Personal devices and persons

USA President Obana is reported saying (NYT 2016/03/12): “If, technologically, it is possible to make an impenetrable device or system, where the encryption is so strong that there is no key, there is no door at all, then how do we apprehend the child pornographer? How do we disrupt a terrorist plot?”

Anwer with another question: “How do we make a child pornographer or a terrorist talk if he does not want to?”

Egg and chicken – tax and expenses

After decades of funding the most fancy and unproductives aspects of the welfare state by raising taxes, politicians have discovered that too much is too much. So cutting taxes has become the mantra of right- and left-wing politicians alike.

There is one problem, though. Citizens have become unresponsive (i.e. they don’t believe anymore to “tax cuts” promises).

One suggestion to politicians in need of recovering citizens’ confidence: instead of saying “I will cut this tax”, say “I will cut this expense”.

Getting out of the mess

The Christian religion explains the mess of the world we live in with the Original Sin that has destroyed the good nature that would otherwise be in us.

The Original Sin cannot be undone but Baptism and adherence to the Religion’s precepts promise to make us reborn people.

How can this help sorting out the European mess experienced of these days? Here, too, we have an original sin: greedy Greek politicians bent on lighting new debts from greedier bankers bent on dispensing the banks’ assets as if they were candies for children.

Alas, that original sin cannot be undone and there is no baptism redeeming people. There are two precepts, though, that can help people’s rebirth.

  1. If a bank manager recklessly lends money to a country and the loan goes sour, the manager pays. There is no room for excuses like “the country showed bogus accounts” because 1/10 of the diligence bank managers put when a small enterprise requests a loan should be enough to detect holes in the accounts of a country.
  2. If a bank risks failing because its managers have recklessly rented money to greedy politicians, the bank fails. No socialising of losses. Notionally the state can decide to rescue the bank, but bank shareholders get the reward the deserve for their lack of vigilance (aka connivance): nothing.

Leonardo on “broadband – 2009/11/09

Some think that engineers are needed to undo the confusion created by others. As an engineer I note that the current use of the term “broadband” is most confusing. Depending on countries, people, context, it can mean anything from 2 Mbit/s asymmetric to 100 Mbit/s symmetric access.
The low end of “broadband” can be obtained with a judicious use of existing infrastructure, but various degrees of new infrastructure is required for the high end.
Is it too much to ask you what kind of “broadband” you have in mind before you ask me whether I am pro or con investment in “broaband”?

Carlo Piana submits a proposal for an “MXM Public Licence” to the Open Source Initiative (OSI), 2009/03/26

Carlo Piana, a law attorney specialising in the Open Source Software (OSS) practice he calls “Free Software”, submits a proposal for an “MXM Public Licence” to the Open Source Initiative (OSI) on behalf of Leonardo. The proposal basically extends the provisions of the Mozilla Public Licence (MPL 1.1) where (legal concepts expressed by a non-legal person) the originator of the code releases the copyright of the code, the patents that are relevant to exercise the code that he may hold, but not the patents that he does not hold.
The proposed MXM licence, including text that the originator does not release the patents he holds that are required to exercise the code, angers some OSS integralists.
Humble observations of a non-legal person:

  1. What about the BSD and MIT licences? Don’t they achieve the same purpose of releasing just the copyright of the code? Are they not OSS licences?
  2. Imagine there is an individual releasing code under MPL 1.1 that requires patents of a 3rd party with which he may have all sorts of business relationships.