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Science didn't understand my kids' rare disease until I decided to study it - YouTube
via Kevin Lyda: 'Sharon Terry essentially invented and promoted something akin to the GPL but for medical research. Here's a bunch of data and research and you can use it if you contribute back what you discover to everyone else.'
sharon-terry  videos  ted-talks  genetic-alliance  genes  pxe-international  pxe  tedmed  citizen-science  licensing  gpl  gnu 
11 days ago by jm
A federal court has ruled that an open-source license is an enforceable contract — Quartz
“Not so,” said Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley in her order on the motion on April 25. Corley said the GNU GPL “provides that the Ghostscript user agrees to its terms if the user does not obtain a commercial license. Plaintiff alleges that Defendant used Ghostscript, did not obtain a commercial license, and represented publicly that its use of Ghostscript was licensed under the GNL GPU. These allegations sufficiently plead the existence of a contract.”
open-source  oss  ghostscript  gnu  gpl  licenses  contracts  law 
6 weeks ago by jm
In Oracle v. Google, a Nerd Subculture Is on Trial
“The G part stands for GNU?” Alsup asked in disbelief.
“Yes,” said Schwartz on the stand.
“That doesn’t make any sense,” said the 71-year-old Clinton appointee.
law  gnu  gpl  licensing  java  oracle  sun  apis  ip 
may 2016 by jm
grsecurity
Open source security team has had enough of embedded-systems vendors taking the piss with licensing:
This announcement is our public statement that we've had enough. Companies in the embedded industry not playing by the same rules as every other company using our software violates users' rights, misleads users and developers, and harms our ability to continue our work. Though I've only gone into depth in this announcement on the latest trademark violation against us, our experience with two GPL violations over the previous year have caused an incredible amount of frustration. These concerns are echoed by the complaints of many others about the treatment of the GPL by the embedded Linux industry in particular over many years.

With that in mind, today's announcement is concerned with the future availability of our stable series of patches. We decided that it is unfair to our sponsors that the above mentioned unlawful players can get away with their activity. Therefore, two weeks from now, we will cease the public dissemination of the stable series and will make it available to sponsors only. The test series, unfit in our view for production use, will however continue to be available to the public to avoid impact to the Gentoo Hardened and Arch Linux communities. If this does not resolve the issue, despite strong indications that it will have a large impact, we may need to resort to a policy similar to Red Hat's, described here or eventually stop the stable series entirely as it will be an unsustainable development model.
culture  gpl  linux  opensource  security  grsecurity  via:nelson  gentoo  arch-linux  gnu 
august 2015 by jm
PSA: don't run 'strings' on untrusted files (CVE-2014-8485)
ffs.
Perhaps simply by the virtue of being a part of that bundle, the strings utility tries to leverage the common libbfd infrastructure to detect supported executable formats and "optimize" the process by extracting text only from specific sections of the file. Unfortunately, the underlying library can be hardly described as safe: a quick pass with afl (and probably with any other competent fuzzer) quickly reveals a range of troubling and likely exploitable out-of-bounds crashes due to very limited range checking
strings  libbfd  gnu  security  fuzzing  buffer-overflows 
october 2014 by jm
gnuplot's dumb terminal
Turns out gnuplot has a pretty readable ASCII terminal rendering mode; combined with 'watch' it makes for a nifty graphing one-liner
gnuplot  plotting  charts  graphs  cli  command-line  unix  gnu  hacks  dataviz  visualization  ascii 
june 2013 by jm
Topfloor - Free Residential Lease/Letting Agreement Download
GFDL-licensed legal boilerplate agreement for the Irish market. Nice one -- although did I see a commercial company charging for what appears to be a derivative work of this document? is that a breach of the license terms?
gfdl  gnu  topfloor  letting  leases  legal  documents  ireland  from delicious
august 2010 by jm
GNU coreutils sort(1) now uses all available CPUs
using a parallel merge sort. great place to apply multicore code. very nice speedups: almost 4 times faster than single-core sort on a 8-core Xeon (via Padraig Brady)
via:pixelbeat  sort  coreutils  gnu  multicore  parallelism  from delicious
july 2010 by jm

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