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Subject:  Re: Smoke, Fire, and Voldemort Date:  4/14/2002  2:24 AM
Author:  DNeuman Number:  122721 of 278612

Why bother? Aren't the Excel based alternates that do the same types of screens sufficient? ....Don't the idiots know that there are work arounds in existence. I mean, duh.


I agree entirely. It is not really worth getting worked up over either.

This is entertaining corporate blather, and little more.

The proliferation of the internet, widespread computer skills, and the relative simplicity of most of our screens makes it impossible for the publishers to prevent add-on tools. In the last 3 years, there have been no less than 5 different tools of various types that create picks. It is sad and unfortunate that IllinoisGEM put in so much hard work on a nice tool to have it pulled, but the realities of the internet say that this is not the last effort...

Similar to the shut-down of Napster, there were sprang up overnight 10 replacement programs to take it's place. If there is demand, there will eventually be a solution.

Making the situation more complex would be if a jointly developed program by a few hundred contributors made a program available to a few hundred users in the public domain. It would be virtually impossible to track down all versions/owners/developers/users to stop it...

-D


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