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FSF On How To Choose a License

no known priors Re:Original works which are fan-fiction friendly? (210 comments)

Talk to your lawyer. Seriously.

You want a custom license that fits your situation, and the quickest way to get one like that is to pay a lawyer to write one for you. Also, it's probably the best way. Don't try writing it yourself unless you are a lawyer, which I guess you aren't.

What it sounds like what you want to do is to offer an explicit "character/universe license". Which allows people to use your characters/universe as they see fit. That's an interesting idea. But yeah, there isn't anything like that that I know of. Probably because most free culture licenses are written for software generally. Other types of work haven't really gained a large following for licensing stuff under a free license.

more than 3 years ago
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FSF On How To Choose a License

no known priors Re:LGPL with affero clause (210 comments)

Yeah, but the BSD licenses are not free 'cause they require you to attribute the original author/s and copy that long text all around the place. If you want real freedom you use the Do What the Fuck you Want License.

To quote:

DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO PUBLIC LICENSE
                                      Version 2, December 2004

Copyright (C) 2004 Sam Hocevar

Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim or modified
copies of this license document, and changing it is allowed as long
as the name is changed.

                      DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO PUBLIC LICENSE
    TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR COPYING, DISTRIBUTION AND MODIFICATION

  0. You just DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO.

more than 3 years ago
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FSF On How To Choose a License

no known priors Re:Wow, that's a broad overview (210 comments)

"Just to be clear, using BSD licensed code in a GPL'ed work is fine - re-licensing the whole file under a more restrictive license is not."
Actually, you're wrong. The BSD license allows anyone to come along and relicense the entire file/program or whatever, under any other license, so long as the conditions of the BSD license are followed. Which mainly come down to attribution.
The same 'freedom" which allows a propitiatory software developer (such as Microsoft) to take BSD licensed stuff and then say that others are not allowed to redistribute without their permission, is the same "freedom" which allows GPL advocates to take the same code and relicense under the GPL. Of course, if the attribution is done correctly there is nothing to stop you from going to the original source of the program and doing what you like.

Oh wait, relicensing BSD stuff is only OK when you can't see the source code for the end result, not when you can see the source code, but can't use it because of that nasty GPL virus! Oh the horror!

more than 3 years ago
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FSF On How To Choose a License

no known priors Why I don't like Creative Commons (210 comments)

There are a few reasons why I don't like Creative Commons, one of which is that they encourage people not to read the actual license text (just to read the "human readable summary"). But have a look at some of the restrictions one day. A quotes from Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported:

Except as otherwise agreed in writing by the Licensor or as may be otherwise permitted by applicable law, if You Reproduce, Distribute or Publicly Perform the Work either by itself or as part of any Adaptations or Collections, You must not distort, mutilate, modify or take other derogatory action in relation to the Work which would be prejudicial to the Original Author's honor or reputation.

Bet you didn't know that was in there (no actual bet intended).
Moreover, most of the CC licenses hardly the easiest of licenses to read, too full of legalese. And which license? There are umpteen different ones, depending on which jurisdiction you want to cover. Not to mention the various versions (Flickr only let's you use version 2.0 licenses, rather than the latest 3.0 versions). Too much choice, leads to confusion.

Personally, what I want is a simple, short, easy to understand, weak copyleft (like Lesser GPL) for non-software. Does anyone know of a license like that?

more than 3 years ago
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Should a Web Startup Go Straight To the Cloud?

no known priors What sort of a question is that? (442 comments)

Why would you want to host your website on an MS OS anyway, let alone one you don't even know how to administer properly.

My advice, look around for a good hosting deal (with good backups etc.) on shared hosting. Buy a hosting plan that can easily be upgraded to something dedicated as and when (and if) needed. Use your machine as a developer machine with all that entails (backups, version control etc.).

Forget about "the cloud". You're dreaming at this point. "The cloud" is something for when you actually need to radically increase the number of visitors that the site can handle.

more than 3 years ago
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A New Approach To Reducing Spam: Go After Credit Processors

no known priors Re:Fight Fire with Fire (173 comments)

Are you sure it is a valid CC number though? I would be all like, umm, fuckers, 5151 9410 2489 or whatever, making sure the check bits matched of course. I.e. give a fake number. Just like if some random person on the street asked for my password in exchange for a pen or something. "Sure, it's 'fuckyoucunts', now can I have my pen?"

more than 3 years ago
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Mint It Yourself With a Browser-Based Bitcoin Miner

no known priors Re:The bitcoin federal reserve (490 comments)

"A major function of the federal reserve is to prevent the infinite expansion of the M1/M2 money supply. I don't understand how Bitcoin prevents this. Is there a mechanism?"

Yes, only 21 million coins can be created. Dun dun dun.

more than 3 years ago
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Mint It Yourself With a Browser-Based Bitcoin Miner

no known priors Re:Still wondering... (490 comments)

The "value" given to gold is more than it's actual use value. Gold is given value because it is pretty, not because it is useful. It would be priced more like copper if it's use value was the sole value looked at.

As for generating coins, you aren't going to.

Check out this bitcoin generation calculator. Use the old calculator as well.

You also won't see any transactions until you actually get someone to pay you something.

more than 3 years ago
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Think I'm Not American? Pass the Hamburgers.

no known priors Re:Try Natto (362 comments)

'Cause I live in a country where it's the national fucking drink! Often even just plain water isn't available.

Besides, I do actually like the stuff, well some of the stuff, now.

more than 3 years ago
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What's Your Favorite Renewable Energy

no known priors Re:Biomass and tidal? (& wtf does "renewable" (436 comments)

Well, I guess doing an Internet search is something I should have done. But I still can't see where it is said that the government is encouraging it. Even reading more recent articles (such as the one quoted below).

At the moment, "Japan’s 540 MW of installed geothermal equals less than 1% of the country’s 46 GW of nuclear power capacity." Apparently part of the problem is that there is no feed-in tariff.

1 http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011/05/japans-geothermal-resources-gets-a-closer-look

more than 3 years ago
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Think I'm Not American? Pass the Hamburgers.

no known priors Re:Try Natto (362 comments)

Five years ago I couldn't drink green tea. However, I persisted, and can now, if not enjoy, accept, the taste.
Five months ago, I couldn't eat natto. However, I persisted, and can now eat, and indeed enjoy the taste.

You have to eat a small amount every now and again until you get used to it. Similar food experiences can be had with yeast extract based spreads such as vegemite and marmite.

more than 3 years ago
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What's Your Favorite Renewable Energy

no known priors Biomass and tidal? (& wtf does "renewable" mea (436 comments)

Burning wood or crop waste is a renewable option.
Tidal power is a perfectly good energy source as well.

I personally agree with one of the commentators above, all (or most) of the above should be an option. It depends on local conditions to a large degree. In the northern and southern most parts of the globe, solar power is not feasible for much of the year. In deserts hydro is unlikely to provide enough power. And I don't think I've ever even seen a hamster.

I'm currently in Japan, and the government is going on about increasing the use of solar and wind and other such. But I've never heard mention of geothermal power. Japan is in an excellent location for this, what with being on the border of three different continental plates and all. You'd think that in a country that has so many hot springs, the government would realize that it's possible to get power from the same source.

(Also, don't you love the misuse of words. Renewable, meaning it can be replaced (Wikipedia says "naturally replenished"), right? Except when it comes to energy, apparently. Because I can't see us replacing the sun when it runs out. I also have the same problem with the word "reclaimed" in relation to "reclaiming" swamps and other wetlands. The term really should just be "claimed".)

more than 3 years ago
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Roguelikes: the Misnamed Genre

no known priors "Fucking hard", RPG? (201 comments)

The first thought that came to mind was "fucking hard". The next was RPG (that standa for "role playing game", not a term from a FPS that starts with "rocket").

