May 8th, 2009


ODF compatibility

Once upon a time, Microsoft created a library for POSIX compatibility. While conforming to the letter of the standard, it was utterly unusable, because it took advantage of the ability to return ENOTIMPLEMENTED wherever possible. The only thing it was good for was letting people say (possibly even with a straight face) that Windows NT was POSIX compatible if an RFP required it.

We're seeing that sort of feigned compatibility with Microsoft's claims of ODF compatibility. We all know how spreadsheets work, right? They're a theoretically unbounded array of cells that can hold strings, numbers, or formulas that refer to other cells. Well... the latest version of Office 2007 says it's ODF compatible. But here's what that means: Say you've used a program that stores spreadsheets in ODF format and send a spreadsheet to someone who uses Office 2007. He or she loads up the spreadsheet, and here's what the latest version of Office 2007 does: it throws away all the formulas.

More info at Groklaw.

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    enraged enraged

Even the Huffington Post notices...

"Don't ask, don't tell" is still around under the Obamessiah, and we're still dumping military personnel fluent in Arabic because they're out of the closet, a mind-numbingly stupid move.

(Another bit of history rewriting: the White House web site no longer contains a promise to repeal "don't ask, don't tell". When someone noticed, the pertinent page was changed again to say that The One "supports changing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and our national security".)

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    nauseated nauseated


I just heard a commercial that started with the exclamation "The Waltz King is back!"

Yuck... Johann Strauss II is risen from the grave and seeking revenge?

Oh, it's just an ad for Andre Rieu coming back to town. Whew.
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    relieved relieved

"Code zero zero zero. Destruct. Zero."

Back when computer viruses first started, they were written by jerks who'd do things like wipe your hard drive and display some sort of "ha ha you lose" message. Those days are long gone, because the writers of malware would rather you not realize that your computer's been taken over. They just want to suck down data or use your bandwidth to send spam--people are willing to pay to have a fleet of zombies send their spam.

But it turns out that some malware is written to accept commands to self-destruct as well as commands to send spam or search for data, and sometimes that command is issued.

I'm glad I run Linux.