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Copyright/left
CyberJerry software license
Tue December 3 2019  12:42pmComputer

Starting a few days ago, the comments area on Jerry's Blog now contains a few words reminding you that your comment is a public work and may be quoted, copied, and shared freely by other people. This is simply an explicit disclaimer of what was always implicit, applicable to pretty much any blog comment on the internet. What's new is that large segments of this website, including Jerry's Blog, are now protected by the Gnu General Public License (GPL). A public license is sometimes called copyleft protection. Conventional copyright means that nobody can copy the work without explicit permission. Copyleft means that the public may freely copy it, but they cannot later claim a more restrictive copyright protection for themselves, even if they modify the work or incorporate some of their own ideas.

This is not usually an important concept for blog articles or comments. It is important for computer software. The Free Software Foundation (FSF) publishes the GPL license with the idea that software ought to be freely available. This is in sharp contrast with Microsoft's propietary mentality that they own their software, and if you want to use it, you gotta pay their high price. You can't copy nor modify nor share it. I hope you know that when you buy a new computer at WalMart or wherever, a large chunk of your purchase price goes to Microsoft for the pre-installed Windows operating system that you can never really own nor control. No, thanks. About 15 years ago, I started running Linux, a public-licensed operating system, on my home computer. More secure, more powerful, more freedom.

So now I'm trying to return the favor, to a small degree. It was also about 15 or 16 years ago that I started writing programs to analyze and solve Sudoku puzzles. This effort has evolved to become arguably the best Sudoku Analyzer on the web, and, since I personally wrote every line of its code, I could certainly claim conventional copyright ownership. So I do. But am now opening up those ownership rights a bit via the GPL agreement, saying that anyone who cares to do so may freely copy and modify my Sudoku software (and even make money with it, if you are more astute than I when it comes to sales and marketing.) What you may not do is claim propietary rights over it yourself, or restrict its use by others. This software freedom applies to my Sudoku Analyzer, and to most other CyberJerry content.

Most, but not all. There remain some private pages, whose contents and encryption techniques will die with me. Likewise I refuse to share scripts that pertain to personal data of blog members or of anyone who submits a CyberJerry feedback form. To see more specific details, see the new CyberJerry license page. You may read the GPL license with all its legalese --> here, or navigate to https://www.gnu.org/licenses/ for more information.

 
DePyper
Honoring the name my father gave me
Thu October 24 2019  4:33pmMisc.

Am planning some small website changes soon, but first want to publicly clarify another matter that is of great personal import and may also have a slight impact on the planned website changes.

My family name is DePyper, a compound, two-part surname of Belgian origin. Am not sure of the etymology; it may originally have meant something like 'the piper', as in the village flute player, or, more likely, 'of (the town of) Pyper'. Either way, 'Pyper' was the important part, and 'De' (or 'de') merely the prefix.

I grew up learning to write my family name as DePyper, but also to recognize and accept De Pyper and de Pyper (w/ space) as correct spellings. I suppose a similar etymology and usage existed for such names as McCargar, O'Brien, and Van Dorn, and that these folks have faced similar name distortions as follows:

The misspellings seemed to have begun 20 years ago or more, first with phone book listings, then junk mail, then bank accounts, utility bills, government records, etc. 'DePyper' was corrupted to 'DEPYPER', thus destroying the name's compound essence. Am guessing that it had to do with the conversion of all records to digital databases. Dull-witted database engineers thought to use the last name as a key field, and, to make their own job easier, in typical non-unix mentality changed peoples' names to all upper case, true family identities be damned. In some cases, the same dull wits then attempted to ameliorate their thoughtlessness by capitalizing the first letter, thus further morphing my name to 'Depyper'

I would dearly love to join or launch a lawsuit against Molly Mulcahy Crawford and/or the State of Minnesota, if I could find a competent law firm

Nor was it always a matter of engineering incompetence. Take, for example, Molly Mulcahy Crawford of Minnesota's Office of Vital Records. She not only claims bureaucratic authority (for 'standardization') to clobber peoples' family names, but also to change the words 'mother' and 'father' to gender-neutral 'parent', all this on birth certificates created decades earlier. In addition to the degradation of de-sexing my mother and father, this leads to practical problems for me in Nicaragua. In Spanish, 'parent' must be translated as 'padre', resulting in a translated birth certificate claiming I have two fathers! This goes far beyond innocent incompetence, and amounts to a deliberate socialist agenda to arrogantly usurp peoples' personal identities and alter the natural facts of their lives, falsifying millions of legal documents in the process. I would dearly love to join or launch a lawsuit against Molly Mulcahy Crawford and/or the State of Minnesota, if I could find a competent law firm willing to tackle this criminal outrage.

