A long time ago Manhattan was peppered with recharging stations for electric cars. Then internal combustion caught up (alas) and the electric car became but a memory, although probably not a fondly remembered one. But I think there is plenty of room for lots of competing blockchain protocols and that Ethereum is here to stay.
Fuck Microsoft. Microsoft builds shit products and is the enemy of open source.
They were forced to capitulate and ingratiate the open source community because the market had enough of their shitty software and forced Azure to be an enterprise Linux company. This gives me some joy but fuck you, Microsoft. We won't forget what you did.
Disagree they build good products, although I'll admit I never use them for anything anymore, ever.
They have "advanced" on open source because they had to. I'm not falling for this "hearts and minds" bullshit. They deserve nothing but ridicule and shunning for their past behavior.
C'mon. Is Office shitty? Has Google's suite of competitive software taken the field? Not that I'm aware of. Sure in the early days its software was said (by one critic) to be "sorta OK." But Windows seems like it is here to stay.
The thing I still hold a grudge over is they used underhanded techniques to attempt to destroy open source.
Every big company chooses to sit on its monopoly status instead of innovating so, whatever. That being said, Windows is trash. Internet Explorer is trash (was HOT HOT garbage but still sucks). etc.
Reminds me a bit of when Friedrich Engels (Karl Marx's writing partner) chastised a Manchester man about the terrible conditions of his city -- its dirt, its wretched workingmen, its buildings. The man listened quietly and then said, "And yet there is a great deal of money made here, good morning, sir." Windows may be trash, IE may be trash, and MS tried to destroy its competition, and yet there is a great deal of money made there.
When I think about it, all the philanthropy work Bill Gates has been doing overpass significantly the bad thing he's ever done. I mean he wasn't Hitler or something.
But they only grovel and contribute to open source because the market forces them to become a Linux as a service company.
You don't get credit for volunteering if you are sentenced to community service because you got a DUI, or something, idk.
So, for us, Bitcoin was a necessary condition for success. The reason it wasn’t a super hard sell was that it was something we had to have and we knew we couldn’t own it. We wanted something that was differentiated and decentralized — because otherwise we could do this with a database like Azure.
What we really made our decision based on was the decentralized nature plus the security. It’s the cost of attack and how you order transactions that’s important. When we started crunching the numbers, we realized that Bitcoin was the only chain that would probably be too costly to attack.
This guy thinks! It's nice to see a project that isn't trying sell the usual blockchain^TM bullshit to everyone but knows what it needs: a truly decentralized and secure data structure of which we have only one.
Microsoft has had a longstanding tradition with open-source projects.
As an aspiring web developer in the early 2000s, I never thought I'd ever read such sentence. I'm not sure I would call it a long standing tradition yet but it seems they did indeed start warming up to open source with the arrival of Nadella as CEO in 2014.
Craeful - Microsoft is known for making proprietary changes to protocols, not adhering to RFCs.
When done deliberately it's a technique at Microsoft known as [Embrace, extend, and extinguish](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embrace,_extend,_and_extinguish)
I don't know whether this is still part of Microsoft's philosophy and in how far Bitcoin is vulnerable to this, however it's something to look out for.
>and in how far Bitcoin is vulnerable to this, however it's something to look out for
Bitcoin is not vulnerable to this by Microsoft, anymore so than Bitcoin is vulnerable to Ethereum. Bitcoin cannot be changed by anyone, other than its users. The only vulnerability is whether or not users want to continue using it or use something else.
**Embrace, extend, and extinguish**
"Embrace, extend, and extinguish" (EEE), also known as "embrace, extend, and exterminate", is a phrase that the U.S. Department of Justice found was used internally by Microsoft to describe its strategy for entering product categories involving widely used standards, extending those standards with proprietary capabilities, and then using those differences in order to strongly disadvantage its competitors.
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