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[News] Microsoft's Law-breaking Doug Mahugh Tries to Pollute ODF

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Microsoft hijacking ODF: the freedom to embrace and extend

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| Doug Mahugh of Microsoft is pushing inside the ODF Technical Committee for 
| proprietary extensions, by which the monopolist vendor could embrace and 
| extend the format to "innovate". The extensions possibility is the door open 
| to proprietary closed source parts, that renders the ODF customer a Microsoft 
| slave once again like in the good old times of the .DOC.    


This guy is a major part of Microsoft's OOXML corruptions. He also pretended to
be of Malaysian nationality (sort of) to invade and subvert a meeting.


Doug Mahugh goes Malaysia

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| Some people change their gender. Doug Mahugh quickly changes hats.


The Elephant in the Room - with a calling card.

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| But to pass off a foreigner as a Malaysian organisation's representative? 
| That's really stretching it, dudes. It's not as bad as having someone from 
| Senegal representing another country, but it's still not particularly ... 
| appropriate.   
| [...]
| Which is also why there was an uneasy silence when Doug came back into the 
| room to remove his computer, and he gruffly said, "I think it's best that I 
| leave." I thought that was noble of him, and a great way to exit with 
| whatever dignity he had left. I don't think he would normally bend his ethics 
| to represent an organisation's national branch which he does not belong nor 
| contribute to, but we must all understand, that employees at Microsoft are 
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| all facing a really stressful time now.       
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| They are fighting like their jobs depend on this, and unfortunately for 
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| Microsoft as a brand, they are killing themselves. Bending their morals,
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| burning their bridges which they have built so long and hard over the years, 
| and hurting so many people and organisations over this silly matter of a File 
| Format.    


Can I Have A Light, Doug?

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| Here goes:
|    1. Doug, you are claiming that you wanted a technical debate with YK and 
|    yours truly. You never contacted us prior to the PIKOM meeting and never 
|    told me that you would be present at TC4. How can you claim that you 
|    wanted a technical debate when you never bothered to get in touch with the 
|    people you wanted to debate with? Your logic simply does not compute[4].    
|    2. Your blog post says "they threw me out before the meeting started". 
|    Well, no shit sherlock. If you turn up at a meeting without giving due 
|    notice of your nomination as an alternate representative of IASA, you 
|    really can't be surprised if they weren't too happy, eh? There are proper 
|    processes to follow in Malaysia's standards body and IASA flagrantly 
|    violated them.     
| [...]
| There you go. I'm not going to pursue this any further (but Doug, do feel 
| free to write another scathing post, I've got /dev/null all prepped up and 
| ready here). I just felt folk reading Doug's blog and OpenMalaysiaBlog should 
| be able to see this from another perspective. Specifically mine. Either that 
| or this is just another excuse for more sandiwara (translation: drama).    


Doug Mahugh really dislikes me. Boo hoo.


The Pikom Meeting About Microsoft's OOXML ... No! (bangs the table) Ecma 376!

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| Doug noted that the guys on the opposite side of the table from Microsoft 
| (and (BANGS hand on table!) Ecma!) did not discuss any of the 23 comments 
| made by Malaysia for the BRM ... and he's right, we didn't. Again, speaking 
| for myself, prior to the meeting, I was sceptical that the "pro-OOXML" gang 
| would actually just concentrate on that. This was mainly because I didn't 
| know who would be attending on their side. I certainly did not expect that 
| Microsoft would bring Doug Mahugh, Oliver Bell, Dave Welsh and (BANGS hand on 
| table!) Jan van de Veld, former Sec-Gen of Ecma International. I fully 
| expected Microsoft to apply the Chewbacca Defense strategy, and therefore  
| figured that I must concentrate on my own Wookie-based defense.        

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