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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

dominux it is all going to go horribly wrong (328 comments)

The yes campaign is telling people they can keep the pound and join Europe. Not gonna happen, it isn't for Scotland to decide. 28 countries have to decide they are totally cool with a bit of the UK splitting off and joining Europe. That means 28 countries have to want to set a precident for bits of themselves splitting off, declaring independence and joining Europe. They have to also decide that they are totally cool on Scotland having an opt out on the Euro that nobody else apart from the UK has and nobody else likes.
The rest of the UK doesn't particularly want a currency union with Scotland, and it wouldn't be popular with the Eurozone countries to have a more formal sterling zone (they don't care about the small overseas territories, but a second full size country in a currency union would be a big deal).
The No campaign says independence would be bad for Scotland and bad for the rest of the UK and everyone else.
The Yes campaign says independence would be good for Scotland and bad for the rest of the UK and everyone else.
They both agree that independence would be a massive pain in the arse for everyone outside of Scotland, and they are 50:50 on how much of a complete and utter pointless pain in the arse it will be within Scotland.

6 hours ago
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Paypal Jumps Into Bitcoin With Both Feet

dominux Re:Can someone clarify the state of BitCoin? (134 comments)

I think the way to get bitcoin is to sell products or services that people want to purchase in bitcoin. Just like any other currency, you get it by doing stuff for people who have it. Not everyone in the real economy gets money by digging gold out of the ground to buy stuff with. The currency has to circulate to be of value. Mining and banking and currency conversions are niche edge activities and you have to be both buying and selling to be circulating (otherwise you are stockpiling or running out)

about a week ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

dominux Re:haven't watched it... (391 comments)

because the guy had a London accent, I imagine quite a lot of people want to see it to check it was nobody they recognise from school or whatever.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

dominux put the documentation in with the code (199 comments)

Hi Fabian o/

many of the modules have really really little documentation, just a fairly small description string in the __openerp__.py file. It is great that this is now in markdown format, but they are nowhere near long enough in the modules. I would like to see each and every module being like a chapter of a book. If you take it out of the __openerp__.py file and move it to a README.md in the module then it would also render on github I think, people could then use screenshots and so on in it. This would also separate documentation updates (easy and safe, nobody should be scared, can be done on github with the github markdown editor) from editing a .py file with potential for breakage.
In terms of how the documentation is written, some modules like CRM use the description string to sell the module to you, others use it to describe what it does, I don't really need the sales pitch, but I do need to know what problem it solves, and what kind of business situations that the author had in mind when it was written. Plus of course, what it does, how to use it and anything it conflicts with, any downsides to installing it.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

dominux Re:consider an open source ERP (209 comments)

maybe I should have said the business value of Software Freedom is huge rather than the business value of Free Software is huge. It is the freedom part that people don't value sufficiently.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

dominux Re:consider an open source ERP (209 comments)

it is designed around a product shifting business, yes. That shows sometimes, it sucks for custom make to order products even. You can sell services and there is also a rather powerful contract management module, a contract links to a project and consolidates timesheets and regular invoicing. It would work well for fairly significant sized projects, like a civil engineering contract. Not brilliant for managing small scale software development projects, but it can be done.

about a month and a half ago
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How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil

dominux dear facebook (114 comments)

I have a problem with my fish oil sales, it tastes like shit, it does not outperform a placebo and costs twice as much as other competitors that also do nothing. Can you help?

