____/ Peter Kränkwonov on Wednesday 28 November 2007 20:40 : \____
> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> ____/ Erik Jan on Wednesday 28 November 2007 19:56 : \____
>>> Roy Schestowitz had de volgende lumineuze gedachte op 28-11-07 12:30:
>>>> Proprietary software is from dark ages
>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>> | So proprietary software means that we are in the dark ages and open
>>>> | source software means that we are in a mature democratic world. In
>>>> | fact, Eric Raymond has advocated a similar argument in his essay
>>>> | titled "The Cathedral and the Bazaar". Whether you want to live in
>>>> | the dark ages or in a democratic society, is your choice.
>>> Dear Roy,
>>> I have read somewhere that during the "Dark Age", first half of the
>>> medieval millenium, and in fact during the whole of the millenium, the
>>> great innovations in agriculture and technology, were fully "open
>>> source" as we call it now. Innovations went from monastery to monastery
>>> and each was free to innovate and spread its innovations. European
>>> civilizations is built upon a millennium of open source and free use of
>>> other people's ideas.
>> The World Wide Web is probably the most recent (and notable) example of
>> innovation which relied on standards and openness. Imagine yourself a Web
>> where you need to pay $500 just to enter and then exchange nothing but Word
>> documents in it. There are attempts to subvert the Web at the moment (net
>> neutrality based by FUD about Internet capacity and 'proprietarisation',
>> e.g. Sharepoint, Silverlight (XAML), REST). Essentially, access to the Web
>> is now being commercialised (oWned).
>>> "Intellectual Property", patents, are symptoms of a more capitalistic
>>> era, the one after the Middle Ages.
>> "Intellectual Property" does not exist. Trademarks (like... for
>> example, your
> I can assure you Intellectual Property does exist. I must assume you
> never had a real job. Would I be right? Because one of the first things
> to be lost by the individual when he gets a real job is his ownership of
> his intellect. Anything thought of/made/discovered is the IP of the
> employer (when suitably linked of course to his job).
People whose job revolves around services (building, designing, cleaning,
fixing, tailoring) require no intellectual monopolies. People whose jobs is to
~~ Best of wishes
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