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Comment: Re:Forced benevolence is not freedom (Score 1) 551

by faffod (#49015489) Attached to: RMS Objects To Support For LLVM's Debugger In GNU Emacs's Gud.el

Code does not have freedom, code is not forced to do stuff. Programmers can try to achieve freedom, and programmers may or may not be forced into implementations depending on their jobs, time, predilections, etc. If a programmer wants the freedom of working on code that they then chose to release under a GPL licensing agreement then the GPL has given them the freedom to provide a service under the terms they want. The rest is just anthropomorphizing code, and code really hates being anthropomorphized.

Comment: Re:Forced benevolence is not freedom (Score 4, Informative) 551

by faffod (#49014481) Attached to: RMS Objects To Support For LLVM's Debugger In GNU Emacs's Gud.el

BSD licensed software allows someone to take it, modify it in some meaningful way, and not share those changes back with the community at large. In that sense, it is possible for software licensed under a BSD license to lose the freedom it had. The developers did not lose any freedoms, the source did. GPL does not force you to be benevolent, it just requires that if you want to use GPL'ed software that your contributions remain benevolent (to use your term). If you don't want to, then chose some other solution, no one is forcing you to use GPL.
Both licenses have their strengths and weaknesses. Both cater to different needs and are appropriate for different (possibly overlapping) uses.Neither is a one size fits all, and neither is better than the other.

Comment: Re:This is not going to work. (Score 0) 104

by faffod (#47403839) Attached to: ESA Shows Off Quadcopter Landing Concept For Mars Rovers

It does mentione NASA. The first line of the summary:

Taking a page from NASA's rocket powered landing craft from it most recent Mars landing mission, the European Space Agency is ...

So your excuse is that you didn't read the article, and you didn't read the first sentence of the summary to completion. You can't claim that you read the headline, because that doesn't mention NASA.

Comment: Re:GPS on Mars (Score 4, Informative) 104

by faffod (#47403795) Attached to: ESA Shows Off Quadcopter Landing Concept For Mars Rovers

a customized quadcopter drone that uses a GPS, camera and inertial systems to fly into position .....

Yup, hate to break it to you rocket scientists at NASA, but there is a slight flaw in this design for use on Mars.

I hate to break it to you, but ESA is the rocket scientists in Europe, not NASA....

Comment: Re:People pay for music? (Score 1) 364

by faffod (#47256413) Attached to: Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

It's more like:
Please put your content on our service so that that we both benefit (you get some ad revenue and exposure, we get ad revenue and become the 800 pound gorilla of online video)... [some time passes] ... ok now that we are the 800 pound gorilla we want to change the service and if you don't like it we will kick you to the street. Oh incidentally, the other 800 pound gorilla (RIAA) like the terms we gave them but that's a coincidence and you shouldn't see too much into that.

Comment: Still stuck in an analogue thinking pattern (Score 4, Insightful) 216

by faffod (#46984465) Attached to: GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet
When everything was analogue, you needed a custom device for each service (phone, TV, fax, etc). In the digital era that way of thinking is as archaic as the dinosaur. I do not want an internet connection that might be slightly better than my current phone, only to be left in the dust in a couple of years. I want a system that allows me to add my phone's internet the car seamlessly.
Yes someone is monetizing my mobile internet; no that doesn't mean that I want everyone monetizing it over and over again.

Comment:'ll be able to scream, 'fire the lasers!'" (Score 1) 376

by faffod (#46234883) Attached to: Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams
And of course, once they see the pedestrians they can turn their high beams down. You know, not turn off the headlights. Not drive with just their parking lights, simply dim the high beams. It's all perfectly safe. It is how the car was designed to be operated. And as a bonus it is courteous to your neighbors. I recommend trying it some day.

After Goliath's defeat, giants ceased to command respect. - Freeman Dyson