[conspire] Corrolary to one of Moen's Laws?

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Mar 14 11:34:28 PST 2005

Quoting Don Marti (dmarti at zgp.org):

> If your competitors engage in FUD-based marketing that only works on
> the left-hand tail of the customer bell curve, they increase the
> average intelligence of your customers, and that should tend to make
> your products better.
> So a possible corrolary to the law would be that products that have
> FUD directed against them tend to increase in quality.

Now, that _is_ a delightfully cheery thought.

I suspect that constructing and maintaining the pages at
http://www.wasabisystems.com/gpl/ was the early-2004 job-parachute move
of some guy who had until then enjoyed the same PR sinecure over at Wind
River -- back when they were in their "GPL will steal your lunch money"
phase, immediately preceding their "Wait, we didn't really mean that!"
one.  The rhetoric seems very familiar.

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