hacker culture is dead
Posted Apr 28, 2013 23:17 UTC (Sun) by man_ls
In reply to: hacker culture is dead
Parent article: Villa: Why feed reading is an open web problem, and what browsers could do about it
Well, why is using GitHub bad then? Or even against the hacker culture? With git you can switch a repo to a different provider in two minutes if needed, as long as you don't use the remaining GitHub services such as the wiki pages (and then it would take about 10 minutes). Mind you, GitHub is not a service that keeps hostages: if they tried to pull a GAE and multiply their fees by 10, they would lose most of their user base in hours.
Yes, we could all set up git servers, back them up periodically and so on. I have done it, it is just not worth the hassle. I prefer to just pay the $12/month (in my case) and be done with it; it is even free for Free software! A fine business model if you ask me. The same could be said about Amazon AWS: they are as good as their service, as long as you stick to renting virtual machines from them. It does not detract from hacker street cred to use the cloud instead of paying for a user shell on some colocated server.
Finally, for GitHub the user is the customer. For Google users are goods for sale. There is a huge difference.
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