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Comment: Plenty. (Score 1) 979

by emil (#49379571) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

Pilate sent scores of insurgents to Golgatha every day. Tiberius recalled him to Rome for sending a phalanx to butcher several thousand Jews in a riot. A personal interview was thus extremely unlikely, and the "hand washing" just preposterous.

Try a basic test - who met Jesus first after the resurrection? Each gospel has a different answer. Unless you are extremely versed at doublethink, some of them have to be wrong.

Comment: It's stupid (Score 0) 90

Development with a proprietary language is ultimately harmful to your own interests, whether you make proprietary software for a profit or Free software.

The one thing every business needs is control. When you make it possible for another company to block your business, you lose control. Your options become limited. Solving business problems potentially becomes very costly, involving a complete rewrite.

The one thing that should be abundantly clear to everyone by now is that making your business dependent on Microsoft anything is ultimately a losing proposition. They have a long history of deprecating their own products after customers have built products upon them.

Comment: Yes, it's free. Also, the patent system sucks (Score 1) 90

All Open Source licenses come with an implicit patent grant, it's an exhaustion doctrine in equitable law.

The problem is not patent holders who contribute to the code, you're protected from them. It's trolls who make no contribution and then sue.

Of course these same trolls sue regarding proprietary code as well.

Comment: Re:WWJD? (Score 1) 979

by Jeremi (#49377139) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

I own a business. I am a business man. I decide who my potential customers are, and who I don't accept as customers. No one can make that choice for me.

That's some good bluster, but if you e.g. post "Whites Only" signs on your doors, you'll find yourself in court in very short order. There you'll find out that your freedom to accept or reject customers is in fact circumscribed by anti-discrimination laws.

Comment: Re:WWJD? (Score 1) 979

by Jeremi (#49377119) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

I have a serious problem with gay marriage, as marriage is a religious ceremony, so the state should stay out of it.

Sounds like you actually have a problem with state-sponsored marriage (gay or straight), but you're only willing to apply your logic to gay marriage.

Civil union is the state sponsored joining, and should be the proper avenue for the state to allow something that religion indicates is wrong.

Which religion are you referring to? There are plenty of religions that approve of gay marriage, and there are also plenty of religions that think various straight marriages (e.g. second marriages, or inter-racial or inter-religious marriages) are wrong. It's not clear why any of that is relevant to what the state should or shouldn't do, given that (in the USA anyway), church and state are meant to be kept separate from each other.

However, it has to be understood that most of the benefits of marriage have to do with holding a family together for the benefit of the children, which a homosexual marriage may have some issues in creating.

It's actually quite easy for a homosexual marriage to have children. Gays of either gender can adopt, and gay women can get pregnant and give birth. And if you want to play the "it's all about the children" card, you then have to explain why infertile/childless straight couples should be allowed to enjoy the benefits of marriage.

Comment: Re: Christian Theocracy (Score 1) 979

by Jeremi (#49377081) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

Rather--I'm glad that neither the government nor anyone else can force them to take the ["Whites Only"] sign down.

Just to be clear -- the US government can and does force businesses to take any "Whites Only" signs down. Outside of "private clubs", discrimination by businesses was outlawed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun