· Naughties
· · 2008
· · · June
· · · · 26 (4 entries)

John Hopkinson · This friend of mine is look­ing for a job, and since he’s got a fair­ly spe­cial skillset I thought it’d be worth high­light­ing him here. He’s a long-time vet­er­an of se­cu­ri­ty tech­nol­o­gy (s­tart­ing in the Bri­tish mil­i­tary) and more re­cent­ly a re­al­ly ac­com­plished stan­dards war­rior. I got to watch John work in the con­text of the re­cent OOXML pro­cess, in­clud­ing the BRM in Geneva, where he was one of the most ef­fec­tive op­er­a­tors. He knows ISO pro­cess and pol­i­tics com­pre­hen­sive­ly. Seems to me that at this point in his­to­ry the com­bi­na­tion of se­cu­ri­ty and stan­dards ex­per­tise ought to be re­al in­ter­est­ing to some­one out there. If that might be you, con­tact me by email and I’ll put you in touch.
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Mike vs. Dave · This is grip­ping stuff. To­day, Sun’s chief coun­sel Mike Dil­lon blogged a blow-by-blow re­port on our in-progress lit­i­ga­tion with NetAp­p. The sto­ry of the case is pret­ty in­ter­est­ing, but the fact that a ma­jor corporation’s Chief Coun­sel is blog­ging it in real-time is ground-breaking, I think. Just as in­ter­est­ing is the only-slightly-redacted dec­la­ra­tion by NetApp’s Dave Hitz (PDF), filed in the case, that Mike linked to. It’s a re­mark­ably un­var­nished take on the is­sues fac­ing closed-source ven­dors with a port­fo­lio of soft­ware patents in the era of Open Source. Wow.
New TLD Fun · I’m not sure whether this free-TLD idea is a good or bad thing in the big pic­ture, but you can have some idle fun think­ing ’em up; it’s al­most po­et­ic:
.geek, .n­erd, .asperg­ers
.van­cou­ver, .con­do, .rain
.dot, .sun, .web
.pr, .fan­boy, .whore
.plane, .train, .au­to
.good, .bad, .fail
.p­wn­s, .suck­s., .rocks
.rock, .jaz­z, .blues
.mo­jo, .mo­fo, .ho­mo
.school, .col­lege, .job
.n­ba, .e­pl, .afl
.bondage, .dis­ci­pline, .s­pank­ing
.fast, .s­low, .stop
.be­gin­ning, .mid­dle, .end

RotD: Yellow Rugosa · Today’s rose is aw­ful­ly pret­ty, and is ac­com­pa­nied by amus­ing erudition-soaked di­a­logue. Ru­gosa is a rose species and “yellow” is self-explanatory. But the com­bi­na­tion is rare ...
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