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

exomondo Re:Embrace (164 comments)

> Since this is open-sourcing of their own software, please elaborate on how the final E in EEE is even theoretically possible.

In fact, the open sourcing of their own software is a necessary first step.

It's less about how it is possible and more why they would do it in the first place. EEE is about killing off an existing standard/product, which they tried to do with Java, if they wanted to kill open source .Net they wouldn't be creating it in the first place.

Open source a version, encourage adoption, then create proprietary but attractive features in a future version which remain closed source, use these features to leverage their own products at the expense of others.

Why would they not just keep the whole thing proprietary then? If developers were going to use the features regardless of whether they are proprietary then open sourcing it in the first place makes no sense, in fact it would create a huge risk that an innovative fork be adopted as the defacto standard instead.

The "embrace" part is a strategy to get competitors to use a Microsoft standard, the Extend is to create proprietary extensions to that standard, and the Extinguish is when competitors can no longer compete because users have come to rely on those proprietary features.

But they would be extinguishing their own product, not a competing product.

The question becomes, does Microsoft have enough clout to do it again.

Again? They haven't successfully done it even once, why would they try it again, with their own product no less. I can see them trying to kill off a competing product but why kill their own product?

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

exomondo Re:Patents (164 comments)

The ones they are using to extort from many Android-based phones, for starters.

I understand one of the main ones is a FAT32 patent, which I can see how that would apply to the ability for the Android kernel to read/write from that file system, not sure how you think that applies to this though. The information on what all those patents were was leaked quite some time ago so which of them do you think would apply to this?

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

exomondo Re:Microsoft the pusher? (164 comments)

So, perhaps the plan is to support .Net on Linux for a while, then yank the support for Linux away and force everyone back to Windows and SQL Server or rewrite their application for another platform.

But it's Open Source, can Open Source not survive without a corporate sponsor?

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

exomondo Re:EEE (164 comments)

Yeah... My guess is that, after this announcement, developers are going to say to themselves, "Great, now we don't have to learn how to use new tools to create software for Linux", and do all their work on Windows.

Since this is about open sourcing .Net how is it any different from Java? Do people not learn Linux-based tools to create Java programs because they can do it on Windows?

Then, in five or ten years, when everyone's using Microsoft's tools, they'll claim no one's using them to port to Linux, anyway, and drop support.

But it is open source, what would "dropping support" achieve when the source is out there?

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

exomondo Re:They couldn't wreck the movement from the outsi (164 comments)

This is *exactly* the kind of thing Microsoft has done in the past. Not just once, but repeatedly. The most obvious one was Java

That was adding their own proprietary extensions to existing proprietary technology, this is releasing their proprietary technology as open source. Not quite sure what you're suggesting is similar between the two much less "exactly" the same kind of thing.

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

exomondo Re:They couldn't wreck the movement from the outsi (164 comments)

And there's still nothing preventing them from changing their attitude and discontinuing support

Discontinuing support for what? If it's open source then the open source philosophy of maintaining it yourself or paying somebody to do it applies. If you require corporate support for open source code then what is the point of open source at all?

7 hours ago
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Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

exomondo Re: So much for his career (160 comments)

Every iPod ever made could play non-DRMd MP3 files. If Real was in fact trying to sell MP3 files their wouldn't be a problem.

No, even Apple made it quite clear that the music industry was the reason they had to sell DRM'd music, why would Real be exempt from that?

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

exomondo Re:Linux (109 comments)

The best software to revive old Hardware ? Linux.

Well that depends on the hardware, it's highly likely you won't find Linux drivers for that hardware making it pretty much useless.

3 days ago
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How Your In-Store Shopping Affects the Ads You See On Facebook

exomondo Re:I love contextually useful ads. (69 comments)

I don't mind ads based on what I post. I mind ads based on what I *don't* post, i.e. data that's extracted from my behavior. What I post is public. What I don't post is private. Not that hard.

Your behavior is public though. If you're not putting it out there then there is no data for them to extract.

3 days ago
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How Your In-Store Shopping Affects the Ads You See On Facebook

exomondo Re:I love contextually useful ads. (69 comments)

Privacy is a RIGHT that should be compromised only under specific circumstances, at my discretion.

