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Great big golf courses were created, potentially interfering with the traffic, and seemingly there only for directors of businesses who had nothing better to do, once they had ensured that their business had the perfect staff complement.

If business has definitely changed, we need to get rid of the golf courses.

If business has chosen the rather to remain in a state of indecision forever, what are we to do?

Have a nice life?

It would take a real thickie not to make it clear to all parties that, while trying to have a nice life by writing code, that he retains copyright on what he's written.

We do not know if there is such a thing as forfeiting copyright.

No-one particularly wants to own things they're not proud of: bugs are dirty.

No-one can own missing features.

If a person has earned respect for particular skills, which might have something to do with working around missing features, they would be listened to one the matter of how progress can be achieved, features and bugs being what they are.

But a person might lose his own self-respect. A system with work-arounds which fill every available space of the one who works around, might seem like a matter of charity to one of the forlorn sex.

Technology itself can seem like a matter of hobbies for hubbies.

And then we have the telephone. Strange to say, it seems that all the equipment was available to make one, when telegram cables had encircled the world.

It took guts, they said.

Phoning a girl, some of us felt, was a way to show an interest; and not just a way to arrange a meeting. Affable girls took the cue when we phoned them, and said everything that came to their minds until we started wondering how to wrap things up. Naturally a common interest is a good place to kick things off; perhaps two people may share an interest in the telephone.

A common interest in computer graphics would provide two telephone addicts something to do together which doesn't carry any risk of their coming into conflict on the matter of facts.

It is good to give credit where it is due; for instance, no-one refers to the printing press without thinking of the other name for it. But businesses prefer to take the credit for what their employees invent, so the telephone seems to be an end-point, in terms of inventions credited to people.

And what of those inventions which don't seem to be credited to business or individual, such as the steam engine?

In retrospect it is foolish to do things and let the public take the credit: but the foolish engineer was simply reversing the stamp mill engine.

It's obvious!

Voice-over-(the-)internet-protocol to some is a useful invention. But the internet protocol is criticized for it not having enough ip addresses to allow every person to have two phones.

The new internet protocol, which was designed by people who had dispensed with reference implementations, means that routers cannot be configured without tools that no-one understands.

It so happens that I did once give a course in which I explained the internet protocol to people who were curious about GNU-Linux; and then my feelings changed and I refused to do it again.

Much as my experience of Internet Phone: it was something to do with the equipment I had.

And a way to talk to strangers.

Ring! Ring!


"Let me explain to you the problem of packet overhead, and this idea I've got, which involves fixed-sized packets; I'm sure if I can find my way to producing a reference implementation I'll be able to demonstrate that call quality isn't less reliable than with a mechanically connected pair of wires."

"Meet me at the ATM."