Luis R. Rodriguez email@example.com
Chinatown, United States
http://www.do-not-panic.com/ Costarican Linux hacker, free culture activist, tennis, jog, snowboard fiend, San Francisco earthling, puto
- While Jared Diamond's books can help explain the "how", here a bit of recent research work on the "why" http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/09/humans-are-unusually-violent-mammals-but-averagely-violent-primates/501935/
Guns Germs and SteelTraveling through #czech republic, #Austria, #Italy, #Slovenia and #Hungary🇭🇺 has given us the opportunity to gain quite a bit of knowledge not often taught in the US and even latin america, some of it was nice, other very troubling. We're lucky to have Jared Diamond join us on the trip through an Audio Book for some lengthy driving and plane rides, it provided key insights about history which we never had heard before, and should help to put a lot of people at peace with tons of human horrors and social differences. Check out his book: "Guns, Germs and Steel". Its an amazing scientific ride revisiting history explaining a lot of the "hows", its truly an epic endeavor and am so surprised by his dedication to writing the book. Although its a science & history book anyone wanting a scientific view of human evolution which can be used to help fight #racism through the use of science should check it out. Be warned, its a very very thick and often times dry read though... but there's a documentary about it available as well. For friends in #SF, let's host a movie night over it :D if you live in another city I recommend hosting your own viewing, its a very appropriate documentary for current times.
- Two other developers have come out as part of @conservancy 's GPL Compliance project for Linux:Great posts, but yours has one ridiculous statement:
Copyleft obviously is an imminent threat to proprietary softwareTo make non-ridiculous it needs to be continued as such:
that relies on copylefted software such that the proprietary software is arguably subject to the conditions of the license the copylefted software is distributed under.Just in case anyone would read the post and become deluded into thinking copyleft threatens proprietary software in general, let alone imminently.
Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) likes this.Oh and and even with my continuation the statement is still tenuous. Continuation of continuation to make statement easily defensible:
and copyright holders of the copylefted software are willing to and capable of seeking legal remedies against distributors of the proprietary software, imminently.
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- #ZFS, #Linux, #illumos and why the ISC license is a great middle ground for all
In the post, it is said, "CDDLv1 was not purposely incompatible with GPLv2".
That is a dubious claim. Because it's misleading, not because it's false. When you have an objective and you make a choice, you don't do so for negative reasons. But if you know the negative reasons exist and ignore them because the positive reasons are more persuasive, then what? Was your choice "not purposely made"? You knew things could go south, and then they did. It's irresponsible to say, "Ho, hum, who could have expected that? We didn't mean for it!" :-)
- Why #openhardware must win: http://www.do-not-panic.com/2016/01/why-open-hardware-must-succeed.html
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- Help fund a Documentary about women and online harassment
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- Old talk from 2001 -- but priceless review of SunOS / Solaris and open sourcing #opensolaris / #illumos by Bryan M. Cantrill, now at Joyent. Focus on effort to really open source stuff at 20:00, and license clarifications of why they went with a CDDL license around 23:10, he notes they didn't purposely try to make CDDL GPL incompatible, listen for details of why Ben states they needed a different license there. Then a very beautiful rant on Oracle starts circa 34:00... Tons of lessons to be learned from a community going #opensource here.
- Experience of looking for funds for #Sage, one our best #math #opensource projects that would enable universities and researchers to detach themselves from the whims of proprietary alternatives such as Mathematica, Matlab, Magma. Seriously -- a big What The Fuck #WTF ! http://sagemath.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-simons-foundation-and-open-source.html
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- Dear Lazyweb,
I'm writing a reference paper template so that folks can easily and quickly write reference papers in LaTeX. This would enable them to re-purpose the paper later with goals to be submitted into journals, IEEE, etc. The best reference package I find I can use though is using IEEE's IEEETrans package, licensed under the LaTeX Public License 1.3. The FSF notes 1.3a is incompatible with the GPL.
