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Comment: Re: who cares how many children (Score 1) 275

by t_ban (#48684901) Attached to: AirAsia Flight Goes Missing Between Indonesia and Singapore

No. Children are underdeveloped and require a considerable amount of investment before they create value. Compared to adults where the investment has already been made and who now cannot pay it back, children are worth less.

So unless a child holds the promise of creating 'value' in the future, it is worthless to you? How about children with disabilities? Or old people who have spent all their 'value'? Or adults without any particular skill?
It is a great misfortune of modern Western civilization that power is concentrated in the hands of people like you - those who think economic value is the only value.

Comment: Re:GPLv3 was much like that - a lot of people disl (Score 1) 153

by t_ban (#48258431) Attached to: Can Ello Legally Promise To Remain Ad-Free?

There are quite a lot of people, myself included, who released software while GPLv2 was current and feel that FSF went a little bit evil with v3. Even to the extent that I agree with Stallman regarding bad patents, I don't think it's right to retroactively pull that into a copyright license. To me, that's precisely the same as if he'd added "you lose your license if you vote Democrat". Democrats may or may not be a bad thing, but Stallman doesn't have a moral right to impose his views regarding political affiliation upon my software. I chose the license because I agreed with what it was - the position it took regarding copyright and secrecy. I allowed for "any later version" to allow for _revisions_, adjustments, to the wording. I didn't do that to allow Stallman and friends to attach their unrelated personal preferences to my work.

So don't release under GPL V3, and continue with V2. No one's forcing you to upgrade your license, so what imposition are you talking about?

Comment: Re:Fristy Pawst! (Score 1) 475

by t_ban (#48033879) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

So yes, some of the "rising 3rd world countries" like india and guatemala have some credit available but nothing close to the US where someone can buy a house on credit or get credit cards with limits that grossly exceed their annual income.

Wrong. Loans for purchasing homes have been available in India since forever. I live in Kolkata, India, in an apartment bought with money borrowed from one of the largest banks. The borrowed amount was about 6 times my annual income when I took it, about 5 years ago.

+ - 10,000-Year-Old Cave Paintings of Possible Aliens Found in India->

Submitted by t_ban
t_ban (875088) writes "The Times of India reports that Indian archaeologists have recently discovered cave paintings in the village of Charama, in Chattisgarh state, cave paintings depicting what looks very like modern visualisations of aliens and spaceships. Natives of the region traditionally talk about the mythical 'Rohela' people who supposedly came down from the skies and carried off villagers and never returned them. The pictures are bewilderingly similar to Hollywood / Pulp magazine depictions of the same. Are the pictures modern fakes? Did aliens really contact ancient Indians? Or are the paintings purely imaginary, in which case there must be something in the human imagination that favours a certain type of alien visualisation?"
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Comment: Was this what Einstein tried to do? (Score 1) 600

by t_ban (#44917487) Attached to: Physicists Discover Geometry Underlying Particle Physics
Disclaimer: I have no formal knowledge of Maths and Physics beyond high school level.

I understand Einstein disliked the untidy nature of particle physics and the Standard Model, and wanted to discover an elegant, geometrical explanation for quantum phenomena. Is the current discovery a step in that direction?

GREAT MOMENTS IN HISTORY (#7): April 2, 1751 Issac Newton becomes discouraged when he falls up a flight of stairs.