another day, another retard, zed shaw should be well known to you guys who follow crazy crap on the web, this is the guy who wrote Mongrel, a ruby on rails server and then complained and moaned like a bitch because he was practically unemployed(able???). Then told everyone that if they didnt agree with him, he’d be more than happy to set up some kind of boxing match so we could all see what a gigantic prick he was, perhaps youtube some fat geek who can take a punch slap him the stfu up.
His article is here: http://zedshaw.com/blog/2009-07-13.html
Yeah, zeds a popular guy, because, everyone knows that pissing and whining on the internets is a sure fire way to get a job and win respect. Especially when you complain, moan and jerk off and finally say, fuck you guys, I’m going home and quit.
Well, hes at it again, this time, trying to do a circle jerk on us all by pretending he understands how software licencing works.
Well zed, there is a reason nobody will employ you mate and it’s quite simple. Because you don’t know jack shit and you’re full of it.
APPARENTLY, if you licence something under the GPL, you have to recognise zed, he says:
After Mongrel I almost need companies to have to admit they use my software.
Well zed, here is the short version, I don’t need to admit anything, all I need to do is comply with the licence, you’re name, doesn’t NEED to appear anywhere in that discussion. I tell my boss the following.
We are using an open source or free software package called Mongrel, it’s a really advanced framework with a great community behind it. It has good support and I feel that it has a good place within our systems.
Do you see your name mentioned anywhere??? Oh, zed, it gets better, get this. I could take that mongrel code, ALTER IT and STILL NOT RECOGNISE YOUR EXISTENCE, here is how I do it. I go on our company website and I add a link called “Free software” Inside that, I put a link to a download location for our local trunk of the code. I don’t have to admit, or recognise you in any way. I dont have to send you teary emails saying how wonderful you are, or send you job offers, or anything, I can sit here and throw bananas at you all day whilst saying how wonderful our systems are running.
YOU, do not come into that equation pal. Nowhere, nada, ninguno. Isnt the internets wonderful?
Zed then amazes us with his logic thusly:
What they want is tons of free technology they can hide from investors. They want that technology all run by people who didn’t write any of the software so that these employees can’t claim ownership later.
No, no, no, no, no, stupid, idiot, retard, combination of. They don’t want tons of free tech SO THEY CAN HIDE IT, they want tons of free tech, so they don’t have to build it, hiding it has nothing to do with it and nobody in a VC situation will even ask WHY they are using open or free software, because now it’s so normal, it helps to reduce the cost burden whilst increasing the return. I know friends of VC people who often ask WHY ARENT THEY USING FREE SOFTWARE, I hear more of that recently.
So this isn’t about hiding, you’re arguement, surprise surprise, is built on shit for brains. The next amazing quote, comes from zed like a steaming fountain of excrement, hot and tasty, open wide boys and girls:
However, the unwritten contract between firms and open source developers is now gone. I have no reason to give them unrestricted use of my software since they are only interested in turning my software into a hot IPO 2-5 years from now.
Well zed, here is the thing, YOU DONT HAVE ANY INPUT IN THAT DECISION. If you licence as GPL, the only thing I have to do, is give access to my source code for any modifications. If I do that, either through postal mail, or easier, through the web, I don’t have to do diddly squat for you, nor ask your opinion, nor guage your thoughts on these hard subjects. I can just urinate on you and you can’t do jack shit. The GPL only covers DISTRIBUTION of modified code, Here is the kicker and the reason the AGPL exists, The GPL doesnt actually stop me from modifying the code and using it, WITHOUT your permission, knowledge, acceptance or acknowledgment. All I have to do is make it available. If I make no modifications at all, I don’t even have to distribute anything, because the GPL only covers modifications and their distribution, not the distribution of unmodified source.
Zed then goes on to tell us why he’s actually not very employable.
Firstly. Lamson, is nothing new, actually, it’s the same old bullshit with a different colour and no better than the rest really. Secondly, email applications are NOT fun, they are boring tedious and repetitive, I should know, cause at my employment history, I have written a few of them, web applications on the other hand, are a mish mash or tech that all comes together through interesting ways, new ways to solve data organisation, database layers, object orientation, frameworks, plugin architectures, etc. It’s all far more interesting that email apps will ever be.
