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LotusLearns -- The Good, The Bad, and Yes, It’s Ugly (Underneath)
Bill Malchisky    

Plenty of members in the blogger community are discussing this important topic. I am all for aggregating content to make people find information easier for how they use the web. The issue is that most of the blogger content is protected by copyright. That is sacred. Being a published author, this topic is sensitive for me. Very early in my consulting career, I was on a project where a consultant working for a competing firm and from a country that had few protections for the written word, borrowed the training material from a Lotus class paid for by the customer. He then went around to all of the other customers asking who wanted a copy. I declined. He then asked my trainer who was a CLI. She gave him an attitude adjustment and went to the client. Being a man of integrity, the client immediately saw the issue and fixed the problem. The point is that we take our protections of published work seriously here. For someone to disrespect the author's wishes for how their information is to be disseminated is shameful.

Another aspect is of the marketing on the site. Do the vendors know that the content on the site is being provided in a manner that is questionable in character? I would guess, and this is conjecture on my part, but most are probably sold on the concept sans seeing the site. If there were involved early on, then most definitely, in my opinion. Curious how the sponsors would respond if they knew there name was appearing adjacent to potentially illegally published content. If the business owner has integrity, I would think the advertising revenue stream would dry-up quickly. But that is a guess on my part, knowing nothing about LotusLearns particular arrangements therein.

If the CEO of LotusLearns chooses to publish the works from blog sites, then that is fine, so long as she provides attribution. If the author published the information as copyleft, then there is no issue. In grade school, most domestic children were taught that if you use another resource other than your own in your report, research, review, or other writing, you must provide a bibliography, reference page, or footnote section to properly cite your sources. It is sad to contemplate that school children have more sense of responsibility than some adults. To take --- without permission --- what is not one's and publish as one's own is dishonorable, illegal, and equates to cheating, in my opinion (I state this as such as I am not an attorney, nor do I disseminate legal opinions--just my perspective).

Would it really be that much harder for LotusLearns to append either as a prefix or suffix, a proper cite reference for her content?
If you consider all of the community heat that site is going to take with its approach, plus all the time the LotusLearns CEO will spend defending its actions, it would be a better use of her and everyone else's time if she would just put the URL, source article name, and blog title for each post. That builds goodwill, earns respect and would make a potentially useful site an asset in our community.

Apr 20, 2012
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New SSL3 Exploit: The POODLE Is Here and Lifting Its Leg
Wed, Oct 15th 2014 3:38a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Here we go again... another blockbuster security exploit with another clever code name is announced. POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) CVE-2014-3566 specifically allows a man-in-the-middle style attack utilizing an SSL3 connection. Once again, Red Hat does a stellar job offering full details on background, technical specifics, and testing. Google's Online Security Blog post is exceedingly terse when contrasting. Here is what you need to know. What is It? CVE-2014-356 [read] Keywords: admin domino ibm applications enterprise firefox google linux microsoft network oracle red hat redhat security server

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Mon, Sep 29th 2014 6:13a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
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Thu, Sep 11th 2014 11:13a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
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