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Re: Practicality of GNU project and libre movement

From: Miles Fidelman
Subject: Re: Practicality of GNU project and libre movement
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2020 13:14:37 -0400
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   On 7/24/20 12:41 PM, Msavoritias wrote:

I don't think these things are mutually exclusive. You can say the most
   correct and right things in the world.
   But if you don't make the person that hears you inspired or happy you
   won't go anywhere.

   I'm not sure this is really true.

   One doesn't generally come out of a (good & thorough) design review
   happy - at least not if there are gaps/flaws in your design.  If you're
   lucky, you might come out ticked at yourself for your own oversight (or
   stupidity), and inspired to go "back to the drawing board."
   History suggests that fear is a far more effective motivator than
   happiness.  Where inspiration fits in depends on the situation &
   inspiration (and both survival & fear are great sources of inspiration
   - you know, necessity and all that).  Paying people, or giving them
   free stuff, also works pretty well.

   By contrast, it sure seems like pandering & wishful thinking, are
   recipes for disaster (unless you're a politician, in which case,
   they're recipes for election).

   Miles Fidelman

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is.  .... Yogi Berra

Theory is when you know everything but nothing works.
Practice is when everything works but no one knows why.
In our lab, theory and practice are combined:
nothing works and no one knows why.  ... unknown

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