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Comment: Re:Valve needs to use their clout (Score 1) 309

by SuiteSisterMary (#49482299) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

Yeah, I remember. However, a) it still worked on NVidia, and b) it doesn't seem to have helped AMD's marketshare.

Witcher 3 is included with all sorts of NVidia cards, I noticed today. It's still going to work on AMD. It doesn't mean CD Projeckt thinks AMD needs better Linux drivers.

Comment: Re:Valve needs to use their clout (Score 2) 309

by SuiteSisterMary (#49480407) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

Steam Manager 1: Ok, lets tell NVidia what's what. Make HL3 AMD only. Somehow.

Steam Manager 2: Sir, I'm just looking at the Hardware Survey that we run, and just over half of our customers use NVidia.

Steam Manager 1: Oh. Ok, lets not throw away half of our potential sales.

Steam Manager 2: Good call.

Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 2) 698

Charitable work makes you a religion? Is that codified somewhere? Is charitable work sufficient to make you a religion? Or just a subset of things which in some squishy way will?

No, charitable work is part of what gets you tax-exempt status, is the idea. Either way, you're contributing to the community, is how it was intended.

Comment: Re:Indiana and say Saudi Arabia are not the same (Score 1) 653

Now you're going to founder intent, despite having earlier dismissed founder intent. But sure, I'll give you one: Thomas Jefferson. He even made his own version of the Bible which removed any references to Jesus as a divine being, as opposed to a mortal philosopher with some good ideas.

Several of the founders were what we'd call agnostic, in this day and age.

Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity.

-Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

-Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.

-Thomas Jefferson to Alexander von Humboldt, Dec. 6, 1813.

In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.

-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Horatio G. Spafford, March 17, 1814

The term 'separation of church and state' is from a letter, from Jefferson, explaining the First Amendment to the Committee of the Danbury Baptist Association.

Madison also wrote:

Strongly guarded. . . is the separation between religion and government in the Constitution of the United States.

in a similar vein.

I can also quote other official American law, such as the 'Treaty of Peace and Friendship Between the United States of America and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli, of Barbary,' 1797. Article 11:

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Musselmen; and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

If you don't have time to do it right, where are you going to find the time to do it over?