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On Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 5:17 AM, Rick Johnson
<rantingrickjohnson at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Monday, June 11, 2018 at 1:02:15 PM UTC-5, Chris Angelico wrote:
>
>> You're trying to argue against my hypothetical statements
>> about game publishing, and declaring that it's possible to
>> use software to encourage hardware sales. But my point was
>> that, absent copyright and the ability to make money from
>> software, software probably *would not exist*. Tell me, do
>> you go to a car manufacturer and buy the ability to use a
>> third-party dashboard? If the dashboard itself is
>> fundamentally unsaleable, and MUST be given away for free,
>> who other than the original manufacturer will produce one?
>
> A dashboard is a horrible analogy.
>
> Software and hardware are connected at the _hip_.
>
> A more correct analogy to describe the relationship between
> computer hardware and computer software would be a car and
> an engine. A car is basically useless without an engine,
> and likewise for an engine without a car.
>
> And yes, there are aftermarket engines sold by third parties
> and people buy them all the time to replace OEM engines.

In other words:

"Your analogy is terrible. Here's a better analogy - one that doesn't work."

I think I'll stick to mine, thanks.

ChrisA