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Re: collab.net support

From: Seth W. Klein <sk_at_sethwklein.net>
Date: 2002-12-17 03:34:15 CET

"Robert Anderson" <RWA@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> This will probably elicit boos from the peanut gallery, but it's
> pretty simple. I am not particularly interested in directly
> helping support a commercial company in developing a product
> which will be profitable for them, even if I get "something free"
> out of the process. The reason is basic economics - by enriching
> others, I impoverish myself. Anyone who has tried to save for a
> downpayment on a home in the SF Bay area during the stock option
> days (who themselves are not in on the game) understands this
> idea well enough.

This might help the discussion:

First, house payments muddy the concept, let's use bread.

With bread, it is true that by enriching others, you impoverish
yourself. You and i cannot both have the same loaf of bread. If
i want to give you a loaf of bread and keep mine, i have to bake
a second one to give you.

But with software, you do not impoverish yourself by enriching others
because (practically speaking) you and i _can_ have the same piece
of software. If i want to give you a piece of software that i have,
i do not have to write it a second time.

I express it like this: software is zero cost copy, wheat (and house
payments) are not.

Seth W. Klein

sk_at_sethwklein.net                             http://www.sethwklein.net/
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