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[Axiom-developer] Re: Copyright notice Re: pfaffian.input.pamphlet

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Subject: [Axiom-developer] Re: Copyright notice Re: pfaffian.input.pamphlet
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 12:47:19 -0400

>Finally, if I read
>\author{Timothy Daly, Gunter Rote, Martin Rubey}
>(it's Günter, by the way) I'd think that the three of them implemented the
>algorithm, but that's maybe only my personal view.  And I must say that I was a
>bit surprised that you claim copyright for pasting text from wikipedia, but did
>not state the fact that most (all?) of the material is from that site.

In total number of characters and time, the source text TeX, the
regression test case generation, the system merge issues, the testing
and the patch generation exceed the number of characters posted in the
algorithm. And the wikipedia text, despite appearances, is not "cut
and paste" but is hand written in latex format. In total I spent quite
a few hours on making the pamphlet.  If you had posted the final
pamphlet documentation with regression tests as a diff-Naur patch
I would have had nothing to contribute.

According to my first reading the wikipedia license appears to specify
the page layout of the final document which WAY exceeds the bounds of
common sense. I plan to change the content using other sources.

The fact that you understand the pfaffian enough to write a program does
not mean that the next person who has to maintain/extend/rewrite the
pfaffian has the same understanding. The point of the game is to make
the code live beyond the original author. Otherwise, what is science for?


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