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+ - Is there a mistake in the GPL?->

Submitted by gidyn
gidyn writes: Is there a mistake in GPLv3? Section 4 begins

You may convey verbatim copies of the Program's source code as you receive it, in any medium, provided that you ... give all recipients a copy of this License along with the Program."

What is this intended to achieve? The clause places no restrictions on someone who only distributes source code, and no restrictions on someone who only distributes executables (in accordance with 6d). Only someone who distributes both is required to "give all recipients a copy of this License".
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+ - Acer Rethinks the "Tablet Bubble", Launching $99 Tablet->

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retroworks writes: "In August 2011, Acer Chairman JT Wang declared that the consumer affection for tablets had already begun to cool, basically labelling it a fad (Slashdot). What a difference a year (and a half) makes. Acer now plans to introduce a "category killer" $99 tablet. "In the past few months, we've made project roadmap changes in response to big changes in the tablet market," according to a source at the Wall Street Journal [Eva Dou blog] . "The launch of the Nexus 10 has changed the outlook for what makes competitive pricing." Acer is aiming the new tablet at emerging markets, competing with Chinese "white box" tablets (already available in Shenzhen at $45 each) ."
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Comment: Re:Perversion of Capitalism (Score 2) 791 791

by gidyn (#36944450) Attached to: How and Why Wall Street Programmers Earn Top Salaries

it caused two world wars and then then there was the cold war

Silly me, I thought the second world war was started by fascists, and that the cold war had something to do with communists. If only my history teachers had known that an evil cabal of capitalists was behind it all.

Comment: Re:Aside from that... that isn't scientific litera (Score 1) 1038 1038

by gidyn (#27182575) Attached to: US Adults Fail Basic Science Literacy

Claiming religious belief is absurd. If I say the sky is red, and grass is purple, because I was honestly raised to believe these things, does that mean that a debate over whether clear daytime sky on Earth is blue or red is merely a difference of opinion? I'm fine with you thinking the sky is red, but if you claim that you are mindful of science in the same breath, I'll laugh myself to death.

Science assumes that only inviolate, physical laws are relevant. If someone suspects that these axioms are not always true, the scientific method cannot prove them wrong. Failing to understand and respect the limits of science is much more worrying than ignorance of trivia.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.