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Comment: We have the best form of Democracy in the world... (Score 4, Insightful) 118

by bogaboga (#48625223) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

When looking at a five-year-old article by Nate Silver that looked at political donations by car dealers, fully 88 percent of those donations went to Republican candidates, and just 12 percent to Democrats. That possibly suggests a propensity among Republican state legislators to support the interests for car dealers over those of electric-car buyers. Is the small bit of evidence enough to make a case?

But we have the best democracy you can fine anywhere. It doesn't matter if our legislators are being bribed indirectly, or get embroiled in obvious conflict of interest matters.

Welcome to the USA!

Ohh wait, let's preach to the world about free markets.

Comment: Re:Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (Score 1) 173

by bogaboga (#48602815) Attached to: The GPLv2 Goes To Court

Which is why the fine print exists in those other agreements.

Agreed.

But it doesn't exist here beyond the wording of the GPL itself. So asking the creators of the GPL in this instance will get you nowhere because their opinion on the matter lacks any weight, its what the actual wording says which determines what you are beholden to.

So let's agitate for fine print in the GPL to aviod any ambiguity.

Comment: Re:Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (Score 1) 173

by bogaboga (#48602475) Attached to: The GPLv2 Goes To Court

the creators will tell you what it was intended to do, the court will tell you what it actually does.

No.

The creators will tell you what it was intended to do and what it actually means within that narrow GPL context.

That is what is important and that's why we have the so called fine print in all agreements I have come across. No?

Comment: Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (Score 2) 173

by bogaboga (#48602231) Attached to: The GPLv2 Goes To Court

...4) What type of integration between proprietary code and GPLv2 licensed code will result in creating a "derivative work" and subject such proprietary code to the terms of the GPLv2?

It upsets me that this question will be answered by those who [probably] know nothing about software and code. Why won't they ask those who created this GPL? Wouldn't they surely know better?

Comment: They used the wrong attack angle (Score 1) 191

by bogaboga (#48596457) Attached to: Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

These publishers used the wrong attack angle. They should have negotiated some nominal fee say US$100/yr in return for Google linking to their sites as it saw fit.

Their argument would be that the relationship entranches Google's mindshare among users and furthers its hegemony in search. That can't be bad for Google.

Google would have come to the table.

Comment: An important point left out... (Score 1) 280

by bogaboga (#48560369) Attached to: Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

The cost of rooftop solar-powered electricity will be on par with prices for common coal or oil-powered generation in two years, and the technology to produce it will only get cheaper...

...as production continues to be in low cost, high productivity countries like China and India which can export to the US unfettered.

Comment: But we have freedom of speech... (Score 1) 398

by bogaboga (#48547159) Attached to: Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

On-the-record interviews with displaced workers are difficult to get. While a restrictive severance package may be one handcuff, some are simply fearful of jeopardizing future job prospects by talking to reporters. Now silenced, displaced IT workers become invisible and easy to ignore.

We aren't like those other countries where citizens are muzzled. Over here, we have the first amendment. Oh wait...Yes, I am referring to the constitution.

Comment: I will lose out! Sadly! (Score 1) 216

by bogaboga (#48498519) Attached to: How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

A speed of 800Gbps would equate to downloading 33 HD films â" in a single second. Samsung hopes to launch a temporary trial 5G network in time for 2018's Winter Olympic Games

I will be retired at that time, sadly! That means my activities will be of no consequence at all. That's not good. Can't they do it sooner?

Comment: I agree with the IT workers' take... (Score 5, Interesting) 459

by bogaboga (#48361077) Attached to: Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

they argue that racial bias, along with lingering impressions of what a 'techie' should look like, loom much larger than any pipeline issue.

Having once taught one of the most difficult to understand topics in mathematics, many of my students, after getting comfortable with me, told me they didn't expect me to be their teacher when they forst saw me. On one occasion, at the beginning of school, a this particular class continued with their business instead of acknowledging my presence at the podium, till I called the class to order.

Where I now work, members of the public will gravitate toward an office assistant to help them solve a problem instead of talking to me directly. This assistant then has to advise them to talk to me if anything is to be solved. I am the chief here.

I have gotten so used to this treatment that it doesn't bother me anymore.

All the simple programs have been written.

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