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Re: [ontolog-forum] Patent application for using a formal ontology in NL

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From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:06:56 -0400
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On 7/5/2014 9:36 PM, Rich Cooper wrote:
> All true, but when the elected and the elected declare a constraint
> (like alcohol banned), guess what happens?    (01)

It's all about the money.  And international corporations have more
of it than all the governments in the world put together.  Adam Smith
knew of the South Sea Bubble.  All he did was condemn it and hope such
things would go away:    (02)

Excerpt from http://harvardmagazine.com/1999/05/damnd.html
> Adam Smith, born three years after the Bubble burst, would write
> of "the knavery and extravagance" of the South Sea Company and
> of "the negligence, profusion and malversation" of its staff.    (03)

But some people do everything they can to stomp on "the invisible hand":    (04)

http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2014/06/apple-samsung-smartphone-patent-war.print    (05)

Quotation by Steve Jobs at the end of that article:
> I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself:
> If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what
> I am about to do today? Jobs said in a now famous commencement
> speech he gave at Stanford University in 2005.  And whenever
> the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I
> need to change something.
> After more than 1,000 days of litigation, hopefully one morning
> soon executives at Samsung and Apple will look at their reflection
> and, at long last, hit their limit of nos.    (06)

Unfortunately, I wouldn't bet that they will.  They need to do some
reflection in a place where they do penance -- and without a pardon.
Some executives come out as better human beings.    (07)

John    (08)

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