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Comment Re:Linux - Gentoo based (Score 1) 554

Gentoo since 2003. Back then, there were no install CDs and the documentation was kind of lacking, so you had to start with another Linux distro and work from there.

At the time, I had also experimented with NetBSD and I loved the cleaner Unix style, but hardware support was seriously lacking. Fortunately, I found Gentoo which takes the BSD framework into a GNU userland with the Linux kernel, and everything has been perfect ever since.

Comment Re:Oh yawn... (Score 2) 153

BSD licensing does not imply that people think less of their code

Actually, it only directly implies that people who use BSD licensing think less about derivative works from their code than people who use the GPL. This is perfectly fine, but since derivative works would typically contain substantial portions of the original code, by extension, the lack of care about derivative works of their ccde thereby reduces to a lack of care about their own code, from that perspective.

Comment Re:I like GPLv2 too, but there's just one thing (Score 1) 153

If they make changes to your copyrighted content, then while the new product isn't entirely your code anymore, it is still considered a derivative work of your code. One needs permission from the copyright holder to make derivative works of copyrighted content, and the GPL simply states what terms a person has to agree to in order to receive such permission, saving the recipient who may be interested in creating such a derivative work from having to hunt down the copyright holder and seek express written permission that they would otherwise have to obtain to legally have any ability to create and publish such derivative works.

Comment It's fine to let companies set prices (Score 1) 266

What is not fine is to give a very long monopoly to only one company to make them... without competition the price will not naturally fall.

You have to allow some time let companies have some profits on research, but how long has the Epi-Pen been around? Long enough there should be more than one company making hem now.

Comment Re:Oh yawn... (Score 5, Insightful) 153

I never understood why the GPL busy bodies were so concerned with what i did with the code i write. :)

They aren't. They are concerned about derivative works of THEIR OWN code, concerns that they are legally entitled to have by virtue of having the copyright on the code that they wrote. The fact that a derivative work might have your own code in it is entirely superfluous, if it is a derivative work then you still need the original copyright holder's permission to do something with it. The GPL outlines the terms necessary to receive such permission. Nothing more, and nothing less.

Comment Re:Oh yawn... (Score 1) 153

I wrote the code, so what right does Torvalds have in telling me what to do with my code?

If you actually wrote it entirely yourself, none. If it's a derivative work, however, Torvalds has the same rights as any copyright holder would over derivative works from their stuff... you need the original copyright holder's permission first. The GPL really only outlines what the requirements are to *get* such permission so that no other explicit written permission is necessary, which is what would typically be otherwise required to independently create a derivative work of somone else's copyrighted stuff.

Comment Re:Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 1, Troll) 266

Many on the left love protectionism...except when they don't.

The FDA is no prize -- by being so tightfisted, they prevent politicians from having to explain why a drug hurt people, but this ends up delaying new drugs (and generics, as TFA shows) that trivially causes a lot more harm than they save being overly cautious.

But you know, a death or two in front of the camera is a tragedy the likes of which 10,000 offscreen because of delayed drugs is not.

Comment Re:Making 26 YOs work 80 hour weeks is easier too. (Score 1) 221

Don't forget overpriced. And there just aren't any discounts anywhere on those items (vacuums or fans). The vacuums are just made of plastic, so they are not built to last (just like their engineers). Their "bladeless" fans are a curiosity, but upon close inspection, there is a fan in the base of it that has, well, blades! I would have been more impressed if it was more like the ionic breeze air filter that uses electricity only to move the air.

Maybe he will succeed at making a breakthrough in battery technology, but if it's like his other products, it will be too expensive. What good is a cell phone battery that lasts all week when it costs $400?

Comment Re:WTF are they proposing to improve exactly? (Score 1) 92

Customer is not necessarily the same as end-user.

End users are *consumers* of a product, not providers of it. Advertisers are not at the actual receiving end of the product consumption chain, they are either entirely at the top or else somewhere in the middle. By definition, end users cannot be the advertisers, they are the people that are advertised *to*.

Comment Re:Too secure for insecure? (Score 1) 510

If you're a Ron Paul supporter voting for Trump, I fear that "confused" is rather an understatement of your mental state.

I think not so much "confused" as "shallow". I can see a very surface correspondence between Paul and Trump: They both like to buck the establishment. The fact that the do so in very different ways and for very different reasons requires looking past the top millimeter of each. I suppose a vote for Obama (in his first presidential campaign) could fit as well if the same incredibly shallow analysis just focused on the "Hope and Change" slogan.

Comment Re:Self-inflicted (Score 2) 74

Yes, and those idiot's votes count the same as yours and mind. It is amazing how many people "me too" jump on some bullshit I've already proven to be false a few times before. Hoax is the poisoning of the mind for people too stupid to do their own thinking and prefer their news in a 600x600 image square. Whoever controls these drones, controls the vote, because they are half the population.

Or to paraphrase George Carlin, think about how stupid the average person is, then remember that half the population is dumber than they are.

Comment Google does something like this (Score 1) 172

Google does something like this, on a selective basis.

I think it started as something done only for special cases, but I know a few people who arranged it. One woman I know works three days per week instead of five, for 60% of her normal salary. She has also taken a large chunk of her 18-week maternity leave and uses it one day per week, so she actually works two days per week but gets paid for three, until the maternity leave runs out. Her husband has arranged a similar structure with his employer (not Google), working three days per week so one of them is always home with the kids. She's a fairly special case, though, because she's a freakishly brilliant software engineer who any smart company would bend over backwards to accommodate.

However, it's now been expanded to be made generally available to full-time employees. It requires management approval, but the descriptions I've seen make it clear that management is expected to agree unless there are specific reasons why it can't work. Salary, bonuses and stock are pro-rated based on the percentage of a normal schedule that is worked. Most commonly, people work 60% or 80% schedules (i.e. three or four days per week instead of five). Other benefits, such as health care, etc., are not pro-rated, but either provided or not, depending on the percentage of normal hours worked.

I could see myself going to a 60% work week in a few years, having a four-day weekend every week in exchange for a 40% pay cut.

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