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07.03.08

IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: July 2nd, 2008

Posted in IRC Logs at 5:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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[H]omer clear Jul 02 01:41
tessier_ http://kevincarmony.blogspot.com/2008… Jul 02 02:21
tessier_ schestowitz: You’ve probably seen that already but if it’s true that xandros is buying linspire and xandros is a party to the Microsoft patent agreement it  could be interesting. Jul 02 02:21
tessier_ I used to work for Michael Robertson. I’m not at all surprised that Linspire has turned out this way. Jul 02 02:21
tessier_ http://siteanalytics.compete.com/l… Jul 02 02:27
tessier_ That’s interesting too Jul 02 02:27
dsmith_ heh Jul 02 02:28
dsmith_ wow ubuntu beats everything Jul 02 02:30
dsmith_ fedora, xubuntu, kubuntu…etc.. Jul 02 02:30
dsmith_ hmmmm Jul 02 02:30
dsmith_ http://siteanalytics.compete.com/ap… Jul 02 02:30
dsmith_ sadness Jul 02 02:30
schestowitz tessier_, thanks. Yes, good URLs. It’ll make it easier for me to track companies now (Linspire not required anymore), But that’s just me being lazy or selfish. Either way, those who pay Microsoft for Linux set a dangerous precendence. Jul 02 05:35
dsmith_ anyone know anything about CPU hardware? Jul 02 05:39
schestowitz I know just a little, why? By the way, dsmith_ , H-P will offer FreeDOS laptops. Jul 02 05:40
dsmith_ HP?? oh eally? Jul 02 05:40
dsmith_ really? Jul 02 05:40
dsmith_ I habe to check that out Jul 02 05:40
dsmith_ i am looking for a pentium 4 1066fsb cpu Jul 02 05:41
dsmith_ lga775 Jul 02 05:41
schestowitz Not yet though, dsmith_ . I was pleased yo find this out yesterday. They said that they intend to offer the lower-cost notebooks without SLED and Windows. Jul 02 05:41
dsmith_ hmmmm are you talking about netbooks as oppossed to laptops? Jul 02 05:42
schestowitz I just got my AMD Athlon (dual core) yesterday afternoon), but haven’t had the chance to stress-test it yet. Jul 02 05:42
schestowitz I’m not sure it’s a netbook. It’s a little more high-end, IIRC. Jul 02 05:43
dsmith_ wow $1000 for a pentium 4 1066fsb cpu Jul 02 05:44
dsmith_ *sigh* Jul 02 05:44
schestowitz Is it for a server? Jul 02 05:44
dsmith_ nah Jul 02 05:46
dsmith_ this is a board I bought some time ago Jul 02 05:46
dsmith_ http://www.anandtech.com/mb/show… Jul 02 05:46
dsmith_ i am surpised that teh CPUs ares till way high Jul 02 05:46
dsmith_ hmmmm Jul 02 05:46
*schestowitz Just followed the URL, still baffled Jul 02 05:48
dsmith_ its ok Jul 02 05:49
dsmith_ I should just sell that one on ebay and get me a dual quad board instead Jul 02 05:49
schestowitz I have some obsolete hardware at home. The trouble is that it would be hard to find one to whom it’s suitable. Jul 02 05:50
schestowitz I need to get a multiplier for my GPU this morning (if that’s what it’s called). Jul 02 05:51
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schestowitz Morning, baijum. Jul 02 05:54
baijum schestowitz: Good morning ! Jul 02 05:55
schestowitz Microsoft shills are at it again (just found http://www.managingip.com/Article.aspx?Artic… ) Jul 02 06:03
dsmith_ schestowitz: when you find out about the HP deal, post it Jul 02 06:22
dsmith_ thx Jul 02 06:22
schestowitz I saw it yesterday. Jul 02 06:22
schestowitz Have you been following link digests that I post? :-) Let me find it again… Jul 02 06:24
schestowitz I’m not sure it’s a netbook yet… http://www.theage.com.au/news/upgrade/r… “… HP intends to offer the option of Vista Home Basic, FreeDOS or SuSE Linux Enterprise desktop.” Jul 02 06:24
dsmith_ typically I will skim thorough them Jul 02 06:25
dsmith_ must have missed this one Jul 02 06:25
schestowitz It’s not out yet, I think. Jul 02 06:25
dsmith_ $900 seems hig Jul 02 06:26
