It was only a matter of time. Commercial software providers, including Microsoft, that have so far been steadfast in their resolve to preserve at least some of their old business models, are finding that the open standards card that they've so cunningly played as a part of those models could now have turned out to be a deal with the devil.
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In his talk at Catalyst today technology lawyer Scott Blackmer listed sixteen privacy breaches that have happened since February 2005 and then talked about the impact that these incidents have on business. $2.
It is almost impossible to judge whether or not any particular component is to blame for poor performance compared to an identically configured (but un-branded) machine.
I'm at Catalyst today, sitting in the Identity and Privacy Strategies (IPS) track. Jamie Lewis (Burton Group CEO) is giving the keynote.
For programmers who have been curious about the origins and history of Hungarian notation, Charles Simonyi sheds ample light on the topic in a recent posting...
The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is experimenting with a squad-car-mounted image processing system that detects and reads license plates, then matches them against a list of stolen cars' plate numbers. During one night of testing, four squad cars automatically looked up more than 12,000 plates, which resulted in seven recovered cars and three arrests.
Over the last year, one of ZDNet's more loyal readers has been keeping in touch with me, letting me know what he thinks of the various products, services, and companies we cover on ZDNet. He asked not to be identified other than by his title -- general manager of IT at one of the world's largest construction and engineering firms.
By now, on the heels of the bombings in London, you've probably picked up on the debate regarding the use of cell phones in tunnels. Immediately after the bombings, cellular phone service was discontinued in the four major tunnels leading into New York City's burrough of Manhattan.
A study published by Suzanne McEvoy in the British Medical Journal concludes that drivers who use hands free cell phones are equally likely to get into car accidents as are drivers who do not. According to a CBSNews.
Ever since a debacle with ebXML (subsequently diffused) and, later, the way the Web Services Interoperability organization (the WS-I) selected Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) as the venue for "ratifying" certain Web services standards (as opposed to going through the more IP-progressive World Wide Web consortium -- the W3C), I've been meaning to out OASIS for what I think it really is: a patent shelter.