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Comment Re:Sorry, it's insoluble. (Score 1) 669

Twenty years from now, your USB thumb drives and CD-R's may have their data physically intact, but only museums will have equipment that can read them.

Nah... according to my wife, I'll almost certainly still have hardware "archived" that can read those formats. She's of course delighted that I feel the need to save humanity from a potential digital Armageddon... she didn't want to park the car in the garage, anyway.

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Submission + - Screencast: How to use OpenID

Simon Willison writes: "The OpenID standard for decentralised authentication is the online community's best chance at achieving single sign-on for web applications without conceding control to a single vendor. I've put together a five minute screencast demonstrating OpenID in action, released under a Creative Commons license. If you own your own domain name you can turn it in to an OpenID using just a couple of lines of HTML; no server-side component required."
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Journal Journal: [faith] Twas the Night Before Christmas 2

I received this in an email, and I think it sums up how I feel about the Christmas rush perfectly.

Twas the Night Nefore Christmas
(By Rev. Jon Prain)

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town
Not a sign of Baby Jesus was anywhere to be found.
The people were all busy with Christmas time chores -
Like decorating, and baking, and shopping in stores.

Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft applies to patent RSS

Cyvros writes: "Microsoft has decided that it wants to patent RSS. The full patent application can be viewed here. Wired's Monkey Bites blog has also covered it.

From the Wired article:
Public outcry quickly followed since Microsoft had little if anything to do with the development of RSS. Dave Winer, the self-described inventor of RSS, lashed out via his blog claiming, "presumably they're eventually going to charge us to use it."

As an aside, it'll be interesting to watch just how Apple and the Linux/BSD crowd will react to this, especially if the patent is granted."

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