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Oh dear, do we have a story here…

I’m not that old but I’m pretty sure this history has happened more than once before. Here we have Mozilla’s director of research (let’s skip the questions of what does he actually do) rating “OMGZ Google won’t discuss the development of Android with us in their kitchen”. I have a big bag of “We told you so” next to my keyboard…

Their solution: Platforms doesn’t matter as long as we have standards. An HTML5 engine that will lead to an “unwalled garden”.

The funny thing is ...

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Almost a Pog quote1, if only he were as compelling an advocate as Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now.

Unfortunately this is just silly juvenile fud. (Exciting enough to be quoted by Pog, however.)

It starts promisingly enough: $572 for a 5-CAL on Windows, compared to $349 for “a distribution” on the Linux side. (I assume said distribution is Red Hat plus neanderthal levels of support, rather than Pog’s favourite Debian.) This is a refreshingly honest almost-comparison.

Then it gets silly. A Windows server (5-CAL) costs $3239 for email, network config and a database, whereas a Linux ...

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Some people are deciding that having a bunch of downs kids run a race is a good idea. You can bet Dr Loser will be there scouting out his pray.

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Another brief whistle-stop on the narrow-gauge track to a train wreck. Included simply as a translation service … and I wish to point out that the original German is horribly contorted and therefore unconvincing. Unfortunately I have translated it too clearly, if anything.

Successful Consolidation of the City of Munich Open Office.org migration

by Kirsten Böge (23 Feb 2012)

Mission Accomplished! Macro migration completed successfully!

Project LiMux: the evolution of IT continues. An important milestone in the Munich-based LiMux project has now been achieved:

As a final stage, the migration to Open Office did not involve specialised procedures. Rather, the ...

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...or not. OpenSSL currently lacks IPv6 support, while patches that would add it have been inexplicably excluded from the main source.

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Says Marky Mark Shuttlesworth:
“For the first time with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, real desktop user experience innovation is available on a full production-ready enterprise-certified free software platform, free of charge, well before it shows up in Windows or MacOS.”

By what possible standard? 12.04 LTS has just been released as a beta on March 1st. The Windows 8 Beta was released the day before. So not even by that standard did you win. And it is arguable whether you should be compared to OS X “Mountain Lion” that comes out this summer, or to OS X “Lion” which ...

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It wasn’t long ago that freetards got paranoid about H.264 video when they realized it was to be the default format supported by the HTML5 video tag. They claimed it wasn’t free and open enough and that could be abused.

Then along comes Google, the champion of freetards everywhere, who bought Motorola and in doing so, gained access to several H.264 patents. Did Google decide to “do no evil” with said patents? Of course not, they demanded royalties on an astronomical scale.

“Microsoft said Motorola wants that $22.50 royalty payment for just 50 standards-essential patents ...

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Yes, it’s yet another campaign from the ambulance chasers/hippies of the FSF. But instead of their usual rants about Apple’s and Microsoft’s evil plans to world domination, this one focuses on Android.

Don’t like the fact your version of Android comes with full hardware support and value-added apps like Google Maps and Google Market? Install Replicant now and get the true FSF experience. It even comes with F-Droid, an app store (“repository” for those of you that use the loon terminology) that finds free software apps for your phone (FreeSoftwareGivesMeEverythingINeed™).

Bonus for the cheap attempt ...

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The story so far:

Most of us know that computers aid researchers to crunch data and explore scenarios by doing simulations. We also know that the scientific method requires results to be reproducible.

But wait! How am I going to reproduce if I don’t have access to those cool tools researches do? I demand not only the tools, but (yep, you saw this coming) teh sauce codez.

Now those basement dwellers pulled a nice one since they want to turn their mothers basement into a research lab and become scientist. TM LinuxTeachesYouComputerScience™ will be upgraded to LinuxHelpsYouDoScience™.

They go ...

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This is desperate stuff.

Coverity is a Stanford start-up (2002) that uses static analysis to find bugs in C, C++, C# and Java. Its biggest customer to date appears to be the US Department of Homeland Security (2007 and ongoing).

The US Department of Homeland Security is the US Department of Homeland Security: Boondoggles’R'Us.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s crunch the numbers, shall we?

No, wait, let’s start with the abject stupidity:

For the project researchers waded through over 37 million lines of open source software code and over 300 million lines of ...