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Re^3: Skipjack Encryption

by serf (Chaplain)
on Jan 22, 2006 at 12:29 UTC ( #524780=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Reaped: Re^2: Skipjack Encryption
in thread Skipjack Encryption

Hi brittojs,

There is a possibility that it was by mistake, but here all you did was reply to my post, copy my code verbatim from the [download] link, and then paste it into the reply box (at which point you knew what you were doing well enough to add code tags around it - which makes it look like it was intentional and not an accident) then preview it and submit it.

By copying and pasting the code verbatim, minus the comments, (not making any changes) you managed to pick up a few (somewhat fickle) XP (in this case 9 in 12 hours) thanks to people who didn't read what they were voting on.

You also did the same thing with ikegami's code in Reaped: Re^2: how to crypt and decrypt password from 4 to 15 characters in length

I appreciate that these two nodes constitute the only positive XP that you have at the moment, but it was "aquired", not earned.

If these two nodes *were* posted by mistake could you please update the nodes and remove our code.

I'm an open source advocate, and am 100% for code re-use but taking other people's code and passing it off as your own without giving credit is plagerism.

.oO(should we be putting copyright messages in the code we post on PM?)

In the off-chance that you just intended to add minor improvements to our code snippets (which I'm all for!) could you please go back and update your posts to do so.

There's no need to re-post our code in full (if it works). If you're only making a minor change and not re-writing most of the program then just post the modified code blocks you've improved by themselves (with some comments), otherwise it's hard for people to see what is different.

I downloaded my and your posts here and ran diff on the two files to find the code was unchanged - because I certainly didn't suspect at first (like the other monks who ++ed it) that it was my code I was reading in your post!

Thank you.

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Re^4: Skipjack Encryption
by tirwhan (Abbot) on Jan 22, 2006 at 12:48 UTC
    should we be putting copyright messages in the code we post on PM?

    Under most jurisdictions all original code you post (here or anywhere else) is already under your copyright unless you explicitly put it into the public domain (I think only xdg does that in his .sig but may be wrong there). I don't see an explicit copyright statement changing that in any way (IANAL though).

    There are ten types of people: those that understand binary and those that don't.

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