I saw this posted as an update from Groklaw.
I think I said something to the effect of
just a few days ago. Turns out that it doesn’t appear to be just in private.
The Microsoft folks could do great things in the HPC space if there was a little less NIH and a bit more “hey lets work with the community”. Unfortunately, with a CEO making statements like this, it is a little hard to convince the community that you want to, I dunno, work with them as opposed to suing them.
Maybe this cognitive dissonance can be addressed internally at MSFT. Having a team of PR types run around attempting to impart high spin states to fairly unambiguous language can’t be fun for anyone.
Sort of reminds me of this section of a Monty Python skit:
The difference of course is that the Monty Python skit was funny.