SciD (Was: Real Close to the Machine: Floating Point in D )

Georg Wrede georg.wrede at
Fri May 15 16:43:19 PDT 2009

Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
> Georg Wrede wrote:
>> Lars T. Kyllingstad wrote:
>>> 2. I have to figure out some licensing issues. Some algorithms are 
>>> clearly public domain, while some things -- like code I've ripped off 
>>> Numerical Recipes, for instance -- is more questionable. (Although 
>>> the NR guys do quite a lot of off-ripping themselves. ;)
>> If you're talking about any one of the books that come up when 
>> entering "Numerical Recipes" in the Amazon search box, I'd say that 
>> those recipes are freely usable. That's why they're in the books.
>> Checking, of course may be good, but if anyone publishes recipes in a 
>> book and then sues people for actually using them, I'd sue *them* for 
>> entrapment.
> Actually I seem to remember that "Numerical recipes in C" was widely 
> criticized for having incredibly strong restrictions on the published code.


So, what's the point? Here's a bone, widely available on the sidewalk!!! 
But my god, just try to chew on it, and I'll sue your [butt].

And that's one more reason to lose respect for a certain judicial system.

The mere hint of such practices, really should make the law makers take 
a serious look at themselves. (But then again, to even become a law 
maker in such a system, you'd have gone throug such a chewing that the 
last bit of decency, sense of right, fairness, and a few other 
characteristics, simply have to have been erased from your mind. Heck, 
lawyers in even honest countries aren't respected for righteousness, 
fairness, integrity, or respect.)

I've seen software houses in America publish their library code. And 
that code contained passages like "this is the unpublished source code 
[...] copyright witheld [...] all rights reserved".

Publishing freaking "Unpublished" can only happen in the New World.

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