[RC5] P4 Speed Question

Robert C. Sheets maniac at earthling.net
Tue Jun 26 22:50:32 EDT 2001

At 01:38 PM 6/24/2001, you wrote:
>I've yet to see any freeware that can compare to software brewed in commercial
>environment, especially when developed by enterprise-hired programmers to
>meet an enterprises' needs.
>Off-the-shelf software, and even freeware, have this nature of being bloatware
>or geekware.  If someone passed Operating Systems 101 doesn't
>mean they're qualified to write a system that will address 
>scientific needs.
>Most freeware source resembles the state of mainframe code from the 1950's 
>and 60's--
>poorly documented, poorly written and sometimes resource glutton--lacking 
>design, multiple designers, attempts to please 'all' [highly portable], or 
>kludges  using language features "because its there."
>Don't get me started on LVM...
>On Friday, January 2, 1998, at 04:07 PM, Ferry van Steen wrote:
>>while on this topic, I just read a news article on bill gates' opinion on
>>free software. (it's in dutch so I won't supply the link, was the dutch site
>>of zdnet). Here he states he doesn't mind Free/open software, it's just the
>>GPL license he doesn't like and ofcourse he doesn't. GPL says you can do
>>whatever you want with the software 'cept commercial purposes and ofcourse
>>that is what pisses Bill off. He'd ofcourse like to use linux code and make
>>windows really stable for once and truely be able to say it's got all the
>>features linux has also. I've got 2 words for Bill.
>>Fuck you :-)
>>Stop copying and think of something original again for a change. It's been a
>>while hasn't it?
>>Then again, atleast he admits openly it's better to copy good stuff, then
>>make bad stuff up yourself.
>>Bit of pour english but I think you'll get the point
>>----- Original Message -----
>>From: "Peter Cordes" <peter at llama.nslug.ns.ca>
>>To: <rc5 at lists.distributed.net>
>>Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 10:45 PM
>>Subject: Re: [RC5] P4 Speed Question
>>>On Tue, Jun 19, 2001 at 01:01:10PM -0400, Enojon wrote:
>>>>----- Original Message ----- >
>>>>>  Anyway, yeah, now I get it, but I'm mature enough to realize
>>>>>that rooting for AMD is just plain underdog loving, not some kind of
>>>>>fight against an evil empire (unlike the case with Microsoft and
>>>>>software... http://bbspot.com/News/2000/4/MS_Buys_Evil.html :-)
>>>>>  I'm sure you know this already, but there are a lot of people who
>>>>>believe strongly in Free software but aren't such mental midgets that
>>>>>they think like the most stereotypical /. zealots.
>>>>Aren't they called software pirates, or when they become billionaires,
>>>>Bill Gates?
>>>  Some people think that all software should be free, so the give away
>>>other people's software for free, even when the people who own the
>>>copyright don't want them to do that.  They suck.  I'm not talking
>>>about them.  I'm talking about people who think that software should
>>>be Free, and so they write Free software.  When I say capital-F Free,
>>>I'm talking about free-speech free, as in freedom to modify and
>>>redistribute, not just free-beer free as in zero-cost.  (The French
>>>had this separation figured out already: libre and gratis are two
>>>different words.)
>>>  warez dudez who pirate binary only software aren't even helping make
>>>more Free software.  A cracked game is still not Free software,
>>>because people who get it still can't see how it works and make
>>>changes, let alone redistribute it.  Like I said, warez people don't
>>>help promote Free software _at_ _all_.  Worse, they are easily
>>>confused with people who use and write real Free software, and make
>>>the whole Free software movement look bad.
>>>  (obviously, there are people who like Free software and free warez,
>>>but not everyone who supports one supports the other).
>>>#define X(x,y) x##y
>>>Peter Cordes ;  e-mail: X(peter at llama.nslug. , ns.ca)
>>>"The gods confound the man who first found out how to distinguish the
>>>  Confound him, too, who in this place set up a sundial, to cut and hack
>>>  my day so wretchedly into small pieces!" -- Plautus, 200 BCE
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