"Ever wonder why schools still use Windows? Boycott Novell has extracted the details from 2002 Microsoft email presented in the Comes vrs Microsoft case and other leaks. What emerges is Microsoft’s desperate battle to ‘never lose to Linux.’ At stake for Microsoft is more than a billion dollars of annual revenue, vital user conditioning and governmental lock in that excludes competition, and software freedom for the rest of us. Education and Government Incentives [EDGI] and “Microsoft Unlimited Potential” are programs that allows vendors to sell Windows at zero cost. Microsoft’s nightmare scenario has already been realized in Indiana and other places. Windows is not really competitive and schools that switch save tens of millions of dollars. Because software is about as expensive as the hardware in these deals, the world could save up to $500 million each year by dumping Microsoft. Now that the cat is out of the bag, it’s hard to see what Microsoft can do other than what they did to Peter Quinn.” — Posted by ScuttleMonkey on 13/01/09 1:42 from the doing-battle-like-an-insider dept.
“Whenever a political regime or religious establishment refuses to tolerate criticism it advertises itself as repressive, backward and insecure. This verdict will diminish Russia in the eyes of the world. I condemn the prison sentences given to these young people and support the right to protest for everyone. MK”—Mark Knopfler in statement on Russia convictions
“But such arguments overlooked the possibility that modern finance had itself become a religion. Here, the purpose of commercial activity was to maximize shareholder value, and the unit of measure was almost exclusively a monetary one. Stress, pollution, divorce and crime, all these could be conveniently ignored when measuring Gross Domestic Product. In this manner, a monetarily rich but unhappy society was seen as better off than a monetarily poor but happy one. Was this not a massive value judgment for modern finance to make?”—Tarek El Diwany
wotfigo; Persistent high food prices are a sign that supply cannot keep up with demand. Food is our most basic requirement & the world is close to reaching its limits on producing more food for the still…
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wotfigo; The once wealthy & productive middle class is gradually being turned into coffee baristas, check out operators, shop assistants, waiters, hotel support staff & day labourers. And when the hollow economy dries up even further, these jobs will disappear too. How many trendy coffee…
“Using open source in business is sort of like hiring an employee who owns his or her own tools. In the case of hiring an open source developer, though, the “ownership” of the tools is in the form of expertise, something that’s personal and that can’t be sold or securitized. (Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Karl Marx.)”—Don Marti - Who’s pocketing open source wealth?