Lucian @ wrote:
On Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 5:56 AM, Chad Perrin <> wrote:
On Fri, Oct 02, 2009 at 08:15:07PM -0500, J Sisson wrote:
And if enough people petition Microsoft, we can get them to release Windows
7 source under the GPL.

Reality called...your request to ignore it was denied.
Actually, we *could*.  The problem is the definition of "enough".  I'm
sure that if you got 100% of the Windows users in the world to do so,
Microsoft top brass would be hard-pressed to avoid acquiescing.
Meanwhile, I'm sure that if you got 1% to do so, it would raise some
eyebrows at Microsoft, but utterly fail to get MS executives to put a
moment's thought into making that kind of licensing change, except
perhaps to laugh at it.  The problem is figuring out the exact threshold,
somewhere between 1% and 100%.

In other words, to quote an old off-color joke:

   "We've already established you're a prostitute, my dear.  Now we're
   just haggling over the price."

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]

Better pray for Theora's mass adoption on streaming sites :-)

Google apparently favours HTML-5 as their future direction, rather than
Flash.  And where YouTube goes, the rest of the world will surely follow,
at least as far as Video streaming is concerned.



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