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Comment: Re:What is the sound of one hand coding? (Score 3, Insightful) 694

by patternmatch (#31900738) Attached to: Why Computer Science Students Cheat
It depends on the point of the assignment. If you're at your job, and you just need to get something working quickly, then you're not "cheating" by using a library or re-using someone else's code. But when you're in school, the point is to learn the material by solving the problem yourself. So if you just use someone else's solution, you're perverting the intent of the assignment, and that counts as cheating.

Comment: Re:Most likely insignificant (Score 1) 379

by patternmatch (#27366773) Attached to: Are Long URLs Wasting Bandwidth?
Ref tagging of that nature is not designed to track what page someone is coming from (which is what the HTTP referrer header gives you), but rather to track where users are clicking on the page. Did they go to their home page by clicking on the logo, or by clicking somewhere else? This can be useful usability data.

Comment: Re:Workaround (Score 1) 509

by patternmatch (#23522432) Attached to: Federal Court Says First-Sale Doctrine Covers Software, Too

If you install a piece of software, you click through an agreement. You are party to a contract(-ish thing, to get technical).
Here's my question. Most EULAs include a clause to the effect of "by clicking Agree, you agree to the terms of this license". Suppose I choose not to agree with that clause? Suppose I say to myself, "By clicking Agree, I agree to nothing in particular". Can the software's copyright holder do anything, legally, to prevent my use of the software? It seems to me that they cannot, although I am not well-versed in the intricacies of contract law.

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