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Bribe Devs To Improve Open Source Software

kale77in Re:Sponsoring would be better (109 comments)

Or better still, go medieval, and just call it patronage. Support worthy causes (art, architecture, music, science, computing) and receive honour from your peers, who all do the same, at least whenever they need a break from exploiting the peasants.

about 10 months ago

Your Next Network Operating System Is Linux

kale77in TC;DR (192 comments)

Too commercial. Add news or something that matters?

about a year ago

New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

kale77in Re:So Proud of Gun Ownership (1232 comments)

The real loaded weapons are these people waiting to go off. And without guns, they won't be stopped. They will resort to other things. Poisonings? Gassings? Bombings? Stabbings and slashings? What will we hope to take away from EVERYONE then? Gasoline? Propane?

This argument fails. Unstable people become dangerous when they have an especially depressing week, or they go off the meds. Suicides and homicides happen in this window. If assault weapons aren't at hand then assault weapons won't be used. These are different to bombs, poison or even handguns and rifles. Bombs and mass poisonings take time to plan, by which time a person will usually stabilize again. Stabbings are less likely to be fatal, or numerous, or even successful, and they require more courage. Even handguns or non-automatic rifles take time to load or are harder to aim. But access to an assault rifle with a high-capacity magazine mean that almost anyone can reliably put on a massacre. It's much easier to prevent access to such weapons than to make mental illness disappear. When the US Constitution was written, muskets could be loaded and fired three times per minute, if you had practiced well. That was plenty for the purpose of self-defense, or for the people to hold the government to account. There's no constitutional argument for assault weapons, and the "people will just use bombs" argument fails when the dynamics of mental illness are considered.

about a year and a half ago

Spider Discovered That Builds Its Own Spider Decoys

kale77in Re:Creepy... (119 comments)

Mimic was my all-time #1 bad-science movie, for one single, monumental plot hole. In order to develop, the mega-roaches needed selection pressures to favour those that resembled humans, but no humans or other predators were even aware of them, let alone selectively killing off the non-humanoid ones.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Book Or Game To Introduce Kids To Programming?

kale77in Re:modding video games (246 comments)

We have a winner. There has to be something they themselves want to accomplish by programming. Get that sorted and get out of the way.

I used to have books of (printed!) computer game programs that I would type into my Atari 800XL, which of course led to writing my own once I knew how they worked, and friends with the same interests playing my games and me playing theirs. There was a 1986 edition of Scientific American which had a Mandelbrot set on the cover, and the algorithm inside, and I remember when the first six-hour run successfully produced a 40x40 image of the whole set.

The right tech now depends on what they want to accomplish. But get them to imagine themselves showing their friends their OWN phone app, or web app (whether a game or something else), and you won;t have to worry about their motivation from then on. You just need to be there for questions when they hit a roadblock.

And if they don't like programming, help them be good at what they do like.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Do Kids Still Take Interest In Programming For Its Own Sake?

kale77in OK, still mod grandparent. (276 comments)

I can't use my mod points when I've posted in the thread.

Mod +1 Informative...

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Do Kids Still Take Interest In Programming For Its Own Sake?

kale77in Re:I think you just need two things (276 comments)

I would say mod parent up... But remembered that *I* have mod points. MAHAHAHAHHHH!!!!

Seriously, you just say: "You know that ANYONE can do that, yeah?" when they like something a computer does.

Myself, I took the 1986 Scientific American article with the fractals on the cover and coded up the algorithm on little PC with 64K or RAM, and never looked back. I've used to assume that the question for a ten year old would be "Would you like to write your own game?" ... But actually, it's "What do computers do that is cool?" and the realization that literally _anyone_ can do that. It's a level playing field. Anything you can see on a computer, you can take apart or rebuild, and then change to make it do what you want.

more than 2 years ago

Computer Programmers Only the 5th Most Sleep Deprived Profession

kale77in Re:dumb... (204 comments)

Spread across a whole profession that's somewhat more significant that it seems. it's equal to every sixth person getting an hour less sleep. Still not groundbreaking, but at least indicative.

more than 2 years ago

Computer Programmers Only the 5th Most Sleep Deprived Profession

kale77in Re:Issue for me is pattern recognition. (204 comments)

I once made a 13 minute loop of rain sounds for a friend who was in a mental hospital. It was 18 mins originally, but 13 after removing every time a car stopped, or plain flew by, or anything else that would have created a cognizable pattern. Very soothing stuff.

more than 2 years ago

Open Letter By Eric S. Raymond To Chris Dodd

kale77in Re:Finest engineer? -- "software you use everyday" (410 comments)

His claim to have written "software you use everyday" is giflib; he stopped maintaining it in 1994, but it's in lots of browsers and browsing devices.

more than 2 years ago

Global Christianity and the Rise of the Cellphone

kale77in Re:Good news for my old eyes! (559 comments)

Virtually everyone at my church brings their Bibles on cellphones for when they need to refer to a text; no reason to carry a chunky paper book around as well. Your old eyes can set whatever point size you like. I suspect that visitors think they're all texting or on Facebook (even when they're not).

more than 2 years ago

Global Christianity and the Rise of the Cellphone

kale77in Re:Problem? (559 comments)

The problem is cracking new languages, often having no written script. That's what Bible Translators mainly do.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Europe Have Better Magazines Than the US?

kale77in Hadn't noticed before, but yes. (562 comments)

Here in Australia, we get American and English magazines equally. I hardly ever burn ISO's for Linux, but rather buy a magazine every few months and so have good-quality boot/install/recover disks around all the time. The articles aren't bad -- I've learned about some cool apps there -- but I buy the mags for the disks mainly. And they're all UK magazines, now that I think about it. This presumably goes back to when Amigas and C64s were hip; there were always gaming magazines with playable demo disks.

more than 2 years ago

Statisticians Uncover the Mathematics of a Serial Killer

kale77in Re:"junk science" of behavioral profiling (164 comments)

Mod parent up. I don't know whether profiling works or not, but that final comment was certainly tacked on without justification.

