Re: Fear of Life (was Microsoft, Automation)

Randall R Randall (
Sat, 23 May 1998 18:17:14 -0400

On Thu, 21 May 1998 19:04:51 -0400 Michael Lorrey <>
>Randall R Randall wrote:

>> Fair? According to whom? Why don't we let the
>> free market decide what is fair, eh?
>Sure, as long as its free enough for me to go nuke anyone who steals my
>property....remember, I'm with the Force Doctrine camp as the source of
>rights. Whether I do it personally or have my government representatives
>it for me by proxy does not matter.....

"Free enough"? I'm all for compensation, but that
seems somewhat extreme for theft. Of course, we
weren't even talking about theft, but about resale...

>> The problem with "stealing" information is that it is
>> sooo difficult to show the missing information, since
>> it isn't. As long as you still have something, I haven't
>> stolen it.
>See my other post. Unfortunately, you are talking to someone who knows
>this market.


>> After you sell any other product, you don't insist that you
>> continue to own it and can decide who gets it next, so
>> why with information?
>I don't sell my invention, I rent its use. A lease agreement (license)
is not
>a bill of sale.

You can only rent something if you can stop the renter
from possessing it afterward.

>> >All you are doing is akin to an attempt to legislate PI to equal 3.
>> off your
>> >subjectivist, post modern butt and pay for what you use. No free
>> lunches.
>> Not even for monopolists, right? I could go with that...
>If inventions were monopolies, you might be right. However as any
>can tell you, there are always many ways to solve a problem. Only
>are unique.

If you believe that this is so (and I would agree), then why
enforce monopolies on a certain way of solving a problem?

>Therefore, any one invention is not in a monopoly position in a
>market. (contrary to popular beleif, Windows is not a monopoly, no
>what the government says. As there are many other operating systems out
>that can be used, that anyone can choose from freely, Microsoft forces
no one
>to buy their product.)

Windows is not a monopoly on *operating systems*, but it is
certainly a monopoly on *Windows*,

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