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Comment: Re:US = questionable value proposition netwise (Score 1) 406

by bmarkovic (#45068191) Attached to: Can There Be a Non-US Internet?

Well no, it is not. Productivity cannot be measured in GDP due to various (political, military, ownership/control of resources etc.) factors skewing international trade that it's derived from.

Anyway, Americans are obviously not top country vis-a-vis GDP. And that is after the fact that USA is the big-dog of international relations that doesn't shy from imposing control over someone else's resources using military aggression (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya to name a few), which is hardly true for places like Luxembourg or Norway.

Comment: Re:Different Governments have Different Issues (Score 1) 406

by bmarkovic (#45068159) Attached to: Can There Be a Non-US Internet?

I was not talking about state-owned telcos, only state-owned body that leases the core infrastructure and leases it to telcos on equal basis. Because telcos often own the core infrastructure, it gives those big (and often previously state-owned telcos) unfair advantage over smaller, also private telcos, in addition to other concerns stated above. When these are privatized or stock marketed former-state telcos it also means that someone (not the public) is getting the infrastructure that was funded from taxpayers money.

Much like there are no private owned roads, highways or railways, there should be no private owned backbones, and telcos should find a way of private/public parnership programmes if they want to incentivize technology-wise progress of the backbones, or utilize what is already there.

Comment: Re:Too Much Integration (Score 2) 61

by bmarkovic (#45067023) Attached to: Chromium To Support Wayland

Except that TFA clearly states they are porting Ozone (their graphics toolkit, as they're not using Qt Gtk or anything else) to Wayland.

Common missunderstanding is that Wayland is a display server. It is not. It's a protocol that UI toolkits use to talk to the compositor (KWin, Weston etc.).

I'm pretty sure that Canonical, by now, are more or less certian they will need to provide for apps to talk Wayland to Mir as not everyone will be using one of the big UI toolkits that talk to Mir directly. To those apps, Mir will be just another compositor.

And I don't mean Google, Google is pragmatic enough and has manpower to port Ozone to Mir as well.

Comment: Re:Different Governments have Different Issues (Score 1) 406

by bmarkovic (#44958165) Attached to: Can There Be a Non-US Internet?
3: as in most countries in the world the core telecommunication infrastructure was government, tax-sponsored investment, which was then put on the stock market together with telecom providers, they could take back that infrastructure (which should have been leased to telcos in the first place), and control it through regulatory bodies for telecom, and lease that to telcos. Then they could technically enforce routing rules (and frankly, I still fail to see how it's better for freedom if corporations control our wires vs. when government does).

Comment: Re:Cue anti-union rage (Score 5, Insightful) 467

by bmarkovic (#44183197) Attached to: BART Strike Provides Stark Contrast To Tech's Non-Union World
I know it's unpopular to say that, but if there weren't global-level pressures from socialist organizations you'd get fsckall of those 40-hour weeks and work safety. Unions solved (and still do) issues on trade by trade basis. Overall conditions of workers improved only when powers that were felt grass roots pressure from protesting and increasing number of people going the red route everywhere. The whole red scare thing was more-less designed to create a stigma over a whole concept of labour rights in the West, leaving trade Unions to become charades quite often. Tho, charming personalities like Stalin and Mao helped a lot. Nothing says an idea is broken better than pointing at a perverted, evil implementation of it.

Comment: Re:OSS == Faster resolutions? (Score 1) 95

by bmarkovic (#41359611) Attached to: Study Urges CIOs To Choose Open Source First
What vendor support contract will get you your personal bug fix-it team? You obviously never worked with Microsoft and their support, or you're in a Fortune 500 that can spend couple of millions yearly to get that level of support (i.e. you're one of the reasons why regular users get regression bugs or idiotic functionality since you have the money to make the vendor cut updates to suit your fancy). In the real world (of small and medium companies, you know, where most IT people actually work), your best served by a small vendor, preferably local, that considers YOU an important customer. And provided that he employs some developers himself for him the best model is Open Source since he can tailor it to his customers needs.

Comment: Re:The next Silicon Valley (Score 1) 555

by bmarkovic (#40839297) Attached to: Is Phoenix the Next Silicon Valley?

