- Based on Seven Years in Tibet - (1954 book), by Heinrich Harrer
aka the movie that got Brad Pitt banned from China.
One of the classic works of philosophy.
- Publication date unknown, maybe ~380 BC
- Translated from Greek.
- ISBN-10 0-465-06934-7
To read. I guess. I mean if one could even read a reference book.
- By Ian Ousby. Introduction by Doris Lessing.
Originally released in 1998, this is the 1993 second edition
- 1993 edition, 1995 reprint with corrections
- 1993 edition, 1996 reprint (with additional corrections?)
- ISBN-10 0-521-44086-6 hardback
Complete and unabridged:
This was a piece I had rattling around in my head for some time. It gets weak at the end, and has no real flow to it, but it's interesting enough in places that I thought I'd clean it up and publish it. Enjoy my dark sarcasm!
In a mass-market scenario, the larger the population the higher the chance for one or more free software projects to appear.
Since software can, in theory, be inherited by additional programmers and indefinitely updated, even the smallest chance for a free software project to be created becomes an inevitability over time. This means that even a niche market scenario can have competition from free software.
A crowd of hobbyists will have more time and expertise for a general-purpose piece of software than a development house can bring to bear. Simply put, they can do it better.
It goes without saying that cheaper, better and more supported free software will eventually out-compete proprietary equivalents, displacing established businesses and markets.
How can this problem be addressed?
Libertarianism is a topic I'm mildly interested in.. just not enough to do actual research. =p
I don't think it's possible to get there from here. I also believe wholeheartedly that no proponent of Libertarianism actually knows what the fuck is actually going on in the world, otherwise I would expect to see several idea markers.