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Comment Winelib (Score 1) 64

That depends on whether developers find it easier to use Winelib to port their Windows desktop apps to Android (with appropriate changes to sizes of controls and removal of mouseover actions) than to rewrite them from the ground up in the language that Google can't call Java anymore.

Comment VOD, except for sports (Score 1) 84

and maybe they're betting that more and more content will be streamed rather than recorded

Especially with the "TV Everywhere" video-on-demand offerings available over the Internet as a perk for subscribers to participating multichannel pay TV providers. The hardest thing to get on demand as I understand it is sports, but there's a strong tradition of watching sports live, or at least (in the case of baseball or American football) delayed by no more than two hours so that the viewer can fast forward past all the downtime.

Comment Re: GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 1) 307

"I've had a theory for some time that a lot of people lack genuine intelligence, but instead simply fake intelligence much like those automatic content generators for link farms generate informative text -- they just randomly piece together related information and, if the information is stitched together well enough, you can end up reading a paragraph before realizing that what you're reading, while it has a lot of words, isn't actually saying anything. Obviously to avoid detection, these philosophical zombies would have to employ a rather effective algorithm for faking intelligence, so exactly how to recognize them has been something I've been trying to figure out for a long time."

You certainly seem to do a good of mimicking what you describe. This paragraph while describing a "philosophical zombie" fails to make any point whatsoever and has no relevance to our discussion. Your previous post lead with a back-handed insult as well. Are all your arguments so poor that you feel the need to lead with baseless slander?

My argument on the other hand is clearly stated in the first line of the original post you responded to:

"Even then it's [gpl'd code + getting paid] only a problem coupled with a great deal of paranoia and misinformation about the "viral" nature of the GPL."

"So people aren't being sued over the use of GPL code? I'll give you that."

Failing to utilize billions of dollars worth of GPL'd code in a legitimate and compliant way when "you are correct in that merely using a library doesn't make a project a derivative work of the library" because of fear of lawsuits that never happen certainly sounds paranoid to me.

"the lack of lawsuits definitely doesn't imply that it is acceptable to violate the terms of the GPL"

Nobody is talking about violating the GPL. You yourself, as I just quoted, admit the usage scenarios I've described are not GPL violations.

""Nobody is holding a gun to anyone's head forcing them to use the code." I'll give you that one too. Indeed, it's kind of central to my argument that no one is going to use this image library."

Interesting since this is the first mention of this particular image library you've made. My argument is that almost all uses of an image library such as this are not derivatives, do not violate the GPL, and that nobody feels they do strongly enough to bring lawsuits. Therefore failing to use it for fear of the viral nature of the GPL is baseless paranoia not sound legal advice. You have ceded every point required to support my argument.

My argument doesn't depend on people actually using the library rather than being paranoid. The library is a non-optimized reference implementation of a format the authors developed. Those who are not paranoid can optimize and share this non-production code (GPL'd result) then use it to add support in their browser, graphics editor, camera, etc (no GPL required). Those who are not paranoid can implement the format on the own and suffer a competitive disadvantage. If a closed source shop developed it you'd just get no free reference implementation at all.

It makes no difference to me.

Comment Re: GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 1) 307

"So while it may be OK legally to use that library in closed-source software, no one is going to do so as they don't want to be sued by authors who think otherwise, and especially if the FSF were to become involved, that lawsuit could prove to be quite costly."

As of yet these expensive lawsuits don't exist. Courts and not GPL authors decide what is a derivative work as that is a term from copyright and case law.

"admitting to that would defeat the entire purpose of the GPL, as its purpose is to leverage existing open-source code to force other developers to release open-source code."

Its purpose is to allow developers who believe in an open software ecosystem to provide source code to others who believe in the same. Nobody is holding a gun to anyone's head forcing them to use the code. How can you believe in the far more controlling and forceful terms of closed source models that even include EULAs to try to extend controls to usage which isn't even part of the rights granted by copyright and not support the simple "pass it n in the spirit it was given" philosophy of the GPL?

The LGPL was even created to allow making a clearer delineation so people who aren't like-minded can enjoy benefits at the risk of them exploiting the technicality to close things that really are just derivatives.

Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 3, Interesting) 336

Ditto for me on Chase. They've caught real fraud quickly and got me a replacement card within a week. They've also made it very easy to authorize transactions that trigger their system (large purchases somewhere you've never shopped at will do it). You get a text message on your cell phone that you reply to then ask the shop to try again.

Comment Every human language leaves out information (Score 1) 49

when the source language admits to intentionally leaving out information

Every human language leaves out information. Different languages just leave out different amounts in different ways in different circumstances. This is why instead of relying on Google Translate, the author of an Hour of Code activity this year is going to have to hire a professional translator who can ask the author for the information that one language left out for use in a translation to another language.

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