Of course Facebook can help, that is exactly what social media is for.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

dominux consider an open source ERP (209 comments)

You can throw good money after bad, and you probably will.
If you want to have an alternative, you could do worse than look at Oodo (formerly OpenERP) it is a python based, AGPL licensed ERP package that is modular with a sensible API that is growing an even more sensible API. It is not without it's problems, I wouldn't sugar coat it, but if it is broken, you own all the pieces (http://odoo.com source at https://github.com/odoo/odoo) and that is priceless.
Depending on your specific requirements it might work great, or might be a bigger pain in the ass than your proprietary mess. Like I say, you will almost certainly take the path of throwing good money after bad, but for anyone else at the front end of a decision, the business value of Free Software is huge.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

dominux firewalls that shut closed doors are not helpful (348 comments)

There are firewalls and firewalls. If you have a box with port 80 listening and nothing else listening, and you install a firewall that blocks connections to ports that are not port 80, you haven't really added a whole heap of useful. If you have a firewall that allows port 80 from anywhere and ssh connections only from a particular subnet, then maybe the firewall is earning it's keep. If you have a firewall that warns you about outgoing connections from your server that might be to command and control botnet servers if it gets compromised, then maybe it is worth doing. If you have a stateful firewall that is doing traffic analysis and shutting down particular attacks on your server then great. Shutting closed doors just for the sake of buzzword compliance is not a useful function.

about a month and a half ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

dominux actually not a bad idea (205 comments)

People in cars face forward, in the front I can hear the kids just fine, no problem at all. It really is quite difficult to hear forward facing people in the front from the back. Of course there is a further difference between hearing and listening, but this doesn't sound like the most crazy thing I have ever heard of.

about 2 months ago
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The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe

dominux hmm that is interesting (188 comments)

interesting things herald good science. Uncertainty and a collection of speculative theories are a good thing.
"Hmm, that is interesting" > "Eureka!"

about 3 months ago
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The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

dominux conceptually equivalent != legally equivalent (263 comments)

Reading a book to someone is perfectly legal, reading a book on the radio to lots of people is conceptually equivalent to visiting them one by one and reading the book to them, it just saves a bit of time to do it in parallel. Conceptually this pretty much the same thing, but they are not the same from a legal perspective. Same goes for patentability of software, just like art or porn, you know it when you see it, but pinning down the definition is non-trivial - and doesn't need to be pinned down as much as you might expect for practical legal purposes.
Personally I don't support software patents at all, however there is a tendency from technical people like myself to expect the legal system to follow more logical rules than it does.

about 3 months ago
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Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

dominux covered in adverts for other stores (207 comments)

I see a ton of adverts for beds and sofas and flat pack stuff from other furniture stores, I can totally see why IKEA told them to C&D. It seems IKEA have said they can turn off the adverts and carry on, which is very nice of them.
Nothing to see here, move along please.

about 3 months ago
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Apple To Be Investigated By the EU Over Tax Affairs

dominux make mine a double Irish with a Dutch sandwich (155 comments)

This is a very well known scam
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

the UK parliament is rather upset about it, assorted companies have been asked grumpy questions about their tax avoidance, in particular Google. The problem is closing these loopholes requires a lot of international cooperation and it isn't generally in the interests of the smaller countries to play ball.

about 3 months ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

dominux only a trick if the truth makes a difference (346 comments)

"Hello Edward, I am a Russian diplomat, come to Moscow and we won't extradite you to the Americans"

"Hello Edward, I am a Russian spy, come to Moscow and we won't extradite you to the Americans"

I can't imagine Snowden was under any illusions about the job title of the "diplomats" he was talking to, so it wasn't much of a trick. It might not have been a particularly good long term deal, but there wasn't a whole lot else on the table.

about 3 months ago
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After the Belfast Project Fiasco, Time For Another Look At Time Capsule Crypto?

dominux Re:Ocean (170 comments)

work with the environment, not against it. You would have a weight, tether and float, your electronics go in the float portion, a solid state unit that is robust and has a average density just a fraction less than water. The tether is designed to corrode and fail after a year, or you perhaps have an electro magnetic clamp, or explosives, or several mechanisms of cutting the tether. As long as your device is below 750M it is below regular submarine depth and well below fishing depth and generally quite hard to get until it comes up.

about 3 months ago
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After the Belfast Project Fiasco, Time For Another Look At Time Capsule Crypto?

dominux Re:The premise of this article is broken. (170 comments)

"You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence."

