Apple Anti-Trust (was Apples actual response to the Flash issue)

Randall Lee Reetz randall at randallreetz.com
Tue May 4 13:49:47 EDT 2010


Well that is better than the usual response. We can't wag our fingers simply because someone has figured out how to be better or bigger criminals that we are.

Big criminals get big only because the larger society in which they practice their art reflects in public sentiment the criminal behaviour they exploit.  We vote every day and all day long.

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Richmond Mathewson <richmondmathewson at gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2010 10:22 AM
To: How to use Revolution <use-revolution at lists.runrev.com>
Subject: Re: Apple Anti-Trust (was Apples actual response to the Flash issue)

  On 04/05/2010 20:09, Randall Lee Reetz wrote:
> What everyone here seems to forget is that flash finally took vector graphics powered by very tightly packed and efficiently executed byte code to a web that choked up by static bit maps.  It was long overdue.  Problem is that it never belonged at the plugin level.  Now steve is trying to right this architectural wrong, but from the same messed up closed system protectionist motivation that drove macromedia to make the same mistake.  Infrastructure is infrastructure.  It serves no one  to build a private interstate highway system.  haven't we learned this yet?  I am all for antitrust laws but only when those writing and enforcing them understand them at a deeper level than simple market competition.  Obama is a smart guy.  He is appointing smart prosecutors and judges and giving them the right mandates.  Something of merit will come of this standoff and what motivates it.  But I do remember the ridiculous apple antitrust suit against microsoft.  Who built the windows mouse metaphor... xerox.  The truth has a way of bubbling up.
>
> What bothers me is how willing the public is to forgive (even become apologists for) criminal or short sighted minds when those minds get rich being "better at being wrong than I am".
>
> What color is the money you make?
>
>
Let's see:  2 lev notes are purple, 5 lev notes are red, 10 lev notes 
are yellow-brown, 20 lev notes are blue,
50 lev notes are also yellow-brown (but a different size from the 10s) 
and the 100 lev ones (of which I see
very few) are green.

More to the point; I don't know how those notes have come to me; how the 
parents of the children I teach
have earned them, and so on: what I do know is that I do my job as best 
I can and that money pays for
the bread and cheese.

I don't vet the people who pay me to find out how honest they are; for 
starters it would be plain
offensive, I'd lose all my pupils in double-quick time, and  don't quite 
see the point.

Money has no smell; what does smell is how it is obtained; mine smells 
reasonably rosey.

I hope the same can be said for you.
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