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[aprssig] UiView32 Registrations

scott at opentrac.org scott at opentrac.org
Tue Apr 5 03:03:50 UTC 2005


The only one who could place it in the public domain would be the copyright
holder (I'm assuming that's Dee unless Roger made other arrangements), at
least until the copyright expires.  Which, with the way legislation is going
these days, will be in about 300 years, at least in the US.

I see a registration patch more as a way to make sure the program as it
exists now stays usable.  The source code is gone - there's never going to
be any way to add any significant functionality or modify how it operates
beyond trivial tweaks that can be made in an object-level debugger.  And
trust me, even those require some significant effort.  But if a companion
program was released, capable of either disabling the registration
requirement or generating valid keys while explaining Roger's wishes, it
could go on being used (and generating donations) whether there are
volunteers still handing out registrations with their secret keygens or not.

Scott
N1VG
  -----Original Message-----
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[mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of Rich Garcia
  Sent: Monday, April 04, 2005 7:39 PM
  To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
  Subject: RE: [aprssig] UiView32 Registrations


  It was Rogers wishes that the code not be placed into public domain and
destroyed after his passing. Patches and fixes would I believe going against
his last wishes, no flames please don't shoot the messenger. I may not agree
with it but I do respect a persons last wishes.

  Rich
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[mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of scott at opentrac.org
    Sent: Monday, April 04, 2005 9:48 PM
    To: 'TAPR APRS Mailing List'
    Subject: RE: [aprssig] UiView32 Registrations


    Or what, you might get some unlicensed rogue hooking it up to their
scanner?  Unlicensed transmissions are an issue for the FCC (or other local
regulatory body.)  They're not supposed to even be buying transmitters if
they're not licensed, right?  They can't get gated back to RF without the
server login string.  Which you can already generate yourself anyway... but
it needn't be part of the patch.

    I have the utmost respect for Roger and his work.  I had a number of
friendly email conversations with him before he passed on.  I'm not
interested in going against his wishes - I just don't see that the current
system is fulfilling them any more than a registrationless system would.

    How about a patch program that pops up an explanation of the donation
request, with an 'I understand and agree' checkbox before applying the
patch?  Maybe with some hyperlinks to the American Cancer Society, Cancer
Research UK, and so on?  That's honestly what I expected from the
registration website, and I was surprised not to see it.

    Scott
    N1VG
      -----Original Message-----
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[mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of Germino
      Sent: Monday, April 04, 2005 6:25 PM
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      Subject: Re: [aprssig] UiView32 Registrations



Can someone tell me why there's even a registration requirement?  I thought
donations were entirely voluntary now.
 Don't we still need to make sure that it's a Ham that is using the program?
(for Igateing to RF) Or am I mistaken? MikeAD6AA
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