On May 21, 12:21 am, "Vince O'Sullivan" <vjosulli...@gmail.com
> It's a good article and a good demonstration that no matter how 'good'
> any corporation will pretend to be, eventually they're all only about
> selling you stuff, nothing more.
Well, hmm, I like to bash big corporations too. You can say a lot
about how any size corporation doesn't have humanity's best interest
at heart.. instead capitalism is really an embodiment of greed, so by
making capitalism the primary principle driving our society it says
we're putting greed above all the other motivating interests which
could be driving society. What of the other motivating interests ..
the desire to do good, the desire for love, etc.. what of them?
They're all devalued in our society, right?
That said... in the current paradigm corporations have as a primary
duty to make money and grow. That's what shareholders want and
ultimately that requirement by shareholders filters down through
management into the actions taken by the corporation.
We've gotten a lot of criticism for not monetizing the Java platform,
right? In terms of corporate comparisons I'm sure y'all could think
of other makers of software development platforms who charge out the
wazoo for tools and SDK's and whatnot. But we give ours away for
In the world of free software there are several understood models for
monetizing free software. One of those models is to couple it with
advertising ... right? Think of how Eudora a few years ago made this
bold (for then) move of delivering a 'free' (zero cost) email client
that ran advertising in the screen. It was a rotating banner advert.