Thank you, Government!

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    I LOVE public domain and open source software developed by public university researchers and scientists, and by the government. And the shit they developed with tax payer dollars have to be put out there for the public to use free of charge.

    I'm using a crapload of software and macro spreadsheet models for work that are totally free, I just go to the university or government website and download it for free. LOL, some private companies are charging hundreds of dollars for crap that does the same thing the public domain softtware does.
     
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    Who do you think pays for that software?
     
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    taxpayer supported public domain software costs me pennies on the dollar, compared to buying the same crap from a private vendor.


    thank you University of Virginia! Your public domain software made me kick ass at work this week!:clap2:
     
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    So whatever happened to a 'living wage'? You do realize the programmers who create public domain software get little to nothing in return? Do you think that's fair?
     
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    He probably does. Probably 'shops' Pirate bay on a regular basis too.
     
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    No need to pirate anything. The open source movement offers software for free, as in free beer. You can get everything you need - from an operating system to the most sophisicated app without being a crook. Of course if people choose to pay for a proprietary os and associated apps (such as a word processor) then that's their choice.
     
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    scientists and programmers who work for universities and the government get rewarded with a government salary and the satisfaction of working in the public interest.

    Why does it piss you off that public domain software is made available literally for free to the public? Its a win-win for everyone.
     
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    This bunch is pissed off because that gives the average Joe the same advantage as the fellow that is stealing for a living. You know exactly the people I am talking about.

    Yes, not only are the public domain tools wonderful, but the information from NASA, NOAA, and other government agencies that publish for the public the results of the research of scientists that are working for us.
     
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    Publically funded projects OFTEN provide a far better return on investment (to the commonweal as a whole) than private investments do.

    The problem is often proving that contention since nobody is keeping books on the benefits side.
     
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    You've obviously never been a student at a University at the graduate level. Most of these programmers get "rewarded" by getting their name out there. All the work they do is for FREE. There's another way to describe this: "slave labor". Now sure, they are not being forced to do this. They do this because it is part of their education, but they do not get paid for this. In some rare cases, the professor may have a grant to pay for the program, but the students do not get paid for their work.

    (Honestly, are you people really this dense or are you just trying to post a catchy comeback and hope that nobody who really knows the truth will see it? I'm guessing that it's a little of both.)
     

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