Thought some of you might enjoy reading this well presented argument from Darwin
(it's a bit long, so I have divided it in four parts, each numbered at the top
of the post).
The values of freedom and openness are crucial to understanding
itself, so that civilization and public welfare now depend on
them, as I argue below. These values may find their best
expression in the free and open source software (FOSS) movement,
and the foresightful example of FOSS developers should now be
beneficially applied to many other disciplines in the context of a
global and public Internet.
It is crucial that we occasionally take time to discuss the
reasons _why_ we release our source code, and this is one of
those occasions. There are good reasons for the freedom and
openness which are characteristics of FOSS development, reasons
which should receive wider attention now that they can be readily
communicated to other arenas. The consequences of doing otherwise
are often catastrophic.
For example, it incomprehensible that Genentech could consider
withdrawing a cheap cure for blindness (ARMD) from the market.
The mechanism of this drug is public knowledge.
This abhorrent situation is a great example of the kind of thing
that will happen if people don't get behind the values of freedom
and openness that we are espousing. Please let Genentech know
that you find what they are doing offensive. Publicize the mechanism
so that new compounds can be obtained as replacements. For the
future, continued vociferous public activism is required to prevent
such outrages from occurring in the future.
It becomes clear that the compounds which come from common roots,
fruits, and vegetables are a shared human heritage and the free and
open source of the future. Tannins are another interesting case in
point, because as molecules, and as anti-oxidents, they are similar to
resveratrol (resV), and that molecular mechanism has been anchored to
the public domain via a prior art declaration. It is a so-called
CR-memetic, which may increase healthy human longevity by many
decades. Here are some links about it.
Resveratrol mechanism posts from GNU-Darwin list
CR protocol for human bodies
Here is some important recent news about it.
It is exciting to suppose that people can get off the pharmaceuticals
that they are taking with calorie restriction or CR-memetics. I
personally am trying to get off the cholesterol drug Pravachol, a
statin compound, starting a few of weeks ago. Write me, and I'll let
you know how it turns out. From the article...
"Fontana says ... evidence of "younger" hearts in people on calorie
restriction, suggest that humans on CR have the same adaptive
responses as did animals whose rates of aging were slowed by CR."
I think that it is time to look at the tannins in tobacco leaves.
There may be other treasures lurking there too. As you may be
aware there is ample public research into any possible beneficial
compounds that may be obtained from tobacco leaves. The mechanisms
are there waiting to be discovered. If you want to post them, just
reply to me and I'd be delighted to host them.
The public establishment of prior art is a time-honed method of
entering inventions into the public domain. We now have other
methods at our disposal as well. If you are planning to establish
prior art against future CR-memetic related patents, you might want
to have a look at www.creativecommons.org. Perhaps it goes without
saying at this point that you should please choose a license that
provides for free and broad public access to your memetic.
In that way you will assure that the public health is served by
anchoring them to the public common, where they cannot be exploited
by those who would withhold them for their own profit. The DRM
situation is precisely analogous to this. Can you imagine doing
science in a world where your ability to read and write your data is
filtered through secret protocols that are hidden from you? I
recommend the Defective By Design campaign to fight the outrage of
DRM, which is incompatible with the scientific pursuit.
Lessig needs no introduction: a very well-reasoned and productive argument.
The following was posted by Lawrence Lessig on June 21, 2006.
Just got off the plane to Rio where we're holding the second iCommons
iSummit, so this is a bit delayed. But today, Microsoft has released
a free Office plug-in that enables you to mark Office documents
(Word, Excel and PowerPoint) with Creative Commons licenses. This has
been in the works for a while, and is an extremely cool development.
The plug-in will modify the FILE menu, adding an item "Creative
Commons" and then when selected, link the user out to the CC site to
select a license to be inserted into the license. The first document
licensed with the tool is a speech by Brazil's Culture Minister and
supercool musician, Gilberto Gil, about tropicalism. (en) (pt).
Before I got on the plane yesterday, I was on some press calls about
the announcement. Many were surprised CC and Microsoft would work
together. Ever the naive law professor, that surprise surprises me.
Office is a tool for creating. Giving the creator more control over
that creativity is a way to make the Office platform more valuable to
creators. And by incorporating CC licenses, more valuable to the
"But isn't it strange for MSFT and Lessig to team-up?" I was asked.
Well, I have yet gotten the team jersey, but no, it isn't. Microsoft
has been on the right side of a number of important issues
spectrum, net neutrality, identity and I'm very glad they're on the
right side of this issue too. Giving creators the tools to mark their
creativity with the freedoms they intend it to carry is a
fantastically good thing to do.
"But it's just for the Windows platform, isn't it?" True enough. Now
we need some enterprising sort to make a plug-in for Office on the
Mac, as well as Garageband, OpenOffice, and many others. Let the
> A tip to all webdevs who apply for a job. If you
> have a crappy website,
> don't put it on your resume.
How does one define a crappy website? Just curious to
know, what an employer looks for when he's hiring a
Yahoo! India Answers: Share what you know. Learn something new
On Wed, 28 Jun 2006 Kenneth Gonsalves wrote :
>On 28-Jun-06, at 11:03 AM, ryan coelho wrote:
>>I have been wanting to configure cgi-bin with apache. I have done it before and now I am having no luck.
>> I want to do this on Red Hat 9.
>afaik it is configured out of the box - what are you trying to do?
Hi Kenneth / All,
Thanks for your instant support. What I am trying to do is
simply run the Linux O.S. commands using CGI + Apache.
This is so I can run simple scripts and show output through HTML.
So far I have done the following.
a) In httpd.conf
ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /usr/local/apache2/cgi-bin/
b) Started Perl
/usr/bin/perl -w &
Now I am not exactly Knowing What to do . If someone can give me
in simple steps a simple configuration and sample CGI script + I will
be reading the links sent by you guys