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Comment: MMM (Score 1) 1

by phantomfive (#49194897) Attached to: Systemd (or, how to make portable software)
Here's the quote from Mythical Man Month, explaining how constraints help focus your work, and make it better. It is in the chapter about the second system effect (page 47 in my book):

Bach's creative output hardly seems to have been squelched by the necessity of producing a limited-form cantata each week. I am certain that the Stretch computer would have had a better architecture had it been more tightly constrained.(47)

Comment: Re:What for? (Score 4, Interesting) 68

by phantomfive (#49194005) Attached to: Apple, Google, Bringing Low-Pay Support Employees In-House
This is why.

"Google, which has been under rising pressure along with other tech companies to release diversity data"

And here:

"Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity,"

Now, by in-sourcing their "low-pay employees," they are instantly closer to where they want to be.

Comment: Re:I'm dying of curiousity (Score 1) 158

by phantomfive (#49192159) Attached to: Software Freedom Conservancy Funds GPL Suit Against VMWare

All interfaces 'literally use the code' If calling an interface makes my code a derived work that is very, very bad in a larger sense.

Do you understand that the case of the linux kernel is different than the oracle vs google case? Google literally rewrote all the code from scratch, merely maintaining the APIs. In the case of the Linux kernel, drivers use the actual code written by Linus et al, it's not just using the APIs.

Comment: Re:I'm dying of curiousity (Score 1) 158

by phantomfive (#49191971) Attached to: Software Freedom Conservancy Funds GPL Suit Against VMWare

Old thread. Linus apparently thought header files/interfaces could be copyrighted. He's been shown to be wrong in the USA.

A) If you're talking about Oracle VS Google, The appeals court overruled that

B) It's not just 'using the header files', it's literally using the kernel code, so even if interfaces couldn't be copyrighted, that wouldn't apply here.

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