Wednesday, July 24, 2002
what's hot what's not
Open Source Conference 2002
Dan Gillmor's running notes.
Doc Searls running notes
Great Idea. Make one for the Republicans, one for the Democrats and require the TV manufactures to sell sets with one or the other.
bitchslapping peckerwoods from texas
In a remarkable move by the International Standards Organisation, they are going to withdraw JPEG as a standard. From the Register comes this:
According to Richard Clark, JPEG committee member and JPEG.org webmaster, Forgent's royalty grab - coming after two decades of royalty-free use - means that ISO is obliged to withdraw the specification.
"Under ISO terms, formally you can only have a standard you can implement on free or RAND terms. "Reasonable and non discriminatory (RAND) terms are typically published, and the same for everyone. It's clear that Forgent's claims are not RAND. $15 million doesn't sound like free to me, and Forgent is not publishing the terms of their licensing.
This is just the latest example of cluelessness on the part of a company who thinks that they can erect a toll road on the internet.
The ISO is where the W3C got the idea for RAND in the first place.
A hyperlink knows no depth
Joe Clark presents a thoughtful analysis of hyperlinking.
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