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  1. OpenSource Software

    I don't think its fair to say that Linux is simply a UNIX clone. Linux is definitely designed under the philosophy of UNIX, but I would consider more of an evolution of UNIX. Every modern operating system is, to some degree, a derivative of an OS that previously existed. Operating System Comparisons What about when commercial companies decide to make their original products open source for others to improve upon or learn from? Sun recently made Java open source. Netscape made their web-browser open source (which evolved into Firefox, IMO the best web-browser available). John Carmack (Doom, Quake, etc.) releases all his video game engines open source after their economic life-cycle ends. I guess I'm confused why this is viewed in a negative light.
  2. OpenSource Software

    It is my understanding that Stallman has very little influence in today's open source and Linux community. Most people (correctly) find his ideas to be crazy. Although, he did create Emacs, one of the best text editors of all-time. As far as antipathy toward profit-making, I would check with Linus Torvalds about the riches he's accumulated as a result of creating the original Linux kernel. An interesting side note, this forum is powered by at least one open source technology, PHP. And I'm guessing it also uses MySQL, an open source database.
  3. OpenSource Software

    What do you mean the "hard and unique part was done by a commercial company"? What ideas did they copy and from whom?
  4. OpenSource Software

    Do you have evidence of open source software is funded by taxes? And don't confuse altruism with philanthropy. For example, I don't consider anything Mark Shuttleworth did to start Ubuntu Linux as altruistic.
  5. OpenSource Software

    If that were true, then why can you go to your local Best Buy or CompUSA and purchase a distribution of Linux? How is Red Hat a publicly traded company? Open source software is more about a voluntary exchange of ideas than it is about communal ownership. It provides a way for people to work on projects that they feel passionate about and to work on things that they would not normally have an opportunity to do. Some the best minds in the software development world today are very active in open source projects. It is not because they are socialist; it is because the open source model provides best way to create the product they desire to make. In my opinion, Ubuntu Linux is the second best desktop operating system available (second only to Mac OS X). As each day passes Microsoft loses more of its market share to open source operating systems. This is not because of some communist conspiracy; it is because the open source software is better.
  6. Buying a new computer

    If it works directly with PDAs and cell phones, why would it not work with a Mac?
  7. Buying a new computer

    Do you have the brand new Mac-Mini model? The one with a 1.5GHz Intel processor? If so, you should not have any problem running The Objectivism Research CD through Virtual PC. I have a 1.5GHz PowerBookG4 (a processor considerably slower than the one in the new Mac-Minis), and I can run The Objectivism Research CD perfectly. The overall performance of Windows through Virtual PC isn't very good, but it works fine for programs that are not computationally intensive. The Objectivism Research CD is essentially a text reader, not a major CPU hog. Of course the simplest solution to the problem would be for Mr. Oliver to release a Mac version As an aside, welcome to the world of Apple. OS X works the way operating systems should work. Here are a couple OS X programs that I have come to love: Quicksilver - has changed the way I use my computer. Shiira - the best web browser I have ever used.
  8. Wireless internet

    It appears that this is actually going to be provided by Google for free: Google bids to help San Francisco go wireless
  9. Adware

    I recommend using Firefox, I have been using that with Windows machines for almost 2 years and I haven't had any trouble with spyware. It seems that most spyware exploits weaknesses in Internet Explorer specifically. In addition, Firefox is more streamlined than IE and webpages will load faster.
  10. The Objectivism Research CD-ROM

    How about a version that will run in Linux or OS X? The only reason I have any sort of Windows installed is so that I can use The Objectivism Reasearch CD-ROM.
  11. The Political Compass

    Economic Left/Right: 8.38 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.05
  12. Why Is Oil So Expensive?

    I actually work in the title and lease department, dealing with leases and contracts. Specifically, I handle the division of interests on wells. Simply put, my job is to make sure that everyone pays and gets paid correctly based on their interest in a particular well. It is a sort of integration between the land dept, operations, and accounting.
  13. Why Is Oil So Expensive?

    It's actually remarkably simple because, as I said before, they function as a landowner, not a government agency. You simply cut them a check every month for the revenue produced on their leases. I just started a semi-permanent career at a fairly large oil company, I've been working in the industry for about a year. When I see how much money the federal government takes in from oil and gas production, it floors me. Between royalty interests and taxes they probably get over 20% of the gross revenue of oil and gas production in this country.
  14. Why Is Oil So Expensive?

    On this point, we agree. If an oil company develops lands controlled by the government, ownership of the land should be transferred to the company.
  15. Why Is Oil So Expensive?

    It's misleading to say that the US government collects royalties, as opposed to taxes, on all US oil production. And when you say that the US government nationalized the oil sources, who owned them before?