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Comment: Re:Loved MOST but not all you said (Score 1) 55

by F452 (#36306568) Attached to: Jonathan Coulton Answers Your Questions

I have quibbles with your quibbles. :-) For the second quibble, here's what he said:

"Like most people, I'd imagine, my ears and skills are a bigger problem than the weaknesses of whatever gear I'm using - if you don't know how to mix (guilty!) then the fidelity of your monitor speakers is the least of your worries."

Not that it doesn't matter, but that he's not able to take full advantage of the better stuff.

For the first quibble, I think this is the key part of his response:

"I don't want to be the guy who just tells everyone how great their lives would be if they quit their jobs, but for many people there's less justification than ever before for staying in a work situation that isn't rewarding for you. If you want to do stuff, go and do stuff. Who is stopping you?"

I don't read that as a categorical call for everyone to quit their job and endanger their family's security, and "if you want to do stuff, go and do stuff" can mean exactly what you say about continuing with your job while building up other work.

Comment: Eben Moglen's Blog Post (Score 2, Interesting) 156

by F452 (#30434700) Attached to: Oracle Responds To MySQL Purchase Concerns

The SFLC's Eben Moglen is okay with Oracle taking on MySQL:


Among other interesting analysis:

"In fact, I think they're wrong. I don't think the GPL is a bad economic fit for MySQL. I believe that Oracle sees clearly the nature of its business interests. It knows that MySQL is much, much more valuable to it alive than dead. In fact, Oracle has almost as much reason to improve MySQL as it has to improve its flagship product. For a small firm, like MySQL AB, dual-licensing revenue was the only efficient revenue source with which to develop the product. But for Oracle, service revenue is much more significant than dual-licensing royalties. As all parties who have spoken about the merger agree, regardless of which side they are on, enterprises that use Oracle are very likely to use MySQL also, because MySQL is the world leader in number of installs. Which means that companies that pay Oracle to service Oracle are very likely to pay Oracle to service MySQL as well, if Oracle is not only servicing MySQL but acting as primary funder and participant in a flourishing MySQL ecology. Even if Oracle were only willing to invest in MySQL the extent of its ability to increase the MySQL service business, Oracle would be the best thing that ever ichappened to MySQL. In fact, Oracle has an immense incentive to invest far more in MySQL than the extent of its increased winnings in the MySQL service market. MySQL driven technologically and economically by Oracle will be a price-zero full-GPL missile aimed at Microsoft SQL Server. "

The Internet

+ - Tiny URL Developer Basking in Website's Success->

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F452 writes "The Minneapolis StarTribune has a piece about the guy behind TinyURL. Mostly a fluff piece, but interesting. From the article:

"The website he created in 2002, TinyURL.com, gets an impressive 1 billion hits a month, but Blaine Web developer Kevin Gilbertson would rather talk about riding his unicycle. [...] The site makes URLs tiny at a rate of about 1 billion per month. Which is where the $1 million comes in. Gilbertson could make about that much if he chose to attach a pop-up advertisement on each URL. But he won't, on principle. [...] Kevin spends as many as 14 hours per day on the computer — on days he doesn't unicycle."


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+ - Java Artificial Intelligence Sample Code Liberated

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F452 writes "An objection I've had to many programming books and web sites is that they don't make sample code available under a free software license. This is within the rights of the author, of course, but it seems counter to the spirit of teaching and sharing knowledge to restrict the use of example code.

I was happy to exchange words recently with an author who was open and responsive to making the sample artificial intelligence code from his book available under a free license. With Saturday being Software Freedom Day, it seemed like a good time to write about our email conversation and point you to the freed code. Topics include: Control Systems, Scripted Behavior, Discrete Searching, Searching State Space, Genetic Algorithms, Thinking Logically, and Supervised and Unsupervised Neural Networks."

Nothing in progression can rest on its original plan. We may as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant. -- Edmund Burke