Pirating (Useless. Was: [RC5] Win32: feature creep

Kevin van Haaren KvanHaaren at HNTB.com
Tue Nov 25 15:49:16 EST 1997


hey could you send me a copy of all your VB stuff you've developed?
You'll still have your copy so nobody loses any money....

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Robert Brooks [SMTP:robertb at geocities.com]
> Sent:	Tuesday, November 25, 1997 9:57 AM
> To:	rc5 at llamas.net
> Subject:	Re: Pirating (Useless. Was: [RC5] Win32: feature creep
> 
> >I've successfully gotten a position as a (software-oriented) engineer
> >based my long standing, strong software background, despite the fact
> >that my initial monetary resources would have strictly disallowed me
> >that fortune.
> 
> I'd never thought about how my experience with (technically) pirated
> software led to me working for a company that is willing to shell out
> $500
> a seat for development tools like Visual Basic (on top of the OS and
> other
> apps like the despised Offishe suite).  I used to run Microsoft Word
> for
> DOS off of a hacked-up 5-1/4 floppy that was prone to "bad sector"
> errors
> -- take it out, blow on it, put it in again, hit (R)etry.  I'd have to
> say
> that Bill Gates has profited well from my "piracy"...
> 
> >I'm a mean, nasty, horrible, awful, disguting,
> >moralless person...
> 
> I'm glad I'm not the only one, but that's another story! ;)
> 
> >(Cable companies would be out of business if all
> >the "piracy" that people perform with VCRs really mattered.  The same
> >argument can be applied to software.)
> 
> I'd never considered this argument... I guess the biggest difference
> is
> that nobody calls up the cable company for tech support for their
> copied
> video "software".
> 
> IIRC, didn't the cable companies at one point try to legislate off-air
> taping out of existence?  And what about the country-locked DVD
> formats, or
> the "3 times and you're out" DVD that the big studios are pushing for?
> If
> they're hoping that encryption of some sort will keep their DVD's from
> being viewed "inappropriately", I think they'll be mistaken...
> 
> 
> Robert Brooks / robertb at geocities.com
> http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/4535/graph.html (Wallpaper Heaven!)
> 
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