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DMCA Forces Cox To Censor Changelog? 573

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the don't-know-what-this-means dept.
Ross Vandegrift writes: "Alan Cox released 2.2.20pre10 today, which includes security fixes. He is refusing to indicate what security holes have been fixed, as Unix-style permissions could be used as an anti-circumvention device. The thread starts here. " It'd be great if people could read the threads here and try to figure out what is going on. I'm a little lost, but it looks like he's being overzealous.
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DMCA Forces Cox To Censor Changelog?

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  • too late (Score:5, Funny)

    by jayhawk88 (160512) <jayhawk88@gmail.com> on Monday October 22, 2001 @01:23PM (#2460619)
    It'd be great if people could read the threads here and try to figure out what is going on.

    Unfortunately, it looks like the site might already be hosed. How about if we just speculate wildly, make irrational calls-to-action that will never commence, throw in a few anti-government rants, and top it all off with a good old fashion linux/bsd flamewar?

    You know, the usual.
  • by hoggoth (414195) on Monday October 22, 2001 @01:31PM (#2460671) Journal
    In related news today Senator Fritz Hollings [slashdot.org], author of the SSSCA proposal, recanted stating:
    "I just downloaded the latest 2.2.20pre10 and found censored changelogs! This will seriously impact my l33t hax0r activities. I finally see how my SSSSCA proposal will impact freedom. I am official withdrawing my proposal effective immeditely."

    Apparently Alan Cox's plan to publicly demonstrate the absurdity of the DCMA and SSSCA in a place that would hit congress where it hurts has paid off.

  • by debrain (29228) on Monday October 22, 2001 @01:34PM (#2460694) Journal
    But it is obvious that he is using his public role (in the kernel and in usenix) to achieve a political end: namely, the repeal of the DMCA.


    Funny, I thought he was obeying the law.

    Political ends are may be a side effect of that, and indeed this has all the writings of a political snub, but it's nevertheless undeniable that he would be commiting criminal acts by not making this pointed omission.

  • Re:too late (Score:3, Funny)

    by MarkusQ (450076) on Monday October 22, 2001 @02:07PM (#2460876) Journal
    Unfortunately, it looks like the site might already be hosed. How about if we just speculate wildly, make irrational calls-to-action that will never commence, throw in a few anti-government rants, and top it all off with a good old fashion linux/bsd flamewar?

    Hey! That's "(GNU/linux)/bsd" flamewar, buddy!

    And don't you forget it.

    -- MarkusQ

  • Oh sure (Score:4, Funny)

    by Dr. Awktagon (233360) on Monday October 22, 2001 @02:34PM (#2461051) Homepage

    Oh sure, just the sort of thing we'd expect from a stinkin' EMACS USER!

  • by Anomie-ous Cow-ard (18944) on Monday October 22, 2001 @03:48PM (#2461626)
    This [tuxedo.org] seems a rather appropriate term to add to this thread...

    --
    Why is it that I almost always check "No Score +1 Bonus"?

  • by blang (450736) on Monday October 22, 2001 @11:36PM (#2464084)
    Why not make it a real political party?????


    Hm, maybe because after the initial euphoria is over, the party will quickly balkanize. The geezers will vote for the Mainframe party, there will be violent riots between Windows and Linux parties, the Mac party will think different, and run the coolest campaign, but end up with few votes. The republicans will migrate to the Luddite party, and hope to ban all competition by outlawing computers. The democrats will pay lip service to the Linux and Mac parties, but will be bribed by the Windows party.

    Eventually we gather a congress, and will use the 3 first terms to pick a format for congress documents. Election procedures will be reengineered, untill they're near perfect. The president invites all geek friends to a LAN pary in the oval room. There is an international incident after the Russian ambassador is caught cheating in doom.

    The luddites launches a massive counteroffensive before the next campaign, turning to the 'net(If you can't beat them, join them). Their new streaming multimedia media applications revolutionize everything. 50 years after people have forgotten the old meaning of the word, most people use the word luddite to describe a 'super-geek'

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