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Blog Archive for n_alex during August 2003

I'm surprised MadJack got so bent out of shape about my idea for a Non-Military Open Source License . . . and totally missed the point of my entry yesterday. Of course non-military Open Source is a completely stupid and inane idea--which is why I abandoned it long ago. But the thought that it could be done? It was worth looking into at the time. Never mind that it betrays the spirit and...
Several years ago I was working on a system for modelling and simulating social pressure. The idea was that actions have repercussions and that I could build dynamic ecosystems staffed with characters of differing social power. The pressure system would stimulate social interaction between criminals, the wealthy corporate elite, impoverished citizens and various authorities in a cyberpunk RPG...
Logic is the foundation of philosophy. It's also the foundation of Computer Science. I think it's interesting how some in the IT industry try to brand IT as a purely pragmatic field, in that charming American "we don't trust academics" sort of way. But in reality, pragmatics seems to play a minor role in developer's minds. I've seen some pretty wild ideas just looking for a practical use. Many...