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This is probably not going to fly well, me a part-time Anti-Microsoft, full-time Linux user offering his thoughts on the direction of Microsoft Windows. But I just saw some screenies of a Longhorn build, and something occurred to me.
(Bare in mind that I'm trying to be objective -- though I make my pro-Linux stance as apparent as possible.)
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When asked if recent security threats such as the MyDoom worm are related to a computer "monoculture" where Microsoft's Windows controls the vast majority of the world's desktop computers, Gates replied, "Variety is not the answer." [My emphasis]
"WASHINGTON (AFP) - Nothing is more sacred to the Microsoft than its crown jewels - the millions of lines of secret computer code that propelled it from garage startup to one of the world's wealthiest corporations.
"But now a huge chunk of that software is circulating on the Internet, giving rivals, hackers and nerds an unprecedented opportunity to peer into the inner workings of the Windows operating system, which runs the vast majority of the world's personal computers."
They say: "How the leak occurred still is being investigated with the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Suspicion at first fell on the open-source movement, a global network of software programmers and users, many of whom who disdain Microsoft as a monopolizer and insist that computer code should be freely available for the benefit of all.
"But now invesigators have switched their attention to one of Microsoft's partner companies as a possible source of the leak."
Between the lines: "At first, everyone thought that those dirty Linux hippies -- you know, the ones that wrote the myDoom virus -- had stolen the code. Then Microsoft looked at the issue and realised that one of it many other enemies might have been responsible."
They say: "A partner company that adapts Windows software for use on UNIX computers has come under suspicion as a possible source of the code leak.
Between the lines: "...so even though Linux users aren't directly responsible, it may have been stolen by some UNIX hippies, whom are almost certainly in league with dirty fucking Linux users. Obviously, this is a case of OS-wars, and not just a case of one of Microsoft's many disgruntled clients getting pissed off and trying to fuck over the largest, tyrannic monopoly in computer software history. Er...did we mention that GPL is unpatriotic?"
They say: "What it may do, according to experts, is to offer the maliciously minded an extraordinary opportunity to probe for vulnerabilities, develop new means of hacking into computers and produce an even peskier generation of viruses, worms and trojan horses that can easily propagate when a single manufacturer controls the vast majority of the global market for operating software."
Between the lines: (Um...who needs the source code when Microsoft makes virus programming so easy for hackers. Like, say, neglecting to fix a critical vulnerability in Windows for 6 months after it was first discovered.)
They say: "Earlier in the week, Microsoft acknowledged a major security breach in the Windows software that could afford hackers unguarded access into computers that would allow them to steal or corrupt data without the knowledge of users. The company made available a patch, or piece of software, designed to close the gap. "
Between the lines: "MS provided a patch to a problem in their OS which was clearly their own fault, and we should all be very, very thankful that they're looking out for us. Aren't they great? Oh and, ::cough cough:: it took them 6 months to fix ::cough cough::.."
Full story here. (Don't read it unless you really like propaganda.)
SCO Group to Shoot Babies
By Jeff Heard
Lindon, UT - The SCO Group announced the launch of a campaign to shoot 1% of all babies born in the US.
"Statistically, 1% of all people are Linux users. Rather than have these young hoodlums grow up without any respect for our intellectual property, we have chosen to nip it in the bud, as it were," said SCO's CEO, Darl McBride.
SCO also unveiled their new corporate logo
In addition, during the campaign announcement, SCO said that individuals could pay $2,499 per child for immunity from execution. "The price goes up to $5,200 dollars after that family's firstborn reaches 18 months, so it is in their advantage to pony up now," McBride continued.
The announcement brought cheers from SCO's chief investors and supporters, including the Gartner Group, and the BSA (Blind and Shortsighted Alliance). The organizations hailed it as "A brave, innovative step in the fight against intellectual piracy."
An RIAA spokesperson that was also present said that they were taking serious looks at SCO's proposal for fighting piracy in the music industry. "I think this will be a great deterrent. It will force parents to talk to their kids about the evils of intellectual piracy. In a free economy, this kind of thing is a must."
