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Apple hands €14.3bn in back taxes to reluctant Ireland

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Re: Brexit crowbar

"They may say they don't want to use the money now, but I wonder if they'll be tempted to use it to mitigate the effects of their neighbours setting their own house on fire in some drunken fit..."

I see your post got quite a few downvotes presumably from snowflake Brexit supporters who still refuse to accept the reality that Brexit has the potential to do immense, long term damage to the British economy.

Ireland stands to gain from the UK's descent into crude, nationalist Europhobia not least because of the relocation of many financial services, IT and hi-tech manufacturing companies to what will become the EU's only native English-speaking country after Brexit.

I also hear that arch Brexit millionaire hypocrite Jacob Rees-Mogg has opened a new Somerset Capital office in Dublin precisely to protect his multi-million investments from the negative effects of Brexit.

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What's Big and Blue – and makes its veteran staff sue? Yep, it's IBM

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"Definitely. The bottom line rules the boardroom. It's not about "tech" as people who have worked on legacy systems were being let go in favor of younger workers to replace them. The IBM defense is BS and everyone knows it"

...and in which case, I sincerely hope that the courts see through that synthetic ruse and inflict punitive settlements on IBM not least to deter others from taking the same route.

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Microsoft: 'So, we can buy GitHub?' EU: 'We'll tell you on 19 October'

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Re: Wow!

"Angry Brexiters looking to lambast the EU for anything of late are going to have a bit of dichotomy commenting on this if they also don't like MS"

Brexiters are always in a permanent state of perpetual anger and the only thing that will change that is a complete severance from the EU which will, of course, destroy the UK's manufacturing base but they just don't care because ideology must reign supreme.

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No wonder Oracle exec Kurian legged it – sky darkens as cloudy tech does not make it rain

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Re: The world has changed and Oracle hasn't.

"Today's devs are more tech savvy on such matters liks DBs, most I know now no longer see the DB as a data-blackbox, they understand that they need a DB but now it simply needs to supply just a handful of features and if more grunt is needed, then simply spin up more virtual hardware"

In that respect, Oracle Database is losing out to open source databases where the money's made by the respective companies providing an effective and efficient service to the customer (Oracle should try that some time).

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Re: Perhaps...?

"Java is a dead duck outside of oracle shops now"

Oracle's current policy of going after Google (and then IBM) is ultimately counterproductive because all this policy is doing is massively increasing the take up and use of Kotlin and long may that trend continue.

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The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

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Re: SE gone - so am I :-(

"With the SE starting at £250, I can just about justify my offspring having an iphone and being able to communicate with it's friends on facetime, so long as the offspring contributes some of it's own money, and therefore knows to be careful with it's device"

A lot of young people I know start off with this Apple phone and that hooks them in to the Apple ecosystem. Killing off the iPhone SE will also kill off a lot of purchases from younger people and then they won't be there to buy into the more expensive phones because they never got locked in in the first places. A bad decision by Apple (far too many of them recently).

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Dust off that old Pentium, Linux fans: It's Elive

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Dust off that old Pentium, Linux fans: It's Elive

Hey, if we're on the subject of reviving Linux distributions, I'd like to see the return of Pear Linux on 31 October this year if only to scare the living daylights out of complacent Cupertino (who aren't listening on so many issues).

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Pluto is more alive than Mars, huff physicists who are still not over dwarf planet's demotion

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Re: It's a big round ball wizzing round the sun innit?

"Since Pluto crosses Neptune's orbit presumably they will demote that as it hasn't cleared its neighbourhood"

Any definition of a planet is going to be arbitrary in some way or other. Personally, I'd be happy with a ten planet solar system with the substantive worlds of Pluto and Eris being upgraded to full planet status.

I'd draw the line for planet status at 10^22 kg mass to include Pluto and Eris but exclude all the significantly less massive bodies like Makemake, Haumea, Sedna, etc.

