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Message 1838586 - Posted: 29 Dec 2016, 18:07:36 UTC - in response to Message 1838572.  
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I believe that one has the right to 'hack' anything they own, if for their own use and it does not affect anybody else.
I have 'hacked' Seti itself, for my own use. Nothing nefarious, but I have tamed Boinc to do my bidding.

Nothing nefarious, nothing that shall ever get back into the wild. Just some 'adjustments' to make it suit my will.
In the old Lunatics days, there were some 'adjustments' that were widely distributed, and some disagreed with their approach.
But my opinion, is once you agree to let me use the software, what I do with it further, except for distributing any modifications, is my own business.
I can admit to certain modifications that might raise the hackles of the establishment, but they are kept close to the vest.
"Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting." Alan Dean Foster

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Message 1838780 - Posted: 30 Dec 2016, 11:10:28 UTC
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Message 1839705 - Posted: 2 Jan 2017, 22:04:06 UTC
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They told me open source was better ...
http://www.business.com/software/john-rampton-open-source-software-risks/
How Open Source Nearly Killed My Business
Many companies use open source software, but are the business risks worth it?

In 2001, Craig Mundie, senior vice president of advanced strategies at Microsoft, told the audience at New York University’s Stern School of Business that open source solutions were bad for business. Fast forward to 2016 where more than “65 percent of companies are contributing to open source projects.”

Was Mundie wrong? Did he just not understand the potential that open source solutions could bring to both businesses and customers?

After fifteen years, it turns out that Mundie’s concerns were incredibly valid. In fact, despite some of the advantages, open source can become troublesome for a small business owner, like myself. Here's how open source can destroy your business, like it has one of my businesses in the past, as well as a few tips to protect yourself.
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Sabhlok adds, “Think of commercial software as a house and open source software as everything you need to build a house — raw lumber, nails, sheetrock, windows, plumbing fixtures and the rest. You can spend your money and buy the house, or you can spend your time and build the house. Either way, you pay for your house.”

Like a DIY house, you're on your own if something goes wrong with your open source application. While there is help online, there could be too much information, which “may lead to one or more wild goose chases as you hunt down and fix the problem yourself.”
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When Sonatype and Aspect Security released a paper discussing their findings regarding open source security, Sonatype’s Tim O’Brien stated “it's a shocking look at how few people are paying attention to application security.”

The report then found that well-known open source projects, such as Google Web Toolkit, Spring MVC, Struts 1.X. and Hibernate, all had serious vulnerabilities. In fact, around 50 percent of the largest corporations were running applications that contained vulnerabilities.

That report, however, was released in 2012. Surely security has been improved.

Not according to the Black Duck Software and North Bridge report which found that 55 percent of respondents believed that open source solutions provided superior security. The report also stated that security hasn’t been able to keep pace with the amount of open source users.

Don’t think that security should be major concern? Just remember that around “60 percent of small businesses close within six months of a cyber attack.”
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Unlike software that is created in-house, “open-source code comes from an amorphous community of unknown people, and parts of it are much more likely than homegrown software to have been copied from someone’s proprietary code,” writes Scott Wilson.

Open-source codes also can't guarantee that it doesn’t infringe on some third party’s intellectual-property rights — and there's no legal protection if is does. In other words, your business would have to fend for itself if it were sued for patent, copyright, or trade-secret infringement over code. My company had this problem and it nearly destroyed us. Someone went and put in what they thought would help our company and users. Turns out that was intellectual property of someone else. Six months later, we received a court notice.

Fighting a legal battle over intellectual property just doesn't involve legal costs, but also emotional costs, changes to the structure of your business and loss of business to your competitors. It took us years and a lot of money to fight..
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The other option for business owners is to invest in off-the-shelf solutions. These solutions have generic functions and a set user interface for content management, and often have plugin-systems for customization. This is an option if you have a limited budget, skill set and amount of time.

Did they just say open source requires an unlimited budget? Yes they did! Free is the most expensive choice!
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Message 1839792 - Posted: 3 Jan 2017, 13:29:56 UTC - in response to Message 1838492.  

Accessing any computer or network without the owner's permission is illegal.
The problem I see it's the "owner" of a software.
You own a computer but not the software.
Can you state any other products that have the same regulation?

You buy or rent the software, so You own it!

So, it's still illegal to access...as long as you pay for it, it's Yours!
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Message 1839812 - Posted: 3 Jan 2017, 14:51:33 UTC - in response to Message 1839792.  

Accessing any computer or network without the owner's permission is illegal.
The problem I see it's the "owner" of a software.
You own a computer but not the software.
Can you state any other products that have the same regulation?

You buy or rent the software, so You own it!

So, it's still illegal to access...as long as you pay for it, it's Yours!
;)


Uhh... no.

