Tipping Points

I don’t often agree with Jim Zemlin but he’s right about FLOSS being widely accepted. It’s the right way to do IT.“2014 was a tipping point where companies decided there was too much software to write for any one company to do it by themselves. They are shedding commodity software R&D by investing in “external R&D” with open source. Those who master the game have a compelling advantage. Those who don’t are getting left behind.” The one anomaly in the game is still that other OS dominating the desktop but that’s slowly changing as GNU/Linux becomes more widely adopted by individuals, organizations and governments. It just makes no sense to pay big money for what you can get for $0 or nearly so. Even M$ has acknowledged that by giving away licences for small cheap computers. Eventually, a large chunk of computers of all kinds will run GNU/Linux and retailers will offer it to consumers everywhere. There’s no reason not to do that. Choice is good for consumers and retailers and OEMs.

The last few years has been some kind of a tipping point. Most OEMs are shipping some GNU/Linux units. Many retailers sell them to consumers. European governments are getting behind a move to accept FLOSS and GNU/Linux for purchases. China, India, Russia, Brazil, and several other governments have committed to FLOSS. The preferences for that other OS and its way of doing things are dying. Many schools run GNU/Linux because it is very affordable and their graduates are filling a demand for an educated workforce. Android/Linux is thriving. There’s no reason GNU/Linux cannot as well. It is better suited to run on legacy PCs than Android/Linux. Large screens matter. Mice and keyboards matter. GNU/Linux works very well with them and the performance continues to improve.

See 2014: The Open Source Tipping Point.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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32 Responses to Tipping Points

  1. DrLoser says:

    None of those bloods lines are ruling class.

    Try yet once more, Fifi.

  2. DrLoser says:

    Blah blah blah blah yet another unattributed experimenticle …

    Japanese person with photoshoped Europe skin and eye color you most likely call European. Irish men with photoshoped Japanese skin and eye color you will most likely call Japanese.

    I am prepared to put myself forward as an observer for this experiment, oiaohm, because, you know what? It’s bullshit. The nearest I have come to it is watching Eddie Murray on Saturday Night Live, doing a skit about “passing for white” (which incidentally was brutally funny). Not with all the makeup in the world on did Mr Murray convince me that he was “white.” And that’s a man who actually has mixed ancestry — it’s ridiculous to believe that anybody would mistake a Japanese guy with blue contacts and a blond fright wig as an Indo-European.

    None of which was the point of my cites. Your bizarre original claim was to do with a lack of diversity in facial characteristics:

    DrLoser like it or not its odd. Why they had almost always the same eye, hair and skin color on top face shapes were lower diversity then no other race group was like that. So yes it was an abnormality so the term Mongoloid was created to cover that group.

    And my cites strongly suggest that this “lack of diversity” is purely cultural and nothing at all to do with DNA.

    Oh, and “the term Mongoloid” was “coined” for no such reason: certainly nothing to do with “abnormality.” It might be an unhappy choice these days, but I’ve seen anthropologists and ethnologists use it as one of the major branches of Homo Sapiens (the others being Australoid, Caucasoid, and Negroid) once the species spread from (presumed) the Savannah.

    I believe you are getting confused (very understandably, in this case) with the term “Mongoloid” as used by John Langdon Down, of syndrome fame.

    Weirdly enough, that was a simple case of “looks like a Mongol, must be a Mongol.” But I’d like to think we’ve all moved on since the 1860s.

    Just in case, though, I’m presently studying his master-work: “Observations on the Ethnic Classification of Idiots.”

    Is there a chapter on northern New South Wales in there? If not, it was a missed opportunity.

  3. DrLoser says:

    Yet more “blood line” lunacy. If you’re going to talk about DNA (mitochondrial or otherwise), oiaohm, then talk about DNA.

    Don’t talk about “blood lines.” It’s inaccurate, and it creeps people out for tolerably obvious reasons.

    There is another fun test. Take average Asian and Europe skin color print this on paper with some text then have people read both. Asian people will read the Asian colored faster and the European will read the Europe colored faster.

    Yes, it’s a fun test all right. So much fun that I would imagine you have a link of some sort to it. Which unaccountably went missing.

