File this one in the “definitely interesting” category: Niko, commenting on the financially-driven shutdown of the AllPeers file-sharing service:
- Open source the server side code, so AllPeers will survive every economic war in the future.
Comment by NiKo — 3/3/2008 @ 10:08 pm
Wow. I’ve never heard of software-for-profit (or is he talking about capitalism generally?) described as “economic war”. As a kid you learn the phrase “creative destruction” but, economic war? As in dead people?
Of course war as a euphemism isn’t strictly about dead people: witness the endless round-ball-as-glorious-combat quotes coming out of your neighborhood football player. But I gather that Niko meant “war” as more literal than a sports metaphor, and maybe just a tad less literal than what’s going on in Iraq: i.e. deadly serious stuff.
Equally hard to peg is my reaction: I’m midway between dismissive and accepting — call me intrigued by the metaphor. It has a certain spice to it.
What do you think? Is it really war out there?