RE: Comments please

From: Matt Jensen (
Date: Fri Mar 09 2001 - 11:25:06 PST

How about this for cattiness:

I think the fact that Dr. Cox's company puts a "TM" after *every*
appearance of "Superdistribution" on his main page says something about
their understanding of trademark usage (next to none), and their
insecurity (significant).

Dr. Cox's PhD is in neurophysiology. He was a cofounder of Stepstone. A
corporate bio is at He
wrote two books, one of which is called "Superdistribution." (Apparently
there is no "TM" on the book cover:

Quoting from an Amazon review:
"Cox's claim can be summarized in four points: 1. The reason that software
is costly, of low quality, and difficult to construct is that we build it
rather than assemble it from prebuilt components, the way that every other
engineered product is constructed. 2. the reason we build rather than
assemble is that there is not a robust market for buying and selling
components. 3. The reason there is not a robust market for components is
that there is no standard mechanism for pay-per-use of components. 4. The
reason there is no standard mechanism has to do with the difference
between information and atoms."

The essence of Superdistribution(TM) appears to be pay-per-use for
software, rather than paying for a copy.

-Matt Jensen

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom WSMF []
> Sent: Friday, March 09, 2001 1:00 PM
> To: FoRK
> Subject: Comments please
> There is a little thread going on with another mailing list im on (dist
> obj /me ducks) and there is one fella that I am dying to flame a new
> butthole, but im missing some vital clicks in my head as to the details of
> his weakness.
> This fella is touting his methodology called and to
> these ears it sounds like a load of horseshit warpped in a PHd. Has anyone
> had any dealings with or insight to this "New Paradigm for a new
> millinneum"
> You know I dont mind looking like a fool, but i want to at least be an
> informed fool:)-
> Heres the particulars.....
> Dr. Brad Cox;
> Phone: 703 361 4751 Fax: 703 995 0422 Cellular: 703 919-9623
> A new paradigm for a new millinneum
> PGP Signature: E194 C6E5 92D8 B8FB 20E8 8667 929A 95A0 FCB6 7C62
> (if your on dist-obj dont be tatling on me over there for my inquiry over
> here. Im simply trying to educate myself before a well postioned attack.
> Consider this an act of courtsey on my part:) )

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