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1  Java Game APIs & Engines / JOGL Development / Re: shrinked webstart deployment: okay on win... mac and linux testers required on: 2006-09-04 19:12:43
both work fine here. (and look great, too)
arch linux, kernel 2.6.17
jdk  1.5.0_08 7.1 + nvidia proprietary drivers
2  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Forum problems on: 2006-08-29 21:20:48
sometimes "forever" doesn't work for me either, but when i click on home, the forum suddenly remembers me.
3  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Java .class files safe? on: 2006-08-17 21:50:36
When I say 'copying for personal use', I mean you take copyrighted material that you have purchased and make copies of it for yourself. For example, copying music from a CD to the computer to an IPod, or copying a game to multiple computers (which you own). Copying it and giving to to a friend is not fair use because you then both have a copy. If you were to give the original to your friend and not retain any copies yourself, that should be your right. Unfortunately, many software packages claim in the EULA that a software license is non-transferable, or can only be transferred with permission, or some other silly restriction. That's the problem with the concept of 'licsensing' software as opposed to buying it.
ok, maybe fair use is the wrong term. in germany it's called privatkopie, private/personal copy. and it's legal for music, as long as no drm is broken, but not legal for movies and software. i think it should be ok to give my friend a copy of something i have and the other way around. i don't see a moral problem here, why shouldn't i be able to do a friend of mine a favour without any direct loss for anybody?

on the eula/licensing thing:
eulas are null and void here in germany. and you are allowed to resell your software licenses, as long as they are not specially bound to a specific piece of hardware. that's why we almost always just get windows "recovery" cds in germany instead of a real windows cd. on the other hand, some courts currently argue about the sale of used oracle licences.
4  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Java .class files safe? on: 2006-08-17 10:31:19
Do you mean copying for personal use, or copying to give to friends? If the former, I agree.

well, isn't it basicly the same? if i make a copy for personal use i have to copy it from somewhere, like from a friend. when my friend makes a copy for personal use he needs a source to, like me.

That's supposed to be fair use now under existing copyright laws, but many EULAs try to nullify it.
really? i don't know the american copyright laws that good, but isn't copying software or dvds always an infringement? in germany only copying of music cds is allowed. and under no circumstances you may break a copyprotection to get an otherwise legal copy.

5  Game Development / Networking & Multiplayer / Re: Networking Firewall Help on: 2006-08-16 12:25:15
I think you should be able to configure Norton to allow java.exe and javaw.exe to do outgoing connections. I'm not sure on the specifics, though.

i think that should work, but it's generally a bad thing that you could only allow net access for all java apps, or for none.
and to the op: in your own interest, get a better firewall. i haven't read a single test that did not bash norton firewall and norton's "security" products in general.
6  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Java .class files safe? on: 2006-08-16 11:48:48
i strongly agree with blahblahblahh. recent developments like drm or the attempt to legalize software patents in europe are basicly desperate measures trying to enforce antiquated laws in the digital world. governments and supporters of the old model will fight some time and will most likely use even more drastic methods than today (riaa/mpaa lawsuits), but they can only act against the majority of citizens for some time. not that the majority would say "abolish copyright", but i'm sure they see that something is going in a fundementaly wrong direction.
my personal wishlist would be something like this:
- no patents on software
- ban of drm or the right to break it for fair use purposes
- copyright lasts only 15-25 years
- private, non-commercial "piracy" is fair use, no matter of the media type or the content
7  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Java .class files safe? on: 2006-08-15 10:31:47
Anyway, I realize I'm coming off as a bit of a jerk here, so I'll just drop it now. Wink
no, i think you just put it right!
by the way, i never understood, why it's copyright infringement to copy a game or dvd from a friend, while copying a music cd from a friend is fair use (at least here in germany), but only if it is not copyprotected. there should be more fair use rights when it comes to private copying, even over filesharing networks. p2p networks are basicly the radiostations of today and you put your favourite songs on tape. the only problem are the copyright laws of yesterday, that limit the cultural benefits of today's technology to everyone.
8  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: My hero! on: 2006-08-03 00:15:44
who said bureaucracy is annoying in the uk? you couldn't possibly have lived in germany! Smiley
i personally think the books are best, closely followed by the radio play, than the new movie, than the bbc series.
btw, since pratchett was already mentioned, all hail to robert rankin. Smiley
9  Game Development / Newbie & Debugging Questions / Re: How To Start Programming Games In Java... on: 2006-07-23 22:32:58
thanks for clarifying, purpleguitar.
for further information it may be worth reading the free software definition of the fsf,, the open source definition of the osi,, and an fsf discussion of both terms,
10  Game Development / Newbie & Debugging Questions / Re: How To Start Programming Games In Java... on: 2006-07-22 12:27:56
Blahx3 summed it pretty well.  Wikipedia has a couple good entries for the " in beer" & " in speach" phrases.  Free software ( free as in beer ) is not always Open Source ( free as in speach ). Since English uses the same word ( free ) for both "gratis" and "liberty" meanings it's often a good thing to clarify if one or both apply when discussing FOSS.

little addition: free software is ALWAYS open source, but open source is NOT ALWAYS free software. what you meant is freeware which shouldn't be confused with free software. yeah, the term "free software" sucks, because of it's various possible interpretations. god, or rms as others call him Wink, suggested the use of free/libre/open source software, FLOSS, but that doesn't sound any better.
11  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Which OS License do you prefer? on: 2006-07-17 21:50:59
as kev stated above the fsf itself has clarified the issues on the lgpl and java. it makes absolutely no difference if your lgpl-licensed library is written in c/c++ or java. so it shouldn't be a problem to use it. i think the lgpl is a great license for libraries you want to release as free software but keep the opportunity for it to be used in proprietary applications.
if you want to use the mpl, you might consider to allow the gpl as an alternative license as stated in section 13 of the mpl. otherwise your library could not be used in gpl applications. and when you release something as free software, you don't want to lock out users of the most common free software license, right?
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