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Comment Re: Don't pirate software (Score 1) 92

And you also have to be careful that the output is not GPL'd - compiler compilers like bison and yacc have special exceptions in their license because they emit code that was from GPL code - the exception being that the emitted code is NOT GPL.

I have never heard of any GPL program that places GPL-like restrictions on its output.

And yes, you can also "pirate" GPL open-source - we call those people "GPL Violators" instead of "pirates" though. (Piracy is copyright violation. Copyright violation happens because if you don't agree to the GPL, it falls under standard "all rights reserved" copyright. Since you didn't want to obey the GPL, the code is no longer GPL but standard copyright and distribution restricted.)

Potayto, potahto.The code remains GPL and copyright, whether someone abides by the license or not. The copyright-holder grants, via the GPL, certain rights to users of the software, provided they fulfill the conditions of the license. If you don't fulfill the conditions of the license, then you lose the rights under it. The license doesn't just "disappear" to be replaced with standard copyright restrictions.

Comment Re:Institutional Knowledge is irrelevant (Score 1) 169

Institutional Knowledge is irrelevant. The folks driving these changes figured that about 10 years ago.

Oh boy. I can safely say that you will never be part of any company that aspires to greatness. Oh, wait:

Hi! I make Firefox Plug-ins. Check 'em out.


You go on:

So what you do it take complex tasks and break them down into simple processes. I'm sure you've seen this. Situations in a company where the right hand doesn't know what the left is doing.

Seen this? You bet I have. The result is that nobody understands how they're contributing to the whole. The players create a pastiche of interpretations that resemble a tangled ball of string. In a culture like that, the adherence to a grand design is a desperately futile dream.

[other specious arguments about achieving greater efficiency by breaking up work units into even tinier pieces]

This is all possible if you need only one person who understands the vision, who are supported by a multitude of worker-ants who do his/her bidding. In short, an agricultural or manufacturing setting, not one that develops innovative technical products.

Comment Re:A cheaper solution (Score 1) 799

So, if it's going to be a mega-million lawsuit either way, would it be cheaper in the future if they just go ahead and shoot the kid?

Setting aside that this would be an outrageous violation of civil rights and our own sense of morality, the cost in lost international goodwill and in gained propaganda value for terrorists would, IMHO, result in a financial loss far greater than $15 million.

He has sued for $15 million. He may get all of it, or none of it, or something in between. The courts will decide. That's what they're for.

Comment Re:The moon could have been artificially created. (Score 4, Informative) 96

The fact that it always faces the earth,

Nothing remarkable about that. It's due to tidal locking and is quite common.

and orbits the earth once every month is very intriguing.

Yea, and Lou Gehrig died of Lou Gehrig's disease. [cue creepy music]

Comment Re:Spare us the hype (Score 3, Insightful) 93

With all due respect to farmers, they'll probably need some help with this. They know how to grow food, but not necessarily how to create better pesticides.

And what's with the claim of hype or exaggeration? The full context of what you quoted, in TFS and TFA, is:

About 30% of our food comes from crops, including fruits, nuts, seeds, and oils, that depend on insect pollinators, according to Dara A. Stanley of Royal Holloway, University of London, who led the new study. 'Basically,' she says, 'you can't have a balanced diet without insect pollination.'"

I see no hype or exaggeration here. Just rational and accurate communication.

Comment Re:Keep smoking, folks (Score 4, Informative) 93

Smoke isn't "good" for bees. It just triggers behaviours that make them docile.

The smoke masks the scent produced by guard-bees, so a bee-keeper's intrusion produces less alarm. Also, the smoke tricks the bees into thinking the hive is on fire, so they gorge on the honey, and become distended and less able to sting.

There is very little future in being right when your boss is wrong.