That's about right ;-)
The problem here however is that the US patent office appear to be in the
dark with regard to the internet.
It's not Amazon Stallman should be boycotting (Though I do see his point),
he should instead be attempting to lobby congress.
The system's broken, fix it or change it.
Not buying from Amazon?
Boo Hoo, they have no profits to lose, not before and maybe not ever.
Loss after loss and Wall Street keeps being bullish on their shares.
Btw (Dan Bricklin created the first spreadsheet and sold it as VisiCalc, but
yeah if Lotus could no doubt they would post-patent it.)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Owen J Connolly [SMTP:ojc at dataway.com]
> Sent: 26 January 2000 13:08
> To: mark at linux.ie> Cc: ilug at linux.ie> Subject: Re: [ILUG] Amazon
>>>>Twomey_Mark at emc.com wrote:
>> > Market bloodbaths are what we should strive for, when companies
> > attempt to kill each other in the market place the beneficiary is the
> > consumer.
> > It's the nice cartels in business who play fair with each other
> > we should avoid.
>> First off.... COMPETITION IS WONDERFUL!!!
>> Secondly... CARTELS ARE BAD!!!
>> We're agreed then?? ;-)
>> But, the problem here is that Amazon are trying to eliminate
> Thereby gaining a monopoly.
>> This has a lot in common with Microsoft's unwritten policy of wiping out
> companies that were producing similar products to them. Was that a good
> thing for the industry??
>> Although it makes me wonder... Could Lotus post-patent the concept of a
> spreadsheet?? That would be fun!!! ;-)
>> Just my 0.02 Euro....
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