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    Lightbulb You can kinda apply the FOSS philosophy to a lot of other things in life...

    Consider that software in general is just ideas converted into code, and now think of this situation:

    You're in school and your friend is beginning to copy your answer. Most people would immediately think "wait a minute, this guy has taken what I've written and copied it!" and you'd probably try and prevent said person from copying you. However, instead of preventing that guy from copying you, tell him, "you're free to copy this, and if you see any errors or any way to shorten what I've written, let me know. If anyone else tries to copy from you, let them copy..."

    See what I mean? If I then asked someone who copied from the person who copied from me whether they found any errors, I could then borrow his improved version, we would have all learnt something (i.e by reading), and we'd all have a superior answer. Of course, this obviously wouldn't work in exams, but you get the idea. Maybe if the education system could encourage this, we'd all learn something new...

    I guess essentially what I'm saying is that multiple minds are better than one...

    Anyway, that'll be my late-night ramblings for you all.
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    Re: You can kinda apply the FOSS philosophy to a lot of other things in life...

    Most of those who maintain the hacker ethic (on which the FOSS philosophy is based) also believe that it can and should be applied outside of computers. For example, art (CC), music (remix, folk), knowledge (wikipedia), science, literature, etc.
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    Re: You can kinda apply the FOSS philosophy to a lot of other things in life...

    IYY is right, I never thought about doing this, but what if I drew a drawing and we passed it around in a circle or something? Everyone would draw, and it would come out better than the stick figures that i can draw

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    Re: You can kinda apply the FOSS philosophy to a lot of other things in life...

    If I wrote a paper for class and shared it with my friends, then turned it in with a copy of the GPL stapled to it, do you think I would get in trouble for cheating?
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    Re: You can kinda apply the FOSS philosophy to a lot of other things in life...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Culture_Movement

    I support the Free Culture Movement and the Ubuntu philosophy in nearly all aspects of life. So yes, it goes far beyond just software.

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    Re: You can kinda apply the FOSS philosophy to a lot of other things in life...

    I support open community projects. But I also believe that you should follow school rules, or else BadThings(tm) will happen

    After switching to Ubuntu I have started to apply the mindset to other things in life aswell. Its amazing what you can do with all that time you previously spent fixing windows

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    Re: You can kinda apply the FOSS philosophy to a lot of other things in life...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mazza558 View Post
    See what I mean? If I then asked someone who copied from the person who copied from me whether they found any errors, I could then borrow his improved version, we would have all learnt something (i.e by reading), and we'd all have a superior answer. Of course, this obviously wouldn't work in exams, but you get the idea. Maybe if the education system could encourage this, we'd all learn something new...

    I guess essentially what I'm saying is that multiple minds are better than one...

    Anyway, that'll be my late-night ramblings for you all.
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    Re: You can kinda apply the FOSS philosophy to a lot of other things in life...

    lol
    This reminds me of the few times I sold my work in high school. Despite whatever errors my property had, people still paid money to use it. A good proprietary example.
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    Re: You can kinda apply the FOSS philosophy to a lot of other things in life...

    I've often thought of the same kind of thing. It's a very interesting concept.
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    Smile Re: You can kinda apply the FOSS philosophy to a lot of other things in life...

    I once took a phisics class that had a take home final. Every person in the class came to me for help. I did the test using multiple ways to solve every problem but the last and most difficult one. I told everybody they were on there own for that one. I think each person learned something about how to look a problems and they didn't get a total free ride.

    P.S. I was the only one to solve the last problem

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