pros and cons to it really, the US version, anything you say will be used *against* you. Anything helpful to you can be discarded by the police. In the UK you can say stuff helpful to yourself and it is worth doing that if it is true because the police have to note it down and you can use it. In the UK if you make up a complicated story later on, but didn't mention anything consistent with it to begin with then the court is allowed to wonder why you didn't mention it in any way at the time, it doesn't make you guilty or invalidate the story, just the court is allowed to call BS on it if appropriate.

about 3 months ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

dominux Re:Hoax? (142 comments)

Burned out meteors have slowed down to terminal velocity (or close to it) so they would be going at a similar speed to a rock tossed from a plane, several times faster than the terminal velocity of a human, but only a few hundred meters per second, the video is within the plausible zone for speed. Pretty astonishing bit of video.

about 5 months ago
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Stellar Trio Could Put Einstein's Theory of Gravity To the Test

dominux I quite like it (106 comments)

much more modern looking, it works fine for me. I can reply to stuff, understand the threading and generally it works just great.

about 8 months ago
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Emacs Needs To Move To GitHub, Says ESR

dominux Re:What's bzr? (252 comments)

it pre-dates git by a year, it was the NiH version of cvs and svn. Bzr was doing useful stuff before anyone realised Git would ever be used for anything other than the Linux kernel source tree. That isn't to say that NiH isn't sometimes a good thing, and that Canonical do daft things from time to time, but bzr wasn't a NiH reaction to Git.

about 8 months ago

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Proton Beam therapy for removing unwanted stuff from brains

dominux dominux writes  |  about a week ago

dominux (731134) writes "The story of Ashya King, a kid who's parents didn't like the radiotherapy on offer locally, has been widely reported recently. His parents wanted Proton Beam therapy from a clinic in the Czech Republic, and ended up taking Ashya out of hospital and being chased across Europe, arrested and put in prison for a few days. This is widely considered to be unusually harsh treatment for someone wanting to explore options beyond the NHS. Drama aside, proton beam therapy is possibly the geekiest healthcare intervention ever. It involves a substantial cyclotron (smaller than CERN, but still quite impressive) and the particle beam target is someone's head."
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How to notice emails you don't get

dominux dominux writes  |  1 year,9 hours

dominux (731134) writes "I get several emails a day from cronjobs and backup systems that I thought at the time would be useful, so I will know when something goes wrong so I can go fix it. In reality I set up rules to shove all that stuff in a folder that I never look at. If someone tells me there is a problem I can go and look at the emails — but this isn't the proactive setup I thought it would be. Now I could set up a proper monitoring system with Nagios, but I kind of like the simplicity of getting things to send emails when they are done. I couldn't find a way to set up mail filters based on the non-arrival of an email so I ended up writing a system to accept all those automated emails with rules about what it should expect to arrive. It then emails me if an exception happens, so the only emails I get are the ones I need to care about. It seemed useful enough that I made it into a website at exceptionalemails.com. Source is on github and it is AGPL3, I might end up charging a nominal fee for the hosted version at some point if you want lots of alerts.
Does anyone have an alternative way to solve this kind of problem?"

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UK election captures the Geek Vote

dominux dominux writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dominux (731134) writes "With the UK getting ready for a General Election the political parties are figuring out the importance of the geek vote. As a result of the protests and general backlash against the Digital Economies bill (our DMCA equivalent) that was being shoved through at the last minute the Liberal Democrat party has dropped it's support for the bill and it will now probably fail. Voter initiatives such as Democracy Club and Vote Geek are making this the an election where technology policy makes a difference."
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tsunami off samoa

dominux dominux writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dominux writes "TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 1804Z 29 SEP 2009

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA. ... A TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH ARE IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

  AMERICAN SAMOA / SAMOA / NIUE / WALLIS-FUTUNA / TOKELAU /
  COOK ISLANDS / TONGA / TUVALU / KIRIBATI / KERMADEC IS / FIJI /
  HOWLAND-BAKER / JARVIS IS. / NEW ZEALAND / FR. POLYNESIA /
  PALMYRA IS.

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

  VANUATU / NAURU / MARSHALL IS. / SOLOMON IS. / JOHNSTON IS. /
  NEW CALEDONIA / KOSRAE / PAPUA NEW GUINEA / HAWAII / POHNPEI /
  WAKE IS. / PITCAIRN / MIDWAY IS.

FOR ALL OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS BULLETIN... IT IS FOR
INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

  ORIGIN TIME — 1748Z 29 SEP 2009
  COORDINATES — 15.3 SOUTH 171.0 WEST
  DEPTH — SHALLOWER THAN 100 KM
  LOCATION — SAMOA ISLANDS REGION
  MAGNITUDE — 7.9

EVALUATION

  IT IS NOT KNOWN THAT A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. THIS WARNING IS
  BASED ONLY ON THE EARTHQUAKE EVALUATION. AN EARTHQUAKE OF THIS
  SIZE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO GENERATE A DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI THAT CAN
  STRIKE COASTLINES NEAR THE EPICENTER WITHIN MINUTES AND MORE
  DISTANT COASTLINES WITHIN HOURS. AUTHORITIES SHOULD TAKE
  APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS CENTER
  WILL MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA FROM GAUGES NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE TO
  DETERMINE IF A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED AND ESTIMATE THE SEVERITY OF
  THE THREAT.

ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

  LOCATION FORECAST POINT COORDINATES ARRIVAL TIME
  — ------------ ------------
  AMERICAN SAMOA PAGO PAGO 14.3S 170.7W 1759Z 29 SEP
  SAMOA APIA 13.8S 171.8W 1810Z 29 SEP
  NIUE NIUE IS. 19.0S 170.0W 1822Z 29 SEP
  WALLIS-FUTUNA WALLIS IS. 13.2S 176.2W 1835Z 29 SEP
  TOKELAU NUKUNONU IS. 9.2S 171.8W 1844Z 29 SEP
  COOK ISLANDS PUKAPUKA IS. 10.8S 165.9W 1846Z 29 SEP
                                    RAROTONGA 21.2S 159.8W 1929Z 29 SEP
                                    PENRYN IS. 8.9S 157.8W 1954Z 29 SEP
  TONGA NUKUALOFA 21.0S 175.2W 1851Z 29 SEP
  TUVALU FUNAFUTI IS. 7.9S 178.5E 1932Z 29 SEP
  KIRIBATI KANTON IS. 2.8S 171.7W 1935Z 29 SEP
                                    FLINT IS. 11.4S 151.8W 2025Z 29 SEP
                                    MALDEN IS. 3.9S 154.9W 2037Z 29 SEP
                                    CHRISTMAS IS. 2.0N 157.5W 2100Z 29 SEP
                                    TARAWA IS. 1.5N 173.0E 2104Z 29 SEP
  KERMADEC IS RAOUL IS. 29.2S 177.9W 1938Z 29 SEP
  FIJI SUVA 18.1S 178.4E 2003Z 29 SEP
  HOWLAND-BAKER HOWLAND IS. 0.6N 176.6W 2008Z 29 SEP
  JARVIS IS. JARVIS IS. 0.4S 160.1W 2028Z 29 SEP
  NEW ZEALAND EAST CAPE 37.7S 178.5E 2044Z 29 SEP
                                    GISBORNE 38.7S 178.0E 2100Z 29 SEP
                                    NORTH CAPE 34.4S 173.3E 2112Z 29 SEP
                                    NAPIER 39.5S 176.9E 2140Z 29 SEP
                                    WELLINGTON 41.3S 174.8E 2150Z 29 SEP
                                    AUCKLAND(E) 36.7S 175.0E 2212Z 29 SEP
                                    AUCKLAND(W) 37.1S 174.2E 2239Z 29 SEP
                                    LYTTELTON 43.6S 172.7E 2255Z 29 SEP
                                    NEW PLYMOUTH 39.1S 174.1E 2317Z 29 SEP
                                    NELSON 41.3S 173.3E 2323Z 29 SEP
                                    DUNEDIN 45.9S 170.5E 2331Z 29 SEP
                                    MILFORD SOUND 44.6S 167.9E 2358Z 29 SEP
                                    WESTPORT 41.8S 171.6E 2359Z 29 SEP
  FR. POLYNESIA PAPEETE 17.5S 149.6W 2045Z 29 SEP
                                    HIVA OA 10.0S 139.0W 2214Z 29 SEP
                                    RIKITEA 23.1S 135.0W 2247Z 29 SEP
  PALMYRA IS. PALMYRA IS. 6.3N 162.4W 2102Z 29 SEP
  VANUATU ANATOM IS. 20.2S 169.9E 2117Z 29 SEP
                                    ESPERITU SANTO 15.1S 167.3E 2123Z 29 SEP
  NAURU NAURU 0.5S 166.9E 2138Z 29 SEP
  MARSHALL IS. MAJURO 7.1N 171.4E 2147Z 29 SEP
                                    KWAJALEIN 8.7N 167.7E 2220Z 29 SEP
                                    ENIWETOK 11.4N 162.3E 2309Z 29 SEP
  SOLOMON IS. KIRAKIRA 10.4S 161.9E 2155Z 29 SEP
                                    GHATERE 7.8S 159.2E 2227Z 29 SEP
                                    AUKI 8.8S 160.6E 2244Z 29 SEP
                                    HONIARA 9.3S 160.0E 2244Z 29 SEP
                                    PANGGOE 6.9S 157.2E 2245Z 29 SEP
                                    MUNDA 8.4S 157.2E 2248Z 29 SEP
                                    FALAMAE 7.4S 155.6E 2304Z 29 SEP
  JOHNSTON IS. JOHNSTON IS. 16.7N 169.5W 2212Z 29 SEP
  NEW CALEDONIA NOUMEA 22.3S 166.5E 2216Z 29 SEP
  KOSRAE KOSRAE IS. 5.5N 163.0E 2233Z 29 SEP
  PAPUA NEW GUINE KIETA 6.1S 155.6E 2303Z 29 SEP
                                    AMUN 6.0S 154.7E 2323Z 29 SEP
                                    RABAUL 4.2S 152.3E 2349Z 29 SEP
  HAWAII NAWILIWILI 22.0N 159.4W 2311Z 29 SEP
                                    HILO 19.7N 155.1W 2314Z 29 SEP
                                    HONOLULU 21.3N 157.9W 2315Z 29 SEP
  POHNPEI POHNPEI IS. 7.0N 158.2E 2318Z 29 SEP
  WAKE IS. WAKE IS. 19.3N 166.6E 2322Z 29 SEP
  PITCAIRN PITCAIRN IS. 25.1S 130.1W 2329Z 29 SEP
  MIDWAY IS. MIDWAY IS. 28.2N 177.4W 2349Z 29 SEP

BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.
THE TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL
FURTHER NOTICE.

THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA."

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Naked Computers

dominux dominux writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dominux writes "If you want to use a Free and Open Source operating system on a computer then it is rather objectionable to be forced to purchase a proprietary operating system bundled with the hardware you want. The Naked Computers site lists and promotes computer shops both online and in the real world that will sell a pure, unadulterated, stark naked computer, fresh as the day it was born waiting for you to install the operating system of your choice."
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Ubuntu preinstalled at Carphone Warehouse

dominux dominux writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dominux writes "Good news! When we first announced the Elonex webbook, you could only get the Ubuntu version by visiting one of Carphone Warehouse's bricks-and-mortar shops. Online they only had the old XP version listed. Today that has changed. Now you can order a webbook, with Ubuntu pre-installed without having to go out at all! Alan Bell has a bit more detail and comment over on the webbook blog, but if you simply can't wait and must go and order one right now, here's the page. Scroll down a bit to the box that says "Compare our top 10 offers" and check out the top three. The T-Mobile deal looks pretty good to me :-)"
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OOXML gets approval

