Time Expired Software!

Dr. Rob Miller rmiller at house.med.und.ac.za
Mon Jan 27 03:59:15 EST 1997


Sorry, I missed this troll when it originally must have passed by due 
to a crappy newsfeed.

> 
> Herbert M Sauro <HSauro at fssc.demon.co.uk> writes:
> >   <rmiller at house.med.und.ac.za> writes
> >   >mine is free (www.biochem.ucl.ac.uk), others in that lab at least make
> >   >it free for academic use.  Remember that a great deal (most ?)
> >   >of bioscience software is developed with grant funding.
> >   >
> >   It is certainly NOT free, I and all of us pay for it through our Taxes.
> >   If you were to charge then we be paying for your software twice!

Well, since I now note that you're from the UK domain, you are correct
that it
was paid for by your taxes (but even more so by add-ons to your
pharmaceutical 
prices, as I was mostly funded by Glaxo).  My point, however, was that
it is 
my impression that most bioscience software is developed with grant
funding, 
**then sold** -- so, yes, you and I *do* pay twice (at least) for
so-called 
commercial bioscience software.


Peter Rice wrote:

> There is generally no obligation to release most academic software. Nor is
> there any obligation to provide documentation and support. It is just
> that academics are such nice folk :-)


That's why we make such really big money !  :-)



								rob.


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