SciD (Was: Real Close to the Machine: Floating Point in D )
Lars T. Kyllingstad
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Sun May 17 03:02:31 PDT 2009
> Lars T. Kyllingstad wrote:
>> Sean Kelly wrote:
>>> Walter Bright wrote:
>>>> Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
>>>>> Actually I seem to remember that "Numerical recipes in C" was
>>>>> widely criticized for having incredibly strong restrictions on the
>>>>> published code.
>>>> The license is, from my copy of the 1987 edition:
>>>> "Although this book and its programs are copyrighted, we
>>>> specifically authorize you, the reader of this book, to make one
>>>> machine-readable copy of each program for your own use. [...]
>>>> Distribution of machine-readable programs (either as copied by you
>>>> or as purchased) to any other person is not authorized."
>>> I'll have to dig my copy out and see if it's any better. Really, if
>>> the code can't even legally be used internally for an application
>>> developed by a team of programmers then the book is nearly worthless.
>> I wouldn't go so far as to call it worthless. It may not be a
>> repository of freely usable algorithms, but it is a nice textbook that
>> covers a wide range of topics and methods.
>> A lot of the algorithms in NR are just their versions of classic (and
>> public domain) algorithms found freely available on NETLIB.
> Yes, they basically grabbed algorithms from NETLIB and added their own
> bugs to them.
So really, the licence should say:
"Although this book and the bugs in its programs are copyrighted, we
specifically authorize you, the reader of this book, to make one
machine-readable copy of each bug for your own use. [...]"
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