:06
Balrog also worse, nintendo doesn’t design for updatability Mar 04 00:06
Balrog games for their system are statically linked Mar 04 00:07
schestowitz Apple is off-target… making expensive PCs still… http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2009/03/03/m… Mar 04 00:07
Balrog and they have ‘OS’ code (basically HAL stuff) in 50 revisions taking 20% of available storage space. Mar 04 00:08
Balrog Well, I wonder what is apple’s target. Mar 04 00:08
Balrog I don’t think they want to sell cheap systems … Mar 04 00:11
schestowitz They sell h/w Mar 04 00:11
schestowitz Or complete ‘solutions’ Mar 04 00:11
schestowitz But their results have already disappointed Mar 04 00:11
Balrog more like complete integrated stuff, with the software designed for the hardware Mar 04 00:11
schestowitz Their target audience is rich Americans (and some Japanese/EU citizens) Mar 04 00:11
schestowitz They aim for ‘luxury’ market that tolerates premiums Mar 04 00:12
schestowitz That become a dying breed now Mar 04 00:12
schestowitz Small, small niche Mar 04 00:12
Balrog well they’re not aiming for the high-end of that Mar 04 00:12
Balrog that would be Alienware and similar companies Mar 04 00:12
Balrog heh, security flaw in android Mar 04 00:14
Balrog http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/… Mar 04 00:14
Balrog you might have seen this though Mar 04 00:14
schestowitz Yeah, it’s resolved AFAIK Mar 04 00:23
schestowitz This doesn’t work for me (PDF): http://www.tuxradar.com/content/lin… Can you try it? Mar 04 00:24
Balrog good. Mar 04 00:24
schestowitz I think I’m in this magazine this month Mar 04 00:24
schestowitz They did a short interview with me, but I get just 10k of PDF… an error occurs Mar 04 00:24
Balrog but did they patch the latest jailbreak methods? Mar 04 00:24
schestowitz Oh, it’s torrent Mar 04 00:25
schestowitz Cr* Mar 04 00:25
MinceR gn Mar 04 00:25
Balrog wait Mar 04 00:26
Balrog so if they take it down, it will still keep on downloading? Mar 04 00:26
schestowitz Yes :-) Mar 04 00:33
schestowitz But it goes via their site, apprently Mar 04 00:33
Balrog ok. But if they halt the tracker? Mar 04 00:33
Balrog I guess DHT will kick in Mar 04 00:33
schestowitz It times out Mar 04 00:34
Balrog won’t DHT find seeders? Mar 04 00:34
schestowitz I’m not sure Mar 04 00:40
Balrog ok Mar 04 00:40
_Hicham_ I think that it depends on the torrent’s type Mar 04 00:41
_Hicham_ no? Mar 04 00:41
Balrog yeah, but this one is public Mar 04 00:41
schestowitz I gave up on it Mar 04 00:46
Balrog ok Mar 04 00:47
Balrog I’ll get it Mar 04 00:47
schestowitz Thanks. There ought to be a Mono article there and I’m in it. Mar 04 00:48
schestowitz Pixel Density on Netbooks Compared to Other Screens  http://www.linuxloop.com/news/2009/03/0… Mar 04 00:48
Balrog it sould be done within 1/2 hour Mar 04 00:53
schestowitz Cool. Mar 04 00:55
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Balrog My upload here sucks though Mar 04 01:17
Balrog only 8 KBps up Mar 04 01:18
Balrog :( Mar 04 01:18
schestowitz Back to modem daze :-) Mar 04 01:19
Balrog I get a good 90 KBps down on a good day Mar 04 01:20
Balrog but yeah, upload sucks :( Mar 04 01:20
Balrog heh Mar 04 01:30
Balrog new webkit broke google gears Mar 04 01:30
schestowitz Market’s down again today: :-( http://finance.yahoo.com/ Mar 04 01:30
Balrog heh not surprising Mar 04 01:30
schestowitz Whoever I speak to got burned there. Mar 04 01:30
Balrog heh. Mar 04 01:30
Balrog (you mean the market, right?) Mar 04 01:31
schestowitz Yes. Mar 04 01:31
schestowitz it won’t be fun when people lose evcerything Mar 04 01:31
schestowitz When there’s nothing left to lose, crime surges, affecting everyon Mar 04 01:31
Balrog yeah :( Mar 04 01:32
Balrog ok it downloaded Mar 04 01:33
Balrog full quality Mar 04 01:33
Balrog I don’t see any article on mono Mar 04 01:34
Balrog where would it be? Mar 04 01:34
schestowitz I don’t know. It could be a different issue after all. Mar 04 01:36
schestowitz But for LXF to make this download available is unusual. Mar 04 01:36
Balrog umm ok. Mar 04 01:36
Balrog older or newer? Mar 04 01:36
schestowitz How do they expect to compete with the Internet like this? Mar 04 01:37
schestowitz Balrog: maybe older. Mar 04 01:37
Balrog ok. Mar 04 01:37
Balrog they are putting out only one issue for download Mar 04 01:37
schestowitz Thanks for checking anyway Mar 04 01:37
Balrog they want to get people hooked Mar 04 01:37
Balrog lol Mar 04 01:37
schestowitz I hope you enjoy the reading nonetheless Mar 04 01:37
schestowitz I’m preparing links Mar 04 01:37
Balrog yeah it’s interesting Mar 04 01:37
Balrog there’s a huge article on KDE4 Mar 04 01:37
schestowitz Linux Magazine and Journal still have those too Mar 04 01:38
Balrog there *is* an article on opensuse 11.1 Mar 04 01:38
schestowitz But I think LJ had its last isue. Mar 04 01:38
Balrog they rate it 9/10 :/ Mar 04 01:38
tessier_ The average uninfected “life expectancy” of an Internet-connected computer running the Microsoft Windows XP operating system without any security updates (“patches”) is as low as 4 minutes [15]. Mar 04 01:39
tessier_ Hahahah…entered into an official court record. Nice. Mar 04 01:39
Balrog source? Mar 04 01:39
tessier_ http://recordingindustryvspeop… Mar 04 01:39
tessier_ That’s the filing…you can look at the filing for [15] and get the original source. Mar 04 01:39
schestowitz tessier: the BBC said 1 minute, IIRC Mar 04 01:39
tessier_ But that statistic has been around for quite a while. Mar 04 01:39
tessier_ Although it is likely that the judge didn’t know it. Mar 04 01:39
tessier_ schestowitz: May be true but it is unknown whether their test was rigorous enough to be submitted as evidence in a trial. Mar 04 01:40
tessier_ 4 minutes is still plenty impressive. Mar 04 01:40
schestowitz Not really. Mar 04 01:40
schestowitz I heard of “Seconds” too Mar 04 01:41
schestowitz I’ve seen articles for years Mar 04 01:41
schestowitz SOme of them I posted to COLA with snippets, so I could check for you. Mar 04 01:41
schestowitz The natural path is to get infected when installing, then d/l AV and clean up Mar 04 01:41
schestowitz I’ve seen it in my own eyes in 2004 Mar 04 01:41
Balrog does that happen even behind a NAT? Mar 04 01:41
tessier_ Much less likely behind a nat Mar 04 01:42
Balrog I use NAT’s Mar 04 01:42
tessier_ NAT is a most unfortunately thing to happen to the net. :( Mar 04 01:42
Balrog there’s one windows computer left, running win2000 (it’s an older laptop) Mar 04 01:43
tessier_ We should all be using packet filtering but not NAT. Mar 04 01:43
Balrog well I have ipv6 which is not NAT Mar 04 01:43
Balrog how can you not use NAT anyway, with the few IP addresses available…. Mar 04 01:44
