Celestial Weasel (celestialweasel) wrote,
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Is this a real thing?

A Register story says
Title: "Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders"

"Amazon is one of the most technically influential companies operating today – but you wouldn't know it, thanks to a dearth of published research papers and negligible code contributions to the open-source projects it relies on.

This, according to multiple insiders, is becoming a problem. The corporation is described as a "black hole" because improvements and fixes for the open-source software it uses rarely see the light of day. And, we're told, that policy of secrecy comes right from the top – and it's driving talent into the arms of its rivals."

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/22/amazon_open_source_investigation/

Not for the first time with The Register, a story which seems mildly delusional to me has a decent number of comments, none of which say 'what the fuck are you on about?'.

So, is this a real thing? Those of you who work in software, have you ever thought 'ooh, I'm not going to work for them, they won't let me release my changes to open source software back to the community?' Or have you ever heard anyone say this? (Not 'yes, I can imagine that there are people somewhere in the world who might, under certain circumstances say that', because I can believe that it is true of a handful of people somewhere).

((Personally, I only recall bodgeing a bit of open source software once, and it was clearly the sort of fix which if I posted it back anywhere would get lots of 'but that's a bit of a bodge', 'that's not the Way It Should Be Done' etc. type responses))

((( yes I know, commenting about computer news sites - old man waves stick at clouds )))
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