Open letter to John Harell

Thu 12 June 2003 by pj Tagged as ancient commentary
To: John Harell
Subject: absolute copyright

> When I create something, that thing is mine.

I'm a programmer, so I know what you mean. I write software and bring it into the world with much blood, sweat and tears along the way. And yet...

I didn't create the language the software …

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Word unter alles

Thu 24 April 2003 by pj Tagged as ancient commentary
Here is a great essay on one of my pet peeves, using Word (or excel, though there are fewer open alternatives) as a document exchange format. It used to be that you could advocate a neutral format by pointing out 'what if I don't have Word, but instead use WordPerfect … read more

Boot Scripts

Thu 10 April 2003 by pj Tagged as ancient personal news
Talking to a friend the subject of SysV-init vs BSD-style init came up. I like SysV's /etc/init.d component because it gives you simple on/off controls for all the system daemons, all in the same place, and named predictably. I don't particularly care for the 'runlevels' idea because … read more

Texas Action Network

Mon 07 April 2003 by pj Tagged as ancient commentary
I wish there were more things like the Texas Action Network; It seems a useful feedback into the legislative process. But I also wish that it didn't supply form-letters - they're more likely to be ignored. Paradox: make it easy to show a unified front on an issue (via form letters … read more

Geeks & Politics

Mon 31 March 2003 by pj Tagged as ancient commentary
Lawrence Lessig's blog says:
Ed Felten has a wonderful piece about the idiocy in the mini-DMCA's being considered by a number of state "governments." What is so frustrating about this business is not the people (like these governments) who disagree with you. But that their disagreement reveals that they have …
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