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Control the operating system, control the future
By Thom Holwerda on 2017-10-05 22:44:16

My thoughts tend to go to dark places these days. And so when I watched Google on Wednesday trot out one after another of its homegrown computing devices for every task and every nook of our homes, I went straight to dystopia: R.I.P. digital competition.

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Free Software to the rescue again
By tidux on 2017-10-05 23:00:08
Specifically, Jasper (https://jasperproject.github.io/). It'll run on commodity hardware on a commodity OS (Linux). If enough services get hosed out of working with Amazon, Google, Apple, and Microsoft, they'll move to the open platform.
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three words
By yerverluvinunclebert on 2017-10-05 23:09:01
Contribute to ReactOS.
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That's why...
By brostenen on 2017-10-05 23:15:40
I do not use Windows on my Daily driver (laptop). On my computer, I have installed Linux and as I do not game on my laptop, I can do all what I did on Windows anyway. I do not have any Apple devices or computers at all. However, I have an Android phone. Though I do not use that hello google thing, and I never have location turned on. Whenever I leave home, I disable Wifi.

I know that I might not have disabled all of concern, yet I feel that I have turned off what I can and still be able to use my various systems. My phone is for email, texting and phonecalls. So the useage for me, is rather basic. Games? Yeah... I game retro games. Pc, consoles, Amiga and C64. Not on my phone... Games are shit anyway on a phone.

Edited 2017-10-05 23:16 UTC
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Comment by raom
By raom on 2017-10-05 23:36:34
Cry me a river. It's been dead since the mid-2000's.
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SGI...
By binary0x01 on 2017-10-06 01:07:53
The digital competition has been dead since SGI went out and stopped making the machines that were fun to look at and fun to work on.
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Voice
By mdsama on 2017-10-06 01:39:04
I think the article is a bit more specific (and I found compelling) than what others have mentioned...

It's about voice-activated devices.

Because you won't browse for apps to launch, the services you use will probably be the default ones.

E.g. on a Google device it'll be Google's search, music, video, etc., with less opportunity for third-parties to get in on it.

The article gives the example that you aren't likely to say "Play song on Spotify."

I dunno. I thought it's new and interesting.
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RE: SGI...
By Lennie on 2017-10-06 08:39:38
Recently Solaris stopped development as well. Obviously the open source variants still exist and are getting development.
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mainstream
By nicubunu on 2017-10-06 09:05:00
Computing devices were open when their target audience was a minority of knowledgeable users. Now when they are supposed to be used by everyone and their dog, the requirement are to be braindead easy to use, which leads us to the tight control from a handful of corporations.
Compare with the food industry, where the global industry is also controlled by a few megacorporations. Or car manufacturing. Or...
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RE: mainstream
By tylerdurden on 2017-10-06 13:50:32
Bingo. "Funny" things happen when a product/industry becomes comoditized.
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RE: SGI...
By vocivus on 2017-10-06 15:31:51
> The digital competition has been dead since SGI went out and stopped making the machines that were fun to look at and fun to work on.

To be fair, people stopped buying them before SGI stopped making them. Nobody wanted to pay USD 10K for a box (an Indy with XZ and an R5K) was hardly better than a 2K Intel clone. Not to mention that IRIX updates required an expen$ive service contract. Don't get me wrong, I liked SGI boxes, but they were a wealthy person's game.

And if computer bling was your weakness, even a bondi blue G3 could be had for cheap, released shortly after the Indy was EOA.
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