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  2. Therefore P.

more than 2 years ago

Samoa and Tokelau Are Skipping December 30th

kale77in No the key change is the work-week. (140 comments)

Their work-week is now in sync with Aust and NZ, rather than only having four days that coincide.

more than 2 years ago

What is Your position on Climate Change?

kale77in Re: 'Belief' in Science (695 comments)

Belief is not a specifically religious word, and it means neither 'assuming' nor 'proving'. If another person knows X, and tells you X, and you deem them informed and trustworthy, then you may 'believe' what they tell you, and with good reason. You now know X, not because you have proved it, but because you have grounds for trusting someone who (you also believe) does know. Most of what most of us know about science is known by 'faith' in the trustworthiness of the scientific community and what we know of it's values and processes; we 'believe' that it is mostly objective and usually self-correcting over time, even when funding sources, vested interests and career advancement are considered. It helps that this has been borne out in my own limited experience, and it helps that I am unaware of any obviously superior or even competitive alternative to this process for arriving at knowledge of the natural world. I also believe that science is generally the application of common sense to specialised domains of knowledge, and that if I had the time and data I would come to the same conclusions. These are subjective judgements; hence 'beliefs'. I also belief that culture is the process of cultivating good subjective judgements of this kind, to complement the mechanical and impersonal corpus of objective knowledge. "Love AND logic keep us clear..."

more than 2 years ago

The Games Programmers Play

kale77in Re:Nethack (163 comments)

I played NetHack for 15 years or so, with two near-ascensions, but have found DungeonCrawl to be more absorbing over the past few years. Vastly more variety and chaos, a better UI (and I mean in console mode) with nav tools like auto-explore, and it's been much more actively maintained. It's true what they say: NetHack doesn't care if you live or die, but Crawl has a preference. I haven't seen Gran Turismo Faroe Islands, though (that, er, _was_ what you mean by GTFO, ya?)

more than 2 years ago

Do 'Ultracool' Brown Dwarfs Surround Us?

kale77in 100 Year Travel Time... (224 comments)

Q. What are the odds that 50 yrs of technological progress would slash the stellar travel time, so that a 100-yr trip would likely be pointless?

more than 3 years ago

Can a Monkey Get a Copyright & Issue a Takedown?

kale77in Re:Maybe a million monkeys (335 comments)

1) Does copyright apply to random generation? The Shakespeare issue captures the essential point... Would the monkeys hold copyright on their text, having produced it by chance?

2) Is intentionality is required for moral rights of art creation? If I'm camping and a rock falls on my camera and somehow causes a photo to be taken, does the rock have the copyright? What if a monkey falls on the camera, with the same effect? What if the monkey tries to eat the camera, with the same effect? What consciousness of the act of creation is required? In this case, the monkeys framed their reflections in the lens, which was a creative act if using a mirror is a creative act. There can't have been any consciousness of others publishing these images; are the 'portraits' thus portraits to us but not to them?

3) Copyright is a human social construct that prevents the exploitation of creativity to the detriment of authors. Does this have any meaning in whatever system of exchange impresses monkeys?

more than 3 years ago



Does Creative Commons work with Pseudonymity?

kale77in kale77in writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kale77in (703316) writes "This is a legal question for Ask Slashdot; I was going to direct it to the Australian Arts Law Centre, and probably still will, but I'm sure they're very busy and I'm sure that someone here must have bumped up against this issue already. I have not found it addressed in the CC FAQ.

Scenario: I have a website which is oriented around the study of Ancient Greek. Much material relevant to this study (texts, lexica, etc) was published in the 1800s; it is now out of copyright and readily available from and similar sources; but much of this material could use an upgrade and users will have up-to-date contributions of their own to make. I'm writing a system that allows user entry, correcting, searching, commentary, tagging, redistribution and so on, of such material.

Here's my issue: I would like everything to be under Creative Commons BY-SA — I can say "same as Wikipedia" and this will encourage participation and confidence. The question is who should own the copyright of user-created data. I'd like the copyright to be held by the submitter. But I've no interest in enforcing anything more than pseudonymity for the users. Now I understand that copyrights can be held pseudonymously; but how does this allow attribution as required by CC-BY-SA? Is it enough for an author of a derivative work to reference the page on my site where the pseudonymous copyright holder grants the license? Does the end user need to be able to contact the copyright holder for additional rights? Is this a road through a minefield, so that I should just bite the bullet and, like Wikipedia, make a foundation to hold and license the copyright for collaborative works? But that costs money to administer; for a small non-profit venture is it best to just chill and take resort in persuading the users to make everything public domain? Or does a special User Agreement allow some way to gain the benefits of CC licensing (= endless reuse, and no hassle) without losing pseudonymity? But then, won't a complex upfront agreement hinder participation?"


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