But you see, zed doesn’t like that, he likes boring simplistic email applications, so there you go, zed, you’re unemployable because actually, you ain’t really very good and mostly full of shit. Wow, you wrote a email server, whoopy fucking doo, come back when you’ve solved all those shitting little problems tha….oh wait, jabber did exactly that. Jabber is pretty much the solution to email, if only more people would use it and more people would solve those nasty little problems jabber has that nobody puts any time into because of lack of developer interest. Jabber solves the protocol madness problem, it solves the instant messaging problem, it has the same architecture as normal email, all you need are gateways to translate to and from jabber and bingo, you’ve solved most of the problem already, oh yeah and jabber is written in almost any language you care to think and not just python like your crappy little server.
All you did, is rewrite the same old shit from 20 years ago.
Zed then goes onto say:
I use the GPL to keep you honest. You now have to tell your bosses you’re using my gear. And it will scare the piss out of them. Good. Because I have a solution to that too.
Actually, most bosses just use free software and don’t give a flying fuck about it, as long as you don’t break the law, talk to legal and get proper advice, why would anyone care? my boss wouldnt even WANT to know, only that it’s legal, why should they give a flying fuck what licence it’s under as long as legal has let it go through. Here is the bug bear that zed has, he seems to think that everyone is scared of the GPL and free software when actually it’s nothing similar to that, everyone, in europe at least, loves free software, we all embrace it, I know dozens of companies that would never employ zed that use free software and don’t care one little bit, only that IT WORKS and nothing more. I mean, just when I thought zed couldn’t get any stupider, he surprises us, perhaps he should work on that skill, because it seems the only one he’s good at.
Zed then makes a good point:
The other reason I love writing email software is nobody else does
Yeah zed, there is a reason for that, it’s because IT IS FUCKING BORING AND NOBODY GIVES A FLYING FUCK. Another piece of his technical engineering prowess is:
Hell, the day I said I might have “Mail over REST” you guys about shit your pants.
No, we won’t, cause it’s fucking boring and has absolutely no benefit to anyone who cares, you’re just technically jerking yourself off on things nobody cares about saying, OMG I SOLVED A COOL TECHNICAL PROBLEM, that hasnt been solved for 20 years, because nobody has a reason to solve it. Have you even wondered why such a simple task hasn’t been done yet? it’s not because people are stupid and you’re superman, it’s because nobody cares, nobody wants it and nobody has a reason to use it, everyone likes or is happy with what they have and what they can achieve with that and mail over rest, has almost 0 benefit to anyone who cares.
BTW: Mail over rest? Sounds like webmail with a different name.
Then zed opens up his business intelligence and shows us that all the cupboards are bare:
If you do open source, you’re my hero and I support you. If you’re a corporation, let’s talk business.
Nope, let me explain you how this works, I take your code, I use it, I don’t modify it, I dont distribute nothing back to you, I don’t recognise you, acknowledge you, I just take and give nothing back, all perfectly legal and you can’t do a single thing about it, I’m a corporation and I don’t have to do anything.
I modify the code, I put a link, with the download location and I STILL don’t acknowledge you, nor your existence, I don’t have to do nothing except give away the modifications that I made, as are the terms of the licence. Nor do I have to offer you a job, regardless of how many weeks you have been wearing that shirt.
BTW zed, did you know that technically, you can sell gpl software, people sell the gimp on ebay all the time and the reason those adverts are never taken down is because they are PERFECTLY 100% legal. See, the problem is that DISTRIBUTION, requires access to all modified source codes, or hell, lets be more strict, ALL source codes regardless of modification.
So, I sell you a DVD, with gimp and all the source code on the disk, 100% perfectly legit, it’ll only cost you 99 dollars for that photoshop clone, it’s a steal!! cmon zed, buy buy buy!!
The last line, lets us all crease with laughter, as we all drive by zed, honking the horn as we go
Not pass on by waving “sucker” as they drive their fancy cars.
It’s exactly what people will do and will continue to do, you poor little homeless guy, awwww, nobody wants to employ you, what a shame, perhaps it’s because all you ever did was write a RoR server and a email server and then complained and pissed all of your goodwill up the wall and now nobody likes you.
PS: I wrote this because actually, I’m sick of this guy and his self absorbed ranting and well, if he can rant, so can I
PPS: boxing match? lol
Take care guys! This guy is a killer !!! ahahhaha