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Comment: Re:Original works which are fan-fiction friendly? (Score 1) 210

by no known priors (#36261358) Attached to: FSF On How To Choose a License

Talk to your lawyer. Seriously.

You want a custom license that fits your situation, and the quickest way to get one like that is to pay a lawyer to write one for you. Also, it's probably the best way. Don't try writing it yourself unless you are a lawyer, which I guess you aren't.

What it sounds like what you want to do is to offer an explicit "character/universe license". Which allows people to use your characters/universe as they see fit. That's an interesting idea. But yeah, there isn't anything like that that I know of. Probably because most free culture licenses are written for software generally. Other types of work haven't really gained a large following for licensing stuff under a free license.

Comment: Re:LGPL with affero clause (Score 2) 210

by no known priors (#36261324) Attached to: FSF On How To Choose a License

Yeah, but the BSD licenses are not free 'cause they require you to attribute the original author/s and copy that long text all around the place. If you want real freedom you use the Do What the Fuck you Want License.

To quote:

DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO PUBLIC LICENSE
                                      Version 2, December 2004

Copyright (C) 2004 Sam Hocevar

Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim or modified
copies of this license document, and changing it is allowed as long
as the name is changed.

                      DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO PUBLIC LICENSE
    TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR COPYING, DISTRIBUTION AND MODIFICATION

  0. You just DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO.

Comment: Re:Wow, that's a broad overview (Score 4, Insightful) 210

by no known priors (#36261304) Attached to: FSF On How To Choose a License

"Just to be clear, using BSD licensed code in a GPL'ed work is fine - re-licensing the whole file under a more restrictive license is not."
Actually, you're wrong. The BSD license allows anyone to come along and relicense the entire file/program or whatever, under any other license, so long as the conditions of the BSD license are followed. Which mainly come down to attribution.
The same 'freedom" which allows a propitiatory software developer (such as Microsoft) to take BSD licensed stuff and then say that others are not allowed to redistribute without their permission, is the same "freedom" which allows GPL advocates to take the same code and relicense under the GPL. Of course, if the attribution is done correctly there is nothing to stop you from going to the original source of the program and doing what you like.

Oh wait, relicensing BSD stuff is only OK when you can't see the source code for the end result, not when you can see the source code, but can't use it because of that nasty GPL virus! Oh the horror!

Comment: Why I don't like Creative Commons (Score 2) 210

by no known priors (#36261116) Attached to: FSF On How To Choose a License

There are a few reasons why I don't like Creative Commons, one of which is that they encourage people not to read the actual license text (just to read the "human readable summary"). But have a look at some of the restrictions one day. A quotes from Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported:

Except as otherwise agreed in writing by the Licensor or as may be otherwise permitted by applicable law, if You Reproduce, Distribute or Publicly Perform the Work either by itself or as part of any Adaptations or Collections, You must not distort, mutilate, modify or take other derogatory action in relation to the Work which would be prejudicial to the Original Author's honor or reputation.

Bet you didn't know that was in there (no actual bet intended).
Moreover, most of the CC licenses hardly the easiest of licenses to read, too full of legalese. And which license? There are umpteen different ones, depending on which jurisdiction you want to cover. Not to mention the various versions (Flickr only let's you use version 2.0 licenses, rather than the latest 3.0 versions). Too much choice, leads to confusion.

Personally, what I want is a simple, short, easy to understand, weak copyleft (like Lesser GPL) for non-software. Does anyone know of a license like that?

Comment: What sort of a question is that? (Score 2, Insightful) 442

by no known priors (#36209490) Attached to: Should a Web Startup Go Straight To the Cloud?

Why would you want to host your website on an MS OS anyway, let alone one you don't even know how to administer properly.

My advice, look around for a good hosting deal (with good backups etc.) on shared hosting. Buy a hosting plan that can easily be upgraded to something dedicated as and when (and if) needed. Use your machine as a developer machine with all that entails (backups, version control etc.).

