Well, it's not that bad things can happen. It's just that good things might not happen.
Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
The problem is that "standards" are often the result of compromise between competing demands. This lowest common denominator approach is generally cost-effective but not always satisfactory.
Over the holiday break, Ashlee Vance reported: [Overstock CEO Patrick] Byrne held an August conference call with financial analysts about this cabal that has since gone down in Wall Street history as perhaps the single most bizarre CEO moment of all time....During the session, Byrne admitted to making up stories about being gay and a coke-head in the hopes of uncovering a mysterious group short-sellers led by a "Sith Lord.
Via ZDNet reader Steven Ackerman who saw it on FurdLog which links to the LATimes story on Congressional Copycats who said "Interestingly, even the industry’s hometown paper doesn’t think it’s a good idea": The [Analog Hole] bill aims to prevent pirates from slipping through the analog hole to copy movies or television programs, then converting them into digital files that could be swapped on the Internet or burned onto DVDs....
Lattix is apparently the first software company to commit to the Eclipse integrated development environment in 2006. Since writing about how momentum is making all the difference for Eclipse, especially since '05's JavaOne event, the number of companies that have joined the Eclipse camp is has been mind boggling.
OASIS general counsel Andy Updegrove blogs: Only a few blog entries ago it was my sad lot to report that Massachusetts CIO Peter Quinn had resigned, leaving the fate of his effort to mandate use of the OpenDocument format (ODF) hanging in the air.
Judging by today's Google logo (spells "Google" in Braille), the company is either (a) celebrating Louis Braille's birthday (he was born on January 4, 1809), (b) about to engage in some new accessibility initiative, or (c) both. Anybody know?
Neuros Technology International CEO Joe Born in his open letter to congressmen James Sensenbrenner Jr. and John Conyers on HR 4569, the Digital Transition Content Security Act (aka: Analog Hole Legislation):...
Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing (thanks to ZDNet reader Bruce Fryer for the link): Coldplay's latest CD X&Y comes with an insert that discloses all the rules enforced by the DRM they included on the disc. Of course, these rules are only visible after you've paid for the CD.
The rumors have been flying around that Google will introduce a low-cost PC sold through mass market retailers like Wal-Mart. According to the sources-said report from the Los Angeles Times, the PC would run Google's Linux-flavored operating system and be tuned for online services.