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Texas Declares War On Robots

Troy Roberts Re:The Paddleborough problem (387 comments)

Really! Are you sure? If assault can not be consented to, then why can boxer consent and it is not a chargeable offense?

about a year and a half ago
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Red Hat Developer Demands Competitor's Source Code

Troy Roberts Re:is it shipping to customers ? (394 comments)

Yes, it's nonsense, because the theoretical creation of a derivative work at run time due to dynamic linking (e.g. shared libraries and kernel modules link at run time) has never been tested in court. Furthermore, the derivative work is not being distributed (I generally programs are not distributed while they are running).

about a year and a half ago
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Red Hat Developer Demands Competitor's Source Code

Troy Roberts Re:is it shipping to customers ? (394 comments)

OK, I see it claimed often that linking into a GPL'ed code makes a derivative work. First, I will note that little claim has never been tested in court and I suspect it would not stand. Secondly, APIs and header files are generally not copyrightable. So, I think there is not legal route to call run time linking a derivative work in the legal frame work of US copyright law.

However, let's assume that is wrong, then if it is not a derivative work until it is linked, then the end user is doing the linking and is not distributing "derivative work". So, even in the unlikely case that linking creates a derivative work, the GPL is still not violated because that derivative work is not being distributed.

about a year and a half ago
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Riot Breaks Out At Foxconn

Troy Roberts Re:Why not a free market for labor (456 comments)

I suppose I should point out that the US does not implement a purely capitalist economy. There are regulation on many parts of the economy, including how and when labor can organize.

about 2 years ago
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Riot Breaks Out At Foxconn

Troy Roberts Re:Why not a free market for labor (456 comments)

I was replying to the comments about China, not the US. I was responding to the claim that China was a shinning example of capitalism, which I think is a hard claim to support.

about 2 years ago
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Riot Breaks Out At Foxconn

Troy Roberts Why not a free market for labor (456 comments)

I wonder why in many examples of capitalism, all markets are free except labor. If a nation is truly based on capitalist ideas, why not have a market for labor. In this case workers could band together and sell their labor to the highest bidder. For some reason, this is never considered a part of capitalism, which I believe is just a convenient inconsistency by the rich.

Because China does not have a free labor market, it is not a shining example of capitalism. It is a shining example of the powerful taking advantage, which happens everywhere.

about 2 years ago
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Firefox 15 Released: Silent Updates, Compressed Textures, Add-on Memory Leak Fix

Troy Roberts Re:Upgrades wipe out my login cookies! (393 comments)

No doubt, you have "Clear history when Firefox closes" checked on the options Privacy tab.

about 2 years ago
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Diesel-Like Engine Could Boost Fuel Economy By 50%

Troy Roberts Re:Better than conservation (721 comments)

Though, I agree with what you have said, I think it might be helpful to look at the definition of justice and just.

Merriam Webster:

Justice (noun)
1 a : the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments
            b : judge
            c : the administration of law; especially : the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity

2 a : the quality of being just, impartial, or fair
            b (1) : the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action (2) : conformity to this principle or ideal : righteousness
            c : the quality of conforming to law

3: conformity to truth, fact, or reason : correctness

and maybe the word just also.

just (adjective)
1 a : having a basis in or conforming to fact or reason : reasonable
            b archaic : faithful to an original
            c : conforming to a standard of correctness : proper

2 a (1) : acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright or good : righteous (2) : being what is merited : deserved
            b : legally correct : lawful

I believe the meaning usually assigned to "Social Justice" is related to definition 1a of Justice and 2a (1) of the Just (or possibly 1a). People are making a moral judgement (or stating what they think is reasonable), which may or may not be tied to any legal precept.

So, the gp may, in fact, be using "Social Justice" is a consistent way that happens to match his morals or reason.

more than 2 years ago
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Global Online Freedom Act Approved By House Committee

Troy Roberts Hypocritical US Government (55 comments)

Our government is happy to surveille their own citizens (even with drones and cameras everywhere). So, essentially we can do it, but nobody else should!

more than 2 years ago
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Book Review: Microsoft Manual of Style

Troy Roberts Re:From Latin ("de" + ablative of "factum") (110 comments)

I suppose I was confused by your sarcasm and the fact that there is not agreed upon style guide for American writers.

more than 2 years ago
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Book Review: Microsoft Manual of Style

Troy Roberts Re:From Latin ("de" + ablative of "factum") (110 comments)

I see you think you know latin and thus assume you under stand "de facto". Just in case, you are confused on this point, let's see what Merriam-Webster says:


1. de facto
adv \di-fak-()t, d-, d-\
Definition of DE FACTO
1: in reality : actually

2. de facto
adj
Definition of DE FACTO
1: actual; especially : being such in effect though not formally recognized
2: exercising power as if legally constituted
3: resulting from economic or social factors rather than from laws or actions of the state

His usage looks good to me.

more than 2 years ago
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Small, Modular Nuclear Reactors — the Future of Energy?