In the meantime, I post this blog article as a public assertion that I, Gerald Joseph DePyper, reserve the God-given right to reject any or all attempts to address me by a name that I do not recognize as my own. Any human authority that purports to alter my name or my personal history thereby abdicates any authority over me they may otherwise have claimed. This includes especially Molly Mulcahy Crawford and the State of Minnesota.

As for my family name, the criteria are simple: To be acceptable, my last name must be written as a compound, two-part name. This can be done by using mixed case (lower case first 'e' followed by upper case 'P'), or, less preferably, as all upper case or all lower case with a space between the two parts. The use of both mixed case and a space is quite acceptable. Here summmarizes the rules:

  • Acceptable variations of my Christian (given) name:
    • Gerald Joseph
    • Gerald
    • Jerry
  • Variations of my family name (surname):
    • Acceptable variations:
      • DePyper
      • De Pyper
      • dePyper
      • de Pyper
    • Acceptable, with caveat: I reserve the right to accept or reject the following:
      • DE PYPER
      • de pyper
    • Unacceptable variations. The following do not pertain to me:
      • DEPYPER
      • Depyper
      • depyper

The above applies to my name in this earthly life. Rev.2:17 holds out the promise of a new, wholly unique name given to me by The Lord Himself, if I prove faithful. Honoring the name given me by my earthly father may be part of that faithful duty.

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rev. Nov 26 2019  6:40pm
 
Schizophrenia
Massive flight away from reality
Fri July 19 2019  12:30pmFaith/Philosophy

A principal symptom of psychosis, especially of schizophrenia, is a profound disconnection from reality. The patient, for emotional or organic reasons, does not relate to his surroundings in a rational manner. He often constructs his own private reality quite different from the world in which more sane folks live.

We are in the midst of the modern Dark Ages, an epoch of human history marked by a mass departure from reality. An age in which certain psychoses become acceptable because believed in by so many, perhaps by the majority. But if everybody believes in an alternate reality, does that alternative therefore become true? I think not.

100 or even 50 years ago, it (read article)

 
New Math
Fractional-Exponential Integer Math
Thu July 11 2019  10:09amComputer

This old dog is learning a new trick. Specifically, a new math programming technique, called Fractional-Exponential Integer Math. Less complicated than it sounds. It is "a programming technique for storing and computing fractional and exponential numbers without the inaccuracies inherent to floating point numbers. . . It is precise because all numeric values are stored internally as integers."

It began for me earlier this year when I participated in an online math challenge at linuxquestions.org , my favorite online forum. My (read article)

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Times and Seasons
No one knows When, or How
Sun June 2 2019  7:24pmFaith/Philosophy

Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?  (Acts 1:6b)

Immediately before the Ascension of our Lord, and in the midst of his promises of the imminent outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the apostles ask Jesus this question. It seems irrelevant, and countless preachers and homilists have dismissed it as such, or as yet another example of the clueless disciples completely missing the point.

But there is nothing of a rebuke or dismissal in Jesus' answer, "It is not for you to know the times or seasons. . ." It sounds rather similar to other words of Jesus (read article)

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rev. Jun 7 2019  1:33pm
 
Data Security
The ironic insecurity of data privacy
Thu November 29 2018  6:40pmComputer

I used to drive a Toyota pickup whose non-functioning ignition switch I replaced with an array of 3 ordinary household toggle switches for: engine, starter, dashboard. Not what you'd call advanced security; anyone could start my truck and drive off without a key (if they could figure out which switch was which.) At the same time, I lived in a farm house with 4 exterior doors, only one of which had a working keyed lock, and that one key was a big skeleton key, too cumbersome to carry about with me. For eleven years I lived a completely key-less life. And never had a problem with auto theft nor home burglary nor vandalism.

Not that I lived in a crime-free area. I'm sure there were (read article)

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rev. Nov 26 2019  6:39pm
 
Until
Questions from Jeremiah and Romans 11
Tue October 2 2018  11:18amFaith/Philosophy

. . .and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled  (Lk.21:24b)
. . .that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.  (Rom.11:25b)

An essential element of the Catholic Faith is the conviction that the Church will abide, that the Lord Jesus will never abandon his bride (cf.Mt.28:20b).

Likewise the chosen people of the Old Covenant knew that the Almighty would never forsake Israel (Is.44:21). But that firm (read article)

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rev. Wed May 6  11:47am
Chicago's population is now predominately minority.

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7/4/18Unrest in Nicaragua 7
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