On May 16, 2008, at 12:51 PM, As23 Mega wrote:

> You keep pandering to the best corporate insterests, that sure is
> "integrity". Keep making tha fat cats fatter when dealing with =20
> knowledge
> as if it was a merchandise and not a right.

Knowledge is not merchandise. When you buy a book, you're paying the =20
author for his or her time organizing that knowledge for you=97you're =20=

paying for a service. If you don't want to pay for that service, =20
you're free to use the available knowledge to learn just the same way =20=

the original author did. You can read the source code, write the =20
thousands of lines of code, read the web, email experts, put stuff out =20=

for review, and so on. For most people, the money spent on a book =20
repays the opportunity cost of the time they'd otherwise spent =20
gathering, filtering and organizing the knowledge for themselves. If =20
that equation doesn't work in particular circumstances, then the =20
source knowledge is still there. But stealing the book is not =20
defeating a capitalist machine. It's simply a disincentive for that =20
author to put the effort in to creating another book.


Dave