Balrog well I have to go Mar 04 01:47
Balrog talk later Mar 04 01:48
schestowitz l8r Mar 04 01:50
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Ziggyfish good afternoon Mar 04 02:06
schestowitz Hi there! Mar 04 02:07
schestowitz Omar87: new project named ‘after you’: Open Source Web Based Geospatial Processing with OMAR < http://www.osbr.ca/ojs/index.php/osbr/a… > Mar 04 02:08
Ziggyfish not IT related but this is very bad. http://www.news.com.au/business/money/story… Mar 04 02:13
Ziggyfish very very bad Mar 04 02:13
schestowitz Oh, I hate that Mar 04 02:14
Ziggyfish yes, I do to Mar 04 02:14
Ziggyfish thank god I’m with CBA, which doesn’t charge ATM access fees for using other banks’ ATM Mar 04 02:15
Ziggyfish but will cost me $2 from the ATM it’s self though Mar 04 02:17
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schestowitz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=… Mar 04 02:54
Ziggyfish schestowitz, unfortunitly I have no sound on this PC Mar 04 03:06
schestowitz national debt increased by like 5-6tr in Bush years Mar 04 03:06
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balzac It really was an occupation by Bush, not a presidency Mar 04 03:20
balzac The case can be made to describe the Bush years as a coup, based on the over-turning of the election by the Supreme Court Mar 04 03:21
balzac I’ll never forget what terrible years they were Mar 04 03:21
balzac That’s one reason I’m happy that Rush Limbaugh is being so loud and belligerent Mar 04 03:22
balzac It creates the atmosphere of partisanship which is required for Obama to really take the Bush criminals down Mar 04 03:22
balzac Hey Limbaugh: Keep flapping your jowls, you swine! Mar 04 03:23
*schestowitz watches http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xwl… Mar 04 03:24
balzac Limbaugh can be described with two science fiction terms Mar 04 03:25
balzac porcuswine (Stainless Steel Rat series) Mar 04 03:25
balzac slig (Dune series) Mar 04 03:25
balzac slig = slug+pig Mar 04 03:25
schestowitz Hehe. Mar 04 03:28
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schestowitz Interesting views there… http://www.youtube.com/watc… Mar 04 04:11
schestowitz Faux inspired Mexicophobia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?… Mar 04 04:16
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tessier Bwahahaha Mar 04 05:41
tessier Enderle is smoking crack! Mar 04 05:41
tessier http://www.itbusinessedge.com/cm/blogs/enderle/is-… Mar 04 05:43
tessier In case you missed it… Mar 04 05:43
tessier That article has no comments on it. Presumably because you have to join the site to comment. But the “register” page has no form or other way to register. Mar 04 05:46
tessier Did they do that on purpose? Mar 04 05:46
Omar87 schestowitz: Wow!! That’s COOL! :D Mar 04 06:00
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amarsh04 ouch, 16 hours to compile a kernel here (Debian defaults plus a couple of minor tweaks) Mar 04 06:37
amarsh04 will have to ask an old school friend who works in the same building as me about the stainless steel rat… 30 years ago and I remember him mentioning that book to me Mar 04 06:39
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tessier amarsh04: Wow. I haven’t heard of a kernel compile that long in many years. What sort of pathetic hardware are you using? Mar 04 07:40
tessier I used to take either 4 or 8 hours to compile a very early Linux kernel. Mar 04 07:40
tessier Now I do it in a minute or less. Funny how that is one of the few things to so hugely outrun bloat. Mar 04 07:40
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MinceR http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/… Mar 04 07:53
amarsh04 kernels are bigger now tessier… using a PII-266, 384 MiB RAM and a slow Samsung HDD Mar 04 08:01
tessier I know they are bigger but cpu’s are far faster as well Mar 04 08:13
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mib_5m43c6 test:D Mar 04 10:13
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schestowitz Morning. Mar 04 10:14
schestowitz tessier: yes, Microsoft shills are all denying it’s a Linux case Mar 04 10:15
schestowitz Idea: let Microsoft attack Linux while still smooching FOSS community and pulling them to Windows Mar 04 10:15
schestowitz MinceR: good cartoon. Mar 04 10:17
schestowitz Balrog: someone mailed me about LXF: “Here’s some shite from Novell dressed up as a publication: http://www.tuxradar.com/content/linux-forma… (Novell advertisements) Mar 04 10:19
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oiaohm Just when I need a artical I cannot remember the name to search.   The one about open source allowing more restrictive internet controls. Mar 04 10:36
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mib_zlj15j wordpress is broken again Mar 04 10:53
oiaohm It appears to be working for me mib_zlj15j Mar 04 10:54
oiaohm but I had to change my dns to opendns. Mar 04 10:54
schestowitz mib_zlj15j: yes, seen it Mar 04 10:55
schestowitz It’s rocky Mar 04 10:55
schestowitz oiaohm: it fell over twice since I’d woken up Mar 04 10:56
oiaohm Boy. Mar 04 10:56
oiaohm You have been keeping you mysql backups I hope schestowitz Mar 04 10:56
amarsh04 np: Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5 in E minor, Op 64 live on http://202.6.74.107:8060/classicfm.mp3 Mar 04 10:57
schestowitz Yes, why? Mar 04 10:57
schestowitz I haven’t tested the backups though Mar 04 10:57
schestowitz I need mysql installed Mar 04 10:57
oiaohm Unstable server + mysql does not always turn out nice schestowitz Mar 04 10:58
oiaohm Good old Admin prepare for worst than it normally does not happen. Mar 04 10:58
oiaohm Note before I change dns’s the dns server I was using was not even given me a Ip for boycott novell. Mar 04 11:02
oiaohm Yet alone worry about if the server was up. Mar 04 11:02
schestowitz Can you find Microsoft connections here? http://www.muckety.com/Acacia-V… Reader says: “Before you post do you have any firm linkages, apart from what I showed you. Like a lot of companies are on that Acacia list, it would be interesting to find A ‘investing’ in B who invests in C who invests in a company running a court case on an enemy of A” Mar 04 11:06
schestowitz oiaohm: OK, I’ll make another backup Mar 04 11:06
schestowitz “National Venture Capital Association -> Acacia Venture Partners -> Microsoft -> Nathan ? There don’t seem to be a way of joining queries, (who finances SCO) + Microsoft + Acacia” Mar 04 11:07
schestowitz oiaohm: I get “WordPress database error: [Can't create/write to file '/tmp/#sql_12dd_0.MYI' (Errcode: 13)] DESC wp_comments” Mar 04 11:09
schestowitz “WordPress database error: [Duplicate column name 'comment_subscribe'] ALTER TABLE wp_comments ADD COLUMN comment_subscribe enum(‘Y’,’N’) NOT NULL default ‘N’” Mar 04 11:09
