Hymer (856453) writes "Trine Bramsen of the danish Socialdemokratiet posted her opinion on nerds which can be cooked down to: "If nerds dropped their white socks and learned to speak so normal people can understand them then maybe we caffe latte drinking bimbos will be interested in them". Trine posted this on one of the most nerdy sites in Denmark, version2.dk, which is driven by the Danish Engineer Society (IDA) and counts people like PHK of FreeBSD/Varnish fame as members. The story has now been mentioned on several Danish media and Trine got proper response from nerds of all sexes (and their spouses). Trine is the draftsman on IT and telecommunications for her party, which makes the case rather surrealistic.
Hymer (856453) writes "Danish NetBSD and Varnish developer Poul-Henning Kamp (PHK) case against Lenovo on Widows refund has been dismissed because the judge evaluated PHK as being too smart to not understand the EULA. PHK is however quite happy about it because "the judgenent clearly shows the de facto monopoly on operating systems" he said to Version2's reporter after the judgement. PHK later wrote on his blog that the judgement opens the possibility of a antitrust case against Microsoft in Konkurencestyrelsen (danish government organization for monopoly cases).
Hymer (856453) writes "Danish government hides Open Source benefits from the Parliament. A report has been presented for the Parliament which describes how Danish Police may save up to 13 millions DKK, the full report describes savings of 100 millions DKK by switching to OpenOffice.org or Star Office. Current danish government has been known for protecting Microsoft in the document standards debate.
Hymer (856453) writes "PCWorld got a story about the EU commissions answer to a query from Heidi Rühle and Alain Lipitetz whether Microsoft's antitrust violations would also make the company ineligible to enter bidding under existing financial and procurement rules." top
Hymer (856453) writes "This weekend mr. Ballmer was in Denmark, during his brief visit a meeting was held between him (and on his initiative) and the top of the danish Open Source community. The result of the meeting is however very closed, neither mr. Ballmer nor any of the OSS pings has any comments.
Denmark is in the process of choosing between OpenXML and ODF as standard document format and mr. Ballmer's visit has been linked to that fact (without any real proof of course).
The community is somehow stunned by the secrecy of the meeting... Where does Open fit in a closed meeting with the guy who want to "fuckin' kill" us ?" top
Hymer (856453) writes "From the Register: It's amazing how many people who have Microsoft Windows everywhere look flummoxed when asked whether Windows is their "standard" for desktop computing.
The reason they are thrown by this question is typically because they haven't thought about it that way before. In all likelihood, they never actually made a proactive decision to select Windows, in the sense of looking at alternatives and making a conscious objective choice. So how did they end up with it? ...more here." top
Hymer (856453) writes "I've spotted following on the Register: Microsoft will be forced to hand over sensitive technical information about the Windows operating system to its rivals but can expect next to no compensation, according to a report in the Financial Times." top
Hymer (856453) writes "Network World has a story about the MS OOXML way to bacame an ISO standard. From the article: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced that Open XML had moved to the next phase of review by being included on the ISO's 5-month ballot, which was sent out Monday and is due to close Sept. 2. The voting will be followed by an ISO Ballot Resolution meeting." top
A. C. (856453) writes "The CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, has announced (in a soon to be published interview) that Microsoft will in the near future place a bid for Free Software Foundation and propably OSTG too. Mr. Ballmer is quoted for calmly saying "Since we obviously can't kill them, we simply will buy them and then either shut them down or assimilate them." He was especially cheerfull with the perspective of closing the vipers nest (Slashdot) down. Mr. Torvalds will propably be given the possibility of continuing as the chief engineer on the new Microsoft United Linux project. Mr. Ballmer couldn't however say if there would be place for mr. Stallmann at Microsoft.
I've got some bad mushrooms... what's your excuse ?" top
Hymer (856453) writes "Well it is really a simple question: Does anyone here know a vidoconferencing server for Linux ? It may be a non-standard solution but the clients have to exist for at least Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. The communication channel should preferably encrypted. I need video and some kind of common workplace or desktop sharing, audio is optional. I've searched the Net and found nothing... geeks do not need to look at other geeks to understand eachother but CEO's obviously does...;-)"