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Tuesday, January 24, 2006



@Avery: Is publicly stating that your customers are giving you too much money really such a good business strategy? :)

It's been a while since my last post. Not much has changed. Apparently there was some sort of event yesterday, not sure what that was about. I think it had something to do with choosing colours. I hear that blue and red were quite popular. Such clashing colours, surely whatever they're painting can't match both of them? I can't think of any colour scheme that matches with both red and blue. I like orange myself, much more bright and cheerful.

I've been busy of late, and haven't had time to work on iPodDrop. I'm tempted to just release the current beta build in it's current state. It doesn't have the explorer context menus, but it does have the progress bar and time estimates, which is cosmetic and yet huge. I didn't have time to clean up the source and comment stuff, but I'll probably just release the source anyhow. Maybe seeing how bad the code is will inspire people to give advice so I can improve in the areas where I wasn't just lazy, but suck. I'm not a big fan of the GPL (A bit too viral, and the GPLv3 is just idiotic with useless anti-DRM crap that will hurt opensource), so I'll probably go Creative Commons:

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Canada License.

I'll probably put an additional restriction on it, namely that if you look at the source and find anything stupid, you're required to notify me of it. You don't have to fix it, just tell me that I'm stupid. Surely telling somebody they're stupid isn't a big burden.

For the gamers among you who are in Montreal, it should be noted that Lan ETS 2006 signups are now open. It is scheduled for March 24th, with a planned size of 400 people. Last year Roch told me that he was hoping to break ATI-Revolution's record (something over 600 I think), which was the largest LAN party ever in Canada and 6th largest in North America. I guess they had to scale it back a bit. I don't think the ETS lobby renovations freed up as much space as Roch hoped it would.

I think you should spend a little time thinking about copyright licenses before you say one thing is stupid over another.

Copyright law is a very interesting and very complicated field. Things that may intuitively seem stupid are not, while things that may seem to be a good idea are bad. Merely because copyright law doesn't act very sanely.
It isn't a question about copyright law. The GPLv3 has provisions that forbids a GPLv3 program from using any sort of DRM whatsoever. This will prevent anything that needs to support DRM (Tivo, for example) from using any GPLv3 software. What if Linux upgraded from GPLv2 to GPLv3? (I have no idea what the possibility of that is)

I'm of the opinion that the FSF's extremism is making it into the GPLv3, and this will hurt the adoption of any software using it. Hopefully this provision will be removed before the GPLv3 is put into use.

Of course I may have the situation totally wrong.
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