Sean Middleditch wrote:
> 
> On Mon, 2002-02-18 at 09:41, Albert L. Wagner wrote:
> >
> >
> > Sean Middleditch wrote:
<snip>
> > And with people like myself, and
> > > 90% of the average users, who simply prefer to use the best, that
> > > ability to improve tends to weigh a lot more than the initial
> > > innovation.
> >
> > Many people do want the best and don't care where it came from,
> > which is why selling new name brand goods from the trunk of a car
> > is still so popular among such a clientele.
> 
> THere is a bit of a difference between someone knowlingly buying stolen
> goods and someone who simply thinks one product is better than another,
> even if that product "stole" its ideas from another.

This is a distinction that escapes me. I suppose we are back to
Sean Russell's mention of the word "ethics."

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 the music is nothing if the audience is deaf."
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