That's a very broad statement, you don't have a right to privacy in everything you do. I'm not sure why you would have an expectation of privacy with things you put on the public internet or when you go out shopping in public places. If you want privacy then use encryption, once you send data out on to the public net it is going through many hops that you don't control, you should be assuming that data is not private unless you are using an encrypted channel of communication between yourself and the target and - obviously - that you trust that target to keep that data private.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Quietly Starts Accepting Bitcoin As Payment Method

exomondo Re:As a Market Lover (107 comments)

But we have seen GHash hit the 51% mark a few times already...oh but we trust them not to do anything malicious.

about a week ago
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Why Open Source Matters For Sensitive Email

exomondo Re:Open Source not a silver bullet (73 comments)

From a security perspective, even just having and being able to inspect the code is insufficient if you need top-notch security: you had better also be compiling that code yourself.

With a verified compiler no less. We have seen ever more sophisticated malware these days, certainly a malicious compiler could easily slip vulnerabilities into the binary.

about a week ago
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AMD Offers a Performance Boost, Over 20 New Features With Catalyst Omega Drivers

exomondo Re:Drop? (73 comments)

Also from your link:

(transitive) To cancel or end a scheduled event, project or course

about a week ago
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AMD Offers a Performance Boost, Over 20 New Features With Catalyst Omega Drivers

exomondo Re:Remember guys... (73 comments)

Strange that AMD offered Nvidia to be a part of development and Nvidia said no.

Why support a vendor-specific API when you can improve the existing vendor-agnostic ones? DirectX 12 introduces many of the types of improvements that Mantle does and OpenGL 4.5 has also moved in that direction too. The typical performance improvement we are seeing with Mantle is in the 5-10% range and squeezing 5-10% extra out of OpenGL using the new direct state access to avoid binding overhead is pretty straightforward.

about a week ago
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Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

exomondo Re:Assault and battery (99 comments)

Dynamic DNS doesn't work on CGNAT ISPs

But it does if you're not on a CGNAT, which is most people.

and in my experience, the upgrade from CGNAT to a static IP runs more than "only a dollar or two per month".

Even the worst case I've seen was only $10 a month, really not that big a deal if you value storing your data on your system.

True, if you happen to live in a country where CGNAT and other blocks on incoming connections are uncommon, and if you are willing to buy a low-power server to be left on all the time (as opposed to suspending when inactive), then you can sync to home.

Get a NAS, they are a cheap low power server and you're set. If you are behind a CGNAT then get a static IP. It is nowhere near cost-prohibitive.

But just because your ISP doesn't use CGNAT today doesn't mean it'll continue to not use CGNAT next year.

Then I'll pay a couple bucks a month for a static IP, it's no big deal. CGNAT is just a stop gap to resolve the IPv4 issue in the interim anyway.

about a week ago
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Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

exomondo Re:Assault and battery (99 comments)

Well the original comment was that you should sync with your computer. Which is perfectly possible and is of minimal cost, you can even use a dynamic DNS service (dirt cheap at only a dollar or two per month) so your assertion that it is cost prohibitive certainly does not seem to be true. Rather using some existing free service requires to effort from the user so they take the path of least resistance, but that doesn't exactly do anything to refute the original post.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

exomondo Re:Chinese computers come this way (268 comments)

Physical resources are scarce. Virtual resources are infinite.

And yet the price of physical products is more than just the physical resources to produce them, all the development costs are amortized in price of the product as well. The cost of the physical component of virtual goods does not need to be included in the price but that doesn't mean all the development costs are free.

People selling virtual goods have all been obsoleted since personal computers became ubiquitous.

Yes totally, Microsoft isn't posting record profits, Oracle, VMWare, Symantec, Adobe, Autodesk totally dont make any money selling software and iTunes isn't making any money. Seriously you couldn't be more out of touch with reality.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

exomondo Re:Creators wishing to control their creations... (268 comments)

Sure, as long as he receives adequate compensation for the time, effort, and resources he went through for that return.

When do you ever get that when you return anything?