SCO, which stands for "Satanic Cultists' Operation," changed its name from Caldera in 2002, when it was acquired by an obscure organization which exclusively employs 1200-year-old undead trial lawyers. They are now embroiled in an ongoing legal battle with IBM, Red Hat, and the Open Source community over alleged copyright infringements embedded inside Linux.
Speculation has been abound about what will happen if SCO wins the lawsuit. Some have suggested that Linux will disappear entirely from the market. Others have speculated that if SCO loses the lawsuit, it will use its connections with the Underworld to assemble a massive Army of the Dead, march on IBM headquarters, and crush it into a smoldering oblivion. When asked about the possibility of an undead Armageddon scenario, a senior IBM spokesperson said, speaking in stereophonic bass-tones, "This will not happen."
When booed during the announcement by a large rotten tomato-wielding crowd, McBride exhorted, "I am disappointed with your reaction to our announcement. I must say that your decision to throw tomatoes does not seem conducive to the long-term survivability of your firstborn children."
Bridget and I saw Underworld today. Pretty good -- visually, very stylish, and entertaining enough. I thought they got off to a good, clean start, but it got a bit muddy toward the end. All said and done, though, it was quite a tidy story. I do think they tried to justify the plot a little bit too much -- made sure we were absolutely aware of who was good and who was bad.
I liked the way they treated the characters. There were a lot of them, and I'm glad the movie wasn't wasted trying to build them up and have us bond with them. They were all really just avatars -- yet colourful, endearing avatars. And the fact that every character was uniformly understated -- even the main characters -- meant that the movie didn't feel lacking. It was also very much in the mood of the plot and the style of that particular genre that everyone was a little bit shadowy and mysterious.
Underworld has given us a Hollywood vampire story that more or less works (forget the Blade series.) I've got a feeling Van Hesling is just going to retreat that territory. As I said to Bridget on the way out of the cinema, they nailed that slick, dark Vampire feel that everyone wants to nail. But it's like the Matrix and bullet time -- after it was done once, it was just lame to see it done anywhere else.
Thanks to our new ISP, we've been connected to the internet for 2 days 3 hours and 55 minutes -- and counting. This means that Linux has been running for that the same amount of time (actually, about 5 hours longer). After 50 hours of operational use as a Desktop Workstation, I have subjected my Linux box to the following:
-Compiled and recompiled a 180mb program 4 times
-Untarred 180mb program 4 times
-Installed over 20 RPMS, uninstalled about 10
-Downloaded a 150mb file twice -- (split up into 4 parts by Prozilla, that makes it 8x45mb download)
-Downloaded and installed 100+mb of icon files
-Ripped two new CDs and converted to OGG format -- about 30 songs all up.
-Played Linux native Return to Castle Wolfenstein 3 times
-Loaded Jedi Outcast twice
-Installed and configured a Firewall service
-GIMPed a couple of images
The whole time I have also had the following apps running
-XMMS (playing almost all of the time, excluding, obviously, when I was asleep)
-OpenOffice - multiple windows, at least 2 files open at once, at all times. (generally considered the biggest resource hog on the Linux desktop)
-Firebird (open constantly)
-KMail (open and shut periodically)
-KsCD (open and shut periodically)
-Logjam (have run about 3-4 times)
-SuperKarmaba DOOM Guy desktop enhancement (shows CPU usage through the DOOM guy portrait!)
On top of all of this, Bridget has had a seperate session of KDE loaded in a second terminal on various occasions. That's like running Windows XP twice on the one computer. The number of apps I have listed therefore needs to be doubled.
All this and Linux is still running like a champ -- no slowdown, no lag, no bloat, no error messages or program crashes. More to the point, any Windows-based PC would have crashed multiple times -- either completely or partially -- in 2 days of operational usage, particularily with the same strain placed on it. Linux shrugs it off.
Who says Linux isn't ready for the desktop?
Interesting little tidbit I wasn't previously aware of:
"Sony Corp has officially endorsed Linux efforts for its market-leading PlayStation 2 console, going so far as to offer a $199 kit on its Web site with a keyboard, hard drive, networked adapter and software to turn any PS2 into a Linux computer."
Full (sort of unrelated) story here.