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Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

a.d.trick Re:ya know... (710 comments)

You're reading too much into the different syntax. In modern French, referring to wife as "sa femme" does not in any way indicate something lesser about the legal status of French women. As a general rule, what you say is relevant. The Mesopotamian's had different legal categories than we do: wife, wife of lower social class (concubine), and slave girl versus wife, common law, girlfriend. However that's a different issue than the the one above, and I think translating their wife to ours is reasonably accurate.

about a year ago
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Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

a.d.trick Re:ya know... (710 comments)

While your skepticism of Bible Translators and Hebrew scholars maybe worthwhile, I don't think you should trust random slashdotters over the existing scholarship. As I noted elsewhere, in many languages, the normal way you say wife is "his woman" (for example, in French, "sa femme"). I believe it's the same in Hebrew.

about a year ago
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Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

a.d.trick Re:ya know... (710 comments)

I'm not an expert on Hebrew, but many languages do this, and the concept of wife is denoted with possessive (often same with husband too). So a translation to the word wife would be accurate.

about a year ago
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Most Drivers Would Hand Keys Over To Computer If It Meant Lower Insurance Rates

a.d.trick Re:lower insurance? (449 comments)

Car insurance would still exist. Robot cars won't stop vandalism.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Time To Regulate Domestic Drones?

a.d.trick Could have killed someone (190 comments)

A 3 pound object falling 15 could easily kill someone without a helmet. Even with a helmet your chances aren't that stellar.

1 year,19 days
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Japan's Nuclear Refugees, Still Stuck In Limbo

a.d.trick Re:Retirement colonies? (78 comments)

Old people usually need younger people to take care of them.

1 year,21 days
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Pirate Bay Founder Sentenced To Jail

a.d.trick Re:Look up Sweden's prison pictures on google.... (168 comments)

Do you really want the government deciding when your prison term is up / "justice has been served" based on whether they think you have been rehabilitated or not?

That's a good point; I wish I had mod points for you. That said, "an eye for an eye" is just. It is, perhaps, the most fair retribution possible, but it is not the sort of thing we see, or want to see in our justice system. I think there needs to be some mix of justice and mercy.

about a year ago
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Pirate Bay Founder Sentenced To Jail

a.d.trick Re:Look up Sweden's prison pictures on google.... (168 comments)

No, jail is useless if it does not rehabilitate its convicts and keep them from re-offending. Punishment often helps to that end but it is not the same thing.

about a year ago
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Length of Applause Not Tied To Quality of Presentation

a.d.trick Re:This just in! (138 comments)

Stalin wasn't at the district conference. Note the line: "And in that obscure, small hall, unknown to the Leader, the applause went on—six, seven, eight minutes!"

about a year ago
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Apple Leaves Journalists Jonesing

a.d.trick Re:Who cares? (277 comments)

Companies don't pay taxes. They pass them off to the customers.

You may be a troll, but I see this argument in real life so I will respond to it.

That is true, but does not help at all. In this case, Apple customers are getting cheaper products at the expense of the rest of the tax payers who pay for the public services that Apple takes advantage of. You see what happened? Tax evasion still costs money. It's just that it's the people who don't buy Apple products that end up paying the cost of Apple's tax evasion.

TL;DR: Tax evasion and government subsidies are functionally the same. I don't want the government subsidizing Apple.

about a year ago
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Noodle Robots Replacing Workers In Chinese Restaurants

a.d.trick Re:Why do you need a "robot"? (531 comments)

In some countries vending machines are people, and they walk out onto the road when you're stuck in traffic and try to sell you snacks.

about a year and a half ago
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State Secrets, No-Fly List Showdown Looms

a.d.trick Re:sudden outbreak of judicial mental clarity (216 comments)

This isn't the first time I've heard his name before. This is also the guy who declared Oracle's Java API's to be not copyrightable and the rangeCheck code they were crying over was something so simple he'd written 100 times before.

about a year and a half ago
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Author of ATSC Capture and Edit Tool Tries to Revoke GPL

a.d.trick Re:Gee, what a *GREAT* idea (472 comments)

This isn't theft, it's (alleged) copyright infringement.

more than 6 years ago

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a.d.trick a.d.trick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alan Trick writes "Flameeyes (a Gentoo/FreeBSD developer) recently came up with some serious problems among the various *BSD projects who use BSD-4 licensed code (which is all of them). Even other projects like Open Darwin may be affected.

The saga started when he discovered the license problems with libkvm and start-stop-daemon. "libkvm is a userspace interface to FreeBSD kernel, and it's licensed under the original BSD license, BSD-4 if you want, the one with the nasty advertising clause." start-stop-daemon links to libkvm, but it's licensed under the GPL which is incompatible with the advertising clause. The good new is that the University of California/Berkley has given people permission to drop the advertising clause. The bad news is that libkvm has code from many other sources and each of them needs to give their permission for the license to be changed.

At the moment, development on the Gentoo/FreeBSD is on hold and the downloads have been removed from the Gentoo mirrors."
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a.d.trick a.d.trick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alan Trick writes "According to a Gentoo developer, Flameeyes, FAAD2's license is incompatible with the GPL and it's owner (Ahead) doesn't seem to care. FAAD2 uses a modified version of the GPL 2 with an advertising clause. This is not the first time it's been mentioned either. Unbuntu has a bug that can't be fixed because of this licenseing problem and a while ago hydrogenaudio forums had a thread about the license problems.

When Flameeyes emailed Ahead to resolve he recived this canned reponse (from TFA):
Dear valued customer,.

thank you for your email and your interest in our software.

The problem has been checked of our development and legal department. Thanks for the notice. We will consider this in the future. Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us again.
Since this isn't the first time it's been brought up, Ahead seems to be ignoring their licening problems. Most developers (like gstreamer, mplayer, etc) seem to be ignoring the license."

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