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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

maztuhblastah Re:Oh, Stallman. You so crazy. (1098 comments)

As a counterpoint, Apple likes LLVM. They've modified it, and they're selling their proprietary fork as XCode. They've found great value in the freedom afforded them by the BSD license. The users of XCode, however, aren't seeing much benefit from the BSD license, because it never got to them. Apple ate it along the way.

As a correction to the counterpoint: Apple has paid for full time development of Clang + LLVM, as they use it. Despite being under no legal obligation to share the source back to the community they have done so; in essence donating their time and money to a BSD project. Their users benefit (by having a better compiler), and other Free software users benefit (by having a better compiler, plus the ability to build their own IDE around the same underying compiler tech. as Xcode).

There are plenty of examples of BSD software getting "eaten" by a proprietary stack, but much of Apple's usage is actually one of the worse examples you could provide, as they often do contribute quite a lot back.

about 6 months ago
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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

maztuhblastah Re:Sorry man, but not everyone agrees with you (1098 comments)

The BSD people would be better if it weren't for the existance of copyright. That changes everything, Stallman understands that, I don't think the BSD people do.

Some of us do. We just don't all have the same zealous pursuit of Free software as others.

For me at least, I write stuff under the BSD license because it means that more developers can use my projects to build theirs. Simple as that. With the GPL or LGPL, the number of potential users shrinks.

In short, I want to write software for other developers regardless of whether they're committed to the cause of Free software. BSD lets me do that, GPL doesn't. Simple enough.

about 6 months ago
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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

maztuhblastah Re:Precisely (1098 comments)

That's why it's GPLed, so the work of free software developer does not help those who want to shrink our freedom.

And that right there is the difference between GPL and BSD developers.

I develop stuff under the BSD license because I want to help people regardless of whether or not I view their projects as being congruent with my views on software distribution.

about 6 months ago
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IBM's x86 Server Business Back On the Market

maztuhblastah Re:IBM strategy (71 comments)

Just like you can buy a glorified desktop from IBM as a "tower server" rather than having to go to Lenovo

"Having to go to Lenovo"?

What exactly do you think those tower System x boxes are, anyways?

about 6 months ago
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Cairo 2D Graphics May Become Part of ISO C++

maztuhblastah Re:But... why? (430 comments)

Unless things have changed I never paid Qt any attention because it is dually licensed and therefore not truly free software and its ownership keeps changing between commercial companies.
Last I checked Qt is "free" for open source projects but requires an expensive commercial license for anything else.

You last checked about a decade ago, then.

Here's how it works now (and has worked for a while now): Qt is Free. Not "free", but Free. It's under the LGPL. And the GPL.

"But it's owned by a commercial company, and they can just close off the source."

Nope. Still stays open. Back a few years ago, the KDE group got a special concession from Nokia. They set up the KDE Free Qt Foundation; if the commercial owners of Qt (Digia) stop releasing Qt under the LGPL and GPL3, KDE has the right to make the whole thing BSD. Irrevocably. And the agreement stays, even if Digia is sold, bought, etc. Read the link if you'd like to know more.

Basically, Qt is Free. If the owners ever stop releasing it for Free, KDE gets to release it under an even more Free license.

Qt has been Free for a while. Qt is still Free. It will remain Free

about 7 months ago
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HealthCare.gov: What Went Wrong?

maztuhblastah Re:Government (400 comments)

By any reasonable standard the roughly $400m spent on implementing this was incredibly excessive. If a private company had wanted to build this system for profit, it would have been done for under $100m.

And if it cost that much, it would be!

If, on the other hand, the numbers that your referencing came from... say... a couple journalists incorrect understanding of the total bid cost (based on both delivery and subsequent modifications and years of projected upkeep) and not instead from the actual cost to get what we currently have... ... well then in that case, it might not be such a sound strategy of attack.

The big mistake of the ACA was that it did not allow for the creation of privately run and owned exchanges.

The ACA didn't need to do anything -- that's the status quo. There's been literally nothing preventing something like that from being set up since the invention of the web.

But hey, since we know that the free market always comes up with the best solution, clearly the lack of such exchanges means that people didn't want something like this, right?

about 9 months ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'

maztuhblastah Re:Yikes (419 comments)

I never thought that desire for fiscal responsibility, constitutional rule, and limited concentration of power would be masked over with such a contrived caricature.

They're not.

The "Tea Party", on the other hand, is -- as well they should be.

It started as a populist movement with some people advocating the things that you stated. And that was a noble goal. But like many "grassroots" movements, it was co-opted by powerful (read: rich) influences, and has been steered instead towards their current position: a rabid, economically-ignorant (yet politically-involved) group for which the merits of an idea are trumped by whether or not their "team" endorsed it (Democrat: bad, "Republican": good.)

I have no love for either mainstream US party, and initially I thought that the Tea Party idea might end up developing into a viable third party platform with values closer to those of classic liberal philosophy. (Note: "liberal" here is used in its original form, not as a synonym for Democrat). Sadly, they turned out nothing like that -- and the folks who currently wear the label are worthy of the scorn they get.

about 9 months ago
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Lenovo "Rips and Flips" the ThinkPad With New Convertible Helix Design

maztuhblastah Re:Lenovo, please unlock the bootloader (143 comments)

It boggles the mind that their Chinese based operations can be so stupid as not to realize the damage they do to their brand every time this happens.

Not to be that guy, but the "Chinese-based" ThinkPad headquarters are located in Morrisville, North Carolina. USA.

