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Comment: Re:Please stop abusing the term "sharing." (Score 1) 309

by stand (#33676584) Attached to: Stallman Crashes Talk, Fights 'War On Sharing'

Copying other people's stuff and giving it away isn't "sharing."

If you want to share, create your own work and give it away for free.

I would not dispute this sentiment. The problem is that there is not, in general, a bright line between "copying other people's stuff" and "creating your own work." That is the essence of pretty much all disputes about copyrights/patents.

Comment: Re:The media really are pussies (Score 1) 1224

by stand (#31948414) Attached to: <em>South Park</em>'s Episode 201 &mdash; the Expurgated Version
Why are we laboring under the illusion that Comedy Central cares about free speech? They aren't compromising any deeply held principles. They have decided that it is better for their bottom line that they self-censor, nothing more. We don't have to like it (I don't), but it's their company.

+ - HTML5 ready to take off->

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An anonymous reader writes: HTML5 discussion often founders on questions of market-share and backward compatibility. "Smart Development" argues that there's already a 'critical mass' of support, especially with breakthroughs in mobile browsing, and that the next move will be creation of the great programs that assume and thereby promote the new standard(s).
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Comment: Re:The horror stories are all true (Score 1) 1197

by stand (#31236316) Attached to: Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?
I had an IEEE sponsored plan a few years back. I think it was only available to US members (which shouldn't be a problem since most other countries take care of health insurance one way or another). It was expensive and the coverage wasn't great. It was one of the main reasons I said yes when my current contract asked to hire me full time. Most people don't understand how expensive this stuff is because it's hidden in the deductions on their paycheck. It's a big problem.

Comment: Re:Landis grew up a Mennonite (Score 1) 259

by stand (#31155644) Attached to: Tour de France Champion Accused of Hacking
I also grew up in a Mennonite family and am now a software developer. My father grew up in a much more traditional Mennonite community in Saskatchewan and is very computer savvy. One of the things you have to realize is that a lot of Mennonites are farmers. Farmers are some of the biggest gadgetry geeks there are.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming