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Comment: Re:No GPL (Score 1) 159 159

Citation needed.

No citation needed, it's an assertion based upon the most rudimentary understanding of economics. Of course, I might be wrong.

Sure. But there are other ways to pay programmers than by the sale of proprietary software.

You are correct. However, all of the points referenced therein make presumptions about open source software that was already mature. How do you think such open source software becomes mature? By developers with programming skills. How do those developers gain programming skills? Hint: not solely through open source projects.

And you don't think the benefit flows in the other direction too?

Of course it does. There are many mutually-beneficial relationships between open source projects and commercial entities that use them.

Comment: Conflict of Interest (Score 3, Insightful) 305 305

It's simple. As long as a significant portion of Apple's revenue comes from having a closed, "walled-garden" ecosystem, Apple will be disinclined to participate anything that might result in the demise of that ecosystem. After all, it's hard to be in the same boat as everyone else supporting WebAssembly etc., when that same technology will ultimately result in the death of on-platform app stores.

Comment: Re:No GPL (Score 1, Insightful) 159 159

If you can't do that, then you're an anti-social jackass that should be shunned.

Nice try, Richard Stallman's alias.

I bet that the corporate, proprietary world has done more good for free software than free software has. After all, someone has to pay the salaries of programmers, right? I've personally been involved in huge numbers of projects where developer's exposure to open source projects, within the context of a proprietary-only workplace, has enabled the skills and exposure to those open source projects, with said developers going on to work on derivative, open source projects in their spare time.

Nice try, though, at seeing the world through black-and-white lenses.

Comment: Re:wow (Score 1) 424 424

Well, that's a pretty arrogant interpretation.

As a programmer/admin, do you want to learn how to program bash scripts more securely? Good luck with that. Googling "bash security" or any variation thereof results in nothing but search results for the "Shellshock" exploit that was discovered recently.

Comment: Re:That's Apple (Score 1) 78 78

In 2009, I alerted Apple to a major security flaw in their dev portal, in which anyone with an account could lock out admin access of any other account in the portal. I called their support hotline, and got a cocky rep from Ireland who assured me that no, such a thing was not possible, and that my understanding of the situation must be incorrect.

I wonder if they've ever fixed that issue, especially when they took the dev portal offline for a few months to fix other glaring security issues.

Comment: Re:Space is the Place (Score 1) 692 692

You're kidding, right? One 120 year-old laborer won't purchase or consume nearly as much as four 30 year-old laborers. After all, I'm sure that when you turn 50 or so, you'll get pretty bored with buying the latest new fads and such. In today's disposable and "planned-obsolescence" economy, thank god no one believes in buying used goods.

Allowing plebeians to live forever basically kills the income channels of the rich.

Getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules. Corollary: Following the rules will not get the job done.