You pay a license fee for the right to USE the software, under certain conditions. Ownership of the software remains with either the individual(s) that wrote it, or the business that paid them to do so (work for hire).
https://youtu.be/iY57ErBkFFE

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Don't blame me, I voted for Johnson(L) in 2016.

Truth is dangerous... especially when it challenges those in power.
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Message 1839896 - Posted: 4 Jan 2017, 7:45:27 UTC - in response to Message 1839812.  

Accessing any computer or network without the owner's permission is illegal.
The problem I see it's the "owner" of a software.
You own a computer but not the software.
Can you state any other products that have the same regulation?

You buy or rent the software, so You own it!

So, it's still illegal to access...as long as you pay for it, it's Yours!
;)


Uhh... no.

You pay a license fee for the right to USE the software, under certain conditions. Ownership of the software remains with either the individual(s) that wrote it, or the business that paid them to do so (work for hire).

OK, you get on the airport & rent a car...drive of, paid for a full service, everything is OK!

Does a company have a legal right to get into your car & see what you carry? ;)


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Message 1840010 - Posted: 4 Jan 2017, 23:35:53 UTC - in response to Message 1839896.  

Accessing any computer or network without the owner's permission is illegal.
The problem I see it's the "owner" of a software.
You own a computer but not the software.
Can you state any other products that have the same regulation?

You buy or rent the software, so You own it!

So, it's still illegal to access...as long as you pay for it, it's Yours!
;)


Uhh... no.

You pay a license fee for the right to USE the software, under certain conditions. Ownership of the software remains with either the individual(s) that wrote it, or the business that paid them to do so (work for hire).

OK, you get on the airport & rent a car...drive of, paid for a full service, everything is OK!

Does a company have a legal right to get into your car & see what you carry? ;)


That's not a valid comparison. Buying software cannot be compared to renting a car. They are governed by two different sets of laws. Let's try your example again but with a movie:

You go to the store and rent a DVD, paid full service and everything is OK!

Does a company have a legal right to go into your home and see what you're doing with it? No, and no one is advocating that companies have that right. However, if you are making copies of that disc and giving them away to friends or selling them to other people, then the company that owns the movie has every right to protect their Intellectual Property and file a criminal lawsuit against you. If you are reverse engineering their software and using their code or algorithms, they have every right to protect their IP and file suit against you.

If you hack or reverse compile/engineer the software code and modify it for your own use and don't share it with anyone, who will be the wiser? That isn't to say you have the "right" to do it. This would be more of an ethical gray area, if anything.

Again, buying or leasing software does not entitle you to do whatever you want with it. You do not own the software.
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Message 1840032 - Posted: 5 Jan 2017, 1:25:34 UTC - in response to Message 1837042.  

Microbook v Facebook

Ah, so, all employment applications will be powered by Micro$oft on the Micro$oft cloud with Micro$oft monthly subscription fees!

So if you want to hire, you can't use open source, it has to be Micro$oft! What a wonderful way to ensure you have 100% market penetration. Maybe I should buy some of that Micro$oft stock while it is still a bargain!

Microsoft has greater penetration yet... By legally restricting your intellect:

Intellectual Ventures


Really? You have to pay tax to Microsoft for anything software or computers?...

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Message 1840090 - Posted: 5 Jan 2017, 7:39:53 UTC - in response to Message 1840010.  
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...If you hack or reverse compile/engineer the software code and modify it for your own use and don't share it with anyone, who will be the wiser? That isn't to say you have the "right" to do it. This would be more of an ethical gray area, if anything.

Again, buying or leasing software does not entitle you to do whatever you want with it. You do not own the software.



But at least with GPL you can do whatever you want with it, and you don't even have to share your changes unless you release them to the public!

IT is what copyleft makes of it!

(hello Martin and Sirius, and of course ozz-the-man-fan and Bobby and everyone else)
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Message 1840453 - Posted: 6 Jan 2017, 22:23:20 UTC

Sigh... This sounds like the former East Germany's STASI.
The Wikileaks Task Force tweeted out that the organization is looking to create “an online database with all ‘verified’ twitter accounts & their family/job/financial/housing relationships.”
https://twitter.com/WLTaskForce/status/817431533183238144
Wikileaks is also threatening to sue anyone who calls their pale king a rapist in response to their latest stunt.
(Assange has been hiding away in the Ecuadorian embassy in London ever since Swedish authorities have tried to pursue rape charges against him.)

IT is what we allow it to be...
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Message 1840463 - Posted: 6 Jan 2017, 22:55:26 UTC - in response to Message 1840453.  

Sigh... This sounds like the former East Germany's STASI.