about a week ago

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New iOS keylogging vulnerability discovered

exomondo exomondo writes  |  about 10 months ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Following hot on the heels of the iOS (and OS X) SSL security bug comes the latest vulnerability in Apple's mobile operating system. It is a security bug that can be used as a vector for malware to capture touch screen, volume rocker, home button and (on supported devices) TouchID sensor presses, information that could be sent to a remote server to re-create the user's actions. The vulnerability exists in even the most recent versions of iOS and the authors claimed that they delivered a proof-of-concept monitoring app through the App Store."
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Google Play Services supplants Android as Google's "platform"

exomondo exomondo writes  |  about a year ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Google has a plan to circumvent the problem of fragmentation of its Android operating system across the installbase by using its proprietary, closed-source Google Play Services. Play Services is a privileged service that runs on Android and provides the sort of functionality to applications that would generally be seen in operating system updates like cloud backup, remote wipe, push messaging, etc... This service can be updated silently and independently of the operating system and runs on almost every version of Android out there allowing Google to add functionality to Android devices without having to go through the OEMs so having an up-to-date version of Android is looking like less of a necessity."
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Google demands Microsoft pull YouTube app for WP8

exomondo exomondo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Google has given Microsoft until May 22nd to pull their Windows Phone 8 YouTube app from the marketplace and disable it on customer devices. It not only includes a built-in ad blocker but also allows users to download videos and doesn't impose device-specific streaming restrictions outlined in the YouTube Terms Of Service."
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Apple's Lightning connector hides Authentication chip inside

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Apple's new Lightning connector — introduced at the iPhone 5 launch — may be 80% smaller than its 30-pin predecessor, it may also boast reversibility but it includes within it an Authentication chip effectively preventing any unlicensed accessories. This allows Apple to completely control the market for all cable and dock accessories that make use of the new Lightning interface."
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Apache webserver updated to ignore Do Not Track settings in IE10

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "An Apache webserver update has been released that ignores the 'Do Not Track' privacy setting sent from IE. Patch author and Adobe employee Roy Fielding states "The only reason DNT exists is to express a non-default option" but critics of the patch point out that the initial Windows 8 setup explicitly points out that if you choose 'Express' setup as opposed to 'Custom' then 'Do Not Track' will be turned on."
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Sinofsky Confirms Desktop for Windows 8 ARM Devices

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Steven Sinofsky has set the record straight with regard to the desktop experience on ARM with Windows 8 in stating that it will indeed ship with desktop capabilities. Regarding Windows 8 on ARM (WOA) he says in a recent blog post on the Building Windows 8 site:

Using WOA “out of the box” will feel just like using Windows 8 on x86/64. You will sign in the same way. You will start and launch apps the same way. You will use the new Windows Store the same way. You will have access to the intrinsic capabilities of Windows, from the new Start screen and Metro style apps and Internet Explorer, to peripherals, and if you wish, the Windows desktop with tools like Windows File Explorer and desktop Internet Explorer.

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Windows 8 on ARM will have the Desktop

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Steven Sinofsky has set the record straight with regard to the desktop experience on ARM with Windows 8 in stating that it will indeed ship with desktop capabilities. Regarding Windows 8 on ARM (WOA) he says in a recent blog post on the Building Windows 8 site:

Using WOA “out of the box” will feel just like using Windows 8 on x86/64. You will sign in the same way. You will start and launch apps the same way. You will use the new Windows Store the same way. You will have access to the intrinsic capabilities of Windows, from the new Start screen and Metro style apps and Internet Explorer, to peripherals, and if you wish, the Windows desktop with tools like Windows File Explorer and desktop Internet Explorer.

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Website tracking and posting details of File Share

exomondo exomondo writes  |  about 3 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Website youhavedownloaded.com is publicly listing details of file sharers of select files from various file sharing websites as well as torrents. Currently it doesn't store timestamps so users with Dynamic IPs have deniability and naturally those behind a NAT gateway aren't individually identifiable from the outside. But will the *AAs consider implementing such a thing in the future?"
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Windows 8 Tablet UI Revealed

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "The Windows 8 Tablet UI has been revealed at D9, an obvious take on the 'Metro' UI from their Windows Phone 7 operating system, it looks as though a touch-based desktop 'window manager' sits atop standard Windows allowing it to run native applications as well as supporting HTML5 applications and 'Live Tiles'. It doesn't look overly mouse-friendly but it appears that Metro can be turned off for a classic Windows experience or turned on for a touch-friendly tablet experience. But will this end up a cobbled-together mess that sits 1/2 way between both?"
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Low-level iOS4.1 exploit discovered

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "It seems the exploit that could pave the way for an iOS4.1 Jailbreak has been discovered, and it's a low-level bug that — unlike the one used by the jailbreakme website — may be a little more difficult for Apple to patch.

The exploit in the boot ROM of iOS devices was first announced by iPhone Dev-Team member pod2g. It was soon confirmed by other hackers, who said that because the exploit targets such a low-level part of the operating system, Apple won't be able to stop jailbreakers without making significant hardware changes.

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