[aklug] Re: Microsoft Global Anti-Piracy day

From: Shane R. Spencer <shane@bogomip.com>
Date: Mon Oct 17 2011 - 09:09:15 AKDT

Agreed.. it's not often that a company can create it's own oil field and promise
themselves rights to it later.

On 10/14/2011 06:55 PM, kracker wrote:
> Hello Aklug!
> Listen to this email's theme song [0] ! The devil is always in the details ...
> I mostly shadow the list these days...
> Oh how I miss the land of my homeland (Alaska) stranded in the middle
> of this desert wasteland).
> I saw this reply and just had to speak up.
> I was really busy at work today so could not reply until after work.
> Here is the question I just had to reply to ...
> On Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 3:16 PM, Jim MacDonald <jim@macdonald.org> wrote:
>> Isn't EVERY DAY anti-piracy day at M$
> No, not in reality. In reality over the long years it has always been
> a lot more like this ...
> Here are some quotes from Bill Gates alone ...
> "It's easier for our software to compete with Linux when there's
> piracy than when there's not, Are you kidding? You can get the real
> thing, and you get the same price."
> Source: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2007/07/23/100134488/index.htm
> "About 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but people
> don't pay for the software. Someday they will, though. As long as they
> are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours. They'll get sort of
> addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in
> the next decade."
> Source: http://news.cnet.com/2100-1023-212942.html
> "Stolen's a strong word. It's copyrighted content that the owner
> wasn't paid for. So yes." (On his use of pirated videos).
> Source: http://blogs.computerworld.com/node/2803
> That's just a few but it gives you a few clues ... that even they
> (Microsoft) are obviously adept at rationalizing these kind of things
> (just like the customer does when they 'borrow', though not quite in
> equal ways)
> Besides I think we should all be celebrating our own free software and
> open source holidays, our holidays. I don't think it's that great to
> celebrate theirs :P but using theirs to further ours, that has to be
> another story entirely ...
> In the end, I still don't think we are actively taking enough of our
> own independent action to ensure our own continued growth and
> ultimately survival. It just always feel like we are just barely able
> to keep our heads above the water swimming alone in the middle of the
> ocean with the sharks moving in closer ...
> In closing here is a quote that stuck me recently.
> The Doctor: "There are fixed points throughout time where things must
> stay exactly the way they are. This is not one of them. This is an
> opportunity! Whatever happens here will create its own timeline, its
> own reality, a temporal tipping point. The future revolves around you,
> here, now, so do good!"
> Do good Aklug, Do good!
> Cheers,
> //kracker
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