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Ask Richard Stallman Anything

jonatha Dynamic libraries and GPL (573 comments)

Under what legal theory do you think a court would conclude a program that links to a GPL'd dynamic library is a derived work of that library?

about a year and a half ago
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IBM Offers Retirement With Job Guarantee Through 2013

jonatha Re:They're acting like they're in trouble! (192 comments)

Prevailing wisdom is IBM is a tech company, this plan applies to people who are retiring next year so they're about 64, right?

Retirement eligible after 30 years, so many in their early 50s...

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Offers Retirement With Job Guarantee Through 2013

jonatha Re:They're acting like they're in trouble! (192 comments)

IBM didn't lose the court case that counted (appeals court - SCOTUS denied cert). Anybody younger than about 50 at IBM is on a hybrid (cash balance) plan...

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Offers Retirement With Job Guarantee Through 2013

jonatha Re:They're acting like they're in trouble! (192 comments)

Unemployment insurance is quite cheap, and the premiums are only paid on the first few thousand dollars of wages. The net effect is nowhere near paying two salaries, unless one of them is in Zimbabwe....

more than 2 years ago
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IRS Nails CPA For Copying Steve Jobs, Google Execs

jonatha Re:Is what you make "commensurate"? (509 comments)

TFA says he's in Des Moines and claimed $24K in salary for 2002 and 2003. The BLS website shows that the mean annual income for "Accountants and auditors" in Des Moines for those two years was $46K and $49K, respectively.

more than 3 years ago
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IRS Nails CPA For Copying Steve Jobs, Google Execs

jonatha Re:Why Jobs and Ellison don't get in trouble (509 comments)

Oh, they get paid a lot more than $1. But it's in forms that isn't subject to FICA (e.g., incentive stock options).

more than 3 years ago
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IRS Nails CPA For Copying Steve Jobs, Google Execs

jonatha Why Jobs and Ellison don't get in trouble (509 comments)

The distinction between Mr. Watson and Mssrs. Jobs, Ellison, Brin, et al, is that the salaries of the latter are set by independent boards of directors of public companies. Mr. Watson set his own salary, which the court found was not commensurate with the market rate for that sort of work.

more than 3 years ago
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What's Wrong With the American University System

jonatha Re:And yet- (828 comments)

Most any college team I know of (SEC ones in my experience) MAKE the universities money by the barrel full.

These teams not only support themselves, but pour money back into the general university system.

Check your stats a bit more carefully.

The University of Kentucky athletics department brings in about $60 million/year in revenue.

That funds their budget (and Calipari's grotesque salary). Roughly $1 million, IIRC, makes its way back into the general university system.

about 4 years ago
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Self-Destructing USB Stick

jonatha Re:Extreme cooling (223 comments)

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This reminds me of the IBM Secure Cryptoprocessors, which are *pretty much* physically secure. But still people get in now and then usually through software or neat stasis tricks so the device can't respond to your intrusion.

I know Markus Kuhn et al have published some software-based attacks against CCA (the standard software IBM ships with the coprocessor), all of which have been fixed. I have not seen anything about a successful attack against the secure hardware enclosure. Got a link?

more than 4 years ago
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The Times Erects a Paywall, Plays Double Or Quits

jonatha Re:This might have worked... (344 comments)

Are you trying to say that the WSJ is something good, and hence he can”t be that bad? I’m sorry but that doesn’t work, since the WSJ in now included for the very reason of fitting the rest of his portfolio perfectly, in terms of crappiness. ^^

No, I'm saying that the post to which I responded in which the poster said he'd pay for the WSJ but not for Murdoch's crap is internally inconsistent...

more than 4 years ago
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The Times Erects a Paywall, Plays Double Or Quits

jonatha Re:This might have worked... (344 comments)

...before Murdoch destroyed one of the greatest newspapers in the world. I'd gladly pay to read the NYT or the Washington Post online, just as I've paid for the WSJ online for a decade, but pay to read Murdoch's crap? Heck, I'd gladly pay money to keep it from showing up in my search results.

Murdoch's crap now includes the WSJ. Just sayin....

more than 4 years ago
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High-Tech Research Moving From US To China

jonatha Re:Good luck with that (426 comments)

The Chinese government activelly encourages Chinese companies and people to steal ideas and processes from Western companies so that they can later compete with them not just in China but also outside.

Even the laws there are done in such a way that any Western company that wants to enter the Chinese market has to do so in a joint venture with a Chinese company which then can learn from said Western company. There are already cases where once a couple of Chinese companies where "trained" in this way, the laws where changed to kick out the Western companies and those Chinese companies started competing in that area outside China.

Example: Lenovo.

Sending your R&D to China is pretty much just giving it for free to the Chinese government.

[Note that I am not critical of the Chinese for doing this: they're doing what's good for them at the expense of dumb Western shareholders]

Lenovo? Who'd they JV with?

more than 4 years ago
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High-Tech Research Moving From US To China

jonatha Re:This is significant. (426 comments)

it's all about installed cost per KWh per year. He shows charts of where the cost has to be to compete with other energy sources without subsidies. (This changes with latitude; as you get closer to the equator, it gets better. Spain is competitive now.)

Madrid is at roughly the same latitude as New York City, so much of the US should also be "competitive." Yet somehow I don't see too many solar farms around here....

more than 4 years ago
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IBM Stops Disclosing US Headcount Data

jonatha Re:If you have nothing to hide... (377 comments)

"to position themselves to do more business where the money is" The money, by and large, is still in the West. "Growth markets" accounted for 19% of revenue in fiscal 2009, according to IBM's annual report.

more than 4 years ago
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IBM's Answer To Windows 7 Is Ubuntu Linux

jonatha Re:IBM's answer to Windows 3.1 was OS/2 Warp... (863 comments)

Yes, the single input queue. They added a watchdog of some sort, IIRC, but it never really worked all that well and a misbehaving app could still lock the desktop. Apparently there were some banking apps that relied on the behavior and they didn't feel they could change it. I always thought that if they restricted the model to a single input queue per PM child they would have had the best of both worlds.

more than 4 years ago
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IBM's Answer To Windows 7 Is Ubuntu Linux

jonatha Re:IBM's answer to Windows 3.1 was OS/2 Warp... (863 comments)

The main problem with OS/2 was that it came out too soon, and so the muckety mucks decreed that it had to run on a 286, and so lots of it was 16-bit, and so when the 386 came out the move to 32-bit was painful. The second problem with OS/2 was the GUI's single-threaded model....

more than 4 years ago
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250-Foot Hybrid Airship To Spy Over Afghanistan In

jonatha Re:Flashbacks.... (343 comments)

dunno how high they were, but the Taliban couldn't reach B52s.

more than 4 years ago

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