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Proprietary Dangers: Microsoft Entrapment and Open Automation Software

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Openwashing and Entrapment (Microsoft GitHub)

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  • Vendors move away from open source database software licensing

    Database vendors have started to use their own open source style licenses in a bid to stave off cannibalization by large cloud players such as Amazon Web Services.

    The promise of open source database software is that users can freely use the code as they choose. Open source isn't just a marketing hook, but rather a well-defined set of licenses that have been approved as open source by the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and are compliant with the Open Source Definition.

    Many database vendors have long used an open core model, in which the foundational model is an open source licensed code base, with added enterprise-grade features for reporting, scalability and management available under a proprietary license.

  • OmniOS Community Edition r151032e, r151030ae

    OmniOS Community Edition weekly releases for w/c 2nd of December 2019 are now available.

  • OmniOS Updated With Latest Intel Microcode, Better LX Zones Support For Newer Distros

    OmniOS r151032e ships with the newest Intel CPU microcode in order to address the JCC Erratum issue, there is a fix for supporting USB hard drives greater than 2TB, OpenJDK has been updated, better support for recent Linux distribution releases within LX Zones, ZFS fixes, fixes to the SMB support, and various other fixes. LX Zones is a SmartOS/OmniOS feature for running Linux software in a lighterweight-than-a-VM environment. 

  • A picture is worth a thousand base pairs

    Prospective users of these tools can find plentiful educational resources online, including video tutorials. The UCSC Genome Browser has two archived and searchable listservs, or electronic mailing lists: one for website and data questions, the other for queries on setting up and maintaining Genome Browser mirrors. JBrowse users can ask questions on Github or on the software’s open instant-messaging channel, but Holmes suggests contacting the developers directly. “We have some developers who really like getting feedback from users,” he says.

Entrapment by Microsoft GitHub

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  • SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Codidact [Ed: "In order to get involved, users can jump onto the forum, head to GitHub or use Discord to discuss ideas." So to  participate in 'open' you must adopt malicious software that is proprietary.]
  • Tencent Open-Sources High-Performance Graph Computing Framework ‘Plato’ [Ed: Tencent puts its code in proprietary software of Microsoft as if it  doesn't know how unwise that is]
  • Alibaba Cloud opens source code for machine-learning platform Alink [Ed: This only makes sense if one considers Microsoft's collaboration with the Chinese government spying on a lot of people]
  • Alibaba Makes Its Artificial Intelligence Platform Open Source [Ed: Alibaba gives its code to proprietary software of Microsoft where developers are censored and spied on]

    The move to GitHub will make lives easier for big data specialists in the machine learning sector, and no doubt provide some useful ecosystem links to the Chinese giant.

    Alibaba Cloud has made the core codes of its Alink data processing platform open-source to help widen the development opportunities for artificial intelligence and machine learning.

    The algorithm platform has been made available on Microsoft-owned GitHub, the world’s largest developer community. The platform offers a broad range of algorithm libraries that support both batch and stream processing, which is critical for machine learning tasks.

    Data analysts and software developers can access the codes on GitHub to build their own software, facilitating tasks such as statistics analysis, machine learning, real-time prediction, personalised recommendation and abnormality detection.

  • Duke University Introduces an Open Source Tool as an Alternative to a Monolithic LMS

    Developed by Duke’s Learning Innovation and the Office of Information Technology, Kits – now released as an alpha version – evolved from a home-grown group management solution and it was developed outside the LMS. “It brings together the centralized student access points of the LMS with the flexibility and power of an app-based system.”

    Currently, eight applications are included on Kits, and three more are expected to arrive this year. Learning analytics are in the roadmap, too. The integration was done via LTI standard or API. In addition, Kits comes with a “custom link” option that allows both instructors and students to add any share-by-link application.

  • Altibase Celebrates Its 20th Birthday as an Enterprise Grade Open Source Database [Ed: Seems unclear if it's open at all or just a trap]

    "We have built that client base, in part, by competing head-to-head with such juggernauts as Oracle, IBM and MS – and winning. Simply put, Altibase is a viable alternative to mega legacy database," he adds.

