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Re: [News] Breathalyzer Precedent Set -- Reveal Source Code

Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> ____/ Mark Kent on Wednesday 05 September 2007 14:22 : \____
>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> Secret Breathalyzer Software Finally Revealed
>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>| As I?ve indicated in previous posts, defense attorneys for years have been
>>>| trying to discover the software source code used by manufacturers of
>>>| various breathalyzer models.
>>> `----
> http://www.duiblog.com/2007/09/04/secret-breathalyzer-software-finally-revealed/
>> Have you read the analysis - apparently the code is something of a joke
>> internally.  No wonder open-source software performs so much better than
>> proprietary.
> I haven't read it, no (in a hurry today because of meetings and I have fallen
> behind, RSS-wise).
> Remember that recent writeup from Carla about Diebold. They stmp their feet and
> say "IP" because they are too embarrassed to show the code.

I suspect that as lawyers begin to realise that source code /can/ be
had, and that the trade-secret argument is rather weak, at best, then
we'll see more of these kinds of exposees.

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