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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

jthill Re:Missing a rather large point (136 comments)

From the linked FAQ:

(micro- enterprises are enterprises employing no more than ten persons with an annual turnover or balance sheet not exceeding EUR 2 million).

and

Material marketed in small quantities by non-professionals or by micro-enterprises ('niche market material') will be exempted from the registration obligation.

and

More specifically, micro-enterprises will be released from the obligation to pay any fees for the registration of their varieties, or for the issuance of official labels for certification. Moreover, micro-enterprises may market niche market material without the obligation to register the concerned plant material.

Really not seeing anything to support PP's description here. Devil may be in details elsewhere, but PP chose to link this as "support". PP's description of what this FAQ says is simple falsehood.

2 days ago
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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

jthill Re:The wrong license (136 comments)

I don't think anything prevents anyone from offering a GPL-style patent license: you're free to use at no further charge however you like, excepting only that if you incorporate it into anything and offer it to others, you must also offer exactly this license.

2 days ago
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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

jthill So let's disband the Secret Service then. (232 comments)

Because it's widely understood that if anyone competent _really_ wants to kill the President, they're going to do it.

2 days ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

jthill Re:Wikipedia ruined the internet (517 comments)

Ham's lost in a sea of factual relativism. For him, facts and reason are ephemera, servants to be abused or discarded if they fail to serve the glorification of his own views. He parted ways with dishonesty long, long ago, if he ever met it.

about three weeks ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

jthill Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

Except it's not appropriate. None of the traffic characteristics you mention have _any_ analogy in network traffic.

about a month ago
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Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

jthill Re:Meh... (387 comments)

[...] the _definition_ of crime is based on law, not morals or[...]

This is extremely misleading. Crime's second meaning is rendered in dictionaries as some variation on "a grave offense, especially against morals".

The combination of the two meanings could be fairly rendered as "behavior which should be punishable under criminal statute law".

Denial of that has been showing up in quite a few places recently. Attempting to legislate morals is an attempt to make children of us all, under the stern but loving gaze of Our Father the State, but all the same criminal acts are just that, profoundly immoral, whether or not anybody's written a law against them yet.

about 2 months ago
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Comparing G++ and Intel Compilers and Vectorized Code

jthill Re:Very different code (225 comments)

In particular notice the example at "Interacting Compiler Optimizations Lead to Surprising Results", it's an exact match for GGGP. Tests that are redundant in context is a *very* common result of inlining, compilers these days optimize based on propagating deduced range constraints, which can wind up stripping huge amounts of dead code -- calling a safe function twice in a row, for instance, error checks on any repeated arguments are often wasted, freeing up branch-prediction slots and cache lines and load-store bandwidth for prefetching that's now on a guaranteed path ... and how is an optimizer to tell whether a test being irrelevant signifies a fatal flaw or trust that dead-code-elimination can clean up properly?

about 4 months ago
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Comparing G++ and Intel Compilers and Vectorized Code

jthill Re:When the manual is tl;dr (225 comments)

That's why professionally-produced documentation comes with change bars or better for printed docs and embedded revision history for binaries.

about 4 months ago
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Woman Fined For Bad Review Striking Back In Court

jthill Re:Waiver of rights (249 comments)

We the people need the right of fair dealing. We can't have weird contractual conditions imposed.

We do. The legal term for terms like these is "unconscionable".

about 5 months ago
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Why Bitcoin Is Doomed To Fail, In One Economist's Eyes

jthill Re:WD et al. (537 comments)

Substitute gold for bitcoin in your reasoning, it makes exactly as much sense -- yet we've already tried the gold standard and know how it behaves. Reality doesn't honor plausibility and intuitive sense.

about 5 months ago
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Why Bitcoin Is Doomed To Fail, In One Economist's Eyes

jthill Re:WD et al. (537 comments)

The infinite divisiblity prevents damage from losses like this, but flexible value has historically not been enough to solve the real problem.

As the amount of value accounted for by bitcoin transactions grows, the numerical amount of bitcoin available to cover them remains the same. This means that the bitcoin economy cannot expand without making any given amount of bitcoin more valuable -- i.e. they're a recipe for unavoidable deflation. The trouble with this isn't just a matter of perception, the fixed cap is gold-plated incentive for hoarding and worse.

