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  •  "but now they know what to build." (14+ / 0-)

    The same was said of Stalin and the atom bomb.  The biggest secret was that it could be done at all.

    I did rec this diary for the value of the discussion but I definitely come down on the other side.  The what is a much bigger deal than the how.

    Leaving the Republicans to develop a "Microsoft" version would be small compensation for the loss of creative energies from progressive forces in enhancing (or even transforming) it during the next four years.

    In addition, there is a real price to pay long-term in violating the obligation to release code that is built on all the previous work creating open-source software.

    •  Microsoft (1+ / 0-)
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      What's a 'Microsoft Version'?

      •  Analogous to MS's bloated clunky software to (2+ / 0-)
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        La Gitane, memiller

        quickly produce a poorly written unmaintainable program to do an imitation of the functionality of other programs that are already out there.

        •  Unmaintainable (1+ / 0-)
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          How do you know it's unmaintainable? Have you seen the code. Since it's close source, it's pretty difficult to figure out how you can comment on the maintainability of software you haven't seen. I would think it's pretty maintainable. Since they have been maintaining backward compatibility much better than Apple and also many open source software?

    •  The small secrets still matter (5+ / 0-)

      Just look at how crappy redstate has been over the years.  And honestly it has gotten worse over time.

      To me though the main argument in favor is that the Republican and the Democratic bases are very very different.

      The 70 year old senior voter simply wont benefit as much from Obama's software.

      So I think that the data entry tools should be released, but the analysis tools should not.  

      Tools which 20 and 30 somethings use should be released and the rest should not.  You don't have to open source an entire codebase to get a good benefit.

      •  The new cold war (2+ / 0-)
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        Democrats vs Republicans instead of the US vs Russia.

        With Republicans threatening to steal the 2016 election by eliminating winner take all in their gerrymandered states, and their Senate use of the filibuster, they're showing themselves to be undemocratic usurpers, not believing at all in majority rule -- enemies of the state.  It's the Democratic Party's obligation to defeat this threat to democracy to the point where it can be drowned in Grover Norquist's bath tub.

        And unlike 2008, this time Democrats should actually do it.

        So -- plan for espionage and spies, covert operations, and a software race much like the US's arms race with the Soviet Union.  In this case, our intellectual forces vs their brute money.

        Even Democrats can be asses. Look at Rahm Emanuel.

        by Helpless on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:27:09 AM PST

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