Re: Another Microsoft XML patent
:D Here's why I feel good about making a statement like this. 1 - We (all on this list, for the most part) are all software developers and more specifically of the XML variety, a definite minority of a minority. 2 - Taken outside of the entire software development genre and into the day to day life of an average person on this planet (I guess I can only speak from the experience within the borders of the US, something I realize can be a problem when making general statements like this...) and it is easy for them to understand the need for patents. So ask them if they have a problem with software patents and they'll more times than not state "why should I?" What I find interesting is that you can't just state that its because we're writing code and not working with physical objects and its because of this that our world is different. The literature world, while not dealing with patents per se', are definitely dealing with copyrights and plagiarism. Ask an author if it bothers him/her when people take abstracts from one of their pieces without giving proper reference or asking permission and you most certainly will have an understanding that people, in general, feel ownership in their ideas no matter how general they might seem to you and me. Since Paul Graham wrote and released "Hackers and Painters" its quite often now that you hear this comparison being made. But ask a painter if he/she minds if you take an exact copy of his/her painting with the promise that you will return any and all changes you make to it back to the artist community and you'll more than likely get a look of bewilderment and wonder as to whether you've had the mercury added back into your mixtures of paints. And yet its not supposed to sound or seem strange to the Hackers side of the above title. We (hackers) definitely see the world different than the rest of the world see's the world. On 6/6/05, Michael Kay <mike@s...> wrote: > > > It is a definite minority who believe that all software > > patents are bad. > > I didn't notice a referendum on the issue. > > Michael Kay > http://www.saxonica.com/ > > > -- <M:D/> M. David Peterson http://www.xsltblog.com
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