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03.31.11

Microsoft Declares Bankruptcy (Chapter 11)

Posted in Humour, Microsoft at 6:00 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Eleven

“IT WAS too hard to pretend any longer,” stated Microsoft’s CFO, who only recently replaced another CTO who was paid millions for his silence. “Basically, we have been faking it,” he admitted, “there is not so much money in attaching a tax to machines that could just run GNU/Linux for free.”

Mr. Steve Ballmer announced his resignation following this revelation, publicly announcing using a $300,000,000 marketing campaign that the newly-formed Ballmer Foundation will save hungry children and that everyone who resents him for it wants those children dead.

The fate of the remaining 80,000 or so Microsoft employees were not allowed to be approached for a comment; they have all been gathered in a stadium instead, to be given instuructions on how to help Microsoft outlive its former shell by interjecting themselves strategically into competitors.

And in case it’s not obvious by now, this post is published on April first. ;-)

12.19.10

Rap News 6 – Wikileaks’ Cablegate (as Ogg)

Posted in Humour, Videos at 1:40 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Funny video released 2 days ago


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Credit: TinyOgg

10.19.10

“OMGUbuntu Makes a Dig at Mono?”

Posted in GNU/Linux, Humour, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, OpenSUSE, Patents, Ubuntu at 7:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Amazed at Mono

Summary: An interpretation of one bit of apparent humour from the hugely popular OMGUbuntu Web site

OMGUbuntu often endorses Mono-based applications, but all in all, there’s nothing nefarious in the site, which does a great job promoting Ubuntu GNU/Linux and introducing new users to it

OMGUbuntu has just chosen the bait headline “Clementine music player goes mono…” and it doesn’t mean what it may sound like. “Clementine,” Joey says, “the Amarok 1.4 inspired music player – is going mono in its forthcoming release.” That’s not Novell’s Mono at all and the confusion appears to be deliberate. OpenBytes believes that “OMGUbuntu makes a dig at Mono”. To quote:

If you ever find yourself with views which don’t support a Mono advocate, my advice to you would be keep them to yourself, lest you get a vulgar tirade of the “c” word that I did by an advocate of theirs. Whilst a Mono supporter may try to woo you with statements like “haters like to hate” (in order to cheapen any opposition to it) or the best one “they’re killing FOSS!” it seems that the disapproval (or at least concerns about it) are much larger than any Mono supporter would want to acknowledge, afterall Jo Shields wrote a whole article trying to justify it.

Mono has already tainted OpenSUSE (including forbidden parts like Banshee) and although there is not much news from OpenSUSE anymore, there are some nice new stories of deployment in Indonesia for example:

Yogyakarta is one of the tourism destination in Indonesia. The unique Javanise tradition blend with some acculturation from outside culture. Recently I was asked by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and Office of Education, Youth and Sport of Yogyakarta to help them to prepare the computer lab for elementary and junior high school in Yogyakarta Province – Indonesia.

Well, this is the tough job. I work with some expert, teacher and education strategist to prepare the e-learning system. We should prepare learning/teaching material in digital format, train the teacher to use authoring tools and operating system, and prepare the schools to be ready to receive the PC’s. This government initiative will involve 500 schools in 3 years. Every school that involve in this program will receive 21 PCs.

It’s important not to make children dependent on applications which depend on Mono. Microsoft (aka SCO 2.0) is trying to exploit that.

“I saw that internally inside Microsoft many times when I was told to stay away from supporting Mono in public. They reserve the right to sue”

Robert Scoble, former Microsoft evangelist

09.25.10

Robocopyright ACTA (as Ogg)

Posted in Humour, Intellectual Monopoly, Videos at 7:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: New video from La Quadrature du Net


09.13.10

Weird Video About Apple Bullying, Sweatshops, Antennagate, and Damage Control

Posted in Apple, Humour, Videos at 7:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


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Summary: The video above captures some embarrassing moments of Apple which are fairly recent

AS WE stated about a month ago, July was a terrible month for Apple from a reputation perspective. The video we have just transcoded — even though the language may be a barrier — provides a summary. Here is where we found this video:

An enlightening CNN clip that interviews Jimmy Lai and takes us behind the scenes at Next Media’s Taiwan animation headquarters quotes Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz huffily declaring that if this is the future of journalism, he wants no part of it. I can see his point. Lai is out to make money by syndicating his animations far and wide, Associated Press-style. But while the Steve Jobs clip does a decent job of covering a spring and summer’s worth of Apple news — stolen iPhone prototypes, suicidal Chinese workers — it certainly doesn’t fit under what we used to think of as “news.” Steve Jobs isn’t actually Darth Vader.

“I hasten to add,” said the person who brought this to our attention, “I found the last story bizarre rather than useful or well argued but sometimes bizarre is enough.”

09.07.10

“Q: Why is it written in Mono/C#? A: Because I hate freedom.”

Posted in Humour, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, Ubuntu at 5:45 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Gorillas at play

Summary: SparkleShare is Mono (and proud of it), Ubuntu still under threat of having Banshee spread throughout the project, putting in it code which Microsoft explicitly stated is a patent problem

Yesterday we linked to this post about a “Slick FOSS Alternative to Dropbox”. What we did not know at the time is that it’s Mono based. One reader told us: “[I] Was about to install it, so I first opened the readme file.” The text shown above (in the title) was in it, probably as just a tongue-in-cheek gesture.

Why is it that Mono proponents use humour to escape criticism? Novell’s Jeffrey Stedfast (of the Mono team) is currently linking to humourous viral marketing from Microsoft and the OMG!Mono! folks advertise/promote Banshee in the sense that they call for help testing it. Ubuntu Netbook Edition is intended to have Banshee by default [1, 2, 3] and it would be worrying if the desktop edition followed suit because it’s a lawsuit threat:

Given that Ubuntu aims to replace the default mediaplayer on the Ubuntu Netbook Edition with Banshee, Didier Roche has requested that the proud OMG army unleash their unspeakable powers of mass breakage on the newly promoted Banshee 1.7.5 package in Maverick.

Those who do not understand the legal ramifications (that would be the majority) may need the advice of others.

08.14.10

Caricature: Law Suit Larry

Posted in Humour, Oracle at 12:07 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Leisure Suit Larry Ellison

06.25.10

New JavaZone Trailer (as Ogg)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Humour, Java, Microsoft, Mono, Videos, Windows at 8:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Today’s new video about Java


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Hat tip: SubSonica

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