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Submission + - Microsoft practices for OOXML vote in Mexico

Kerberos writes: Yesterday was the original deadline in Mexico to give a position towards the ISO/IEC DIS 29500 (Office Open XML) standardization. During the pass week I was a witness of the Microsoft effort create an unbiased vote during the process; their techniques included the email and phone calls, a lot of them.

I received emails telling me how to vote (I quote and translate) "... to vote do click on the link below and write on the body: YES and your information ..." I think about how many companies affiliated to the CANIETI (the Mexican chamber for technology, telecommunications, etc.) followed the directions without even thinking about what they where doing.

Today Microsoft reach my limit on acceptance about what a company can do or should do to support their business assets. I was worried about receiving calls (from Microsoft) with instructions on how to vote (as YES) or receiving emails with direct links to an email to vote... until I received a new email from them. The email I received included a direct link which opens my email client and puts on the body 'A Favor' which means 'I AGREE' o 'YES'. The recipient for this email was the person in charge of the votes, but this link included CCs to Microsoft emails! ... What!? .... They want to know how many of us voted and what was the vote? Why? Is this illegal? Is this ethic? Why nobody here in Mexico sees this clear illegal and biased tactic to ensure a Mexico vote on YES to the standard?

I don't want to start a flame war over who is right, what standard is better or what the ISO should do with the OOXML. I'm against the techniques and wrongdoing of Microsoft regarding how they are manipulating the vote in Mexico and how nobody seems to see this as I do.

I ear this is happening in almost al the countries; I just don't want believe what I see.

- Omnia iam fient fieri quae posse negabam.

Submission + - DynDNS drops NDR's from their MailHop service

jetkins writes: In an email to subscribers, DynDNS announced that they "will no longer deliver locally-generated NDRs from any MailHop systems." Mailhop is a multi-faceted service offering in- and outbound relay services, spam and virus filtering, and store-and-forward buffering.

DynDNS makes it clear that they are aware that this goes against RFC 2821 Section 3.7, but explains that in their opinion the increase in spam volume, and the use of NDR's as a spam vector in their own right, means that the value of NDR's is now far outweighed by their potential for harm.

Is DynDNS merely the first one to blink? Will this start a flood (mutiny) of ISP's following suit? Should they have made efforts to have the standard changed instead of just saying "fsck the police"?

Submission + - iPhone Unlocked (

reabbotted writes: According to CNN, the iPhone has finally been unlocked. This is good news for Europe. From the article, "A teenager in New Jersey has broken the lock that ties Apple's iPhone to AT&T's wireless network, freeing the most hyped cell phone ever for use on the networks of other carriers, including overseas ones."

Submission + - Video game shocks players (

kublikhan writes: Scientists have hooked up players to a Pac-man like game that delivers electrical shocks to players when they get eaten. Scans show that when they are close to getting eaten(shocked), brain activity switches from the forebrain(thinking center) to the mid-brain(instinct, fight or flight). This is an indication of fear taking over the player's decisions. I wonder if something similar happen to the Microsoft coders when a new bug comes in their Share the Pain program?
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - iPhone SIM unlocked

frdmfghtr writes: The iPhone has been unlocked. According to a story at Engadget, the unlocking takes a few minutes, is restore-resistent, and activates several other neat little features (like selecting a particular carrier). Wireless Internet access worked, SMS worked, email worked, Google Maps worked...the iPhone is free of AT&T exclusivity.

Submission + - Hack Unlocks iPhone for Use on T-Mobile Network (

onearmfreak writes: A US teen spent 500 hours this summer working on an iPhone hack that unlocks the phone so it can be used by other carriers besides ATT/Singular. This hack involves hardware and software modifications to the phone. After the hacks, everything still works, apparently, except the visual voicemail feature.

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