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Comment Re:Ethical? (Score 2) 826

ToasterMonkey Questioned?

Of course it's not "ethical",

Excuse me, why?

To which you responded:

when I was young, I had no understanding of 'local issues' and thought that buying global products would not matter.

then, I see the middle class disappear and we can't afford to buy the things we *design*, let alone build.

this matters. its news for nerds and it IS stuff that matters. outsourcing will but us in the ass and had already lowered quality of products and services worldwide.

You have not explained why it is unethical. The post you replied to asked for clarification as to why the parent thought it was unethical to help set up a call center in another country.

You assert that "outsourcing will but[sic] us in the ass and had already lowered quality of products and services worldwide." Can you offer some support for this premise? In a related note you seem to blame outsourcing or globalization for the "disappearing of the middle class", again I am disinclined to accept this premise without support.

Your discussion of price, dollar, and the thought patterns of "business people" is a complete non sequitur, as is your opening statements relative to assumptions about the parent posters age.

I believe you may have point for discusion, but as it stands it is poorly articulated and not well supported by anything other than your assertions.

Comment Re:I'll be first to say WTF (Score 1) 700

Sure, I have some troll biscuits in my pocket that I'd like to get rid of.

What is 1/3 as a decimal?

If it has a decimal representation at all, then it is .333...

That is to say that it is a decimal point followed by an infinite
number of 3s.

So what is .333... * 3?

Of course it's .999...
which implies .999 followed by an infinite number of 9s. As you say:

No matter how far back you get, there's a 9 at the end.

But .333... is equal to 1/3.

1/3 * 3 = 1

Thus, .333... * 3 = .999... = 1


I find the notion of repeating decimals kind of silly, and would just
prefer to say that 1/3 has no exact representation. As far as I can
tell from calculus class this doesn't change anything.

Comment Re:GPL Violation? (Score 1) 504

My question to you is how are you able to possess code subject to the GPL yet deny your employees access to the source code?

This is just a thought, and IANAL so I could be completely wrong here.

What if the organization, eg CorpInc, took software released under the GPL and made modifications to it. Then they installed the modified versions to their own computers. The modified version is clearly under the GPL, because it is a derivative work. However is CorpInc required to give it's employees that use those computers the source to the modified version? If they are, then by the terms of the GPL the employees can give the source, and binaries, to others.


AP Will Sell You a "License" To Words It Doesn't Own 340

James Grimmelmann performed an experiment using the AP's form to request a license to use more than four consecutive words from one of their articles. Except that he didn't paste in words from the (randomly chosen) article, but instead used 26 words written by Thomas Jefferson 196 years ago: If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea. The AP cheerfully charged him $12 to use Jefferson's 26 words. Both Boing Boing and TechDirt have picked up the story so far. Grimmelmann adds an update to his blog: the AP has rescinded his license to Jefferson's words and issued a refund for his $12. They did not exhibit the grace to admit that their software is brain-dead.

The Hidden Cost of Using Microsoft Software 691

Glyn Moody writes "Detractors of free software like to point out it's not really 'free,' and claim that its Total Cost of Ownership is often comparable with closed-source solutions if you take everything into account. And yet, despite their enthusiasm for including all the costs, they never include a very real extra that users of Microsoft's products frequently have to pay: the cost of cleaning up malware infections. For example, the UK city of Manchester has just paid out nearly $2.5 million to clean up the Conficker worm, most of which was 'a £1.2m [$2million] bill in the IT department, including £600,000 [$1 million] getting "consultancy support" to fix the problems, which including drafting in experts from Microsoft.' To make the comparisons fair, isn't it about time these often massive costs were included in TCO calculations?"

Comment Re:That's pretty standard (Score 1) 303

The entire page is copyrighted by Wolfram. Compare with this example:

It may not surprise you that the line of perl code
print "Hello, world!\n";
"prints the message Hello, world!"(Swhartz & Phoenix, 2001) And the fact that it appears in a book, the text of which is copyrighted by O'Reilly Media, Inc. Which reserves all rights to the work should not surprise you either.

Schwartz, Randal L., & Phoenix, Tom. (2001). Learning Perl (3rd ed.). Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly Media.

Comment Re:There's already proof that this can't work (Score 1) 310

Because the majority of crash-inducing bugs don't result in security vulnerabilities, there can be a fair amount of internal debate when they're discovered during development.

a repeatable tool that takes a look at a crash

Both of the above quotes indicate that the tool does not determine when a program will crash. It only analysis the crash after a tester/developer has found a bug that makes the program crash.

This is not the halting problem, but a more ambiguous problem of weather a specific crash inducing bug is a security risk, or just a bug.

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