schestowitz Trying to get a backup now, I can only fetch a rather small file. Hmmm.. Mar 04 11:09
schestowitz Hmmm… I can’t get backups for any DB Mar 04 11:11
schestowitz Works fine for home directory though Mar 04 11:12
oiaohm Server seams overloaded badly by those desciptions schestowitz Mar 04 11:22
schestowitz What should I do? Mar 04 11:23
schestowitz “WordPress database error: [Can't create/write to file '/tmp/#sql_12dd_0.MYI' (Errcode: 13)] DESC wp_comments” Mar 04 11:25
oiaohm I don’t know that is causing the load or the lag schestowitz Mar 04 11:26
oiaohm Conderation of supsending coments have to be on the table. Mar 04 11:27
schestowitz OK Mar 04 11:27
schestowitz The traffic is normal Mar 04 11:28
schestowitz No spikes. Mar 04 11:28
schestowitz Wait, I think the warning is gone. Mar 04 11:29
schestowitz I made manual backup of recent posts Mar 04 11:29
schestowitz Those since last nbackup Mar 04 11:29
schestowitz All services are up; “Server Load  3.83 (4 cpus)” Mar 04 11:30
schestowitz Mind you, there was a similar type of WordPress issue yesterday (briefly) Mar 04 11:30
schestowitz I suppose: Mar 04 11:30
schestowitz If the errors come in squence, then it all starts with inability to write to /tmp/ Mar 04 11:31
schestowitz Which then cascades in a way Mar 04 11:31
schestowitz I still get the error actually. Mar 04 11:31
schestowitz Sometimes I don;t. Mar 04 11:32
schestowitz oiaohm: it’s a general DB issue Mar 04 11:40
schestowitz I see it’s the same with the Wiki Mar 04 11:40
schestowitz see http://boycottnovell.com/wiki/ Mar 04 11:40
schestowitz Maybe it’s related to those downtimes we’ve had, I don’t know.. Mar 04 11:40
oiaohm Hmm Mar 04 11:49
oiaohm Wonder if you are out of disk space in tmp. Mar 04 11:49
oiaohm Can you clear /tmp/ Mar 04 11:50
schestowitz I can’t Mar 04 11:50
schestowitz oiaohm: that seems possible Mar 04 11:50
schestowitz I mailed the host anyway Mar 04 11:50
schestowitz Let me check disk space too Mar 04 11:50
schestowitz “Hi, I am the author of boycottnovell.com (account boycottn) and we’ve been getting database errors for the past hour that say: WordPress database error: [Can't create/write to file '/tmp/#sql_12dd_0.MYI' (Errcode: 13)] DESC wp_comments ..” Mar 04 11:50
schestowitz “WordPress database error: [Duplicate column name 'comment_subscribe'] ALTER TABLE wp_comments ADD COLUMN comment_subscribe enum(‘Y’,’N’) NOT NULL default ‘N’ There are other associated issues and I am unable to download mysql backups for /any/ of the database on this account (it returns some very small file).” Mar 04 11:51
schestowitz I can check disk… Mar 04 11:51
schestowitz “Disk /dev/hda5 (/)  51 %” Mar 04 11:51
schestowitz Nothing critical there. Mar 04 11:51
oiaohm Ok distruptive would be to restart everything ie mysql and httpd. Mar 04 12:01
oiaohm And pray that is some form running stuff up. Mar 04 12:01
schestowitz I can’t restart Mar 04 12:01
schestowitz I’m waiting for the host to take a look :-) Mar 04 12:01
schestowitz It’s affecting not just this DB, thankfully Mar 04 12:02
schestowitz This means that it’s probably not data corruption, just an issue with mysql serving, stemming from some /tmp-related issue Mar 04 12:02
oiaohm Annoy if it turns out to be a mysql update failure. Mar 04 12:02
schestowitz Upgrade? Mar 04 12:02
schestowitz Or security? Mar 04 12:03
oiaohm Both it can be. Mar 04 12:03
schestowitz Well, I’m thankful that at least pages are serves Mar 04 12:03
oiaohm quota’s on stuff can have the same kinds of effects. Mar 04 12:03
schestowitz The errors are minor and the Wiki still mostly private Mar 04 12:03
schestowitz “Server Load  14.96 (4 cpus)” Mar 04 12:04
schestowitz “Server Load  16.67 (4 cpus)” Mar 04 12:04
oiaohm That is not that bad. Mar 04 12:05
schestowitz Microsoft pulls plug on Xbox support < http://news.zdnet.com/2424-9595_2… > Mar 04 12:05
schestowitz oiaohm: all services are said to be up Mar 04 12:05
schestowitz “This MySQL server has been running for 0 days, 0 hours, 2 minutes and 24 seconds. It started up on Mar 04, 2009 at 07:13 AM. “ Mar 04 12:05
schestowitz hehe. Mar 04 12:06
schestowitz They restarted it 2 mins ago Mar 04 12:06
schestowitz Errors still in the pages Mar 04 12:06
schestowitz ø per second: 282.96 Mar 04 12:06
schestowitz That’s like 2.5 times more than I’ve ever seen Mar 04 12:07
schestowitz 17000 queries per minute Mar 04 12:07
schestowitz At least they are looking into it Mar 04 12:08
schestowitz ø per second: 329.67 Mar 04 12:13
schestowitz OK… no errors in WP now… Mar 04 12:14
schestowitz OK, i can make backup too now Mar 04 12:16
schestowitz wki db still acting up Mar 04 12:16
oiaohm Linux.com relauching. Mar 04 12:18
oiaohm This is going to be interesting. Mar 04 12:18
*schestowitz nods Mar 04 12:18
oiaohm Thinking Linux Foundation is sitting on the Linux trademark.  There really was no way linux.com could say no. Mar 04 12:20
schestowitz Yes Mar 04 12:20
schestowitz But they had disclaimer in the site Mar 04 12:20
schestowitz Judge Orders Defendant to Decrypt Laptop < http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives… > Mar 04 12:21
oiaohm Yep Mar 04 12:21
schestowitz Fusion-io secretly parts with CEO < http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/0… > Mar 04 12:24
schestowitz http://www.linuxtoday.com/news_story.ph… “If Kelvin had put the magic words “Microsoft Windows” into his article, then it would all make sense…..without that, it doesn’t, and it makes both Kelvin and Reuters look like ridiculous novices…..” Mar 04 12:27
schestowitz http://www.linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3… “Silly article. Talks only about the dangers of not running virus scanners. If the author had any clue he’d Mar 04 12:27
schestowitz refer people to Linux versions. “ Mar 04 12:27
oiaohm Thinking that rootkit hunting tools are more important on Linux than a Virus scanner. Mar 04 12:29
oiaohm Since you have a lot higher risk of being rootkited than virus infected. Mar 04 12:29
oiaohm yet under windows people treat rootkitting as something not to worry about. Mar 04 12:29
schestowitz Check this out: http://blog.internetnews.com/skerner/2009/03… “Linus Torvalds regains control of Linux.com” Mar 04 12:31
schestowitz Could the LF have pressured them to cede control?? Mar 04 12:31
oiaohm Legally yes. Mar 04 12:32
oiaohm Most likely no. Mar 04 12:32
schestowitz WordPress did a similar thing Mar 04 12:32
schestowitz Someone ‘jacked’ wordpress.com Mar 04 12:32
oiaohm Linux.com has been on resus for the last few months. Mar 04 12:33
schestowitz and wordpress.org (mullenweg) wanted to regains it Mar 04 12:33
schestowitz Then there’s photomatt.net Mar 04 12:33
