Open Source: Court Upholds OS License

first_imgA recent court ruling upholds Open Source licensing and the ability of license holders to control how code is modified and distributed. The ruling is the result of the lawsuit Jacobsen versus Katzer. In that case the company Kamind Associates stripped the copyright notices from an Open Source application and bundled parts of the software as their own.The Open Source software was a Java software program called JMRI written by Robert Jacobsen for controlling model railroads. The ruling wasfrom a Federal Court of Appeals and overruled a lower court ruling that found that the redistribution of the code was a breach of contract but not a copyright infringement.The federal court case to overturn the earlier lower court ruling was argued by lawyers from Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society. Their argument focused on the extent that Open Source licenses have become commonplace and that millions of individuals and institutions have adopted this method of licensing and the extent of the public benefits of Open Source license copyrights. The court found that “there are substantial benefits, including economic benefits, to the creation and distribution of copyrighted works under public licenses that range far beyond traditional license royalties.”The ruling was good news to software authors releasing their code as Open Source. But the ruling should also be a wakeup for users and adopters of Open Source code. People need to fully recognize that while Open Source software can be freely downloaded, care needs to be taken when that Open Source code is redistributed or incorporated into another code base. It is important to fully understand the fine print of the Open Source licenses of software being reused.last_img read more

Records Management: NARA Pulls Plug on Records System

first_imgNARA is the organization in the federal government tasked with the historical archival and records management of the documents and written artifacts created across all federal government agencies.  NARA dates back to the creation of the US National Archives in 1934.  The initial charter of the organization focused on the historical preservation of documents and later was expanded to include tasks related to Records Management. Early on the national Archives took the lead in defining best practices around Records Management.  The structure and methodology for Records Management developed by the National Archives has had a tremendous influence on the adoption and use of Records Management in the private sector.Given that as the background for NARA, the news over the last couple of years about how NARA has been coping with the growth in the number of documents, data, and information in the federal government has been disappointing.   While NARA once set an example for best practices in the area of historical document preservation and Records Management, over the last decade NARA seems to have fallen significantly behind the curve.NARA is struggling to come to grips with how to handle email and social media archiving as well as just being able to cope with very large amounts of data.  Large numbers of important documents have been lost or were never even targeted for archival.  By some estimates, 83 percent of emails during the recent Bush administration were never saved and are lost.  Clinton-era information has been lost.   Historic NASA videos and images were lost.  And 80 percent of federal agencies are currently at risk of illegally deleting records that should be maintained.But, things may be changing.  It looks like David Ferriero, head of the National Archives, is attempting to right the course of the organization.  At the beginning of March, Ferriero announced a sweeping re-organization at NARA.  And late last week word came out that the decision has been made to pull the plug on a problem-plagued computer modernization project that has been underway at NARA for more than six years.   A recent GAO report found that the NARA ERA program was mismanaged and had massive cost overruns.  The report characterized the program’s plan and estimates for further funding as ‘not reliable’.  The plan was unable to show what functionality the system would be able to deliver and was unable to provide a time schedule for the delivery.   Although, by some estimates, at the current rate of implementation, the new system may not have been ready until 2017.NARA now plans to end additional development on the ERA program by the end of this year.   It isn’t clear how much of the development on the ERA program that has already been done will be salvageable or usable but NARA insists that some of the agencies — as many as 20 — will begin to use the system by the end of the year.  Basic full text search over document contents isn’t working yet — it is to be handled by a search engine called Vivisimo which is currently in prototype and hope to be available for use by the end of the year.Forcing federal agencies to start using a new system which isn’t up to snuff in order to save face on this project seems to be the wrong decision.  It’s sure to lead to only more costs and headaches.  A better option might be to admit failure and start a more open dialog with the private sector for cooperatively sharing the task of managing our nation’s data.last_img read more

TCL Is “Co-(Re)creating” Palm, Whatever That Means

first_imgOn Tuesday, TCL, the Chinese electronics maker, confirmed it was reviving the Palm brand. Last month, it signaled the move with the purchase of a set of trademarks from HP, which bought the ill-fated smartphone maker in 2010 and still owned the Palm name after selling its software assets to LG in 2013.The announcement, made from Las Vegas in the thick of the Consumer Electronics Show, had a decidedly slapdash quality, with the impression it had been hastily translated.Here’s the press release—judge for yourself how quickly this was put together.TCL Communication co-(re)creates Palm(LAS VEGAS, January 6 2015) – Palm brand has always been synonymous with innovation throughout its history. As such it has consistently acted as a pioneer of mobile technologies. Now is the time to revive and bring back this pioneer spirit.To do so, TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (“TCL Communication” or the “Company” which, together with its subsidiaries, is referred to as the “Group”; HKSE stock code: 02618) is very proud to announce that it will create a new Palm Inc., a US-based company that will take ownership of the Palm brand. New Palm Inc. will remain a truly Californian, Silicon Valley, based company leveraging on the talents and partnerships of the area.Palm has always carried a lot of affect and emotions. That’s why TCL has set the direction to rebuild the brand involving Palm’s very own community, making it the largest scale crowd-sourced project ever seen in the industry.The objective goes far beyond proposing a more advanced device. It is to deliver absolute breakthrough innovations in Technology, Design, User Experience, Eco-system, Marketing, Supply Chain, and Business Models.Palm will be fully supported by the various assets of TCL Communication:– A best in class R & D organization, rich with 5000 engineers across 7 R&D centers around the globe– The most modern and efficient mobile devices manufacturing facility– A top level quality record recognized by the global tier 1 carriers and retailers around the world– A cutting-edge supply chain ready for the flexibility required by the market today– A global network already serving more than 170 countries and the most demanding customers of the industry with local Sales, Marketing and Technical teamsThe exact timeline of the roll-out of the Palm project will be communicated at a later date.Screenshot of “Simply Amazing” Palm commercial via YouTube The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology owen thomas Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#ALcatel#Alcatel Onetouch#Palm#TCL Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Fulton woman accused of stabbing relative

first_imgA 69-year-old Fulton woman is accused of going after a family member with a couple sharp objects.Judith Kribbs was arrested Sunday afternoon at a home on Kathy Street. Investigators say she caused minor injuries to a family member with a pair of scissors and a knife.Kribbs is accused of felony domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon.last_img

