Posted on July 7, by Scott Alexander [Content note: I get words all day through. First from him, now from you. Is that all you blighters can do?
Some are ambiguous or misleading; others presuppose a viewpoint that we disagree with, and we hope you disagree with it too.
However, the GNU browser IceCat blocks advertisements that track the user as consequence of broader measures to prevent surveillance by web sites. That is not what free software means. For instance, freedom 2 says that that user is free to make another copy and give or sell it to you.
But no user is obligated to do that for you; you do not have a right to demand a copy of that program from any user. In particular, if you write a program yourself and never offer a copy to anyone else, that program is free software albeit in a trivial way, because every user that has a copy has the four essential freedoms since the only such user is you.
In practice, when many users have copies of a program, someone is sure to post it on the internet, giving everyone access to it. We think people ought to do that, if the program is useful. But that isn't a requirement of free software. There is one specific point in which a question of having access is directly pertinent to free software: This applies to the special case in which the user already has a copy of the program in non-source form.
Instead of with free software, the public has access to the program, we say, with free software, the users have the essential freedoms and with free software, the users have control of what the program does for them. In effect, it assumes that free software ought to coexist with software that does not respect users' freedom.
We believe that distribution as free software is the only ethical way to make software available for others to use.
The other methods, nonfree software and Service as a Software Substitute subjugate their users. It is used for a range of different activities whose only common characteristic is that they use the Internet for something beyond transmitting files.
Thus, the term spreads confusion. When thinking about or responding to a statement someone else has made using this term, the first step is to clarify the topic.
What scenario is the statement about? What is a good, clear term for that scenario? Once the topic is clearly formulated, coherent thought about it becomes possible.
In most scenarios, that is foolish because it exposes you to surveillance. Another meaning which overlaps that but is not the same thing is Service as a Software Substitutewhich denies you control over your computing.
You should never use SaaSS. Another meaning is renting a remote physical server, or virtual server. These practices are ok under certain circumstances. Another meaning is accessing your own server from your own mobile device. That raises no particular ethical issues. The NIST definition of "cloud computing" mentions three scenarios that raise different ethical issues:Scarlett Johansson won a defamation suit against a French writer for creating a promiscuous character who happened to look like the movie star.
Lisa, that goes back to the piece on understanding why these words work and using them in the right situations. For example, a free ebook is a nice benefit that captivates my attention. Stop using them in your writing.
Or at very least, think twice before whipping out a simplistic, overused word like are.
Words lose their meaning when we use them carelessly. "Amazing Grace" is a Christian hymn published in , with words written by the English poet and Anglican clergyman John Newton (–).
Newton wrote the words from personal experience. Aug 30, · How to Write a Short Story.
For many writers, the short story is the perfect medium. My words are not very intriguing compared to theirs.
Is it okay to use common words and not very rare words? wikiHow Contributor. Community Answer. Yes, of course! "Common" words can sometimes be more effective when writing a story than "rare", unusual 72%(). When you’re revising any piece of writing — a novel, a news article, a blog post, marketing copy, etc.
— there are certain words you should delete to make the text stronger and cut your word count.