oiaohm No new articals being written. Mar 04 12:33
schestowitz Yes, I know. Mar 04 12:33
schestowitz I wonder what will happen, articles-wise Mar 04 12:33
schestowitz Linus commented in Linux.com at least once (that I saw… in 2006) Mar 04 12:33
oiaohm Advertisement dryed up. Mar 04 12:33
schestowitz Advertisements are worthless in markets where expenditure is low Mar 04 12:34
schestowitz I never made a dime from BN (not did I expect to) Mar 04 12:34
schestowitz *nor Mar 04 12:34
oiaohm Linux.com was using paided reporters schestowitz Mar 04 12:35
amarsh04 I looked at all the most likely linux sites early on 2000-2002 and quickly settled on linuxtoday.com, and liked it even more after Brian Proffitt allowed regulars’ comments to appear straightaway without pre-moderation Mar 04 12:35
oiaohm Kinda gets critical when you don’t have cash. Mar 04 12:35
schestowitz oiaohm: yes, of course it was. Mar 04 12:35
amarsh04 Carla Schroeder has been handling linuxtoday.com well… someone who lives out in the sticks who isn’t caught up with schmoozing or trade shows Mar 04 12:36
oiaohm Linux foundation will not run out of cash any time soon. Mar 04 12:36
schestowitz oiaohm: Bruce Byfield almost vanished Mar 04 12:36
schestowitz Some LWN or LJ or Datamation article on occasions, but not much output Mar 04 12:36
schestowitz Tina Gasperson too used to write for linux.com (and other sites). She came to this IRC channel a while back. Mar 04 12:36
amarsh04 I’d subscribe to lwn.net if I was doing paid linux-related work Mar 04 12:37
oiaohm kerneltrap.org died around the same time a linux.com Mar 04 12:37
schestowitz oiaohm: LF is appendange to companies Mar 04 12:37
schestowitz oiaohm: no, beforehand Mar 04 12:37
schestowitz kerneltrap.org forze about a year ago Mar 04 12:37
schestowitz After it  had ‘come back’ Mar 04 12:38
schestowitz Jeremy was running it, IIRC Mar 04 12:38
amarsh04 kerneltrap.org and kernel-cousins were good, but took a *lot* of reading and condensing on the part of their writers Mar 04 12:38
schestowitz They’renovated’, posted for a while, but then nothing. Mar 04 12:38
schestowitz How (not) to brick the Android Developer Phone < http://lwn.net/Articles/318712/ > Mar 04 12:39
amarsh04 the hard part is looking over high volume mailing lists and distilling the important bits… Debian Weekly News suffered the same problem Mar 04 12:39
oiaohm http://lwn.net/Articles/321473/ Hope more distributions follow. Mar 04 12:39
oiaohm non altered Linux kernels. Mar 04 12:39
schestowitz amarsh04: I like Carla. She’s also very much in favour of GNU and all… not too much of a pragmatist liek SJVN Mar 04 12:39
schestowitz It’s good for editors not to be shy (or afraid of jupitermedia) to the point where Windows can’t be criticised Mar 04 12:40
schestowitz Cowardly writing is one where you play nice with everyone, even a company that sued Linux for fun and profit Mar 04 12:40
schestowitz amarsh04: Gentoo also, not just Debian. They called for contribs Mar 04 12:40
amarsh04 If I was asked about significant individual posts I’ve read, I’d include Richard Stallman’s “The C Shell Considered Harmful”, one in linuxtoday.com about prelinking improving kde start-up times and the realisation (in no particular specific post) that radeon graphics cards actually do opengl acceleration with free drivers Mar 04 12:41
amarsh04 I hope that the radeonHD effort gets a stable footing again Mar 04 12:42
amarsh04 other “cool features that don’t take a guru level of expertise to set up” include kexec and software raid in Debian, converting a windows box to a linux box that still has the same shares visible to other machines via samba and cups, and maybe a few other things Mar 04 12:44
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schestowitz Wow. 871,074 mysql queries  in just one hour Mar 04 13:04
schestowitz Another one bites the dust: Rocky Mountain News Dead  < http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2009/… > Mar 04 13:07
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schestowitz Chinese Job Sites Suffer as Global Crisis Slows Hiring < http://www.pcworld.com/article/160659/chines… > Mar 04 13:19
schestowitz “After months of layoffs amid fears of a deep global recession, Hon Hai Precision Industry has started re-hiring employees at factories in China.” http://www.pcworld.com/article/160657/worl… Mar 04 13:22
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schestowitz The problem with the database boycottn_wrdp1 seems to have been resolved after the server was restarted, but I continue to have difficulties with boycottn_wiki, which I cannot even backup from cpanel. :-( Mar 04 14:06
oiaohm Not your day schestowitz Mar 04 14:12
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MinceR no ssh access? Mar 04 14:13
schestowitz No,none Mar 04 14:15
schestowitz It’s ping-pong now Mar 04 14:15
MinceR see, that’s why i prefer to admin my own stuff — i get to have the access i need :> Mar 04 14:16
schestowitz MS investors group: “Had a chance to read the post. Thank you for your time and efforts. It is appreciated.” Mar 04 14:19
schestowitz They lobby to toss ballmer out. “On the post there was references and links referring to Ballmer having to leave MSFT. Would you be oppossed to the campaign referencing the links for a new post on the campaign blog?” Mar 04 14:20
schestowitz “It appears that numerous employees want Ballmer to go.” The problem is, there is no adequate replacement. Mar 04 14:20
schestowitz “However, I am not competley certain that pertains to anger with the corporate environment(layoffs). Regardless, there is no disputing that Ballmer has made poor decisions and has caused MSFT shareholders tremendous loss in market value.” Mar 04 14:20
schestowitz The problems began in the late 90s. Ballmer’s goal was to squeeze as much profit out as he could. Remember the Gates departure? Mar 04 14:21
schestowitz He’s keep me  posted concerning the Microsoft SubNet interview with a former MSFT employee. They use former Softies now to pressure the company. I told them to try getting in touch with Charles Pancerzewski. Mar 04 14:21
schestowitz See http://www.theregister.co.uk/2000/10… Mar 04 14:38
schestowitz “Charles Pancerzewski, who had been offered a “resign or be fired” choice in 1996 after he claimed accounting practice irregularities. Pancerzewski complained that Microsoft used its reserves to pad its earnings in lean quarters, with the result that Microsoftmisreported its earnings.” Mar 04 14:38
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schestowitz Foxconn Plans Billion Dollar High Tech City < http://www.pcworld.com/article/160664/fo… > Mar 04 14:41
schestowitz So it’s not all bad for China. The US owes them a lot of money. Mar 04 14:41