    I presume these “European skin lines” account for the variance between Scandinavians, Iberians, Italians, Greeks, not to mention red heads?

    And I presume these “Asian skin lines” account for the variance between Pashtuns, Punjabis, Dravidians of all types, Vietnamese, a smorgasbord of Chinese (Han or otherwise), Mongols, Turkics, Japanese …

    I have to presume all of this, oiaohm, because the only alternative is to presume that you are a raving fantasist with a distinctly dubious attitude to people of “other races.”

  4. oiaohm says:

    Blood lines is strictly talking about DNA difference.

    Mongoliod is also a blood line kind of identifier.

    The actual point, Fifi, my little peanut-brain, and you appear to be intellectually unconstituted to understand it, is that if you live in a world full of Irish males, you will subjectively identify facial characteristics as a quality of “Irish maleness.” And if you live in a world full of Japanese females, you will subjectively identify facial characteristics as a quality of “Japanese femaleness.”
    The point here is subjectively as in not based on data. In fact that subjectively is based on the presume the person can in fact see those features. There is a problem majority cannot see those features and the old study failed to check for the fault.

    And you miss mine. If you live in the world of DNA features and Environmental controlled features. You realize that due “No blond, blue-eyed Eskimos” that a particular list of features are linked blood lines. Those blood lines end up making what we call race. Eskimos contain no blond lines with the features of blond or blue-eyed.

    I will cover one of the oddiets OCA2 around 40 to 60 percent of people in china has this gene with increasing to 100 percent for those who family tree has been in china for over 9 generations. Now Chinese populations outside china this gene decreases fairly quickly with any cross breeding with outside races. Does not help that china has migration of population records going back before the birth of Christ. So there are towns and cities in china where OCA2 is dominate but due to population mixes it should be almost non existent. Genes like OCA2 leads to the fact there are a percentage of Genes jammed by a percentage of both of those populations.

    Same applies to other DNA markers that effect appearance with Japaneses look.

    Most races at DNA level contain all features so yes its Subjective. Japanese and Chinese have an exception.

    Having a unique colored face and unique eye color pattern and a few other feature caused the Asia race face recognition to be stuffed up.

    Now to the test that ruins Irish maleness and Japanese femaleness idea of no difference
    Its one of the fun like things todo. Photoshop group of peoples face color into known race face/skin, hair and eye colors. This shows way more than Japanese Women and Irish men one.

    Then go around and survey what race people think each person. Most will complete ignore the facial physical features. This was also done in a study. Yes the study of twins. Since its impossible to get twins with different skin tones. eye colors and hair colors you use computer software to fake it.

    Japanese person with photoshoped Europe skin and eye color you most likely call European. Irish men with photoshoped Japanese skin and eye color you will most likely call Japanese. Yes the saying that race is only skin deep is so correct its not funny.

    That skin deep difference also stuffs up facial characteristics identification. Other than very dark skin races that go by physical features. There is another fun test. Take average Asian and Europe skin color print this on paper with some text then have people read both. Asian people will read the Asian colored faster and the European will read the Europe colored faster. Please note being able to read it faster is showing less processing difficulties. People claim cannot see the difference in appearance between Asians or People claim cannot see the difference between white people and so on is partly related to the colors our brain is trained to process when trying to find face features. It also explains when people spend times in different race communities they develop the means to see the differences. Yes repeat the same test and the difference between their native color time and their non native color will reduce.

    Yes the thing that those early studies threw away are key features that truly do separate race. What is the point of a person having a difference face feature if your brain cannot see it. Also those old studies all they could do is try black and white. Problem here is even in black and white the skin tone DNA difference shows through.

    Get it yet you need studies post 1990 in the age of computers that truly found the answer to how we race divide and why we think other races are featureless. We think they are featureless because we cannot see the features due to particular features of our brain processing colored materials screwing us over so preventing us from seeing the difference.

    So what is the first thing we are going to see to split people. The answer is skin color due to skin color is what we must be able to process to see the other person features properly. Now if a skin color in a race lacks variation our brain is going to attempt short cut that they all look the same due to processing a color of skin we are not use to is hard. Yes the race divide is skin mixed with brain lazyiness.

