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____/ Homer on Tuesday 19 Jul 2011 10:21 : \____

> Verily I say unto thee, that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
>> ____/ Homer on Sunday 17 Jul 2011 18:35 : \____
>>> Verily I say unto thee, that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
>>>> He is certainly pwnt.
>>>> http://techrights.org/2011/07/15/jaron-lanier-paid-by-microsoft/
>>> TBH I'd never heard of him before, and his one and only claim to infamy
>>> is a single book I've never read (and never will), much like that other
>>> Microsoft booster, Keith Curtis. AFAIAC they're just toner-monkeys with
>>> delusions of grandeur and Microsoft-indoctrinated libertarian politics.
>> Keith Curtis is an angel compared to Jaron.
> No, I'd say they're both complete non-entities.
> [quote]
> These are the sort of words you'd expect from a Luddite, not from the
> man who pioneered the development of virtual reality and continues to
> work at the bleeding edge of technology. But then Lanier is an oxymoron
> personified. He is a hippy, but he agrees with Rupert Murdoch that
> content should be paid for. He is one of the world's leading
> intellectuals â according to Prospect magazine's Top 100 Public
> Intellectuals Poll â yet he never managed to complete a university
> degree. He bashes big software firms, yet he provides consultancy
> services to them.
> [/quote]
> http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/jaron-lanier-web-20-is-utterly-pathetic-1894257.html
> IOW he's your typical overrated, hypocritical, cold-blooded, big-headed,
> Silicon Valley idiot.

My friend from south America has helped broaden the reach of the warning.

To me, finding this out about Lanier was a major thing because all these years
I didn't understand why he was attacking Freedom. Now I know.

____/ Chris Ahlstrom on Tuesday 19 Jul 2011 11:01 : \____

>    Lanier writes: "Let's suppose that back in the 1980s I had said, 'In a
>    quarter century, when the digital revolution has made great progress and
>    computer chips are millions of times faster than they are now, humanity
>    will finally win the prize of being able to write a new encyclopaedia and
>    a new version of UNIX!' It would have sounded utterly pathetic."
> <chuckle?>

He is "not a gadget". He is a tool.

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