Eric Miller on 27 Oct 2000 19:32:39 -0000

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

hmm, I dunno.  I read it as a rather funny comment on the quality/stability
of Microsoft's code.  Maybe I assume facetiousness until I see proof


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Sent: Friday, October 27, 2000 11:02 AM
Subject: 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
Chercheur Associť 	Liafa

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