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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

reve_etrange Re:What if it were Microsoft code (191 comments)

The claim in this subthread is that the combined work becomes a GPL work. That is not the case; it becomes infringing. There are then multiple remedies which could be pursued, as discussed extensively above.

about a week ago
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The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

reve_etrange Re:Betteridge (247 comments)

Sorry, to clarify, it's 512 thousand routes worth of space, not 512 kilobytes.

about two weeks ago
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The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

reve_etrange Re:Betteridge (247 comments)

I believe that technically it's that the routing table is configured to use an insufficient amount the available CAM. According to Cisco, their devices all have enough memory, it's just that the default configuration only allocated 512k for the routing table.

about two weeks ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

reve_etrange Re:What if it were Microsoft code (191 comments)

You forgot the third option in this case. If Ximpleware is open to it, they could pay for a commercial license.

Right, and contra the parent, if e.g. Ximpleware already had a commercial licensing option, damages could surely be based upon the cost of that license.

about two weeks ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

reve_etrange Re:What if it were Microsoft code (191 comments)

The error is that the source of the combined work does not have to be released if either A) the GPL code is removed from the work or B) the author of the combined work obtains an alternate license from the owner of the GPL code.

about two weeks ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

reve_etrange Re: What if it were Microsoft code (191 comments)

Yes, never the blame the victim, it reveals too many uncomfortable truths about the American psyche.

about two weeks ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

reve_etrange Re:Specifically: problems with public domaining. (191 comments)

The AC couldn't be more wrong.

First of all, source copyrights only cover the literal, copyrighted source itself (as well as comments and documentation). They do not cover functionality, API, ABI or any but the most literal and direct of language ports.

Second, as a developer, the GPL protects my rights in ways that public domain cannot. If I release a piece of code under the GPL, I remain free to grant or sell other licenses to my software as I please. At the same time, if users wish to release modifications of my software without acquiring another license, then they must also release the source for those modifications. I am then able to learn from their development efforts, and if I choose, integrate those changes into my source tree. Similarly, if users want to link my software as a library, then they must release the code for their software, too.

If I do want to allow users to be able to link my code without having to release theirs, for example because my code is intended for use as a library, then I can use the LGPL to allow that.

To all the other devs out there, do yourself a favor and spend 30 minutes reading about the commonly used licensing strategies on Wikipedia. It's not scary and you can choose the license that best suits your tastes and the intended uses of your software. You put in the hard time on that code and you have the right to restrict use or modification if that's what you want.

about two weeks ago
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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

reve_etrange Re:How about falling costs? (409 comments)

Thanks for the link. I almost like the The Economist (which is anything but clearly) just because it's so fun and easy to tear apart their articles. Bad data, false dichotomies, erroneous reductios...they go all in for the classic fallacies.

about two weeks ago
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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

reve_etrange How about falling costs? (409 comments)

The per-kilowatt cost of solar has been on a steady decline for years, and so far the trend shows no signs of slowing. Large scale solar deployments in the future will have the benefit of further lowered costs.

See chart.

about two weeks ago
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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

reve_etrange Re:How about thermal solar (409 comments)

It's important also to consider development area required for solar deployments. A key advantage of rooftop solar (which I think means flat panels and water heating) is that the area is already developed.

You see those maps of the world with filled in areas representing the solar deployments necessary to power everything, but not often are those areas compared to that of (already developed) rooftops

about two weeks ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

reve_etrange Re:Wrong way to end (144 comments)

I don't look down on other people, even if they put others down so low that they prefer computers.

about three weeks ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

reve_etrange Re:Back then... (144 comments)

'A Scanner Darkly' is his masterpiece.

Maybe so. I really like some of his less-known stuff, like "Martian Time-Slip" and "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch."

about three weeks ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

reve_etrange Re:Wrong way to end (144 comments)

Sounds like you haven't read the book, which is not at all one of "those" stories. It is not a "what-if," or at all historically motivated, that's not the point at all. It's about something much deeper, the nature of reality as both objective and external, and as a collective, disjoint hallucination of multiple subjects.

about three weeks ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

reve_etrange Re:It's not fair (144 comments)

Dick's struggle with schizophrenia, which you trivialize, did involve drug addiction. You're wrong about his ambitions however - he always craved mainstream popularity for his work.

about three weeks ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

reve_etrange Re:Back then... (144 comments)

"High Castle" is widely considered his most masterful work. "Do Androids" is really well-known now, because of the movie adaptation.

about three weeks ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

reve_etrange Re:Blade Runner's script had little to do with Rid (144 comments)

I can also say that, having read "Man in High Castle", that's not an easy book to put to film. It's a huge, complicated story that's not easy to follow. I just hope that they put the work into making the story work, and not gloss over it just to work in explosions and effects.

I think it's my favorite work by Dick, and one of my favorite books period. I would love to see a good film adaptation (and the miniseries format is probably well suited to it). The complicated story (with all of its bizarre, but essential, elements) does pose a challenge. I'm also worried about how Imperial Japan will be handled. Contrary to some other comments here, the Nazis are basically a non-presence in the book, and the relations between the Californian characters and Japanese occupiers are racially fraught. I think there's a risk they might swap Nazi Germany for Imperial Japan, which to my mind would be a huge mistake.

I believe it was [Scott's] call that the world be dystopian rather than utopian.

The book seems pretty dystopian to me, but in retrospect Dick probably wished for things like the emotion controlling device. The Wikipedia article makes it sound even more dystopian than I remember. Does your comment only apply to the movie script?

I had heard that Ridley was interested in Joe Haldeman's "The Forever War" -- [now] *that's* a movie I want to see. That book blew my mind, and I really, really, really want a good movie of that.

Yeah, me too. The message has only become more relevant in the decades since the war in Vietnam, and the interlude on crime-ridden future Earth and commentary on human sexuality could resonate with mainstream audiences now. Plus there are plenty of opportunities for explosions and effects in the original story (unlike "High Castle").

about three weeks ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

reve_etrange Re:Considering his history... (144 comments)

Which version of Blade Runner?

There is the original version, without the noir-style internal monologue, and the director's cut, which has it. It makes a big difference I think. Harrison Ford supposedly was against the monologue, and performed it poorly on purpose. Then Scott / the studio cut the bad monologue from the theatrical release.

about three weeks ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

reve_etrange Re:Get used to this... (250 comments)

It's rare to find internet users who think slower speeds and greater congestion are "in their interest." Thanks to you we know there's at least one.

about three weeks ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

reve_etrange Re:let me correct that for you. (619 comments)

Your statements seem calculated to dismiss to the reality of food insecurity in the United States without including any relevant factual information. Here you - or any earnest reader - can find the USDA's 2012 report on domestic food security, which is (in contrast) an excellent source of such information.

An estimated 14.5 percent of American households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2012, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The change from 14.9 percent in 2011 is not considered statistically significant. The prevalence of very low food security was unchanged at 5.7 percent.

about a month ago

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