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interesting article regarding Borland licenses

according to Freshmeat their relational database, InterBase, is licensed with the Mozilla Public License - but now Borland has their own very lengthy license detailing commercial use, intellectual property, etc.

intellectual property does NOT exist - there is no such thing, it's a misnomer... even Thomas Jefferson understood that you can't own an idea, and he "owned" people. it's not truly possible to own anything, but at least it's a semi-applicable paradigm when considering physical items. land, I think, will be one of the first major physical goods to go from being "owned" to being a responsibility which if not lived up to can be revoked by ones peers - that is if our current attempt at societal consciousness works... otherwise it's back to the dark ages, and local societies will continue to operate under their own theories of ownership.

27 Nov 2001 (updated 28 Nov 2001 at 09:34 UTC) »

observation: current ratings favor software development, rather than free software advocacy, with a bit of our everyone-knows-that-meme culture thrown in for extra bitterness.

I'd like to experiment with more categories/subjects; use trust metrics in conjunction with ontologies. I think I'll make a ZOPE product with pymmetry to add persistence and distributed services over http.

26 Nov 2001 (updated 27 Nov 2001 at 01:22 UTC) »

evil runs scared, but it can never escape

fortunately the real battle is not in the physical plane, but unfortunately we don't seem to be in strong enough agreement as a whole to realize that and act upon it

if society and cultures are to converge with any benefit, greater self-awareness is necessary

turns out Jabber::RPC::HTTPgate isn't for xml-rpc access to Jabber, but carrying xml-rpc data between Jabber servers, piggy-backing on the Jabber protocol

31 Oct 2001 (updated 31 Oct 2001 at 19:21 UTC) »

still trying to connect to Jabber via xml-rpc... this time I'm trying Jabber::RPC::HTTPgate instead of just the http and wcs modules from cvs

oh, yeah, and on Halloween tonight the moon is blue

wow, Webmin is great... I can't believe I hadn't seen that before

Apache Toolbox looks useful, too - but I haven't tried it yet

finally launched the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education's site... it uses ZOPE

31 Aug 2001 (updated 31 Aug 2001 at 03:27 UTC) »

DMCA protest in SF was good, felt useful... I wore my US Patent Office "selling monopoly rights to common sense for over 25 years" shirt, signed by Alan Cox (from ThinkGeek.com, but they don't appear to carry it anymore)

about 150 people or maybe near 200, but spirited – the overall level of issue-awareness seems to have improved in the last few years, but damn it I want to create a recommendation engine! (patented by Amazon) or rather, I'd like to create a lot of recommendation engines, and allow aggregation/syndication between them

resist "cyber crime" legislation in your multitude of local jurisdictions which (further) limits your rights to speak freely and read... the goal is to eliminate or streamline copyright, patent & intellectual property laws, not beef them up!

it is certainly far easier to prevent new legislation than to repeal it and work it out of systems-in-motion

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