More about Klincewicz's research
Jun 24, 2007
3:47 PM EDT
|Did anyone else do a Google Scholar search on this guy? He has a paper entitled "Ethical Aspects of Sponsorship", here's the abstract: "The paper regards sponsorship as an agreement, in which the sponsor undertakes an action with economic nature for the sake of a sponsored subject. Typical cases related to unethical conduct of sponsors and subjects are described, as well as some social contexts of sponsorship and its influence on the public opinion." Sounds like MS and SCO!! But I don't have access to that journal.
Anyway, about the innovation research, Klincewicz's paper is here:
After explaining that any project with phrases like "similar to" was classified as non-innovative, Klincewicz writes: "Redundancy is a serious problem: “yet another” application offering similar functionality creates unnecessary competition for scarce resources within the OSS developer community, reducing their effective utilization. The observed multiplicity of comparable projects results often from code base forking ... or ambitions to implement something better than others, instead of helping improve existing projects."
So, having an ambition to create something better is explicitly NOT innovation for Klincewicz... If so, THANK GOODNESS Linux is not innovative. :)
As others have said, "innovation" is a red herring and Dr. Swayer is a kneebiter.
Jun 24, 2007
4:11 PM EDT
|> "yet another” application offering similar functionality creates unnecessary competition for scarce resources within the OSS developer community, reducing their effective utilization.
He's not the only one to have that opinion. You hear it all the time. The people who hold it obviously have little idea what freedom means or what voluntary cooperation is all about. Trying to force someone to contribute to a project they have no interest in, in the name of "effective utilization" is counter to the entire set of concepts underlying free software.
Free software developers work on a project for one of two reasons. They want to, or they're paid to. Sometimes both.
Jun 25, 2007
5:35 AM EDT
|Remember the old saying:
Quoting:"If you build a better mousetrap, The world will be a path to your door!"
Well this guys version of the saying is:
Quoting:"If you build a better mousetrap, you're wasting everyone's time. We already have mousetraps, why do we ever have to improve anything and make it better?
So slow incremental improvements in technology are to be laughed at. You must upset the apple cart with a completely new 'paradigm' or your ideas are worthless.
We might as well go back to cave dwelling, that was innovative shelter. Everything else has just been a derivative.
Jun 25, 2007
6:00 AM EDT
|So utterly idiotic.
There are so many ways and places to innovate, some of which are invisible to the user/consumer because they are innovations in manufacture/design/engineering that make the product more reliable, cheaper, safer, etc.
Butter knives haven't changed much over the centuries. A really good design is a really good design and the basic butter knife was perfected years ago. I would bet, however, that there has been some serious manufacturing and materials science innovation along the way, not to mention major changes in how we acquire the fool things in the first place.
Jun 25, 2007
7:36 AM EDT
Have you ever had a good bread knife?
These things are really hard to find. Most people get their bread pre-spliced.
The blade is usually a very thin strip of flat flexible metal. Like spring steel, but flat not coiled. The edge is not really sharpened but it may be tapered, and it really isn't serrated.
The blade doesn't need to be sharp as the steel is thin enough for bread, and the edge is like a wave shape not serrated like teeth. A good bread knife cuts evenly through a loaf of soft bread without tearing the soft interior and without having to exert so much pressure that you squash the loaf.
My wife and I bought a hundred year old house about a decade ago and spent the next six years fixing it up. One of the treasures we found in the house was one of these old bread knifes.
Now that was an innovative product! The greatest thing before sliced, well you get the idea.
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