May 25th, 2011

Sound Waves DUH

Didn't The Oracle See How This Was Going To Go?

Oracle bought Sun out from under IBM, giving them control over Java, MySQL, and OpenOffice.org.

People start leaving the Java board and the OOo board.

Because OOo is LGPL'ed, a bunch of people create LibreOffice using the codebase for people who don't want Oracle.

This week, Oracle canned 100 employees working on OOo.

In case you are wondering why 95% of businesses are using open source products to avoid vendor lock in, this is why.
Tux

Monoculture

Poor Miguel de Icaza.  He just can't get it through his head he's been used, screwed, and tattooed.

M$ attempted to make an app called Silverlight that would dethrone Flash as the king of Internet content.  Silverlight isn't going anywhere, but that doesn't keep M$ from trying to push it.  They also wanted Silverlight on Linux, but they were too worried about that pesky GPL.  de Icaza to the rescue.  He started up the Mono project to make an open source version of Silverlight.  Well, sort of.  There was indemnification for Mono.  To get it, you needed to get it from Novell.  Also, Mono was based on a Silverlight build that was old when it came out.  The indemnification only covers that version, so while Silverlight continues to advance, Mono is holding stagnant.

de Icaza kept saying everyone, from Richard Stallman to people like me, were idiots.  Mono was completely safe to use.  So much so, some Linux distros started including it (I'm looking at you, Ubuntu), and GNOME started baking its functionality into its desktop.  de Icaza kept saying Mono was the wave of the future.

He kept saying that even as M$ ported Silverlight onto Android.

With Novell being sold to Attachemate, several Novell properties that were seen as noncritical have been dumped.  That includes the Mono project.  de Icaza, however, recently started a start-up enterprise dedicated to continuing to develop Mono.  But because Novell is technically gone, the indemnification doesn't apply anymore, and what's more, since this is de Icaza's company instead of Novell, M$ could potentially sue de Icaza for violating their software patents..

Miguel?  Dude?  The horse is DEAD.
Picard

Can You See Brown In My Eyes?

I have no idea what color my eyes are.  None.  I've been told they are blue, green, brown, and grey, all by different people from different walks of life and different situations.  I initially wanted to know for curiosity sake.  Now, I want to know for another reason -- apparently, eye color reveals how much alcohol you can drink.

(But, Peter, some of you are saying, just grab yourself a square and find out for yourself, like the great scientists did.  Not an option.  I've never acquired a taste for alcohol, and relatively recently, I did try a wine cooler.  I did NOT like the effect alcohol had on my brain.  Hemingway, I'm not.)

Here's the scoop:  a study was done on thousands of prisoners (white males), and they found that people with dark eyes have a lower threshold for alcohol than those with light eyes.  Another study was done on 2,000 women and they found the same thing.

The results seen above were actually forecast before the trials started.  The theory was that people with dark eyes (brown) are more sensitive to medications and such, and so they will know when they reach their limit quicker.  Light eyes, however (blue, green, hazel, grey), require more alcohol and develop a bit of a tolerance.  They also found that blue eyed people are more likely to be alcoholics.

So, if you find yourself being challenged to a chug contest or beer pong or Beirut (they are two different games, goddammit!  What you think is beer pong is Beirut!  Beer pong is actual pong!), look at the eyes before you pull out your wallet.