* Posts by Scott Dunn

9 posts • joined 3 Oct 2007

ISP typo pimping exposes users to fraudulent web pages

Scott Dunn

I agree with the previous poster: opendns.org

that takes the ad serving out of the ISPs hands, nearly completely. I'm sure they will find a workaround eventually, but for now we have an alternative.


Microsoft discloses 14,000 pages of coding secrets

Scott Dunn

It's probably covered

By that wonderful MS OSP not to sue for non-commercial implementations of their protocols. Fun.

It's going to get really fun when the US Supreme Court looks at software patents later this year. The word is out that the Supes are really unhappy with the Federal District Court's abuse of software patents. The Supreme Court may finally rule that you can always use math, even in software.

Tokyo 250Mbps mobile supernetwork speeds into life

Scott Dunn

Yet another great Japanese technology demo

You know, I've been to the speedmatters.org website a few times and the more I look at it, the more I'm convinced that the US/UK governments really want us to be in the dark about ISP speeds. This would be big news, but eWeek, ComputerWorld and ZDNet have not covered this story - yet.

I would love to have attend a press conference or town hall meeting where I can bring this up in front of other people to make those executives turn red. Here, Time-Warner is just introducing 10mbs service, and Verizon has 20mbs. ATT has not caught up yet locally, but they offer the U-verse thing which could turn out to be good.

A lotta good that 1996 Telecommunications Act did. NOT!

Royalties are the admission price, Microsoft tells freetards

Scott Dunn

WTO or no?

Gee, if they have in international patent complaint, they may have some trouble getting some help from the WTO. Apparently the US *ignores* certain WTO complaints against them.


'Fuzzy' royalties policies challenge Microsoft's open API pledge

Scott Dunn

Commercial use excluded


I think it's fair to point out that whatever MS decides to publish, they've made it abundantly clear that only non-commercial use of the software is granted without royalties. The Samba organization just paid a nice fat fee to get the protocol info for servers, and sublicensing appears to be included.

Whether or not that same info can be used in the states without royalties is a bit unclear as well.

Doesn't it seem ironic that the world's largest software, with Psycho Steve Ballmer at the helm, has to use patents, cross-licensing, vague and confusing licensing fee schedules and other techniques to keep free software from out of the enterprise? I guess they're really afraid of shareholder lawsuits.

Just wondering.

Sony claims home cinema kit helps movie buffs keep the noise down

Scott Dunn

It's about time...

As someone who is hearing impaired, I can't tell you how many times I've tried to listen to whispered speech, only to be blown out of the water by loud music or explosions during a movie. Now I must settle for English subtitles.

The movie industry must surely be aware now that people are losing their hearing due to the great range of sound volume on TVs and in theater houses.

I'm sure the directors would like to keep it the way it is so that their dreams cannot be poached by a few people who do not hear as well as the rest. But at last Sony is starting to respond to the concerns about noise, both for the neighbors and for our ears.

I would love it if the whispering voices were just about as loud as the normal conversation. I mean, come on, we get it that they're whispering and I won't mind it if the soundtrack isn't so loud.

Thanks Reg, for bringing this line of hardware to our attention.

Online crime gangs embrace open source ethos

Scott Dunn

Proprietary vs FOSS

This is why Proprietary software will eventually be set aside in favor of FOSS. There is simply no way for proprietary software vendors to keep up with security when competing with criminals who share their code.

The Linux FOSS model is built by people with a principled incentive to build and share their software. Even if so-called hackers get their hands on the code, the security has been vetted by hundreds if not thousands of programmers all over the world with different backgrounds and interests.

Not so with proprietary security regimes such as Windows. Even the Department of Defense acknowledges that security by obscurity doesn't work.

Apparently the malware writers understand that re-inventing the wheel isn't very economical and they're willing to share their efforts.

There is no doubt that they are working on finding ways to make viruses propogate on FOSS. But first they're going to have to chew their way through 30 years of combined software development from Unix to Linux, and an entirely different philosophy about programming and design from Windows. And then they're going to have to deal with systems that update themselves faster with greater reliability than with Windows in addition to the fact that FOSS programmers are more willing to admit flaws than Microsoft. How can they not admit to the flaws when the code is out there for all to see? MS Windows has security flaws going all the way to Windows 1.0 that still have not been plugged in XP (don't know about Vista yet).

Where Windows has for 30 years made convenience a priority, FOSS has made security a priority.

I'm not saying that virus writers will never figure out how to make viruses propogate easily on Linux or Unix. I'm saying that the life of a virus on Linux or Unix is slow hard death.

Thanks for the article.

SCO gets offer for Unix biz

Scott Dunn

Not patents - copyrights, then contracts

Okay guys, I know your heart is in the right place, but please try to get your facts straight. First they sued IBM for trade secret breach, copyright infringement and then contracts. Eventually, they gave up on the trade secrets and patents when it was discovered that most of the unix code is "out there".

Then they gave up on the patents when it was disclosed that there were no patents transfered in the Asset Purchase Agreement of 1995.

There was also a tiny whimper about Project Monterey, but the contract for that project severely limits the options for litigation.

See www.groklaw.net for details.


Microsoft-loving (former) security czar calls for closed internet

Scott Dunn

Another old idea...

Next thing Clarke will do is tell us we need to use a more secure networking protocol originally proposed by Microsoft when they *woke up* to the internet at their door. Fortunately we all laughed at that idea.

I'm ready for another laugh. Only this time, the networking protocol will be encumbered by patents to prevent the propogation of Linux. Please pass the nitrous.



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