The pursuit of profit is inherent to money and makes it work. The pursuit of profit has driven science and technology and changed the world largely for the better. Yes it has it's own problems: crises, wars and pollution.
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What if I'm developing apps for kids?
I have a fair understanding of software licensing, thank you. I was not referring to the GPL in particular, nor any other license. It's not a licensing problem and I don't know why you misread my comment in this sense.
Hosted? I was mainly referring to desktop applications.
Getting the key requires registering an application and may be validated by the company providing the web service. How a normal non-technical user could do it? Even if it is was just creating an account it would be too much for a casual user of an application.
Many web services require developers to get keys for their applications. Open source applications cannot provide users with working apps without disclosing the keys.
I was expecting that parents helping with homework was bad simply because it interferes with and blocks thought and learning abilities of their kids and causes them to be insecure and less independent. Instead the problem seems to be parents are just not good enough helping their kids cheating with homework. Oh well.
You're wrong, Java always passes parameters by reference.
A machine readable web was what many people pushed for ten years ago. Then came HTML5 tag soup and "webapps" with messy code. Maybe, as a practical need for a machine readable web arises, old ideas will be reconsidered.
I agree with you. I was obviously referring to pop/rock songs, not to vocal music in general. Western music is born as vocal music. Just think about Ockeghem or Desprez which represent one of highest peaks of our (western) musical culture.
In a sense, you're right. Songs probably don't even try to compete with more articulate music. I think they're fine in their simplicity. What's sad is that the vast majority don't even know what a more refined music is and why they should listen to it.
I think you really nailed it. Would upvote you if had modpoints today.