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Iraq and Russia close to signing agreement

CNN reports Iraq and Russia are close to signing an economic cooperation agreement worth $40 billion through 5 years. If they sign it, one has to wonder what will Russia do then if the US eventually attacks Iraq. Would they just stand by the wayside and see $20 billion go down the tubes? Don't bet on it.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 17, 2002 at 7:32 PM

MS vs. Linux

CNET's Charles Cooper wonders if Linux can survive the Redmond death ray. There doesn't seem to be any reason for Linux not to survive in some form, specially with IBM, Sun, et al, behind it. The real question is whether it can survive as it is, or if it will be co-opted by a few big corporations (like IBM, Sun, etc.) and lose its current "grasroots" model. The cynic in me says yes, but I certainly hope it doesn't happen. Regardless of its use Linux is a balancing force in software and if we don't have it then something else will have to emerge to save the world from becoming a Microsoft subsidiary.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 17, 2002 at 7:26 PM

innovation

Ray Ozzie says: "innovation is the vehicle, drivers wanted."

His entry is inspiring if you will, but his "disappointment" that people are not pushing the "state of the art" in office applications, etc, is a bit misplaced. He should not be disappointed at the developers. He should be disappointed at monopolists like Microsoft who do their best to obliterate anybody that even remotely challenges them. He should be disappointed at the VCs and Investors that won't touch the software business with a ten-foot pole. He should be disappointed at the OEMs who will not install anything except what Microsoft or AOL gives them, because they can pay. Nobody thinks of the users, to them it's just "market share" and revenues.

Innovation depends on developers, yes. But it also depends on the current people "in power" (so to speak) to allow innovation to happen.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 17, 2002 at 3:41 PM

on paid content and weblogs

Karlin Lillington, a fellow Dubliner, comments on one of her first weblog entries: if part of the idea of blogging is linking and commenting, what will happen as more and more content becomes paid content while the blogs remain free-for-all?

If a lot of content from high-quality sites would suddenly become off-limits to anybody without a credit card, it would certainly be detrimental. But I don't know if we'd just revert to just writing things about each other as she (perhaps half-jokingly) fears, but rather weblog communities might become more "attuned" to the media around which their participants swarm, creating many more-loosely connected sets of highly-connected weblogs.

Personally, I link to paid-content sites sometimes, simply because a weblog is as much (or maybe more) personal as it is public. So it would be going against the nature of the weblog to censor paid content links only because other can't access them. On the other hand it would also be going against the nature of the weblog to create something that's not publicly accessible. A paradox! What matters most?

The public side or the private side of a weblog? It depends on the writer I guess.

Something to think about...

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 17, 2002 at 12:17 AM

ozzie on security

Ray Ozzie comments on a washington post article and says: "it's not the user's fault". Precisely the point I made in an entry two days ago.

The burden should never be on the user; if people don't use something properly, then it's our fault, a problem of design. We need to do better.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 17, 2002 at 12:07 AM

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