Software patents were stopped in India. We can prevent them in Europe, too. But we need to act. Now.
grep "idiot" *in the source code and similar searches (which do reveal some hits, although the code was cleaned before the release), are being discussed on Slashdot and elsewhere. My personal favourite is this comment in the code:
Update: The above quote is from the GRUB source code (included in OpenSolaris), not from the original OpenSolaris code. Thanks for the corrections. Also, Linux has 4.2 MLOC, not 4.2 LOC (yay, I spotted that one myself ;-).
That may sound like a stupid idea, and many years lots of security-minded people tried to educate users not to do that. But I think they have a point. Someone who uses the Internet regularly accumulates a whole bunch of accounts and passwords for all sorts of sites, servers etc. It's simply too hard to remember all of them. Thus far I agree.
But, I don't think writing down passwords on small pieces of paper and carrying those around in your wallet is a particularly good idea. It happens too easy that you lose your wallet, it gets stolen, or you lose the pieces of paper. Not to mention all kinds of social engineering activities, which are simplified a lot by this approach...
I do propose to write your passwords down. But do it in a computer file on a box where you're the only one with an account (your home PC or laptop). Encrypt that file with GnuPG and your're reasonably safe. Every time you need a password, decrypt the file, read and use the password, then wipe the decrypted plain-text file.
No more pieces of paper - help save the environment.
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Sorry for the mess.
It features a good historical introduction of the Free Software movement in general and discusses topics such as geeks, nerds, hacking etc. The main part is about the social aspects, though, especially motivation and commitment in the Free Software community.
The results of four interviews with famous Free Software developers are a major part of the thesis. There developers are:
I'm through half of the thesis now and really recommend reading it, as it gives some interesting insights into the social aspects of Free Software development.
(via Harald Welte's blog)