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Monday, March 06, 2006

In the interest of national security, I ask, where’s the beef? It seems that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is whoefully behind its Canadian bretheren in pushing cattle owners to place RFID tags on livestock. However, the USDA announced last Friday guidelines for the next phase of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). The program is still voluntary and does not require RFID tags, at least not until 2008. Now, if there is anything that could threaten the security of every nation, it seems food, not to mention water, would be at the top of the list for funding. Even with our friends in the hamburger business, like McDonald’s, trying to steer (sic) things in the right direction, there’s no great urgency to prod the cattle owners to follow their herd.

by Joe Francica on 03/06 at 05:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Last week InformationWeek reported that Oracle was challenging Google with a new enterprise search engine. The subtitle of the article was "Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g can locate information in enterprise applications, email and stored documents." So I contacted Jayant Sharma, Technical Director for Spatial Products at Oracle for some clarification to see if there was an implied geospatial functionality that this new engine could leveralge. His response was, "Short answer is no. Longer answer is yes because the SDK lets you build POI (points of interest) search like Yahoo/Google Local have."

by Joe Francica on 03/06 at 05:11 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, March 03, 2006

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was speaking at Oracle OpenWorld Tokyo when he explained that idea:

Open source becomes successful when major industrial corporations invest heavily in that open source product. Every open source product that has become tremendously successful became successful because of huge dollar investments from commercial IT operations like IBM and Oracle and Intel and others.

He went on to say that “Red Hat didn’t make Linux: IBM made Linux, Intel made Linux, Oracle made Linux.” It remains to be seen if Autodesk will make MapServer and other products “real.”

via Slashdot

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/03 at 12:34 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Consultores en Computacin y Contabilidad (CCC) was a software reseller in Mexico, until it shut down after allegations from the Business Software Alliance that it sold pirated software. Vctor Rendn’s company was first searched by BSA in 1998 after a tip from the Mexican office of that organization. Some eight years later a court ruled that the “companies [Microsoft, Symantec, Adobe Systems and Autodesk] had falsified testimonies and evidence.”

The four software giants were ordered to pay Rendn US$90mn in damages, according to the local daily paper, Milenio. Redn’s lawyer said that the companies “orchestrated a campaign” to get the company out of the software business.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/03 at 08:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The University of Texas at Arlington offered a find the criminal “contest” to get its community involved in GIS. Joshua Been, geographic information systems librarian, developed the crime puzzle and led a workshop to get those interested started. While a fellow from Ottawa got the right answer, only those at the University were eligible to win the prize. In all, 16 correct answers were given before the deadline, with 5 from students.

This is very clever and I suspect Mr. Been will get a lot of calls from other educator wanted to try out his methodology. He got the idea, by the way, from watching the “Numbers” TV show.

Only on thing concerned me regarding the article in the Shorthorn, the school paper, this quote:

An example of a geographic information system would be Google’s mapping service, he said.


by Adena Schutzberg on 03/03 at 07:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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