Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Jun 2007 22:44 UTC
Windows As was to be expected, the Longhorn Reloaded team has been shut down by Microsoft. "It is with sad news that I have to inform you that today due to a cesit and decist letter we recived from Microsoft we are no longer able to provide you with a download link to Longhorn Reloaded. It deeply saddens me that although Microsoft hknew about this project for many months they only issued us with this notice a few days after we started to distribute the iso via torrents and ftp server."
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RE[7]: Cooperations buys laws
by npang on Tue 26th Jun 2007 12:54 UTC
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Good points, but I guess my argument now is now a matter of the feasibility of obfuscated code comprehension i.e. code that is not in source code form. How feasible is it to understand a whole system of obfuscated code that comprises a program? In my opinion, it is infeasible for most programmers to comprehend and understand the operation of a whole system of obfuscated code; maybe parts here and there but not a whole system. The amount of investment required to comprehend non-trivial quantities of obfuscated code is too much for the majority of developers to burden; it is pretty much a non-option in the majority of cases. This method of obtaining information from is also infeasible for the long-term as too much effort is wasted trying to understand the logic of the system.

Sure it is possible to learn from obfuscated non-Free code and then share the knowledge with others but we shouldn't have to accept this as a legitimate method for sharing information; more like a last chance effort to interoperate. This is the reason why it is infeasible for the user to improve their situation relating to one or more non-Free programs.

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