31 Aug 2000 harrisj   » (Master)

Rasmus, you're correct about our similar setups. In my case, it's an Apple Airport basestation that is connected to the ADSL modem. This in turn talks to Farallon SkyLine PCMCIA 2mb cards in both a Powerbook G3 (running MacOS and LinuxPPC), and my SO's Windows95 laptop. I need to figure out how to get LinuxPPC to support the card, but I might just instead play with MacOSX Beta in 2 weeks instead. I don't have a firewall in place yet, so I should scan me some ports now to make sure everything is locked down security wise. :)

802.11 wireless networking is pretty cool. It's nice to not have to run wires.

Otherwise, nothing much new. I am a bit concerned about the GPL revision thread (aka "License to Kill"), but am not coherent enough to really post an argument. In brief, the problems I have:

  1. I'm not sure it can be legally watertight (unless you want to pass UCITA I suppose).
  2. It is meant to have a chilling effect of lawsuits and patent infrigement suits. While I agree that most of these are bad, it can also discourage potentially legitimate cases.
  3. It can discourage the spread of free software, since its use would entail the surrender of certain rights and priveleges. How many businesses will agree to that?
  4. Where do you draw the line on enforcement? Someone else has pointed out that the production houses are parts of studios, which are parts of the MPAA, and thus have no real input on the lawsuit. Should they be penalized?
  5. Who actually evaluates transgressions of this license and launches the lawsuit?
  6. It seems pretty small-minded.

Ah well. What do I know? Good principle, but it just seems as scary to me as UCITA.

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