It is very easy to watermark photos and prevent them from downloading in the clear, but few people take advantage of that technology. Cost and complexity must be issues, because issuing threats is never any fun.
Linux and Open Source
The latest news and views on all things Linux and open source by seasoned Unix and Linux user Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge PC operating system. SJVN covers networking, Linux, open source, and operating systems.
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Open source, like most things, works on the 90-10 rule. That is 90% (or more) of the work is done by 10% (or less) of the people. In the case of software, these few are creating enormous economic value, and they can become an unhappy few.
Nessus is a good tool, but security professionals I've talked to say it's a poor substitute for the proprietary competition. The GPL security community deserves something better, and since Deraison is tired of people freeloading on his work, that means it's up to the rest of y'all.
Based on what I've seen in this area so far, there is far more balancing, and far more hands-on psychology, involved in the open source world than in any commercial space.
There are many open source operations that need to know the time in order to work properly. As open source moves into the enterprise, this number increases. And these projects must have patches in place, or their time-dependent applications won't work properly.
What I find most interesting is that big projects in this space are now being built based upon open source tools, with links to Web services such as Google Maps or Flickr.
The idea of "do no evil" isn't just a good idea. It speaks volumes of the value which must be at the heart of an open source business model -- credibility.
If Office revenues decline, a lot of fuel goes out of Microsoft's stock price, which makes it easier for both Google and Sun to take Microsoft on elsewhere. Google and Sun benefit hugely if Microsoft's revenues just don't go up as quickly.
If Google pushed OpenOffice, and integrated with OpenOffice, it might hurt Microsoft, which would greatly please Sun.
What is preventing the age of open source communication from happening is, in a word, regulation. Not just regulation that protects the prerogatives of private companies, either. But regulation in its broadest sense.