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I really think the reason we have such stalled space progress is because of NASA. I don't mean to go all libertarian, but I do think that NASA suffers from a lot of the worst problems of any large governmental body, and that has suffocated space research.
It is an ethical issue and the majority fail to understand the position. Just because we make compromises out of strong desires and self interest (raising kids) doesn't make those acts (writing proprietary software to feed ones children) justifiable. Writing proprietary software is not justifiable no matter how much you want to feed your children.
Writing proprietary software is perfectly okay. I don't have to give away my work for free, although sometimes I do.
I actually did this a few weeks ago, I lived Cringley's dream, and it sucks. My phone is the Samsung Galaxy S II, which just had the Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" release for it on T-Mobile, my carrier. That means that I can now plug my phone into my monitor via HDMI (with a cheap cable), type with a bluetooth keyboard, and use a bluetooth mouse. I went and bought those three things the day after I upgraded the phone. I used it for about an hour. It just isn't a usable setup.
98% of us wish that the 1% who are claiming to be the 99% would stop pretending they're speaking for us.
Best comment in the whole article. Since when did 99% of the world become a bunch of communists/socialists/anarchists/whatever?
Let's sum up the argument. Rich people run companies that employ you, and those same companies sell the stuff you buy, so therefore you are their SLAVE, and they are the MASTER!
Umm, no, I'm an employee. The paycheck gets deposited in my bank account every two weeks (OOH, EVIL BANKS). I show up because I think it is an equitable business arrangement. If I didn't think so, then I'd stay home (an option I don't think real slaves ever had: "I don't want to pick cotton today!" Yeah I'm sure that would have gone over well back then.) My employer seems to also think it is a good business relationship, or else they would fire me.
Same thing goes for the other side. I buy something. I think I'm getting a deal. As a simple example, I bought the keyboard I'm typing on. Could I have made one myself? Possibly, but it would have been quite an effort on my part, and the end product would have probably have sucked. They get money and I get a good product, it's a happy business exchange.
The principal error in thought for these sorts of people is as such: poverty is a problem, but wealth is not. The latter does not cause the former. They don't seem to get that. That, and they are a bunch of greedy little bastards who can't stand that there are people out there with more and nicer stuff then them. They would rather make everybody a little bit poorer, or even a lot, as long as nobody has more than they do. Do you have everything you need? Then what are you complaining about? If they actually cared about anybody they would be helping out at a soup kitchen or a food bank, not doing this sort of nonsense.
Well, sure, if your new car cost several HUNDRED million dollars
Several million dollars won't get you much airplane.
Let me remind you of the old anti-space colonization argument: The Gobi desert HAS a breathable atmosphere and I don't see people living there.
Just wait until the population doubles a few more times, then it will.