Why should I assume knowledge?
You don't have to assume knowledge. But you don't have to assume a lack of knowledge either, if you're interested in an honest debate.
Words mean things.
Yes, words do mean things, and "use" does often mean "distribute" despite your insincere protestations to the contrary. It's a normal everyday usage of the word, not a legalistic one.
If people can't write clearly, it ain't my fault.
His writing was quite clear. It's your wilful blinders that make it seem otherwise.
And it's not liek slashdot hasn't been full of misconceptions about the GPL in the past. Nosireee.
Yes, but you can't claim for a minute with a straight face that the misconceptions are all on one side.
If you remember, I originally gave too options: being ignorant or being a freeloader.
How can I forget that? It's that asshole, dickish false dichotomy that drew me in. No matter how you want to twist it, those aren't the only two options.
If he meant use as in distribute then hw was shining about not being able to use someone else's stuff for free.
Again, there's a huge difference between saying "I really want your stuff, and I'm just taking it" and "Even if you have some nice stuff, I won't be able to use it unless you do this." And it's still very disingenuous of you to place somebody saying the latter thing in the "freeloader" category.
As I said, I write lots of open source software. It's all permissively-licensed, because then I know that there is no problem using it in anything, either for me or others. I won't use GPLed libraries, because if I'm going to learn a tool well, I want to be able to use it under any forseeable circumstances. By your logic, deciding on a pragmatic course of action like this makes me a freeloader.
You keep complaining about supposed unclear writing and ignorance, but even when it's already been pointed out, you also keep whining about people who are not using other people's stuff being "freeloaders". I don't know and don't really care whether you troll from meanness or stupidity, but troll you do -- that's the most torturous logic in this whole thread, and if you weren't so heavily invested in that goofy opinion, you wouldn't have to resort to cheap debating tricks like deliberately misunderstanding your opponents.