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Old 11-14-2012, 07:56 AM   #1
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Does anyone watch "2 and a half men"?


I do, and I was intrigued by the plot changes when Ashton Kutcher moved into the show as an Internet billionaire (by selling an idea to MICROSOFT!!!!).
I just wanted to ask - do you guys get affected by the way pop culture treats our occupation? If the purpose of every programmer is to "make their first million before they're 20" (a direct quote from the show), what are our very own Open Source folks' reaction to this? Don't you want to be rich? If you give everything away, how will we all earn MONEY in the long run?
 
Old 11-14-2012, 09:53 PM   #2
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I really don't think anyone takes Two and a Half Men seriously.

But if you want a model for a computer person who's out to make money, look no further than Mark Zuckerberg.
 
Old 11-15-2012, 12:37 AM   #3
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That doesn't answer my question.

Just out of curiosity, does Facebook run on Linux?
 
Old 11-15-2012, 02:03 AM   #4
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Are you trolling?
 
Old 11-15-2012, 02:42 AM   #5
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I'm guessing resetreset is Chris from the Linux action showwwww!!!!! He uses linux, but doesn’t actually like it, or the principles behind it.
OH NO HE DIDN'T.

..OH yes i did, i went there.
 
Old 11-15-2012, 04:38 AM   #6
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Eh? No, I'm not trolling, what's wrong with my question?

What is the "linux action show"?
 
Old 11-15-2012, 08:46 PM   #7
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I'll bite.

Not everyone wants to be rich. Most folks, once they are secure, are motivated by things other than money.

See, for example, this and this.

Indeed, it can be argued that someone whose primary goal is accumulating money, as opposed to creating something and making money along the way, is likely a warped and possibly even sociopathic individual.

Furthermore, there is a difference between ideas and things.

You might want to listen to a recent HPR interview in which Richard Stallman was interviewed. I'm not saying that I always agree with Richard Stallman, but, if you want to understand the reasoning behind the GPL, it is thoroughly explained there, straight from the horse's mouth.

http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1116

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:40 PM   #8
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I live in a town where a lot of tech people got rich for a while. A few are billionaires still and some lost it all. I don't think this is much different than Ford and other industrialists or even lumber, coal barons and such of the 1900/1800's.

I liked some of the 2 1/2 men only for the odd stuff. I won't watch any Kutcher. Just don't like him. They ought to bring back Charlie and say it was a Dallas sort of dream for 3 years.
 
Old 11-16-2012, 06:59 AM   #9
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I'll bite.

Not everyone wants to be rich. Most folks, once they are secure, are motivated by things other than money.

Indeed, it can be argued that someone whose primary goal is accumulating money, as opposed to creating something and making money along the way, is likely a warped and possibly even sociopathic individual.


In that case, India is a land of 1.2 billion sociopaths
 
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India has a different culture to Westerners. It also has a much larger population to (all?) western countrys. I would imagine that with such a large population, things could become quite competitive. Pluss India has that whole caste system, which would drive people constantly to become a better class.
I've never been to India, so maybe i'm wrong, but from what i hear, i can understand why people in India would be like that.

p.s.
The Linux action show is a podcast based around the topic of Linux. It's hosted by two people, Brian and Chris, whom i find to have a very very repulsive style.

I just thought i add as well, although i consider them to have a repulsive style. My previous comparison was not implying you are repulsive.
The comparison was made because Cris on that podcast seems to have the view that writing software is all about selling it and making money. In my oppinion a very non-opensource view.

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Old 11-16-2012, 05:53 PM   #11
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I haven't watched any network television in (uhh...) a quarter-century now, and I don't plan to start now.
 
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Based on what I've read about contemporary, which isn't a lot but likely more than most Americans, I think that this sentence from my previous post applies to many developing countries, including India. I have highlighted the relevant phrase.

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Most folks, once they are secure, are motivated by things other than money.
 
Old 11-20-2012, 09:52 AM   #13
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I really don't think anyone takes Two and a Half Men seriously.


Heh, it just occurred to me that you should see this: http://www.tastefriendzy.com/art/16/review/29 , I thiink you've found a friend
 
  


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