Dave Winer doesn’t like them much, nor does Ed Dumbill. It’s hard to understand why Apple didn’t get someone in the community to review this extension before publishing the namespace and the software that interprets it. Now they’ve got a bit of a mess on their hands.
On a related note, no facility to import/export OPML subscription lists in this iTunes release is a big omission – c’mon Apple , open up just a little bit!
I want that “Public Support” meter to rise and fall according to Troops Lost, Length of Conflict, Innocents Killed and Whether or Not There is Anything Else On TV That Week. I want to lose 200 Public Support points because, in a war where 8,000 units have been lost, one of my Mutalisks happened to be caught on video accidentally eating one clergyman. Then, later, my destruction of an entire enemy city goes unnoticed because the Nude Zero-Gravity Futureball championship went into overtime.
It’s pretty funny to think that the school immediately couldn’t see the humour in the situation but their administrations have failed to notice that forcing children to recite the pledge is not educational. Does an eight year old really fully understand the concepts of a nation, government, allegiance, freedom of expression? (If so, why can’t they vote?) But anyway, I digress.
The reason I’m posting is to point out a contribution from one of the commentors wo says:
You might find West Virginia St. Bd. of Ed. v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943) to be interesting reading. There, the Supreme Court held that it’s unconstitutional for the government to require children to recite the pledge or salute the flag. Note that this was during the height of WW2, and the Court felt that one of the essential things that seperated us from our enemies then was that we could not require it. Note also that it has nothing to do with religious belief (though it was brought by Jehovah’s Witnesses), and that it predates the addition of the words ‘under God.’ Reciting a different pledge might be grounds for punishment if it’s disruptive. Doing nothing is protected, however. You can google for the opinion, or read it here:
Scoble calls this list “awesome” – a nightmare more like it.
Apparently I would need all these tools if I want to be a Windows/.NET ‘hacker’ – thankfully I don’t currently want to be, and after looking at that list of hacks, I can see why so many other developers avoid that platform too.
And to think I moan when I have step out of Eclipse…sheesh!
About time, UAEMPE, the European association representing 11 million small and medium businesses (SMEs) have clarified that they do not support the proposed directive on software patents. The lobby groups funded by the large multinationals pushing this agenda have been claiming that the SMEs were in favor of this proposal.