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Comment Re:This is *SO* unethical ! (Score 1) 201

Clauses in legally binding agreements that grant one party the ability to unilaterally change the terms of those agreements are illegal in most places where the rule of law has any meaning. That's one of the reasons almost every contractual agreement, of which EULAs are one kind, have a clause that says if any of the terms are illegal they are void.

Comment Re:unpossible software hack? (Score 1, Insightful) 201

If you give them enough money, they'll do whatever you want. The question is only of the relative cost. Getting something custom done in open source is sometimes a matter of asking and waiting, or of paying a developer to do it for you. Getting something done in closed source might be a matter of filing a request under your support agreement, or it might mean a very expensive contract.

Comment Re:Contradictory? (Score 1) 488

Logic is a formal system where you make a set of assumptions, then see what implications those assumptions have. There are volumes upon volumes of theological works where the assumptions are some form of "god exists, and has these properties," all perfectly valid logic.

Science is a system where you use logic, observation and other tools to check whether your assumptions appear to be valid.

Comment Re:yet more engineer bashing (Score 1) 488

People (perhaps engineers in particular?) have an odd habit of taking statistical tendencies and attempting to apply them as universal truths. Your being a liberal engineer doesn't have anything to do with the claim that engineers as a group have a higher (probably very slightly higher) chance of being religious than other groups.

It is a little odd that well educated people are still religious, but it happens, a lot. People are able to jump through a lot of mental hoops to reconcile their religious and non-religious beliefs.

Comment Re:How could the Earth heat it? (Score 1) 96

I was being a smartass, but if you insist... your comment is incorrect throughout. The paper refers to "earthshine" which today is dominated by reflected sunlight. But the point of that paper is that right after the collision that created the moon, earthshine was dominated by radiated heat from the Earth, not reflected radiation from the sun, meaning that the earthshine was much more intense than today. The takeaway from the paper is literally the opposite of what your post said:

"The actual study [did] say RADIANT heat from the Earth, [in complete obeyance of the laws of physics], went through the vacuum of space." This radiant heat kept the Earth facing side of the moon molten longer than the far side.

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall