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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

paxcoder Re:First (211 comments)

You knocked that strawman down so hard!

about 2 months ago
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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

paxcoder Re:Free Software for Smartphones (480 comments)

If I may, a related question:
Mobile computing will never be free as long as there is no free GSM/UTMS/LTT stack. Why doesn't the High Priority List feature a project to develop this?

about 9 months ago
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LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

paxcoder Re:RMS needs to get over the GPL (279 comments)

Hmm... I'll keep an eye on any FSF-related explanations. Thanks for the discussion.

about 9 months ago
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LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

paxcoder Re:RMS needs to get over the GPL (279 comments)

If you insist on equating "earning money by programming" with "selling binaries", there's nothing much I can do.

about 9 months ago
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Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

paxcoder Free choice (462 comments)

If you're going to pretend gender is distinct from sex or arbitrary, I suggest a text area, so one can write that one is a pear if one wants to. I reserve my right *not* to call him/her "thy fruityness".

about 9 months ago
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LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

paxcoder Re:RMS needs to get over the GPL (279 comments)

Name 3 examples.

RedHat (the biggest commercial Linux contributor this year), source of revenue: Support and training
Intel (the second biggest commercial Linux contributor this year), source of revenue: Selling hardware
Mozilla (the FLOSS reference project), source of revenue: Partnership with Google, donations, and now ads
http://linux.slashdot.org/story/14/02/04/1628236/whos-writing-linux-these-days and own knowledge of the companies
http://news.slashdot.org/story/14/02/12/0338239/mozilla-to-show-sponsored-links-to-first-time-firefox-users

Not that I'm saying you can't find three examples, but my suggestion is that they are fringe, niche cases, not a model that can keep significant numbers of programmers earning a living.

Well that seemed to be the implication. If everyone started selling services of and around coding instead of compiled code, people would pay. Like: here's money to do feature X that I need. You know, contract work. They're just not used to it, we're set back by the proprietary practices.

And it has to be profit from programming

Usually, coders earn a salary programming. That is, the code is not sold, but a functional "product" (really, binaries), the money just percolates to developers. So the same constraint applied to proprietary software would rule out most companies, and interpreted to your slant, would sitll eliminate Google. Therefore I've ignored it since it's not important to getting paid. The only ones who are technically selling code per-se are free-lancers (cf. Google Summer of Code) and in-house programmers (cf. ESR's Cathedral vs Bazaar, where he claims there are more of those, than those working on "products"). Simply put, doesn't matter if a certain company or an individual pays you for a product or a service.

"subjugating"? You guys are insane. Working hard to make a product, and then selling it is how virtually all the things you rely on get made, from your home to your transport to your food.

Thanks for the insult. It's not about the product being sold, it's about user not being able to use it for "whatever purpose", share it "to help his neighbor", modify it "to suit his needs". And distribute his changes. Don't you even know the four freedoms? Software is not physical goods that get spent, it can be copied. It's fundamentally different. There just needs to be a paradigm shift in the minds of people. Hence GPL:

about 9 months ago
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LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

paxcoder Re:RMS needs to get over the GPL (279 comments)

What you describe is precisely TiVoization. TiVo didn't deny code (that would be against GPL2, not just v3), they denied modified software to be run on their system. The purpose of GPLv3's section 6 is to compel them to enable and instruct the user on how to install it on the system. The same clause exists in AGPL.
The question remains: Does not owning hardware circumvent the clause?

about 9 months ago
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LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

paxcoder Re:RMS needs to get over the GPL (279 comments)

This would be so if it were a fact that only proprietary software is profitable, which is not the case.
A case can be made for "against making profit by subjugating users", though.

about 9 months ago
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LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

paxcoder Re:RMS needs to get over the GPL (279 comments)

Considering that AGPL(v3, the FSF version) is based on GPLv3 and features the same anti-TiVoization article (nr. 6), please explain why you think it's still subject to TiVoization, why does ownership of the machine matter? Do you think that the license cannot compel the service provider to allow upload of modified software? Thanks.

about 9 months ago
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LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

paxcoder Re:Open borders... one way? (279 comments)

I can't believe I'm reading this!
You're actually saying that it's a bad thing to be oblidged to make patents "free" if you build them into free software.
Are you a corporate entity? Besides having rights, are corporate entities now able to converse? I have no other way of explaining this lack of empathy for the user, for yourself!
You're patent trolls' dream. They don't even need to pay you to promote their next big scheme.

about 9 months ago
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LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

paxcoder Re:RMS needs to get over the GPL (279 comments)

Actually, no. You may use GPL'd code any way you like (that's freedom 0) and share with others (freedom 2). You can likewise modify the software any way you like (freedom 1). And all this time, you need not release source code. The condition to release the source only kicks in with freedom to distribute your changes (freedom 3), so only when there is a third person involved with your derivative you have to grant them the same freedoms you've been given by the original author.
In fact, this was a problem with SaaS: You could've modified free software, and run it in the back on your servers, and say that you're simply providing a service to the end user, and since he's not getting the modified program, he doesn't get to have its source either. This is what AGPL is designed to address, and thus it's mostly used for web software. So with AGPL, as soon as you use a program, whether you have a copy, or are executing it online, you get access to the source.

about 9 months ago
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LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

paxcoder Re:The GPL is like the Slashdot Beta: Unwanted! (279 comments)

What do you think the purpose of copyleft (of which GPL is just a manifestation) was? The problems it adressed persist.
Now let me address the "freedoms" you're defending. There's always the quote "your freedom to wave your fist ends where my nose begins", but I'm not going to argue that in this case - let's assume users don't have freedoms like FSF asserts. Let's listen to you and focus on corporate freedoms:
You're saying people should have the "freedom" to leech, because this technically means the least amount of restrictions on a code. But in fact, what you're really defending is the right of authors of derivatives to restrict what their users can do. And you know what? I agree that they have that freedom: They built it, they should be able to do with it whatever they want. But the dissonance in your opinion is this: The author of the original piece of code which they built on also has the same right! So if you're going to defend people who impose restrictions that hurt end-users, why attack those that use the same right in the purpose of maximizing the freedoms of those same end-users?
So there are restrictions in both stories, just that BSD is asocial and GPL isn't: BSD says "do what thou wilt" and that inevitably favors the bully. Mind you, the bully (=the warlord in the case of anarchy) is going to impose his own rules. GPL says instead: Fair play rules are valid for everyone.

about 9 months ago
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LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

paxcoder Re:Open borders... one way? (279 comments)

For example?
Would GCC migrate to LLVM bytecode? What does that give us (except lack of diversity)?
Not sure what else could these two compilers have in common.

about 9 months ago
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LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

paxcoder Re:RMS needs to get over the GPL (279 comments)

RMS knows that (and has made statements to that effect): GPL exists precisely because it's not a perfect world.
While you may call it a freedom, "freedom" to kill would not be a beneficial one.
Speaking metaphorically, that's what BSD license grants you: A way to murder free software in the black hole of proprietary software.
Do companies contribute back? Sure, some do, some of the things. But everything else is competition.
And therein lies the real difference: GPL is against proprietary software, it aims to provide free software to everyone. BSD isn't and doesn't.
Kinda like free vs open.
TL;DR: No.

about 9 months ago
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LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

paxcoder Open borders... one way? (279 comments)

I'm not sure how GCC could benefit from this.
While theoretically GPL could subsume BSD code produced from the collaboration, I reckon it's more likely that brains are going to migrate rather than code. And I don't see those working on LLVM (for commercial interest) migrating to GCC.
If I were RMS I'd be worried.

about 9 months ago
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Low-Cost Morphing Robotic Hands Could Revolutionize Blue-Collar Bionics

paxcoder Re:Even combat has a silver lining. (21 comments)

Next thing you'll say is that it's good to send people to war because it generates many limbless research subjects.
The reason why military is producing results is because it's being funded. But research is still just its byproduct.
A dedicated civilian team working to solve these problems can only yield better results.
On a semi-related note: Prosthetics are too expensive.

about 10 months ago
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Experiment Shows Caffeine Boosts Long Term Memory

paxcoder Re:24 hours is long term? (123 comments)

I don't understand this joke.

about 10 months ago
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NZ Traveler's Electronics Taken At Airport; Interest in Snowden to Blame?

paxcoder Piracy (453 comments)

This has nothing to do with Middle Ages.

