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Comment: Re:Um, right. (Score 1) 278

by Java Pimp (#46555771) Attached to: Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

My daughter has not learned to read and re-read the chapters in her text. Even if they haven't been specifically assigned as a reading assignment they cover the material in class and she is assigned the problems at the end of the chapter. When she gets stuck and asks me for help the first thing I ask is if she tried to look it up in her chapter. Which is typically followed by a no. If I can find the answer to her question in the chapter, I'll have her read it first. Or at least the section that contains the answer. If she's still stuck then I'll try and explain the material a little better. Of course, how I learned things 25 years ago is completely different from what she is being taught so that really just confuses her even more.

Comment: Re:Please.... (Score 1) 321

by Java Pimp (#46473161) Attached to: Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

I have an app on Google Play specifically targeted at children 0 to 4 years. One time purchase, no ads and no in-app purchases.

I don't blame Google, I blame the developers taking advantage of the situation. Personally I don't like in-app purchases as I feel it exploits the consumer. Draw you in with a "free" game that you can't really do anything with unless you spend money? WTF?

As the GP said, the password thing is a trade off between security and usability. That said, Google could make the password timeout a configurable option.

Comment: Re:Surviving off the GPL (Score 1) 480

by Java Pimp (#46350293) Attached to: Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

OT but I agree it's near impossible to make money from niche open source projects but I'd argue it would still make a good resume item. Anything you've done that you are proud of shows passion, dedication, commitment and says a lot about you as a candidate regardless of how relevant it is to the position.

Comment: Re:GPLv4 (Score 2) 480

by Java Pimp (#46349391) Attached to: Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

Actually, the GPL focuses on neither the developer nor the user but only on the software itself. You are free to use the software so long as the software remains free.

My point was that free software has never had any kind of restriction on the "use" of the software. The licenses grant permission for modification/distribution and the terms that apply. The license provides what didn't exist before, forbid and prohibit takes things away.

Currently it's perfectly fine for me to use GCC to build weapon systems or use LAMP to put up a pro-software patents website if I so choose. It's also fine to incorporate GPL code into a new P2P software geared toward distribution of anti- propaganda so long as the sources are available. (Or any number of uses that may be controversial or objectionable in certain groups)

When you start adding arbitrary prohibitions left to the discretion of the individual developers you lose all freedom in a nightmare of restrictions.
e.g. I can use this library in my code as long as I don't eat meat. But now, my code can also only be used by vegetarians. But then to use this other library I have to also hate gays.

I've seen software with restrictions on military applications or use in government organizations. But I don't think they could be considered free.

Comment: Re:Where are they? (Score 1) 324

by Java Pimp (#45986419) Attached to: NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

No doubt. The class certainly didn't make me an expert by any means. It was definitely interesting learning about surveillance techniques and methods to detect them. The class had a hands-on portion where they had mock hotel rooms and we had to set up the equipment to try to detect and locate the various bugs through out the room. I only found about half of them of which the burst transmitter was not one. I learned two things, one you really have to know what you are doing, and two, you have to be lucky enough to be watching when it happens.

Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves. -- Lazarus Long