schestowitz I haven’t look closely, which is why I just scan the page for words (that’s how I manage to go through lots of news). Jul 02 06:26
dsmith_ *high Jul 02 06:26
schestowitz It’s worrying that a lot of laptops run versions of Linux that Microsoft is paid for. Linpus has been a recent exception. Jul 02 06:27
dsmith_ well everyone’s machine that I touch for whatever reason I tell them about the advantages of linux Jul 02 06:28
schestowitz Despite the bad name, I’ve become relieved every time I saw Linpus because it’s the way out from Microsoft tax for some simplified laptops. Are you preaching to people about freedom (terms to use are control, death switches, forced upgrades) or power and cost? Jul 02 06:29
dsmith_ i tell them its free software to use, as in free speech Jul 02 06:31
dsmith_ ppl think 3-old machines are no god Jul 02 06:31
dsmith_ *good Jul 02 06:31
dsmith_ use the the MS upgrade regime Jul 02 06:31
schestowitz Intel? Jul 02 06:32
dsmith_ er..I meant they are used to the MS regime Jul 02 06:32
schestowitz I mean, Wintel’s regime? Jul 02 06:32
dsmith_ yea Jul 02 06:32
schestowitz Stan Beer nonchalantly called Vista a Wintel project the other day. Very funny. Jul 02 06:32
schestowitz People are educated to think in terms of money.. It’s an issue,, especially when people (even Novell) compromise others’ goodwill for money. Jul 02 06:33
dsmith_ money isn;t everything Jul 02 06:34
schestowitz That said, by all means, people will realise the fear of computers as they gain more control over the user (kill switches, digital ‘manners’, DRM detonates entire music collection, etc). Jul 02 06:34
dsmith_ i sorta despise the idea, getting out of bed chasing paper for a living, but thats another subject Jul 02 06:34
schestowitz RMS saw this early on. Jul 02 06:35
dsmith_ I dont fear machines…. thats for sure.. Jul 02 06:35
schestowitz I personally came to feel like I do a hobby. Even my jobs in the past few years (enough to almost make ends meet) were a breeze. Jul 02 06:35
dsmith_ well the old saying goes…. Follow your bliss.. Jul 02 06:36
schestowitz dsmith_, you might now worry about or fear computers but some enterprise should. They put valuable data under a platform where 40% of all PCs are estimated to be zombies (yes, part of a botnet). Security aside, the financial stake is a huge problem. They have no control whatsoever. Jul 02 06:37
dsmith_ i know Jul 02 06:39
dsmith_ I do alot of reading.. Jul 02 06:39
dsmith_ place where I work at has the same potential problems Jul 02 06:39
dsmith_ i told certain ppl about installing recovery software and no one listening, so today someone calls me to tell me that thier laptop was stolen Jul 02 06:40
schestowitz I have a friend (you might know him) who almost refuses to buy from shops that use Windows to process credit card details. Jul 02 06:40
dsmith_ lol, thats a good thing to do Jul 02 06:41
dsmith_ how do you go about checking for that Jul 02 06:41
schestowitz Data theft due to physical loss is another big issue. Jul 02 06:41
schestowitz Some people encrypt personal stuff like pr0n but when it comes to personal records of 50 million _other_ people, they can’t care enough. Jul 02 06:42
dsmith_ I know, I am amazed that compnaies are not fined heavily for that Jul 02 06:42
schestowitz dsmith_, if site extensions don’t say enough, NetCraft might help. Anyway, this guy I talk about had an online brawl with the IT of the company concerned. They tried to explain (with excludes) that Windows does not run at ‘the ends’. Jul 02 06:43
dsmith_ heh Jul 02 06:44
dsmith_ online brawl…..love it.. Jul 02 06:44
schestowitz Confrontation anyway. Schneier recently wrote about people feeling safe when they shop online (they shouldn’t) Jul 02 06:45
dsmith_ i dont feel safe, however I have yet to have a prblem Jul 02 06:46
