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Is Google Faking the Open Source Funk?

Oct 28, 2009, 20:06 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Darryl K. Taft)

"It's not the first time and it won't be the last that Google's been knocked about its policies regarding openness of certain technologies or strategies -- policies, by the way, that certain other companies (like Microsoft!) would be blasted for straightaway.

"In basketball we had the Jordan Rules, which initially was a term used to describe the strategy some teams applied to aggressively and physically guard Michael Jordan. But later it became what people called the preferential treatment the superstar received from refs who swallowed their whistles whenever Jordan traveled or fouled someone -- especially late in close games. In football we have the Brady Rule, which was enacted this season to protect quarterbacks' knees after superstar QB Tom Brady went down for most of last season following a hit to his knee (and, unfortunately, applied in a tight game against my Ravens). And in tech we seem to have the Google Rules, where Google just seems to get pass after pass for stuff others would be called on."

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