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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

vilanye Re:As any developer worth their salt knows (260 comments)

Quoting a small snippet from a larger work with attribution in the USA is generally fair use. But in any case, how can the Free Software Foundation claim that code that links to GPL libraries even *dynamically* is a derived work if APIs are not copyrightable? As much as I am against excessive copyright, people can't have it both ways.

There is a huge difference between an API header and the implementation.

The implementation is copyrightable and no one is claiming otherwise.

If you don't understand the difference between:

static int acpi_ac_get_state(struct acpi_ac *ac);

and

static int acpi_ac_get_state(struct acpi_ac *ac)
{
        acpi_status status = AE_OK;
        if (!ac)
                return -EINVAL;
        status = acpi_evaluate_integer(ac->device->handle, "_PSR", NULL, &ac->state);
        if (ACPI_FAILURE(status)) {
                ACPI_EXCEPTION((AE_INFO, status, "Error reading AC Adapter state"));
                ac->state = ACPI_AC_STATUS_UNKNOWN;
                return -ENODEV;
    }
  return 0;
}

You have nothing valid to say on the topic.

The former is what is under discussion. In no way should that be copyrightable.

The latter should be and is copyrightable.

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

vilanye Re:About time (525 comments)

They probably did.

MS moves so slowly that it likely took this long to move through the thousands of layers of bureaucracy.

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

vilanye Re:Too little, too late (525 comments)

Pipelight + wine + change UA string for netflix.com = runs netflix in Linux flawlessly.

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

vilanye Re:Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (525 comments)

Oddly enough, those installers that try to install crapware are windows only. Maybe the Mac installer tries it also.

It doesn't try it with Linux.

about a month ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

vilanye Re:But DC is different,no? (588 comments)

There is no knowing that your coworkers are not junkies and it says a lot about you that you think otherwise. A bigger question is why do you care?

As long as they do their work and work well with others there is no reason to fire them based on invading their privacy. You don't even need to test someone who is obviously out of control with their addiction. They can be spotted a mile away. There is no justification for it, other than to calm the misplaced fear of ignorant cowards like yourself.

It is getting harder to beat the tests but they are still beatable. 20 years ago it was trivial. When I was in the Army, I knew a coke-head who easily beat every test. Meanwhile, the mess hall had to stop serving poppy-seed muffins because lots of people were getting nailed for heroin use and the Army had to run more expensive tests to differentiate between them.

False-positives are still very common.

False-negatives are common as well. I have a prescription for a very long acting benzo(12-18 hours) that I take twice a day and I always test negative for it, even if I took it 3 hours earlier.

Taking comfort in flawed tests is sad.

You are obviously okay with working with alcoholics, which cause much more damage than pot-heads. You have your head twisted and are living in total ignorance.

about a month ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

vilanye Re:America is a RINO (588 comments)

When I am faced with 2 choices and both are varying level of evil, I always write in Beelzebub.

If evil is my only choice I choose to go all in.

about a month ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

vilanye Re:But DC is different,no? (588 comments)

Funny how the GOP claims they want to reduce federal control of states and they immediately turn into "big government" simply because they disagree with the will of the voters.

It is what makes the GOP so odious. They claim to want to remove the feds out of people's daily lives, but only if the people choose to live in a GOP-approved manner.

about a month ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

vilanye Re:But DC is different,no? (588 comments)

It is not possible for anyone to not break at least a few laws every week, unless they are a shut in.

So you are being selective in who you label as criminals.

about a month ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

vilanye Re:But DC is different,no? (588 comments)

Jobs that don't drug test are few and far between.

It is quite often accept the massive invasion of privacy or starve.

about a month ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

vilanye Re:Well, let's criminalize Du Pont Nylon now. (588 comments)

Don't forget meth.

Meth is a schedule II drug that has some medical uses, even over the counter in its Levorotary form.

Yup, the DEA has deemed pot to be more dangerous than meth.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: Appropriate Place For Free / Open Source Software Artifacts?

vilanye Re:Me too! (46 comments)

At the very least, it might have some educational value.

Uploading it to a repository would be the best thing to do with it. What happens to the discs is of no consequence.

about a month and a half ago
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Slashdot Asks: Appropriate Place For Free / Open Source Software Artifacts?

vilanye Upload them (46 comments)

Upload them to some repository so they will always be available to anyone who wants it.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

vilanye That is a hard question to answer (928 comments)

It doesn't crash every five minutes? That is a positive, right?

about a month and a half ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

vilanye Re:But will they pay? (353 comments)

Why not take them to small claims court?

Odds are they will not show up and you will get a default judgment.

A class action will get their attention and multiple lawyers involved.

about a month and a half ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

vilanye Re: Tax and cost from a PC-vendor point of view (353 comments)

You can't stop them from calling.

Hanging up on them will suffice.

Besides, any person smart enough to not want Windows is going to know they don't get Windows support.

Dell still has to support the hardware. If the video card craps out, the OS is irrelevant. I have RMA'd laptops that had no Windows installed, despite the laptop being preloaded with that trash.

about a month and a half ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

vilanye Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (353 comments)

You don't need Windows to be able to use your computer.

Windows is not required by the hardware.

about a month and a half ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

vilanye Re:FORK DEBIAN! (522 comments)

HiThere is your real name?

You are as anonymous as any AC.

about a month and a half ago

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