I'm amazed your comment is marked insightful. Admittedly, I wouldn't call asm.js ready for prime-time, it is interesting technology and it will take lunatics like this guy to exercise it just like it took lunatics 15 to 20 years ago to port Doom and Abuse to Linux to begin to see what needed improvement.
... how does it hurt anything to have "v2 or later at your option"?
Because, if you "accidentally include v3 code" you'll only be violating one license instead of two.
For fuck's sake. How many times must similar questions be asked?
That depends. How many universes are there in the Multi-verse? At least one times that I guess.
No one and I mean no one in the scientific community thinks the existence of the Higgs Boson means the universe should have been crushed
There used to be some, but they've somehow ceased to exist.
Do you think it's ok that a company (not even a government, but a mere, ordinary COMPANY) should get away with digging through your emails at a hunch?
Well the rules are tighter for a government than companies for a reason. You have an easy(-ish) choice who to contract for email. Your say in who governs is much smaller. Especially at the federal level. And the government has more authority they could abuse.
But overall I'd say yes it was 'ok' for Microsoft to do what they did because the user agreed to a contract that said it was ok for Microsoft to do what they did. I blame the user, and the billions of other users who agree to such contracts allowing them to become the norm. It would be one thing if companies or governments were forcing people into these contracts. (You can't vote without a hotmail account. You can buy food without a facebook account.) It another when people agree to trade away things like privacy for a free email account. It's awful but this person has no more right to complain than the guy who basejumps for fun and get injured due to a mishap. In both cases they have the information up front to understand the risk and choose to proceed anyway.
I'm just angry that some many people have been this irresponsible that now the few who don't want to be so irresponsible are looked upon as freaks. Things should change about how private information is handled, but the answer isn't to have the government rewrite the contracts people irresponsibly agreed to. The answer is for people to start acting like grown ups and change the demand in the market.
The thing is I disliked Microsoft and their business practices long before the Netscape thing. By then Microsoft's style of foul play was already established. Microsoft acquired their monopoly through questionable business practices and while producing products with awful quality. I had assignments in introductory level programming classes where I had to produce simple things like pattern matchers with higher quality than the pattern matching in MS's production operating system at the time. (DOS 6.1 I believe.)
By comparison, Apple may be acting awfully, but any weight they might have to throw around came from giving people enough of what they wanted to get people to buy their products. I just watch the market in shock. People are putting on their own shackles and buying into the walled garden, but they are doing it freely. Apple hasn't worked out deals with vendors and hardware companies to block or cripple competitors. (There are the patent wars, but that's different and awful in it's own special ways. It's not unique to Apple. And MS has had their role as well.)
So in the end I don't like Apple's model. I don't like Google's either. But you can't call what Apple is doing a monopoly. They don't own the PC market. They don't own the server market. And thanks to Google, they don't own the mobile market.
I might buy that Google is using its position on the internet and the lock-in is has started to create with the Play store in a way that could be abuse of either a horizontal or vertical monopoly, but I think it would be a hard sell legally. Too many people are buying in for the convenience and then want to complain after the fact. Google, Facebook and Twitter all act very nasty in my opinion, but the market (the consumers themselves) are buying it. The consumers like these things better than what they had before. Why, I can't fathom.