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Comment Oracle is not a superpower (Score 3, Insightful) 174

Today, open source is mainstream, with original believers such as Red Hat worth billions and superpowers such as Oracle buying in.

Can we please chill with the rhetoric? Oracle is not a superpower, for fuck's sake. Secondly, Oracle's relationship with open source is not entirely clear. Oracle currently seems to be at odds with at least some open source initiatives. So I wouldn't be saying that Oracle is "buying in" if I were in your place.

Comment Good move for Russians, but... (Score 1) 500

It's neither here nor there for the actual Free Software movement itself because the Free Software movement transcends governments, nations, and other such trifles. So any new user of the Free Software is a welcome addition, but to say that it's a breakthrough people are waiting for is a bit much.

Comment Bullshit (Score 3, Insightful) 265

These are the same type of guys that gave us statistically accurate risk modeling for the complex derivative securities and we know how well that turned out. One must be careful with mathematical models, especially when you're modeling sentiment.

Comment Re:Creating own award (Score 1) 360

Ignoring pleas of the people isn't exactly the kind of things he advocated.

Are you kidding me? Harmony of the state and living under a strict hierarchy are the linchpins of Confucious thought. The very idea that the "people" should be able to have a voice, let alone use it, would have been anathema to him and his contemporaries.

Contemporaries? Really now? There was a big diversity of opinion on this matter inside China even during the time of Confucious. Chuang Tzu (Zhuangzi) was a notorious critic of Confucian thinking, and Daoism, of which Chuang Tzu is the second highest ranking patriarch after Lao Tzu, is arguably as popular and as essentially Chinese as is Confucianism.


China's Influence Widens Nobel Peace Prize Boycott 360

c0lo writes "Not only did China decline to attend the upcoming Nobel peace prize ceremony, but urged diplomats in Oslo to stay away from the event warning of 'consequences' if they go. Possibly as a result of this (or on their own decisions), 18 other countries turned down the invitation: Pakistan, Iran, Sudan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Iraq, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Venezuela, the Philippines, Egypt, Ukraine, Cuba and Morocco. Reuters seems to think the 'consequences' are of an economic nature, pointing out that half of the countries with economies that gained global influence during recent times are boycotting the ceremony (with Brazil and India still attending)."

Comment Re:trademark not copyright (Score 1) 494

If you sit down and sketch a mouse that is "inspired by" Mickey Mouse, it doesn't have to be a perfect copy for it to be infringing.

Wrong. It has to be a perfect copy. Obviously if you add a pimple to the exact copy, it will be infringing. There is some standard to how much novelty is required to make a non-infringing work, but you can certainly make a non-infringing inspired-by mouse.

Comment Re:trademark not copyright (Score 1) 494

You're making shit up. Copyright is very simple. Copyright doesn't protect ideas. (Patents don't protect ideas either btw, no law does.) It doesn't even protect likeness! Copyright only protects the exact image, the exact sound, and the exact text. That's it. You are allowed to cite text without breaking copyright. You're allowed to mix sound and art also without breaking copyright. You're basically not allowed to cut-n-paste things verbatim. That's it.

So if you draw something that is reminiscent of pac-man but isn't a direct cut-n-paste of the original graphic, it's not a copyright violation. It's that simple.

There is no such thing as "IP." IP is a bogus concept that doesn't exist in law. It's more like a dream of some greedy people rather than reality. The dream is that virtual things and ideas could be privatized. It won't happen.


Debt Collectors Using Facebook To Embarrass Those Who Owe 266

Not even the tranquility of FarmVille can save you from the long arm of debt collectors. Melanie Beacham says that a collector from MarkOne Financial contacted her relatives about her past due car note via Facebook. She is filing suit alleging that the company is harassing her family. Tampa based consumer attorney Billy Howard of Morgan & Morgan says, "Now Facebook does a debt collectors work for them. Now it's not only family members, it's all of your associates. It's a very powerful tool for debt collectors to use."

Comment Re:Here we go again (SCO) (Score 1) 675

If what you're saying is true, that means many competent engineers will naturally arrive at the same design. So if that's even copyrightable, it shouldn't be. It's like trying to copyright a single, naturally arising solution to an integral that any competent mathematician will arrive it, and yes, it can be a hard integral to solve. It's hard precisely because there is only one solution and all competent people find the same solution.

Comment It's not information that they're angry at (Score 2, Insightful) 201

It's called bureaucracy, folks. In other words, the workers are sick of the procedural bullshit, various bullshit memos, useless uninformative emails that border on irrelevancy to the actual job, and things like that. Read the article.

It's a shame LexisNexis called it "information rage." The right name for this phenomenon is "bureaucracy rage."

I guess LexisNexis wanted a synergistic term that inspires forward-looking confluence of business values, hence "information rage" signifier.

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