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Comment Re:Freedom vs Permissiveness? (Score 1) 250

If we were talking just about source code and binaries weren't a thing at all, then GPL would be this kind of license: "you can copy and distribute this code, so long as you let anyone else copy and distribute any modifications you make to this code if you choose to distribute your modified version".


I also have the choice to distribute nothing. I can run my modified versions of GPL code on my own servers, and even charge people mountains of money to use it, SaaS style. Under the GPL, I don't need to provide source for anything.

This ugly reality is why the FSF created the GNU Affero license.

Comment Re:Playing devil's advocate here... (Score 1) 668

Many "real treatments" are actually only moderately better than placebos and come with significant side effects; yet placebos are often much better than no treatment at all.

This is why the Bonkers Institute is recommending that sugar pills be replaced with warfarin:

"One of the most common rodenticides is warfarin, a chemical compound introduced commercially in 1948 and still widely used as rat poison today, sold under brand names like Adios, Dethnel, Kaput, Kumatox, Rat-B-Gone and Warfarat. Scientists discovered that small doses of warfarin, though lethal to laboratory mice, could actually be of therapeutic value to humans. In 1954 the FDA approved warfarin as a human anticoagulant, and today it remains the anticoagulant of choice, commonly prescribed for the prevention of blood clots in patients with a history of heart disease. Brand names include Coumadin and Jantoven. Serious life-threatening side effects are relatively rare in most patients, especially at low doses of 1 milligram or less." ...

"Replacing sugar pills with rat poison would have far-reaching implications for the way new drugs are marketed to the public. Claiming that a drug works "better than a sugar pill" is simply another way of saying it's better than nothing. On the other hand, saying a drug is "better than rat poison" may cause patients to think twice before swallowing it. Describing adverse effects as "similar to rat poison," "not as bad as rat poison," or "milder than rat poison" would be a simple yet effective reminder to both patients and physicians that FDA-approved prescription medicines are seldom fatal when taken as directed." ...

"The universal adoption of a "rodenticide standard" will mark the dawn of a new medical era. By adopting rigorous new guidelines requiring every drug entering the market to be at least as safe and effective as rat poison, many lives will be saved, litigation avoided, and negative publicity minimized. No longer merely "better than nothing," medicine of the future would actually be superior to nonlethal quantities of a known toxic substance. The bar has been raised from sugar pill to rodenticide."

Comment Don't buy to use with your PC (Score 1) 99

Microsoft advertises windows support for their xbone controllers. They sell a cable for the explicit purpose of using with your Windows PC.

And when it breaks after just a couple days, you're screwed.

They refuse to honor the warranty if you don't also own an xbone.

"Note You must register your Xbox One console to replace a wireless controller thatâ(TM)s under warranty."

Seems like a flagrant violation of Magnuson-Moss to me.

Comment Re:Oh mozilla (Score 1) 351

The only browser I can think of that isn't tied to some other browser is Konqueror but unfortunately I find KHTML to be somewhat awful and even if it wasn't Konqueror is *nix only.

Konqueror works fine on Windows. The last time I tried it on Mac OS X, it worked fine too, but that was back in 2008 or so.

Comment Re:c'mon (Score 3, Interesting) 306

That sounds very much like a gender-based stereotype.

I don't think you quite understand what that word means.

I don't think you quite understand what that word means.

A stereotype is a simplistic model that is held as if it were true of *all* members of some group.

Ok. I'm with you there.

So if I say, "blacks are poorer than whites in the US," that's not a stereotype

I disagree. See your own definition above. You just demonstrated a simplistic model, being held as if it was true for all members of the group. There are some fabulously rich black people in the US. Your statement is not uniformly true.

it's a statistical assertion about differences in economic attainment between groups in aggregate

You didn't assert any statistics. If you had, then it would have been such an assertion. Besides, such an assertion would make a good foundation for a stereotype. (Stereotypes aren't always bad, or unjust. That's just a stereotype about stereotypes.)

But if I say "Blacks are poorer because blacks are lazy," that's using a stereotype because it attributes something inherent to blackness.

No. It's two stereotypes. 1. Blacks are poorer. 2. Blacks are lazy. They are both stereotypes because they are both general simplistic models of a group.

Likewise if I say "Bob can't own that Mercedes because he's black," I'm implicitly stating that all blacks are too poor to own a Mercedes so that's a stereotype.

If you're simply viewing Bob and stating your opinion about him driving his Mercedes, that's prejudice. Furthermore, if Bob does own the Mercedes, your prejudice is also false. It's related to stereotypes, but different. Prejudice is "a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience." The basis for prejudice is often stereotypes.

