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Comment: Be a Good Listener (Score 4, Insightful) 152

by Khomar (#48920015) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

I think one of the most valuable abilities for a good programmer is to be a good listener. A big part of that is also being able to ask good questions. You need to be able to fully understand the problem to be able to develop the right solution -- remember, the solution that customer actually needs is not always the one they think they want. Also, being able to listen also means you will be better able to learn new skills.

Comment: Re:A scientific hypothesis is not a guess (Score 1) 151

by Oligonicella (#48906009) Attached to: How Do We Know the Timeline of the Universe?
"Calling theories"... Hypothesis was used in the quote. In fact "theory" doesn't appear at all. So you're arguing against some other statement.

"... the simple fact is that much of the modern world would simply not work if the words "hypothesis" and "guess" were equivalent." Incorrect. Reality doesn't give a crap how words are used. You apparently do and are taking umbrage. Fine, just don't act like what you're writing is fact. It isn't.

"... rather than mysticism and magical thinking." Or hypothesis.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 3, Interesting) 98

by Svartalf (#48899205) Attached to: Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Considering that RMS didn't dream these licenses up, but rather Eben Moglen, you might want to contemplate who knows more about this... The law professor that actually teaches on this subject or someone claiming that there is a right of revocation in there that's effectively free of Promissory Estoppel and the like on the subject. Just because there's a law on one side doesn't mean other laws don't cause OTHER, equally bad problems on the subject and effectively preclude the hypothesized notion out of box.

Comment: Re:Perhaps ... (Score 1) 98

by Svartalf (#48899037) Attached to: Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

No, if you're doing your legal documents right, it does place it into the Public Domain as intended. How? Promissory Estoppel prevents such an act from even being ran up the flagpole on an infringement suit. If you actually DID this, just because you can revoke assignments, etc. doesn't give you carte-blanche to actually DO it the way they're describing there.

Without covenants in place as part of the agreement, yeah. There's a problem. With them, this is really nothing more than the nattering of someone trying to make a vastly bigger deal of things than is really there.

Comment: Heh... (Score 5, Interesting) 98

by Svartalf (#48899013) Attached to: Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain


You can't make promises or covenants of this nature with the intent of even remotely considering to revoke them. Your successors are also bound to them. Typically someone will bring up Promissory Estoppel and then raise Bad Faith- and then move to dismiss the case you brought against them...and most typically get it.

Comment: Re:Yawn ... (Score 2) 228

by Oligonicella (#48885745) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade
Bad phrasing on your part. There is no incremental cost of enabling IoT on a device. There is replacing said device. I'm past 60. I still have my grandmother's waffle iron and it works fine, cotton wrapped cord and all. Many, many things have lifespans that will make the IoT very difficult to integrate into a current someone's life without great expense and waste and so they simply won't. The "ubiquitous" IoT will be late this century at best.