    Something to remember

    Interesting enough is the features we have traced to DNA controlled not environmental that are the major decider on what race group we suspect a person as.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongoloid#mediaviewer/File:HM-Hsr.jpg
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ala111Thr_allele_frequency_distribution0.png

    Look at these two maps Drloser. What was Mongoloid and Negroid are fairly much detected by by less than 10 DNA markers. Negroid all have the dark skin marker so 2 markers have split it. Ala111 genes is what most gives person was called Mongoloid color and makes their face appear what was called Mongoloid.
    OCA2 gives what we call Chinese appearance.

    Sorry like or not DNA base to race group identification. Modern DNA agrees with the race groups old anthropologists came up with. There are most likely jammed blood lines in historic mapped areas Negroid, Caucasoids and Australoids just we have not found them yet.

    DNA population mapping under mines the idea that the difference is just all subjective.

  5. DrLoser says:

    Just out of (horrified) interest, what’s all this stuff with “blond(e) hair and blue eyes,” Fifi?

    Anything wrong with “auburn hair and hazel eyes?”

    It’s a slightly unusual obsession, genetically speaking. Or, in your happy terminology, “generically speaking.”

    Anything wrong with people like me, who started off blond with blue eyes and ended up bald with, well, I can’t see the mirror, but presumably blue eyes?

    Are we, the Children of the Prussian Lord, doomed?

    I possess a toothbrush moustache. Does that count towards Salvation?

  6. DrLoser says:

    None of those bloods lines are ruling class.

    Try again, Fifi.

  7. DrLoser says:

    In other words, when identifying faces, we tend to look for the features in which our own race shows the most variation.
    This point from your own quote.

    It appears to be conspicuously empty of comments about “blood-lines” or “stuffed” or even matrilinear gibberish, oiaohm. Which reminds me, did your mother drop you on your head as a child?

    Because otherwise I can see no palatable excuse for your insistence on going on, endlessly, about your nasty little racial theories.

    tl;dr: I skipped to the end of your latest gibberish:

    Yep this is so wrong. Same features that Japanese Women shows more variation in than Irish men are the exact same features you find different when a pair of identical twins are raised in two different houses with different food. Ok so that was not race differential at all it was just that Japanese eat broader diet than Irish men did at the time.

    The actual point, Fifi, my little peanut-brain, and you appear to be intellectually unconstituted to understand it, is that if you live in a world full of Irish males, you will subjectively identify facial characteristics as a quality of “Irish maleness.” And if you live in a world full of Japanese females, you will subjectively identify facial characteristics as a quality of “Japanese femaleness.”

    And if you do a scientific study from the outside, the differences in the latter group outweigh the differences in the former group — OBJECTIVELY..

    It is not a point upon which identical twins, nor dietary range, have any bearing whatsoever.

    Shall we get back to “blood lines?” You appear to have a tenuous, yet completely obnoxious, grasp on “blood lines.” Particularly on Mummy’s side, for some as yet inexplicable reason.

  8. oiaohm says:

    In other words, when identifying faces, we tend to look for the features in which our own race shows the most variation.
    This point from your own quote.

    The abnormality is the fact Chinese and Japanese related when running face renegotiation have less differences than any other race group. For along time we had no clue why.
    This is not truly 100 percent wrong. I missed a words. In particular features.

    The abnormality is the fact Chinese and Japanese related when running face recognition have less differences than any other race group in DNA controlled features.

    Size and final shape of bone in face is heavily effected by environmental just like finger prints and blood vessels. Yes a lot of features you have to drop from comparing twins raised in different house holds that are DNA identical and the differences they have.

    For instance, it’s generally conceded that skin pigmentation acts as a filter for the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and it’s possible to plot out a sort of gradient called a “cline” showing that the closer you get to the equator, whether it’s in Africa, Europe, or Asia, the darker the characteristic skin color of the locals. Something similar may conceivably apply to eye or hair color.
    Eye and Hair color those are in fact DNA set. There are blond haired, blue eyes and darked skined people on the equator who have been local there for over 10000 years. The twins test on this is interesting. Shade of skin color is part DNA part environment.

