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Comment TED talk explains how the OSS philosophy applies (Score 5, Informative) 160

Anonymous Coward wrote:

What does it mean for a molecule to have source?

It can refer to what Eric S. Raymond referred to as the "bazaar" model, or it can refer to a license that grants rights to the public analogous to those listed in the DFSG or FSF definition of free software. I see hints of bazaar in the transcript of the TED talk:

dissatisfied with the performance and quality of these medicines, I went back to school in chemistry with the idea that perhaps by learning the trade of discovery chemistry and approaching it in the context of this brave new world of the open-source, the crowd-source, the collaborative network that we have access to within academia, that we might more quickly bring powerful and targeted therapies to our patients.

And here I see the spirit of publishing a discovery instead of locking it up behind secrecy and exclusive rights:

We published a paper that described this finding at the earliest prototype stage. We gave the world the chemical identity of this molecule, typically a secret in our discipline. We told people exactly how to make it.

This leads up to the benefits of bazaar and publication:

the science that's coming back from all of these laboratories about the use of this molecule has provided us insights that we might not have had on our own. Leukemia cells treated with this compound turn into normal white blood cells.

And finally, a direct answer to your question as to what is the source code of a molecule:

This string of letters and numbers and symbols and parentheses that can be texted, I suppose, or [microblogged] worldwide, is the chemical identity of our pro compound.

Comment Carrier charges $2 for the first second (Score 1) 140

You still need to be online for the first second

I see how that would help people who already subscribe to cellular Internet for some other reason, but it doesn't appear to help the use case I described. In the United States, where YouTube and Slashdot are headquartered, some pay-as-you-go cellular Internet providers work on a "pay only on the days you use it" basis: $2 for the first second and $0 for the rest of the day.

Most buses in the UK seem to have free wifi anyway now.

It would cost even more to move to the UK than to get Internet on the bus in the US.

Comment Paid offline viewing (Score 1) 140

Whether something requires payment and whether it requires a continuous connection to the Internet are orthogonal. I want to be able to pay for a rental, download the encrypted video, and watch it offline sometime in the next 24 hours. How do these video publishers expect people to use their product on airplanes?

Comment Then Muzak and its competitors are coercion (Score 1) 140

Copyright enables the creators of content to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Then why does copyright continue for 70 years after "the creators of content" have ceased to exist?

If you built a house, do you think someone whould be able to move in 20 years later just because it was twenty years ago you built it?

Someone who moves in 20 years later wouldn't have to pay the original builders again and certainly wouldn't have to pay a recurring royalty to the original builders.

If they are being assholes with their copyright, don't watch/listen/read

That's difficult if all grocery stores in the area have licensed the a-holes' music to play over the speaker system.

Comment 3GP == MP4 (Score 1) 331

With videos it's even harder, my new phone only records in *.3gp files

Wikipedia says 3GP, 3G2, and MP4 are essentially the same thing as MOV (the ISO base media file format), and video can be ASP or AVC. Did you try just renaming it to .mov or .mp4? Or do you need to transcode because your camera records ASP and browsers expect AVC?

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