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Comment: Re:Philanthropy (Score 4, Informative) 25

by ZaphDingbat (#38911727) Attached to: Bloomberg Open Sources Its Market Data Distribution Technology

I've actually contacted Bloomberg to ask about this, and they're not even open-sourcing anything. They're announcing their intention to form a committee to create open standards based on their tech. This is great because it will help fill gaps that AMQP and others are trying to fill, but I'm not sure it deserves an announcement until, you know, there's actually something to look at.

+ - MPAA website "borrows" Getty stock images->

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ZaphDingbat (451843) writes "I realized this would get lost in the SOPA story, but I thought it was ironic enough to mention: The MPAA website itself, alongside scathing reviews of the SOPA protest and warnings about "rogue websites," managed to use stolen stock photos, complete with watermarks, to highlight the industry."
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Comment: Re:Yet Another Reason... (Score 1) 214

by ZaphDingbat (#38427758) Attached to: BT Sues Google Over Android

Software patents have been around for almost 30 years. You say they've destroyed innovation - do you have any evidence? I think computers have advanced pretty far since the 80s.

For the same reason that being able to sue bloggers, but not newspapers, for their sources results in a chilling effect on free speech. I was willing to contribute to the advancement of software as an independent developer-- until I realized that I could not afford a lawyer or patent searches. Even if I could, Google, with its army of lawyers, could not stay out of court. If they get sued, they have patents and money. They can duke it out. If I get sued, that's the end for me.

So the grandparent quote is right-- only those with deep pockets can afford to play this innovation game safely. Anyone else is playing fast and loose with their earnings, waiting for you, the patent lawyer, to come take them, with the force of law and an inscrutable patent system on your side. I will not play that game. I am the innovation you lost.

Comment: Re:using words hard speaking more easy (Score 1) 601

by ZaphDingbat (#38203096) Attached to: Europe's Largest IT Company To Ban Internal Email

It is nothing for me to write a report running on for seven pages that is concise and well formed with unique content, for the average student that is like asking for a couple of their finger nails and they subsequently quote dump, plagiarize and "bullshit" their way through it.

I had a history professor that wanted a run-on fact dump for an essay. I was nearly failing his class until I understood that. Teachers' requirements (and by extension, how they teach writing) aren't necessarily consistent.

Comment: Re:"Always" (Score 1) 1345

by ZaphDingbat (#37553582) Attached to: Science and Religion Can and Do Mix, Mostly

I think the whole question is a category error. Science and religion need not conflict at all-- you can imagine a world where a god runs physics and we detect him with our telescopes. You can also imagine a religion devoted to science.

The problem is that science conflicts with specific religions-- say, like almost all forms of Judaism and Christianity, which require that there was once a flood covering the entire planet.

Comment: Re:Possible, but... (Score 1) 145

by ZaphDingbat (#37034296) Attached to: Building Blocks of DNA Confirmed In Meteorites

I understand there have been historical interpretation of the Earth as the center of the universe, but this was not universally held even within Catholicism even at the time of Galileo--Copernican heliocentrism was a "minority view". And as far as the original sources go, we have such notations as the Earth "hanging on nothing" (re: Job 26:7) which is a notably-accurate description rather arguing against the notion of the Earth being specified as fixed. "An" interpretation does not equate to "the" interpretation for the purposes of demonstrating an overall view has been refuted.

The view of the original authors, who should be able to lay claim to special revelation, was that the Earth was fixed with a dome over it: http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/Ted_Hildebrandt/OTeSources/01-Genesis/Text/Articles-Books/Seely-Firmament-WTJ.pdf

That Catholics in later centuries, with the advantage of being informed by science, didn't believe this is uninteresting. It is interesting that their view does not match the views of those who supposedly had direct access to the source.

I'm not at all surprised that you are unaware of and hostile to these religious claims you claim were not made. The truth, even if you don't like it, is that they are still being made. Or do you think that a religious idea has to be universal before it can be considered stupid?

Comment: Re:Queue Comments on Internet .. 3 .. 2 .. 1 (Score 1) 121

by ZaphDingbat (#36988046) Attached to: DOS, Backdoor, and Easter Egg Found In Siemens S7

Except that if the network isn't connected to the Internet in any way, and you're relying on a third party as your vector, you have no way of getting information back about their systems or altering your attack after delivery. You have one shot to get the attack right.

Removing the Internet vector doesn't eliminate the possibility of attack, but it sure cuts down on chances for success. I'll take that.

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