A GROUP of 72 SCUBA divers ironed their way to a Guinness World Record at St Leonards yesterday.
The divers set the record for the most people ironing underwater at the same time, narrowly pipping the previous mark of 70.
Lovely-to-behold screensaver clock featuring Helvetica Bold numbers dropping into water in super-slow-motion. $15 and 137 MB to download. (Just the idea of a 100+ MB screensaver makes me laugh.)
For quite some time now I have known that there is something seriously wrong with the way BREIN (the Dutch equivalent of the RIAA) operates in their war on piracy. It’s obvious that the music (and film) industry’s giants have been destroying themselves by completely not keeping up with their customer’s demands. And I know that, in a last attempt to regain control of the market, anti-piracy organizations do weird and stupid things.
But what I came across this morning in my mail box baffled and angered me (translated into English):
“(…) After examining your web site, we have determined that you are illegally offering copyrighted material for download, without a license. (…)“
BREIN then continues to threaten me with a lawsuit if I don’t remove the tracks. My own tracks! And I’m not even offering them for download, I’m just linking to my releases and streaming short clips (from external sources)!
Sony BMG is no stranger to piracy. As one of the most vocal supporters of the RIAA and IFPI antipiracy efforts, the company has some experience hunting down and punishing consumers who don’t pay for its products. The company is getting some experience on the other side of the table, however, now that it’s being sued for software piracy.
PointDev, a French software company that makes Windows administration tools, received a call from a Sony BMG IT employee for support. After Sony BMG supplied a pirated license code for Ideal Migration, one of PointDev’s products, the software maker was able to mandate a seizure of Sony BMG’s assets. The subsequent raid revealed that software was illegally installed on four of Sony BMG’s servers. The Business Software Alliance, however, believes that up to 47 percent of the software installed on Sony BMG’s computers could be pirated.
There was a massive protest when Standard Norge decided that Norway will say yes to OOXML, despite the fact that most of the comitee-representatives were against.
The ISO-vote is currently undecided, and Norway’s vote can tip the decicion in favor of accepting OOXML as an ISO-standard.
Things took another turn just a couple of minutes ago, as Steve Pepper, the chairman of the SN/K185 (ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 mirror committee, has sent a formal protest to ISO. He asks that Norway’s vote be suspended, because it does not represent the opinion of the comitee members.
He has also asked the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry to look into the Norwegian process.
In the long run ISO will become untrusted, marginalized and obsolete. Microsoft has graphically demonstrated how easily ISO’s processes can be corrupted, which means that other corporations will follow suit. Don’t expect the world to have the same respect for ISO after this. Think of it this way: If we couldn’t trust the w3c, or the Acid2/3 tests, the standard for websites would likely fall back to “Works Best with Internet Explorer 8.” That’s effectively what’s about to happen to everything ISO.