eWeek's Steven Vaughan-Nichols has written an alarming report regarding Microsoft's publication of a Royalty-Free Protocol License Agreement. The agreement starts off by saying "If You want a license from Microsoft to implement one or more Protocol(s) (as defined below), You must (1) complete the designated information in the box below, (2) check one or more boxes on Exhibit A, and (3) sign and return this Agreement AS IS to Microsoft.
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A few trendy hotels are offering guests the use of Apple iPods loaded with music.
Kim Cameron, Microsoft's architect for digital identity (including Active...
Microsoft has taken steps to address customers who are increasingly reluctant to move quickly to new operating systems, but continue to demand new features without waiting for extending periods of time. The company has begun trickling features to market through feature packs and a new type of upgrade, the optional feature release.
In August of last year, a UK retailer tested a clever anti-theft system for a brand of razor blades that has the distinction of being the most-shoplifted product in Europe.
Rob Lemos writes about the impact of putting a price on the head of virus writers...so far the bounties haven't done much to deter worm and virus writers...
On November 15th it's going to be Sarbanes-Oxley show time for many organizations. (Public companies with a market capitalization of $75 million of more must meet the Nov.
According to META Group, ten percent of leading IT organizations are seeking to leverage SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) beyond projects and across the enterprise. But as companies tiptoe their way towards SOA with project-specific implementations, they often use a bottom-up approach that leaves enterprise architecture (EA) out of the equation as a means for top-down guidance.
Sun is set to have a big introduction for open source Solaris on November 15, but the code release and details of the open-source plan are lagging by several weeks. Sun is still trying to figure out the best open source licensing model...