Microsoft is worried about innovation in the tech industry:
(link dead, sorry)
The Innovation Economy: R&D and a Crisis. That 's beyond rich..
Let's see, where did Microsoft get started? Oh, yeah, writing a Basic interpreter. Innovation? Well, no, more like porting. And assisted by "borrowing" other folks code:
(From Why software still stinks)
Sometime after that the young Mr. Gates complained bitterly when people ripped off the code he had ported with the help of reading other people's code. No apologetic "I stood on the shoulders of giants" humility for Billy - he was ticked off at being robbed.
Next, our young hero bought an operating system (very cheaply, of course) and licensed it to IBM - again, no innovation. That same operating system was bullied into wide use by tactics most of us would be ashamed by. More recently, Microsoft has been using secret cross licensing agreements. Is there any innovation to be seen there?
So let's see: Microsoft, having worked very hard to destroy any and all competition, with a long history of "borrowing", is now whining that there might not be enough innovation in tech?
Wow. Let's see: you build a dam and steal almost all the water, and then complain that not enough food is being grown? Pretty close?
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