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Bass Bass Knows the way the wind is flowing.
  • Russia to move off Intel and Windows


    The government plan is to replace Windows with GNU/Linux and Intel/AMD chips with domestically developed "Baikal" chips.

  • How ​embarrassin​g... My Surface Pro 3 experience

    So that was a Surface 3 you were playing with? The whole time I was sitting there laughing at you, I was thinking it was some kind of cheap $99 iPad knockoff from Shenzhen.

  • If you think V8 and map-reduce are Google's greatest ​contributio​ns ...

    , magicalclick wrote

    since MS supoorts Docker, I am guessing it contributed something as well. Too lazy to care about the little details.

    cgroups is the Linux kernel feature that makes Docker possible.

    Unless they are contributing using a personal e-mail address, nobody from Microsoft contributed anything to Docker.

     git shortlog -sen | grep -i 'microsoft'
  • If you think V8 and map-reduce are Google's greatest ​contributio​ns ...

    Indeed. Perhaps the wrong audience, but anyone here use Docker at all? I'm just curious on how it is being used in practice.

  • @fanbaby, @bass and especially @beer28

    , AndyC wrote


    It was once but at this point it really isn't. So much "Android" software is now fundamentally dependent upon proprietary Google web based APIs, that their control over the ecosystem is increasingly entrenched.

    Well one example: Amazon forked Android completely, they don't answer to Google at all. In theory any OEM can do this, but most don't think its worth the effort arguably because Android is royalty-free anyway. If Google started charging even $1 per device for Android I think a lot of the big OEMs would suddenly have a change of heart.

  • Microsoft Azure Machine Learning

    , LarryLarsen wrote

    We will be talking to the team behind this soon, if you have any questions let us know.  

    Can you have them give a proper demo and go over the capabilities? The preview video has like 5 seconds of actual content and 1 1/2 minutes of marketing clips of generic people doing serious business(tm).

  • Scott Hanselman, what's your take on this

    Part of the patent licensing game is not revealing your hand (what patents your competitors violate), because that gives them a chance to engineer around them or contest them. This is actually a big deal, wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft sues the Chinese government for releasing this list.

  • @fanbaby, @bass and especially @beer28

    , cbae wrote


    I guess comparing one to a GOP senator is rather mean-spirited. I apologize for that.

    I might be confused by the point you're trying to make. If you're saying software vendors are relegated to giving it away for free because of the futility of fighting piracy (as opposed to arguing that companies should give away software on principle), then you might have a point. However, as you pointed out, Microsoft has been successful at selling software despite this. Why would it be so difficult for a company with the means of Google to do the same? After all, Google is flush with cash and now has a market capitalization that exceeds that of Microsoft.

    You missed the part where I said: "What makes Microsoft so successful in this, is they need to enforce copyright on OEMs and big businesses mostly. It's harder if you are selling to the general public."

    Maybe eventually Google will start trying to sell Android. But more likely, they won't, because some OEM will just fork Android and not pay Google a dime. Don't feel too bad for Google though, because Android itself is a fork of a bunch of FOSS technologies.

    It's not just in non-Microsoft ecosystems. The fact that Microsoft is giving away Windows in significant parts of the market (zero license fee for small/mid tablets and smartphones), should perhaps give you an indication of the way the market is going. Paid licensing is no longer a real business option in many cases, which is fanbaby's original point IIRC. If you can get away with doing it, go right ahead. But there is whole other set of ways to make a living while writing software.

  • @fanbaby, @bass and especially @beer28

    , Ray7 wrote


    But software engineers shouldn't get paid to write software?

    See this.

  • @fanbaby, @bass and especially @beer28

    , Ray7 wrote


    So you also think that books should be free?

    Authors need to get paid so they can write the books in the first place. So not free in the abstract sense. I do think books should be maximally accessible. Treating them as a scarce rivalrous good is pissing in the wind given the nature of computers. Something involving subscriptions or libraries is probably a better way to have a healthy book industry in this day and age.