Tuesday, December 24, 2002
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The most outspoken critics of this type of Licencing have been software creators. So be it. Software by it's nature is an abstraction of things, code, scripts, and directions, that must be typed, giving it a fixed form, but unless it is given life with the assistance of a computer that can understand the resulting code, has no life. The confusion for the most part exists in the current laws that say once it is in a fixed form copyright is conferred automatically. The confusion gets deeper as the majority of software has the source code stage, where hopefully the creator remembers what it means, intermediate stage during the compiling phase where you run the stuff till it breaks, revise the source, (lather, rinse, repeat) and finally produce a machine language product that is does something.
Software has a problem with the DCMA. The DCMA is the greatest thing for rewriting history. Since we can't reverse engineer it, it has no existence.
We have always been at war with Oceania, Winston.
How the Phone Companies failed to keep up
The phone companies whose last mile ubiquity could have brought the internet into every home and business not only failed but have impeded progress at your expense.
Hiding Content [Posted] 12/11/02
One of the re-occurring themes that appear on design lists is 'hiding content', or making one's code invisible. Most of the solutions just don't work. The internet is not about hiding stuff. But in the interest of fairness I can offer a proven method of hiding content.
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Mitch Ratcliffe is definitely an other. The 21st century holds the promise of rich multimedia across the web. Mitch was blazing this trail in the 20th century. From code to finance.
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