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European nations told to sort out 'digital tax' on tech giants by end of year

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Re: Tax the Turnover

"This will make high-margin businesses very happy (banks, the luxury industry, and incidentally Apple and Google), and will bankrupt low-margins industries, like retail"

The proposals have been explicitly designed to only hit a wealthy subset of large tech firms that are in the habit of using various forms of tax avoidance. At least this way they get forced to pay something just like other businesses have to.

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Hundred-million Kiwi Oracle project on hold after Deloitte review

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A long term lock-in to Big Red never turned out to be value for money for anyone in recent history.

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No do-overs! Appeals court won’t hear $8.8bn Oracle v Google rehash

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"And being a troll would require Oracle to be an NPE. Whereas Oracle do in fact sell Java based products"

True, but this most recent case is still an act of speculative and malicious money grabbing by the notoriously anti-open source Oracle which is why I hope that they go on to lose at the Supreme Court.

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Re: On the one hand

"On the one hand, I think this case was wrongly decided, in a way that causes harm to all software developers, and I hope that the ruling doesn't stand in the long term. On the other hand, this is a battle between two awful companies, and I'd love to see them continue to burn money to spite each other"

I agree though this time the choice is between bad (Google) and worse (Oracle) because of the obstacles that will be created for developers by an Oracle win. I hope that Google does go ahead with the Supreme Court final appeal and that they go on to win.

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Linux 4.18 arrives fashionably late while Zorin OS shines up its Windows

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Re: Zorin OS

It's named after the two Zorin brothers' surname (Russian-Ukrainian) who live in the Republic of Ireland and who produce this Linux distribution.

I wish them well since they are offering another choice aside from the usual Windows/macOS duopoly.

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Well, this makes scents: Kotlin code quality smells better than Java

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"Newer versions of Android Studio allow you to automatically upgrade your Java code to Kotlin, so it's reasonably likely old apps have switched to Kotlin automatically"

Google promoting Kotlin at the expense of Java comes as no surprise since it enables them out of the malign clutches of litigious Oracle.

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Amazon, ditch us? But they can't do without us – Oracle

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Re: Of course they're still spending...

"Not only is it a big customer to lose, it's also one that has the capability to develop it's own solutions, and then to sell them to your other customers as well..."

At the start of this year, Amazon released Amazon Linux 2 for their own on-site deployment so this is part of a larger trend to be independent of external suppliers for services. Nice to see though that the overly litigious Oracle got bitten where it hurts.

*does Muttley laugh*

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Re: Use Linux...

I did advise a small business recently to stick with Windows 7 and not "upgrade" to Windows 10 when one of their computers died because of all this Win 10 updates mess. I do feel sorry for all the home and business users of Windows 7 because support for that operating system will end in spring 2020 which isn't that far away now.

The only advice I can give when that happens is to consider upgrading to Win 8.1 with Start8, keep a Win 7 machine permanently offline and continue to use it, use Win 7 inside a virtual machine on another operating system and take a look at macOS and Linux distributions that work out of the box like Mint Mate and Lite.

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Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

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Re: The problem is not Linux itself...

"... it's the lack of applications on Linux, and the compatibility of existing ones with their Windows and Mac counterpart. Web applications are only a partial solution"

There are a number of native Linux applications, such as the WPS and SoftMaker office suites, that actually do have pretty good Microsoft compatibility.

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"They can do what they want, but I'm going to be laughing when they botch a Windows update :P"

For their sins, so shall they be visited for nine and ninety years by a pestilence of borking Windows 10 updates.

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Re: Tax office...

"2) Unfortunately in Lower Saxony they gave out Windows laptops while in the office they used Linux. So two operating systems install sets + software need to be maintained"

As with Munich, that smacks of poor IT mismanagement so the the pressure then understandably grows for a coherent system.

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Re: Corruption is the word

I don't know, I have a soft spot for Lower Saxony. Not only was there a significant British military presence during the Cold War, it also had a Scottish-origin state premier - Ministerpräsident David McAllister.

