Open Source Computing and GIS in the UK

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Software Licensing Is Broken

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Recently I watched a video by Seth Godin that talked about how things are broken, which, as well as being really funny, made me realise that so many things are indeed broken. Take the firefox extension update process for example. I appreciate it letting me know extensions are available automatically, but when it finishes it leaves you on a window with a single button saying “continue”. Why? If that’s the only option, then why not simply “continue” without my input? If you’re expecting me to make a choice at that point then I need more buttons…

Anyhow, in case anyone was in any doubt that licensing of proprietary software is broken, then this is a great example of the sheer absurdity of it all. For those who don’t want to click on the link- once you license the software in one country, you can only use it in that language, whether you want to or not. Yep, definitely broken.