Sat 04 August 2018
Wed 28 February 2018
The price for using a math library developed by Foobar Corporation is $10,000 plus 1% of the sale price of your product, or whatever you negotiate with them.
The price for using a GPL'd math library is that you must license your source code under the GPL as well.
The price for using an LGPL'd math library is distributing the source for the library along with your product. If you modify the library itself, then that falls back to the GPL.
In no case are you getting something for nothing. It's just that the cost of using GPL'd software isn't usually in dollars, but in contributions of more software.
Thu 23 November 2017
It's not enough that Net Neutrality be enforced. That's just a basic requirement to keep corporations from completely exploiting their customers.
What would a good long-term solution look like?
We can look at history. In 1982, the eight-year antitrust suit against AT&T was ended by the breakup of AT …
Thu 10 August 2017
Ken MacLeod writes science fiction. His job to write stories that entertain us while, perhaps, presenting some interesting ideas. He doesn't have to be a prognosticator. Nobody really thinks that the future of humanity will be to separate into fast-thinking, fast-evolving AIs in Jovian orbit versus nanotech-equipped paranoid biological humans …
Mon 10 July 2017
We have a general problem in this country, and I think we could use a general solution to solve it.
Health care, Internet carriers (and the wired and wireless telecom which is a smaller part of it), electrical and water utilities, banks - possibly others -- should not be for-profit corporations. They …
Sat 24 June 2017
Sun 11 June 2017
Fri 23 October 2015
Mon 05 October 2015
Telephone: I'm here! I'm here! Pay attention!
Me: $workplace, $myname here.
Technical Recruiter: Hi! I'm $name from Workbridge Associates, and I'm specializing in placing DevOps engineers in the Boston area. Let me tell you about a guy I have. He's at $company right now, and he writes Chef cookbooks for …
Fri 11 September 2015
Let us suppose, dear reader, that you are worried about small drone aircraft -- copters, quad and hex and so forth - espying on your private activities. This is not as completely unreasonable a fear now as it was a few years ago. A realtime first-person-view drone can be as small as your hand and still manage 10 minutes of hovering and scooting about.
Let us also suppose that you are not the sort of maniac who is willing to shoot a deadly projectile at a rapidly moving small target in a populated area. If you are that sort of maniac, please move to an unpopulated area immediately, and put up big signs at your property border. "I am an armed idiot" might be suitable phrasing.
Tue 17 February 2015