Brian "Krow" Aker (krow) wrote,
Brian "Krow" Aker

Bridge Building... You have to pay for it somehow...

"That is an awfully nice bridge you got there, be a pity if something happened to it..."

So Business as Usual means protection money.

"This IP bridge enables Open Source developers to develop software free from concerns about patents."

"Our IP bridge makes lawsuits unnecessary."

Both of those statements just give me a cold feeling. Its like listening to some gangster video, where the local hood has decided to make a business of asking for protection money from the new immigrants who just opened a Kwiki Mart. Bill Hilf talks about lawsuits being unnecessary, of course they are. The local hood never wants their business practices scrutinized, they operate in a cloak of uncertainty.

When did "Business as Usual" in engineering become haggling over nickel and dime changes that came from the synergy of human invention?

This sounds a lot more like lawyering to me.

Lawyering has never been "Business as Usual" to me, but then I am an engineer.
Tags: mysql, open source
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