schestowitz Apple shafts Australians  < http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/new… > Mar 04 14:47
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jose schestowitz, did you notice the eu backed off ms for documentation? Mar 04 15:27
schestowitz It did? Mar 04 15:27
jose http://finance.yahoo.com/news/EU-e… Mar 04 15:27
schestowitz Were Novell or Samba playing a role? Mar 04 15:28
jose they stopped babysitting Mar 04 15:28
jose for past good behavior Mar 04 15:28
schestowitz This is horrible. Mar 04 15:28
jose they say.. Mar 04 15:28
schestowitz They sue Linux Mar 04 15:28
jose licensees can always sue if problems occur again Mar 04 15:28
schestowitz Maybe some schmoozing. Mar 04 15:28
schestowitz What about the OOXML corruption? Mar 04 15:28
jose i will imagine this will not affect ongoing antitrust action Mar 04 15:29
schestowitz This is serious corruption if they lied about invetigating. Mar 04 15:29
schestowitz jose: oh, I see.. Mar 04 15:29
jose >> It said this was “in light of changes in Microsoft’s behavior” and the possibility for rivals to take Microsoft before national courts if it didn’t share information as agreed under a license program. Mar 04 15:29
schestowitz “It said this was “in light of changes in Microsoft’s behavior”…” Mar 04 15:29
schestowitz Aye.. they sued a Dutch company Mar 04 15:29
schestowitz Now, that’s a “Chcnage in behaviour” Mar 04 15:30
schestowitz jose: OK, so this is about documentation Mar 04 15:30
jose ms is multifaceted Mar 04 15:30
schestowitz I don’t know if the headline is too broad Mar 04 15:30
jose yes, docs only Mar 04 15:30
schestowitz Let me look. Mar 04 15:30
schestowitz OK Mar 04 15:30
schestowitz Phew Mar 04 15:30
jose :-) Mar 04 15:30
jose i’m hoping for the complaints to start rolling in Mar 04 15:31
jose if the eu has to go back to babysitting.. Mar 04 15:31
jose they might up their hourly charge Mar 04 15:31
schestowitz I think the global crisis might have a role here. Mar 04 15:32
schestowitz Whereas they should crack down harder, their priorities change Mar 04 15:33
schestowitz Regulatory structures degrade Mar 04 15:33
schestowitz So it’s easy to say, “well, we’re done here” Mar 04 15:33
schestowitz The EU Com’ has just received another complaint from Portugal Mar 04 15:34
schestowitz It;a about Silver Lie and corruption in procurement, which they said they were investigation last year (Vinje and colleagues) Mar 04 15:34
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seller_liar hey roy Mar 04 15:44
Balrog hey everyone Mar 04 15:48
seller_liar hello balrog Mar 04 15:48
schestowitz Hey Mar 04 15:53
schestowitz seller_liar: I have some new findings you can help with. Mar 04 15:53
seller_liar schestowitz: Yes , new pxxxx ? Mar 04 15:55
schestowitz Not yet, something else. Give me a few minutes Mar 04 15:55
seller_liar schestowitz: ok Mar 04 15:55
balzac lart Mar 04 16:00
balzac Why would anyone want to “procure” silverlight? This is technology Microsoft has to pay people to use. There is no other incentives other than bribes, favors, or coercion which could compel anyone to want to “procure” silverlight. Mar 04 16:07
schestowitz seller_liar: OK, posted: http://boycottnovell.com/2009/03/04/re… Mar 04 16:08
schestowitz Go down to the links with interactive maps. If you are curious, find connections between Microsoft and those patent trolls it created Mar 04 16:08
schestowitz Try to find geographic and financial connections. Mar 04 16:08
schestowitz Microsoft is likely to fund companies to ‘pull a SCO’ Mar 04 16:08
schestowitz balzac: : agreed. Mar 04 16:09
schestowitz Microsoft’s buddy Gavin Clarke at The Register is boosting it today. Mar 04 16:09
schestowitz balzac: we’re close to cracking the spiel of the ‘Bellevue gang’. Maybe you can help too. See the links to maps in this latest post. Mar 04 16:11
balzac I think I’ll just follow along in my spare cpu cycles Mar 04 16:12
balzac I have to get a lot of work done this week, both during and after hours Mar 04 16:13
seller_liar schestowitz: Where ? in wiki? Mar 04 16:13
schestowitz seller_liar: http://boycottnovell.com/2009/03… Mar 04 16:14
schestowitz Although we can analyse these things in other means Mar 04 16:14
seller_liar schestowitz: Ok, I almost forgot, but I have a idea Mar 04 16:17
seller_liar seller_liar: We need to create a projectist’s  section Mar 04 16:18
seller_liar schestowitz: : We need to create a projectist’s  section Mar 04 16:18
seller_liar schestowitz: in wiki Mar 04 16:19
schestowitz seller_liar: I need to fix the wiki Mar 04 16:20
schestowitz mysql error, no data loss Mar 04 16:20
schestowitz We need something like http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.p… Mar 04 16:20
seller_liar schestowitz: Not much Mar 04 16:21
seller_liar schestowitz: My idea is to create a space in wiki where we create plans for destroying microsoft imperial monopoly Mar 04 16:22
seller_liar schestowitz: Where we create ebooks ,banners ads and discuss plans to promote more ethics in free software Mar 04 16:22
seller_liar schestowitz: Like a project , but this project serves to destroy microsoft and promote more software ethics in community Mar 04 16:23
seller_liar seller_liar: you are the analyst, the community uses analyst infos to create projects/ Mar 04 16:25
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seller_liar schestowitz: : you are the analyst, the community uses analyst infos to create projects/ Mar 04 16:26
schestowitz I seee… Mar 04 16:26
schestowitz Well, let me see if I can put the Wiki back up Mar 04 16:27
seller_liar schestowitz: Ok ,thanks Mar 04 16:27
schestowitz I’d rather wait until the host takes a look, I think Mar 04 16:28
PetoKraus `now now, the memleak is hideous Mar 04 16:30
PetoKraus since midnight it’s 1180MB Mar 04 16:30
PetoKraus brbr Mar 04 16:31
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schestowitz ITV to sell Friends Reunited, axe 600 jobs < http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/04/… > Mar 04 16:32
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schestowitz Groklaw RSS feeds don’t work.. Mar 04 16:36
amarsh04 no, either log-in to groklaw.net directly or monitor irc://irc.fdfnet.net#groklaw directly Mar 04 16:45
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amarsh04 fdfnet.net seems to have dns problems )-: Mar 04 16:48
schestowitz Yes Mar 04 16:48
schestowitz I’ve just tried Mar 04 16:48
schestowitz I also mailed Peter and PJ Mar 04 16:48
PetoKraus http://linuxlock.blogspot.com/2009/03/temper… Mar 04 16:51
tessier_ Wow Mar 04 16:55
tessier_ That’a an amazing story. Mar 04 16:56
schestowitz Yes, he mailed me about other attacks/threats. Mar 04 16:59
schestowitz That’s Texas… Mar 04 16:59
