Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Oct 2007 15:12 UTC
Legal This week's 'big' news on OSNews was about software patents. You know, those things that say you cannot stack four pixels on top of one another unless you pay money to the guy who invented four-pixel-stacks (or the guy who bought the guy who invented four-pixel-stacks). A company called IP Innovation, LLC, has sued Novell and Red Hat for infringement of the company's IP portfolio. Software patents are of course generally completely ridiculous, so I will not focus on that here. I want to focus on something else.
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RE: common sense
by ssa2204 on Mon 15th Oct 2007 02:24 UTC in reply to "common sense"
ssa2204
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2006-04-22

Something that makes absolutely no sense, personally, are how worked up people can be over this topic when you consider how many other issues exist in the world that truly are of much more importance.

Ok, let us play devil's advocate and say this is a secret cabal of Microsoft behind this. In the end, who really f***king cares? So Apple, Red Hat, and Novell happen to pay out a few million dollars. And this is different how from any OTHER business? More importantly, truly how does this even effect you? I can understand this level if we are discussing Global Warming, which by the way DOES affect you.

My point is I am just sick if the constant whining and crying over spilled milk when there are so many other serious issues in this world. I do not care or like Ford or GM, yet I could give a rat's @ss about them. Since I do not like, do not use, I move in with my life. If the only thing that can get you motivated in life is if Microsoft is or is not behind some grand conspiracy...then some need to seriously examine their life and priorities. Linux is not going to disappear tonight, tomorrow, or next week. Microsoft is going to in the end have nothing to do with whether Linux ever succeeds or not, for in the end it will be up to OSS to develop a product that can compete. Too many people seem to sadly have the viewpoint that all you need is for the software to be free and thus it should be blindly superior. This attitude, which way too many take is immensely more of a threat than anything Microsoft could ever do. Maybe it is just me, but I find fanboyism just to be so freakin immature and idiotic.

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RE[2]: common sense
by autocrat on Mon 15th Oct 2007 02:41 in reply to "RE: common sense"
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2007-10-14

You're making some massive generalized assumptions.

People are able to be concerned and active regarding a great number of things, often all at once. Life is full of concurrency and parallelism, in case you haven't noticed.

Why did you waste time posting a response when you could have been busy abolishing the Fed or tearing down the military-industrial complex? You should have used that time to engage in some direct democracy to get the electric car back onto the market. Why aren't you out on a cop watch mission attempting to video tape and expose police brutality? Shouldn't you be organizing a Food Not Bombs action right now? Which of those issues "truly are of much more importance?"

I don't know what you do for a living, as a career - but it would be strange if you were to sit by unresponsively were you ever to be confronted by a situation where you feel your interests as a professional in your field were being jeopardized in some manner.

Being a professional programmer and system administrator specializing in open source software and linux in general, I take a huge interest in the goings-on in my industry.

That doesn't mean you won't see me engaging in other causes.

And if you were to tell me which issues should take priority in my life, and how/when/where I should act, I'd feel very much obliged to tell _you_ to STFU.


"Maybe it is just me, but I find fanboyism just to be so freakin immature and idiotic."

Maybe it's just me, but I found your post just to be so freakin immature and idiotic.

Edited 2007-10-15 02:55

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