If we go back even further, we see that today's Lower Saxony is effectively the province of Hannover reincarnated which also had historic ties with the UK (Hi, William Herschel!).

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I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Re: Vogon

"There's no version of the future where the UK stays in Europe or even close to it, without substantial reform of the rEU. You can't unite a country by ignoring democracy, whether you agree with the result or not"

Democracy is not both lying your way to victory and corrupting democracy by blatantly disobeying spending laws. That is crookery.

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Re: Vogon

"It was a majority of voters just like wins any other democratic election. If you dont vote, your opinion doesnt count.

And if the rest had voted it would have been an even larger majority for Brexit"

The side that you support could only win by telling outrageous lies and by wilfully breaking spending laws. Those degenerate acts are the corruption of democracy.

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Re: Vogon

"17.5m v 16m is not exactly a majority anyone should be celebrating. I'm thinking of the other C word"

Furthermore, not only was that marginal win was based on egregious lies, such as the NHS promise, and racist lies, like all 70 million Turks would be coming to the UK, it now turns out that the official Leave campaign deliberately broke spending laws in order to win. Leave supporters therefore do not, and never will, occupy the moral high ground.

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Re: eh?

"No wonder people get scared of Leave when there's such blatant nonsensical remainer FUD around. Project FEAR is alive and well, it seems"

The blatant falsehoods and denials are only coming from one side - Leave. The bosses of Airbus, Nissan, BMW, Honda, etc. have made it crystal clear that they want frictionless trade, i.e. soft Brexit, and anything more than that, such a hard Brexit or crash out, means that they will be relocating to within the EU and regional governments in France and Belgium will welcome those jobs and new factories with open arms.

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Western Digital formats hard disk drive factory as demand spins down

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RE: Western Digital formats hard disk drive factory as demand spins down

"SSD drives are in high demand that is true but if you want a large capacity drive you still have to go with a HDD, unless of course you want to remortgage your home"

And that's why I currently suggest to anyone upgrading, or doing their own new home build PC, that they consider looking at the cost efficient hybrid hard drives that also come with 8GB NAND flash memory.

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IBM wins five-year whole-of-government deal with Australia

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IBM wins five-year whole-of-government deal with Australia

I am not sure that IBM and innovation go together these days. The only way they are currently being creative now is coming up with ways to unjustly sack staff.

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IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

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"I mean, I hate to sound like an SJW type, but this is a pretty blatant and disgusting example of age discrimination, and not only that but IBM have slandered this guy by saying he was performing badly at work when they had just given him a performance bonus"

...and in doing so, they have provided free, juicy evidence to Langley's legal team. I really hope that IBM gets hit with a punitive settlement, fines, etc. to deter hem from displaying such poor conduct again.

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Re: lying scum are still lying

"I got caught up in a case a few years back, where I was given a role where I couldn't be fired (legal termination protection for the duration of the role + 24 months), then fired. It cost the employer a decent wedge, because they got caught up in their own lies and stupidity"

When any scumbag company treats any employee badly, as in your case and Jonathan Langley's case, I hope there's blowback for the bad employer from employment tribunal case rulings or court judgements.

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Micro Focus offloads Linux-wrangler SUSE for a cool $2.5bn

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Re: Swelling price tag, if not profits

"SuSE is so much better than RHEL it isn’t even funny. For grins, go download a SRPM/.src.rpm for a major package (eg, OpenSSL) from both vendors and compare the work that both of them put into it. Even the code quality is lightyears apart"

SUSE is relatively strong in Europe, it is profitable and it fits in with some of EQT Partners' other IT investments (although most of their investments are non-IT). Above all, I hope that they treat SUSE well.

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Et tu, Gentoo? Horrible gits meddle with Linux distro's GitHub code

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As Mr C from the Shamen said on the Ebeneezer Goode track, "Naughty, naughty, very naughty!".

I hope the culprit is identified and named, shamed and prosecuted.

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Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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The anthem for the newly renamed GitHub under Microsoft ought to be, "You can't hide your pryin' eyes".

