I watched Argentinia smack Chile down tonight (2-0), and found the experience of attending the match fascinating, and a little scary. I've been to a lot of games over in England, where things can get a bit dicey, but this was the first time that I actually feared for my safety.
Why? Because the crowd didn't seem to abide by any particular laws. I watched this man get shouted out of the stadium. Why? Because he bought a ticket for himself and his wife and tried to sit in his seats. When he asked the squatters who occupied his seats to move, he was jeered and booed until he gave up his seats.
In fact, no one (including us, since when we arrived people were in our seats) seemed to sit in their assigned seats. I was scared to use the restroom because I figured doing so would be tantamount to surrendering my seats. Other fans had it worse: they were separated from the field by razor wire which was intended to keep them from attacking visiting fans. It felt a bit like the Wild West....
I think sometimes Microsoft and the proprietary world think that open-source developers think like the seat-squatters in Argentina. I suspect that this is one reason that Ballmer can make claims about patent infringement with a straight face, as if open-source developers flaunt IP laws casually. But he, and those who think like him, are wrong.… Read more