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Steve Dimse steve at dimse.com
Wed Dec 20 14:24:10 UTC 2006

On Dec 20, 2006, at 8:24 AM, Stephen Brown Jr wrote:

> I have friends who have invested money in equipment so they could  
> become a PMBO and were turned down, that is a load of crap in my  
> book. I think anyone who is willing to volunteer their own time,  
> money and equipment in support of an emergency infrastructure  
> should not be selected by one controlling entity. Sure you could  
> setup a telpac bridge, but again, need to have permission from the  
> winlink "gods"

I do not think it is a load of crap.

To accuse someone of playing God with their own invention is grossly  
unfair. When one produces a new technology, one should have the right  
to develop it any way one wishes. One very valid way as you advocate  
is to allow anyone to use and modify it. An equally valid way is to  
maintain control of the technology and strive for the best quality  
and a high level of service and utility. WinLink's inventors chose  
that route, just I did for findU. Taking away my right to make this  
choice has a name, communism! In most countries, those who produce  
are rewarded with varying degrees of fame, fortune, and power. An  
inventor can chose to give away a service, give away the innovation,  
or charge for it. I wouldn't want to live under any other system!

Steve K4HG

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