Subject: Re: A problem statement (and a proposed solution)
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 07:43:13 -0500
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <> <> wrote:
| > Hmmm... Where have I heard this business plan before? Oh, right...
| > To slightly tweak the flip chart from one of
| > the most famous episodes of South Park:
| >
| >     Step #1: Steal a commercial CL.
| >
| >     Step #2: ???
| >
| >     Step #3: Profits.
| >
| > One might be safer investing in the underpants gnomes...  ;-}  ;-}
| I honestly don't understand where you (all) are getting these sorts of
| fabricated analyses. How does "buy out and open source X" even vaguely
| equate to "steal X"? 

(*sigh*) Kenny may be right. The humor of this group has all leaked away.





Yes, my first cut at it read:

    Step #1: Con an clueless VC into buying a commercial CL for you.

but since in the South Park episode the gnomes' flip chart said:

    Step #1: Steal underpants.

I shortened it to match the style. [But then, conning a
clueless VC is *kinda* of "stealing", isn't it?]

Anyway, the exact details of "Step #1" are never important
in these fables. It's the totally missing "Step #2" and the
fantasy of "Step #3: Profits" that contain all of the humor.

Around Silicon Valley, it's even gotten to the point that
all you have to do when somebody at the table has begun
waxing a little too eloquent about their next great thing
is say "Step #3: Profits", and everyone present rolls on
the floor with laughter. [Except the speaker, of course,
who is mortally offended and never invites you to his
parties again. Oh, well...]


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