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Comment Re: Release it with source code unde GPL (Score 2) 237

Remember that a lot of closed-source software is still released as freeware and have on occasion been disassembled and modified.

It is illegal to dissasemble and modify freeware, so GPL software is not worse there.

If I have the executable of GPL code I can't just hand it over to a friend without first figuring out where the source is

Yes you can. If you don't modify it, you can simply copy the offer that was handed to you as your user right. (GPLv3, section 6c). Please don't spread misinformation. (Section 6c is limited to a noncommercial context, but that is the use case you were arguing, and the only possible one with shareware/freeware).

If you did modify it, well, that's already something that you couldn't have done legally with freeware.

Say that I have made a small modification that fits my use case and I want to make it available. I can't just put the binary somewhere

You can't do that with freeware either, so how is it any better?

I don't see any benefit to GPL compared to the BSD license and the "freedom" GPL claims it provides is restrictions, not freedom.

Myself, I like to see it with respect to what is protected by the license in terms of freedom.

- "Permissive" licenses (BSD-like) protect a single snapshot of the code, as it exists the day it is released. That version can be used freely by anyone, but the possibility to impose additional restrictions means that you won't necessarily be free to use the versions derived from that snapshot.

- "Protective" licenses (i.e. Copyleft) protect the whole project in the long term, whether it is the snapshot released under the license or any later modification of it. You are guaranteed access to any version that someone releases of that code, under the same terms that give you the freedom to use code.

The idea of the constraints in Copyleft is that the constrained environment should have more total possible actions in the aggregate, even if every individual player has one less action available on paper. If you don't acknowledge this possibility, you are not getting the point why the constraint was added to this kind of license.

Comment Re:Ghostbusters (Score 1) 480

I quite liked the new Ghostbusters. It wasn't the best film ever, but it felt like an actual Ghostbusters film with the same kind of zany humour and atmosphere, unlike e.g. the Crystal Skull Indiana Jones abomination. And I say that as someone who saw the first two films as a child on the big screen.

Also, if you look at the content of the negative comments for Ghostbusters on IMDB, plenty of them do seem to be from people that somehow took offence to it.

Comment Re:It's hyped and will shift to something else soo (Score 3) 117

The human body is just an awful thing to have to maintain.

Given that you're going to stay with it for the rest of your life, you might want to learn to enjoy it, like the rest of us. Cooking and eating is a ceremony here in Europe, akin to a ritual.

Experimenting with flavours and cooking techniques may be a wonderful hobby, whether you cook yourself or pay someone to do it, although I recognize that it may be quite expensive in that dysfunctional food culture you have over there in the States, where poision is subsidized and quality raw ingredients are more expensive than processed food.

Comment Re:Industry Shill (Score 3, Insightful) 154

It's not that surprising since the whole "drain the swamp" mantra was just something someone in Trump's campaign team proposed as a slogan, but that Trump didn't like. He then tried it out at a meeting, discovered it caught on, and kept using it. That's what Trump himself said after the elections anyway.

Comment Re:bezel-less curved edge (Score 3, Interesting) 104

F that! I already have a hard enough time holding my phone with a bezel without accidentally touching the edges of the screen. Forget putting adding a protective case to protect your multi-hundred dollar toy as you won't be able to use the edges of the screen.

I traded in my S7 Edge specifically because the curved edges were so damn annoying. I would almost constantly trigger functionality on the edges of the screen, interrupting what I was doing. Adding a case did not help: the pressure the case put on the edges actually made it worse. Touching elsewhere on the phone would distort all the interconnected pieces of the case just enough to trigger a touch in a random place. It was also annoying when playing games where I might need to touch near the edge of the screen: the curvature made it harder to read the screen and touch the edges.

Upgrading to an "old-school" flat-screen phone eliminated all of the annoyances caused by the curved edges. I will never buy another curved-screen phone. Since Samsung is committed balls-deep to technology that actively pisses me off, I doubt I will ever buy another one of their phones.

Comment Unsurprising (Score 1) 38

Patents have become another "must-have" item in a scientists resume. It presumably shows you're able to create practical applications from otherwise abstract research results.

In practice, of course, you can patent pretty much anything you want if you put your mind to it, and the vast majority of granted patents are never implemented in an actual product and never make any money at all. So researchers just jump through another set of hoops to pad their CV with, usually, a completely worthless patent or two.

The researcher is happy since they got another item on their career-critical CV. The university is happy since granted patents counts toward university rankings. The granting agencies are happy since it shows their research grants are producing tangible results. Too bad the actual end result - the patent - is utterly worthless.

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