schestowitz Security cannot comes as a ‘feature’, ‘addon’ or afterthought. Some time ago a major chain lost hold of 50 million people’s records. Wi-Fi was to blame, but you had to dig in to find this out. They always try to hide it and the Partner Group [sic] recently said that most data leaks are kept secret, never reported (one guy was fired for leaking’). Anyway, Windows had a known severe Wi-Fi/Bluetooth flaws for _years_. Microsoft didn’t patch it. Jul 02 06:48
dsmith_ tj max incident? Jul 02 06:49
schestowitz Yes. I want to budge this a  little on topic, so bear in mind that Gates openly (but behind closed doors) explained what he knew about the severity of security issues. They meet the government too. Most Windows PCs will soon be zombies because it gets worse. Jul 02 06:50
schestowitz Then we have Microsoft’s need to rescue Windows (the 7 thing is a mess and I don’t tell you this in a fanboyish way). They need to redo things like Apple did years ago (OS X). Jul 02 06:51
dsmith_ agree Jul 02 06:52
schestowitz And that’s where Novell and the licensing come into play. Option 1: buy Novell or use it as a subsidiary while working as a _licensing_ company; Option 2: produce an O/S that combines the best of both platforms. Jul 02 06:52
dsmith_ I just dont see them moving fast enough Jul 02 06:53
dsmith_ I started setting up linux boxes at teh compnay, but our cfo halted that after he found out Jul 02 06:53
dsmith_ lol Jul 02 06:53
schestowitz I ought to add: Microsoft sees Linux as a greater threat than Linux (it says so) because when you buy from Apple, you pay Microsoft. It’s the swpatents model. Then, come to consider Remix, where Shuttleworth pays Microsoft for codecs, per unit. Jul 02 06:54
dsmith_ …his line was…we need to stick to standards and MS is a standard for business Jul 02 06:54
schestowitz You misspelled “was” :-) Jul 02 06:54
dsmith_ i still rather stick with linux period.. Jul 02 06:54
schestowitz See this one I found half an hour ago: http://www.accountingweb.co.uk/c… “CEO’s Diary: Linux? [...]The big issue now is email management. If we can manage that and diary scheduling OK (which is a big question) the real issue is when some Linux platforms are now very stable and have long term support, why are we Microsoft based? “ Jul 02 06:55
schestowitz I know people who share links with colleagues and managers to have them persuaded. Jul 02 06:55
dsmith_ our office just deployed exchange 2003 over my comments Jul 02 06:55
dsmith_ now they are complainging about it Jul 02 06:55
schestowitz Downtime seems high. There’s one Exchange  server where I am and its choas compared to my Linux-based mail server. It also caught some viruses before (yes, the server) Jul 02 06:56
dsmith_ interesting Jul 02 06:56
dsmith_ heh, we are having he same problems Jul 02 06:57
dsmith_ down time Jul 02 06:57
dsmith_ maybe two a week the thing must be rebooted Jul 02 06:57
dsmith_ that is thier solution, just rebot it Jul 02 06:57
dsmith_ it hangs and they cannot remote in Jul 02 06:57
dsmith_ so they ask me to hard reboot it Jul 02 06:57
schestowitz I mean, I hardly have messages ever routed from the server, but it bothers me when Thunderbird always has popups about downtime at that server. Hasn’t happened for years on mine (schestowitz.com, running on Red Hat) Jul 02 06:57
dsmith_ I just yank the power cord out of the back and grin Jul 02 06:58
dsmith_ and turn it back on…it still takes alot of time to come back up Jul 02 06:58
schestowitz The joys of Windows. Well, be aware that the Microsoft’s beloved Yankee Group reports _WORSE_ downtime in subsequent versions of WS (03-08) Jul 02 06:58
schestowitz It’s the Vista of servers. ME 2.0. Jul 02 06:59
dsmith_ 2008? Jul 02 06:59
dsmith_ 2003 seems stable, I used that as my desktop OS for ahwile long ago Jul 02 06:59
