My previous weblog An interesting offer has generated more vitriol than the last time I suggested that torture wasn’t entirely wonderful. One writer even speaks of 30 pieces of silver. I suppose this casts ODF as Jesus, ISO as Pontius Pilate, me as Judas, and MS as Satan in the guise of an angel of light called Ecma. Are OASIS the apostles?
Now, ODF does have kind of biblical connection, I guess: its universally respected editor Patrick Durusau used to work for the Society of Biblical Literature. But I don’t think the virtue goes out of Patrick into ODF (to compare it to the woman with the issue of blood, one of my favourite passages) to the extent of making 30-pieces of silver an analogy that is anything other than offensive. But that is probably the point.
Another writer described OOXML (I think slightly tongue in cheek) as “horribly evil.” I saw that movie Blood Diamond last night: excellent. Child soldiers being hooked on heroin and being forced to kill is horribly evil. I don’t believe file formats reach that standard. That movie suggests that before buying diamonds, we insist on getting proof that they are not from conflict zones, where they fund real wars.