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Open Source, Enterprise Software, and Free Lumber
> Please believe me when I say that I totally agree with Holger’s assertion that this process produces absolutely top quality software – and that the people doing the work are often among the very best in their respective corners of the software world. My main beef – which is why I use the term suckers – is that I think they should be compensated when that good hard work results in someone else – particularly a VC-backed company – making money on the fruit of their labor, in Red Hat’s case about $3 billion last year, with almost $500 million in profits, that after IBM bought the company for $34 billion. Or to use the Oracle example in Holger’s post: hell yes Oracle put aside a 1000 FTE effort in favor of adopting Apache – why not use the free labor of others to save a ton of money to be better used, or not, in Oracle’s case, elsewhere? The more free labor, or lumber, or whatever, the better.

Who will think of the poor open source developer?
ethics  oss  ERP 
january 2019 by cote
The My Health Record story no politician should miss
“Early signs of Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia would mean the end of a political career, perhaps rightly so. But with all the taboos still surrounding mental health, signs of less dramatic conditions could be used as political leverage. A prescription for an anti-psychotic medication, say, or even just a series of appointments with a psychiatrist known to specialise in these disorders. The timing of medical treatment can also reveal politically problematic patterns of activity. Prescriptions for erectile dysfunction pills would be perfectly reasonable for a male in his 60s or beyond, although they'd doubtless trigger embarrassing comments about flaccid policies. But what if the politician was married, the prescriptions were always in the weeks before overseas missions, and after the last such trip there was a series of weekly visits to a sexual health clinic? Infidelity can kill a career.”
ehealth  hacks  blackmail  health  paperless  security  Australia  politics  ethics 
july 2018 by cote
The critics are wrong about AWS’s open source approach
"Is AWS selfish? Sure. Does that selfishness translate into greater developer productivity with machine learning and other enterprise software in the process? Yes. And it’s not merely a convenient byproduct: It’s the whole reason AWS exists."
opensource  ethics  amazon 
january 2018 by cote
Shrinking Credit Threatens Almost $9 Billion in Sales
I don't mean to get all moral here, but there's something wrong when credit card protection laws are freaking out retailers so much. With new credit card laws, people can't borrow as much money, and will thus spend less. And, since we don't seem to save enough money - indeed, need more money for things like health care - isn't spending less money the whole point? “It will mute the impact of the rebound that would have otherwise occurred," says the Target CFO. Yeah, rebound for who?
creditcards  crator  retail  ethics  Bloomberg 
december 2009 by cote
Unboxed - Verizon’s Experiment in Volunteer Customer Service - NYTimes.com
I'm increasingly starting to think that this kind of thing in unethical: getting free labor, esp. for customer service. I wonder, though, how that meshes with the open source world. With Verizon, here, though, there's no "free" open source software, there seems to be no quid pro quo: Verizon is just getting free labor that it's not paying for. All that said, I'm still not decided if this business behavior is "OK." When does share-cropping becoming slavery?
ethics  free  verizon  community 
may 2009 by cote
Corporate leak probes walk a fine line
On HP's plumbers and the "right" way to plumb.
hp  scandal  plumbers  ethics 
october 2006 by cote

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