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I have no idea on how to start describing this finding. So I will just put this here and let you start commenting on this.

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Well, actually, it’s “ten things holding back tech,” culled with loving obsessiveness by Pog from his archives. I’ll bet you’d never guess which particular company is responsible for Number One.

At Number Ten, we have this interesting proposition:

“World War II gave us radar, rockets, the jet engine and digital computing. It also gave us 50 million dead.”

I think “digital computing” is just barely acceptable under the circumstances, although we’re actually talking the butt-end of the war here.

Radar, rockets and the jet engine? Not so much. Try the Great Depression for all three.

But ...

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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 ...