French bill could chill open source
Posted 14 April 2006 - 12:23 PM
I'm a strong proponent of open source software and also of differentiating a technology from how it can be used. For instance, the technology we know as the common photocopier should not be equated with the act of making unauthorized copies. So if this law would have a chilling effect on the former in order to address the latter, then I would be strongly opposed to it. But this remains to be seen; we will have to see how the provisions shake out.
Posted 14 April 2006 - 12:55 PM
Posted 15 April 2006 - 09:10 AM
It's premature to call this a dumb law. <cut> I'm a strong proponent of open source software and also of differentiating a technology from how it can be used.
I agree. Frankly, while I don't like the law, it appears pretty solid to me.
The reactions of putting linux in the "reserve" to protect it is a clear example of mischaracterizing one's opponent to try to weaken their position. I don't know what has happened in the world that allowed people to start doing this without getting called on it.
So I ask this: What kind of unbiased report on this could possibly avoid laughing at the idea that including a TCP/IP stack in Linux was "manifestly intended" to promote unauthorized distribution of copyrighted works?
I am all for removing the restrictions placed on software that this bill targets. I just value truth over my own personal wishes.
Posted 15 April 2006 - 10:49 AM
Very well said. I think modern day journalists are rather like the folklore of the frog in the frying pan who will allow itself to get burned to death only because the temperature is gradually turned up, whereas any suddenly change would have it leaping out of the pan. Journalists today tolerate flagrant nonsense ostensibly on grounds of neutrality and objective reporting but in fact I contend they are the frog and just don't even KNOW how hot things have become.
Even mainstream media reports utter nonsense with a straight face, and stands by to leave it to someone else to say the emperor has no clothes. Journalists should be fairminded in their reporting of hard news articles -- of course. News is one thing; editorial columns are another. No argument there. But there are limits and you call attention to a perfect example of one.
Journalists (and more often editors and publishers) have always had to make subjective decisions about what to cover and how to cover it. And it's time that they rediscover their standards and start applying a greater news filter.
Too often they hide behind journalistic devices such as "It has been reported in the [Name of Publication] that," or "According to unnamed sources," or "So-and-so is on record as saying..." and they think this gets them off the hook, for they are only passing information along. Especially in the age of the internet, journalists should be more than just a mouthpiece; and I hope we haven't come to the point that we can't differentiate between a blogger and journalist.
And I'll step down from my soapbox just long enough to say I don't actually mean to imply this characterizes Macworld, because I don't think it generally does. But you have pushed a button and I DO witness a trend in the profession in this direction, with no end in sight yet.
Posted 15 April 2006 - 07:49 PM
when you are bored.. go to google.
for your search.. enter..
French Military Victories
then you will understand all about them. /forums/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
Posted 15 April 2006 - 08:26 PM
No, what I will then understand is all about the ignorant American extreme rightwing. I realize you were just being a bit lighthearted, but if you would like to learn the truth about this, I commend you to this brief excerpt of a Molly Ivins article (copyright by Creators Syndicate) from Februrary of 2003:
- George Will saw fit to include in his latest Newsweek column this joke: "How many Frenchmen does it take to defend Paris? No one knows, it's never been tried." That was certainly amusing. One million, four hundred thousand French soldiers were killed during World War I. As a result, there weren't many Frenchmen left to fight in World War II. Nevertheless, 100,000 French soldiers lost their lives trying to stop Hitler.
On behalf of every one of those 100,000 men, I would like to thank Mr. Will for his clever joke. They were out-manned, out-gunned, out-generaled and, above all, out-tanked. They got slaughtered, but they stood and they fought. Ha-ha, how funny. In the few places where they had tanks, they held splendidly.
Relying on the Maginot Line was one of the great military follies of modern history, but it does not reflect on the courage of those who died for France in 1940. For eighteen months after that execrable defeat, the United States of America continued to have cordial diplomatic relations with Nazi Germany.
Posted 16 April 2006 - 04:44 AM
google is the "ignorant american extreme right wing"? for shame.
I'll alert CNN /forums/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
the french do many things that the world doesn't understand. no different than any other political body.
personally, i am against any legislation with the words "open source" in it.. that alone opens the worm can.
Posted 16 April 2006 - 05:30 AM
google is the "ignorant american extreme right wing"?
"the french do many things that the world doesn't understand..."
True, but I think it's the Americans who have the hardest time understanding the French and right now I think the world has a harder time understanding the Americans than understanding the French.
"...I am against any legislation with the words "open source" in it.. that alone opens the worm can."
Unless the legislation seeks to protect and preserve open source, I'm inclined to agree.
Posted 16 April 2006 - 09:18 AM
you need to.
politics are not going to be discussed in any seriousness whatsoever by me on these boards.
so whatever political view that you, me, or anyone else has or doesn't have, it's best kept to ourselves or another forum.
smile.. it's a good thing /forums/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif