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LWN.net Weekly Edition for June 13, 2013
A report from pgCon 2013
Little things that matter in language design
Are we talking about radio receivers, and receiving signals they think we ought not to be equipped to hear? Or are they just worried about transmitters?
The issue in Japan
Posted Apr 25, 2005 21:47 UTC (Mon) by brouhaha (subscriber, #1698)
Atheros claims that the former problem is why they will not release a fully open-source driver for their 802.11g chipset; most of the driver is open-source (GPL'd, so it also qualifies as Free Software), but there is a "HAL" portion that is only supplied as a binary under a non-free license.
The actual FCC ruling is not that clear; many people believe Atheros is overreacting, since their chips are not a true SDR (Software-Defined Radio). Still, it is the job of corporate attorneys to minimize the corporation's exposure to legal liability, and to some extent not providing source code for the HAL does that.
If you're interested, you can read the actual FCC Report and Order (PDF format, 24 pages, ET Docket No. 00-47, released September 14, 2001).
Posted Apr 25, 2005 22:53 UTC (Mon) by Ross (subscriber, #4065)
Posted Apr 26, 2005 0:20 UTC (Tue) by dberkholz (subscriber, #23346)
Posted Apr 26, 2005 1:06 UTC (Tue) by Ross (subscriber, #4065)
Posted Apr 26, 2005 5:38 UTC (Tue) by Ross (subscriber, #4065)
As you can see there is no way a software implementation, especially an
open source one, could meet the requirements.
Broadcast flag not /quite/ activated ... yet
Posted Apr 26, 2005 17:58 UTC (Tue) by Max.Hyre (subscriber, #1054)
The broadcast flag is being challenged in court, mostly under the
belief that the FCC has no damn' business regulating hardware. Their
charter is to regulate use of the airwaves, and how one
accesses such use is beyond their pale.
The suit is being driven (if I have it right) by Public Knowledge, a
``Washington DC based advocacy group working to defend your rights
in the emerging digital culture''. Their report,
in brief, is that the matter is currently in the U.S. District Court
of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the court requested a
second round of argument (unusual, I believe). The additional briefs
were presented early this month, and everyone's holding their breath.
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