Someone asked if Diablo is a "roguelike". Well, Yes? No.

The "roguelike" that I've played the most of is Nethack. Even when cheating outrageously (save scumming, fiddling with bones files, all the tricks in the book), I still can't win. It's just too fucking hard! But, I've played a lot of other RPGs (e.g. Exile and Avernum from Spiderweb Software), which are winnable.

Then again, Dwarf Fortress isn't exactly an RPG.

Maybe we need to stop putting everything into little boxes?

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Releases Guantanamo Prisoner Files

no known priors Re:I am currently a terrorism suspect (no joke) (426 comments)

I hope you told them to bugger off (politely of course). "Am I under-arrest?" "Am I free to go?" (if no, to the second question, you are under arrest no matter what they say). "I do not consent to any search" "I have the right to remain silent and I wish to exercise that right" "I want to speak to a lawyer".

You did nothing wrong, and therefore have no reason to speak to the police. Even if you did do something wrong, you shouldn't speak to the police because that will just give them evidence to use against you.

It's not your job to make the police's job easier, but it is your job to defend your rights, which include not giving the police the time of day.

more than 3 years ago
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The Art of the Animated GIF

no known priors Re:Uhm.. (129 comments)

Apparently I'm not the only one who dislikes the design. from here:

When Gawker Media launched a big redesign in February 2011, its traffic halved. That can happen because even when you do good things, people don’t like change. It can take them a while to adapt to the new environment. So, assuming for a moment the Gawker redesign was a good thing, have things picked up again?

“Turns out, according to Gawker’s public statistics, things are much, much worse than was originally reported,” The Atlantic Online states. “Yes, the redesign cut traffic in half almost instantly, but instead of coming back, even more readers left the site behind.”

more than 3 years ago
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The Art of the Animated GIF

no known priors Re:Uhm.. (129 comments)

I think it's more that Gawker uses a moronic JavaScript method of making pages, with no non-JavaScript fallback. I use NoScript, therefore, I'm not going to see the article. That's fine, as I'm sure that someone else will post all the interesting bits in the discussion thread.

I really wanted to see those animated gifs that take ages to make though. They must be awesome. But not enough to potentially open up my browser to an attack. If Gawker are too incompetent to make a non-JavaScript fallback,I don't thin they'd be able to protect themselves against someone taking over their site and inserting malicious JavaScript in it...

(Also, MNG and APNG, neither of which has any real support. Have the GIF patents expired yet?)

more than 3 years ago
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Is Your Antivirus Made By the Chinese Government?

no known priors Re:We'd never do such a thing (196 comments)

China is in no way communist. It's as capitalist as they come. They only thing "communist" about them is the name of the party in power. What's the similarity between the economic and political systems of the former USSR (along its 70 odd year life), Cuba (over the last 50 odd years), Vietnam since 1975, PRC since '49, North Korea since the '50s, and Romania, East Germany, and other Eastern European "Warsaw Bloc" countries when they were "communist"?

Oh wait, fuck all. Apart from, most of the time, the party in power having the word "communist" in its name.

Sure, there are many companies that are owned by the government in China. There are also a lot more that aren't. That's part of the reason you hear all these cases of people dying from contaminated milk products and the like. Capitalists making a killing. Saving money at any cost.

Wikipedia (not a great source for most political ideas) says:

The only communist state which still traditionally follows Marxist-Leninist doctrine and maintains a largely planned economy is Cuba, which describes itself as "a socialist state guided by ideas of Marx, Engels and Lenin and in transition to a communist society".

more than 3 years ago
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'Scrapers' Dig Deep For Data On Web

no known priors Re:"We (/.) ban scrapers..." LOL (158 comments)

When they say ban, they mean IP ban presumably. As in, the robot doesn't follow robots.txt, and because of this, they get their ass kicked, and banned. That makes a lot more sense I think.

more than 3 years ago

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