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Comment: Re: What the heck? (Score 5, Insightful) 354

by mccoma (#47840933) Attached to: DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins
I am pretty sure if someone took the binary for GCC and generated source code from it and declared it to be some other license then the FSF might have some objections. Reversing some binary and distributing that work looks to violate the Minecraft license in the first place.

Comment: WWZ the book (Score 1) 163

WWZ (the book) is a great piece of story telling, but it is tragically stupid and requires one hell of a suspension of disbelief. A group of AC-130s ends Yonkers. I would also imagine 5 fully armed rednecks in an F-150 can kill an amazing number of zombies. I get that these things are fascinating models for disease, but a plague would be a whole lot worse.

Comment: Re:Preserve Cultural Heritage (Score 1) 155

by mccoma (#43842961) Attached to: <em>Star Wars</em> Episode 4 To Be Dubbed In Navajo

They are doing a rather large push to use the language in everyday things and movies is one of those things. If the next generation learns it at a young age it will be preserved. Language is an important part of any culture, one of the most basic building blocks to understand what is important.

note: to those wondering about modern terms - the language isn't dead and new terms are created. This is sometimes done by adding words together (the Dakota word for automobile is long and painful) or adding a suffix / prefix (well, computer for an English example).

Comment: Re:If there was a Bad at Math Map... (Score 1) 1163

by mccoma (#41971383) Attached to: Secession Petitions Flood White House Website
I should point out that part of that map is not very truthful. It counts money going to Native American reservations, maintenance of Federal land, and military bases and missile silos as returned state funding. This is deceptive and tips the balance in states with a low population. I also believe they seem to be failing to note the "Minerals Management Service royalty".

Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?