Irony, cynicism or simply “cara de pau”?

Imagine a fox building “fox and chicken can be friends” ads from the feathers of slaughtered chicken. Would this be irony or cynicism, or possibly both? I had the same problem when I saw the following ad:

Microsoft is a convicted monopolist. Their most successful strategy to protect their monopoly and extend it into neighboring markets has been to prevent interoperability through arbitrary modifications of protocols and Open Standards, such as Kerberos.

This is indeed precisely what the interoperability side in the European Commission antitrust investigation and decision is all about. Despite the demands of the European Commission, and in outright disregard of the European Court decision from December 2004, Microsoft has continued to prevent interoperability by not disclosing the necessary protocol information and is instead playing for time.

Even worse, they have meanwhile positioned their proprietary OpenXML format to replace the already existing universal Open Standard for office applications, the Open Document Format (ODF), see "OpenXML wrap-up after D12K" for an overview of the situation. You can read up on Grokdoc why OpenXML is really a proprietary format.

So now pretending to be a model child of interoperability is a bit too much. The best expression I have encountered so far to describe that kind of behaviour is one I came across in Brazil: cara-de-pau.

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About Georg Greve

Georg Greve is CEO and President of the Board at Kolab Systems AG, a Swiss Open Source ISV for collaboration and communication, also available as Swiss hosted service Kolab Now. During his 20+ year career in Free and Open Source Software he has been author of the Brave GNU World, one of the most widely spread columns on the subject, founding president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and provided input to various governmental and inter-governmental organisations. In 2009 Georg was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon by the Federal Republic of Germany for his contributions to Open Source and Open Standards.
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One Response to Irony, cynicism or simply “cara de pau”?

  1. ciaran says:

    There new image standard will be interesting

    Looks like MS are proposing a new standard for pictures “HT Photo”:

    It will be interesting to see if they go for ISO certification, or if they use patents to make implementation impossible.

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