NKGB & NKVD

Wikileaks is a state government tool, for hire.
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Message 1841011 - Posted: 9 Jan 2017, 14:27:47 UTC

Exactly 10 years ago, on January 9th 2007, Apple introduced the iPhone. Back then Apple really was innovative and the iPhone was, without a doubt, a revolutionary product.
I just rewatched the Keynote and I realized how fast this technology has developed over the past 10 years. It's incredible! Can you imagine Steve Jobs got lots of cheers just for scrolling through a playlist?
For many ppl their smartphone has become a integral part of their daily life. We use it for browsing the web, for text based communication, to listen to music, watch movies, navigating, managing our time and, ofc, for taking lots of pictures.
I say that nothing has changed our lives more in the past 10 years then smartphones and you have to give Apple credit for starting it. I have to admit that I can't imagine a life without smartphone anymore, and I'm curious to see what the next 10 years will bring.

2007 iPhone introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4OEsI0Sc_s
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Message 1842413 - Posted: 15 Jan 2017, 16:48:49 UTC

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Message 1845672 - Posted: 31 Jan 2017, 14:13:56 UTC
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Is this where at least some computer users are tiring of the 'Marketing game' of forever something (supposedly) 'new' every few months?

Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

... the latest bout of iPhone fatigue might be more than a passing bout of flu. It's prompted one Wall Street watcher to downgrade Apple stock.

The specific reason? Buyers are finding last year's supersized Plus model is better value than this year's svelte iPhone 7...




... And is this where forever Marketing change for the sake of change as something 'new' comes full circle to repeat the last generation...?

Microsoft's Cloud UI brings Windows full circle

You don't want a taskbar? Fine, we'll take it out. [...] OK, we'll put it back again...



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Message 1845794 - Posted: 1 Feb 2017, 16:46:11 UTC

Oops, sorry Google, need a doctor?

Thought of a few good quips to the last sentence :-)

"NHS Digital was unable to suggest what NHS staff may be searching for using Google."
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Message 1845799 - Posted: 1 Feb 2017, 17:46:35 UTC - in response to Message 1845794.  

"NHS Digital was unable to suggest what NHS staff may be searching for using Google."


Brain surgery for dummies or Heart surgery for dummies - hope the NHS ain't starting to do "gender reasignment" on our money !!!
Life is what you make of it :-)

When i'm good i'm very good , but when i'm bad i'm shi#eloads better ;-) In't I " buttercups " p.m.s.l at authoritie !!;-)
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Message 1845805 - Posted: 1 Feb 2017, 18:21:40 UTC - in response to Message 1845799.  

"NHS Digital was unable to suggest what NHS staff may be searching for using Google."


Brain surgery for dummies or Heart surgery for dummies - hope the NHS ain't starting to do "gender reasignment" on our money !!!


I was thinking along the lines of:
"Would you like this style of boob or that one?
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Message 1845902 - Posted: 2 Feb 2017, 7:38:45 UTC - in response to Message 1845672.  

Is this where at least some computer users are tiring of the 'Marketing game' of forever something (supposedly) 'new' every few months?

Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

... the latest bout of iPhone fatigue might be more than a passing bout of flu. It's prompted one Wall Street watcher to downgrade Apple stock.

The specific reason? Buyers are finding last year's supersized Plus model is better value than this year's svelte iPhone 7...




... And is this where forever Marketing change for the sake of change as something 'new' comes full circle to repeat the last generation...?

Microsoft's Cloud UI brings Windows full circle

You don't want a taskbar? Fine, we'll take it out. [...] OK, we'll put it back again...



IT is what we allow it to be...
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iPhoneSE is far best value for money & fits your pocket....
while Win7 is far better than Win10 still!

So, when do we stop making stupid designs?!


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Message 1845905 - Posted: 2 Feb 2017, 8:38:27 UTC - in response to Message 1845902.  

while Win7 is far better than Win10 still!

So, when do we stop making stupid designs?!

You might not have a choice. Microsoft made 'em do it: The latest Kaby Lake, Zen chips will support only Windows 10
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Message 1846016 - Posted: 2 Feb 2017, 23:20:17 UTC - in response to Message 1845902.  

while Win7 is far better than Win10 still!

So, when do we stop making stupid designs?!


I would whole-heartedly disagree. I prefer Win10 over Win7, and I loved Win7 when it came out. Sure, it has it's share of quirks and bugs like all software does. But I'm really loving the advancement built into Win10, many of which I'd have to use third-party stuff in Win7 to get the same functionality. The interface feels snappier to me, and more modern to boot!

Oh wait, Win10 is the newest OS from MS, so it's the one to hate. Just like XP before it, and Vista before that (another great OS that never recovered from negative perception), and 98 before both. I guess it'll take a few years before people finally warm up to it. Living a life of hating change has really got to suck eventually. Life is nothing but change. You move with it or get left behind.
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