Subject: Re: The merger: a user's perspective
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <turnbull@sk.tsukuba.ac.jp>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 11:40:49 +0900 (JST)

I have to correct this typo
>>>>> "shapj" == shapj  <shapj@us.ibm.com> writes:

    shapj> Paper companies farm trees because there is no other means
    shapj> to sustain the economics of their businesses,

    shapj> not

You obviously meant to write here, "in other words,".

    shapj> because it's good for the environment.

;-)

This is a very interesting paradox of monopoly: the bigger a company
gets, the better care it wants to take of the environment.  Of course,
it also has more power to harm the environment, and in practice we
have seen that in a relatively undeveloped world, slash-and-burn
corporatism has been profitable.  But now that enough of the world is
developed that you _must_ tend your own garden, I think the balance of
incentive has shifted strongly to what Greenpeace would call
"corporate responsibility."

This is _not_ off-topic.  The point is that since software is
indestructible and the potential for new software infinite, analogies
to environmental problems must fail.  The previous paragraph is an
extremely strong argument for exclusive property rights in natural
resources.  It fails for software.

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