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Wed, 19 Feb 2003
More on the .NET patent
Microsoft's Jim Miller says:
The ECMA process requires that all patents held by member companies that are essential for implementing its standards are available under "reasonable and non-discriminatory (RAND) terms" for the purpose of implementing those Standards. This is the normal condition used in all International Standards organizations, including both ECMA and ISO.

But Microsoft (and our co-sponsors, Intel and Hewlett-Packard) went further and have agreed that our patents essential to implementing C# and CLI will be available on a "royalty-free" and otherwise RAND" basis for this purpose.

This quote seemed to mollify some of the concerns of people on the mailing list. Nothing against Jim Miller, but I'd feel better if there were an official web page that confirmed that the C# and CLI patents will be available on a "royalty-free and othewise RAND" basis.

Of course, this doesn't help with things like ASP.NET and ADO.NET, but I bet that open source alternatives could turn out to be as good as or better than these two, with the benefit of running both on a Windows CLR and a ECMA/Mono CLR. For proof of this, look at Java projects such as Velocity, Struts, WebWork, Hibernate and others. If you look at the rate at which open source Java stuff is getting ported to C#, I think that the .NET community recognizes this. Key insight: The good stuff doesn't have to (or even isn't likely to be) the stuff blessed by the platform vendor. If it's good enough people will still use it.

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More sophisticated blog data mining
An article at NewScientist.com describes Jon Kleinberg's work on the rate of change in word usage in documents. One proposed application is to use this on weblogs to detect trends. This could be an automated way to generate those "Wired" and "Tired" lists that appear in Wired. I've just started Albert-László Barabási's Linked, which is really excellently done by the way, so this topic is at the front of my mind anyway.

One of the reasons that I got involved with pyblosxom development was that I wanted to have a blogging platform that could be used to play with these kinds of ideas.

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