writes "A British man is facing a bill of £27,000 ($54,000) for using his mobile phone as a modem for his PC. http://news.zdnet.co.uk/communications/0,1000000085,39291766,00.htm
The guy who got caught out is just a factory worker, and actually signed an expensive contract with Vodafone to allow him to download data. He says he may now have to bankrupt as a result. This is starting a trend after a Canadian man got caught with a $81,000 bill only a couple of weeks ago, again for using his mobile as a modem. http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSN1322682220071213
The phone companies are telling people not to use their phone as a modem, but sometimes this is the fastest connection you gonna get. It's just rotten luck that the phone companies see fit to charge such extortionate amounts."
writes "The outspoken head of Mozilla Europe Tristan Nitot has coughed up a few gems in this interview with ZDNet, not least in the security wars against Internet Explorer. Nitot readily acknowledges the massive number of bugs that affect the open source browser, but says that it's the Mozilla community which makes the browser far safer than IE will ever be. Nitot said: "I'm surprised that bug counting, which is a terrible metric, was used by Microsoft. It isn't easy to assess security, but bug counting definitely isn't the way to do it. I'd rather talk about time to fix the duration of the window where users are at risk, which in our opinion is a much better metric. People within the Mozilla community have a better-than-average understanding of this — we work together and have to trust each other." http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000000189,39291344-1,00.htm"
writes "ZDNet has a great interview with Michael Meeks, the distinguished Novell engineer, who's currently in the throes of considerable efforts behind open document format and OpenOffice.org. In the interview, Meeks takes Microsoft to task on its alternative format OpenXML. He argues why Microsoft should adopt open document format and why the flexibility of open source software would have avoided the need for that horrid paperclip icon from Microsoft Word, Clippy.