Month: January 2010

Terms of Service

The terms of service of a website vary from the stupid to the sensible, from short to very lengthy. The Facebook terms, for instance, have been re-worked in an attempt to be plain English and are very wordy indeed — but not stupid. No, stupid is a website with terms saying “This file may not […]

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Upcoming Conferences

LinuxTag in Berlin is one of the recurring and very fun events, both on the community and business sides of the Free Software equation. The call for papers is open until the 29th of January. The NLUUG spring conference on systems administration has a call that is open until tomorrow, but tends to be somewhat […]

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Some Berlin Time

Much of the time I work from home for the Freedom Task Force, which is the “legal department” of the Free Software Foundation Europe. It’s nice to work from home, although my colleagues know that that also means long lunches (picking kids up from school, feeding them, bringing them back) and occasional emergency stops. On […]

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The FreeType License

The FreeType library is released under a dual license: you can choose either the FTL (FreeType License) or the GPL, version 2. That means that a software stack that uses FreeType has to be license-compatible with one or the other (or both). In cases where the rest of the software stack also allows choices, this […]

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My Precious

Now I’m prime again, not square, I thought I’d take a moment to jot down what’s really precious to me. That’s my family (Mignon, Mira and Amiel), good food (wine, cheese and coffee), responsible lifestyle choices (bicycle, local organic vegetables and the train). I work to live, and those are what I work for.

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KDE Licensing Policy

I have been invoked by John Layt to explain some bits of the KDE licensing policy. It’s related to my recent writing on copyright assignment in the sense that it discusses reasons for picking particular licenses and how licenses interact. The back story is the KDE Licensing Policy, which lays down which licenses are acceptable […]

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New Year's Recipes (2)

Straightforward simple carrot cake. Still the subject of a classic joke in the Netherlands (“vies hé?”). Non-straightforward is my latest proposal for fixing the issue of decades once and for all. Obviously the year 1 AD started on December 25th, 4 AD, as calculated by the best scholars. So 10 years later is December 25th, […]

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On Copyright Assignment

A little while back, Michael Meeks published a lengthy piece about copyright assignment (not nearly as lengthy as the articles he links to on untangling Wittgenstein’s net). Go on, read it (Michael’s stuff, not the net). It’s worth your time. When you get to the bottom, follow the link to Dave Neary’s take on assignment […]

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New Year's Recipes (1)

[[ No, wait, let’s make that the new decade’s recipes. I’m with the “convention determines usage” on the decades front: the 80s do not include 1990. Oddly enough, I side with the centuries-and-millennia from one group, so my decades and centuries don’t run in sync. I guess it’s all about the Ordinals vs. the Cardinals […]

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KPilot is dead

Bertjan blogged about it two weeks ago, and you might have deduced it from Jason’s gadget switch, but KPilot should be considered dead. Of the three “maintainers” (and I used that word only very loosely regarding myself) I don’t think any of them actually uses a PalmOS device any more. There is, quite simply, no […]

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