I don't think one implies the other. KDE reaching 4.7 has more to do with the fact that they consistently release about every 6 months, and 4.0 was released about three and a half years ago. I wouldn't read any more into the numbers than that.
what sort of Liberal entitlement BS is this...
The very same liberal entitlement BS of a business plan that made Valve software a stupid amount of money with a comfortable monopoly on the video game online distribution market. I know it's against conventional business logic, but it is possible to make money and not be a petty sociopath.
If I make something, it's MY right to set a price for how it sells. If I want to set a low price and go for volume, my decision. If I want to set a high price and go that way, still, my decision. The point is, I GET TO SET THE PRICE FOR WHAT I MAKE.
You're absolutely right, it is completely your decision. Just as it is the decision of the rest of the internet to decide if your terms are reasonable. If the consensus is no, hive-mind behavior will kick in, and the internet will provide your widget at a more reasonable cost. Trying to claim some higher moral ground won't shame the process to a halt.
If I made bird houses and charged $20,000 for each one, but you decided that's too high and you stole one... Guess what. YOU FREAKIN STOLE IT. I don't care what country you came from, and what the poverty level is there.
Also, your analogy doesn't work. If you made a $20k birdhouse and someone stole it, that's not a pirate, that's a thief. A pirate looks at a birdhouse that someone bought from you and recreates it with their own materials. You're not actually out any raw materials or labor, only a hypothetical sale. That's kind of a big difference.
And how does this excuse stupidity?
"Gee, I'm in your country, can't speak your language, and now I might die because I can't communicate with you"
Ugh, after reading that I now have to wipe all the xenophobia off of me. You say the above like people have the luxury of making those decisions; not everyone does. Sometimes shit goes south and just you have to leave. And when that happens to people who are adults, the bar is even higher since the brain has pretty much called it quits at learning additional languages at that point.
Inevitably though, these people will have to interact with the native populations that don't speak their language. And when that happens, the natives can get all indignant about it, or they can try to overcome the language barrier so everyone can get on with their lives. It looks like these doctors are going for the latter this time.
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