Sadly, AC is right... the friggin' thing is HUGE - it would take literal millennia upon millennia to mine even 1% of it away at current technology.
tangent-ville: I doubt it'll be governments who wind up escalating or owning the thing, but corporations. Odds are very good that someone will pull a Heinlein and get it declared an entity separate and distinct from any single nation's control. The only trick is to get the big boys (US, China, Russia) to sign off on it, but since all three are somewhat easily controllable by corporations...
Well played indeed!
Be grateful it didn't come with HURD.
It's not like he did a sham transfer to a strawman. He transferred them to his foundation, irrevocably. Just because the foundation has his name doesn't mean he gets anything from it.
Well, technically he could make himself a board member of that foundation (if he isn't already), give himself a massive salary, etc...
After all, trusts and foundations are among the oldest tax dodges in financial history, you know?
PR people are a lot cheaper than billion dollar foundations.
True, but PR people can't effectively bribe 3rd-world governments into avoiding Linux and buying Windows - at least not as much as you can with "donations" from your "charity" to El Presidente's wife's own "charity". See also Mexico.
And PR for what? A retired guy? Who cares?
He's not quite retired, eh?
If this was a PR move why keep it going?
For highly-driven people, retirement doesn't mean saying 'aww screw it' and letting one's entire life's work to do whatever it wants to. Doubly so if the vast majority of your money is tied up in the continued stock/corporate performance of that life's work. Hence the palm-greasing on the side, the PR designed to make sure his company looks as good as he does when he writes those big-assed checks, etc etc.
Note that I haven't even touched on the ego aspect of it all...
Also note that he isn't the first to do this: Andrew Carnegie did it because as an older man, he realized his afterlife and name were in serious jeopardy of being snuffed out and/or dragged through the mud once he wasn't around to enforce the respect that he enjoyed.
In the end he is giving.
Certainly he is - though only for his own goals and purposes. Otherwise, it would be a whole helluva lot easier (and way more efficient) to simply write a ginormous check or two to UNICEF, CRS, CARE, Red Cross/Crescent, or a whole host of other existing and effective charities.
...what can you do on it besides run gcc?
Mind you, I'm not being a troll, nor am I dismissing the principles behind what they're doing. However, I am wondering how long it'll stay 'pure' before the user realizes "hey, I can't run $favorite_item, even though it normally runs fine on Linux!"
I suspect that those few who bother will likely give up and park Ubuntu/Fedora/SomethingElse on it in very short order.
(won't even touch on the fact that it's an older spec...)
Re: the media... yup - sad, but mostly true.
I find that I usually have to look up at least two different sources, plus at least one non-US source (my faves: RT, BBC, Deutsche Welle) and at least one alt-media source (*not* an ideologically-driven one) to get a semi-coherent picture of the truth behind a given story I find interesting.
There is one bit, though: I don't think the US media is doing it for a given propaganda track per se (though it is rapidly approaching that), but instead I think it's an organic result of the $media_corporation drive for eyeballs, thus advertising dollars. This is why a typical cable show's primetime slots are packed with crap that feeds off of the drama and controversy, instead of trying to get at the actual facts and heart of a given story. It's why you have the likes of, say, Nancy Grace on CNN making her paycheck off the corpses of dead kids, MSNBC sneering at anyone who dares to besmirch their idol in the White House, and FOX shouting full-throttle that that same White House occupant is a combination of Stalin and the Antichrist (albeit wearing a better suit). Each channel is shaping their chosen demographic, and stoking them up so they can jack up the rates for advertisers.
But then, I suspect it's part of the grand civilizational cycle - rise, peak, fall. We (the world, mind, since we're a lot more global than most folks realize) are somewhere near the peak IMHO, though I'll be damned if I can say for certain which side of that peak we're on.
Doesn't matter - like most jurisdictions, if a business has a physical presence in a given area, they can be sued and are subject to the laws in that area. Odds are pretty good that Google has a physical presence at least somewhere in the UK, so...
Gotta give 'em credit for Chutzpah, though.
Funny thing is, the language in this case isn't so much "inflammatory", as much as it is descriptive. See also The Memory Hole.
(I wonder if NoKo actually calls the folks tasked with this job the Korean equivalent of "Ministry of Truth" as well...)
Dude - the head of the Portland school district pulls in wages and benefits that would put most CEOs to shame (around $200k/year, IIRC).
So a $300m website isn't really much to blink at, especially when you consider that a huge percentage of the money came in as federal pork.
It does come down to that, but only almost. When you consider what it takes to dink around with VPC, along with other infrastructure integration hassles (not to mention the sysadmin's time in ramping-up and dealing with them)? It can get pricey in a hurry. Gets even worse when you have a *nix-heavy environment, and discover that unless you want to jump through a ton of hoops, you can only migrate 'doze server 2003/8 VMs to it.
Now as a cold-start remote DR site that you build-up (say, leave your DB on in there to replicate data from prod while the other instances sleep)? It's not a completely bad way to go. In my case, I already have a colo and an existing infrastructure that I can move the thing into, so my costs will actually drop by quite a bit.
All said and done? My biggest (and TBH only real) complaint is the semi-hidden costs that AWS barfs on you after you get stuff up and running. Unless you know them first-hand (or get really lucky digging through the paperwork while in the estimation stage), you can be very easily bitten by the nickle-and-dime stuff (as my predecessor was bitten, unfortunately).
Nope, but I do have to deal with it on a daily basis...
Cloud pricing is insane (and insanely complex) because otherwise the vendor wouldn't make any real money off of it.
Take AWS for instance. Sure, the spot pricing is cheap as hell. Well, it would be, if they didn't charge you $0.11/GB-hour for storage, a penny-fraction for every 10,000 GET requests you receive (and a similar price for every 1,000 PUT/form requests), and a zillion other nickel-and-dime charges that turn a forecasted $300/mo. estimate into a $3200/mo. OpEx ( for five moderately-busy servers w/ a small DB... basically a smallish-sized commercial website).
I know this because I just inherited one of these. My predecessor promised cheap, I'm stuck with managing expensive (and am moving the #$@! thing back into our existing colo space as soon as I can practically do so...)
Agreed - one simply cannot win a statewide election without winning at least two of the big three left-leaning cities.
If you're going to put stuff on a timeline, then you have to add OpEx to the costs; given that Oracle had a hand in it, that's gonna be one expensive mother...