    No blond, blue-eyed Eskimos is simple. Since both of those features are DNA set not environment if the Eskimos population contains no one with the generics for those features they will not have it end of story. Some pacific islands have people with Blond hair and Blue eyes and other islands don’t. Same fact not all the islands contain people with that DNA traits for particular eye or hair colors but the islands are not highly uniform due to contain a broad variation.

    This is the catch for those who don’t know generics properly are not aware how many features are more dominantly controlled by environment.

    The one universal thing you start talking about DNA and race is being called a racist. Next problem you have people like you DrLoser who pull up items that say here is a good example to why race indemnifying race is impossible. Straightdope goes and mixes DNA controlled features with Environmental controlled features. Yes those old studies before we knew what was what are highly miss leading including throwing out core features that are DNA controlled and stacking with features that are highly Environmental controlled.

    –A.G. Goldstein, “Race-related Variation of Facial Features,” 1979–
    Yes this paper is toilet paper when it comes to comparing face recognition disruption due to DNA commonality. Majority of what A.G. Goldstein looked at was environmental controlled features of human appearance that came clear in latter studies of twins measurements and how they differed when raised in different envornements.

    found that Japanese women’s faces show more variation than those of, say, Irish men.
    Yep this is so wrong. Same features that Japanese Women shows more variation in than Irish men are the exact same features you find different when a pair of identical twins are raised in two different houses with different food. Ok so that was not race differential at all it was just that Japanese eat broader diet than Irish men did at the time.

    If the feature is not DNA it cannot be hereditary so should not be used in a define of a race. Yes when you reduce to DNA their is very few features that are in fact race.

    DrLoser sometimes straightdope completely is miss leading.

  9. DrLoser says:

    None of those bloods lines are ruling class.

    Try again, Fifi.

  10. DrLoser says:

    Incidentally, Fifi, when you’ve found the right avenue to sue me (as promised: I am, after all, accused by you of being a criminal), do let me know. Because I’m quite looking forward to the chance for a bit of

    face renegotiation.

    I’m assuming you meant “face recognition?” I’m not especially good at it, but I never forget a face unless I have no interest at all in the person in question.

    For you, Fifi? Five minutes, max.

  11. DrLoser says:

    By the way at the rate DrLoser falls for Olderman mistakes fairly much suggests they are only 1 person.

    It’s self-love by any other name, Fifi.
    Which reminds me — stock up on the Kleenex before you go to bed tonight!

  12. DrLoser says:

    Ah, good, small truffle, found it.

    Bollocks, Fifi. Bollocks.
    Nothing to do with “blood lines” whatsoever. Let alone “abnormal” — I’d be fascinated to hear how you could spin that into anything less than straight-forward Mendelevian racism — or “female possession the blood line,” which in itself is just weird unsubstantiated gibberish.

    You’re Wrong, my friend.

    Recant and be at peace with yourself!

  13. DrLoser says:

    Ram comments are in fact Anti-Westernization garbage. Anti-Semitic is against the Jewish race nothing said is against the Jewish race so cannot be Anti-Semitic.

    I think you’ll find that quite a lot of people who believe in things like the Bilderberg Group conspiracy or the Tripartite Commission conspiracy or, in fact, any loonie out there who thinks that Somebody Is Out To Get Us are, in fact, Anti-Semites, oiaohm.

    Has it not occurred to you that they might just have the minimal sense required to evade this accusation?

    Now, to your nasty little bit of “genetics.” I’m not going to accuse you of Anti-Semitism, but I am going to accuse you of inadvertent racism:

    DrLoser like it or not having jammed Genetics is an abnormality with the Chinese or Japanese it happens to show up in appearance. The abnormality is the fact Chinese and Japanese related when running face renegotiation have less differences than any other race group. For along time we had no clue why.

    This is absolute bollocks.

    Do you wish to recant, or are you going to pursue this disgusting little episode in “messed up blood-lines” any further?

    Think very carefully, oiaohm. Because you are cantering down a very nasty and very dark path here.

  14. oiaohm says:

    By the way at the rate DrLoser falls for Olderman mistakes fairly much suggests they are only 1 person.

