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· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · August
· · · · 04 (2 entries)

Columbia Industrial · Last week at OSCON, I had din­ner down­town with David Van Cou­ver­ing and then we walked over the Steel Bridge to the con­fer­ence. We were wor­ried about mak­ing it there for the open­ing ses­sion, and the wind was howl­ing so I was wor­ried about los­ing my hat, but there was a pho­to op. [Up­dates: an ex­pla­na­tion and an­oth­er pho­to.] ...
 
Java.net Terms of Use · Some­times we make pro­gress. Way last year, I got email from Nor­bert Lin­den­berg, grous­ing about the Terms of Use on Java.net; they were full of scary lan­guage about how you and your em­ploy­er had to in­dem­ni­fy Sun and “its busi­ness partners” against any­thing bad that might hap­pen with any con­nec­tion to any­thing you did, and about how you were sign­ing up for the similarly-scary sun.­com terms of use. So I went pok­ing around and asked the Java.net peo­ple why they sound­ed un­friend­ly, and they said, “Hmm, let’s talk to the lawyers”, who said, more or less, “If there are good busi­ness rea­sons to re­lax this a lit­tle, well OK then.” It turns out we’re part­ner­ing on this stuff with O’Reilly and Col­labNet, so there were a lot of mov­ing parts in­volved; a whole bunch of peo­ple had to pitch in. I didn’t do much of the work, so I may have this wrong, but from where I sit it looks like Mar­la Park­er and and Cliff Allen de­serve spe­cial cred­it. Any­how, as of yes­ter­day, things are bet­ter. Check it out: the new Java.net Web­site Terms of Use. Still not light read­ing, of course, but not like­ly to cause po­ten­tial con­trib­u­tors any heart­burn.
 
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