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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

excelsior_gr Re:They couldn't wreck the movement from the outsi (216 comments)

I think you are rather confused with the meaning behind EEE.

The EEE strategy of MS was harmful, because MS used its monopoly to screw up widely used open standards, thus eliminating competition at birth. This was bad not only for startups, but for consumers as well. Remember IE6?

As the article that you linked to yourself describes, there are a lot of Android versions that are based on the open source version of the OS. Google is actually giving its competitors the Android code for free, thus enabling them to enter the market, rather than shutting them out of it. Lack of other Google services is actually a feature in many of these cases (like in Chinese implementations). If you weren't allowed to use Google as a search engine in such competitor Android implementations (as if, for example, by means of a malicious code license) then *that* would be EEE, because Google would be using its search monopoly as leverage to prevent a competitor from entering the mobile OS market (as in Embrace the mobile OS technology by open-sourcing Android, Extend it with the Google search feature, and Extinguish it by showing everyone how lame those other Android phones are that don't have the Google search feature). As far as I know, this is not the case. You can even get the closed-source Google apps to play on a Kindle Fire, for example. There is definitely some bad karma created at Google for abandoning the open-source projects, but this is not a case of EEE. And on the other hand, who said that Google was obliged to invest into the open-source projects indefinitely? I'm not familiar with the exact license of each piece of Android code, but, in general, once it has been open-sourced the community will decide when it's time for the software to die. If Google stops development of an open-source app and the app dies, then it is *our fault* for not picking up where Google left off.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Google fanboy or anything, but the EEE technique that MS pioneered is *very* harmful and evil. We have to make sure we don't cry "wolf" at every sign that might resemble it, even if open-source fans (like me) have to come to the defense of a multibillion corporation like Google. Otherwise we will get no reaction when shit does in fact hit the fan, like we had with the OOXML fiasco.

4 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

excelsior_gr Re:Does the job still get done? (658 comments)

Humans will be necessary to make new machines and repair those that break down. Administration, supervision and similar tasks will create jobs. Also, the work that is left for humans to do can always be spread out to more humans, so that everyone works part-time. Instead of having 10% of the humans work full-time and the rest just sitting around, you can distribute that work to all humans and have them work only 10% of their time.

4 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

excelsior_gr Screw them! (387 comments)

We'll make our own DNS!

With blackjack and hookers!

4 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

excelsior_gr Re:Has its uses (302 comments)

Wikimedia Commons comes close to the archive model you are describing. The very small amount of video meterial there is only an example of how carefull one has to be with copyright these days and how hard it is to get your hands on decent quality footage whose copyright has expired.

5 days ago
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

excelsior_gr Re:James Tour made me a Comp Sci (187 comments)

That's a pity, because chemical engineers usually leave the actual chemistry to the chemists. Chemical engineering is more about process design, process control, upscaling and debottlenecking. You mostly get the chemical process outlaid by the chemists and you "only" have to worry about everything around it. We have started to dabble with material design, but you can be a good chemical engineer without a profound understanding of chemistry. Chemistry is mostly about the basic "what" and "how" whereas chemical engineering is about "how fast" and "how much".

5 days ago
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

excelsior_gr Re:Mass production ? (187 comments)

I'm an idiot with a pencil and I don't even know where to start!

5 days ago
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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

excelsior_gr So it was him all along! (100 comments)

I just knew that the Jocker was behind all this! It's about time we locked him back in Arkham and threw away the key!

Oh, wait...

5 days ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

excelsior_gr Re:Short sighted (229 comments)

If you had any balls you would install Hurd instead...

N00b...

about a week ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

excelsior_gr Re: You're Doing It Wrong (567 comments)

It was present in XP (and probably even in Win98, but my memory may be playing tricks again), it just worked differently. You had to open two windows and select both of them with the mouse on the taskbar while holding ctrl pressed and then right click on any of them and choose "arrange side-by-side" or something like that.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

excelsior_gr Re:Hiding evidence (192 comments)

Correct. The fact that the document was once in a letter does not make it private. As soon as the government does not snoop in the mails/emails while in transit, everything is fair game once it has reached its destination.

about two weeks ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

excelsior_gr bot == high value customer (190 comments)

That's because a "high value customer" doesn't behave much different than a bot. Sadly, it's not the other way around.

about two weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

excelsior_gr missing tag (523 comments)

andnothingofvaluewaslost

about three weeks ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

excelsior_gr Open season for Switzerland (323 comments)

I bet the US have "strategic military reserves" or something stacked up somewhere. As is usual in such cases, however, a conflict will break out in Europe... The pleasing thing is that the Swiss don't get to play neutral this time!

about a month ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

excelsior_gr Re:Go ahead, restrict yourself out of business (357 comments)

Alas, the largest non-enlish-speaking markets all dubb the Hollywood films, and the english-speaking markets don't have much interest in non-english films. Such an app, although cool and much needed, has a very small market.

about 2 months ago
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The Most Highly Cited Scientific Papers of All Time

excelsior_gr Errata (81 comments)

Pythagoras — 520, in: Euclid — 300, Elements, Book I, Prop. 47 (Athens).

The citation is probably wrong. Although we don't know exactly where Euclid's Elements were written, he lived in Alexandria and not in Athens. The oldest known complete edition was also edited in Alexandria.

Yes, I'm a citation nazi.

about 2 months ago
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Century Old Antarctic Expedition Notebook Found Underneath Ice

excelsior_gr Re:Captain Scott (63 comments)

I blame the Slashdot mods for not moderating the GP as 'funny' in a timely fashion, thereby letting me ridicule myself.

I think 'Whooooosh' is in order.

about 2 months ago
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Century Old Antarctic Expedition Notebook Found Underneath Ice

excelsior_gr Re:Captain Scott (63 comments)

How is knowing more about the environment and being properly equipped cheating, exactly? It just sounds that Amundsen was just a better explorer and leader, to me. He knew that the dogs were the best option and focused on them, instead of coming up with a ridiculous combination of dogs, ponies and motorised vehicles. The motor vehicles were not robust enough and Scott had to carry the horse food all the way. Scott also relied on his orders being followed to the letter, and he got properly screwed by his mates that completely ignored him and left him freeze to death. If you want to accuse Amundsen for anything, accuse him of designing an expedition with the sole purpose of reaching the pole first with only a bare minimum of science. Cheating, however, is a totally empty accusation.

about 2 months ago
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

excelsior_gr Re:So... (124 comments)

The doctors. At WHO.

about 2 months ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

excelsior_gr Death? (571 comments)

Judging by this summary, the trolls are alive and well, I'd say.

about 2 months ago

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