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Bangkok Post/LinuxInsider: Why the Patent System Inhibits Innovation Today

Mar 01, 2005, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Sambandaraksa)

"A friend of mine gave me a truly fresh view of open source the other day when he told me that human beings are the epitome of open-source bio-engineering.

"'Think about it,' he said, 'You and I share at least 96 percent of the exact same DNA. It's that 4 percent which differentiates us and differentiates a talented Dutch artist from a Thai civil servant.' In essence, one might say that the 96 percent base is the open-source code which we share and the 4 percent is the extra bit--the additions to the DNA source code--that each individual, each ethnic race, has put in to the open-source project called 'Humanity' to improve upon it..."

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