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Comment Thanks (Score 1) 1521

Thanks for everything Rob, slashdot has been immeasurably important for me for a big chunk of my professional life not to mention the fun it has provided outside work hours.
Really. You made the best page on the Internet.

Comment patent shield (Score 5, Informative) 578

From the Google press release:

We recently explained how companies including Microsoft and Apple are banding together in anti-competitive patent attacks on Android. The U.S. Department of Justice had to intervene in the results of one recent patent auction to âoeprotect competition and innovation in the open source software communityâ and it is currently looking into the results of the Nortel auction. Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Googleâ(TM)s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.

Motorola and Nokia are the two leading patent holders within mobile business, so this is potentially a very good opportunity for Google to use that portfolio as a litigation shield and helping to keep Android (litigation) free.

Comment groan (Score 1) 591

...so maybe the article author should try to figure out just what "linux" or "linux community" means.

Because they certainly don't mean what he thinks they mean. And therefore his reasoning is flawed from the start.

Linux is just the kernel.

There is no monolithic "community" who can make up their collective hive-minds about OpenOffice vs whatever.

There's plenty of companies, pushing out dists - and some of them might have some sort of ambition to get their particular dist on someones desktop, but it's hardly representative for the entire "community" (which doesn't even exist).

Comment not for apps users (Score 2) 112

Oh well look at that, yet another feature that Google Apps users will not be able to use.

It seems the best way to opt-out of new Google stuff is to become their customer - then you can't get on these things even if you wanted it.

Comment Re:Consciously opt out? (Score 1) 312

By far the easiest way is to become a paying Google customer.

You'd think they'd offer these things to their paying(/loyal) customers first, but we never got Buzz, +1 and now we can't access Google+ either.

So everyone else gets to opt-in, but if you let Google to host your stuff, you're automatically opted out.

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