Percentage of early-adopting PVR (personal video recorder, like the Linux-platformed TiVo) owners who are watching more TV than before they owned the device: 63
Percentage of current PVR owners who have “no idea” which channels the shows being watched were originally on: 12
Percentage of current PVR and VCR owners who like to scan past ads: 25
Number of channels on Dish Network's $31.95-per-month Dish 150 plan: 215
Number of open-source licenses on the Open Source Initiative's approved list: 22
Percentage of 74 leading brands that have lost brand value over the last ten years: 55
Percentage drop in value for all 74 leading brands over the same period: 5
Number of new products introduced last year: 31,432
Royalty charge paid by recording equipment manufacturers, according to the American Home Recording Act (AHRA), as a percentage of the manufacturer's revenue: 2
The Sound Recordings Fund's share of AHRA royalty payments: 2/3
Percentage of that fund allocated for “non-featured musicians and vocalists”: 4
Percentage of remaining royalties allocated for “featured recording artists”: 40
Percentage of remaining royalties allocated to “owners of the exclusive right to reproduce sound recordings distributed during the relevant year”: 60
Red Hat percentage on machines surveyed by Linux Counter: 28.39
Slackware percentage on machines surveyed by Linux Counter: 22.40
Debian percentage on machines surveyed by Linux Counter: 19.30
1-3: Electronic Media, from NextResearch
3: The Wall Street Journal
4: Dish Network
5: Open Source Initiative (www.opensource.org)
6-8: Financial Times
Jan Schaumann has begun a new software project that will serve a dual purpose: 1) to produce MakeMan, a project that will provide several GUI and non-GUI front ends to an XML interface for writing man pages and 2) to document the steps of an open-source project, from registering at SourceForge to releasing packages in great detail. See mama.sourceforge.net for details.
Show me a web app that can't be served from a Pentium 100 and I'll show you a dead dot-com.
If you want to be a platform vendor, and you want developers to invest alongside of you, your platform needs to be open source. This in fact has been true for the last few years.
All power is derived from the barrel of a gnu.
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Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
They're the next dead thing.
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The operating system wars are over, and operating systems lost. What we are now witnessing is the growth of environments where applications span multiple operating systems, rather than vice versa. Individual computers are the new object, with a handful of exposed interfaces and complicated internals hidden from the caller by standard protocols.
The real problem we face with the Web is not understanding the anomalies, it's facing how deeply weird the ordinary is.
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One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
Today we turn our dagger around and point it at ourselves. As goes the Internet Economy, so goes the magazine founded to cover it.
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What lever did the invisible hand have to throw to start up the ghost in the machine?
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