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Comment Re:Microsoft-Novell Exorcist Moment is Coming! (Score 0) 348

In the grand scheme of things Microsoft simply doesn't offer a product that truly competes with GNU/Linux. They bank on implementing proprietary methods and protocols to do things that people have already been doing. If it's put in a nice package and accompanied by some sort of guarantee that it will work (relying largely on clout) out of the box on a level where you don't need actual programmers or systems analysts to make it work, the execs will approve the purchase. Unfortunately what turns out to be a FUD over Functionality sales model ends up making sales.

The SCO vs. IBM debacle was merely an experiment (also in part funded by Microsoft) to see what one could get away with by exploiting a flawed patent system. Why should a company pay indemnity fees (extortion, protection money) to use technology that doesn't contain anything that actually belongs to Microsoft? This is IMPLIED risk if you don't pay up. The stigma and FUD benefits only the ones who continue to push it and in turn impedes technological development through fear and exploitation. In the end the lawyers win, the sharks win, and progress is stifled.

If you want to theorize on a tail wags the dog theory, just look at the multitude of work that is being contributed to the open source community by Google and Microsoft alike. Are they using Monsanto's 'Roundup Ready' business model to poison the genome of their rivals? I'm just going to shut up and put my tinfoil hat back on now.

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Submission + - Road kill "toad jerky" is highly toxic (sciencemag.org) 1

sciencehabit writes: In their relentless invasion of Australia, poisonous cane toads often hop along roads, where their flattened, desiccated husks are a familiar sight during the long dry season. Nobody gave much thought to the fate of the little mummies' toxic compounds—months baking in the sun should render them harmless, researchers assumed. Not so, according to a new study, which shows that, like murderous ghouls, road kill cane toads can haunt the wilderness long after death.

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