We are long past due cutting the chains of predatory proprietary expensive, non-scalable, non-interopperable software. Open Source Everything (OSE) is a very ugly baby, but it is the only baby that has a chance of affordable scaling to meet the needs of all humanity.
Indifference of market leaders kills their own markets
SFGate, Friday, February 15, 2013
The biggest disruption that the Internet may deliver to our world is just beginning: the upending of higher education.
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I’ve spent the past two years chronicling the emerging education technology industry at EdSurge, my startup devoted to helping educators and entrepreneurs find and use the best tools available to support learning. I had spent the previous 25 years in the national media.
Although the news media chronicled the rise of the Internet, we didn’t appreciate how it gave voice to disgruntled customers – namely, our readers. Readers wanted to voice their thoughts in more than a wispy sentence or two in letters to the editor. They wanted more diversity in the news that got reported than teams of anonymous editors were serving up. The list goes on.
The parallels with universities are striking.
Another reason to move to Open Source software..….
‘If your computer dies, so does your Office license,’ says licensing guru; move seen as prod to adopt subscription-based Office 365
Microsoft yesterday confirmed that a retail copy of Office 2013 is permanently tied to the first PC on which it’s installed, preventing customers from deleting the suite from one machine they own and installing it on another.
The move is a change from past Office end-user licensing agreements (EULAs), experts said, and is another way Microsoft is pushing customers, especially consumers, to opt for new “rent-not-own” subscription plans.
“That’s a substantial shift in Microsoft licensing,” said Daryl Ullman, co-founder and managing director of the Emerset Consulting Group, which specializes in helping companies negotiate software licensing deals. “Let’s be frank. This is not in the consumer’s best interest. They’re paying more than before, because they’re not getting the same benefits as before.”
Offbeat: Installing standard binary drivers in Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit was easily the worst experience I’ve had with installing standard drivers in 20 years, due to three (3) interacting bugs that each should never have made it past release. Here’s a writeup for anybody else to avoid that experience that sucked a day out of my life.
This is not quality.
Abstract (Journal of Strategic Studies)
Deploying cyber weapons to damage Industrial Control Systems (ICS) is relatively easy because such systems are insecure by design. Maintaining communication with an activated cyber weapon, and ensuring its persistence, is harder but feasible.