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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 01/12] thinkpad_ec: New driver for ThinkPad embedded controller access
    On Sun, 6 Aug 2006 18:40:13 +0200
    Olaf Hering <olaf@aepfle.de> wrote:

    > On Sun, Aug 06, 2006 at 10:55:51AM -0400, Theodore Tso wrote:
    > > On Sun, Aug 06, 2006 at 01:44:02PM +0300, Shem Multinymous wrote:
    >
    > > > Can you please be more specific? What purpose does this exclusion
    > > > serve, that would be realistically achieved otherwise? You already
    > > > have a GPL license from the author, and a way to contact and uniquely
    > > > identify the author.
    > >
    > > For legal reasons, we need a way to to contact and identify the author
    > > in the real world, not just in cyberspace, and a pseudonym doesn't
    > > meet that requirement.
    >
    > In that context, even an anonymous mailer like gmail and the like is
    > questionable. But, I'm sure one get a domain with faked address data
    > in the whois database.
    > Where would you draw the line?

    I have a personal line, and that is when the patch is "substantial". (This
    line is only relevant when someone forgot to add the Signed-off-by: and I'm
    wondering whether to ask them to send one).

    And I'd say this patch series _is_ substantial because it pokes at
    registers which might be described in confidential/NDA'ed documentation, or
    in ways which might be derived from $OTHER_OS.
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