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Old 07-01-2010, 02:54 PM
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Default Twisted genius George R. Price

I heard an interview with the author of a bio of George R. Price, The Price of AltruismThe Price of Altruism

Along the way in his crazily convoluted path he invented CAD while working for IBM but didn't patent it.

The wiki entry is very thin and cursory (so don't read it) but the interview is fascinating. Highly recommended.
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Old 07-01-2010, 03:09 PM
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Default Re: Twisted genius George R. Price

"he invented CAD while working for IBM but didn't patent it."

My Dad invented tax software while working for IBM over 50 years ago. At the time, and I think this is still true, IBM owned all intellectual property employees develop while under employment, even in the off hours. As the PC entered the scene, it became quite controvesial as many developers were writing programs at home, once the technology became accessible off work.

Many companies have "anti moonlighting" clauses preventing employees from using job-developed skills and inspiration on their own.
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Old 07-01-2010, 04:39 PM
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Seems like IBM had more smart people and good ideas than they knew what to do with. The same at Xerox Sparc and other places too..
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