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Comment: Dice and some real concrete steps (Score 5, Insightful) 336

by augustz (#45363465) Attached to: GIMP, Citing Ad Policies, Moves to FTP Rather Than SourceForge Downloads

I was user 341 at Sourceforge, 14 years ago.
I always liked the SF.net idea. This is kinda sad to see happening.

But enough crying over spilt milk.

* Don't use Dice, don't hire folks using Dice.
* Move your own projects off sourceforge.
* If you need a project from sourceforge email them and ask them to avoid the download jacking by moving their project if possible
* Support other providers who play fair.
* If you use a website reputation tool, mark sf appropriately.

Comment: Code should talk, and talk should walk (Score 3, Insightful) 372

by augustz (#45214741) Attached to: Wikipedia's Participation Problem

I love wikipedia (and have contributed both $ and time).

There seems to have been a move on Wikipedia away from actual contributing, and towards criticizing others. This drives new folks away.

It's far too easy to slap all the labels on articles. The rate of tagging for problems seems way above the rate of fixing.

Do these sound familiar? "This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. No cleanup reason has been specified." "This article may require copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone, or spelling." "This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed." "This article may need a more detailed summary" "This article may have too many section headers dividing up its content."

Perhaps they could just put a global message up. "This Wikipedia may have items that require editing. If you find such an entry, please fix it yourself."

Before long we are going to have just heavy fisted editors, and the PR flaks paid enough to deal with them and warp the articles.

Most regular people don't have the time to battle it out, but I thank everyone who tries! And I love the "welcome to wikipedia" people, keep up the good work.

Comment: Excel truth (Score 1) 243

by augustz (#42406311) Attached to: Want a Job At Google? Better Know Microsoft Office!

Generally, I think Sheets trails Excel by more than "Document" trails Word, but then again, I spend much more time in Excel than I do in Word.

For financial / finance use cases in particular Google "Sheets" isn't a match for Microsoft Excel. A very common formatting approach is to indent rows using narrow columns. In excel, the text overflows to the right, so you end up with an aligned / indented view of things (which you can also then make collapsible). In Sheets, this doesn't work without lots of extra clicks (merging cells etc).

I think eating your own dogfood is reasonably important if you intend the product to be a core product you offer. Not sure if Google Apps is intended to be that (search is for sure).

And if you get schools to use your product, and then prefer another product for your own jobs the optics really are pretty poor!

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 3, Interesting) 126

by augustz (#39826353) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Lagging Behind LibreOffice In Features

It did make me wonder how the Apache Foundation tries to steward open source objectives.

The donation to the Apache Foundation seemed primarily a result of the initial traction around LibreOffice, and it was odd that Apache didn't look at Libre and feel that they would be good stewards of the effort.

Comment: Re:Bloat (Score 1) 126

by augustz (#39826197) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Lagging Behind LibreOffice In Features

I could never totally figure out why OpenOffice, which for years was not Java based, added Java as a dependency.

It seemed like a massive dependency for a relatively minor set of features. Plus then every computer ended up getting the Java update notifications and at one point somehow a lot of users ended up with a Yahoo toolbar or something as part of a "security update"!

No fun.

Comment: Re:Pretty simple (Score 1) 228

by augustz (#33617262) Attached to: Skyhook Wireless Sues Google Over Anti-Competitive Practices

Canajin56:

Excellent clarifications.

The fact that Skyhook DOES ship on android phones means there is something unique about this situation with Motorola.

I didn't catch skyhook desiring to disable GLS and still use Google's marketplace vs the alternatives. Why do you think that matters to skyhook? If GLS is disabled by default as it was in your case, it seems odd they would care about it.

As always, the other side of the story will be interesting :)

Comment: Pretty simple (Score 4, Interesting) 228

by augustz (#33610818) Attached to: Skyhook Wireless Sues Google Over Anti-Competitive Practices

This is posted in the "Know your rights" section.

A couple of quick items:

- Android is released under the Apache license. So skyhook and any handset manufacturer, if they don't like the direction google is taking the platform, can do whatever they want to the software. This is the definition of open source.

- Conversely, open source doesn't mean skyhook can force a developer to do something. Lots of business who want to make money by inclusion in a project get upset when open source projects say no. See Reiser or any other open source bug tracker.

- On top of the apache licensed Android, Google provides a set of pretty popular apps (Google Apps). Most but not all manufacturers use those apps. My guess is that if you pick up these apps, then that is where google is saying you have to use their location based service. So far these apps are good enough people generally use them, but eventually Microsoft or some other big player will pay enough $$ to a manufacturer that google maps / google search etc will go away on some handsets.

- Google also offers the Android Market, another natural place of control. Many OS Distro's use marketplaces, update channels etc to monetize their platform. This also obviously creates lock-in.

- Almost every open source project doesn't let you take their brand with your changes. So if you want to make lots of changes you probably can't call your OS "Android" vs Sense or MotoBlur. This also is common to Mozilla, Redhat etc etc. Mozilla was really picky about this (see Iceweasel).

- Skyhook is suing Google for violating it's patents on doing location. This includes ""Server for Updating Location Beacon Database". Reading these patents will make you wish software patents were toned down a bit I think.

- Skyhook is itself not an open source contribution to the handset, but apparently a pretty costly proprietary app on top of the handset with big royalties and patents with no patent pledges. In other words, if someone tries to do location service and to give it away for free, prepare to be sued by Skyhook.

- Apple dropped Skyhook from the iphone 4 I believe? Be interesting to know why given they had been a customer and skyhook claims to have the best tech.

- Open source being "nice". Big business in open source seem to still plan on using the layers above to fight for $.

So some shades of grey in this :) Be interesting to see how the case evolves.

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