I am writing this on a Mac, because it’s much better than Windows. Apple didn’t need any patents to get me to buy their system. I don’t even like the company, I think they’re brats, small thinkers. Even though I don’t have to, every year I spend thousands of dollars on their products. That says all I need to know about what kinds of locks you need on users. The only lock you need is to create a better product. The rest of it is nonsense.
It doesn’t matter about your personal ethics on software patents. These days if you want to keep any sort of competitive edge, you have to patent. The reasoning is twofold.
- It prevents others from directly copying your technology and just copying your great ideas. They have the opportunity to license them. This is the way patents work
- If you don’t patent it, some other bugger will. This leaves you in a shit position.
I don’t like software patents but frankly there’s too any arseholes out there nowadays that they cannot be ignored.
Dave’s not done yet though.
In order to make a point about journalist and blogger ethics in what they will accept in order to get a scoop he mentions this little gem:
I’ve heard from people who were at the Jobs presentation this week that there was a wire connecting his cell phone to something. I can’t tell you myself, because I am not allowed to attend Apple press events. If I were there, I would tell you.”
That COULDN’T possible be the video out cable that Jobs mentioned during the presentation which put the output from his phone onto the projection system? No it has to be something more nefarious.
This kind of deception is the rule, not the exception, in Silicon Valley.
Hey Dave, what lies did you tell? If it’s the rule then you must be part of it?
This kind of deception is the rule in business.
When you’re running a startup, someone may ask that dreaded question: How’s business?
Now…you could tell the truth about how everyone got paid but you for the last three months or how you’re now cold calling old enemies in order to get a fighting chance or mybe how you’ve made a shady deal with some City businessman for a quarter of your liver…but instead you say….
Great. Run off our feet. Have had to turn away business.
There’s good reasons for these lies, of course.
- It’s a temporary lie. Business will either pick up or you’ll go bust
- If you tell the “truth”, it might get out. Creditors will cut your credit and debtors will hold off paying because if they hold off long enough, then they won’t have to pay at all
In nearly four years of trading in my first company, I can count the number of ethical businessmen I have met on my fingers. And none of them are church men.