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#61 Mouser9169   Members   -  Reputation: 401

Posted 15 April 2014 - 12:44 PM

No, I mean Rand is way more out there than Stallman. Not only will corporations not limit their excesses but individual followers of Rand have shown what will happen if more people subscribe to her ideology.

 

The problem with fair compensation is that there is no such thing. Especially in the arts, the creative careers, politics and so forth. And perhaps most of all in finance and capital based industries. Which includes executives and what not.

 

I knew what you meant. I just disagree with you.

 

You mention art - the best place to see the value of art is at an auction. Nothing sold at auction ever sells for more than it is worth. Executives work for their money. If there were people who could do as good a job as they do and were willing to do it for less money, the market would snatch those people up in a heartbeat.

 

As for RMS, he doesn't believe that creating software is something that should be compensated at all, hence the GPL and the 'Free' software philosophy that goes along with it. He's quick to give an example that he can't 'help' his neighbor with proprietary software, while the reality (at least until recently) was that he legally could. He just had to uninstall the software from his machine and let his neighbor install it on his. When his neighbor is done with it, reverse the process (similar to lending your neighbor your lawnmower - you can't mow your own lawn until you get the mower back). Of course he ignores how his model actively hurts the developer (somebody's neighbor) trying to make a living selling software, as well.

 

He's also very actively anti-proprietary software: He wants to hurt proprietary developers as much as he can (again, hence the 'viral' nature of the GPL and his calls for people to stop using the LGPL for libraries). It isn't enough for Free software to be an option - all software should conform to his ideals.

 

I could go on and on but to cut it short: the man is a communist at heart who lost touch with the 'real world' decades ago.

That's not to say he hasn't done good things, but he represents one 'extreme' of the software development spectrum.


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#62 JohnnyCode   Members   -  Reputation: 311

Posted 15 April 2014 - 03:20 PM

for anyone who does not know yet, this is a critical letter from Bill Gates before software was a subject to copyright and was "free to edit/use" comodity in coding community of that decade (the letter also shows reduced rethorical skills of Bill )

 

http://www.blinkenlights.com/classiccmp/gateswhine.html

 

I understand we need to make a living, but there is no need to be too dogmatic about it and hate moding comunities apriori or such stuff






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