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I was impressed with RMS's solution
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, November 01 2012 @ 06:09 PM EDT
RMS has always been a practical guy. It's been the ideologues (well,
dog-in-manger "Intellectual Property" robber barons) that kept him
from doing the practical things he wanted to do--things that all their customers
would have wanted to do also.

Which makes him livid. If people would just share information they've proven
themselves incompetent to use, he could benefit the world by combining that
information with his programming skills.

I've been using Emacs clones for decades. It is a unique contribution to the
productivity of the world's content creators--the most practical bit of software
I have, and the one I'd miss most if it were pried out of my cold dead fingers.

That's RMS in his favorite nutshell.

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I was impressed with RMS's solution
Authored by: TerryC on Friday, November 02 2012 @ 09:55 AM EDT
Well he only invented one of the most robust and effective software licenses on
the planet....

Are you suggesting that he needed no practical abilities to do that?

---
Just think; if Microsoft added 'You hereby grant us a license to print money' to
their EULA, it wouldn't change its meaning a bit.

Terry

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I was impressed with RMS's solution
Authored by: sjohnson on Friday, November 02 2012 @ 12:13 PM EDT

I don't always agree with all of his views of the computing world. But RMS is a very intelligent individual as his software work and the creation of the GNY Public License shows. RMS has come up an simple and elegant solution for the software patent quagmire we as in.

It greatly alleviates the problem. It's so simple that everyone can be make to understand it. There is virtually no wiggle room that patent lawyers or the Federal Circuit court can take advantage of. Especially if "General purpose computing device" defined in the legislation. This would be linchpin of the bill.

I'm simply in awe of the solution. Now if we can only get it passed through Congress.

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