[ale] MS up to it again.

Robert L. Harris Robert.L.Harris at rdlg.net
Thu Apr 12 13:17:29 EDT 2001

It's people react like you with these nice long flames with very few facts
that make people shy away from linux and think all Linux users are eleetist

I asked if anyone had seen the post, hoping someone would be able to 
give some additional facts about the existing situation rather than the
slashdot rants and raves, such as "Pizza" did with how things are currently
and why.

As per what it has to do with Linux?  How about keeping an eye on the
rest of the world?   I like to keep up with what's going on out there so
I'm not blind sided because my head is in the sand and I ONLY know what's
going on with Linux.  I also like when someone sends me a link or article
about something going on elsewhere that I may not have seen so I can be
aware and informed.

/rude key doesn't exist, just an excuse to rant.


Thus spake Dan Newcombe (Newcombe at mordor.clayton.edu):

> Okay...rude mode on.
> On Thu, 12 Apr 2001, Robert L. Harris wrote:
> >   Anyone see the link on slashdot about MS, WindowsXP and MP3 files?
> Hmmm...what does this have to do with Linux?  I suppose remotely mp3's can
> be played on Linux, but still...we don't need people posting every
> "headline" from /. here.  Perhaps if /. had something interesting instead
> of rants and raves...but that's another issue.
> > Microsoft and RealNetworks have decided they don't like MP3's and are
> > going to limit the quality of any MP3's you record on an XP system.
> Big surprise there.  They both have their own encoding formats, WMA and
> RA.  No surprise that they'd rather support that than MP3.  Especially
> when digital content is gonna be a cash cow.  If MS can convince more
> people to license their stuff, they're better off than if everyone is
> still using MP3's.  
> Then again, with my w2k box, I see no way to create mp3's at all so 56k
> mp3's are an improvement.
> >   What you want doesn't matter, microsoft wants you to use RealNetworks...
> Huh?  No they don't...they want you to use Windows Media, Real wants you
> to use Real.  Apple wants you to use Quicktime.  Nothing new there.
> I swear...after reading the article on /., they need a moderation category
> labeled "Kneejerk anti-MS reply, no I didn't bother reading the article"
> I suppose that could be shortened to "dumb-ass".  Sadly half those
> comments are already marked insightful.
> rude mode off.
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