Linked by the_randymon on Fri 25th Jan 2013 09:21 UTC
Linux After about a year of work, the ArchLinux distribution now offers a variant running on the FreeBSD kernel. Says the developer, "Why would I do this? If like me, you enjoy FreeBSD and love it, but also like the philosophy behind Arch Linux, which is a fast, lightweight, optimized distro, I figured why not combine the both. Even though you could just do it on FreeBSD using the ports, not everyone wants to compile." This now puts Arch in the same category as Debian with Debian GNU/KFreeBSD, which offers a Debian userland on top of a FreeBSD kernel.
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RE[4]: Arch BSD, right?
by Soulbender on Fri 25th Jan 2013 13:12 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Arch BSD, right?"
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

As of Saturday, it will be illegal to unlock phones in the US.


....say what? I can't really comprehend what I just read. It doesn't compute.
Are you sure you're not talking about North Korea or Cold War-era Eastern bloc states?

In some ways I miss the cold war. Sure, we almost blew ourselves up but at least there was some checks and balances and a "lets not be as bad as those guys" attitude.

(Edit: A Google search later and my brain just stops working. "This comes into effect under concerns of national security". WTF?? Did I just step into Orwell's 1984?)

Edited 2013-01-25 13:24 UTC

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RE[5]: Arch BSD, right?
by Laurence on Fri 25th Jan 2013 13:21 in reply to "RE[4]: Arch BSD, right?"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Indeed. It's so completely over the top that it must be made up.

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RE[5]: Arch BSD, right?
by moondevil on Fri 25th Jan 2013 14:31 in reply to "RE[4]: Arch BSD, right?"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Actually if I remember correctly in many European countries that is the same.

You can get prosecuted if you have a business that unlocks phones.

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RE[6]: Arch BSD, right?
by Soulbender on Sat 26th Jan 2013 01:51 in reply to "RE[5]: Arch BSD, right?"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Actually if I remember correctly in many European countries that is the same.


I can't find any hard information supporting this claim.
All I can find are vague claims like "some countries in Europe" so I'll call not true on that until someone actually provides hard evidence.
There's plenty of examples where carriers are required to provide an unlock service, free or at a charge, by law.

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RE[5]: Arch BSD, right?
by Nelson on Fri 25th Jan 2013 21:29 in reply to "RE[4]: Arch BSD, right?"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

People need to lobby their representatives right away. I think if as big a stink was made about this, as was made about SOPA, we'd get somewhere.

The DMCA is a terrible law that needs to be repealed, the spirit of it was respectable, but things like this are notoriously hard to implement in a manner which balances consumer freedom and intellectual property interests.

This speaks to a larger, lack of education in US politics surrounding technology as a whole. It is extremely dangerous given how we live in a more connected world every day.

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RE[5]: Arch BSD, right?
by tylerdurden on Fri 25th Jan 2013 22:02 in reply to "RE[4]: Arch BSD, right?"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Reality gets even weirder when you realize that the "librarian of congress" is the branch assigned by congress to enforce this.

The DMCA is turning out to be a magnificently awful piece of legislation as some predicted...

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RE[6]: Arch BSD, right?
by Nelson on Fri 25th Jan 2013 22:12 in reply to "RE[5]: Arch BSD, right?"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

The Librarian of Congress has also made Jailbreaking legal and ripping DVDs fair use, so its not all bad.

The DMCA is just terrible though.

Edited 2013-01-25 22:22 UTC

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RE[5]: Arch BSD, right?
by saso on Sat 26th Jan 2013 22:58 in reply to "RE[4]: Arch BSD, right?"
saso Member since:
2007-04-18

Are you sure you're not talking about North Korea or Cold War-era Eastern bloc states?

ex-Cold War-era Eastern bloc state here: please don't compare us to NK. The political system may have been thoroughly f'ed up, but I assure you we didn't pull crazy shit like systematically starve our own people to death. Compared to NK, Cold War-era Eastern bloc countries were free market democracies.

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