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Comment: Re:I am no economist, but as a geek ... (Score 1) 205

by Zontar The Mindless (#48598729) Attached to: The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

It's been said that no man is an island.

The point I was trying to make is that I was apparently being mischaracterised as a spoilt rich kid who'd had everything handed to him on a silver platter, not that I'm some sort of superhero. I'm neither of those.

I've tried to pay back those who've helped me, but I've lost contact with most of them (easy to do after a decade or two, when you've wound up living on the other side of the world), and some of them are no longer around. So now I try to do the same for others.

And I've already admitted that one of the reasons--possibly THE reason--I ended up in the bad state I was in was due to my own mistakes. Quite a lot of them, actually, including doing some shit that was just plain wrong. Some of those things I think I've paid for by now, others maybe not. We'll see.

Comment: Re:I'm not complaining (Score 1) 74

by Zontar The Mindless (#48598115) Attached to: Google Earth API Will Be Retired On December 12, 2015

I'm sorry, am I a Google fanboi or a Google hater today? I keep getting categorised as one and then the other so often that I've grown confused.

Or is it that I'm an idiot because I think users should be treated with a bit of respect?

I can't tell any more.

I do know that where I work--as I said before--we don't consider how many or even IF there are any users of a particular feature or API before we drop it. We have a deprecation process for such things, and AFAICT we stick to it.

If it's worth hacking on well, it's worth hacking on for money.