The Command Line #69 – Listener Comment Line 360-252-7284

No feature, this week. Look in the feed, though, and there is a new special edition.

Wouter sent in a note, continuing the conversation about the research conducted into hacking the Dutch e-voting systems manufactured by Nedap. Seems Nedap thinks a law suit is an appropriate response to constructive criticism.

The hacker word of the week, this week, is bogon.

In this week’s news, a comparison between C++ generic coding and Java frameworks, the Swiss seem to think they can use malware for wiretapping despite the risks, a clever, aspiring CS student writes programming greats and they respond, and the Debian kerfuffle over Firefox’s logo copyright.

This week’s follows are both about Nedap. The Chaos Computer club calls for a ban, stating that the Nedap systems do not comply with German law. And the Dutch government attempts to secure their Nedap systems.

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2 Replies to “The Command Line #69 – Listener Comment Line 360-252-7284”

  1. Listening to your #69 now and I can answer the question about why Deb and Mozilla cant come to terms. Different principles that are incompatible. Mozilla wants to defend their intellectual property and reputation (but is willing to share their intellectual property freely as long as you don’t change it or if you do, you remove their name from it so as not to sully their good name) and Deb wants to be able to include that property and modify it however they want in whatever way they want unconditionally. There wont be a compromise on this one because it would require one or the other to compromise their principals.

  2. The explains the impasse, but it doesn’t address my concern about the end user who I think get treated a little poorly in the exchange. As I said, I am less concerned about Debian users who probably know what Iceweasel is, but for other distributions, in particular Ubuntu, which may be effect and are higher profile to the non-technical user, I just think this is a bad idea. I think the good of the user should be on par with the other principles and could be an excuse to compromise in this case. Too bad that sound unlikely.

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