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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> Microsoft theft

David Mandl gets all paranoid about:

      The greatest danger is that someone will incorporate this code
      into the world's otherwise healthy software and the disease will
      spread out of control.

If you insist on a biological metaphor, this sounds to me more akin to
a case of 'survival of the fittest'. The world's software is anything
but healthy. Software companies are lead by bankers and marketing
champions, and put infinitely more resources in selling and protecting
their so-called 'intellectual property' than into actual
development. Clients symmetrically base their purchasing decisions on
the strategical interests of clueless executives regardless of the
actual quality of the software.

Laurent Oget, Ph.D 	laurent@oget.net
Chercheur Associť 	Liafa			http://liafa.jussieu.fr

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