"Since then, I have learned that, indeed, leeches are often used
in medical techniques, particularly where surgeons and physicians
need a patent's blood to not clot. They provide a natural,
low-impact method to prevent coalguation... so even if the "ick"
factor is really high, leeches still have a valued use in today's
"It's with this bit of knowledge that I approach the whole
"leeches" in open source meme that's been floating around of
"Michael Scharf of the Eclipse Project got things going last
month in a blog entry that railed against "freeloaders": those
users who use Eclipse (because its free) and don't contribute back
(because--according to Scharf--they're parasites)."