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The post reads:
First time accepted submitter TekTek writes
"In response to the growing proliferation of the use of "secret sauce" as a vehicle for entrepreneurs', venture capitalists', and investment bankers' thinly veiled proprietary machinations, a global consortium of premium condiment manufacturers has launched the Open Sauce Foundation (OSF). Founding members include McIlhenny Company (producer of Tabasco brand pepper sauce), Huy Fong Foods (producer of "Rooster Brand" Sriracha sauce), and Kikkoman (producer of Kikkoman brand Soy Sauce). The new foundation's stated aim is not only to uphold the virtues of buying worthy sauce manufacturers' products, but to demonstarate to the tech, financial, and media communities the "Open" companies, and condiments, can, and do, assume leadership roles in thir respective markets."
Then, clearly, he didn't know what he was talking about. Licenses don't apply to the copyright holder; they apply to redistributers. He could certainly have release xMule as binary-only, or as open source with a license that prohibits copying and redistribution (think Microsoft's "Shared Source" licenses). Perhaps he didn't want to do those things, given his goals in creating the project, but to say he had no choice is simply nonsense.
It's not a nonsense. Maybe he used alot of GPL code in his project. He is no longer the only copyright holder in this case. And rewriting major parts of the program might not have been the option for him.
So far, my favorite comment on that topic is that the years 1 through 524 also didn't exist in our Western calendar. The numbering we use, usually called "A.D." (for Anno Domini" was devised in the year 525, and wasn't used before that time. Actually, it was hardly used by anyone except a few monks for several centuries after that.
What difference does it make if it wasn't used back then? It is used now.
If you're 5 months old, it's your first year on Earth. If you're 1 year and 3 months old, it's your second year on Earth. Year 2000 is the 2000th year. In order for us to say that two millennia have passed the year must end, thus the new millennium starts in 2001. There's no year 0, because it would mean the 0th year of Christ on Earth. Which means he did not exist, ergo BC.
My other favorite comment on the topic is that today is also the start of a century - the century that starts today and ends 19 April 2112. Every day is the start of a century. So arguing against a popular "start of century" year is basically silly.
We are talking about Gregorian calendar here. The year doesn't start at April 19. You are free to create whatever system you like, it wouldn't change the Gregorian calendar though. Therefore, it's a silly argument.
Can we all just agree it's 1999 again, and have a "do over"?
Except that year 2000 was still 20st century... you know, 21st century began on January 1, 2001.
First of all, the guy who wrote the article is just clueless. No offense to him, but he sounded as one who has clearly no competence to speak on the matter.
Secondly, the panel only made a recommendation. The ICGA board plus WCCC tournament director acted like the jury. They agreed with the recommendation.
Thirdly, Ken Thompson was one of the members of the panel and I quote investigation report:
Here are some opinions of panel members recorded on the investigation wiki pages:
After reading all the evidence, voted that he was convinced by the case against Rybka.
If you are going to call him an asshole, I'm definitely going to call you an idiot.
ICGA didn't f*ck up.