GPLv3 - Update was: Re: [LINK] the slow motion gpl trainwreck

Craig Sanders cas at
Fri Jul 28 11:37:46 AEST 2006

On Fri, Jul 28, 2006 at 11:07:32AM +1000, Markus Buchhorn wrote:
> At 10:18 AM 28/07/2006 +0930, Glen Turner wrote:
> >Personally, I don't want to read advertisements in my word
> >processor. Part of the genius of Google is that their ads
> >are sometimes relevant to the task I'm trying to do.  It's
> >hard to think of an ad relevant when writing equipment
> >installation procedures.
> Oh c'mon Glen - it's not that hard:
> "It looks like you're writing an equipment installation procedure. You
> might be interested in the following products:

and at home:

clippy pops up:  "Hi there.  it looks like you're writing a letter to your
girlfriend.  you might be interested in the following products and services:

 - B&B cottages
 - restaurants
 - sex toys
 - ..."

two days later....

clippy pops up: "Hi there. last time your husband used the word
processor, he was writing to his mistress. for $9.95 we can give you her
name, address, and phone number. you might also be interested in the
following products and services:

 - private detectives
 - divorce lawyers
 - Bobbit<tm> brand scissors"

in other words: would anyone really want microsoft (or anyone)
to use the contents of any document you are writing to provide
context-dependant advertising?

ditto for spreadsheets, diaries, to-do lists, calendars and any other
personal or confidential information you might store or process on your


craig sanders <cas at>           (part time cyborg)

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