schestowitz “It’s _____ ________ hippy freaks like you that are costing us our jobs. You got any idea how many people are getting pink slips because of your b_________? Every time you put that ____ on someone’s computer, some guy trying to feed his family has to go home and tell his wife that he lost his job. How about I snatch that silly little ponytail and give you a tour of the parking lot?” Mar 04 17:01
schestowitz Asay goes against Free software again: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3… Mar 04 17:05
schestowitz http://asay.blogspot.com/2006/01/mu… Going against philosophy and freedom because bucks come first. Mar 04 17:07
schestowitz “In God we Trust,” said the Mighty US Dollar. God is money, money is god, debt is $11,000,000,000,000 Mar 04 17:08
schestowitz http://www.zdnet.co.uk/talkback/0,100… “Either Novell (and others) know what the potential infringements are or it is ‘Protection Money’ . If Novell know what the infringements might be and are constrained by the Non Disclosure Agreement, then this is another can of worms altogether. “ Mar 04 17:18
MinceR i was waiting for the explicit suggestion to “flip-flop” to crApple Mar 04 17:18
schestowitz Rumours about Apple layoffs have come Mar 04 17:19
MinceR apparently caring for our freedom is “fetishizing open-source politics” Mar 04 17:19
jose I can relate I think to matt’s view at least as expressed. the problem Mar 04 17:22
jose is that the majority of developers and users gain by everything being open Mar 04 17:22
jose the simple solution if people are that bothered in some particular case is to switch products or fork Mar 04 17:23
jose forking happens whenever the main company goes too far .. enough to push others to get up and host and manage the fork Mar 04 17:24
jose the gpl isn’t the only license, but it’s the most popular Mar 04 17:24
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jose look at this comment portion: Mar 04 17:26
jose >> But I also admit the world is not black and white. Our Enterprise features are also what customers pay for. One time a customer started a sales visit quite frankly: We are happy to pay for MySQL, but for us to do that, we want to see some shiny enterprisey features that we get for that money. Mar 04 17:26
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jose i have always been attracted to delay-foss as what commercial companies might do to maintain their support yet improve their advantages. Mar 04 17:28
jose you open the code after you have made some money or sales on it Mar 04 17:29
jose in sum, i always want everything opened up, but I can live with some amount of closed.. even if i can’t and won’t generally support it directly. Mar 04 17:30
jose also, in practice, what a customer gets they usually don’t intend to sell.. that can stay their secret even if attached to gpl.. Mar 04 17:31
jose but you can then redesign it to fit a larger audience and have it be open. Mar 04 17:31
amarsh04 I’ve been burned by orphaned commercial closed source software jose… I’m not keen on “buy our closed source better version” Mar 04 17:31
jose well Mar 04 17:31
jose most of the cases i just mentioned as acceptable Mar 04 17:31
jose are when the customer sees the source but owns it and doesn’t release it Mar 04 17:32
amarsh04 that tends to mean that volunteer contributions have to sign their rights away to contribute to what gets used in the closed source version Mar 04 17:32
jose or when the company uses closed source that they promise to open up a little later Mar 04 17:32
jose closed is useless to me as a dev and user Mar 04 17:33
jose well useless except for unimportant things as a band-aid Mar 04 17:33
jose but actually mostly useless Mar 04 17:33
jose i don’t like it.. but customizations that the customer sees but doesn’t share.. effectively stay closed Mar 04 17:33
jose ok i see Mar 04 17:33
jose i’m not talking about closed from the customer pov, but more like inaccessible to the community Mar 04 17:34
Balrog Red hat is getting hit by a patent troll Mar 04 17:34
Balrog heard about it? Mar 04 17:34
jose rht should go for the jugular to have all sw patents made void Mar 04 17:35
Balrog in this case there’s also loads of prior art Mar 04 17:35
amarsh04 I’m very strongly into fixing stuff so that everyone benefits… Mar 04 17:35
jose i’d like to see that, but they would know better than me if now is a time to attempt that Mar 04 17:35
jose i have not been able to work for a closed software producer basically for that reason Mar 04 17:36
jose but I can coexist in a mixed world (not Monopolysoft).. Mar 04 17:36
jose i’m fairly confident the open stuff will win out over time because it’s the only one the community can help improve and change Mar 04 17:36
jose i think everyone that can legally do so should have the right to keep things closed.. we don’t have to support them, especially if they go too far Mar 04 17:37
jose i’m fine with monopolysoft keeping their stuff locked shut Mar 04 17:38
jose hopefully the community will never look their way again and work on linux and company Mar 04 17:38
Balrog except that they get (nearly) everyone to use their stuff, which is locked shut Mar 04 17:39
jose of course, in monopolysoft’s case there are antitrust issues.. issues that should be resolved as the affect linux no matter how much we want to ignore it Mar 04 17:39
jose Balrog, right Mar 04 17:39
jose that would be a special situation specific to monopolysoft Mar 04 17:39
jose i think matt has supported (at least quasi) novell because he hasn’t realized just how useless and antisocial closed source is to a developer Mar 04 17:41
jose that doesn’t have insider access Mar 04 17:41
jose which is most of us Mar 04 17:41
jose going closed is analogous to any infraction Mar 04 17:42
jose do it a little and without hurting anyone and you will probably get away with it Mar 04 17:42
jose maybe during emergencies Mar 04 17:42
Balrog well, I’m sure there *are* some honest novell developers that feel what novell is doing is wrong Mar 04 17:42
jose abuse it and you will pay Mar 04 17:42
jose yeah, a lot of them are stuck between a rock and a hard place Mar 04 17:43
Balrog Going closed is bad for (a) standards and (b) stuff incorporating copyleft software Mar 04 17:43
jose it goes with the job that you must deal with what your superiors decide Mar 04 17:43
jose or quit Mar 04 17:43
jose or .. something Mar 04 17:43
jose the (b) case might be illegal depending Mar 04 17:44
jose the analogy i used was intended as an analogy Mar 04 17:44
jose example speeding above the speed zone in a high way Mar 04 17:44
Balrog If you write a closed-source app and release the file-format spec unencumbered with patents, or better, some BSD-style licensed code that translates the format, it should be ok Mar 04 17:44
