Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:12 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or due process. Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels. Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.
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"sometimes a closed box is more inspiring than an open one. Inspiration and curiosity are innate to humanity."

"This is also a putdown: it's not that easy or closed just enables consumption. Easy and closed can foster creativity in any number of ways, including promoting programming."

There are a number of ways closed software is promoted, but this is a new one by me. Closed boxes inspire humanity? Closed fosters creativity and promotes programming? Wow...Talk about being a contrarian.

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