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Re: Is GitHub Copilot violates free software licenses?

From: Jean Louis
Subject: Re: Is GitHub Copilot violates free software licenses?
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2021 22:04:02 +0300
User-agent: Mutt/2.0.7+183 (3d24855) (2021-05-28)

* alimiracle <> [2021-07-07 21:35]:
> its doesn't give you the same code.

That for sure.

> its rearrangement codes and integrate them, and then gives you the
> result

Yes, and that may be useful.

> This thing make a lot of problems.

Main problem is abuse of free software licenses.

> - Makes programmers not creative

I would not tell that too early. You know the libraries that exist in
every programming language? They are often used and re-used, for
example Python libraries, Node.js libraries, Haskell libraries, Go
libraries, there are so many. One could say that libraries make
programmers not creative as they are ready available.

In fact, I like programming without using external libraries. But
often it is useless to like it that way, libraries are available and
trying to re-write something is reinventing the wheel, so I end up
using external libraries.

Libraries are often so much bigger than programming snippets that the
free software license abusive AI tool we speak about will provide. 

Do libraries make programmers not creative? I don't think it is so
generally. But in relation to the library they definitely make
programmer not think about whatever library is providing. In that
context programmer will stop creating because library is already

With AI snippets is about similar.

> Produces a generation of lazy programmers
> - Produces a generation of lazy programmers
> - Since the app collects codes and rearrange it ..........

This may be said also for libraries. It is not useful to go analysing
it like that. One could say that because GUI exists for specific
programing language, that such GUI makes programmers lazy.

But programmers are lazy!

According to Larry Wall(1), the original author of the Perl programming 
language, there are three great virtues of a programmer; Laziness, Impatience 
and Hubris

    Laziness: The quality that makes you go to great effort to reduce
    overall energy expenditure. It makes you write labor-saving
    programs that other people will find useful and document what you
    wrote so you don't have to answer so many questions about it.

    Impatience: The anger you feel when the computer is being
    lazy. This makes you write programs that don't just react to your
    needs, but actually anticipate them. Or at least pretend to.

    Hubris: The quality that makes you write (and maintain) programs
    that other people won't want to say bad things about.

> It means the app repeating other people's code mistakes.

It can be, it is up to programmer to make it right.


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