(L)GPL remarks and FreeGIS licensing
s_fsfeurope2 at nedprod.com
Wed Aug 13 23:54:27 UTC 2003
On 13 Aug 2003 at 23:31, Xavi Drudis Ferran wrote:
> > However, we /can/ learn to behave differently and slowly, I think we
> > are. But you can't claim it's natural to share - it isn't outside
> > your family unit.
> IMHO sharing food has nothing to do with sharing knowledge.
They are closer than you think.
> Only one person can eat one thing, but you don't lose knowledge by
> sharing it. This does not mean you want you necessarily want to share
> all the knowledge you have, but any comparison with material goods is
You don't lose the knowledge itself, but you /do/ lose the advantage
gained by you knowing it and no one else. That's what patents in
general are about, company secrets, government intelligence services
and indeed all schools in the western educational paradigm (see
"Deschooling society" by Ivan Illich).
If you look at the first actions the British empire took after
conquering India, they destroyed the schools, factories and anything
which could compete with English industry. In two generations, India
had been set back at least a hundred years. This kept them under the
imperial yoke until the British sent a really stupid governor over
there and prevented the India tea company from doing what it did, and
it was only this idiocy that caused the rise of nationalism.
If you take this still further, there is an alarming tendency in
British and American companies to try and prevent their employees
learning new tricks in case they might up and leave for a better job.
I have seen it so many times it hurts, because really they are
damaging the common pool of national employees. Then they have the
gall to complain about skills shortages and want to import third
world labour who can't complain, switch job or do anything but work
for peanuts for fear of losing their work visa. This of course means
all the locals become unemployed and suck the country dry by being
Welcome to the modern working world!
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