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Comment: Isn't Wikipedia licensed under a CC licence? (Score 1) 370

by slyguy135 (#40673609) Attached to: Why Is Wikipedia So Ugly?

So anyone can go ahead and make a "beautiful" version of Wikipedia, right?

What's that? Oh, the curious sound of crickets mixed with tumbleweed.

(But I do wish it was much easier to correct very minor mistakes, like typos, just by clicking on the text to make it editable, like the descriptions under [one's own] Flickr photos).

Comment: Re:Free sharing far pre-dates RMS (Score 1) 174

by slyguy135 (#34692448) Attached to: Open Source After 12 Years

The catalyst was actually The Copyright Act of 1976 which brought software under the copyright regime, and Stallman's travails at the AI Lab at MIT with Symbolics. A good source is the well-written and fascinating http://www.faifzilla.org/, and particularly Chapter 9 (http://www.faifzilla.org/ch09.html).

Comment: Re:"Celebrity"? (Score 1) 233

by slyguy135 (#34669760) Attached to: Apple Forces Steve Jobs Action Figure Off eBay
"Let me make the argument another way. Say your wife is sleeping with another man. Obviously, they are having an affair. However, you never agreed to such things, and never endorsed them. You can't sue for breach of contract, as that's not how marriage works. Such a thing is obviously wrong and unethical. Thus, there is a law intended to prevent such things."

A car analogy is also needed but I'll let someone else do that.

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky