Here is a funny experiment – try this at home if you have a dual boot. Under linux mount your windows partition and go to WINDOWS/SYSTEM32. Now run strings on ftp.exe and grep for “Copyright”
strings ftp.exe | grep Copyright –
Supprised? How ironic is it that the windows developers didn’t even bother to strip the copyright notice from the code they were ripping off? Would you leave this comment line if you would be ripping off someone’s code?
Copyright (c) 1983 The Regents of the University of California.
This is BSD code btw – and it is perfectly legal, as BSD license allows copying without any restrictions. This is why MS generally likes “open source” they can rip off, but abhores GPL. Because they can’t use linux community as their free research and development lab they are out to crush it.
On a compleately unrelated note, how cool is the Space Elevator Project? They say it might be ready within next 15-20 years… Which means I will be still alive to see it! Yay!