I'd like to use a license for my stuff that is best suited for the Free Software and Wikipedia community, I see the default license for Wikipedia is still CC BY-SA 3.0, we have CC BY-SA 4.0, what should I use?
If I use LaTeX Public License 1.3 packages and redistribute that for my project can I make my project licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 or CC BY-SA 4.0?I only skimmed https://latex-project.org/lppl/ and https://latex-project.org/lppl/lppl-1-3c.html but looks CC-BY-* compatible to me; the attribution/notice requirements line up.
Who knows how long it'll take Wikimedia sites to upgrade to CC-BY-SA-4.0. If you want text from your documents to be easily incorporated into Wikipedia articles probably choose CC-BY (any version) or CC-BY-SA-3.0.
- Its here! #opensource #bioluminescence plant seeds, you are free to a) edit b) grow c) sell d) give them away! http://www.glowingplant.com/seeds #biotech
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- If machines could self program, would they care about software licensing? If so why? #singularity
Mike Linksvayer shared this.Whether they'd care about licensing depends on whether software would still be subject to property regimes which could be enforced against machines. My first guess is that's very path dependent, and on the path we're on now, yes.
Whether they'd care about software freedom and what they'd consider that to be is orthogonal (but to the extent info property regimes persist, will presumably be twisted up in those, like today).and way more interesting. Some variables to consider:
* At what scale is 'self-programming' most effective?
* At what scale are autonomous 'computers' most effective?
* How effectively can 'self-programming' innovations be communicated and used across 'computer' boundaries?
* To what extent does collaboration across 'computer' boundaries increase effectiveness?
* How do political concepts such as freedom apply to 'computers'?
'Comptuer' in quotes because I really mean something like machine intelligence which has autonomous agency, which might be on tiny scale, or could be borgian.
Related thread: https://identi.ca/cwebber/note/RaJIJr71QKOkzuarR5uBCQ
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- I finally am reviewing the COCOMO model  for cost of software as its developed. I'm looking at it since I am considering adding Coccinelle support for sloccount , which also includes cost estimates based on the COCOMO model. It would seem to be an easy fit for advancement of "ethical attributes". First step is to define the attributes that a free software license might contribute to. The attributes from the COCOMO model could be used, or new attributes could be defined to shape the algorithm. Ultimately I'd like to see a free software contribution index alone though.
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Mike Linksvayer shared this.Hi, IIUC the output of COCOMO is a projected lines of code, with various attributes (eg requirements volatility ... er looking at the wikipedia article, that isn't one of the attributes but those words are used in some of the actual ones) which can be assigned a financial cost based on labor market conditions where development happens. You're almost certainly aware that Wheeler and then others have estimated cost to create Linux and other FLOSS in proprietary environment based on sloccount, companion page http://www.dwheeler.com/sloc/
I suspect ethical attributes are mostly orthogonal to cost of production calculation such as COCOMO though cost estimation is one relatively easy input into gross estimation of free software contribution to various ethical attributes. Harder inputs would include measures of use and impact on proprietary competition.
What are the ethical attributes you have in mind that free software contributes to? I think listing those out (I and probably others also have ideas) would be a reasonable next step. Then for each one, analyze whether estimated cost of free software is a useful input into characterizing the contribution of free software to furthering the ethical attribute, and what other inputs would help.
I did re-skim http://www.do-not-panic.com/2013/08/evolving-capitalism-with-ethical.html but don't see specific ethical attributes called out.
My ur attributes would be freedom, equality, and security, but those need to be broken down to get to something measurable. Equality is probably the easiest as there are existing quantitative measures that it should be possible to estimate and project free software impact on.
- Oh look #Sony and #Apple digital video download agreement. One nugget: Apple pays Sony whatever is greater, 70% of digital content or $1.40 for each episodic content -https://wikileaks.org/sony/docs/05/docs/Apple/apple_agmt.pdf
- IP address obfuscation review by MovieLabs for digital content, including a review of Tor https://wikileaks.org/sony/docs/05/docs/Anti-Piracy/IP Obfuscation v0.7.pdf
Tons of odd ball files in that archive...