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Comment Re: Looting (Score 1) 110

BS argument. Both manufacturer/IP creator and retailer suffer great financial losses whether physical goods are stolen or IP goods are pirated... it's virtually the same thing.

Do you have any idea what TFA is actually about? The "manufacturers/IP creators" are the scientists and they don't see a single penny from people buying their papers. So, people copying them and distrbuting them causes them no loss at all, not "great financial loss" as you so incorrectly claim. Not only that, the currency of science is citations. More people reading the paper is more citations. Free distribution benefits the scientists greatly. That's why I put all my papers up on my website, completely for free.

So, no, piracy and theft are not virtually the same thing given that they're completely different. Someone pirating a paper of mine is at worst doing me no harm and at best will cite me. Or they might actually use the things I invented in which case the whole point of publicly funding science is working correctly.

So it is your equating of piracy and theft which is a BS argument.

Comment Re:Cue the hypocrites (Score 1) 110

I wouldn't say they've been hijacked, so much as it being a historical thing. Prior to the internet, the journals needed to charge as they had very significant costs involved in typesetting, distribution and etc. Some of them have professional staff who need to be paid. But anyway open access didn't exist as a thing since everything was in print and you could get it from a library via an inter library loan. Actually you still can. But I digress. Access on the internet is a good thing.

It boils down to a simple question: Where do want public funds to go?

Easy: we want it to go to the best research, no compromise. And how do we judge that? Well, if the researchers publish in the best journals, that's obviously good! But it just so happens those journals aren't open access.

Ultimately the current pressure is on researchers to publish in better journals and that often means closed ones. And by pressure, I mean that if they don't they loose their jobs and cease to be researchers, leving behind the ones that publish in better journals on the whole.

If anything, it's been the public pressure to get the most out of funds which is partly to blame. Without that pressure, researchers would be free to publish in lower impact journals (and trust me, the higher ones are a right pain in the arse to publish in).

Comment Re:Proper Science = public Paper + Data + Results (Score 1) 110

You are confusing publication of the papers with availability of data.

Unless it's one of the rare cases where the data is published, you can often just ask the scientists for the data. You might get it, but you might not. Sometimes it's not all theirs to share. Sometimes people aren't as careful with data as you might hope/expect, but then again original raw data is not as useful as one might expect.

For much of the sciences, people take their own data rather than replicatte processing of other people's data.

Comment Re:stop making him a martyr. (Score 1) 110

People saying "he would have gone to jail for 40 years" clearly do not spend any time reading the news, because prosecutors almost always ask for maximum sentencing, and rarely do they get it, EVEN FOR MURDERERS.

There is something masively fucked up about a system where even contemplating the idea of 40 years for trespass and copyright violations is even possible. You might not be in favor of what Swartz did, but the whole insane jail terms and plea bargaining thing is completely fucked up and a massive affront to justice.

Comment Re:KDE is a work in progress (Score 1) 109

Most of the screen locker insecurity complaints are made obsolete by the compositor extensions. If you're running a compositing WM, it intercepts all events before passing them to the windows, and all window operations before drawing them to the screen.

I don't see why a screenlocker imlemented in a compositing WM would be at all insecure.

Even in the case of grabs, etc, the compositor intercepts the events, because it needs to be able to mangle the coordinates because the windows don't know where they are.

Comment Re:Proves there's strong incentive for tax avoidan (Score 1) 68

Loophole is a pejorative for a deduction/credit you don't like. That is all.

Jesus do you even know what loophole means? The govrnment does not provide deductions then complain when people use them. A loophole is an unintended consequence of tax law, like the double Irish.

Your statements is literally trying to change the meaning of commonly used phrases.

You are morally required to 'starve the beast'.

No you aren't.

Even if you lose money on taking the deduction, cost of preparation etc, morally you should still take it.

Deductions aren't loopholes. The words mean different things. Go read a dictionary before you make a bigger fool of yourself.

Comment Re:But they're not white, so it's OK (Score 0) 324

Why bring up boogeymenpaedoterroristcriminals, uh, I mean "SJW" on an article about religious extremism and oppression?

It's like you are *determined* to validate my hyopthesis that non ironic use of "SJW" (and for the brain impaired, no, quoting other uses of it doesn't count either) is a 100% perfect indication that the bozo bit is well and truly flipped.

As for the SJWs, they're so full of it that the only people listening to them are other SJW wannabes.

Given that "SJW" is apparently the legion army of evil that anyone can join, what in seven hells is an "SJW wannabe"? And does that mean that SJWs who have received their commission[*] in the legion army of evil no longer listen to each other? Is that how you can tell an "SJW"? No TRUE SJW listens to another SJW? Does it matter if they're Scottish SJWS too?

[*] What about NCOs or mere privates?

Comment Re:WTF is Wayland (Score 1) 151

Right, because they haven't learned anything whatsoever in 30+ years of developing and maintaining a massive codebase of extremely widely used software.

Apparently not: they're blaming X (the protocol) not Xorg, their implementation of it. Bear in mind under their stewardship it's been largely rewritten. Some of the mistakes are theirs and they're blaming others.

That does not sound like a bunch of people who have learned lessons and will do it better next time.

Compare that to the slow and carful translation of GCC to C++ along with refactoring.

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