At the risk of getting overly geeky, this really gripes my wagger:
OOXML approved as international standard?
Microsoft looks almost certain to have got its Office Open XML (OOXML) file format passed as an international standard but the ballot has been tarnished by accusations of voting irregularities.
There’s no official word as yet from the International Standards Organisation (ISO), the body responsible for overseeing the ballot, but according to many observers that have been closely following the process, Microsoft appears to have secured enough votes at its second time of trying.
However, a number of delegates from the 87 national standards groups have been loudly complaining about alleged heavy-handed tactics and misdeeds in the voting process.
Groklaw reports grumbles coming out of Norway and Poland where claims of irregularities have been voiced and there’s been talk of very close votes in Croatia and Germany.
And why do I care? Because, quite simply, Microsoft's new "international standard" is a piece of proprietary, bug-infested shit.
AND THE SHIT begins to hit the fan.