Larry Niven's Altair

Fred Cisin cisin at
Thu Aug 20 17:43:10 CDT 2015

On Thu, 20 Aug 2015, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> But yeah, I'd hate to run up against BillG in a spat over appropriating his 
> Altair BASIC.  He could squash me like a bug with his legal resources.  I 
> recall that other outfits stealing his code was one of his big public gripes 
> back in the pre-PC days.
> Better to ask first, no?  I keep playing that old song, but "used with 
> perimission" is a small price to pay, isn't it?

Chuck is absolutely right (as usual)

Our, or anybody else's, interpretations of the laws are of far less 
significance than how BillG feels about it.
So, buy Bill Degnan's license, and write a nice note to Bill Gates.
When you do, ask him if there any updates to it planned.

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