Thneed Digest – Week 2017 – 50

It seems we have another fun-filled announcement from FBRI.  Are we the only ones to see the underlying potential extortion part of the comments? “After all it would be a shame if that software you paid for stopped working…”  While FPS has always had a 10-year expiration that was meant to be “in good faith” to prevent outdated science from being used when better biometrics could be employed with an update.  This was then updated to a secret code to make the system work correctly otherwise bogus numbers would be created.  Everyone implement that properly? Bet not.  And now FPS will expire annually? That would be like starting up Word, and oh sorry you can’t do anything.  Even Microsoft has a more graceful fall back than that.  Who signed up for Biometrics as a Service? While we are not against the prospect of Biometrics as a Service that isn’t what the contract says.  Only the wealthy can do scientifically backed forestry? Pretty sure this is to stem the current exodus of contributors, but everyone came on board knowing that your current version would work with or without FBRI.  What happens when FBRI shutters its doors in a few years?  As there is no data, transparency or documentation to the model once it expires at that point, it is done.  Something to think about huh…

Did you get the latest FPS Update??  Does it work for you? We would love to hear your experiences so that they can be posted to the public bug log and wiki https://fps.wiki/.

FPS Updates

So let’s do an update…

Listing of communications to contributors known to FSD (up to 1 year):

  • 2017/12/11 Release of FPS 7.53 and FBRI Board Chair letter
  • 2017/09/25 FBRI Annual Meeting Registration Open
  • 2017/09/08 FPS update to Version 7.52
  • 2017/09/07 FBRI Annual Meeting Registration Open
  • 2017/08/07 FPS Workshop: Long-term Harvest Planning
  • 2017/07/14 Service update for FPS v7.50
  • 2017/06/15 Chairman’s Letter on recent FBRI Board Meeting
  • 2017/06/01 Last call for FBRI workshop on localizing FPS
  • 2017/05/17 FBRI workshop on localizing FPS Universal Growth Model
  • 2017/04/17 FBRI workshop on localizing FPS Universal Growth Model
  • 2017/03/17 Revised update link for FPS 7.50 download
  • 2017/03/16 Critical update on FPS 7.50 and Universal Library Download
  • 2017/03/16 Installation package for FPS 7.50…!!!
  • 2017/03/15 FBRI workshop on transitioning to the new FPS Universal Library
  • 2017/03/10 FPS 7.5 and Universal Library Download Available
  • 2017/02/27 FBRI workshop on transitioning to the new FPS Universal Library
  • 2017/01/24 Biometrician Position Available and Graduate Student Fellowship Offered (WFCA Mailing)
  • 2017/01/24 FBRI Biometrician position open and Graduate Student Fellowship available

Listing of FPS Updated known to FSD:

  • 2017/12/11- 7.5.3.0
  • 2017/09/08 – 7.5.2.0
  • 2017/07/14 – 7.5.1.0
  • 2017/03/17 – 7.5.0.1
  • 2017/03/10 – 7.5.0.0 (KNOWN TO CRASH COMPUTERS UPON INSTALLATION)
  • 2015/11/05 – 7.4.5 (#2?)
  • 2015/11/04 – 7.4.5 (#1?)
  • 2015/07/06 – 7.4.4
  • 2015/06/10 – 7.4.3
  • 2015/06/01 – 7.4.2
  • 2015/05/22 – 7.4.1

FSD will continue to post updates about FBRI communications as FSD is aware of them in hopes that all contributing organizations will be made privy to the updates from FBRI.

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