Continuing my anti-Microsoft (who, me?) rant of recent days, here's an article about Kodak being locked out of Windows XP. Apparently, Windows XP -- by default -- always uses Microsoft's photo editing software, and always links to Microsoft-partnered companies (who have to pay a fee for the privilege) when people look for online photo processing. This even happens when Kodak software is installed. Now, call me cynical, but this sounds like a monopoly being used to crush competition in other areas. Judge, are you listening?
Way to go with shooting yourself in the foot, Bill! Good news on the I-hate-Windows front at last....
Way to go with shooting yourself in the foot, Bill! Good news on the I-hate-Windows front at last. Much as I hate the software-as-a-service model, it appears that the evil .NET initiative (or at least, the infrastructure which allows .NET applications to run, called the Common Language Interface) is an open standard. That means Linux users can create an open-source implementation of it, so .NET applications written for Windows can run on Linux, and Linux applications written for the open-source version of .NET (currently called "Mono" and spearheaded by the guy in charge of Gnome) will run on Windows: essentially making Windows an expensive and unnecessary component of an operating system -- you could use Linux instead, and Office would still work. Has Bill worked this out? This looks like an attempt to avoid antitrust destruction that has backfired, but then, that was the point of the whole antitrust lawsuit in the first place.
Okay, so I'm scared. The first arrest under the DMCA has been made. This was always a very scary law, and the circumstances of this arrest are even more scary -- this guy pointed out a flaw in Adobe's security protections (and admittedly sold a program that breaks them for you), and Adobe got him arrested. WTF? Improve your security, don't arrest people who point it out! If Microsoft starts doing this, I am so dead.
Hmm. Flat panel CRTs have been developed by IBM; just as cheap as the latest LCDs and possibly cheaper, and without the manufacturing disadvantages of LCDs (like scarily low yield). I still say flexible screens are cool, though.
Okay, this is really getting beyond a joke. George W. Bush really need to be stopped. According to...
Okay, this is really getting beyond a joke. George W. Bush really need to be stopped. According to the reasonably-non-biased Issues 2000 (which, despite the name, was updated less than a week ago as of writing), Dubya has: Withdrawn from the Kyoto treaty, claiming the US will adopt a different strategy. Withdrawn from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty of 1974, the treaty that stopped the cold war Raised tensions with China, on the heels of the spy plane incident, by stating that "military action is an option" in defending Taiwan from China. I mean, okay, defend Taiwan, but do you really want to be at war with China? Incidentally, it looks like the spy plane incident might have been the fault of the Chinese pilot, who had a history of buzzing the spy planes. Withdrawn from the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC). That article also talks about the withdrawl from ABM. And for fuck's sake, that's just what he did this month! This man needs to be stopped!
Okay, so it's my first day of work at the new job. So, why am I blogging instead of working? Because my laptop is being sorted out for me at the moment, so I've got nothing to do. This job looks like it could be very interesting, but I really need some more data before I can draw any conclusions :-)