jose some infractions are less serious than others.. it depends on context Mar 04 17:44
jose and people aren’t perfect.. neither are cars.. emergencies arise.. we get lazy etc Mar 04 17:45
jose one shot events Mar 04 17:45
jose i know gpl authors generally take very seriously that people respect the license Mar 04 17:47
Balrog I’ve seen software that breaks GPL Mar 04 17:47
Balrog though I should try requesting the GPL code they’re using… Mar 04 17:47
jose in this case, you clearly have a group that feels harm directly , in many cases Mar 04 17:47
Balrog if you write a set of scripts to insert and remove a kernel module, those scripts can be closed, right? Mar 04 17:47
Balrog but if you modify and redistribute that module, you must release the modifications…? Mar 04 17:48
jose i thought about this whole thing and the conclusion might not be pretty Mar 04 17:48
jose if the user does the putting together of the system, it can mix gpl with other Mar 04 17:48
Balrog no, they are redistributing this Mar 04 17:48
Balrog (some developer) Mar 04 17:49
jose so the vendor might be able to build the components and then hope or suggest the user put it together Mar 04 17:49
Balrog well this isn’t the case here Mar 04 17:49
jose they might even use a tool by others Mar 04 17:49
jose ok, the scripts can be close is my first thought Mar 04 17:49
jose and i agree with the redistribution part requiring source (off hand that’s what i would say) Mar 04 17:50
jose if the end product really depends intricately on the gpl sw Mar 04 17:52
jose the authors of the gpl sw can keep changing the internals Mar 04 17:53
jose the user will also have issues if they want to update.. i think some widely used closed kernel drivers play this sort of game already Mar 04 17:54
Balrog heh Mar 04 17:54
Balrog well at least the binary nvidia drivers work right, unlike the ‘open-source’ ones Mar 04 17:55
jose a super gpl (sgpl) would not even allow itself to communicate with anything but gpl or sgpl etc Mar 04 17:55
Balrog (which aren’t true open-source as they’re obfuscated) Mar 04 17:55
Balrog jose: I think closed-source software has its place Mar 04 17:55
jose like i was saying.. your closed software is useless to me. most of the time Mar 04 17:56
jose *your* … *me* Mar 04 17:56
Balrog yes, to you … there are some people who need it Mar 04 17:56
jose i know Mar 04 17:56
jose the first to implement a full feature (ie, assuming gpl is not an issue).. picks open or closed Mar 04 17:57
jose but if they pick closed, there is a community price to be paid Mar 04 17:57
jose they might be able to afford it or not Mar 04 17:57
jose as the tivoization compromised showed Mar 04 17:58
jose even rms i would think accepts private affairs (heck the gpl allows this) Mar 04 17:58
jose but you want to avoid mass producing lock-in Mar 04 17:58
jose that’s what would really get the community active against you Mar 04 17:58
jose the more “platformish” the sw that is closed, the more of a threat it is Mar 04 17:59
jose because that vendor would get leverage the more others build on it.. Mar 04 18:00
Balrog but what about the profit motive? Many programmers make money by … selling software Mar 04 18:01
Balrog as the iphone app store shows, many are small independent developers Mar 04 18:01
Balrog Yes, that platform prevents people without a developer certificate from running FOSS apps … Mar 04 18:02
jose that’s their choice.. i’m saying that for the most part your closed software is useless to me (as a dev and possibly as a user) Mar 04 18:02
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Balrog and I’m saying that making a platform which *requires* everyone who wants to program for it to use GPL or less-restrictive licensing will probably not be very successful Mar 04 18:03
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jose Balrog, I don’t think that would necessarily be the case Mar 04 18:05
jose i can’t know Mar 04 18:05
jose to the extent those contributing the most code can live off other models Mar 04 18:05
jose then having the most amount of foss as possible would have benefits Mar 04 18:05
jose i’m not too worried about proprie Mar 04 18:06
jose except when used to build strong monopolies that close off too many fair playing fields or are used significantly against foss Mar 04 18:06
jose why would i support opera and write plug-ins for them? Mar 04 18:07
Balrog that’s proprietary standards, not proprietary code in general Mar 04 18:07
jose no, i’d want to make sure something like firefox is always there and is the best platform possible Mar 04 18:07
jose no.. if you have closed source.. the standard is a piece of pater and not much more Mar 04 18:07
jose bugs and many other things will lead to interop issues Mar 04 18:08
Balrog If I write a word processor (closed source) but release the file format specification to the world … or better, use some already existing standard, like ODF…. Mar 04 18:08
jose i also like to see source because bug fixing and redesign is hampered with every black box in sight Mar 04 18:08
Balrog sure it is Mar 04 18:09
jose no Balrog, i would not support your word processor Mar 04 18:09
Balrog probably you wouldnt, but it wouldn’t be a closed standard Mar 04 18:09
Balrog like I see so much of Mar 04 18:09
jose let me ask this since it’s more accurate Mar 04 18:10
jose if you own the market, i would not support your word-processor Mar 04 18:10
jose but if you didn’t, then i wouldn’t have to because i could just code to the standard Mar 04 18:10
jose i prefer foss because sometimes you can improve a feature (eg, performance) by integrating Mar 04 18:10
jose you need foss to integrate Mar 04 18:10
jose perhaps the lines drawn in the standard were not good lines Mar 04 18:11
Balrog true. But if mine was a highly superior product, and priced reasonably …. people would probably buy it Mar 04 18:11
jose people would buy a lot of things Mar 04 18:11
jose but bugs will lead to interop issues Mar 04 18:11
jose if you don’t own the market Mar 04 18:11
jose you pay for those interop issues Mar 04 18:11
jose but once you have a large share Mar 04 18:11
jose others pay Mar 04 18:11
jose then you have extra incentives to create bugs Mar 04 18:11
jose wink wink Mar 04 18:11
Balrog that’s when honesty is important Mar 04 18:12
Balrog and greed causes these problems Mar 04 18:12
Balrog people want more money Mar 04 18:12
jose honesty is not something i look at usually.. show me the mo..source Mar 04 18:13
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  4. The Fall of the UPC - Part XIV: Media Owned and Controlled by Law Firms Did Not Properly Cover the Decision of the German Constitutional Court (FCC)

