Newbie question on code vetting

william.boquist at gte.net william.boquist at gte.net
Thu May 4 06:40:54 CEST 2006


Edward,

I agree with your point, which is why I asked the question. Risk cannot be
eliminated, but it can be understood and managed so that useful work can
still be done. If there is any way I can find out what the commiters do
prior to reaching a decision to accept or reject a particular submission, I
would like to know about it.

Thanks in advance,
Bill

"Edward Elliott" <nobody at 127.0.0.1> wrote in message
news:y356g.81306$dW3.7774 at newssvr21.news.prodigy.com...
> Dennis Lee Bieber wrote:
> >> I work for a risk-averse company, and I want to compile a solid case
for
> >> obtaining and using Python at work.
> >>
> > Given the nature of the US Patent Office... You might as well lock
> > the doors now...
> >
> > The Patent Office could issue a patent next week that makes all
> > bytecode interpreted languages subject to some royalty...
>
> Risk isn't just what could happen, it's how likely it is and what effects
it
> would have.  A patent affecting millions of installed interpreters is
> pretty unlikely and would have many challengers.  Even if it were upheld,
> how many larger companies with deeper pockets would they go after before
> his?  And everyone stuck in the same boat would quickly work towards a
> non-infringing solution.  Cases like MS-EOLAS and RIM-NTP aren't exactly a
> daily occurence.  They also demonstrate why there really is safety in
> numbers.
>
> Plus all the potential negatives have to weighed against the increased
> productivity his company gains from using a scripting language.  The gains
> may more than offset any potential patent settlement.
>
> Risk-averse doesn't mean head-in-the-sand.
>





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