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[News] Free Software Natural Thing to Human Psychology

  • Subject: [News] Free Software Natural Thing to Human Psychology
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2010 20:18:41 +0000
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Kindness Breeds More Kindness, Study Shows

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| Goodness spurs goodness, they found: A single 
| act can influence dozens more.
| In a game where selfishness made more sense 
| than cooperation, acts of giving were âtripled 
| over the course of the experiment by other 
| subjects who are directly or indirectly 
| influenced to contribute more,â wrote 
| political scientist James Fowler of the 
| University of California, San Diego, and 
| medical sociologist Nicholas Christakis of 
| Harvard University.


Open source makes psychological sense

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| ACCORDING TO a recent study random acts of 
| kindness have a very positive impact on humans 
| and regularly spread this good feeling to 
| others.


Can free software drive the fourth paradigm?

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| The biggest science story to hit the 
| mainstream media in the last year was of 
| course the big switch on at CERN. What made 
| it such a great story for me was not just 
| the sheer and audacious enormity of the 
| enterprise or the humbling nobility of the 
| colossal experiment but the story behind 
| the story. That story was the absolutely 
| central role of free software philosophy at 
| the heart of everything CERN was (and is) 
| doing. Despite the false start, CERNâs 
| search for the Higgs Boson has got into its 
| stride. The same cannot be said for the car 
| crash that is climate science, which may 
| have inflicted terminal damage on the 
| reputation of science. I believe the 
| rigorous application of free software 
| methodology in conjunction with the Fourth 
| Paradigm may save it.



The True Spirit of Open Source

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| News flash: it is these people who drive open source software. Those large,
| reliable open source projects with all of the sparkle and polish? They became
| that way because large groups of people found them useful enough that they
| decided to invest their time in making the project even better. But in all
| cases, for open source software to progress, people have to be willing to
| give up their time and energy for free and with no expectation of reward.
| Open source is driven by pure altruism.


In Quest of Open Source Load- and Stress-Testing Tools

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| I heard from more than 30 people on every aspect of the subject, and as you
| might imagine, some of the comments hit the cutting room
| floor. Among them, alas, was the full-length response from Alice Kaerast: "I
| understand enough about security to feel comfortable that my code is written
| securely, and the beauty of open source means that there are many people
| actively testing and checking code, all of whom know about detecting
| vulnerabilities better than any software."


Father of microloans sees end to poverty

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| Computer programmer Tom Bostelmann had felt disconnected from philanthropy as
| a tech guy. Now he works as a consultant to the Grameen Technology Center,
| developing open-source banking systems software.  



Altruism and open source

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| The story illustrates a point. That is, open source goals are often
| directed outward, not inward. It's not, I'm going to make money, but
| we're going to accomplish some larger goal.
| Often the target of open source ambition is the customer. Open
| source projects drive out costs and bring savings, which multiply
| as customers learn more about their open source tools.


Why Do Some Software Programmers Work for Free?

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| In the end, the results suggest that a potential monetary payoff down the
| line does motivate software developers to be more productive, but many
| developers are still attracted to the movement for things besides pecuniary
| rewards. They just don't seem to work as hard.  

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