Monday, September 15, 2003

The cross platform and open .Net myth
Slashdot had a rather boring thread about a great question: Is Microsoft just waiting for the right time to pounce on .Net ports like Mono and DotGNU? I think they are. They won't do it right now because those ports aren't quite up to snuff. But, now that Novell owns the company that started Mono (Ximian), I think Mono development will be accelerated and Microsoft will be forced to do the inevitable: Kill the competition with any means necessary. This time the weapon of choice will be patents. (Ironic, considering last week's browser plug-in fiasco.) I wouldn't touch .Net with a ten foot pole for cross platform development. Until the ports of .Net have Microsoft's blessing, you're treading on very dangerous water.
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The RIAA's worst kept secret
NY Times: Much of the stated concern over file sharing has centered on the revenue that record companies and musicians are losing, but few musicians ever actually receive royalties from their record sales on major labels, which managers say have accounting practices that are badly in need of review. (Artists do not receive royalties for a CD until the record company has earned back the money it has spent on them.)

The article, which I found via, goes on to say that even recent mega-dollar boy bands like The Backstreet Boys have never seen a dime from royalties. But, of course, the music fan is the criminal here and should be punished to the extreme.

P.S. Ever notice how the RIAA never seems to represent the artist? That's not a coincidence.
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Offshore outsourcing guide
ComputerWorld is running a special report on offshore outsourcing. I'm curious how globalization will affect our country in the longer term. We've sent manufacturing overseas and now even services like IT are going there. Will this be the downfall of the US economy long term as a result of having shipped a lot of the work elsewhere? Or, is this good for the US economy because it's capitalism in its purest form? What happens when countries like India become more robust (assuming their governments will allow that to ever happen) and people start demanding more money as their lifestyles are upgraded? Does globalization level the playing field or does it simply provide a way for the richer nations to exploit the poorer nations?

Think about this: If we really want poorer nations to become self sufficient, then maybe that means losing quite a few jobs here in the US. How bad do most people want to help out those countries when it may mean sacficing their own jobs? That is a tough question.
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