Scripting News: Two views of the scripting world of 2005. “In one view, we’re all inside Microsoft’s box… In the other view,… our communities stay independent.”
Paul Larson on The Motley Fool: Four Hurdles for Microsoft:
- The European Union is borrowing a page from the Justice Department’s book and taking a tough look at the company’s competitive practices.
- The fact that Microsoft was deemed a monopoly and violated the Sherman Antitrust Act has not changed, and there is still an open-ended legal question concerning what exactly will happen to Microsoft.
- The economy has made computer users much more resistant to software “churn,” and it remains to be seen if Windows XP is enough of a step forward to get people to open their wallets.
- How can you watch Ballmer on stage and not want to short the stock?
CNET: Marimba wins software technology patent. “The patent, titled ‘System and Method for the Distribution of Code and Data,’ relates in part to the automatic distribution and updating of software applications and data over a network”
CNET: Apple cuts sales jobs.
Salon: The failure of zero tolerance. “How did we get to the point where such innocent mistakes and minor misdeeds have become grounds for expelling and arresting students? Where did the infiltration of a criminal justice mentality in schools become so blatant as to subject students to “three strikes” laws? And why do these practices continue to be justified in the name of fairness and school safety?”
CNET: Web banks come up short on privacy. CDT Associate Director Ari Schwartz: “Some banks are leading the field in offering customers the choice they are demanding regarding privacy. Others are making it difficult for customers to opt for privacy, while many are taking coverage under exceptions in the law that allow them to share customer data without offering any opt out.”
Netizen News: Mexican immigrant returns $203,000 lost by armored truck