about a year ago

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GPL, Copyleft On The Rise

paxcoder paxcoder writes  |  more than 2 years ago

paxcoder (1222556) writes "Contrary to earlier analyses that predicted a decline of copyleft software share to as little as 50% this year, John Sullivan, the executive director of the Free Software Foundation, claims the opposite has happened: In his talk at FOSDEM 2012 titled "Is Copyleft Being Framed?", Sullivan presented evidence of a consistent increase of usage of copyleft licenses in relation to the usage of permissive licenses in free software projects over the past few years. Using publicly available package information provided by the Debian project, his study showed that the number of packages using the GPL family in that distribution this year reached a share of 93% of all packages with (L)GPLv3 usage rising 400% between last two Debian versions."
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Usage of copyleft licenses on the rise

paxcoder paxcoder writes  |  more than 2 years ago

paxcoder (1222556) writes "John Sullivan, executive director of the Free Software Foundation, spoke at FOSDEM 2012 a few days ago about free software licensing trends. For his talk titled Is Copyleft Being Framed?, Sullivan researched publicly available Debian packages' information, and found that the usage of copyleft licenses is rising, compared to the usage of permissive licenses. Despite dedication to permissive licenses by organizations such as Apache, Google and Mozilla, the percentage of packages using licenses in the GPL family rose steadily from 71% in 2005 to a surprisingly high 93% last year, with (L)GPLv3 usage rising as much as 400% between the last two Debian versions."
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Ask Slashdot: Assembling a desktop environment

paxcoder paxcoder writes  |  more than 2 years ago

paxcoder (1222556) writes "Gnome Shell... is different. Very much so. The fallback was inadequate. I suspect that many people, like me, turned to the alternatives. My choice was LXDE, which worked ok, until (lx-)panel broke in the unstable branch of the distro that I use. Tired of using the terminal to run stuff, I replaced the standard panel with the one from Xfce. That made me realize that we really don't need a packaged desktop environment, there are pieces ready for assembly. If you customize your graphical environment, what elements do you use? Which window manager, file manager, panel(etc.) would you recommend? Do you have a panel with a hardware usage monitors, how do you switch between workspaces? Anything cool we might not know about?"
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Distributed secure networking closer yet

paxcoder paxcoder writes  |  more than 4 years ago

paxcoder (1222556) writes "FreedomBox, a convenient personal server may be a step closer to reality than skeptics imagine. While Diaspora is arguably vaporware at this point, another distributed social network project, GNU social has recently hit alpha (preview) and as announced by Tim Berners-Lee(!), is now organizing a theme design contest.

In the same time, Debian is considering a special distro that would run on 'plug computers' for which some of the goals, along with the wiki and the mailing list have been set at Debconf 10, as early as 3 days after the now-famous Moglen's talk (first link). At present stage, developers are still proposing hardware and software which will make FreedomBox a reality, and particular attention is now being given to yet another GNU project, GNUnet, a versatile secure peer-oriented networking framwork."
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Eben Moglen calls to free the Cloud

paxcoder paxcoder writes  |  more than 4 years ago

paxcoder (1222556) writes "You have been informed about Diaspora, a (to-be) distributed free social network. What you may not have known is that it was inspired by an excellent talk by Eben Moglen called "Freedom in the Cloud". But it doesn't stop there. At Debconf 10 this month, Moglen went further, and shared his vision of a free, private, and secure Net architecture relying on ("for lack of a better term") freedom boxes — low-price, ultra-small, plug it into the wall personal servers. He believes they will catch on since they will eventually cost less than a router, provide more functionality and freedom to the user, and even help your friends bypass any censorship by encrypting and routing their traffic. Since hardware is being taken care of, we are called to assemble the software stack. The title of this sequel talk is How we can be the Silver Lining of the Cloud."
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Pirate bay to run from Swedish Parliament

paxcoder paxcoder writes  |  more than 4 years ago

paxcoder (1222556) writes "We heard that Swedish Pirate Party decided a while ago to host PirateBay. Now, TorrentFreak reports that they will do so from Swedish Parliament! It says the reason is their "parliamentary Immunity from prosecution or lawsuit for things done as part of their political mandate" granted by the Swedish Constitution. The Pirate Party said that they "can never accept the copyright industry'(TM)s way of systematically and legally harassing anyone who tries to build next-generation industries", and this is also why they are trying to "criminalize copyright lawsuits against noncommercial file-sharers and websites, as well as lawsuits against ISPs for linking to copyrighted material", TorrentFreak writes."

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