2/2/2010

Steve Jobs dubs Google’s ‘don’t be evil’ motto ‘bulls**t’

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Steve Jobs has dubbed Google’s “don’t be evil” mantra “bullshit.” Or at least “a load of crap.”

According to multiple reports, Jobs unloaded on Google last week during an Apple “town hall” meeting at the company’s One Infinite Loop headquarters. As originally reported by Wired, the Apple cult leader attacked his former Mountain View ally for its recent entry into the phone-selling business, before landing an unprompted blow on Google’s much-discussed “don’t be evil” corporate motto.

“We did not enter the search business,” Jobs said in reference to Google. “They entered the phone business. Make no mistake: they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them.”

According to Wired, an Apple employee then popped up with a completely unrelated question, but Jobs wasn’t done with Google. “I want to go back to that other question first and say one more thing,” he said. “This ‘Don’t be evil’ mantra: It’s bullshit.”

But other reports insist Jobs didn’t actually say “It’s bullshit.” According to the Apple-obsessed Daring Fireball blog, he said: “‘Don’t be evil’ is a load of crap.”

Survey: Only 1% of Torrents non-infringing

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

99 per cent of files accessed through a Torrent network are unlicensed copyright material, according to a survey by an American undergraduate.

Only 10 of the 1021 files in the survey could be distributed over the Mainline network without infringing copyright. The ten works licensed for distribution included two Linux distros, game pack add-ons and trial software. Only 1 of the 145 pornographic files was considered non-infringing, student Sauhard Sahi found.

Facebook plans PHP changes

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Facebook is expected to unveil changes to PHP, the language that helped make the social networking site a success - along with millions of other web sites.

SD Times has outed the planned change here. Facebook wouldn’t provide details when contacted by The Reg but said it would make more details available Tuesday morning, Pacific time.

The changes have been described as either a re-write of the PHP runtime or a compiler for PHP.

A change to PHP would be Facebook’s latest donation to the language, which has also had contributions from Microsoft and the former Sun Microsystems over the years.

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