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Comment: Re:So! The game is rigged! (Score 1) 374

by s.petry (#47565489) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Try being working or lower middle class and doing the same thing. When you can only save a few hundred a month for a house due to rent costing over 1.5 times a typical mortgage payment

I moved out of poverty and into the upper middle class over time. There is no silver spoon or handouts for the overwhelming majority of people that move out of poverty to a better income.

Being debt free gives me more cash than a person that has lots of debt. Their money goes to interest payments, mine stays in the bank. It's not being "rich", it's being debt free.

Comment: As a general comment... (Score 1) 168

by tlambert (#47563727) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

As a general comment... it's pretty funny that this wouldn't be an issue, since they complied with the GPL as they were required to do, and published their sources.

Only the politics of Open Source is such that the projects that they published the changes for were not updated to include the changes, because they felt that it was not their responsibility to update their projects to include someone else's changes to their projects. They felt, instead, that it was the responsibility of the people making the changes to join their projects, and then make the changes with the editorial oversight of the community.

This is somewhat ironic, since they wouldn't have published the sources in the first place, if it hadn't been for the license.

So it's interesting to me that you can more or less not comply with the license by complying with it, and that the license is only effective for however long your product and company are around, and, if not picked up by the community to be carried forward, get lost after a short period of time, even if the company continues to exist.

I guess I wonder if it's legal to sell remaindered product (or used product) without offering the sources, per the terms of the license, or if, after that period of time, the products become illegal to transfer the binary licenses, since the originators are no longer around, and you cant appeal to them in order to get around your personal obligation, as the seller/reseller, to make the sources available any more (but you, as the middleman, failed to take advantage of the offer while it was possible to do so).

Probably, projects need to be a little less pissy about integrating third party changes, fixes, and extensions back into their main line.

Comment: Re:SDK available here: (Score 1) 168

by tlambert (#47563461) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

Following the link to the SDK gives a 404. Palm development tools were never readily available even when the platform was popular. Now they're almost impossible to find. Obstructing access to development tools is one sure-fire way to kill off a platform.

Pretty sure they want it dead.

Comment: Re:SDK available here: (Score 1) 168

by tlambert (#47563457) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

Perhaps next time you should do a little searching around for the fille which can no longer legally be distributed before you ask me to distribute it, rather than merely giving you enough information that you could find it if you were smart enough to be able to do the type of programming that the OP is asking to be able to do in the first place, since it's going to be pretty useless to you otherwise.

Comment: $1000, not $300 (Score 1) 38

by Animats (#47563223) Attached to: A Look At the Firepick Delta Circuit Board Assembler (Video)

Their presentation for investors quotes a sale price of $1000, not $300. At that price they might be able to do it. How well they'll do it remains to be seen.

Their presentation is all about their XY positioning mechanism. But that's not the problem. The hard problem is dispensing solder paste reliably and precisely, sticking the component down, and using hot air to solder it into place. As with low-end 3D printers, most of the problems are where the weld/soldering action takes place. They don't say much about how that's done.

The important thing is doing a consistently good soldering job. Nobody needs a machine that produces lots of reject boards.

Comment: Re:Arneson (Score 1) 164

by hawk (#47563091) Attached to: How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

The "glory years" identified were my Jr & Sr years of high school . . .

The "other" things in circulation at the time were largely either supplements to the the original booklets (and supplements), such as Arduinn, Spellcaster's Bible, and Runequest (farther removed), or completely orthogonal, such as Travellers & Runequest (also TSR).

A bit of this, a bit of that, a few articles from Dragon, and so forth.

And the moronic arguments as to which system handled dragon breath more "realistically", for crying out loud. D&D (blast goes off in the middle of people, but the second row doesn't get shielded from the first) or something goes off between two people, but one takes half as much damage as if the other wasn't there (Arduin)

hawk, who has the original Arduin supplement somewhere (before the bra was added)

Comment: Re:So! The game is rigged! (Score 1) 375

by s.petry (#47562917) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

There is nothing wrong with using credit and loans as long as they are used responsibly.

Funny that you believe you should have to pay a bank money, just for the "privilege" of spending money. You already earned your pay, but you think you should pay a bank so that you can spend it? This is exactly what I was referring to about people not understanding the scam.

Comment: Re:So! The game is rigged! (Score 1) 375

by s.petry (#47562883) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

1. A credit history. That's not necessarily debt, it is a history of handling small debts that you've paid off.

This is what I said. If you pay your phone bill every month, you don't get extra points. If you pay your phone bill with a credit card, you will get extra points IF and only IF you pay just the minimum payment (mostly interest to prolong your debt). If you pay it off in full, you may receive negative points. If you don't pay your bill on time you can be reported for negative points as well. Doing the right thing and paying on time the full amount to the company will not help your credit.

Your item 2 has a hell of a lot to do with item 1. If people want you indebted longer, they will target you for additional debt. Banks can somehow take back any property you gained, get insurance money for losses, and receive handouts from the Government for doing just that.

Nobody can force you to go into debt.

True. At the same time if a bank forces you to have a particular credit score to get a loan (as most do) the only way to get the credit score is to live in constant debt paying interest payments. Go ahead and try buying a house with a low credit score. Even if you don't need to be in debt people use credit cards for this exact reason. Hence, why I claim it's a scam.

Comment: So! The game is rigged! (Score 4, Insightful) 375

by s.petry (#47561767) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

The whole point of a "credit score" is horribly broken. In order to get approved for debt, you must have debt. If you have money in the bank and no monthly debt payments you have a reduced score. It's a SCAM! A scheme to make sure that you are constantly in debt, and yet it's perfectly legal. Living in debt constantly costs you money, and for what? So that you can have more debt? Wow!

The fact that people don't get this, or simply don't care, is very telling.

Personally I have almost no debt, just my car payment. I don't have a lot of debt so have a laughably low credit score. If I don't have cash I can wait to buy something. Actually since I manage my personal finances very well purchasing something I want is never an issue.

Comment: Should I do an ad blocker? (Score 3, Interesting) 251

by Animats (#47561759) Attached to: Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

I'm behind Ad Limiter, which limits Google search ads to one per page, picking the best one based on SiteTruth ratings. You can set it for zero search ads if you like. It also puts SiteTruth ratings on Google search results. It's a demo for SiteTruth search spam filtering.

This Mozilla/Chrome add on has a general ad-blocking mechanism inside. Unlike most ad blockers, it's not based on regular expressions looking for specific HTML. It finds URLs known to lead to ads, works outward through the DOM to find the ad boundary, then deletes the ad. So it's relatively insensitive to changes in ad code, and doesn't require much maintenance. The same code processes search results from Google, Bing, Yahoo, Bleeko, DuckDuckGo, and Infoseek. (Coming soon, Yandex support, and better handling of Google ads within ads, where an ad has multiple links.)

So, if I wanted to do a better ad blocker, I could do so easily. Should I? Is another one really needed? Are the headaches of running one worth it?

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