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[3]: Stop playing Skyrim then
by _txf_ on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 06:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Stop playing Skyrim then"
_txf_
Member since:
2008-03-17

I'm just reporting the facts. I have a follow up story on how living in a black neighborhood increases the risk of getting mugged. I've never said I'm against living in a black neighborhood. Just reporting the dangers of living in a black neighborhood, that's all. I'm fair and balanced.


Er, It should be perfectly acceptable to report on the dangers of living in a BAD neighborhood, and one shouldn't expect people to come looking for false equivalencies.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

It it quite obvious to anyone except for the zealots that this was

"look in this one case, closed source software is bad ... even though there is still security updates".

I have worked with some really evil software, some of it was closed, some of it was open ... there was an equal amount of both.

Ask some of the BSD guys about the number of Linuxism in code, ask about how the GNU compiler has been specifically designed so you can separate the parser form the rest of the compiler (delibrate so that people can't use it for their own projects).

How many years have the BSD community been trying to rid themselves of GCC compiler (look at the PCC and LLVM projects), because GCC has been gradually getting worse with each release?

The point is there is lock-in with open source products and projects ... why because design decisions are more important than the code itself.

Design decisions change the way you code. A bad API can make you code a mess (ask me I just finished integrating some Olympic results feeds into the CMS, the API was interesting to say the least).

What annoys me is the fact that open source is made out like this wonderful silver bullet that will instantly solve everything, if everyone followed the "true path".

And some of us react strongly against that. Because we simple do not think it is true.

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ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

and one shouldn't expect people to come looking for false equivalencies.


There is no false equivalency.

It's pandering to sourceologists.

OSNews, Slashdot and Ars all pander to this crowd with these types of headlines.

You'll never see a headline about the dangers of open source just as you won't see Fox News run a headline about the dangers of Romney.

While I don't mind people making a buck off the religious I do get annoyed when what I do for a living becomes demonized, especially when the open source crowd is unable to compete in my area due to economic limitations.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Well, some of us feel the same way when closed-sourceologists who can't compete demonizes what we do.

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