User talk:False vacuum

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Contact Information[edit]

Note that false.vacuum at gmail is not me. (I tried to register it and discovered it was taken.) False vacuum (talk) 20:55, 6 September 2010 (UTC)


Articles for deletion nomination of Unruh temperature[edit]

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I have nominated Unruh temperature, an article that you created, for deletion. I do not think that this article satisfies Wikipedia's criteria for inclusion, and have explained why at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Unruh temperature. Your opinions on the matter are welcome at that same discussion page; also, you are welcome to edit the article to address these concerns. Thank you for your time.

Please contact me if you're unsure why you received this message. RedBlue82 talk 22:27, 3 September 2010 (UTC)

You don't seem to entirely understand what deletion is for. No offense intended (well, not too much, anyway). I hope you're willing to learn. See my longer reply on your talk page. False vacuum (talk) 02:58, 4 September 2010 (UTC)


Talkback notification from JamesBWatson[edit]

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Hello, False vacuum. You have new messages at JamesBWatson's talk page.
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JamesBWatson (talk) 18:23, 27 December 2010 (UTC)

Replied to. False vacuum (talk) 21:31, 27 December 2010 (UTC)
As you will see if you look at my further response to this on my talk page, I have now undeleted the article. I accept that there is a reference, and I apologise for having misunderstood its nature. Thanks for pointing this out to me so that I could correct it. JamesBWatson (talk) 10:10, 28 December 2010 (UTC)
Replied on your talk page. False vacuum (talk) 17:42, 28 December 2010 (UTC)

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Italicization of subscripts[edit]

Hi False Vacuum. I noticed your edits today to Fresnel equations, in which you italicized all the subscripts on the variables. This was incorrect. Subscripts should be italicized only if they are themselves variables, not if they are descriptive labels that cannot be substituted for a quantity. So, for example, a variable Ti has an italic subscript if i is a variable that can take on different values, indicating that one has variables like T1, T2, etc. On the other hand if "i" stands for something like "incident" or "initial", the correct typography is Ti. This is explained at Wikipedia:Manual of Style (mathematics)#Variables.--Srleffler (talk) 05:23, 7 August 2011 (UTC)

Replied to/dealt with. Thanks for correction. (Italicisation still needs to be fixed in figures, but I don't have time.) False vacuum (talk) 10:02, 10 August 2011 (UTC)

X Lossless Decoder[edit]

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Wow, that was quick! It's a GFDL article, in case anyone's wondering (and it's not an exact copy, either). False vacuum (talk) 03:16, 17 March 2012 (UTC)
I'm afraid that content which is only licensed under the GFDL cannot be added to Wikipedia since we changed to the CC-BY-SA licence in 2009. See Wikipedia:Licensing update. Hut 8.5 11:52, 18 March 2012 (UTC)
So, CC-BY-SA content can't be included in anything licensed under the GFDL, and GFDL content can't be included in anything licensed under CC-BY-SA (including Wikipedia). I had been assuming that since Wikipedia was previously under GFDL and switched to CC-BY-SA, the latter was backward-compatible with the former. Apparently that was not the case, but rather some kind of special temporary exemption was created—I'm not at all clear on how that would be possible, but then I'm not a lawyer. ...In fact, I now see under my edit box that it says "you irrevocably agree to release your contribution under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 License and the GFDL [emphasis added]." I'm not even sure what kind of exemption could, even in principle, make it possible to license content under two mutually exclusive licenses simultaneously.
...In any case, I doubt that the HydrogenAudio folks would be interested in suing the Wikimedia Foundation, but apparently if they wanted Wikipedia to be able to reuse their content they'd have to change their license. Since they're a wiki too, though, I'm not sure how they could do that, lacking whatever special mojo Wikipedia used in 2009. Lucky for me I don't care enough to waste any more time on this (but I kind of wish someone would fix it). False vacuum (talk) 00:04, 20 March 2012 (UTC)
The GFDL isn't compatible with CC-BY-SA. When Wikipedia migrated to CC-BY-SA they had to negotiate with the people who publish the GFDL to modify the licence to specifically say that we could switch. The exemption doesn't actually allow us to stop using the GFDL for content we added prior to the switch, it says that we can licence pre-switch content under CC-BY-SA as well, which means we still need to ask people to release their contributions under the GFDL. The GFDL was designed for distributing software manuals and isn't really suitable for encyclopedias - in theory if you wanted to distribute printed copies of a Wikipedia article under the GFDL you would have to print out the lengthy text of the GFDL and distribute it with the article. The point of the licence change was to ensure that all our content could be distributed under CC-BY-SA, which is considered a better licence for our content. If you want to copy material from a wiki that's only available under CC-BY-SA then you can do that. I doubt that this particular wiki would sue us, but (a) you don't get to violate the law just because you haven't been caught, and (b) if we did decide to continue using this material after we knew we couldn't legally do so then it would probably count heavily against us if they ever did decide to sue us. Hut 8.5 11:08, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

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