After seeing the news this morning about how the CEO of Scientigo has plans to extract royalties from those who have implemented the XML specification including Microsoft, Oracle, and Amazon (actually, he could probably sue everybody), I asked the man credited with co-inventing XML -- Sun's Tim Bray -- what he thought of the news.
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According to an interview of Microsoft chairman Bill Gates by the Daily Princetonian, Gates thinks that the Blu-ray DVD format (recently backed by Warner Bros.) is "anti-consumer.
News.com's Martin Lamonica reports that a small company called Scientigo is claiming that its patents on "data in neutral forms" applies to XML and that it will use the patents to extract royalties from companies that use it.
In a recent blog entry entitled Shame on Corel, Andy Updegrove, legal counsel to OASIS (the consortium that's the steward of the OpenDocument Format specification), lashes out at Wordperfect for wavering on support of ODF. The blog points to a recent eWeek story that reported that Corel would support the format.
Tom Foremski of SiliconValleyWatcher talked to Ray Lane (who was the Gillmor Gang guest last week) about IBM and SAP. Tom writes: Mr Lane is convinced that IBM should acquire SAP.
Bruce Schneier has added his viewpoint to the debate that started with Howard Schmidt's comment that programmers should be held personally accountable for the quality of their code. In a Wired News column, Schneier writes: He's on the right track, but he's made a dangerous mistake.
Gartner predicts (with 0.6 probability--so maybe, maybe not) that by 2008 ten percent of companies will require employee-purchased laptops.
During Wednesday's main attraction here at Gartner Symposium in Orlando, FL -- a keynote Q&A session with Microsoft's Steve Ballmer -- the CEO of the Redmond, WA-based company gave some details on how Microsoft plans to win the hearts and minds of buyers who are thinking about going with Linux instead of Windows. A copy of the entire 45 minute interview can be downloaded (it's 21 MB) by clicking here.
Who does the following scenario describe: An online Web site grabs a bunch of content created by others and puts ads on it in an effort to generate cash. Content owners are angry at being exploited.
No citizen or government agency should be compelled to buy any vendor's products in order to have access to public records.