Obama DOJ Sides With RIAA
To understand that, you will have to first realize that not all of the humanities are BS and that politics/philosophy is a discipline as structured as programming.
Perhaps, but if so, the focus in philosophy is merely on ensuring that your program compiles--not that it produces the expected output when run.
Google Adopts, Forks OpenID 1.0
Hell, I honestly think it's possible to root for Microsoft these days. .NET, including the stuff they've just announced, is an open standard, and MS is encouraging competing implementations. They're working with Mono to ensure it has good Silverlight support, including proprietary codecs. They have their own cloud service, yet worked with Amazon so that Windows could be on EC2. They offer a free version of VisualStudio that's more than sufficient for hobbyist work, and ironically arguably have the most open and easy-to-target 3rd-gen gaming console for small development shops. They're supporting OpenID, making IE increasingly standards-compliant, and, with Windows 7, look like they might actually have a pretty nice operating system that I might not feel a pressing need to migrate away from. They're definitely not perfect—I'm still royally pissed at their behavior over OOXML—but they're doing an awful lot of things right these days.
Google, on the other hand, is going the opposite direction. They've done a proprietary fork of OpenID (which, despite the other comments on here, I definitely find offensive, because locks you into Google in exactly the same way Passport locked you into Microsoft). They closed their SOAP service and offer no alternative. They've basically said Gmail will never use IMAP properly, and they consider that a feature, not a bug. They do business in China on the argument that "well, someone had to do it, so why not us." They still do a tremendous amount of things right, but, just as I think we should acknowledge that Microsoft nowadays is doing a lot of things right, I think we need to start acknowledging that Google is doing a lot of things wrong.
Nobody's perfect, and situations can change surprisingly quickly. I remember when IBM was the evil overlord and Microsoft was our savior.
That was 1992.
Just because Google's been good up to now is no reason to assume they'll continue to be.
Google Adopts, Forks OpenID 1.0
I agree with you wholeheartedly that Google's solution is better, Bruce, but...it's not the standard. The proper way to do this, and one I'd have been fine with, would be to support OpenID, plus this alternative that's much easier for the average user to understand. That's not what Google did, and I don't think we're out-of-line for faulting them for it.
Tesla Motors Shaken Up, Laying Off
Some deficit spending...and a 94% tax rate. Seriously.
Look: I'm extremely fiscally conservative. But even I'm more than willing to grant that there's a definite balance point between anarchic free-market capitalism and nanny-state socialism: putting aside morals, too much wealth centralized in the hands of too few kills the economy because no one can afford to buy anything, while too much wealth distribution kills the economy because no one's motivated to innovate.
During WWII, we had extremely aggressive taxes to pay for a massive war, where those taxes are going to local industries, thereby supplying tons of previously unemployed laborers jobs. That's effectively labor-based socialism. At the end of the war, Europe had bombed their industry to oblivion, while ours had just been rebuilt, so we were in a wonderful position to get rich--if we had buyers. Critically, the Marshal Plan basically amounted to international socialism, giving Europe money with which to buy American goods. They then used those goods to rebuild their own economies, giving them new income, with which to purchase American goods legitimately.
So, in summary: WWII caused domestic socialistic policies that got us out of the Depression, and the Cold War caused international socialistic policies that kept us out of it.
Can we all agree now that maybe a little wealth distribution isn't necessarily a bad thing 100% of the time?
Mono 2.0 and .NET On Linux
Given that Mono runs on Windows, what happens if you try running a Win32 version of Mono under WINE?