Thursday, June 19, 2003
Well if he really did learn something and the change sticks I'll go ahead and retract my prediction that O'Reilly will turn into the new Michael Moore.
"O’Reilly seems to have taken a lesson from the reaction to his Internet-bashing. He was polite to his guests, asked them questions and let them answer, and pointedly admitted that he was completely ignorant where computers are concerned. It was a good segment, with lots of actual information and discussion. In fact, it was the best O’Reilly segment I’ve seen in quite a while. So maybe O’Reilly learned something from his encounter with the Internet. People often do."
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Ahh it pleases me. Yesterday it's on blogs. Today it's on a publication with quotes from the developer.
"Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) suggested Tuesday that people who download copyright materials from the Internet should have their computers automatically destroyed.
But Hatch himself is using unlicensed software on his official website, which presumably would qualify his computer to be smoked by the system he proposes.
"It's an unlicensed copy," said Andy Woolley, who runs Milonic. "It's very unfortunate for him because of those comments he made."
On Wednesday, the senator's site met none of Milonic's licensing terms. The site's source code (which can be seen by selecting Source under the View menu in Internet Explorer) had neither a link to Milonic's site nor a registration code.
However, by Thursday afternoon Hatch's site had been updated to contain some of the requisite copyright information. An old version of the page can be seen by viewing Google's cache of the site.
"They're using our code," Woolley said Wednesday. "We've had no contact with them. They are in breach of our licensing terms."
When contacted Thursday, Woolley said the company that maintains the senator's site had e-mailed Milonic to begin the registration process. Woolley said the code added to Hatch's site after the issue came to light met some -- but not all -- of Milonic's licensing requirements.
Before the site was updated, the source code on Hatch's site contained the line: "* i am the license for the menu (duh) *"
Woolley said he had no idea where the line came from -- it has nothing to do with him, and he hadn't seen it on other websites that use his menu system.
"It looks like it's trying to cover something up, as though they got a license," he said.
A spokesman in Hatch's office on Wednesday responded, "That's ironic" before declining to put Wired News in contact with the site's webmaster. He deferred comment on the senator's statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which did not return calls.
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Well that's not reassuring.
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