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Comment Re:Didn't Sony just lose a lawsuit over this? (Score 1) 141

I think in Sony's case, they lost because they had explicitly marketed the Playstation 3 as supporting Linux - then took away the capability. The way law works, I doubt the Sony case establishes any usable precedent for when a company starts OUT being a dick, as opposed to later deciding to become one.

Comment Java was SUCH a failed attempt to extinguish by MS (Score 1) 57

I embrace what you're saying - but to extend the thought - it's interesting that Java as a desktop application language has been resurrected, as long as you squint just right and allow yourself to recognize that mobile devices are the new desktop, and Android has the large majority share there. So, almost all of the apps on the most prevalent OS in the world, by many counts, are based on Java. I would call that a failed attempt to extinguish, even leaving aside Java's prevalence on the server side.

Comment Re:You really want cheap? (Score 1) 207

Montgomery County MD sells their 4 - 5 yr old desktops 3x/year. Next sale coming at Gaithersburg HS on 12/12 (show up early, maybe 8:40 - 8:50am - they're first-come first-serve, and they do run out). They're not screamers (my last one bought was an Optiplex 380 mid-size case, 4GB RAM, 120GB hard drive, mid-range Core 2 Duo), but for general desktop/browsing/etc. they're fine. $70 with 19" LCD with speakers, keyboard and mouse. No wifi, need a fob. For more info.

Comment Disks from same factory run often go bad together (Score 2) 258

Yeah, and what are you going to do with 9 out of 10 of the disks all go bad, because they came from the same factory run and exhibit the same issue? This is what we usually experience, when a disk fails, most of the time it's a subcomponent issue shared by all of the disks from that and any concurrent factory runs - and we have to swap them ALL out. I guess you just throw the whole array out ... :-(

Comment Embracing as a matter of principle, or profit? (Score 2) 217

It matters. Is Microsoft embracing open source because of a change in philosophy, having committed to the principles of open source? I would assert that only a fool would believe that. So we're left with them embracing open source because deep in Redmond's bowels, they turned the crank on some Excel ROI formula, and determined that "embracing" open source gives them the greatest potential for the greatest profit ... for now.

Should this worry us? I think it should ... because that crank, they keep on a'turnin' it ... and as soon as it spits out the opposite answer, out come the knives behind open source's back, and stab stab stab ...

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