Subject: Re: Correlation between
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <turnbull@sk.tsukuba.ac.jp>
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1999 13:50:59 +0900 (JST)

>>>>> "rn" == Russell Nelson <nelson@crynwr.com> writes:

    rn> And yet how much difference is there between writing the
    rn> software, and learning the software well enough to do
    rn> hand-holding?

Haven't talked to any Certified Microsoft Service Technicians lately,
have you?

    rn> On the other hand, much proprietary software is copied, so
    rn> [inefficiently low development] already happens, and nobody
    rn> but the publisher grits their teeth about it.

Point is, the high value users (corporations) do mostly get nicked for
their share, and many individuals would do without rather than pay
market price, so a lot of copying really isn't lost sales in practice.
If market price is driven to gratis by market competition, the
inefficiency becomes much worse.  That's something to grit teeth about.

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