Tag Archives: ethics

What is the meaning of “lorem ipsum”

What does the placeholder or filler text “lorem ipsum” mean?

Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit…

— De finibus bonorum et malorum (a treatise on the theory of ethics written in 45 BC)

And so it means “There is no one who loves pain itself, who seeks after it and wants to have it, simply because it is pain…” More from StraightDope.

Steve Wozniak talks on iPhone antenna and more

Steve Wozniak on iPhone antenna issues, Google taking over, and Steve Jobs. (via Jeremy or @echoz on Twitter)

Steve Wozniak talks iPhone problems, Apple, Google, Steve Jobs and youthful idealism

Always like Steve Wozniak. Seems like one of the nicest people in the tech industry. When placed next to Steve Jobs, he seemed extremely humble.

Django 2.0 released?

A company, Vyper Logix Corp, has released Django 2.0 without the blessings of the Django Software Foundation. According to James Bennett, the software is built on the Django 0.96.2 codebase which includes a critical bug.

Who would have thought opensource projects could be ripped off that blatantly. Django is a registered trademark of the Django Software Foundation, perhaps a warning could be issued. There’s really no point wasting time and resources pursuing this incident.

The man behind Django 2.0 is Ray Horn whose public LinkedIn profile can be viewed here. He owns a patent, a Python blog where he blogs as “Guido Python” and wrote some dubious Python software. (Guido van Rossum, by the way, is the Python’s Benevolent Dictator For Life.)

In the LinkedIn profile, he claims to be:

  1. Supporting around over 2 million lines of Python codes.
  2. And I quote “Accomplished, seasoned Consultant with over 30+ years experience in web based software using ColdFusion and JavaScript/AJAX; consultation work includes SBC/AT&T, IBM, Stanford University, NationsBank, and Multimedia Live.”
  3. And I further quote “Recently produced 6000 lines of JavaScript code in less than 3 weeks; 3200 lines comprised a reusable JavaScript based AJAX Framework.”

Wow I didn’t know there’s AJAX back 30 years. Didn’t know ColdFusion existed too. Erm, did the web even exist 30 years ago? The JavaScript code… I hope he didn’t release it as JQuery 2.0.

It appears it is not the first time, he did something like this. He has been criticized for taking BlogCFC, rebranding and releasing it for profit.

I am unsure if he did anything wrong here. He probably didn’t as the license might have allowed him to alter the software for commercial purposes so it is attributed back to the author. (I am not expert in software licenses.) But what he did here violates commonsense software ethics because there weren’t significant change from the opensource version. It just start to get me thinking – how to stop such activities. At the end of the day, it’s up to buyers to decide if they are willing to trust the Ray Horn brand or not.

Obama: Lift stem cells ban

I totally agree on this one. The whole idea of the ban’s rather silly anyway. I don’t consider stem cells human apparently.

Obama Wants Congress To Act On Lifting Stem Cells Ban

Obama, who favors medical research on stem cells derived from human embryos, told CNN he was still exploring an executive order to revoke Bush’s ban.

“But I like the idea of the American people’s representatives expressing their views on an issue like this,” he said, lauding a “bipartisan” consensus in Congress that such research is ethical and potentially life-saving.

If the research could yield hope for victims of degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, “I think that sends a powerful message,” he said.

In blocking federal funding for stem cell research, Bush sided with religious conservatives who argue that research on embryos destroys human life, albeit at its earliest stage of development.

Stem cells are primitive cells from early-stage embryos capable of developing into almost every tissue of the body.

Scientists believe they could prove key in finding a cure for a number of serious diseases, including also diabetes and cancer. (Source: Physorg)

USA probably lacks behind in biosciences just because of this ban.