"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Isn't that called Free.. Open.. Something or other?

Longhorn? What Longhorn

"Each and every one of the products we build isn't just an application; it's also an extensible piece of software," Ballmer said. "The cheapest piece of code is one I don't have to write myself but one I already have and can reuse and repurpose."

That sounds really very familiar...

May 25, 2004 7:13 AM
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The devil's in the details. Ballmer says "The cheapest piece of code is one...I already have," implying that even in the case of reusable, repurposable code, intellectual property rights (and thus profit motive) are paramount. The words "we" and "anyone" never come into play unless they're willing to drink the Microsoft kool-aid.

Posted by: Dan at May 25, 2004 8:00 PM

This is true. I just found it amusing he was using that terminology without defining who owned the code.

(Obviously he meant whoever wrote it, or Microsoft.)

(Probably the latter.)

Posted by: bda at May 25, 2004 10:11 PM
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