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Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

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Re: Brexit means Brexit

"From the leavers opinions, they consider Britian to be such an economic powerhouse that we should get special treatment á la the US and China, being able to keep our fingers in such pies that would be closed to less glorious nations"

There is this grand delusion going on that the UK still has the British Empire and that it has a huge economy the size of Japan's when the reality is that the UK is in GDP world ranking freefall thanks to Brexit and Leave votes and that it will end in 7th place behind both France and India, i.e. the UK is becoming a less important nation economically.

The question then becomes, "How will the UK fund this new Galileo me too system?"

The UK's already spending £110 billion on (Chinese owned) HS2 so the only payment option is yet more of those Brexit magic unicorn currency units.

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The strife of Brian: Why doomed Intel boss's ex86 may not be the real reason for his hasty exit

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Re: Bring in someone more Linux friendly?

"See Android for the amount of effort needed to make a unix version people friendly"

Excuse me, but Apple has been making a user-friendly Unix for quite a long time now and many modern Linux distributions are also easy to use.

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At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements

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Re: Happened exactly as I predicted on a thread here a couple of months back...

"Despite all the scorn and negativity from the typical, rabid anti-Apple El Reg crowd"

That is just so wrong on so many counts.

I actually want Apple to succeed and be relevant and successful 20 years from now and to offer a good alternative to whatever Microsoft is putting out.

That means addressing issues of design, quality control of both hardware and software, repairability, upgradeabilty, outdated specifications (at least 18 months behind Windows machines) and so on right now and not pretending that these issues do not exist.

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Hey, what's this quality control thing?

"We’ve two 2015 MacBooks bought on student discount (AppleCare for £50) and between them we’ve had 4 new keyboards, a new screen and a new main board. I should have bought the pro but even that is ruined"

What this amply demonstrates is that that there has been a decline in initial design and then quality control and that both aspects have really got to be improved by Cook & Co.

From an external perspective, it looks like they just don't care any more, particularly about professional users, and that they're effectively turning the MacBook range into high value, but less than useful, lifestyle brand goods for updating Facebook accounts, etc.

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Microsoft CEO wades into ICE outcry: Cool it, we only do legacy mail

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Re: Avoidance

"All of this hubalaboo ignores the fact that these families wouldn't be separated from their kids if they hadn't entered the country illegally in the first place. Full stop"

That is a horrendously reactionary comment that is out of sync with all civilised norms. It is just plain inhumane, uncivilised and unchristian to separate children from their parents and then place them in wire cages under any circumstances.

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Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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Re: Our future is India!

"Not the only ones. Started doing a bit of work last year for a US company selling kit into Europe. Their European headquarters used to be in the UK. Received a memo on Tuesday that they're about to open their European head office ... in NL. (Think the UK office is just going to deal with UK sales.) Yes, Brexit is creating jobs, just not in the UK :("

Brexit has turned out to be a wonderful jobs creation mechanism...but only for regions in the Republic of Ireland, France, Germany and elsewhere in the EU and all we get from Leave supporters is complete denial that this is all actually happening.

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Re: Brexit Schmexit

"No, what you actually want is a return to 'new labour' - the aberration created by Tony Blair that turned the party into a slightly-watered-down clone of the tories. It's not an opposition if they implement the same policies, you know! And no point voting between one or the other, either".

I certainly don't want to see a return of the Tory-lite New Labour in any shape or form. Then again, the bumbling and inflexible grandad at the helm of the party today isn't doing Labour any favours either. The Tories are deep in the morass of Brexit and all Corbyn can do is actually assist May, Rees-Mogg and Redwood in implementing their version of Brexit with his unimaginative, dogmatic and tribal approach.

What I want to see is a proper, competent, capable and progressive social democratic leader of Labour like they have in Labour's sister parties in Scandinavia.

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Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

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Re: How about fixing the one where...

"Seriously pissed off with M$ about this"

An option might be to try out the Windows-like Linux Mint Mate and opt to install proprietary extras if and when asked. That should give you a working laptop and I should add that Linux Mint Mate can be tried out in advance using a live USB or DVD.

