I've had the full source code for "ldd" on my linux box for the past thirteen years... What good has that done in this case?
The good that it has done is that the author of this article DID have access to the source, analyzed it, found a vulnerability and now you, me or anyone else can (and no doubt will) patch it. The point of the source being available isn't that you personally need to look through every line of code that your system executes, but rather that it is made available to anyone to analyze for security, efficiency, correctness, etc. instead of being locked up in a vault somewhere.
In other words, our children and grandchildren should pay for technological advances that make our lives easier.
Spending money on science and research can create value, just as the money spent on creating the internet in the 70s and 80s is allowing for a vast increase in wealth creation (amazon, ebay, google, slashdot) scientific advances in medicine, communications and nearly every other scientific field.
This is not borrowing from the future, this is an investment in the future, which will likely will pay for itself in the amount of value it will create and improvements in quality of life.
Yes, let's continue taking criminals, claiming they're not just that, and sending them for 'councelling' instead of prison. On tax dollars, of course. Certainly, the 'going easy on criminals' aspect of current society has been going far better than the alternative lately.
I don't know what "going easy on criminals aspect" you are talking about, I have yet to see ANY attempts at real rehabilitation for criminals.
The difference between paying for clinics and rehabilitation and paying for prisons and guards is that at the end, clinics attempt to help you with whatever issues caused you to break the law so you can return to society. Prisons just build more cells because they know you will be coming back in a few years. Some people can't be helped, but believe it or not, most people would rather have a productive life and obey the law than rot in a cell.
The wikipedia article incorrectly refers to it as "flint knapping"...
Why are you posting your correction here instead of just fixing wikipedia?
Do not simplify the design of a program if a way can be found to make it complex and wonderful.