I have been using Google 411 for quite a while now and I've been wondering if the 10 second ad they play is enough to pay for the service. Well, I found out today why Google really made Google 411 - they want to collect the data for speech recognition software for video search! Now that's a really creative plan. Give away 411 services that people want in exchange for their voice and they never even realize they've given anything away!
More and more companies are experimenting with paying open source developers. Why?
We just released OSS Discovery as open source software.
I really enjoyed reading Greg Kroah-Hartman's keynote talk from OLS 2006. (I'm not sure why I just stumbled across his 2006 keynote now.) I enjoyed what he had to say and I enjoyed the format he put it in. He created a web page with all of his slides as pictures interspersed with text. I don't usually watch videos of talks but I found myself reading this talk to the end - the slides made it easier to read and made it feel more like Greg was talking to me instead of writing.
Sun was recently the perfect example of why many companies don't invest more in open source software. Sun was accused of hardball open source project tactics. Many companies are afraid to start working on open source software projects because they are afraid they might make a mistake - and mistakes in the open source world are very public, feedback is harsh and the negative publicity sticks around for a long time on the internet.
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