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NASA finds more stuff suggesting Mars could have hosted life, maybe

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Re: Suggestive, but nothing more

"we need something more compelling. bones would be nice. fossil deposition on mars may be completely different than on earth"

^ This. What is really required is humans on Mars with deep drilling rigs to dig right down into known ice deposits and lake and sea bed areas to extract long sections of stratified cores to see if there are any live microorganisms still left or if there, for example, something like bacterial microfossils. That is the only way I can see that the life on Mars question will get answered once and for all.

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"Organic material and methane finds can’t be tied to biological processes"

That is the key comment there. Organic compounds just means carbon containing compounds and does not necessarily imply the need for living organisms. For example, amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) such as glycine, alanine and glutamic acid have been found in meteorites but they derived from standard chemical reactions and not from anything living.

Similarly, the methane could arise from seasonal sublimation of ice that just happens to contain methane from Mars' ancient atmosphere when the volcanoes where far more active.

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Apple hit with another faulty hardware lawsuit – this time it's the Watch

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"Apple hit with another faulty hardware lawsuit – this time it's the Watch"

The underlying issue there is Apple's lack of sufficient quality control and testing and that applies to both hardware and software. That needs to be significantly improved and it's not as if Apple can't afford to do these things.

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Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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"After Skype, Nokia, Windows Phone, Danger, Windows Mobile, the many recent apps they have purchased and all the previous acquisitions in yesteryear only to sunset i'm surprised that they think this will be an issue only now"

^ That all helps to explain the huge level of distrust and apprehension among developers about Microsoft's acquisition of GitHub. New CEO Nat Friedman is saying the right things about retaining independence, respecting developers and maintaining Atom but he now needs to back up those promises with actual deeds and actions.

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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Re: Gitlab is bad as well, looking for an exit

"Or BitBucket (SaaS), Sourceforge (got a new better owner in 2016), Git (itself) or to another repository system like SVN/Subversion or Mercurial"

Under the new owners, Sourceforge has been cleaned up and modernised so it's way better now than in the neglected old days.

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Re: Shite

"They might not fuck it up"

I was very disappointed that the early rumours turned into real facts.

That said, they have given an undertaking that GitHub will remain autonomous like LinkedIn is and they have appointed Nat Friedman as the new GitHub CEO. There is the opportunity now for them not to completely stuff things up and alienate developers. Time will tell.

I would have still much preferred GitHub to have gone down the route of an initial public share offering since that could have avoided corporate dominance but that's history and a lost opportunity now.

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Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Yes

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"I hope Microsoft buy Github, and all your worst nightmares come true.

Signed,

A BitBucket user"

Surprise! Your wish is apparently coming true and Bloomberg's reporting that a deal's been done, possibly to be announced on Monday.

Frankly, I'm saddened that the GitHub executives sold out to Microsoft when they could have gone for an initial public share offering instead. While their wallets might be much fatter now, their consciences will be much diminished.

The only mild consolation is that it could have been even worse with Oracle taking over GitHub instead.

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Re: And Google is just as bad

"I voted for IBM as they seem to be less inclined to screw us up these days"

If Sun Microsystems had still been around today as an independent entity then I'd have voted for them as the least worst option.

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Ideally, I would want GitHub to remain completely independent of any of the existing large and flawed corporations because they each have their own agendas and they are not necessarily benign.

If they do go public with an IPO then I'd much prefer to see multiple shareholders so that no one shareholder can obtain undue influence.

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Cloud is a six-horse race, and three of those have been lapped

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Re: O.R.A.C.L.E.

...and there was me thinking that O.R.A.C.L.E. stood for One Rich Abhorrent Controversial Litigious Enterprise.

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Re: O.R.A.C.L.E.

"So Oracle is offensive? who knew?"

Given Oracle's hostility to all things open source and the way that litigation is the option of first resort, I think it's safe to say that Oracle is deeply offensive.

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