schestowitz Yes. Bear in mind that this isn’t just opportunistic Microsoft bashing. I try to tell you how much trouble they are in and why they strangle Linux with FUID, threat and other nasties. They envy FOSS. Jul 02 07:00
dsmith_ i know…. MS seems painted itself into a corner Jul 02 07:01
schestowitz In fact, recent MSFT acquisitions are all FOSS-based. It has become so embarrassing. Jul 02 07:01
schestowitz Over a  year ago, someone who had advocated Linux since the 90s saw the attacks coming (e.g. May 2007 FUD). He said that Microsoft won’t give up without fighting like a bully. Later came bullying of Yahoo, ISO (for OOXML, etc. Microsoft is totally out of control sometimes. Jul 02 07:03
dsmith_ stallman? Jul 02 07:04
schestowitz No, Roy Culley. Jul 02 07:05
dsmith_ MS should just focus on the OS and office software Jul 02 07:06
dsmith_ drop everything else Jul 02 07:06
schestowitz Pardon the typos. Anyway, that’s why Microsoft needs to be watched, not guarded. It should be on probation/parole, so to speak. I’ve lost sleep over the need to track OOXML abuses, in the sense that some days I had too many incidents to keep track of Jul 02 07:06
dsmith_ heh Jul 02 07:06
dsmith_ alot of ppl dont care it seems Jul 02 07:07
dsmith_ complacent amd MS abuses that and knows it Jul 02 07:07
schestowitz dsmith_, these two products are among the few that are profitable (source: Wilcox, Microsoft Watch), but they lose that too because of SaaS. Jul 02 07:07
schestowitz dsmith_, the OOXML abuses are something we need as ‘ammunition’ Jul 02 07:08
dsmith_ well isn;t the EU working them over now? Jul 02 07:08
schestowitz If a person from country X asks me how Microsoft has _recently_ abused him/her, then I can look it up and give examples. Of course, there’s a lot more than just OOXML and  I have an extensive set of examples (Groklaw has a lot more). Jul 02 07:09
schestowitz Yes, Microsoft has just sent the ACT and CompTIA shills over there: http://www.managingip.com/Article.aspx?A… Jul 02 07:09
schestowitz The ACT shills confronted me two weeks ago. Also see remarks from GL (last night): http://www.groklaw.net/newsitems.php Jul 02 07:10
schestowitz [PJ: Yup.  The BSA and CompTIA are riding agin. Yippee-ki-yi-ay, it’s a range war, and here comes the pr machine, and along with them dutifully ride some of the media. “The software industry” is expressing concerns?  IP is being “sacrificed”? Or is it some fronts for Microsoft expressing concern? Take your pick. I’m pretty sure Red Hat isn’t complaining, and they are part of the software industry, after all…. Jul 02 07:10
dsmith_ bsa… Jul 02 07:12
dsmith_ hmmmmmmm… Jul 02 07:12
schestowitz Microsoft pays them, so they defend Microsoft. It’s the ‘ecosystem effect’. Same with OOXML. Microsoft +ecosystem versus the world… Jul 02 07:12
dsmith_ aye Jul 02 07:12
dsmith_ they protect adobe, autocad, symantec and a few others Jul 02 07:13
schestowitz Yes, that’s the BSA anyway. All of them have one thing in common too: proprietary. It’s no surprise that the BSA has a FOSS-hostile past. Jul 02 07:14
schestowitz Examples here: http://boycottnovell.com/2008/01/09… Jul 02 07:15
dsmith_ lol….Example #2: Hypocrisy off the port bow! Jul 02 07:18
dsmith_ hmmm I know Vista can be cracked, i did it one time to prove to someone.. Jul 02 07:19
dsmith_ but I wont even run it Jul 02 07:19
dsmith_ no need Jul 02 07:19
dsmith_ with the enconomy goign south, I can see the need for MS waning in my opinion.. Jul 02 07:20
dsmith_ well I am off to bed Jul 02 07:20
dsmith_ g’day or night…. Jul 02 07:20
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schestowitz Charlie McCreevy is at it again, along with Microsoft’s mouthpieces that claim to be speaking on behalf of SMEs: http://www.iam-magazine.com/blog/Deta… Jul 02 07:37
