Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Jul 2012 23:06 UTC
In the News Okay, so this is entirely new to me. Sparrow is was an email client for Mac OS X and iOS (and Windows), which brought a decent Gmail experience to these platforms - as opposed to Apple's own not-so-good Gmail support and Google's Gmail iOS application which, well, is just a webpage. Google has now acquired Sparrow, and basically all hell has broken loose, to the point of Rian van der Merwe writing that 'we' lost "faith in a philosophy that we thought was a sustainable way to ensure a healthy future for independent software development, where most innovation happens".
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RE: "the dangers of closed source"
by ricegf on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 11:34 UTC in reply to ""the dangers of closed source""
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I believe that was the point of copyright (at least in the USA per our constitution) - you receive exclusive distribution control of your work for "limited times", then everybody can reuse your work for free.

Only it was corrupted with software, as the feds granted copyright on code but still allowed that code to be kept as a trade secret - and even outlawed reverse engineering that code from what was being distributed under copyright protection!

Of course, they also defined "limited times" as a couple of human lifetimes - but don't get me started on that!

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