Myth Of The Starving Genius


Oops!! Looks like I messed up the post. Deviated from the basic premise I set about to explore. Thanks to the humanoid for pointing it out. I will probably post a follow-up..err.. a clean-up. Sorry for the goof-up.

Microsoft pays me 13lac p.a. Can Free Software do that?

Second part in my series on Intellectual Property. I am going to try to debunk a few popular myths. This essay is aimed at the young graduate and the student who has all sorts of doubts if Free Software can provide him with the money that the Proprietary world offers him.

Most of the times, students do get convinced that free software is ‘the’ way to go forward. They also agree that it is morally, ethically and technically superior. They also agree that we can make some sort of money by pursuing free s/w as a career.

And everyone agrees in unison that the proprietary system offers them higher salaries as opposed to free software. The general tendency (more…)

Published in: on April 27, 2010 at 10:15 am  Comments (2)  

Migration Blues


I have been advocating the adoption of free software for over 4 years now. The most often raised question is this:

“I have been using M$ Windows and here in India, we get anything for free. I never paid to get my copy of windows. So what difference does it make to me whether I use Windows or Free Software?”

Genuine question, in spite of my stressing that the Free in Free software means “Freedom” as in Free Speech. I still need to address that particular concern in terms of economics as well, rather than in plain old philosophy and ideology.

In God’s own country

Kannur, Malabar, Kerala. If there is one place still not tampered by the destructive creativity and intellect of man, (more…)

Myriad owns a part of me, Who owns the rest?

Just one day after posting this, on March 29, 2010, a coalition led by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) successfully challenged the basis of Myriad’s patents in New York District Court. The patent has been invalidated.

Note: The following post is pretty lengthy. I tried to cut down on the length, but the subject matter demanded that I don’t.  All that has been stated in this post is pure non-fiction. Everything is real. I’ve tried to provide links wherever required, for others, googling should corroborate the facts. This post is a part of  a series I am planning to write (whether you like it or not) on Intellectual Property ( I hate to use that word ).

Still not sure what the title means? We are all ignorant fools. We ought to know at least the name of the company which owns us. All right, it does not own us completely, but it owns a small part of you , me , Obama ,Sachin, (more…)

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