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ZiggyFish hey Jul 02 09:07
ZiggyFish schestowitz: are you there Jul 02 09:07
schestowitz Hey buddy. How are you. I was just about to leave for a moment. I need to get something for my new PC. Maybe I’ll set up a triple-head. :-) Jul 02 09:12
schestowitz I’ll be back in half an hour. Jul 02 09:12
ZiggyFish k Jul 02 09:12
ZiggyFish just wanted to know some good linux news sources Jul 02 09:12
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schestowitz ZiggyFish, are you still there? Jul 02 11:24
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ZiggyFish yes Jul 02 13:17
ZiggyFish I’ll be back tomorrow night Jul 02 13:35
ZiggyFish c ya Jul 02 13:37
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schestowitz Hey, RogerBacon Jul 02 16:50
RogerBacon hiii Jul 02 16:50
schestowitz Sorry about yesterday. I really had to leave. It’s that new PC I got… driving me crazy how it works perfectly out of the box, but it’s a lot of work and a distraction from what I normally do. Jul 02 16:50
RogerBacon *** The girls i as a crush on, i didn’t see him in last 2 week on MSN :@ Jul 02 16:50
RogerBacon no problem ;) Jul 02 16:51
schestowitz What’s that about MSN? Jul 02 16:51
RogerBacon i dont have is phone number Jul 02 16:52
RogerBacon was only talking to her on MSN Jul 02 16:52
schestowitz Oh, I see. I once met a special girl on ICQ. Back in the days. We’re still in touch after so many years. Jul 02 16:53
schestowitz Some incognito reporter is boosting Mono. :-S http://www.computerweekly.com/Arti… (he must not heard of things like Java) Jul 02 17:22
RogerBacon java is total crap Jul 02 17:31
schestowitz Have you tried it? Jul 02 17:32
RogerBacon do you want the real answer ? Jul 02 17:33
RogerBacon http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca… Jul 02 17:34
RogerBacon I love the canadian telco cartel … Jul 02 17:34
schestowitz I know there’s a battle of perception around Microsoft/Sun (Sun is an engineering company, Microsoft is a marketing company). Microsoft was caught gaming some .NET/Java polls, so don’t be easily fooled by what you hear. Jul 02 17:36
schestowitz Cartels are everywhere. it’s hugely important to have them identified and the information publicly shared for those who are curious but cannot research. Jul 02 17:36
RogerBacon we have telus, rogers, and bell in canada … Jul 02 17:38
RogerBacon and the competitive bureau just autorised another merge … Jul 02 17:38
RogerBacon we have one GSM provider :S Jul 02 17:38
RogerBacon did you see the canadian iPhone price ? Jul 02 17:39
RogerBacon that’s disgusting :/ Jul 02 17:39
schestowitz I can imagine. The regulatory bodies are easy to influenc3e (corrupt) too Jul 02 17:40
schestowitz Today in the MSBBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technol… (Google Yahoo ad deal faces probe) Jul 02 17:40
RogerBacon anyway, does java is open source now ? Jul 02 17:41
schestowitz I still opine, as I said in a BN.com post a few hours ago, that the Corel/Microsoft deal (and the same for Novell) should have been stopped. Microsoft builds a Trust (as in Anti-Trust) Jul 02 17:41
schestowitz Yes. 100% pretty soon. GPL, which means you can run your stuff nicely under you control even 20 years from now. Jul 02 17:42
schestowitz It’s awful when you write open-source (and Free) code that relies on a proprietary stack. I made this mistake with MATLAB. Jul 02 17:43
RogerBacon well, java seem harder to learn first Jul 02 17:46
RogerBacon did you have tryed eclipse ? Jul 02 18:03
schestowitz No, I’ve just had it installed. Some application I used required it (test build). It’s a very fast-growing phenomenon. Jul 02 18:06
