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Comment Re:Is This Bus Syndrome? (Score 1) 492

My belief is that projects like CentOS are there because people want to skate on the backs of people and companies who have spent time and money making a good product, just because they don't want to pay for that hard work. I believe this is the flaw in the GNU license, and not open source in general.

As opposed to what, BSD? The GPL is viral in that all derivative products must be contributed back to the community, whereas a less strict open source license would allow CentOS to keep the modified source to themselves as long as they gave due credit. I'm not a fan of the GPL, but this is a complete misrepresentation.

Comment Re:copyright enforcement? (Score 1) 747

It certainly could. Code, markup, graphics, it's all copyrightable. Whether it has in the past or not isn't relevant at all since it's functionally the same as any other code. And yes, people borrow from each other all the time, but that doesn't make it legally sound.

As for Stallman's ideas, it seems like the easiest thing to do would be to just not visit websites that don't license their scripts in a friendly manner. You're not going to hell just because you accidentally went to some site with non-free javascript once, it's only important (for very idealistic definitions of important) for the sites that you use regularly.

Comment Re:Not a bug (Score 2, Informative) 830

and after saying "Ok, I got it", *guarantee*, that I can turn off the system in that very moment, without losing data or corrupting the file system in any way.

Which is precisely what fsync does, and is precisely what these developers didn't use. The filesystem knows better than you do how to get all the data it has to write onto the platters as fast as possible so if you need something specific like "it's important that this data get written now, so I'll wait for you to finish", you have to ask. Otherwise your apps would run a great deal slower since every little write (even a single byte!) would have to wait for the OS to say "OK, it's on disk". And if you really want that, there are flags you can use, e.g. O_SYNC. But you don't.

Comment Re:Only 10 types of people. (Score 5, Funny) 599

10 shall the the number of the counting, and the number of the counting shall be 10. 11 shalt thou not count, neither shall thou count 01, excepting that thou then proceedeth to 10. 100 is right out!

Comment Re:Radio? What's that?? (Score 0) 368

NPR just spent the last week and a half spamming my ear-hole with 1-800-962-9862 begging for donations. The sad thing about their business model is that I might donate if any donation I'm personally capable of making could make the pledge drives go away faster, but as it is I would see no fruit from my labor.

Comment Re:Freeze the CPU (Score 3, Insightful) 260

SRAM uses circuits that resemble a flip-flop, e.g. a latch, which would be what GPP was referring to. You are correct though that SRAM preserves state for some time after removing power, again especially at colder temperatures. However, I don't imagine it will be too much trouble, as getting a CPU to dump latent data from its cache after a power cycle is probably quite difficult -- it's small enough and fast enough that I would be surprised if the CPU didn't just zero the entire thing on boot. Certainly you wouldn't be able to get it back out the same way it went in as retrieving cache lines that are not really there would be a bug.

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.