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Microsoft kills Hotmail HTTPS access in several countries
Posted Mar 27, 2011 1:17 UTC (Sun) by Trelane (subscriber, #56877)
> As a result, anybody who has subscribed to an LWN mailing list from a Hotmail account has been unsubscribed. It must be said that we were surprised by just how many of those there were.
Why HTTPS access for hotmail is relevant here
Posted Mar 27, 2011 8:07 UTC (Sun) by rvfh (subscriber, #31018)
Posted Mar 27, 2011 9:24 UTC (Sun) by danielpf (subscriber, #4723)
Posted Mar 27, 2011 12:18 UTC (Sun) by oblio (guest, #33465)
Secondly, this is not Microsoft's fault, they were probably forced to do this.
Posted Mar 27, 2011 14:39 UTC (Sun) by danielpf (subscriber, #4723)
The FOSS movement can be compared to a liberation movement in an oppresive political regime. When people feel their freedom is too restricted some of the people have the need to do something against the oppressive regime. The goal here has nothing like a negative side, and doesn't make people bitter, on the contrary, they get thrilled by the higher value of their actions, and by the fact that they initiate a solution to their problem. As illustration consider the present events in the Arab world.
It's different from, say, the hate against a neighbor which would motivate a revenge. A revenge is rarely solving a problem, while a liberation does.
So your statement is probably too general.
Posted Mar 27, 2011 15:38 UTC (Sun) by spaetz (subscriber, #32870)
And your's is likely to bee too simplistic :-). FOSS is too many things to too many people (and firms), to be allow to describes in one simple sentence.
Posted Mar 27, 2011 16:21 UTC (Sun) by danielpf (subscriber, #4723)
Posted Mar 27, 2011 18:45 UTC (Sun) by elanthis (guest, #6227)
The formalization of the ideas behind FOSS arose in response to the change in the software world towards proprietary, closed products, yes. But FOSS was not a rebellion against those ideas so much as it was a continuation of the older ideas.
(And then there's people like me, who really don't care for Free Software much at all and vastly prefer permissive/liberal licenses, and who are more and more proponents of the Big Evil simply because they polish and improve products while many -- possibly most -- major Open Source projects seem hell bent on getting their crap 80% done, getting bored with bug fixing and polish, and then rewriting everything from scratch for fun while the users are sitting there with their thumbs up their butts wondering when they'll actually have a stable, bug-free, usable piece of software.)
Posted Mar 28, 2011 12:22 UTC (Mon) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
No, it was always for the fun of it, to make better software, because sharing code is easier than locking it away, because you didn't lose everything when you changed jobs: hell, even for the paycheque alone (though that is thankfully rare). But essentially nobody I have ever met engages in a creative act like software development to oppose Microsoft. Lots of Slashdotters think that's why they do it, but as far as I can tell this is a symptom of distance from the code and testosterone poisoning, nothing more.
Posted Mar 28, 2011 17:52 UTC (Mon) by danielpf (subscriber, #4723)
Posted Mar 28, 2011 18:07 UTC (Mon) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946)
Posted Mar 27, 2011 15:52 UTC (Sun) by cesarb (subscriber, #6266)
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