Friday, August 11, 2017
  Aberree and Assange

Speaking of masks and filters and templates....

Assange pushes Open Source hard, and contributes more than anyone else to OpenSourcing the most evil aspects of governments, letting out the Magic Smoke that keeps the evil puffed up and lethal.

He has a blind spot when it comes to crediting his own work. Today he's running an uncharacteristic and unrealistic rant against Russia, because:



This doesn't fit the Open Source spirit.

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Alphia Hart had a similar burned spot on his intellectual retina. He was practicing Open Source long before it was cool:
Copyrighting everything you write is a confession that you have little faith in your ability to continue producing salable stuff -- and that there may come a time when you'll have to fall back on your own, protected material to make a living. When we can't produce new copy for The ABERREE, The ABERREE ceases to exist, because we're certain no one wants to read what we said yesterday and today tomorrow.
And he certainly understood the process of grabbing credit, because he was on the spot when Hubbard grabbed Volney Mathison's meter circuit and turned it into a tyrannical cash cow.

But here he falls back into the standard view of inventions and credits:



Give it to the world? Exactly wrong. Over and over we grant credit and fame to the popularizer or systematizer who found a way to become rich by stealing an invention. Hart saw this happen with Mathison, but still fell into the conventional view.

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