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Re: MP4 Player Available for Download

From: Keith Moore <moore@cs.utk.edu>
Date: Sun, 01 Apr 2001 16:04:27 -0400
Message-Id: <200104012004.QAA11605@astro.cs.utk.edu>
To: Chiariglione Leonardo <Leonardo.Chiariglione@TILAB.COM>
cc: "'Keith Moore'" <moore@cs.utk.edu>, "'Rob Lanphier'" <robla@real.com>, discuss@apps.ietf.org
> >That's exhorbitant compared to the cost of the software, which is zero.
> 
> That is the cost for a hardware based device. 1%-2% for IPR is not
> unreasonable by the people concerned.

1-2% of parts cost or of retail cost?  when I was doing hardware
engineering for a large consumer electronics firm, even a fifty
cent increase in parts cost needed considerable justification.
 
> >protocol standards need to be free, period.
> 
> What about word and powerpoint?

what about them?  they're not standards, they present considerable
security risks to those who use them, and powerpoint seems to be 
detrimental to the minds of those who use it.  I discourage their
use as much as possible.

> >the same thing was true of the Titanic.
> 
> Not the same captain

of course not!

but it might be well to point out that while he was quite 
experienced at sea, the nature of the vessels he was captaining 
had changed.  when a crisis struck, he wasn't prepared for those changes...

Keith

p.s. until that voyage he described his career as "uneventful".
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