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Submission + - Microsoft Patents XML Document Processing (blogspot.com)

nickull writes: "The US patent office has granted a Microsoft patent application, 7,571,169. According to ZDNet, the patent "... is directed at providing a word-processing document in a native XML file format that may be understood by an application that understands XML, or to enable another application or service to create a rich document in XML so that the word-processing application can open it as if it was one of its own documents. ""

Comment Canada Conference Board Found Plagiarizing Copyrig (Score 1) 232

An anonymous reader writes "There is a storm brewing in Canada as the prestigious Conference Board of Canada has been caught plagiarizing US copyright lobby group documents in a report on copyright reform. The report was funded by the Canadian copyright lobby as well as by the Ontario government. The Conference Board has acknowledged some errors, but stands by the report, while the Ontario government admits spending thousands of dollars and it now wants some answers."

Oh dang it!! I'm Canadian and I just did it again...

Journal Journal: Finally - an Anti-SPAM law with real teeth 1

The Tyee reports that Electronic Consumer Protection Act, the Canadian government's anti-spam bill, has just passed a second reading in Ottawa. This bill has real teeth and includes remedies for immediate action against spammers. "The CRTC has been given a wide range of investigatory powers, including the power to compel Internet service providers to preserve transmission d

Journal Journal: Vancouver city to be "Open Source/Open Standards" based! 3

Vancouver City Council has put forth a motion (PDF format) on "Open Data, Open Standards and Open Source" as written by Councillor Andrea Reimer. According to the motion, the City of Vancouver endorses the principles of:
  • Open and Accessible Data - the City of Vancouver will freely share with citizens, businesses and other jurisdictions the greatest amount of data possible while respecting privacy and securi

Comment After using Ubuntu to get rid of Vista... (Score 1) 545

I can see why. Vista sucks. It is the operating system of the mentally deficient. I now have XP installed (I have to have at least one Win machine for work) and refuse to even try Win 7 due to a complete lack of trust with Redmond. It is their own doing and when you stir up a hornets nest, you get stung.
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Journal Journal: Wolfram Alpha - Reasoning and Computational Intelligence

Skynet is here! Well not quite but there is an important development on the computational intelligence front this week. The launch of the Wolfram Alpha system should be written in history as a key event in the pursuit of computational reasoning. Wolfram Alpha will allow users to enter a factual question in a natural language string and answer it. What is really impressing me, is that the Wolfram Alpha should apparently be able to resolve conflicts in l

Comment What country still allows this? (Score 1) 1182

I live in Canada. According to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, "15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability." Also - 2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: a) freedom of conscience and religion; b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication; c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and d) freedom of association. http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/charter/

Submission + - Microsoft.com make IE8 incompatibility list! (blogspot.com)

nickull writes: "According to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft is tracking incompatible Web sites for its upcoming Internet Explorer 8 browser and has posted a list that now contains about 2,400 names — including Microsoft.com. (http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=2067&tag=nl.e589). Apparently even though Microsoft's IE8 team is doing the "right" thing by finally making IE more standards-compliant, they are risking "breaking the Web" because the vast majority of Web sites still are written to work correctly with previous, non-standards-compliant versions of IE."

Journal Journal: Open Source Music? 1

MixMatchMusic just announced it has acquired Mix2r.com, a web app that enables electronica artists to upload their music for remixing and for creating derivative works by other electronica artists, fans and music enthusiasts. Mix2r's community of musicians, DJs and fans features more than 6200 songs and music stems.

Comment I was just there (Score 1) 249

and I can see why this would be needed. It was 26 in the winter. I would however worry about the effect of some kid digging into a freon tube with a shovel or a leak. Nevertheless, it would make far more sense to use the natural deep water to pipe up onto the sub-beach level to act as a heat-exchanger. Duane Nickull http://technoracle.blogspot.com

Comment Record Schmecord, it's just good stuff! (Score 3, Interesting) 451

I work for Adobe on the ODF Technical Committee. ODF made some great decisions that make the format much more admirable over others (use of RelaxNG Schema, open formats wherever possible etc.). I am happy about the growing use of OO. Jon Bosak also has posted some great thoughts on this. Jon's thoughts on ODF, OOXML and PDF.

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