  15. oiaohm says:

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mongoloid
    DrLoser the reality here is anthropology mongoloid is no longer a term to use. With the study of genetics found that the term was wrong. Some is either Chinese or Japanese or a mix of both in appearance to be what was called a anthropology mongoloid. Also mongoloid has been an insulting term.

    Please note those jammed genetics blood lines have something in-common with an Blood line in one of the Australian desert fish. Except the desert fish is worse it has sex and gives birth to perfect clones. So it only gives birth to only females if it that blood line. That can kinda cause a problem of no males no children. Yes is also a type of fish that cannot change sex and cannot breed without a male. The thing is there could be other human blood lines out there with jammed genetics as well we just have not found them yet. It kinda does make it hard to find because we know it will be female to female not male to male. Most name structures are designed around female taking male last name. This totally does not help find this. Your mother provides the dna defect correction method. Yes your female blood lines effect your cancer rate as well.

    DrLoser like it or not having jammed Genetics is an abnormality with the Chinese or Japanese it happens to show up in appearance. The abnormality is the fact Chinese and Japanese related when running face renegotiation have less differences than any other race group. For along time we had no clue why.

    Put it this way I would be fair happier if I appeared Japanese or Chinese due to jammed genetics than get cancer. The abnormality has advantages it explains why you have documented case after case of Chinese and Japanese workers exposed to toxin levels that should kill but don’t. The jammed genetic fish show the same property of being able to live in more toxic water than their non jammed relegations. Issue weaker resistance to viruses.

    DrLoser like it or not its odd. Why they had almost always the same eye, hair and skin color on top face shapes were lower diversity then no other race group was like that. So yes it was an abnormality so the term Mongoloid was created to cover that group. Funny enough it is completely wrong to associate Mongols as the cause of the appearance. Yes the Mongol association was based off the photo of one Mongol family that was part Chinese. The cause is absolutely interesting that there are such things as DNA that no longer obeys the rules of cross breeding.

    Marketroid and Mongoloid as terms should not be used. Both have insulting uses. Mongoloid particularly is wrong and its wrong so many ways. Mostly was interested in this because on of my blood lines is Mongol.

    I did not check Marketroid before coping from DrLoser.

    Neither Olderman nor I am asking for anybody to be banned. We’re just asking for a decent amount of restraint on Anti-Semitic comments.
    Sorry DrLoser how you restrict is banning. Problem is there are no Anti-Semitic comments to ban. Might as well make some excuse to ban those who cannot get their terms right.

    When olderman raised Anti-Semitic There has not been a single Anti-Semitic comment. It a case of both of you not knowing your terms.

    Ram comments are in fact Anti-Westernization garbage. Anti-Semitic is against the Jewish race nothing said is against the Jewish race so cannot be Anti-Semitic.

    Basically olderman calls me lier and he lies all the time. DrLoser is such a Loser that he did not know olderman was being a lier.

  16. That Exploit Guy says:

    Utterly revolting.

    What’s wrong with some good ol’ fashioned eugenics? 😉

  17. DrLoser says:

    Yes the abnormality in appearance in Asian region traces to those blood lines as natural mixing was stuffed due to particular blood lines.

    Utterly revolting.

    Care to recant, oiaohm?

  18. DrLoser says:

    Remember it was DrLoser who brought the markertord idea in here.

    Does any part of your brain connect to any other part, oiaohm? Because it’s difficult to see how.

    My comment on Marketroids (and I am open to correction) was in reference to Jim Zemlin, a man who I believe to be one, and in this case Robert seems to be partially in agreement.

    It’s not even a debatable term.

    And no matter how stupid you might ever let yourself become, oiaohm, I refuse to believe that even you could confuse calling somebody a “marketroid” with Anti-Semitism.

  19. DrLoser says:

    First thing to avoid “anti-Semitic comments” on a website is ban all those who alter peoples names to insult.

    Gently, gently, into that dark night, my friend.

    Neither Olderman nor I am asking for anybody to be banned. We’re just asking for a decent amount of restraint on Anti-Semitic comments.

    However, should you choose to conflate the two concepts, oiaohm, by all means start up a Neo-Nazi site in northern NSW and ask me to comment.

