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Re: Confession of a Microsoft Shilling Advocate

Verily I say unto thee, that Chris Ahlstrom spake thusly:
> After takin' a swig o' grog, Erik Funkenbusch belched out this bit o'
> wisdom:
>> On Sat, 27 Dec 2008 08:01:45 +0000, Homer wrote:

>>> I'd dearly love to know how anyone is suppose to "shill" for ...
>>> Free Software?
>> In case you hadn't noticed, there's a *LOT* of money behind "free" 
>> software.  IBM, Sun, Oracle, Red Hat, etc.. all have major
>> investments in it.
> Major, sure.  But as what percentage of their business?
> Where are the IBM-OSS TEs?
> Where are the Sun-OSS TEs?
> Where are the Oracle-OSS TEs?
> Hell, where are the RedHat-OSS TEs?

OK, so for Fuddie's benefit, let's assume that Roy is acting in a
clandestine capacity as one of the above.

Which one?

And here's the coup de grâce to sink Fuddie's battleship:

If Roy is indeed a TE for one of those companies, wouldn't that then
necessarily preclude him from /also/ evangelising that one company's
FOSS competition (e.g. /either/ Canonical /or/ Mandriva, but not both)?

So how come Roy "evangelises" equally for the entire spectrum of FOSS,
commercially oriented or otherwise?

If Roy is a TE, it seems he's not a very loyal one. Can someone who
evangelises "everything except Microsoft and their partners" even be
described as an "evangelist"; a "TE"; a shill; a "fanboy"; or anything
of the sort?

Fuddie's (and Hardon's) reaction seems like juvenile and illogical
taunting by schoolboys, rather than any kind of measured response. It's
a sure sign of their sheer desperation in the face of abject failure to
win the argument. Not only do they resort to mindless ad hominem
attacks, but those insults don't (and more importantly *can't* possibly)
have any basis in reality whatsoever, due the the entirely contradictory
nature of those claims.

Like I said, I'd expect this depth of stupidity from Hardon, but I'm
genuinely surprised that Fuddie could embarrass himself so completely
with this nonsense.

Is he drunk?

>> Are you really that stupid?

I suggest you have a pot of coffee and a meal, go to bed for 10 hours,
then come back and rethink the logic of the drivel you're posting here.

It's not good, Erik. It's not good at all.

You may need to take another one of your famous extended vacations to
live this one down.

Not that we'll forget, though.



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