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Comment: One does not sue for GPL violation (Score 1) 497

by tepples (#47422367) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

they didn't sue him for programming without a license but for DMCA and copyright violations.

That's true in the same technical sense that Denys Vlasenko sues violators of the BusyBox license not for "GPL violation" but instead for copyright infringement. If the only way to program without a license is to violate Title 17, then in practice that's the same thing as banning "programming without a license".

Sony had a simple rule "If you follow these rules you can play in our sandbox"

One of the rules at the time was not to use hardware that was still being produced. The fat PS3 had been discontinued in favor of a new model without Other OS support. Assuming hypothetically that George Hotz had not exposed PS3 flaws to give Sony cause to disable Other OS in 3.21, where would one find a replacement for a fat PS3 console whose hardware had failed?

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 497

by tepples (#47422301) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

global variables by default unless you use var every single time

Fail! That's not entirely true for reasons that are obvious if you understand the language. Nice repeated meme though.

Please state the points that I should learn about the language in order for the reasons to become obvious to me. I do know that not all JavaScript interpreters in use support the semantics of "use strict".

Or just use a bigint library, like users of other languages have done for years.

Is there one bigint library on which programmers have standardized, or will three different libraries that I include each bring in their own separate bigint library dependency?

Try learning the language first.

Once I do start to learn the language, how should I go about determining whether the extent to which I have learned the language is enough to allow me not to make a fool of myself here on Slashdot?

Comment: Re:Global warming is only the start (Score 0) 201

Oil a'int fossil in origin. The Russians know that, and have capitalized magnificently on technologies that exploit this. This is actually the REAL story behind the Donetsk basin.

False scarcity is a wealth creator and a method of social control. UAE will be destroyed not by petrochemical scarcity, but by its comparative plenitude.

Comment: Re:Life on Mars? (Score 0) 201

No one will EVER live in a permanent space colony. Sorry.

This fantasy was promoted in an age where achieving terrestrial dominance through orbital trajectory of warheads was under intense and competitive development. It did its job.

Rockwell rode on the tail-end of this era, for the final boondoggle of the US Shuttle Program, in the 1970's. You won't see anything like that again.

Comment: Re:Probable cause (Score 1) 199

There is still an instrument for guiding one's evaluation of claims and conundrums: Cui Bono?

In matters of human affairs, it is generally less erring than application of Occam's razor.

"Someone" is interested in getting you to think that the biggest potential for catastrophe, in your daily life and for your way of living, is impending Muslim ideological violence. They wish you to believe an absurdity.

What group or party benefits from this? Why have they chosen this from other possible alternatives? What other possible real threats and risks are diverted from attention by this condition?

Those are the basic questions for the truly inquisitive, not those merely questioning from a habit of personality.

Comment: F-35 (Score 2) 223

by the eric conspiracy (#47419933) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

The F-35 is a classic example of what is wrong with the military-industrial-political complex.

It's bloated. To an extreme nearly unimaginable. Layer on layer of bureaucracy and self interest slathered immeasurably deep. It's not possible for this to be efficient or effective.

The problem is NOT the concept of the plane or its implementation. Nor is it with the inevitable startup issues. Any design no matter how brilliantly conceived would have similar problems when constructed by the set of institutions that are in play here.

What I am afraid is that the only thing that will change this is a real existential threat to the United States. Only then will we see focus on what is really important. The sort of focus that led the United States to an economic output greater than the rest of world combined during WWII.

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.