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Re: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Holds Back Technology and Progress

____/ 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
exploit do.

                ~~ Best of wishes

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