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[News] Intellectual Monopolies Take Over Dictionary Words

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopolies Take Over Dictionary Words
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2009 17:06:08 +0100
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"Frugalista" Debate: One Blogger Stakes Claim

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| The term "frugalista," which is so widely used that 
| even the Oxford English Dictionary defines it, has 
| now been trademarked by Natalie P. McNeal, a Miami 
| Herald blogger, causing a brouhaha in the world of 
| personal finance bloggers. McNeal's lawyer has been 
| sending letters to other bloggers who call 
| themselves "frugalistas," informing them that they 
| must immediately stop doing so.



Welcome to the Kids Open Dictionary Builder.

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| The purpose of this project is to create a free, open simple dictionary for
| students to use. This dictionary will ultimately be published in a variety
| of formats and for multiple platforms.


Abusing âOpenâ: Macmillanâs Open Dictionary

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| Jonathan recently wrote about the availability of open dictionaries. In
| a recent comment to that post someone pointed us to Macmillanâs âOpenâ
| Dictionary (the reasons for the quotes will soon be apparent).
| [...]
| Such potential for abuse of the âopenâ label is a major reason we
| created the open definition â where open content and data are clearly
| defined as material that you, and others, are free to use, reuse and
| redistribute without restriction.



Open source online Maori dictionary launched

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| The free and open software system is distributed under the GPL version 2
| licence, and is registered with Sourceforge. It is built on the Linux
| platform, running Debian, and uses Postgres and the Catalyst web framework.
| The system can run on âancient hardwareâ and cost of ownership is near
| nothing, says Moskovitz.


The Microsoft-English Dictionary 1.5

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| Legal, Marketing, and Internet Community Terms
|     "BSD License" - (1)(n) - A form open source license that is acceptable to
|     Microsoft because it permits Microsoft to integrate BSD licensed products
|     and charge money for them without releasing source code (e.g. the Windows
|     95 TCP/IP stack). (Stross.)
|     "Cancer" - (1)(n) - Microsoft metaphor describing Linux and the open
|     source software movement. In reality, the term best describes Microsoft's
|     own products, starting off small and then growing, spreading, and usually
|     having negative effects on its host, often requiring software "doctors"
|     and utilities to restore or recover such problems. Like cancer in the
|     human body, many hosts have been disabled or killed by such organisims.
|     See also "Swap Files" and "Temp Files."
|     "Community Service" - (1)(v) - Microsoft process of flooding K-12 schools
|     with its products - under the guise of 'community service' - that costs
|     the schools very little but creates legions of adults that only know
|     Microsoft products, thus creating thousands of new, paying users. (2)
|     (v) - The process used by Microsoft to 'donate' software to schools but
|     not provide information on if, when, or how recipients will be forced to
|     upgrade or license future products, thus trapping more educational
|     institutions in Microsoft's grip. (Lewis)
|     "Consent Decree" - (1)(n) - Court orders requiring a company to behave in
|     a certain manner, usually as part of a court-ordered punishment. (2)(n) -
|     Something akin to a "no-no note" that Microsoft routinely chooses to
|     ignore while proceeding with its overly-aggressive business practices.
|     "Cross-Platform" - (1)(n) - Industry standard definition for a product
|     that runs on multiple computing environments (See "Platform"). (2)(n) -
|     Microsoft's marketing term used to mean a product that runs on any of
|     Microsoft's 'platforms.' (e.g., Microsoft's Java is 'cross-platform'
|     since it runs on Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME, and XP.)

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