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Re: Proprietary software impedes the progress of knowledge?

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: Proprietary software impedes the progress of knowledge?
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2008 16:50:48 -0500
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mike3 writes:
> Some "proprietary" programs no doubt contain very powerful and clever
> algorithms for stuff. One time I heard someone say that in some
> professional proprietary animation package that "mathematical geniuses"
> were required for its creation, which means no doubt that revolutionary
> or very impressive matheamtics migh tbe in there.

Yes, considerable doubt.  Most likely you were listening to a salesman
trying to sell the package.

> But it's kept locked up by proprietary business models.

Reverse-engineer it.

> Never mind that suck advances in mathematics could potentially do much
> more...

There may be a few clever algorithms being kept as trade secrets but I
seriously doubt that any significant mathematical advances are.  That's
just marketing hype.
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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