    I will be more than happy to spend half an hour telling you what a worthless racist you are, and I would be delighted to be banned.

    Do drop the URL at the usual site.

  20. DrLoser says:

    Who are you to call anyone a liar when they are on the other side of the world and you don’t know much if anything about them?

    Finally, something we can argue about on a polite basis, Robert. And please excuse my Zionist bias.

    Let us start with a definition. Clearly that definition should come from Webster’s, 1913. It’s pleasingly concise:

    Li”ar (?), n. [OE. liere. See Lie to falsify.] A person who knowingly utters falsehood; one who lies.

    I don’t see anything very obvious about a geographically-located component here, Robert. Nor do I see a reference to personal acquaintance. Which, in passing, would be the flip-side of your beloved ad hominem accusation.

    No, a liar is found out by his lies. Read Webster’s 1913 again. It backs me up on this.

    Olderman’s accusation is that oiaohm is lying about his experience with “the IBM SAN Volume Controller.”

    Evidence so far suggests that oiaohm is, indeed, lying about that supposed experience.

    And an easy way for oiaohm to prove that he is not a liar, in this respect, would be for him to provide evidence.

    Distance and personal acquaintance are entirely irrelevant here, Robert.

    A liar is a liar.

    I can’t think why you don’t use Webster’s 1913 more often!

  21. DrLoser says:

    Those blood lines are insanely appearance dominate none of the male parents genetics of the different appearance will be in the children generics in most cases of a female possession the blood line.

    I really shouldn’t have used the perfectly acceptable term “Mongoloid,” should I?

    Clearly, I was just asking for yet another wall of pointless gibberish from the Master.

    Was there a point in there somewhere? If so, was it anything better than septic?

  22. olderman wrote, “you stand called out a liar and a fraud until you produce proof of your claimed expertise on the IBM SAN Volume Controller”.

    What makes you think you are in any position to demand such things? Who are you to call anyone a liar when they are on the other side of the world and you don’t know much if anything about them? Don’t you have anything better to do?

  23. olderman says:

    “So ban DrLoser and olderman as start.”

    Lil’ Hammie, you stand called out a liar and a fraud until you produce proof of your claimed expertise on the IBM SAN Volume Controller . As far as my naming you a lil’Hammie, it stems from your going crying like a two year old to Robert Pogson to ban me when you couldn’t handle my calling you out.

    And and by your own “definition” of criminality, you are the biggest criminal on this site!

    Piss off Lil’ Hammie.

  24. oiaohm says:

    First thing to avoid “anti-Semitic comments” on a website is ban all those who alter peoples names to insult.

    So ban DrLoser and olderman as start.

    anti-Semitic and anti-Palestinian comes out of calling each other more and more down grading names instead of talking it out. Limit of insults should really be idiot or moron or equal. Once you start modifying someones name to win a point you are on the path to anti- something and sooner or latter will not be able to process reason properly because you degraded the persons appearance in your eyes that you brain no longer thinks it has to process reason.

    Remember it was DrLoser who brought the markertord idea in here.

    Please note my family tree does go back to the Mongoloid but its by Russian breading with Mongols. So that many generation back that none of the Mongoloid appearance remains.

    Actually, Pog, everybody concerned is a total mix of just about every genetic background you can think of, saving possibly Mongoloid.

    It would be rare if someone does not have a fragment of all races in there somewhere. Only acceptation kind breach to this are Chinese and Japanese blood lines that is extremely appearance dominate at the DNA level. But those blood lines are not absolutely dominate.

    Those blood lines are insanely appearance dominate none of the male parents genetics of the different appearance will be in the children generics in most cases of a female possession the blood line. But you can count those blood lines on two hands. None of those bloods lines are ruling class. If you are related by female side you will have either the Chinese or Japanese eye and other Chinese or Japanese features. If you are related by a male to those blood lines enough generations pass and the Chinese or Japanese feature can of been breed out.

    Yes the fact that male took over ruling not females fairly much made these blood lines not stay ruling class.

