Bricklin sent waves of laughter through the auditorium by reading a passage from Lammers' interview with Bill Gates in which the young Microsoft founder explained that his work on different versions of Microsoft's BASIC compiler was shaped by looking at how other programmers had gone about the same task. Gates went on to say that young programmers don't need computer science degrees: "The best way to prepare is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and I fished out listings of their operating systems."
Sometime after that the young Mr. Gates complained bitterly when people
ripped off the code he had ported with the help of reading other people's code.
No apologetic "I stood on the shoulders of giants" humility for Billy - he was
ticked off at being robbed.
Next, our young hero bought an operating system (very cheaply, of course) and licensed it to IBM - again, no innovation. That same operating system was bullied into wide use by tactics most of us would be ashamed by. More recently, Microsoft has been using secret cross licensing agreements. Is there any innovation to be seen there?
So let's see: Microsoft, having worked very hard to destroy any and all competition, with a long history of "borrowing", is now whining that there might not be
enough innovation in tech?
Wow. Let's see: you build a dam and steal almost all the water, and then complain that not enough food is being grown? Pretty close?