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Comment: Re:Mod AC parent up (Score 2) 354

by Mikawo (#47841747) Attached to: DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

Yes, putting his projects under GPL was not legal in the first place because it linked to non-GPL code, but he knows this. What he's trying to do is get the server code to be GPL'd to validate his license and until then he wants to stop the use of his code.

What I want to know is what happens to code that uses an invalid license and then is distributed. Does it default to an implied copyright the same way works released without licenses do? Or is that nullified when a license is chosen? What the hell happens exactly and what does it mean for third-party software that rely on that code?

Comment: Re:DLC (Score 1) 215

by Mikawo (#47278389) Attached to: Was <em>Watch Dogs</em> For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

There are games that want to push the limits of PC hardware and have all the fancy bells and whistles and if that's what you want, then those are the games you should get, but why do you expect every game to be that way? Why is it wrong to optimize for the lowest common denominator to, say, reach a wider audience? Not everything needs to be at the cutting edge. Just making the game fun is a worthwhile goal in itself.

Comment: Re:DLC (Score 1) 215

by Mikawo (#47268385) Attached to: Was <em>Watch Dogs</em> For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Well, the list price is the same no matter what platform. I think console gamers might get butthurt if they spent the same amount of money and on another platform the game looks a lot better. There is something to be said about delivering a somewhat consistent experience across different platforms. Getting that extra quality through a DLC doesn't seem all that unreasonable.

Comment: Re:Bottom Line: (Score 2) 358

by Mikawo (#46808541) Attached to: Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

Of all the companies that I've applied to (and I've applied to a lot), none really seemed to care about any work I've done. I have an application that has a couple hundred regular users (which I'd like to think is pretty damn good as far as obscure open source projects go) that I've been maintaining for the past year but this has not improved my prospects at all. I've also learned various technologies and started projects around them but all of it seems like an exercise in futility. The gross generalization that all you need is to have decent code samples to get a job seems like complete bullshit to me.

Comment: Re:The older I get, the better I once was. (Score 1) 103

by Mikawo (#46766389) Attached to: Your <em>StarCraft II</em> Potential Peaked At Age 24

Many studies suggest that the better players don't typically "see" the bad moves. If you ask a good player who's analyzed a position for a few minutes about a bad move, they will require more time to answer questions about the bad move.

This happens everywhere. Not just games. If you get so used to doing things in a certain way, thinking outside that box becomes more difficult.

Comment: Re:I don't care if he was supporting a bill to imp (Score 1) 1116

by Mikawo (#46702381) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

I have to agree. No matter how much of an asshole view a person has, they should be able to act on their belief within the law without being condemned for it. The thing that really gets me is that they took it to his employer. If you have a political problem, fight that problem on the political stage. Don't bring that crap to the workplace!

Comment: Re:Copyright itself is problematic for technology (Score 1) 259

by Mikawo (#44502765) Attached to: Is 'Fair Use' Unfair To Humans?

I'm trying to think of where education went wrong such that it produces people like you that think effort should be rewarded.

Students should not expect a grade of A on a test just because they tried hard. They should expect it because they produced a sufficient amount of correct answers. Likewise, an amateur carpenter should not expect to be paid more for a birdhouse he constructed just because it required more effort than would have been exerted by a skilled carpenter. The worth should represent the results and not the effort it took to produce them.

It is a shame that it is common practice to add the weight of effort into the value of a product and nobody stops to think twice about it.

"There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum." --Arthur C. Clarke