On the other hand, if you're refusing to sell Bob a Mercedes because he's black, that would be discrimination. Discrimination is often the result of prejudice, which is often the result of stereotypes. Discrimination can sometimes be against the law. AFAIK, there are no laws in the US against holding stereotypes or prejudices, so long as you do not discriminate.

With regard to your other points, I agree.

Comment Re:Christian Theocracy (Score 1) 1168

Not all Christians are assholes. Such a sign would be counterproductive. Limit your retaliatory actions to the actual assholes.

Just ask every customer, "Do you support the $BILL_WHICH_ALLOWS_FOR_DISCRIMINATORY_PRACTICES ?"

If 'yes':
"I believe your religion is dangerous, and don't want it in my store. Get the fuck out of here. Never come back."

If 'no':
"Welcome to my store! How can I help you?"

If 'I don't know':
"You shouldn't. Welcome to my store! How can I help you?"

Comment Re:WWJD? (Score 1) 1168

I believe It's discrimination to not hire/or fire based on sexual orientation. I do not believe that it is discrimination to refuse to take the money and provide services to someone who wants to you to make a cake for their same-sex wedding.

I believe you don't know the definition of "discrimination".

1. recognize a distinction; differentiate.
2. make an unjust or prejudicial distinction in the treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, sex, or age.

Comment Re:Here's a suggestion for a verdict (Score 1) 188

You [wouldn't] even have to look for GPL violations in products anymore, corporations will do that for you in the products of their competitor, hoping to kick them out of the market that way.

Great idea!

I'm concerned my competition is sucking up all of my users with their superior product and marketing. So, naturally, I was wondering: How can I discourage users from using my competitors product?

That's it! I should force my competitor to make his product free! The users will come flocking straight to me. Brilliant!

Comment The best I've been able to come up with (Score 1) 223

All the mobile browsers are absolutely fucking horrible. Firefox mobile is the best, but it also sucks.

On Android, I use XServer-XSDL, an Ubuntu chroot (Debian doesn't build chromium for armhf anymore), and desktop Firefox + Grab-and-Drag, or Chromium+umatrix. This also sucks, but it sucks less than anything native. YMMV.

Submission Ubisoft revokes digital keys for games purchased via unauthorised retailers->

RogueyWon writes: For the last several days, some users of Ubisoft's uPlay system have been complaining that copies of games they purchased have been revoked from their libraries. According to a statement issued to a number of gaming websites, Ubisoft believes that the digital keys revoked have been "fraudulently obtained". What this means in practice is unclear; while some of the keys may have been obtained using stolen credit card details, others appear to have been purchased from unofficial third-party resellers, who often undercut official stores by purchasing cheaper boxed retail copies of games and selling their key-codes online, or by exploiting regional price differences, buying codes in regions where games are cheaper to sell them elsewhere in the world. The latest round of revocations appears to have triggered an overdue debate into the fragility of customer rights in respect of digital games stores.
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Submission Is Spacetime Countable--And Why It Matters?

KentuckyFC writes: One of the big problems with quantum gravity is that it generates infinities that are hard to deal with mathematically.They come about because quantum mechanics implies that accurate measurements of the universe on tiny scales require high-energy. But when the scale becomes very small, the energy density associated with a measurement is so great that it should lead to the formation of a black hole, which would paradoxically ruin the measurement that created it. So physicists have invented a technique called renormalisation to get rid of the infinities. They assume there is a minimum scale beyond which nothing can be smaller, the so-called Planck scale. This limit ensures that energy densities never become high enough to create black holes. This is equivalent to saying that space-time is not infinitely divisible. Instead it must be discrete, or as a mathematician might put it, countable. In other words, it is possible to allocate a number to each discrete volume of space-time making it countable, like grains of sand on a beach or atoms in the universe. Many physicists are uncomfortable with this ideas and now they may have an alternative. A small group of cosmologists are developing a new theory of gravity, called shape dynamics, in which spacetime is infinitely divisible and so uncountable . This ignores many ordinary features of physical objects, such as their position within the universe. Instead, it focuses on objects’ relationships to each other, such as the angles between them and the shape that this makes (hence the term shape dynamics). These angles and shapes are scale invariant--they are the same whatever scale you look at them. And that's why spacetime in this model is infinitely divisible. It's early days for shape dynamics but a growing number of theorists have high hopes for the theory following a recent proof that special relativity is its mathematical equivalent.

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