Like someone else said. Gates can make 60 billion, but others can't make money? And like you said, dumb person dumping a retirement fund into 1) one stock 2) something that ballooned up to $277 per share. Sure, blame Linux for someone disobeying every single rule involving retirement investing. Finally, as for the $40M, IBM is actually pledged to spend $1 billion on Open Sourcing some of their software. The $40 mil was some sort of software development/environment package that I can not recall the name of. I think it belongs with an "E". And how could the money have been better "Spent"? They handed out, FREE to everyone, a software package worth about $40 million. A lot of you people are being hypocrites. Ya bitch about IBM "milking" you for certain features, but when they GIVE you software packages for free, ya bitch and say it could be "spent" better elsewhere. How would they do it? By charging you for the software and using the money to develop other things to charge you for? Adam Lang Systems Engineer Rutgers Casualty Insurance Company http://www.rutgersinsurance.com ----- Original Message ----- From: "jt" <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Friday, December 28, 2001 5:23 PM Subject: RE: Changed to: Interactive Tax > Tom, > > Don't worry about it... > > They've already collected their money... > > When VA/Linux (LNUX) IPOd, ESR became worth $43M, overnight. Saw his post > justifying it, but thought it was lame... JMHO... Also saw a guy post that > he just invested his entire retirement (something like $135K, 500 shares at > $277). Now anyone that invests all their retirement in one stock deserves > what they get, I s'pose. But they're also likely to hold on to the thing, > until it turns back around, unfortunately. (Today LNUX closed at $2.49...) > I will have gained immeasurable respect for ESR, if he held on to all 15,000 > shares he was given. (I've never tracked Officer inside-trade states on > LNUX... But I'm skeptical, however.) > > Linus may not have made out quite that well. But how much of his salary at > Transmeta (producers of the Crusoe *CPU*), is due to his fame in the Linux > world?!? Hard to estimate, precisely... > > Again, Tom, you pay nothing, directly. (Although IBM just donated $40M > worth of software to the OSS community... That money COULD have gone > elsewhere...) > > jt
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