Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jul 2011 21:16 UTC
Legal I've been sitting on this item all day. Technically, it's about patents and the like, and even I understand I've been beating this dead horse so often it almost looks like it's alive. However, this is an interesting opinion piece by Craig Hockenberry, long-time employee at The Iconfactory, one of my favourite software development houses - these guys breath software and beautiful design, and employ one of my favourite artists, David Lanham. The gist of his story? Software patents are killing the independent developer scene.
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macinnisrr
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2009-11-12

Are you honestly contesting that 88% market share on the desktop is not the same as 90%? Way to nitpick.

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rhavyn Member since:
2005-07-06

Are you honestly contesting that 88% market share on the desktop is not the same as 90%? Way to nitpick.


The original person said more than 90%. To quote myself:

No, I claim that people are making factually incorrect, hyperbolic, emotionally charged statements. The fact is, with a "basis in fact" or otherwise, your comments are wrong. The numbers are exaggerated to look as bad as possible. You are saying Microsoft patented sudo, which is factually wrong. This is exactly what I'm saying you can't do if you want to be taken seriously. Once it becomes clear that an advocate for or against something consistently has their facts wrong people simply aren't going to lend any credence to their comments.

You need to take count of the totality of TechGeek's comments, not just 1 number. When everything you are saying in a thread is exaggerated or wrong there is a problem.

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