From: Chris Carlen
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Subject: Re: Who owns your mind?
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Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 21:16:58 GMT
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Frank Bemelman wrote:
> I don't worry about it. Let them come and get me, for making
> that nixieclock in my own time, ha!
Yeah, that's a good example of what I'm doing. Of course it's absurd to
worry about them suing me for my Nixie clock designs, but it bugs me.
And when you see the way things are going in the US, maybe it's not so
silly to worry. Things are getting a bit wierd here these days.
> You must live by the *intention* of the rules, don't take
> everything literally.
You said it well Frank, what I couldn't articulate in several paragraphs.
One place where I am a bit concerned is with a prorgam I have written to
implement a software DDS. It is really quite a well done thing, and
turns an AVR and a couple other chips into a very respectable
audio-range dual sine wave source, with digital readouts, quadrature or
arbitrary phase shifts, encoders to set the frequency, etc., and lots of
I have been developing it for the internationally intriguing purpose of
writing psychadelic scribbles of laser light on my walls. But how do I
know it isn't getting sophisticated enough to be something "they" would
My intention has been to GPL the thing once it's done.
Then I was considering taking it *into* my job and using it for some
stuff there, instead of re-inventing the wheel. So the web gets a bit
knotty with this one.
I could just put it on my wife's computer and change the UIDs. Poof!
It's my wife's invention. Actually she might wind up programming the uC
for the Nixie clocks anyway, since I spend all my time figuring out how
to get a new Linux installation working these days.
Then I have considered designing some digital delay generators using
CPLDs or small FPGAs, as a learning project for more advanced digital
logic design. I am convinced I can come close to matching the specs of
say a Berkeley Nucleonics delay generator, but for less than 1/10 the
hardware price. I would probably GPL the whole design for that as well.
But you see, I might be inching closer and closer toward something
marketable or patentable the longer I do this sort of thing.
Ok enough, time for lunch.
Christopher R. Carlen
Suse 8.1 Linux 2.4.19