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Subject: Re: Ruffian 0.76 is still playing incredible strong!

Author: Aaron Tay

Date: 06:30:59 09/21/02

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On September 21, 2002 at 08:25:12, Mogens Larsen wrote:

>On September 21, 2002 at 06:56:31, Uri Blass wrote:
>>You think that the value of the forum is only to help the author and if it
>>cannot help him the forum is not of much use.
>Do I now? Interesting ;-). To be exact, I believe that most of the helpful
>advice posted here is worth very little elowise unless you're a novice
>programmer. That's my impression at least (aka. uninformed estimate). Not thatit
>isn't a decent purpose nonetheless. But it is a fact that authors of commercial
>software are reluctant to contribute, so I don't see why an author of a
>supposedly strong amateur should do it either. That doesn't make sense from a
>competitive viewpoint. Especially if the author has commercial aspirations.

Indeed. And it's even possible that there are people (for whatever reason) who's
aim is to put commercials programmers out of business as Uri fears ..
With this goal in mind, he would release the exe, but say nothing about the new
ideas in it..

Not very unusual. Kind of a trend nowdays for strong ametuers to release exe but
not the source..

>>I still do not believe that Ruffian is going to be freeware and even in case
>>that I am wrong I am going to be careful to download it as a freeware without a
>>source code because I am going to suspect that it includes a virus.
>If it's released I'll check and let you know.
>>I cannot trust somebody that I know nothing about him and I do not understand
>>his behaviour.
>The behaviour of more than 99.99% of the World's population is irrational. It's
>not exactly news.

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