Law on 27 Oct 2000 20:35:04 -0000

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

I believe Mandl's comment qualifies as sarcasm.

The whole "theft" seems a slightly funny, but generally useless thing
to do, to me. What possible use could anyone have for this code? Too
big to disguise in any commercial product, useless (and too low
quality) for any open source project. Nothing but trouble from
Microsoft's lawyers. No possibility of ransoming it. What to do with
it? Cracking Microsoft's systems is the interesting part.

A few people get to brag to their friends for a month or so, and then
the world's software and Microsoft's security practices are 
unchanged -- just as bad as ever. 

Of course, Laurent is correct.

Self-evolving software. That'll piss a lot of people off.
	-- John Bible, personal communication.

On Fri, 27 Oct 2000 wrote:

> 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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