He that filches from me my good name

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Danny O'Brien has an interesting meditation on the difference between controlling who copies something, and controlling who claims to have created it.

Cory Doctorow makes an illuminating observation on the same:

I'm reminded of the fact that the original Creative Commons licence allowed creators to choose whether they wanted their works attributed to them or not, but after a year or two, it was discovered that nearly every CC user turned the attribution switch on while generating the licence - everyone wanted correct attribution, even when they were giving away free copies.

It's reputation that counts.

The Sun Shines on Asus

What struck me about this article in the Sun about Asus was how it took its readership's acquaintance with GNU/Linux for granted:

Interestingly, it runs Windows XP as an operating system to keep the costs down rather than Vista and a Linux version is on the way.

If that is laid out in menu terms like the Linux EEE laptops, then it's well worth a punt on one as a second PC in a bedroom.

Signs of the times....

 
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