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  • HP Blows Its Last Shot At Open Source Credibility [View article]
    At this point, I have just two words for HP.

    Silicon Graphics.
    Aug 2, 2012. 01:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Internet Crossover Gets Serious [View article]
    Didn't say unregulated monopoly with full vertical integration isn't profitable. Just don't pretend it's "market" -- it's a lot more socialistic than Obamacare.
    Aug 2, 2012. 01:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Has The Solar Turnaround Started? [View article]
    FSLR did not depend on "tariffs and subsidies" to win this quarter. Its costs are competitive because of Malaysia, and it knows how to play the "buy" side of the solar trade, which is the profitable side right now.

    It's called American ingenuity.
    Aug 2, 2012. 01:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Internet Crossover Gets Serious [View article]
    ESPN already charges ISPs a per-subscriber charge to access its content. I would not be surprised to see NBC and Fox seeking the same financial deal. But given that many people don't care for sports, I wonder how many ISPs will sign on? Interesting...
    Aug 2, 2012. 01:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Internet Crossover Gets Serious [View article]
    Yep. Love the monopoly. Hate the market. As a tech reporter I have seen this attitude fail many, many times.
    Aug 2, 2012. 11:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • VMware Aims The Cloud At Cisco [View article]
    Red Hat has always said that open source isn't necessarily free, and their Red Hat Enterprise Linux has never been free. But, like the free Fedora on which it's based, you can always see and edit the code.

    Many people confuse FOSS and open source. Red Hat is open source.

    Canonical, on the other hand, is based on a FOSS platform, and the GPL. They have to do much more to maintain credibility with their community, and their moves on the Unity interface have upset a lot of people.
    Aug 2, 2012. 08:30 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • China Winning The Race To 50 Cents [View article]
    At 50 cents per created watt the power from a solar panel is price-competitive with power from other sources. Yes, we need to adapt to that power -- and I have a story coming out in TheStreet.com about that -- but the cost of that adaptation is minimal. After all, the power grid has to spend money to "adapt" and connect with other forms of power. Those lines don't get to the nuclear plant by themselves.
    Aug 2, 2012. 08:28 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Oracle Seeks The Keys To The Cloud [View article]
    That's very true. Always like seeing good criticism. It can save a bad blog post, and make a decent one great.
    Aug 1, 2012. 04:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Oracle Seeks The Keys To The Cloud [View article]
    Uh, no. Many people think timesharing was the cloud. Timesharing was not the cloud. Timesharing was renting a mainframe.

    The cloud is something different. The cloud does not require a mainframe. It's built with commodity parts. The cloud breaks the Von Neumann architecture of the old Service Bureau days. Virtualization and distributed computing are essential to it. The cloud scales in ways mainframes never dreamt of scaling.
    Aug 1, 2012. 01:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • HP Blows Its Last Shot At Open Source Credibility [View article]
    Open source, as opposed to FOSS, was really born with "The Cathedral and the Bazaar," Eric Raymond's essay, and subsequently organized along those principles.

    Raymond's a die-hard Republican. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I disagree with Eric (known as esr as opposed to FOSS's Richard Stallman, or rms) on many issues of political policy. But not usually on tech.
    Aug 1, 2012. 01:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Posner Effect On The Patent Gold Rush [View article]
    Apple could not have made the iPhone without Samsung chips. Samsung has abundant intellectual property rights in many areas.

    Eventually a settlement will have to come.
    Aug 1, 2012. 11:31 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Netflix Does Its Tech Homework [View article]
    Disagreements are what make markets. The views of folks like Ben Bush are perfectly valid, and those of AlessandroDiRoma are just as valid. We can all bet on it, one way or the other.

    Then time spins the wheel and we see who's right.
    Aug 1, 2012. 11:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google Is Not Just An Ad Company [View article]
    That's about right. Much of that fiber was bought at the bottom of the dot-bomb, for literally pennies on the dollar. True, it takes investment to re-light that fiber, and to put modern equipment at both ends of a line. But Google made that investment in expanding its own network for its own purposes, and it can now light that fiber for a fraction of the cost anyone else would pay to acquire a line.

    It may have been the smartest move Larry Page ever made.
    Aug 1, 2012. 11:27 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Posner Effect On The Patent Gold Rush [View article]
    The problem with "loser pays" is that it can deny small players a day in court. You sue a big guy, he pounds you with lawyers and buys the verdict, then he lays his bill on you. That's a risk most small companies won't take -- they'll walk away first.

    I think some judges can force abusive plaintiffs to pay the other side's costs. And some do.
    Aug 1, 2012. 08:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Posner Effect On The Patent Gold Rush [View article]
    "We're arguing about rectangles now." -- Samsung executive.

    You can make a better mousetrap if you make it differently. It may still look like the first mousetrap, and it may still catch mice. But the law protects multiple mousetraps.
    Aug 1, 2012. 08:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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