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Comment: Dot.com Bust 2.0 (Score 1) 688

by still-a-geek (#38681184) Attached to: "Learn To Code, Get a Job" According To CNN
If you want to see dot.com Bust 2.0, this will contribute to it. Do you remember the dot.com era? Most of those people with no technical or coding background who tried to learn how to code in 1 year (or less) and obtained some flea-bag certificate were the first ones to be let go. And yes, there were a lot of them. Without having the fundamentals of data structures, coding style, documentation skills, and good logic and problem solving skills, those new "coders" will have a very short career, if any. Most companies learned their lesson from dot.com 1.0.
GNU is Not Unix

FSF Asks Apple To Comply With the GPL For Clone of GNU Go 482

Posted by timothy
from the y'know-fellas-the-license dept.
I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "The Free Software Foundation has discovered that an application currently distributed in Apple's App Store is a port of GNU Go. This makes it a GPL violation, because Apple controls distribution of all such programs through the iTunes Store Terms of Service, which is incompatible with section 6 of the GPLv2. It's an unusual enforcement action, though, because they don't want Apple to just make the app disappear, they want Apple to grant its users the full freedoms offered by the GPL. Accordingly, they haven't sued or sent any legal threats and are instead in talks with Apple about how they can offer their users the GPLed software legally, which is difficult because it's not possible to grant users all the freedoms they're entitled to and still comply with Apple's restrictive licensing terms."

Comment: In Chicagoland... (Score 1) 395

by still-a-geek (#30801658) Attached to: Truth Or Dare — What Is the Best US Cell Company?
... the best two are Verizon and US Cellular. Verizon gets the edge for variety of cell phones to choose from and nationwide coverage, but US Cellular gets the edge for better service although their regional coverage is just as good if not better than Verizon's.

Sprint and T-Mobile only care about getting customers to sign a contract. Their service is atrocious and cellular coverage is spotty around the city and really crappy in the rural areas.

The only thing going for AT&T is the iPhone. If it weren't for that, they'd be down there with Sprint and T-Mobile.

Comment: Doesn't surprise me (Score 1, Interesting) 447

by still-a-geek (#30509152) Attached to: Holy See Declares a "Unique Copyright" On the Pope
The Vatican is run like a business and has done so since its inception. It is one of the richest entities in the world that is its own country, has its own army and has its own economy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_city.

How in the heck can a religion do this? It seems to contradict everything Jesus stood for: Peace, love, and helping people, not killing countless millions and building an empire in the name of God. What a bunch of hypocrites! It wouldn't surprise me that the Vatican will try and copyright (trademark, too) the name Vatican or even Jesus Christ one of these days.

Comment: Infrastructure (Score 1) 703

by still-a-geek (#29812563) Attached to: Where Should We Focus Our Space Efforts?
We should be focusing on building the infrastructure on Earth first before doing anything in space. What I mean by this is building space ports around the world, developing new propulsion and material technologies, and encouraging young people that math and science is cool. While our current space infrastructure (in the USA) is decent, it's far from robust. A spacecraft shouldn't have to worry about the weather during take-off or landing, for example. That's retarded in this day and age. A side-effect of building an infrastructure like this is the creation of literally millions of jobs around the world: building of new roads, buildings, and materials, more education funding in the sciences, restaurants popping around the new spaceports to feed the people, etc.

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