Re: O'Reilly article

From: Edward Cherlin <edward_dot_cherlin_at_etssg_dot_com>
Date: Tue May 11 2004 - 02:49:47 CDT

On Friday 30 April 2004 15:23, Alan Dechert wrote:
> John Adams flew out from Georgia to attend the demo. He's the
> guy right behind the TV cameraman taking a picture in this
> photo:
>
> http://www.ocs.net/~cdhamma/ovc040401/131_3152.JPG
>
> He did an audio recording besides taking pictures. Then on
> APR 6, I did a long interview with him via Yahoo! Messenger.
> Also, he was at the CFP2004 (http://www.cfp2004.org )
> conference. He mentioned the article to me but today is the
> first I've seen it. The seems very matter-of-fact, fairly
> detailed and accurate.

Except for uncritically quoting Irwin Mann's statement that the
software should be in the public domain, rather than under an
Open license. There are too many examples of material in the
public domain being altered slightly and copyrighted as a new
work, thus becoming proprietary.

It happened to a friend of mine, John Sankey, who put his
Scarlatti harpshichord MIDIs in the public domain. The new
owner, whose modifications are NOT improvements, has been
threatening sites that publish Sankey's originals.

> I'll write to John and thank him for a fine article. If
> anyone on the list has comments for him, I'm sure he would be
> glad to hear them. His email addr is jadams01@sprynet.com
>
> Alan Dechert
>
> > I'm sorry if I have have missed if someone has already
> > pointed out this article, within the recent storm of
> > messages to the lists:
> >
> > http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/policy/2004/04/26/ovc.html
> >
> > Anyway, it mentions many details not seen in most other
> > articles I've read, such as the booting from a CD, the
> > writing of the votes to CD-R, use of MD5 sums, random ballot
> > numbers, the BVA, the BRP, how the privacy folder is
> > supposed to work etc.
> >
> > /Jan

Unlike most commentators, he has evidently read the description.

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