If prices have to drop to make room for new value in the market, nobody wants to be the one that has to cut prices, so nobody does, so there's no money to cover the new economic activity, so the economy stagnates until the pressure becomes great enough that there's a sudden correction. Do some digging If there were a way to make a capped supply workable, by revaluing the markers or any way else, we'd still be on the gold standard. Here's one article laying out this argument against capped supplies — there are many more.

about 5 months ago
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Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

jthill Re:ya know... (710 comments)

Given the use of such stories, perhaps "honed" would be a better word. If you want your children and leaders to know what's important, and you don't have a written language, you get very, very good at communicating those things in ways the people who need to understand them, can. Think of it as cultural evolution, and if there's one thing everyone can agree the Judaic culture is, it's a survivor.

about 5 months ago
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China Creates Air Defence Zone Over Japan-Controlled Islands, Issues War Threat

jthill Re:Stand down or hot war. (519 comments)

No way on earth they're going to escalate for this. They'd be international pariahs in two seconds flat. The Chinese government needs to know they've already embarrassed themselves in front of the entire world by letting these bullies have their way for a moment, and if they don't pull the plug on them they're cowards.

about 5 months ago
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China Creates Air Defence Zone Over Japan-Controlled Islands, Issues War Threat

jthill Stand down or hot war. (519 comments)

Those have to be their options, or the arrogant idiots driving this move will never quit.

about 5 months ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Apologizes for Trademark Action Against Fix Ubuntu

jthill Re:Bridge (196 comments)

That's right. How dare they put people off until they actually knew what had happened?

about 5 months ago
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Elementary School Bans Students From Touching Each Other

jthill Re:what about freeze tag? (336 comments)

Its not about kids safety, it's about stigmatizing guns and gun owners

Don't take it personally, inbred losers that deep-dyed will go after anything that gets them attention.

about 5 months ago
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Why Does Windows Have Terrible Battery Life?

jthill Why? Because "bigger is better" sells. (558 comments)

From a marketer's point of view, Microsoft would be stupid to cut the bloat, at least to do it at any praiseworthy pace.

The empire-builder impulse is to Microsoft products what the Apple fans (however you describe those) are to Apple products: the companies have found their market. Boys are born liking big, impressive, loud and powerful machines, they like challenging (whether or not valuable) intricacy, they like always having a next conquest. Whatever else, Microsoft has been about that for a long, long time. The devotees of the empire-builder impulse love them for it. If they suddenly deliver a machine that doesn't, from that point of view, do anything, it won't be just seen as a slap in the face, that's exactly what it'll be.

about 6 months ago

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Microsoft Stores and Accesses Every HTTPS URL You Skype.

jthill jthill writes  |  about a year ago

jthill (303417) writes "The H is reporting something lots of the security-watchers noticed: Skype has been storing and, several hours later, accessing every https: url you send in Skype. It's hard to imagine they'd do something that so perfectly fits the cynics' predictions, but there's no doubt. The did stop doing it shortly after it was reported, but the damage may be done."
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All Oracle databases vulnerable to injected listeners

jthill jthill writes  |  about 2 years ago

jthill (303417) writes "A horrible miscommunication has led to the premature publication of the complete details of a critical security hole affecting every production Oracle database.. The bug was reported in 2008. Oracle said it had been fixed, and it has — on the development branch. There's no patch."
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Eight point seven five terapixels of the night sky

jthill jthill writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jthill (303417) writes "The BBC reports that the Sloan Digital Sky Survey has provided data release 8, now comprising complete access to their dataset. The image data is the least of it. The SkyServer interactive viewer links from the image to the object data for everything you see. That's 260 million stars and 208 million galaxies (and 12682 unknown objects), covering about a third of the celestial sphere. When you click upon a star, their somewhat busy servers soon hunt down the rest of it."
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Hari Seldon is starting to look less fictional

jthill jthill writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jthill (303417) writes ""Psychohistory" is the basis for the eentirentire Foundation series. Hari Seldon is a university mathematician, develops models good enough to predict social developments the same way engineers can predict physical ones: given enough individuals, probabilistic aggregate behavior becomes all but completely predictable.

So now some mathematicians at Cornell have developed a probabilistic model that behaves like real social groups. Karate clubs. Republicans and Democrats. From the article:

They plugged in data on international relations prior to World War II and got almost perfect predictions on how the Axis and Allied alliances formed.

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jthill jthill writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jthill writes "and that's not all. Characterizations that get dismissed as fanboi worship or braggartry (is that a word?) are, it turns out, spot on — or in some cases nearly British in their understatement. Bruce Lee almost certainly did not strike with snake-like speed; smart money says he was at least four times quicker, because that's what they clocked a guy doing just recently.

All hail motion-capture.

Fight!"

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