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09:09 am, 20 Sep 04

patents and standards

Man, the whole world hates Sender ID:
"Given recent concerns expressed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), coupled with the tepid support for SenderID in the open-source community, AOL has decided to move forward with SPF-only checking on inbound e-mail at this time," according to AOL spokesperson Nicholas Graham.
I'm especially glad because this sets a precendent for what to do when companies try to propose patent-encumbered technologies as standards. Oh, wait, everyone's using .NET.