1 year,5 days
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Obamacare Software Glitch Will Limit Penalties Charged To Smokers

maztuhblastah Re:I know the government loves to lie to us... (490 comments)

I'm about to start thumbing through my US constitution, can someone give me a head start by suggesting where I read in the constitution about the federal govt being empowered to mold its citizens behavior through forced fines and taxes? I could swear I've never seen it there before, but I might have overlooked it.....

Are you actually asking, or just trying to get in a good old "government bad!" rant?

If you're actually asking, the answer is Article I, Section 8, Clause 1, the passage which reads:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

Now you could argue that "welfare" shouldn't be interpreted for something like this -- and I wouldn't necessarily disagree -- but historically this clause has been interpreted as giving Congress the power to impose taxes for basically whatever they identify as a "common good".

1 year,18 days
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Bitcoin Blockchain Forked By Backward-Compatibility Issue

maztuhblastah Re:For those, like me, reading this and saying wtf (351 comments)

We know what happens when a currency undergoes massive deflation - Germany in the 1930's or, more recently, Zimbabwe happens.

Well... at least you were modded "Interesting" instead of "Informative".

Both of those were examples of hyper-*inflation*, not *deflation*

about a year ago
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Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

maztuhblastah Re:I used to block ads (978 comments)

By nicely you mean very little content compared to today. By nicely you mean not able to make money.
It's the obnoxious, intrusive and privacy-stealing ads that are the problem.

That's part of the problem yes.

The other part of the problem is that people such as yourself see "not able to make money" as part of the "problem" with the pre-hyper-commercialized web.

Not everything needs to be squeezed until it makes a buck, but as long as people keep seeing everything in the world with fucking dollar signs in their eyes the problem will continue.

Was part of the "problem" with gas handle pumps that they didn't have space for another ad? 'cause we solved that problem.

How about airliner tray tables? They couldn't make money, but we sure addressed that one.

And long stretches of road with greenery and shit visible? The issue there was it just wasn't making money! But don't worry, we fixed it.

Advertising is societal corrosion. It eats away at our experiences, it reshapes our thoughts, it homogenizes and neuters our culture, and it's all because people such as yourself see "not making any money" as an inherent problem with all sorts of aspects of our lives.

about a year ago
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Cherry's New Keyboard Switches Emulate IBM Model M Feel

maztuhblastah As opposed to actual Model Ms which are still made (298 comments)

As opposed to actual Model Ms which are still made. With the same switch design. By many of the same workers. On the same machines.

http://www.unicomp.com/

Why bother "emulating" the buckling spring feel when you can get a brand new keyboard with real buckling springs. Oh, and it's made in the USA too!

(Also, they have keyboard layouts that offer the Ctrl key in the correct location. 'cause it's about damn time...)

about a year ago
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What a 'Six Strikes' Copyright Notice Looks Like

maztuhblastah Re:"In-browser popups?" (273 comments)

> If it is legal to edit the source of a web page on the fly, why is it illegal for media boxes to skip advertisements on television programmes?

Because it's not illegal to do that.

about a year and a half ago
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Linus Torvalds Explodes at Red Hat Developer

maztuhblastah Re:Ideology is what it's all about (786 comments)

Most of those, actually, in both code and cash (and some in both). Which you'd know if you actually followed BSD development.

about a year and a half ago
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World's First Bitcoin ATM

maztuhblastah Re:Because it is designed to fail (437 comments)

Nor is it being used as a currency right now. A currency is something people hold, spend, get paid in, etc. Bitcoin is basically used only for three things:

And you base this on....

What exactly?

No, really. I mean, with a traditional currency you have a variety of financial sources you can draw stats from, but with Bitcoin? Given the nature of Bitcoin, there's only one place you could have pulled that figure...

about a year and a half ago
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World's First Bitcoin ATM

maztuhblastah Re:How does it feel? (437 comments)

Yeah, well... I still use the US dollar despite that.

Kidding aside, I have to wonder why people such as yourself like to sling mud at the idea? If I didn't know better I'd suspect jealousy.

about a year and a half ago
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'This Is Your Second and Final Notice' Robocallers Revealed

maztuhblastah Re:Effectiveness of "Do Not Call"? (235 comments)

On a related note, I think the FCC should make Caller ID both required and un-forgeable. (An individual could still choose to not have his Caller ID revealed, and that would be indicated on your Caller ID display.)

Or just nix it, use ANI, and make sure that ANI data's sent for all calls.

about a year and a half ago
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Large Corporations Displacing Aging IT Workers With H-1B Visa Workers

maztuhblastah Re:"Free" Trade, What Did You Expect? (617 comments)

Yes, much better that we remain isolationist. After all, market distortions only improve the longer you leave them in place!

Kidding aside, the silver lining here -- and it is a substantial one -- is that the follow-up story should be (and is): "Aging IT Workers Returning as Higher-Paid Consultants to Fix Fuck-Ups of H-1B Visa Workers".

about a year and a half ago
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Firefox 19 Launches With Built-In PDF Viewer

maztuhblastah Re:In version 20 Firefox will have built-in Emacs! (288 comments)

Don't you get the irony of Phoenix? It's a small and light version of Firefox which was a small and light version of Mozilla. It's turtles all the way down man.

Uh... I think he does. Firefox used to be called Firebird. You know why? Because hey had to change the original name: Phoenix.

about a year and a half ago
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Valve Officially Launches Steam For Linux

maztuhblastah Re:Wine and bugs (313 comments)

"They" who?

The WINE project?

No. That's never been the model, actually, since there's no business model. It's an open source project. That said, like any free software project, it's easier to motivate people to fix the bugs that you care about if you show up with patches or donations -- but neither is necessary.

Now if you're referring to Codeweavers, then yes, actually, that is part of their business model.

about a year and a half ago

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