dominux dominux writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dominux writes "The Open Sourcerer has the scoop, results of the ballot on dis29500, otherwise known as Microsoft Office Open XML are in. It isn't good news, but it is as expected. Microsoft managed to flip enough countries to make it stick. 75% of the P members who didn't abstain voted for Microsoft (That is 58% of all the P members). 14% of all the P and O members voted to disapprove it, this includes all the new O members that joined just in time to cast their vote. Norway has asked that their vote be suspended due to voting irregularities, but it would take more than that to make a difference to the result. So why did it happen? Alex Brown thinks it is because the No campaign was not as professional and organised as the campaign against a local planning decision. So what happens next? Rick Jelliffe had this to say:

If DIS 29500 mark II has been accepted, then the narrowness of the victory needs to be something that Ecma and Microsoft take very seriously: standards maintenance needs to be a budgeted, normal cost of doing business. They should be aware that they are being thrown a lifeline, to some extent. If this becomes a one-off publicity stunt, as is the dire warning of MS' competitors (and therefore, their own publicity stunts!), and timely, real maintenance is not performed, I would expect OOXML would be de-standardized at ISO.
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Martin Bryan JTC1/SC34 WG1 Convener on his 3 year

dominux dominux writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dominux writes "The Open Sourcerer reports on Martin Bryan handing over the baton at the end of his 3 year term as Convenor of ISO JTC1/SC34 WG1, the working group dealing with the OOXML DIS29500 proposed standard.



The second half of 2007 has been an extremely trying time for WG1. I am more than a little glad my 3 year term is up, and must commiserate with my successor on taking over an almost impossible task.

WG1 has been struggling against the rules laid down ISO for a number of years, trying to prepare a complex multipart standard that needs to take account of work being done in OASIS, W3C and IETF within the extremely limited timescales laid down by ISO for completion of standards. While these rules make sense when you have a single standard, or sufficient members to multi-task, they make it impossible for a small group to produce a multipart standard. WG1 have frequently had to ask for extensions to our time limits, and must continue to do so while trying to produce an integrated suite of standards.

This year WG1 have had another major development that has made it almost impossible to continue with our work within ISO. The influx of P members whose only interest is the fast-tracking of ECMA 376 as ISO 29500 has led to the failure of a number of key ballots. Though P members are required to vote, 50% of our current members, and some 66% of our new members, blatantly ignore this rule despite weekly email reminders and reminders on our website. As ISO require at least 50% of P members to vote before they start to count the votes we have had to reballot standards that should have been passed and completed their publication stages at Kyoto. This delay will mean that these standards will appear on the list of WG1 standards that have not been produced within the time limits set by ISO, despite our best efforts.

Unless ISO tightens up on its rules, and removes or demotes, P members who do not vote as required by ISO rules I would recommend my successor that it is perhaps time to pass WG1's outstanding standards over to OASIS, where they can get approval in less than a year and then do a PAS submission to ISO, which will get a lot more attention and be approved much faster than standards currently can be within WG1. The disparity of rules for PAS, Fast-Track and ISO committee generated standards is fast making ISO a laughing stock in IT circles. The days of open standards development are fast disappearing. Instead we are getting "standardization by corporation", something I have been fighting against for the 20 years I have served on ISO committees. I am glad to be retiring before the situation becomes impossible. I wish my colleagues every success for their future efforts, which I sincerely hope will not prove to be as wasted as I fear they could be.

Martin Bryan

Convenor, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34 WG1
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See and clasify all the comments on OOXML

dominux dominux writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dominux writes "All 3489 comments on the OOXML proposed standard have been placed on the dis29500.org website for all to see and meta-comment upon. This is an open collaborative effort to reduce the comments down to a sensible list of unique issues of substance by the time of the Ballot Review Meeting in February. More volunteers are needed to help tag the dupes and find the really important issues that we don't want to get lost or swept off the table. The National Bodies have 30 days after the BRM to change their votes, so it is important they discuss all the most critical and insurmountable issues at the BRM."
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