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Comment: Re:I'm dying of curiousity (Score 1) 170

by HornWumpus (#49198725) Attached to: Software Freedom Conservancy Funds GPL Suit Against VMWare

I believe the words you are looking for is 'undocumented API'.

An undocumented API is almost guaranteed to change. But is less protected than a normal API as you don't even have .h files to point at and claim.

Undocumented APIs in commercial software are not protected, they are just a bad idea to use.

Comment: Re:Why Force Your Children to Live in the Past? (Score 1) 656

by HornWumpus (#49198327) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

The printing presses are already scheduled to run the bearings out of them. It's called the SS trust fund.

It's not just that they have spent all the money, they have run up a huge debt. Our only hope at this point is another currency going POP (I'm looking at you Pound, you too Euro) and capital flight gives us enough time to non-disastrously inflate our way out.

Comment: Re:Ever read the Unibomber Manifesto? (Score 1) 208

by HornWumpus (#49197985) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes

The unibomber saw some obvious facts.

But he strung them together into a schizo construct that made no sense at all. Everybody is powerless in a technological society, but they have tons of power while freezing in an unheated cabin and praying for the weather to break?

Find where the unibomber started to feel powerless and you find the root of his psychosis.

He was also an example of schizo IQ degradation. Every schizophrenic episode costs them about 1 IQ point. After a few years they are just dull, but they remember 'being smart'.

Comment: Re:Why call them activists? (Score 1) 208

by HornWumpus (#49197739) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes

AC brought intent into the discussion. Apparently someone thinks 'activist' is a positive descriptive word. It's completely neutral.

The unibomber was 'an activist'. An activist with a complex mental construct he was killing to defend. (This a little muddled by all the people who read the 'logicyness' of his manifesto but were too stupid to see it made no sense at all. Some even call it 'genius' because it agreed with some of their preconceptions.)

Charles Manson is a pro helter skelter activist.

Matter cannot be created or destroyed, nor can it be returned without a receipt.