Perhaps... but I beleive it's the concentration of open-walleted investors and the whole VC concept that made Sillicon Valley what it is. There are smart people everywhere in the world. If concentration of uber-smart people was THE requirement it would have been, say, Mumbai, but Indians are skint and famously mingy so it's not. Those brilliant global PhDs wouldn't concentrate in SoCa if weren't for the money that was very willing to mobilize.

It's still so. It's still much easier to get funding if your start-up's addy is in the vincinity of SF bay area even tho you can do great things everywhere. Sadly, in many cases underfunded ventures don't go anywhere. There is a whole history technically superior products originating outside SV and failing mostly due to underfunding. The times are changing tho, internetization and production outsourcing to China democratized the market, and OTOH many policy makers in EU for example are understanding the need to angel fund tech startups, which is why there are now more successful tech companies coming from EU than ever.

Comment: Re:cool story bro (Score 1) 610

by bmarkovic (#40627349) Attached to: Steve Ballmer: We Won't Be Out-Innovated By Apple Anymore
My office has a Macbook Pro, three Windows boxen (two on XP, one on 7), two Linux Mint boxes (a desktop and a laptop) and three Xubuntu desktops. Two CentOS servers running VMs for our business software, a Linux based VOIP PBX, a Linux based router, a Linux based WiFi box.. one iPhone, four Android phones, my old defunct HTC Beatle (iPaq 6515) was running WinCE while it was working tho. All windows boxen run Libre 3.5, we're cheap like that.

But here is pirated-Windows land. Just a couple hundred miles from here is EU. Anecdotaly, a friend of mine works for a small Linux support company in Germany. He says that the number of Linux desktops (and office servers but that was the trend even before) has dramatically increased post 2009 recession.

And yes, Apple probably sells more laptops than any single laptop brand in the world right now.

Comment: Re:"first they ignore you" (Score 1) 610

by bmarkovic (#40625291) Attached to: Steve Ballmer: We Won't Be Out-Innovated By Apple Anymore
Similar story in pro-audio.

eMagic was also bought when Logic Audio was a pro/prosumer studio standard, in some parts of the world even more so than Steinberg's or Avid's (ProTools) software. Then they released Garage Band partly based on the same engine but with a more consumer-oriented UI. Then they slowly started adjusting the UI and the very model of Logic (does anyone remember those layouts you could design in Logic) to fit consumer mindset.

But it was for the better in terms of sales, and hurt only a few uber high end users: Logic now competes in prosumer/consumer area with massively selling consumer/amateur software like FL Studio (typically disregarded by professionals but nowadays probably the best selling sequencer and used by large number of dance industries royalty, it earned the company owner a private jet among other things) and not only does it shift units, it also happens to sell quite a few Macintosh boxes to those interested as well.

So someone at Apple noticed the potential of audio prosumer/bedroom musician market and put some energy behind it, dumbed down an industry standard in order to expand the market and still capitalize on the brand, and I'm sure it adds a notch on Mac sales. They might not be no.1 in terms of sales but they are in terms of mindshare (a lot of Apple fanboys who consider only Logic is a proper tool everywhere).

Comment: Re:Software Patents (Score 1) 119

by bmarkovic (#40573923) Attached to: After Android Trial, Google Demands $4M From Oracle

I thought the original intention of patents was really to protect and enhance manufacturing.

The original intent of parents, i.e. not the one patent trolls and their lawyers advertise, was to protect knowledge from being lost/forgotten due to industrial secrecy. The intent was to convert private knowledge into public good in exchange for a limited-time legal protection. The idea was never really to ensure monopoly and especially not income of the inventor, but to prevent inventor from keeping his inventions secret by allowing him to be legally protected for a limited time in exchange for publicly disclosing his inventions.

Which is why software patents are retarded and esp. Apple-style trivial UI patents because the society as a whole doesn't benefit from obvious UI gimmicks being presented in a patent format since, even if they weren't non-trivial and derivative, they would be in plain sight and not a part of otherwise hidden internal functioning. So even if the reasoning behind math and business processes not being patentable are not analogous enough there is additional argument against sw patents.

So the entire system that enforces patents of the latter kind is either dishonest or ignorant about the purpose of patent system. I don't know which of the two is worse as a trait for a judge. At least Common law judges can hide behind precedents (but hide only, they are not as bound by precedents as they are by the intent and purpose of a legal institute), but in civil law jurisdictions it would be unforgivable. Which is methinks why Apple sued Samsung on industrial design rather than patents in Germany.

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