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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For big and small salaries, the experiment I heard about was based on a classical psychology test called the candle problem ( Basically, they take a large group of persons and give each some amount of money to solve that problem. The intellectual performance is evaluated using criteria such as mean total time spent to solve the problem, and then statisticians look for correlation between salary and problem solving performance.

Now, as for interpretations, I'm sure that each school of modern psychology has its own ;) But it does seem to be a controlled enough experiment to offer valuable results as far as the intrinsic value of an incentive goes.

Edited 2012-01-04 15:54 UTC

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