Archive for April 20th, 2005
It was so weird when I took a C programming class and everything was done on Code Warrior, a proprietary IDE, using Windows. I mean c’mon, a department that teaches you to develop can’t touch its own operating system? That’s hypocrisy if I’ve ever seen it.
OK, so the 2nd circuit says if you’re essentially the owner of software, you’re allowed to defeat any sort of protection on the source that prevents modification. And that’s good for free software, you say?
Well, sort of. Except the vast majority of programs aren’t owned by the end user, but rather licensed to them quite restrictively. But depending on the rights that license grants, certain programs may be affected.
2nd Circuit Judge Pierre Leval said, “It seems anomalous for a user whose degree of ownership of a copy is so complete that he may lawfully use it and keep it forever, or if so disposed, throw it in the trash, to be nonetheless unauthorized to fix it when it develops a bug, or to make an archival copy as backup security.”
I really wish there were a way to somehow read planets without read the same entry by the same person on three or more different ones.
Some people apparently think it’s a bad idea for things you print to actually look like what you see on the screen.
I do see part of the POV, however — why bother the user with it until the user wants to be bothered? If I never plan to print anything, why should I give a flying … pig?