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Re: Firefox in Europe

__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Saturday 09 December 2006 14:45 \__

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> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> __/ [ High Plains Thumper ] on Saturday 09 December 2006 07:21 \__
>>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>> B Gruff on Saturday
>>>>> None of it can be true of course - it'll never fly...
>>>>> http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=36252
>>>> There was a very popular post yesterday (also brought to
>>>> COLA) where it's shown that (one of) Germany's most popular
>>>> site gets a Firefox majority. Times are changing. With the
>>>> Finnish using OOo at government level and with over 100
>>>> million OOo users around the world (estimated) the
>>>> migration to Linux is trivial. As the maps seems to
>>>> suggest, the UK, much like the States, is somewhat behind.
>>>> Some initiatives are intended to change that.
>>> Not just that, I noticed the Irish are more progressive,
>>> having edged out the rest of UK by 6%.      :-)
>> Yes, and this also explains why Google opened a large branch in Dublin.
>> There's a lot of Linux in their 'silicon valley'. Irish bloggers often
>> speak about Linux.
>> I suspect it's also where Gates and the gang store their stash in order to
>> avoid taxation... the Gates Foundation is another safe haven... and forget
>> about dividends... Gates does not care much about the US economy as he
>> continues to deplete the IT industry with an extending monopoly... and at
>> the same time offshoring while making up excuses... having deterred CS
>> undergraduates with an iron fist. it's like saying that your
>> heavily-abused wife is never home (wonder why...!), which in turns
>> justifies more abuse. It's a circular case based on punishment. That's why
>> we have laws and that's why industry /MUST/ find a healthy state of
>> equilibrium. Letting companies run the government breaks this balance and
>> makes the industry go hayway, soon to penetrate countries where labour is
>> cheap and destroying these economies too. Just wait until the entire globe
>> suffers from those problems that Gates complains about in the states. His
>> colonial imperialism (e.g. Microsoft Malaysia more latterly, c/f Slashdot)
>> punishes everyone overseas. Poverty, no creativity... in a single
>> word---supression. And you later see Microsoft UK suggesting that buying
>> from Microsoft is the Brit's partiotic duty. Since when is our government
>> that impire called the United States? And for the argument's sake, is it
>> the Americans that benefit from it, or just a few billionaires whose cash
>> is retained overseas (or in charities).
>> Okay, so this post was impulsive and incoherent, but I just had to get
>> this off my chest.
> You raise an interesting point.  This position across the planet is
> continuing to decline, by the way, rather than improve.  I believe that

I read that on the BBC the other day. It appears to be true. Let's say that
150 million people (the rough equivalent of the US population in the coasts)
owns /most/ of the planet's wealth.

> more than 50% of the planet's wealth is held in the hands of < 2% of its
> population.  Sooner or later, this will lead to war, of course;
> revolution is the normal result when massive imbalance in wealth occurs.

True. That's something that my father warned me about. It was around 6-7
years ago, IIRC. Same prediction when it comes to mobile, palm-sized 
devices, but that's another story. Another issue is the environment. The
population needs to consider birth control, or else a war, if not a natural
disaster, would force this change. The ignorance when it comes to global
warming is scary. Inconvenient truth it is not only to many ordinary
citizens, but especially to wealthy CEO's that thrive on waste. This morning
in Technocrat (Bruce Peren's new 'Slashdot for growups') there was a mention
of another Senator that denies and dismisses global warming. This makes the
huge problems in the IT sector seems rather irrelevant and these discussions
rather puny.

Best wishes,


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