Will wrote:[Populating the word dictionary] could have been carried out by the open source community and the word dictionary would then be open to everyone, but it wasn't, so it isn't.
It has been, repeatedly, with slightly different spins on the dictionary, with w3w using DMCA takedown notices and other similar proceedings to get rid of them. Some of the less threatening, less useful ones like http://www.what3emojis.com
survive for now.
The open source community would have had to invent the method of using a 3 word address to describe a location in order to be able to use that method in a word dictionary. They didn't, What3Words invented it and patented it - The open source community using this patented method in their own implementation is a clear breach of the patent - I am quite frankly surprised that someone who develops software doesn't understand this.
mjr wrote: Will wrote:
The mostly likely outcome for the investors to make a profit (or even just get their investment back) is for it to be adopted by commercial companies all over the world (who pay for API key to access the data directly), or for it to be bought out by someone like Amazon. Amazon would be a good fit as it would help them to expand their business into areas where addressing can be an issue (such as in the developing world).
I guess we'll have to wait and see about that - but until then, using it is a gamble.
Well, Hermes have now added W3W addresses to their app, so their customers can now add their exact delivery location to their user profile. All sorts of organizations are adopting it, both public and private, large and small, so things are progressing in the right direction for W3W
Will wrote:You clearly have issues with people holding a different view to yourself, and I can only pity you.
Not at all. If I have issues with anything, it's the people spreading misinformation (w3w ain't free, no matter how many times Mick F uses it without being asked for payment) and metaphorically herding others towards the pig pens to be the commodity.
You are quite happy to let others who don't like W3W to spread disinformation. Richard Fairhurst posted a totally misleading and factually incorrect interpretation of the venture capital investment model, and not only did you not challenge it, but you also repeated it in one of your own posts.
I think Navara sums it up in a post lower down:
"You are accusing others of "trying to drag you" into your imaginary pig-pen yet you think it's OK to name call and ring-fence anyone as some sort of "corporate slave" who doesn't share your,quite frankly verging on paranoid,point of view regarding this app!"
If you didn't have issues with people holding a different view to yourself then you would play the ball, not the man.