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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Makes Empty Promises, Uses Proxies, Relies on Sheep

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Makes Empty Promises, Uses Proxies, Relies on Sheep
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 04:42:17 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Burton study: Follow the herd

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| When you are a large customer you are powerful. Never admit that you still 
| depend on Microsoft products. It is plain stupid. Start your Linux pilot. 
| This annoys your supplier and secures you an appeasement cash-in. Consider 
| alternative products and talk about them. That drives them so crazy that they 
| even draft contracts that prohibits you to talk about alternative software. 
| Eventually you find out that you don't need their products. Better for you. 
| Stick to midterm open standards migration. The IDABC definition gets it best, 
| this is why they invest so much in lobbying against. I am very curious how 
| the Open Specification Promise (OSP) would make OOXML IDABC Open standards 
| compatible. I strongly doubt it is.         
| [...]
| OOXML is part of a negotiation process. Can Microsoft be forced to support 
| ODF? Absolutely. The stronger the rest of the market negotiates the better 
| the results. No one benefits from bowing in.  


The OOXML bunch is boringly disappointing.

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| And I’m not afraid to write it again: What are you guys think you’re doing? 
| Level up the fight, I’m yawning! 
| First there is that “oh, we forgot we never gave you the specs of our binary 
| file format” game popping up again through Brian Jones, as if nobody had seen 
| that one coming.  So what’s wrong with this? Let me write that again in an 
| easy way: If Microsoft were truly delivering the whole specs, not only would 
| the OOXML spec be at least half smaller, (why do you need all these mysteries 
| about faithfully representing past application behaviors?), but the whole 
| OOXML hoax would be made completely useless.       
| [...]
| Besides, there are two elements that are left undiscussed here: Wether 
| Microsoft will actually deliver the specs entirely and not just partially 
| just like they already did before, and when they will publish the specs. All 
| what we have here is, yes, we will deliver you the specs, and you will be 
| prompted to sign a license agreement before you can actually read anything, 
| so that’s again an old story, just like they did during the ballot period in 
| France.      


"We should dedicate a cross-group team to come up with ways to leverage Windows
technically more."

               --Jim Allchin, Microsoft fiend, Vista escapee, and UNIX wannabe


Printer binary and ECMA tries duck and cover

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| In short it means ECMA finds Open XML shall remain an incomplete specified 
| and inconsistent format. Some elements are still (in the spec undocumented) 
| binary. It is hard to understand why DEVMODE structures cannot be transformed 
| to XML for consistency reasons. Ah! "High-fidelity" of course which means 
| everything but in particular that your XML format is a projection of the 
| binary format, also by some referred to as a "dump" of the old legacy format. 
| Even more fidelity is guaranteed when you just take the binary. In wonder why 
| the drafters of the format started this WordprocessingML and didn't add 
| support for the highest fidelity of the doc format inside the open packaging 
| zip container.         


Corrupt countries were more likely to support the OOXML document format

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| Is this just a random coincidence? The median of the CPI index of the above 
| mentioned 70 countries is 3.95. Of the most corrupted half (CPI index less 
| than 3.95) 23 or 77% voted for approval (approval or approval with comments) 
| and 7 or 23% for disapproval; 5 abstained. Of the least corrupted half (CPI 
| index more than 3.95) 13 or 54% voted for approval and 11 or 46% voted for 
| disapproval; 11 abstained - see the table below.      


Microsoft accused of more OOXML standards fiddling 

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| However the 11 new countries are refusing to say how they will vote. These 
| include Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Ecuador, Jamaica, Lebanon, Malta, Pakistan, 
| Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay and Venezuela. Most people seem to think 
| that these have been put there by Vole to make sure the standard gets pushed 
| through.    


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