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Comment Its just history (Score 1) 1592

The UK, well England, Scotland, Whales, and N Ireland, its all going to be all right. These states have been at war, at peace, for centuries. The UK was only in the EU since the '70s. The events of history will unfold as they will, the people of the UK will push through and succeed. They always have, there is no reason to believe that won't now.

Comment Dirk Gently (Score 3, Insightful) 299

Sherlock Holmes: "Once you have discounted the impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth"
Dirk Gently: "The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it which the merely improbable lacks."

I'm not ready to give up on a plausible answer based on physics we understand, it may be that it is doing something we understand and we are simply not realizing it.

Comment Re:Question (Score 1) 281

Obviously there is no way to respond to this as "syntax" is a mater of taste. I can say this, though. Java and C type languages clearly delineate "punctuation" and special characters in to well known uses. Secondly, logical flow is wrong in perl, as in, "do_something unless foo" It is a brain dead way of expressing: if( ! foo) do_something. Most languages do not support this type of expression, and switching from java, to c, to python, to (yuck) perl it makes perl especially onerous to read.

Comment Should be actionable (Score 1) 421

There needs to be a law, if one can not be found that already can already cover this, but "faithful" generation of object code from source code is, by definition, what a compiler does. There MUST be *some* product law that covers intentionally inserting functionality without the user's knowledge.

Comment Oh please..... (Score 4, Insightful) 354

Unics, Unix, UNIX, unix, posix, bsd, linux, minix, plan9, etc. They all come from the same basic design philosophy, and it is a very good starting point, simple, clean, wonderful.

Then you want applications to run on it. Then you get performance issues. Then you get security issues. Then you get new types of peripherals. Then you get new types of processors and memory architectures. Then it shrinks to be a raspberry PI, then it grows to be massively parallel and fill a room.

After all that, tell me again about what mistakes you are not going to make.

Comment Just let it go (Score -1, Redundant) 81

The chemical process for producing Polaroid film, or any film for that matter, is an ecological chemical nightmare. Digital image sensors are currently better than *any* polaroid film and don't spew acids and solvents into theearth for each picture taken. Oh, and yes, digital is practically free on a per picture basis.

Comment It is no different than Minix AFS (Score 2) 379

Historically, there's been things like the original Andrew filesystem
module: a standard filesystem that really wasn't written for Linux in the
first place, and just implements a UNIX filesystem. Is that derived just
because it got ported to Linux that had a reasonably similar VFS interface
to what other UNIXes did? Personally, I didn't feel that I could make that
judgment call. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't, but it clearly is a gray

Personally, I think that case wasn't a derived work, and I was willing to
tell the AFS guys so.


ZFS was clearly developed for a different operating system, and I don't think Linus would care. If he does, I'd like to see something he has written on the subject.

Unless there is a copyright holder with reason and "standing" to sue, there is no violation.

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