Joe Ganley
Writing code since 1979
I have been a professional software engineer for over 10 years. I have written many kinds of software, but my particular strengths are interactive graphics applications, compilers and interpreters, and algorithms.

I also enjoy writing, woodworking, and home improvement. Also this.


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Thursday, June 22, 2000

Friday, June 16, 2000
Apparently, encouraged by the success of the e-publication of
Riding the Bullet, Stephen King is going to try allowing readers to download installments of an old short story, "The Plant," from his web site, and then expects them to send him money once they've done so. Now, I'm all for an artist's right to make money from his work, and I certainly don't believe the old adage "information wants to be free," but I have to believe that King already has enough money to live comfortably for the rest of his life. Why not just give this story away outright? Of course, by leaving people to the honor system, he's practically doing just that, but why not make it explicit? It's not even like it's new work; it's something he shelved over a decade ago. Update: Interesting SlashDot article about his payment scheme, pointing it out its shortcomings (which is all I was trying to do, for those of who took this to mean I think intellectual property should be free, which I certainly do not).

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