Forget about "the cloud". You're dreaming at this point. "The cloud" is something for when you actually need to radically increase the number of visitors that the site can handle.

Comment: Re:Fight Fire with Fire (Score 1) 173

Are you sure it is a valid CC number though? I would be all like, umm, fuckers, 5151 9410 2489 or whatever, making sure the check bits matched of course. I.e. give a fake number. Just like if some random person on the street asked for my password in exchange for a pen or something. "Sure, it's 'fuckyoucunts', now can I have my pen?"

Comment: Re:Still wondering... (Score 1) 490

by no known priors (#36175550) Attached to: Mint It Yourself With a Browser-Based Bitcoin Miner

The "value" given to gold is more than it's actual use value. Gold is given value because it is pretty, not because it is useful. It would be priced more like copper if it's use value was the sole value looked at.

As for generating coins, you aren't going to.

Check out this bitcoin generation calculator. Use the old calculator as well.

You also won't see any transactions until you actually get someone to pay you something.

Comment: Re:Biomass and tidal? (& wtf does "renewable" (Score 1) 436

by no known priors (#36150188) Attached to: What's Your Favorite Renewable Energy

Well, I guess doing an Internet search is something I should have done. But I still can't see where it is said that the government is encouraging it. Even reading more recent articles (such as the one quoted below).

At the moment, "Japan’s 540 MW of installed geothermal equals less than 1% of the country’s 46 GW of nuclear power capacity." Apparently part of the problem is that there is no feed-in tariff.

1 http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011/05/japans-geothermal-resources-gets-a-closer-look

Comment: Re:Try Natto (Score 1) 362

by no known priors (#36147698) Attached to: Think I'm Not American? Pass the Hamburgers.

Five years ago I couldn't drink green tea. However, I persisted, and can now, if not enjoy, accept, the taste.
Five months ago, I couldn't eat natto. However, I persisted, and can now eat, and indeed enjoy the taste.

You have to eat a small amount every now and again until you get used to it. Similar food experiences can be had with yeast extract based spreads such as vegemite and marmite.

Comment: Biomass and tidal? (& wtf does "renewable" mea (Score 3, Insightful) 436

by no known priors (#36136936) Attached to: What's Your Favorite Renewable Energy

Burning wood or crop waste is a renewable option.
Tidal power is a perfectly good energy source as well.

I personally agree with one of the commentators above, all (or most) of the above should be an option. It depends on local conditions to a large degree. In the northern and southern most parts of the globe, solar power is not feasible for much of the year. In deserts hydro is unlikely to provide enough power. And I don't think I've ever even seen a hamster.

I'm currently in Japan, and the government is going on about increasing the use of solar and wind and other such. But I've never heard mention of geothermal power. Japan is in an excellent location for this, what with being on the border of three different continental plates and all. You'd think that in a country that has so many hot springs, the government would realize that it's possible to get power from the same source.

(Also, don't you love the misuse of words. Renewable, meaning it can be replaced (Wikipedia says "naturally replenished"), right? Except when it comes to energy, apparently. Because I can't see us replacing the sun when it runs out. I also have the same problem with the word "reclaimed" in relation to "reclaiming" swamps and other wetlands. The term really should just be "claimed".)

Comment: "Fucking hard", RPG? (Score 1) 201

by no known priors (#35950636) Attached to: Roguelikes: the Misnamed Genre

The first thought that came to mind was "fucking hard". The next was RPG (that standa for "role playing game", not a term from a FPS that starts with "rocket").

Someone asked if Diablo is a "roguelike". Well, Yes? No.

The "roguelike" that I've played the most of is Nethack. Even when cheating outrageously (save scumming, fiddling with bones files, all the tricks in the book), I still can't win. It's just too fucking hard! But, I've played a lot of other RPGs (e.g. Exile and Avernum from Spiderweb Software), which are winnable.

Then again, Dwarf Fortress isn't exactly an RPG.

Maybe we need to stop putting everything into little boxes?

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