This cartoon is so funny to me, and happily it's under a Creative Commons license, so I can share it here with you and make you laugh too. Thank you so much, Ubersoft! Don't miss the details. I love the last Breaking News line: "SCO says, 'Was that so wrong?' 'Yes,' Judge replies." And Ubersoft getting ISO to call Ubersoft Marketing Language a standard. So many layers. I discern someone is reading Groklaw, comments and all.
Speaking of irregularities, here's some info on the EU Commission investigation from Richard Koman. Check out the picture of OOXML. In volumes. Stacked on the desk. It's pretty funny too. And that is *before* they added thousands more pages of editing, I think. And Paul Mellor at ComputerWorld has snips from the letter the EU Commission sent to "national divisions of the ISO ... in Europe". Here's what they want to hear about:
"In your opinion, have there been any irregularities or attempts to influence the debate or vote on the ECMA 376 proposal as regards your organisation? If so please provide details and any relevant facts," the Commission wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by IDG News Service. ECMA 376 is the title under which Microsoft submitted OOXML for consideration by the ISO.
They should ask some presidents of countries too, methinks. And some technical and advisory committees. Finally, Open Malaysia Blog has some letters explaining why some voted the way they did in the Philippines.
And now, Ubersoft: