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

Don Marti dmarti at zgp.org
Mon Mar 14 12:34:35 PST 2005

begin  Rick Moen quotation of Mon, Mar 14, 2005 at 11:34:28AM -0800:

> The rhetoric seems very familiar.

So I guess somebody needs to keep the FUD going when
Wasabi burns through their funding or decides they've
always been a Linux vendor.

bruce coston <jane_ikari at yahoo.com> started a
new thread to reply to this, which is generally
a bad idea.  Threading is helpful.

Anyway, the point was what about the money that
you would get from the FUD-susceptible customers,
and the product development that it would fund?

The problem is that the more dumb customers you
have, the more money you can make by _cutting_
investment in the product.  The less discriminating
your customers are, on average, the more rational it
is for you to rip them off.  If you think quarter to
quarter, you might even say it's your duty to your
shareholders to ship the crummiest product you can
to get maximum short-term profit.  Letting FUD trim
off the dumb customers for you limits your options,

Don Marti
dmarti at zgp.org

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