    Those blood lines are not generic Mongoloid. Mind you that dominant genenics feature of the the particular blood lines is a mutation to DNA correction. Little more mutation and they would basically be clones so children looking 100 percent like mother could have been completely down to sex. Yes the abnormality in appearance in Asian region traces to those blood lines as natural mixing was stuffed due to particular blood lines.

  25. DrLoser says:

    Palestinians are Semites too…

    Actually, Pog, everybody concerned is a total mix of just about every genetic background you can think of, saving possibly Mongoloid.

    A Palestinian Muslim or Christian might be Hamitic, Semitic, or even Indo-European. Rather more likely, a combination of the three.

    And, of course, an Israeli Jew might well be Negroid (cf the lost tribe) or, again, Indo-European (cf the diaspora).

    And so what?

    This isn’t “a game of races.” It isn’t even about how fair or unfair the State of Israel is. (For the record, it’s disastrously unfair in my opinion. But then I don’t have Hamas on one side of me and Hezbollah/Iran on the other.)

    It’s about avoiding anti-Semitic comments on an IT website.

    I think we can all manage that, can’t we?

  26. olderman wrote, “Could you please do something about this Anti Semitic bullshit.”

    Palestinians are Semites too…

    It’s not bullshit to demand the Israelis get out of Palestinian territory. Even the Israelis say. They say they won’t do that until Hell freezes over however…

  27. DrLoser says:

    I don’t often agree with Jim Zemlin but he’s right about FLOSS being widely accepted.

    So, you don’t often agree with Jim Zemlin, except when he agrees with you first? Somehow I don’t see you two getting a room together, Robert.

    Oh, and wasn’t Jim Zemlin the man that we both agreed was a marketroid and a parasite not so long ago?

    I’d save your approval for FLOSS leaders who actually do something worthwhile and achieve something useful. There are fewer of them than there used to be, but I’ll accept the semi-retired Murdock as one. And, of course, Torvalds.

    In fact, it would be quite interesting if you and your readers came up with a 2014 list: who would be on it? Who are the Movers and Shakers?

    Maybe the Raspberry Pi team? Maybe somebody in education who I haven’t heard of yet? Maybe the next Christian Ude?

    I be not trolling here. I’d genuinely be interested.

  28. olderman says:

    Pog:

    Could you please do something about this Anti Semitic bullshit. It has nothing to do with computers. What next? Protocols of the Elders of Zion as it relates to world IT?

  29. ram says:

    It is obvious who DrLoser works for, his name/handle says it all 😀

  30. DrLoser says:

    They think they are smart because some of their family members print the money in some countries, and they are insane enought to think the rest of the world believes it!

    Ah, well, back to outright nuttery.

    I’m prepared to engage with this nuttery, however. Let’s accept for a moment that “some of their family members print the money in some countries.”

    Is there some sort of punishment scheme for those family members who don’t print the money?

    Is there an active (yet obviously clandestine, because naturally that’s the Evil Way) marketing organisation that sweeps up those other countries not encapsulated in the somewhat vague set of “some?”

    I love raving nutters. Sooner or later, they just can’t help themselves.

  31. DrLoser says:

    I’m about to drive over to my local “Open Source tipping point” tomorrow.

    Somehow, in even the purest of technical lives, one accumulates all sorts of garbage. I’ll be tipping three years of it out, with luck.

    FLOSS? I like to keep it around, simply to have a good laugh.

    (Incidentally, Gladwell came out with this tepid little meme about ten years ago. Does it really take you that long to catch up with the world, Robert?)

  32. ram says:

    I think the “tipping point” was quite some years ago, but the English speaking media families that are also intermarried with the same families that PRINT the money (without any backing at all) in most English speaking countries despirately tried to keep up the pretense that software “owned” by their other (related) family members dominated the world. What a BS myth!

    They think they are smart because some of their family members print the money in some countries, and they are insane enought to think the rest of the world believes it!

    Well, yes, the rest of the world realizes they print the money in some countries, but that doesn’t mean we will all do what they say. Of course, they bomb the smaller weak countries, but sooner or later they are going to pick the wrong fight. Even in the smallest weakest countries they can’t get control on the ground, if they pick a fight with a major technological power payback is going to be a “MF”!

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