Last week, just before the Thanksgiving holiday got underway in the US, Larry Rosen, the attorney that wrote the book on open source licensing If the Microsoft news wins Google over to the company's file formats, it could be game over for ODF.
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Security expert Bruce Schneier was interviewed by Tom Espiner of ZDNet UK regarding the notion that foreign governments are a serious threat to a nation's critical national infrastructure and whether cyberterroism is a more potent threat than the rampant cybercrime. Schneier views cyberterrorism threats as overstated.
Nick Carr responded to my post about "Why blogging matters," characterizing blogging as mostly superficial and impressionistic, and suggesting that the blogoshere is a "fantasy community crowded with isolated egos pretending to connect." Here's a piece from Nick's post:The blogosphere's a seductive place - it's easy to get caught up in it - and there's lots of interesting thoughts and opinions bouncing around amid the general clatter.
UPS does IT on a very large scale: $1 billion in IT spending this year, nearly 5,000 IT staff, 384,000 employees, 15 mainframes, 8,700 servers, 250,000 PCs, 2,700 networked sites, 474 terabytes of storage, 500 applications, 10 million tracking requests per day, 88,000 vehicles, 90,000 handheld devices and the 9th largest airline. The massive array of technology and personnel is all focused on delivering more than 14 million packages a day across 200 countries.
I'm trying to grab a few vacation days here during the short week. But the news that Microsoft is looking to establish its Office XML Reference Schema (the new file format for it's Office productivity suite) as an International Organization of Standardization (ISO) ratified standard has pulled me out of hiding for at least one blog.
As a Web communications tool, blog software utilizes a fairly standardized format for sticking content on the Internet. It's far easier that building a personal or business Web page, and is appropriately scaled for dashing off notes and responses or posting passionate, or more detached, manifestos, proclamations, encomiums and rants.
If you're buying servers and you're thinking it might be time to give the blade form factor a look (which I highly recommend you do), or, if you're already into blades but willing to consider switching vendors (very hard to do since there are no blade standards), then IBM's BladeCenter is definitely worth a look. Surprisingly, ZDNet's readers still beat me up every time I write about blades saying that by the time they reach the end of what I've written, they still don't know what a blade is.
Microsoft CTO Ray Ozzie is blogging about a new specification--SSE (Simple Sharing Extensions) for RSS and OPML--that Microsoft is proposing. The SSE specification, which is an early draft, is being released under a Creative Commons license – Attribution-ShareAlike, and has input from RSS and OPML pioneer Dave Winer, who comments on SSE in his blog today.
The video iPod isn't the first portable device to play video, but it is an iPod and that seems to make all the difference. I think it will be a watershed in portable video--finally making it mainstream.
Just a few quick hits on the still evolving Sony rootkit story. Boing Boing's Cory Doctorow claims to have received an e-mail from a highly placed source within Sony BMG indicating that record label heads may be rethinking DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) as a part of their business.