Originally posted on: 2007-02-18
Original location: http://blog.chrisheath.us/2007/02/18/260
Back in 2005 Microsoft sent an email trying to recruit Eric S. Raymond. Shame they didn't actually research who he was. Part of his response:
"I’d thank you for your offer of employment at Microsoft, except that it indicates that either you or your research team (or both) couldn’t get a clue if it were pounded into you with baseball bats."
"Microsoft’s profit margins require a monopoly lock on the market; thus, they’re stuck with being predatory evil bastards. The moment they stop being predatory evil bastards, their stock price will tank and their options pyramid will crash and it will be all over.
That being the case, negotiation is pointless. Microsoft is not reformable. Jeering at offers like this is actually the most constructive thing we can do."
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