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Comment Lambda the Ultimate (Score 1) 192 192

The most depressing thing about Drupal is that http://lambda-the-ultimate.org/ , a website devoted to discussing the latest in programming languages research, is a drupal site. How on earth can a site that decries the unsoundess of C code, and can discuss the relationships of monads to any of three different effects calculi use PHP to run their site? Mind boggling.

Comment Re:What next? (Score 3, Insightful) 237 237

If Japan *did* become the 51st state, the State of Japan would get more than twice as many electoral votes as California, and would thus quickly come to dominate all presidential elections, as well as the House of Representatives. Demagogues like Tokyo mayor Shintaro Ishihara and incompetents like Prime Ministers Yukio Hatoyama and Yoshiro Mori would become major US political figures.

Right, but if they become 47 states, they will dominate the senate by adding 94 new senators. I don't think that solves the problem.

Comment Re:Software patents can help certain industries (Score 1) 172 172

That's a total fallacy. If no one innovates anything, there's nothing to scoop up. Innovating always yields at least short term advantage. Everyone will develop their own solutions and guard them jealously. There has never been an industry where no one innovates. You can't fight human nature.

Comment Re:Software patents can help certain industries (Score 1) 172 172

So what you're saying is that without patents your company wouldn't bother to develop new techniques? Wouldn't you be left in the dust by those that did? It seems like the "insider" scenario could easily be mitigated by background checks and the like. It works for the Intelligence community.

Comment Re:It could have been worse... (Score 1) 703 703

Don't you see? This is a brilliant strategy. By coming out in favor of ACTA, the Republicans now have to rail against ACTA for destroying America's freedom. Then Obama can "concede to political pressures" on the issue and ACTA is withdrawn, thus protecting America from this crap for another 4 years. It's pure genius.

Comment Re:Source code/scripts (Score 1) 266 266

Maya, for example, often gives different results between versions. It's also been owned by 5 companies in 6 years. What do you figure the odds of your work rendering correctly in 50 years? On the other hand, blender supposedly is still able to open first edition .blend files, but my point is you won't be there to spot check the consistency.

Comment Re:This is nuts. (Score 1) 403 403

I agree. I've been less than thrilled with Microsoft's behavior pretty much since windows 98, but this software patent nonsense needs to be reigned in. To me it seems like they should just abandon the Eastern Texas market. Without Word, either the court will cease to function or maybe they'll adopt Open Office, learn about Free Software, and cease being patent troll heaven. Oh wait, I suppose I should wake up now.

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990

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