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Comment: Re:Creators wishing to control their creations... (Score 1) 268

Why? Although I'm sure a lot of those on this site are partial to Free/Open Source software, that doesn't mean they advocate breaking the law and infringing on other people's legally-granted rights. They just advocate that there should be more software which is Free of such restrictions, through legitimate means.

Comment: Re: (Score 1) 571

by mike4ty4 (#48227455) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll
And that resorting to force means that the LEGITIMATE points you raise then go ignored. And with enough of that belligerency, real and serious issues with society get covered up and go unaddressed, meaning this technique is actually counterproductive to the stated goal. Which means that we need serious people to take up those real and serious issues and tackle them in a manner that does not involve that kind of belligerent approach, but a more civilized one. Gamergate raises very real issues about sexism, but the use of out-and-out bullying and harassment -- by BOTH sides -- is going to do no justice to those issues.

Comment: Global Warming (Score 1) 795

by mike4ty4 (#47970377) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

This bit I found problematic:

While it is a fact that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere leads, all else equal, to higher atmospheric temperatures, the idea that we can predict the impact of global warming — and anti-global warming policies! — 100 years from now is sheer lunacy. But because it is done using math by people with tenure, we are told it is "science" even though by definition it is impossible to run an experiment on the year 2114.

Yet if science is about determining reliable predictive rules through experiment, then if we have experimentally shown the reliability and validity of those rules, we do not need to experiment on the year 2114 in order to make predictions. We just apply our reliable rules and they will give us predictions which are reliable to however much those rules are.

Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 1) 224

by mike4ty4 (#47956391) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

"If that is so, then why are we by far the most violent and aggressive species on earth?"

Are we? Remember: we will tend to notice our own violence more than that in some other species. We hear about it when there's another human war somewhere, but not when some pack of chimps decides to go after another. For this statement to be true, it would have to be that evolution favored the violent instinct far more in the human species than any other, and if so, why. Why would that be? There's only so much violent instinct a species can have before it would destroy itself.

And don't just go "But we've got the atomic bomb!" That is more a measure of how much _intelligence_ we have and can devote to violence than a meter gauging the amount of underlying violent instinct or impulse. One could argue that the combination of violence with intelligence reduces the threshold amount mentioned above as to when there is too much violent instinct for a species to destroy itself, since it makes acting on those impulses more destructive, even if the underlying impulse is not changed. I suppose then you could say humans may be "more violent" in terms of deaths caused, but this is due to intelligence, not necessarily a greater amount of underlying "violentness".

Comment: Re:Strawman argument (Score 1) 739

by mike4ty4 (#47555099) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

If they're 20 years old or older they probably have some kind of mental disorder (or intellectual disability or developmental disability), in which case compassion and getting them proper care for that are the best responses. Or, if they're older, they may be a senior in a nursing home with some kind of dementing disease. In which case they'll probably be already getting care. Or they're having their mind ravaged in prison by a solitary confinement unit and so being made worse by it, in which case $@#! the abusive prison system. Or their parents totally failed at raising them, in which case the anger should go toward the parents, not the victim of the negligence.

If something "more" than just abuse would include physical violence, then that's criminal and "two wrongs do not make a right".

Comment: Re:Strawman argument (Score 1) 739

by mike4ty4 (#47555077) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Yes, you can be abusive, in the sense that you have the ability to be abusive. It is wrong to be abusive.

"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the process of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."

Yup! More logic and arguments, not abuse.

Actually, given that a KERNEL was being compiled improperly -- a truly VITAL piece of software on which LIVES may depend -- I think he actually did pretty good in that he managed to keep his anger directed squarely at the COMPILER, instead of actually getting abusive with the PEOPLE. Notice that all his "stupid"s and "retarded"s were directed against the compiler! So he wasn't actually abusing any people, rather the poor, poor compiler, which of course has no feelings or human spirit of any sort, being just a pile of digital information on a computer :)

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 739

by mike4ty4 (#47555057) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

I thought "political correctness" was about avoiding things like racism or other types of prejudice (e.g. avoiding talking about black people as being inferior or something). That's a very good thing, IMO. I didn't think it was about saying that every opinion is equally valid, which is a logical impossibility as they all contradict each other.

(And not all compilers are equally bug-free.)

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?

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