Troy Roberts Re:Distributed Grid (314 comments)

One must wonder what the MW above the left axis on the chart could possibly mean. Hmmmm ... MW ... MegaWatt. Not to mention that the total contributions of Solar are below 4%, I am uncertain what additional power solar is contributing to the sale of electricity to France. In fact, since the peak demand is in the evening (when solar produces nothing) and not at noon, I am pretty confident that the additional power is coming from fossil fuel burning

more than 2 years ago
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RAM in my most-used personal computer:

Troy Roberts Re:32 GB in my Mac Pro (543 comments)

If you have a working set that is larger than 2GB, then the Duron may, in fact, do better on this hypothetical bench mark. Because, if your working set is larger than 2GB, then the i7 machine will be swapping to disk and if the disk is a HDD, then the access time is orders of magnitude slower than the RAM access on the Duron.

more than 2 years ago
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Red Hat Nears $1 Billion In Revenues, Closing Door On Clones

Troy Roberts Re:What about CentOS? (201 comments)

Me either

more than 3 years ago
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N.C. Official Sics License Police On Computer Scientist For Too Good a Complaint

Troy Roberts Re:Here is the section of the NC law (705 comments)

You surely did not read the paper that was submitted. It does not contain any advanced math. It contains a reference to the relevant regulations. It uses simple math, data from the city, and simple street diagrams/pictures to make an argument for the installation of traffic lights. It does not claim to be any sort of engineering.

You also fail to understand what the words "practice" and "offer to practice" mean in the context. So, the Merriam-Webster dictionary provides us with some help. Definition 1.c : to be professionally engaged in .

I think it is clear that he did not claim to be and engineer, did not practice engineering in any professional manner, and thus the law does not apply.

If this law would apply, that would mean any well thought out and researched petition of the government would be unlawful, if done by anyone accept a qualified engineer.

more than 3 years ago
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N.C. Official Sics License Police On Computer Scientist For Too Good a Complaint

Troy Roberts Here is the section of the NC law (705 comments)

You can find this on the site http://www.ncbels.org/rulesandlaws.html . Reading this, I believe it is only illegal, if you claim to be an engineer is some way. You have to offer engineering services or directly claim to be an engineer for this law to apply.

  89C23. Unlawful to practice engineering or land surveying without licensure; unlawful use of title or terms; penalties; Attorney General to be legal adviser.

Any person who shall practice, or offer to practice, engineering or land surveying in this State without first being licensed in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter, or any person, firm, partnership, organization, association, corporation, or other entity using or employing the words "engineer" or "engineering" or "professional engineer" or "professional engineering" or "land surveyor" or "land surveying," or any modification or derivative of those words in its name or form of business or activity except as licensed under this Chapter or in pursuit of activities exempted by this Chapter, or any person presenting or attempting to use the certificate of licensure or the seal of another, or any person who shall give any false or forged evidence of any kind to the Board or to any member of the Board in obtaining or attempting to obtain a certificate of licensure, or any person who shall falsely impersonate any other licensee of like or different name, or any person who shall attempt to use an expired or revoked or nonexistent certificate of licensure, or who shall practice or offer to practice when not qualified, or any person who falsely claims that the person is registered under this Chapter, or any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this Chapter, in addition to injunctive procedures set out hereinbefore, shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. In no event shall there be representation of or holding out to the public of any engineering expertise by unlicensed persons. It shall be the duty of all duly constituted officers of the State and all political subdivisions of the State to enforce the provisions of this Chapter and to prosecute any persons violating them.

The Attorney General of the State or an assistant shall act as legal adviser to the Board and render any legal assistance necessary to carry out the provisions of this Chapter. The Board may employ counsel and necessary assistance to aid in the enforcement of this Chapter, and the compensation and expenses for the assistance shall be paid from funds of the Board. (1921, c. 1, s. 12; C.S., s. 6055(n); 1951, c. 1084, s. 1; 1975, c. 681, s. 1; 1993, c. 539, s. 612; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c); 1998118, s. 21.)

more than 3 years ago

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