[time-nuts] Brooks Shera

Scott McGrath scmcgrath at gmail.com
Mon Mar 25 11:23:53 EDT 2013

There is a company Death Switch which offers a service which sends out an email or multiple emails upon your demise or incapacitation 

The basic idea if you keep sending the service keepalives it does not send the email.  Sort of like a dead mans switch on a locomotive 

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On Mar 25, 2013, at 10:53 AM, David Kirkby <david.kirkby at onetel.net> wrote:

> On 25 March 2013 13:36, Jim Lux <jimlux at earthlink.net> wrote:
>> On 3/24/13 8:22 PM, Chris Albertson wrote:
>>> This is a perfect example of why people need to publish the source.
>>> Make it GPL or whatever.
>> That's a decision that the author gets to make.  I've been on both the
>> supplier and consumer side of that aspect. Sometimes I've published source,
>> sometimes I haven't. There's a lot of factors involved, and the consumers
>> need to respect the author: only the author knows all of them.
> I've often wondered in there is a half-way house, for small projects
> like this, where one makes money from them, but where one would be
> happy to release the source code on ones death, or where one is
> sufficiently incapacitated to do anything with it.
> I could send the source to whoever wants it, but it would be useless
> without a decryption key. One gives the key to a wife, sibling or
> someone else so it could only be made available when that party agrees
> to make it available.
> To get around the possibility of an ex-wife deciding to get nasty, it
> could be done that there are two keys and both are necessary.
> A system like that would protect the author, but ensure that in the
> event of their death, the code is public. That license could be GPL,
> freeware of whatever else the author choses. I suspect Brooks Shera
> would have agreed to do something like that.
> Dave
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