Monday Morning News

All the news that's fit to rant aboutKind of a light news day (as usual for Monday) but, thanks to Compaq, at least we know now what the any key is.
Computex Taipei starts today. It’s Bilbo Baggins birthday (he’d be 713). Aunt Debbie is 47. David Coverdale is 54. Top stories for today…

  • Bye-bye ATX. Intel announces new BTX case specification. It’s smaller, cooler, and quieter and should start appearing in ’04 in pico, micro, and regular flavors. PCI Express x16 slot will replace AGP. Power connectors are the same (phew!) but the motherboard is a mirror image of ATX. Anand has a very thorough review.

  • ICANN asks Verisign to yank SiteFinder, the service that redirects incorrect .COM and .NET web addresses to the Verisign web site.
  • Symantec COO calls for law making it a criminal offense to share information and tools online which could be used by malicious hackers and virus writers. Such a law would make it very difficult for security firms to publicly reveal flaws.
  • Luddite boss bans email for his 2500 employees. CEO of British cell phone retailer Phones 4U says he expects instant increases in productivity.

9 Replies to “Monday Morning News”

  1. BTX?!?! And I thought I was pimpin’ with my Gigabyte GA-7N400 Pro 2 Mobo with nForce2 chipset and Gigabit LAN! Aaaarrrrgggghhhhh!

  2. What is your comfort level with this quote from AnandTech’s article?
    “The move to BTX will also bring us closer to a fully legacy-free PC, with PS/2, serial and parallel ports already beginning to disappear from prototype motherboards.”

  3. Running with that Compaq/Any Key story makes it blatantly look like TSS is copying off of Slashdot’s homework. Slashdot posted the story about the Any Key answer in the FAQs at Compaq yesterday, but it turns out that “answer” had been sitting in the FAQ files since October 2001. Guess on slow news days you cover the news that breaks slowly…

  4. This “new” BTX motherboard reminds me of what my Dad use to say about the latest fishing tackle that would hit the bait shops. he said “that junk is meant to catch fishermen, not fish.” I think a lot of the stuff coming out for computers is like that since the computer companies have sold computers to just about anyone who cares to buy one 5 times over. On the other hand I remember a line from a movie called “Dawn Of The Dead” where the character Peter Washington says “ain’t it a shame!” “The only person who could miss with this gun is the sucker with the bread to buy it.” So I could be wrong and the BTX is a great piece of future junk.
    Rick Panama City FL.

  5. How about this?
    AP reports that the owner of the Dewey Decimal Classification System has sued the Library Hotel (a hotel overlooking New York’s Public Library) over its use of the Dewey Decimal System to number its hotel rooms (for example Room 700.003 has books on the performing arts), arguing that the use of the system falsely suggests that the hotel is connected with the owners of the system.
    The System was invented by Dewey in 1873 but before you say Dastar, we are told that the system is constantly updated.  To the best of my knowledge there is no owner of the Liannean Classification system, and therefore someone could open the Zoo Hotel and name the rooms after animals.

  6. More on the Dewey Decimal System here:
    fulltext –
    Mary Hodder at bIPlog holds forth on the OCLC suit against the Library Hotel, adding a few more details to the discussion:
    “Melvil Dewey created the system in 1873, and the Online Computer Library Center (who has owned it since 1988) licenses it to 95% of the school and public libraries in the US (makin’ Microsoft proud!) for a minimum of $500. All those librarians over the past 130 years have contributed to it, making the system better and adding new categories, but the OCLC, a non-profit keeps the dough. And they have absolutely no incentive to put it into the public domain.”
    Mary is right, of course, when she points out in her post that trademark, unlike copyright, does not expire. I am still not convinced, however, about exactly what it is that OCLC “licenses.” Are they actually licensing the Dewey classification system? Or do they license access to their online database so that librarians can catalog materials without having to figure out the correct designation for a work and manually enter it into their own systems?
    My most reliable source on this believes that it is the latter. And this is significant, because it would indicate that libraries (and others) might actually be free to apply the system to their works without paying OCLC. And this seems the sane alternative (and consistent with the intent of IP law) in this situation.
    It also would explain why OCLC would be bringing the suit under trademark law, because they are trying to show that there is confusion caused by the Library Hotel’s online identification with the Dewey system and its own online system.
    This does not make the suit any less objectionable, but might help make a bit more sense of what is going on here.
    See also the following post at one of the OCLC discussion lists:
    “I am embarrxxxed and dismaxxx to read on today ( that OCLC is suing the Library Hotel in NYC for xxxigning Dewey decimal numbers to hotel rooms.
    The article quotes OCLC’s attorney as saying that libraries pay OCLC $500 a year to use the Dewey clxxxification. Those of us like me who have an old Dewey collection not yet reclxxxed to LC know that this is a ridiculous claim.
    The article goes on to say that OCLC is willing to settle with the hotel.
    Many of us bemoan the fact that we live in a litigious society. To think that OCLC, founded on principles of sharing, is apparently beginning an action for no other reason than to extort money from a commericial enterprise makes all librarians look bad.”
    Mignon Adams
    Director of Library and Information Services
    University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
    I am looking for more information on this suit. If anyone has access to reliable news stories, court documents, interesting discussion, or anything of the like, please let me know.

  7. So this means more than one person has called Compaq to ask where the “any” key is, could someone find out how many people have asked that question, that number would be a good indication if tech support would be a stable occupation.

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