Subject: Re: Competition by internal expertise for F/OSS vendors
From: Don Marti <>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 04:05:02 -0700

begin Thomas Lord quotation of Tue, Sep 02, 2008 at 08:44:28PM -0700:

> The net effect of that social dynamic is that there are always,
> lying about, an oversupply of wannabe hackers, doing stuff
> for free.   The large firms draw very heavily on the free labor
> pool that, in hollywood, is called "auditions".   All volunteers
> are supposed to "build reputation" and that kind of stuff as a
> career plan -- this is as if all those hollywood audition tapes
> that kids fresh off the bus from Kansas did were the main
> product hollywood sold.  It's theft of labor, essentially.
> It's exploitation and the *actual* hollywood mostly swore
> off it, decades ago.

I guess you haven't watched much "Reality TV" recently.

Peer production isn't just signaling.  A participant
isn't just revealing abilities he or she already
has -- he or she is also building new abilities.
And the audience for the signaling isn't just the few
high-level open source hackers and their employers.
Other employers can search the web too.

Should NFL football players refuse to play in a system
that uses unpaid high school and college football
for training and selection?

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