HP Discover 2014 – A Recap from Barcelona

first_imgHP Discover 2014 has officially come to an end, but we’re still basking in the glow of the exciting three days when IT leaders from across the globe gather to discuss the future of technology. Join us as we examine the highlights and takeaways from HP Discover’s second annual event in Barcelona.Day 1 – Disruptive Innovation“This is a time of relentless disruptive change for businesses and for governments. Think about it — ceaseless information flows, threats and uncertainty, constant connectivity, instant gratification, new channels, new markets, and new business models. No company survives without adapting. Without the ability to question, to rethink, to change, and to renew. Not your companies and not us.”HP president, chairman, and CEO Meg Whitman kicked off the event with an impactful keynote on the shift from traditional IT to a new style of IT. She emphasized the need for an infrastructure designed to support the needs of the business, as well as the necessity for agile, scalable technology solutions. With the converging forces of big data, cloud, and mobility, consumerization is poised to revolutionize operations and permanently change the way IT supports the business.Day 2 – Intelligent Business TransformationHP had several key product unveilings that reiterated the current focus on a new IT. New servers, storage, converged systems, and services were evidence of HP’s focus on re-imaging old technology while embracing emerging technology and future disruptors. Discussions ranged from HP Haven (currently the sole big data platform on the market) to The Machine, a computing model that will bear tremendous weight in the evolution of data processing and analysis. “Computers have basically been built the same way for the past 60 years. At HP Labs we want to rethink computing,” said Martin Fink, CTO and director of HP Labs. “This Machine, our goal — in effect — is to allow us to run Haven on steroids.”Day 3 – A New Style of ITThe Intel booth remained a mainstay for event participants for the duration of the event; luckily Ivana Jordanova, HP sales business development manager for Intel EMEA, was there to give those not in attendance a tour.This year’s HP Discover was an enthralling look into the progress of IT in business. The overall focus on big data, cloud innovation, cybersecurity, and mobility in the enterprise was very much a reflection of the SMAC stack — social, mobile, analytics, cloud — we’ve been prioritizing at Intel. Great things lie on the horizon for IT, and we’re happy to be a part of that.Until next year, adiós de Barcelona!last_img read more

Ajinkya Rahane is sixth. Here are five other Indian captains from Mumbai

first_img1. Ajit Wadekar: Ajit Wadekar(Centre) (PTI Photo)India’s first ever one-day international captain was from the cricketing capital of the country- Mumbai. Wadekar led India in two matches and unfortunately lost both the matches. In the first match against England at Headingley, a captain’s knock of 67 in 82 balls went in vain as England chased down the target of 266 with 3.5 overs to spare. 2. Sunil Gavaskar:Sunil Gavaskar (PTI Photo)The second Mumbaikar to captain India was the legendary Indian batsman Sunny Gavaskar. The Little Master, with 14 wins from 37 matches, has a decent win percentage of 40. Despite playing more than 100 ODIs India, Gavaskar has managed to score only one ODI century against New Zealand in Nagpur under Kapil’s captaincy. 3. Ravi Shastri:Ravi Shastri (AP Photo)Though Shashtri captained India only on 11 occasions, he was known to be a captain with attacking instincts. He was able to guide India home on four occasions. Shastri was a glamorous player of his time and had played his last match for India when he was 30. Shastri, known for his man management skills, has been the director of Indian team since 2014. 4. Dilip Vengsarkar: Dilip Vengsarkar (PTI Photo)Dilip Vengsarkar is fourth on the list.  The Mumbai batsman, who had a healthy batting average of 35, took over from the World Cup winning captain, Kapil Dev after the 1987 World Cup. He has captained the Indian team on 18 occasions of which his team emerged victorious eight times. His Test captaincy stint came to a horrible end after he went on a controversial USA tour to play festival matches.advertisement5. Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar (Reuters Photo)Sachin Tendulkar, one of the greatest batsmen in ODI cricket, was unfortunately a below-par captain. Tendulkar had captained the side in 73 one-day internationals between 1996 and 2000. His win percentage as captain is a mere 35 percent with 43 loses. As a captain, the master struggled to score runs.”I hated losing and as captain of the team I felt responsible for the string of miserable performances. More worryingly, I did not know how I could turn it around, as I was already trying my absolute best,” Tendulkar wrote in his auto-biography. 6. Ajinkya Rahane:Ajinkya Rahane (PTI Photo)After a gap of over a decade, India has a captain from Mumbai. Leading a second string team for the Zimbabwe tour starting next month, the Indian middle order batsman has been entrusted with a huge responsibility to guide a young team. The move should work in favour of Rahane and should help him bat with more responsibility. After the series loss against Bangladesh, India under Rahane are under a little bit of pressure. Rahane has been given a wonderful opportunity to help himself and his team get back to form.last_img read more