    We take another look at the shallow if not deliberately misleading coverage in sites that are literally owned and run by law firms, for the benefit of law firms rather than informing the public



  5. The Media Paints Bill Gates as the Man Who Will Save the World While Seattle's Police Department Obstructs Access to Documents About Pedophilia Arrest at His Home

    We're still unable to receive even one single page of the police report about arrest for pedophilia at the home of Bill and Melinda Gates; the media says nothing about this and instead it paints Gates as a national or international hero



  6. IRC Proceedings: Monday, April 06, 2020

    IRC logs for Monday, April 06, 2020



  7. Software Patents Remain Junk Patents in the United States (Not Enforceable), Whereas the EPO Keeps Granting Them and Promoting Them

    We take note of the positive outcomes in the US, where courts continue to reject software patents, but in Europe the largest patent office, which sought to replace all the courts, still acts as if patent law does not exist and patents can be endlessly printed irrespective of their merit (or validity as judged by actual courts)



  8. The Fall of the UPC - Part XIII: A Death Worth Celebrating and Many Lies Worth Debunking

    We take stock of positive responses to the decision made by the German constitutional court (FCC) 2.5 weeks ago; we also explain why it has taken so long to piece together firm-by-firm scoresheet for UPC lies



  9. GitHub is Moving the Free Software Movement Into “Check”

    GitHub's growing levels of control over Free software projects (GitHub itself is proprietary and Microsoft-controlled) ought to alarm the community; it's a lot worse than most people care to acknowledge, based on weeks of detailed analysis of GNU/Linux distros



  10. Links 6/4/2020: New Red Hat CEO, elementary OS Hera Updates

    Links for the day



  11. When the Decision is OK and the Judge's Motivations Are Also OK

    Justice Huber made the right call; but the bullies and charlatans who conspired to undermine laws and constitutions will never be satisfied



  12. The Fall of the UPC - Part XII: Doing the Unthinkable by Blaming the Judge's (Justice's) Wife?

    Team UPC and its media partners never cease to amaze us; anybody who stands in their way is either portrayed as a Russian stooge or too ignorant to be worth talking to



  13. The Fall of the UPC - Part XI: Lies Told by Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI) in Süddeutsche Zeitung

    Today we look at misleading claims (or lies) published by Süddeutsche Zeitung after the Germans' constitutional court (FCC) had pointed out the obvious, namely that UPC ratification would be in violation of the German constitution



  14. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, April 05, 2020

    IRC logs for Sunday, April 05, 2020



  15. Links 5/4/2020: MindSpore, Covid-19 Projects and More

    Links for the day



  16. EPO is Just Like Some Cruel Political Party and Not a Patent Office

    The "cabal" which runs today's EPO (even the word "Mafia" seems suitable here) isn't acting -- not even remotely -- like a patent office; it's a patent-printing operation ("protection money" as income) that uses shallow political stunts to manufacture consent with the EU's 'generous' assistance



  17. Digitalisation and Digital Technologies as a Ploy to Justify Illegal Software Patents

    Say "hello" to the next weasel word/s; from the "hey hi" hype wave we've now moved to something "digital" (which can mean just about anything, including algorithms of all sorts)



  18. The Fall of the UPC - Part X: How We Shall Catalogue UPC Lies

    The cult that Team UPC became (one member lying to another member, maintaining a false version of reality) will be judged based on underlying facts, not lying about facts; we start with a token of contempt for IP Kat and Bristows LLP (there are overlaps)



  19. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, April 04, 2020

    IRC logs for Saturday, April 04, 2020



  20. Major Revelation: Microsoft Blackmail Against LAMP (GNU/Linux and Free Stacks for Servers) Goes At Least 16 Years Back, Predating the Novell Patent Deal

    (Techno-)Anthropological analyses of Microsoft's patent war on Free/libre software must take into account what Microsoft did to MySQL, a Swedish company at the time



  21. Links 4/4/2020: Sparky 5.11, Firefox 74.0.1, POCL 1.5

    Links for the day



  22. IRC Proceedings: Friday, April 03, 2020

    IRC logs for Friday, April 03, 2020



  23. Links 3/4/2020: Ubuntu Beta, GNOME 3.36.1, ExTiX LXQt Mini, NetBSD 8.2 Released

    Links for the day



  24. Digital Communication, Digitalisation and Videogaming Among the EPO's Latest Smokescreens for Illegal and Abstract Patents on Algorithms

    The EPO keeps liaising with the EU to promote patents which EU officials have themselves said were illegal; to make matters worse, the EPO's violations of its own laws inspire the United States to do the same



  25. Emotional Blackmail for Illegal Software Patents

    Semantic tactics the European Patent Office (EPO) uses to promote software patents in Europe and may theoretically use in the future (satire)



  26. Clear Linux is to GNU/Linux What Clearly Defined is to Open Source

    The idea that we need Intel to take GNU/Linux ‘mainstream’ is ludicrous; as OSDL co-founder (now succeeded in the flesh of the Corporate Linux Foundation), Intel is more about Linux (with DRM, “secure boot” and everything that lets it be remotely controlled) than about GNU and it’s not too keen on GPL (copyleft), either



  27. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, April 02, 2020

    IRC logs for Thursday, April 02, 2020



  28. Links 2/4/2020: Linux 5.6.2, Qt Creator 4.11.2, LineageOS ROM Based on Android 10

    Links for the day



  29. OIN in 2020 Resembles Linux Foundation in 2020 (Corporate Front Group Piggybacking the Linux Brand)

    We regret to say that the Open Invention Network seems not to care at all about Software Freedom; to make matters worse, it is a proponent of software patents and a voice for companies like IBM and Microsoft, not the "Community" it fancies misrepresenting



  30. Inside the Free Software Foundation (FSF) - Part IX: Semi-Happy Ending

    Richard Stallman is here to stay and the FSF will let him stay (as chief of GNU); we want to close the series on a positive note


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