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Comment: Re:...but if you want free software to improve... (Score 1) 1098

by mike4ty4 (#46077687) Attached to: FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

... but GPL says anyone building on top of the software has to contribute their improvements to the community.

And not just "improvements", but complete new original works which use a small piece of the code in them as well. In other words, the GPL not only allows for modified and improved versions of the program to remain free, but also can cause the addition of new works into the free software pool.

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 309

by mike4ty4 (#42454805) Attached to: What Could Have Been In the Public Domain Today, But Isn't

What makes you even more stupid is that you wouldn't ever punch me in the face and you've delegated yourself to the millions of armchair, internet "tough guys" who would never actually DO anything that you describe.

And you don't see the absurdity in your suggestion there? Hint hint: he *CANNOT* be more than an "armchair" on this one. ***HOW*** (H-O-W) on Earth could he possibly even "DO" that?! He's not the government, he has NO such power, just like YOU have no such power and I have no such power and so both could be no more than armchair guys on this. And is that a bad thing, anyway? When you CANNOT "DO"... then what???

Comment: Re:must read: "worse is better" (Score 1) 292

by mike4ty4 (#42377393) Attached to: Real World Code Sucks

These people aren't heroic real-world veterans who sagely ignore the pretentious chatterings of academics... they're simply folks who don't understand how to express themselves clearly in code, much less the runtime environment, compilation process, or other fundamentals of the basic tools they've worked with for the past ~5 years.

So where does one get that knowledge, then?

Comment: Re:I'm one of the people who's pretty angry... (Score 1) 553

by mike4ty4 (#42156945) Attached to: New Humble Bundle Is Windows Only, DRM Games
Why are only the biggest problems in the world worth attention? Somebody getting mugged on the street is a darn SMALL problem, and there are a ton of things FAR more severe, but if I just casually strolled by and did nothing at all about it, what would I be? Not sure if that is analogous to this or not but the point is that the "size" of the problem doesn't necessarily matter. And furthermore, isn't this another victory for DRM and another loss for "freedom" -- isn't that freedom something _you_ support, considering your sig?

Comment: Re:the danger of abstracted combat (Score 1) 297

by mike4ty4 (#42060351) Attached to: 'Ban Killer Bots,' Urges Human Rights Watch
Though, even WITHOUT these devices, we have still engaged in many, many, many, many brutal wars. What do you propose to do about _that_? To not only not _increase_ the level of war, but actually _decrease_ it below the levels it's been at? That'll obviously take _more_ than just "banning robots". What do you think it'll take?

Comment: Re:Why do you think it is? (Score 1) 531

"In the case of the server I have zero pity for anyone who kept data only on the servers that were seized. Yes it is there data, but they also had responsibility if that data was important to keep it somewhere they controlled." So are you saying it was OK for the government to do what they did?

Comment: Re:I should not have to pay $35 (Score 1) 442

by mike4ty4 (#41839359) Attached to: Internet Providers To Begin Warning Customers Who Pirate Content
And what's the "something better"? And does this mean you're an "immature two-year-old" if you think there may be something wrong with the facts in the posts you're reading? That if you question it, or are curious about the facts, etc. then you're an "immature two-year-old"?

Comment: Re:The influence of power on the human ego (Score 1) 823

by mike4ty4 (#41785477) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?
However, fact of the matter is that "lot-of-internet-users arrogance" and "arrogance of the person with the power to create" are _still_ _both_ bad, if the latter kind of "arrogance" involves an inflated sense of self-importance. What does that latter kind of "arrogance" involve, anyway?

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