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Archive for June, 2011

How Microsoft’s FUD Tactics Came Down to Software Patents

Summary: A ramble about the changing nature of Microsoft FUD, especially against GNU/Linux

At Microsoft, the days of ignoring and laughing are over. The company is now attacking its rivals with software patents, having mostly neglected attacks on rivals — notably Linux — based on verbal attacks (legal threats) and ridicule of technical nature. Microsoft’s strategy is now lobbying for software patents while extorting any company which does not use Windows.

This video tests some minor improvements in recording and it was neither planned not scripted.

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YouTube: The Evolution of Microsoft FUD – Part 1

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YouTube: The Evolution of Microsoft FUD – Part 2

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YouTube: The Evolution of Microsoft FUD – Part 3

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YouTube: The Evolution of Microsoft FUD – Part 4

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Android ‘Winning’

Summary: A commentary on whether or not Linux and Free software are winning

THIS is not an episode of TechBytes Video but more of a test, the final one of its kind. This video was done as an audio test amid some problems with the software’s compression phase (thus the audio cutoff).

Linux is winning in Android form as it spreads faster than Windows (replaces itself). Android enjoys a “growth rate of [...] growth [at] 4.4% per week,” which is amazing. Meanwhile, Apple targets those who are willing to pay too much for something more primitive and restrictive.

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YouTube: On GNU and Linux ‘Winning’

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Techrights and in “Boycott Novell” – Not a Negative Approach

Summary: Allegations of “Negativism” in Techrights and in “Boycott Novell” are put in perspective.

THIS is not a proper episode of TechBytes Video. I have been testing a few things in order to improve future delivery (when Tim and I both find time) and in the mean time I do try to convey some messages in means that are not text-only. In this video I speak about my experiences facing the allegation that this site is too abrasive.

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YouTube: On Techrights Negativism

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PCA and Multidimensional Scaling in Shapes

This series of videos is a rough explanation of the approach taken in order to utilise principal component analysts (PCA) in the task of shape classification. This was done without preparation or second takes, so the quality and clarity are not particularly high.

PCA and Multidimensional Scaling in Shapes – Part 0

PCA and Multidimensional Scaling in Shapes – Part 1

PCA and Multidimensional Scaling in Shapes – Part 2

PCA and Multidimensional Scaling in Shapes – Part 3

PCA and Multidimensional Scaling in Shapes – Part 4

PCA and Multidimensional Scaling in Shapes – Part 5

PCA and Multidimensional Scaling in Shapes – Part 6

PCA and Multidimensional Scaling in Shapes – Part 7

PCA and Multidimensional Scaling in Shapes – Part 8

PCA and Multidimensional Scaling in Shapes – Part 9

PCA and Multidimensional Scaling in Shapes – Part 10

PCA and Multidimensional Scaling in Shapes – Part 11

PCA and Multidimensional Scaling in Shapes – Part 12

PCA and Multidimensional Scaling in Shapes – Part 13

PCA and Multidimensional Scaling in Shapes – Part 14

PCA and Multidimensional Scaling in Shapes – Part 15

TechBytes Video – An Update


Summary: Delays and procrastinations as the cause for TechBytes Video not being released more often

TechBytes Video has not produced anything due to difficulties associated with setting everything up. In this video, an explanation is informally given (no preparations made, so pardon the quality) as well as a teaser about another new show.

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TechBytes Episode 52: Rusty, Tim, and Roy on GNU/Linux Desktops

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Summary: Rusty, Tim, and Roy get together for a discussion about the latest news, in particular about GNU/Linux

THE LATEST show spoke about a range of subjects, mostly distributions, desktop environments, and the situation Ubuntu is in.

The show’s tracks are “Rise Up”, “Free Software Song” by Jono Bacon, and “Solo Un Poco Mas” by Debayres. We hope you will join us for future shows and consider subscribing to the show via the RSS feed. You can also visit our archives for past shows. If you have an Identi.ca account, consider subscribing to TechBytes in order to keep up to date.

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Ramble About GMDS and GPCA (Ongoing Research)


OVER the past few months I have been running many experiments and compiling about 200 pages of text and graphs to document this. Today I made a short explanatory video that was unplanned and totally unscripted (I tend to prefer spontaneity, I loathe staging or reading from outlines/talking points/scripts).

This video is a bit of a test intended to get the hang of the recording software. These are some preliminary thoughts on the approach taken by GMDS (generalised multidimensional scaling) and the one adopted by GPCA (generalised principal component analysis) proponents. Admittedly, I am only at the early stages of properly learning about both. However, the basic principles as they are applied to distances (in space, not within data instances embedded in the shown hyperspace) are analogous at some underlying level, i.e. they measure something which is theoretically a surrogate of one another. The premises are hinged upon unification or use of one method to complement another, perhaps just comparing the results of each one in isolation.

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