Re: What about the war pigz?
> You know, I never hear anybody talking
> about the ethical issues of about 80% of
> computer science research funding coming
> from the military. The GNU project's
> web site does make some cuts at the Java
> language because the Island of Java is
> part of Indonesia, an authoritarian
> hellhole that committed genocide against
> the people of East Timor. However,
> "radical" Stallman would never
> endanger his comfortable position with
> M.I.T. by suggesting that the people
> down the hall are working on technology
> that's going to help make life miserable
> for people in both rich and poor
> Just to take a simple example,
> ordinary people are averse to killing
> other people. In WWII, only about 30%
> of people who "should" have
> pulled the triggers on their guns did.
> Now, the military realized there was no
> sense in feeding, clothing, and
> transporting 2/3 of the people who
> aren't going to kill anybody, so they
> developed techniques of simulation
> training that raised the "kill
> ratio" to over 90% in Vietnam.
> In the 1970's, simulation techniques
> were further refined, particularly for
> "counterterrorist" operations.
> Research in "virtual reality"
> began at M.I.T. for the specific purpose
> of training soldiers by having them kill
> so many simulated prople so that they
> wouldn't have any hesitation when it
> came to killing real people.
> This kind of simulation training not
> only hurts the people who are killed,
> but it also hurts the killers. People
> know it's wrong to kill, and people who
> kill feel strong psychological distress
> which can scar them for life with post
> traumatic stress disorder. The reason
> why you see so many f**ked up Vietnam
> vets on the street who can't work or
> even manage to live in an apartment
> while collecting welfare is because of
> the use of primitive forms of simulation
> training. Today's more efficient
> techniques produce monsters like Timothy
War is like death, some would argue it IS death, but like death, war is sometimes necessary, we all have some degree of freedom in the US for instance, but we had to fight to keep it, we had to make sacrifices, it is the way humans are, like it or not, abeit not ALL wars are necassary...but we are an imperfect race and we error on both sides.
Re: Code ownership...
> Do you really consider ideas to be
Have we forgotten "The pen is mightier than the sword"?