Subject: Re: EY invests in online patent exchange
From: Russell Nelson <>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 11:50:57 -0400 (EDT)

Stephen J. Turnbull writes:
 > What's _different_ about software?

Low up-front capital investment -- you can get a very usable computer
for less than the cost of a junker car.  Low training costs -- anyone
with the gumption can try to learn how to program.  No government
interference -- anyone can write programs, but very few can experiment
with drugs.  Extremely wide problem domain -- any procedure which can
be thought of can be turned into an algorithm.  Give the appropriate
programming language, sensors and controls to a farmer, and he'll be
inventing patentable algorithms in a few days.

But hmmm... if it's that easy, why aren't there more free software
businesses?  :)

-russ nelson <>
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