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.
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In reponse to my ongoing coverage of AMD's Turion 64 processor (a 64-bit capable mobile chip for the "thin & light" notebook market), ZDNet reader Bradley Coleman wrote in to find out why notebook manufacturers were choosing to go with the more power hungry of AMD's Turions rather than something that consumes less power. Wrote Coleman: I think [the Turion] is a great chip.
I couldn't agree more with John Carroll's sentiments regarding the use of DRM to protect the intellectual property of the individual. After all, that was the original intent of copyright law -- to protect authors and to make it economically feasible for publishers to publish an author's works.
News.com's John Borland has reported that Intel is forming a joint venture with Revelations Entertainment (actor Morgan Freeman's movie production company) called ClickStar.
I was just noticing that it has been nearly a month since Sun COO Jonathan Schwartz penned his last blog and more than a month since Sun CTO Greg Papadopoulos penned his. Have the two Sun execs lost their zeal for blogging?
The great thing about getting sucked into debates with vendors is that you end up with so much to write about as a result of doing a bit of digging around the Internet. So this next entry represents the intersection of two conversations.
Intel spokesperson Barbara Grimes has never let me get away with my criticisms of her company's Centrino wireless brand unscathed. Dating back to 2003, I asked if a Centrino is a must have or whether a simple Pentium M would do.
Among the many things that Intel spokesperson Barbara Grimes must do on a semi-annual basis, one of them is to spank yours truly for saying anything remotely derogatory about that company's Centrino brand. As I did last week, I routinely drag my opinion of the Centrino brand out of the closet when I think it's relevant to current events (as I felt it was to AMD's lawsuit against Intel).
This one comes by way of News.com's Michelle Meyers (who credits Engadget and CNN).
News.com's Michael Singer has blogged that AMD has managed to silence the paper shredders at some 30 companies including the biggest PC makers in the business.