Nonsense, FUD.sco wrote: Interesting, disturbing ...
I was cricised many times for my overly harsh tone, but now I can't hold back: What moron wrote that article?? Look at the date! When you open that URL Firefox's window title bar will claim that today is "May 28, 2007" ... Excuse me? Unless I missed the last two weeks and spent them in coma or some Pope in Rome changed the calendar system again (as Gregor XIII did in 1582 with the then-in-use Julian Calendar ... and all calendar dates went fast-forward ... Please tell me that this didn't happen again and I completely missed it ??? ) today is still May 14, 2007 ... and not May 28. Also, let's analyse the last part of the URL: ".... fortune_archive/2007/05/28 ... " <== there you go again: "2007/05/28".
Well ... a new idea implemented in a real piece of hardware is one thing ... But software algorithms? What is software? Ultimately it's adding and subtracting 1's and 0's ... In other words: Software = Mathematics. It's a fact. There are very good reasons why most countries on this planet don't recognize software patents to be valid. It's plain silly nonsense. Company A has the right to calculate 1 + 3 = 4 because they have a patent on this, and company B who came up with 2 + 2 = 4 is now at risk of being sued because their result is 4 too? That's what software patents are about. A software patent claims some kind of "innovation" because feeding registers in a calculating machine (= a computer!) with a few bits and bytes spits out a certain result ... And God forbid you obtain the same result by doing some calculations and shifting a few bits and bytes of your own ...clem wrote:I don't believe in patents, never have never will. Somebody please explain to me how an idea can belong to someone.
clem wrote:I don't believe in patents, never have never will. Somebody please explain to me how an idea can belong to someone.
My feelings for that M$ employee who came up with this license nonsense is best explained by this web site ...D1Wayne wrote:my fealings regarding this is seen in about 8secs into this capture
scorp123 wrote:It's still FUD and total nonsense.
I guess you should read more then? e.g. Groklaw?rerushg wrote: Well, I'm not so sure.
Well, good thing then that America doesn't rule over most parts of the world, huh?rerushg wrote: The American public accepts patent and copyright laws as "given" and meaningful to individual rights.
Even if they did ... Read above: They can't do anything to stop Linux. Folks in the USA would download it secretly then; all further Linux development would then focus on Europe, Africa and Asia.rerushg wrote: I agree with the general consenus that MS will likely not pursue patent litigation.
Please when was Linux ever "controllable" by "mere litigation" ??? It never was. That's the wonderful part about it. If Microsoft would have been able to kill Linux by litigation or other dirty tricks, don't you think they would have done that long time ago?rerushg wrote: Linux has grown to the point that it is virtually uncontrollable by mere litigation.
And you call yourselves "Land of the Free" ??? Wouldn't you agree with me that this is a total sarcastic joke?? Do you really think you are "free" ? I don't think so.rerushg wrote: Now consider the "Patriot Act", under which incredibly massive data mining has been done ... We are told the data has been distroyed. Okay, maybe so. How about the ANALYSIS of that data? Where is that?
And then what? Invade Finnland? Invade Germany, for SUSE originates from there? Invade South Africa for Ubuntu is from there? Invade China for they produce their own Linux variant known as "Red Flag"? Invade Thailand and India and Pakistan, for they produce their own Linux variants too?rerushg wrote: What if the analysis can be spun to show that "..unlicensed software and OS's are a fundamental tool of international terrorism..."?
(Note: Sarcasm levels at 100% ...) That would be great !!!!!! That would mean that USA forks off their parts of the Internet and the rest of the world would then be free of spam!! (70% or so of all spam mails originate in the USA ...). I suggest we Europeans call our part "EuroNet" or something like that, link it up with Asia and Africa and let our economies prosper whereas the Americans may enjoy their DRM- and patent-infested small bubble of the Internet ...rerushg wrote: "privatization of the internet"
I hope you will enjoy your small Internet bubble then. If the USA cuts off their parts of the Internet and places it under MS rule than this would also mean that Microsoft's web sites are not reachable anymore from Europe. Yipppieeeh. 400+ million new Linux users: All the people currently using Windows would be unable to continue using this OS as they won't be able to reach the update servers anymore. They would be looking for alternatives and switch to Linux.rerushg wrote: Perhaps MS is developing the software mechanisms that will assure the government that the objectives of the laws can be met. Perhaps MS is therefore entitled to own those mechanisms. Hmmmmmm.
This is impossible as you hopefully realise by now. No matter what they do. They cannot "stop" Linux They can force vendors such as Dell or HP to stop ditributing Linux pre-installed on their products, sure ... But that still isn't the "demise" of desktop Linux, people can still download it if they want to If you're too afraid I suggest you use a friendly European serverrerushg wrote: while the real demise of Desktop Linux is been formulated behind closed doors somewhere.
scorp123 wrote: And you call yourselves "Land of the Free" ??? Wouldn't you agree with me that this is a total sarcastic joke??
France? Germany? Don't be ridiculous.rerushg wrote: And I'm reasonably well informed on the subject matter. Unlike in, say, China, Germany, or France I can Google anything I want here.
Windows is a pile of sh** and it deserves to be bashed. Sorry about that, but Windows and Microsoft products in general do absolutely nothing for me. The overall design is totally flawed in my professional opinion as IT admin and Windows as OS is per design bound to get seriously broken at some point ... which is totally braindead. Why do you design an OS that will break so easily if you give it some serious workload? Why is it so easy to get around all those pathetic security measures? Why are so many unwanted and undesirable network services running? Why are those services running under the "administrator" account and with full priviledges? Why aren't they turning those idiotic services off -- per default?? Heck no: Instead they ship that idiotic excuse of a firewall that wouldn't be needed in the first place if Windows had a sane design and those stupid services were turned off! Sorry, but I can't help but bash Windows. It's total crapware. And that after so many years of development Vista is the best they could come up with ... oh please.rerushg wrote: Windows bashing
I am not bashing America, and I am not bashing you. Keep cool, chill out. It's just my observation that since beginning of the Bush era you people have gone on a weird path that ultimately had to lead to the war in Iraq, to the de facto invasion of Afghanistan, to the "Patriot Act", and many other absurdities. Instead of solving the problems e.g. in the Middle East which lead to the 9-11 attacks in the first place, Bush isn't helping at all in this question but instead made even more enemies ... And now they are all looking for an "exit strategy" ?? Maybe it would have been intelligent not to get involved in a war in the first place?rerushg wrote: or America bashing, or rerushg bashing
scorp123 wrote:France? Germany? Don't be ridiculous.
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