Tuesday, June 15, 2004
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Tim Berners-Lee finally makes a buck
Victoria Shannon has a nice story in the International Herald Tribune about how the inventor of the World Wide Web is finally reaping some rewards from his marvelous invention:
Read the rest of the article to find out why.
We here at danieldrezner.com salute Mr. Berners-Lee for finally making a profit off of the Internet.posted by Dan on 06.15.04 at 05:56 PM
Congrats to Berners-Lee. No one deserves it more. While hypercard might have been pretty cool, and you can have arguments on the technical superiority of other networking schema - but this isn't the place to get into it here.
As a furtherance to this post - a question to all: - which party looks more "favorably" on open source, do you think? There is evidence both ways, historically and currently.
My own perspective is that the Democratic party is the party that looks more favorably on open source - but only because the Liberatarian is so under-represented as a party. If you include liberatarian, then you could say neither Republican or Democrat.
And you have examples in every direction.
Tim Berners-Lee - Unitarian Universalist - pretty liberal position- dedicated to open source
Richard Stallman - pretty radical, but pretty libertarian - however anti-corporate.
Eric Raymond - he is "Armed and Dangerous" - need I say more? Libertarian to the core.
Linus Torvalds - pretty liberal. "His parents met at a protest rally".
So, the connection between enthusiasm about open-source and political views, seems to be pretty loose.posted by: JC on 06.15.04 at 05:56 PM [permalink]
posted by: The Lonewacko Blog on 06.15.04 at 05:56 PM [permalink]
Bill Gates and co. - pretty democratic (New Democrat?), and pretty committed to closed source.
According to Fundrace.org Bill Gates has made a $2k contribution to George W. Bush and to no one else.
Bill Gates should've written this guy a $1M check years ago, when it was worth more.posted by: Andy on 06.15.04 at 05:56 PM [permalink]
Richard M. Stallman is no libertarian! Just see his web site:
He is a supporter of the Green Party. He doesn't just support free software/open source software, but he is on the record as stating that he would legally mandate that all software be open source--i.e., make closed source software illegal--if he could. I think it's safe to say that RMS is not a libertarian at all, but is some variant the various leftist totalitarian philosophies. I'd call him communist myself.
Eric S. Raymond is an anarcho-capitalist. Does that make him libertarian? Perhaps, if both anarchists and minarchists are considered libertarians.posted by: Amarnath Santhanam on 06.15.04 at 05:56 PM [permalink]
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