    "But being just an attractive alternative no longer suffices. To continue our success, we are adapting to two major changes currently taking place in the database market," Paul says.

Entrapment in Microsoft GitHub

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  • Alibaba Cloud makes available its self-developed algorithm via open source on Github [Ed: Outsourcing one's code to a proprietary spying and censorship platform of a foreign firm and foreign regime]

    Launched in 2009 and headquartered in Singapore, the cloud subsidiary of Alibaba Group offers cloud computing services to enterprises.

  • Alibaba Publishes AI Algorithms on Github [Ed: Alibaba gives its code to Microsoft to further facilitate surveillance]
  • GitHub Seeks Security Dominance With Developers [Ed: GitHub is proprietary software in NSA PRISM, so assume back doors. Ignore these Forbes puff pieces of Microsoft (lots of them).]
  • Rav1e Picks Up More Speed Optimizations For Rust-Written AV1 Encoding [Ed: Still stuck inside GitHub]

    The Rust-based "rav1e" AV1 video encoder continues picking up performance optimizations. 

    During the month of November we've seen SSE4.1 and various x86 Assembly optimizations, other CPU performance optimizations, and also happening recently was the initial tagged release of rav1e (v0.1). 

  • Daniel Stenberg: curl: 25000 commits [Ed: Unhealthy dependence on GitHub]

    The first ever public release of curl was uploaded on March 20, 1998. 7924 days ago.

    3.15 commits per day on average since inception.

    These 25000 commits have been authored by 751 different persons.

    Through the years, 47 of these 751 authors have ever authored 10 commits or more within a single year. In fact, the largest number of people that did 10 commits or more within a single year is 13 that happened in both 2014 and 2017.

    19 of the 751 authors did ten or more changes in more than one calendar year. 5 of the authors have done ten or more changes during ten or more years.

Openwashing by Microsoft and the US Air Force

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  • Microsoft Teams spurs open source in Aussie channel [Ed: Gross case of openwashing. How on Earth did Microsoft manage to have proprietary software that's mass surveillance inside businesses framed as "open source"?

    Qbot is the brainchild of UNSW senior lecturer David Kellermann. Antares helped bring Qbot to life and, as it is the bot's primary developer, supports the code.

  • US Air Force says they are developing an Open Source Jet Engine

    The Responsive Open Source Engine (ROSE) is designed to be cheap enough that it can be disposable, which has obvious military applications for the Air Force such as small jet-powered drones or even missiles. But even for the pacifists in the audience, it’s hard not to get excited about the idea of a low-cost open source turbine. Obviously an engine this small would have limited use to commercial aviation, but hackers and makers have always been obsessed with small jet engines, and getting one fired up and self-sustaining has traditionally been something of a badge of honor.

    The economies of scale generally dictate that anything produced in large enough numbers will eventually become cheap. But despite the fact that a few thousand of them are tearing across the sky above our heads at any given moment, turbine jet engines are still expensive to produce compared to other forms of propulsion. The United States Air Force Research Laboratory is hoping to change that by developing their own in-house, open source turbine engine that they believe could reduce costs by as much as 75%.

Another Microsoft mess as Windows 10 November 2019 Update breaks File Explorer

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When Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 November 2019 Update was going to be a rather minor release with only a few changes, many of us hoped that this would mean that its launch would be relatively problem free – but that unfortunately doesn’t seem to be the case, with users complaining that the new update is breaking File Explorer.

File Explorer is the app you use to browse the files and folders on your PC. So pretty important, then.

The biggest change the Windows 10 November 2019 Update brought was to update how you search File Explorer, giving you suggested files, and searching your online OneDrive account, when you use the search box to look for something.

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Microsoft restores services after it experienced a large global outage across numerous platforms

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Microsoft says it first addressed the issue at about 8:15 p.m. ET. As of 9:30 p.m. ET, the company said it identified access issues with the Microsoft 365 Admin Center, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, and Yammer.

The company said in a tweet that it "identified and reverted a networking build that caused user traffic from the internet to Microsoft 365 services to intermittently fail."

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Microsoft Claims a Monopoly Over 'Open Source'

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Lots of Microsoft Openwashing This Past Week

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