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March 15th, 2004

When Metadata Attacks

Ryan MacMichael is on the campaign trail with Dennis Kucinich, and will return shortly.

I must admit that there’s a certain amount of glee I feel when underlying metadata – especially from Microsoft Word – comes back to bite someone on the butt. It happened a few weeks ago when it was revealed, through versioning, that Microsoft was bankrolling the SCO lawsuit efforts. This time, the MPAA and California Attorney General are in correctors’ heaven, with a Word doc revealing that an anti-P2P law put forth by the latter was scrutinized and/or drafted by a senior VP at the MPAA.

Whoops!

And yet another blow for the default installation of the most popular word processor on earth….

Posted in Technology

FROM: towinlovinit
DATE: Monday March 15, 2004 -- 1:21:46 pm
I think I need a better explantation of that one. That was confusing!



FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday March 15, 2004 -- 2:56:42 pm
Does this have anything to do with every document created on my computer wearing the line, "Created by: Robert"?



FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday March 15, 2004 -- 5:22:24 pm
Yeah... it does in a sense, Robert. The other part of it is that Word can (and does, by default) track all changes in a document. So if you send me a file and I change it, Word will "remember" the previous version and - the bonus - credit me with the editing.



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