schestowitz Whatever you do, remember that when you bet on .NET, you bet on Microsoft as a future leader (yet none of the SaaS stream really cares for .NET). Microsoft tries to spread itself to other places using Mono in order to benefit itself, but don’t see that as an acknowledgement that .NET is better., Jul 02 18:08
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schestowitz TThere’s an increase in a nonchalant attitude towards Microsoft’s abuses ( http://www.computerworld.com/acti… ). How quickly journos forget… Jul 02 21:10
PetoKraus that article is bullshit Jul 02 21:23
schestowitz There’s another one: http://macdailynews.com/index.ph… (several more out there) Jul 02 21:24
PetoKraus well, i don’t know much about PDF Jul 02 21:24
PetoKraus is it really open? Jul 02 21:24
schestowitz Heh. Well, Adobe takes the lead with Acrobat, which is proprietary software. They should really just break it apart and open it up. They make profit from composition tools, not the viewer. Jul 02 21:25
PetoKraus the acrobat reader is useless… Jul 02 21:27
PetoKraus when you get things like evince Jul 02 21:27
PetoKraus what i was asking was – is PDF really open, or just some poorly documented open-alike hidden binary blob? Jul 02 21:28
schestowitz Acrobat is bloated and I typically have very little RAM. Either way, expect Microsoft and ECMA to shove a GPL-hostile XPS down ISO’s throat. Jul 02 21:28
PetoKraus DisplayLikePDF1.0 :P Jul 02 21:28
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schestowitz I don’t enough about it. Either way, there’s a big difference between standardising light bulbs and turning reference source code to specs after a decade of development. Jul 02 21:29
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PetoKraus sure Jul 02 21:30
PetoKraus but it’s still a good thing, isn’t it? Jul 02 21:30
PetoKraus i mean, i know we are talking about ISO Jul 02 21:31
schestowitz ISO lost its reputation. But I think they’ll ruin IEEE too because they grew closer. The whole thing appears to be industrialised to the point where a standard can be bought. What on earth if ECMA anyway? What is it? Think about it. Jul 02 21:32
PetoKraus “Question: What exactly was supposed to be the point of having an international document standard if the standards committee can’t keep their legs closed, so to speak? What am I supposed to do with this three-headed baby? Which two should I lop off?” Jul 02 21:33
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schestowitz MSFT 4:00PM ET 25.88 Down 0.99 Down 3.68% Jul 02 21:57
schestowitz Wow! Jul 02 21:57
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  13. Paid-for UPC Proponent, IAM 'Magazine', Debunked on UPC Again

    The impact of the corrupted (by EPO money) media goes further than one might expect and even 'borrows' out-of-date news in order to promote the UPC



  14. Lack of Justice in and Around the EPO Drawing Scrutiny

    The status of the EPO as an entity above the law (in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and so on) is becoming the subject of press reports and staff is leaving in large numbers



  15. Links 19/2/2017: GParted 0.28.1, LibreOffice Donations Record

    Links for the day



  16. The EPO is Becoming an Embarrassment to Europe and a Growing Threat to the European Union

    The increasingly pathetic moves by Battistelli and the ever-declining image/status of the EPO (only 0% of polled stakeholders approve Battistelli's management) is causing damage to the reputation of the European Union, even if the EPO is not a European Union organ but an international one



  17. Patent Misconceptions Promoted by the Patent Meta-Industry

    Cherry-picking one's way into the perception of patent eligibility for software and the misguided belief that without patents there will be no innovation



  18. As the United States Shuts Its Door on Low-Quality Patents the Patent Trolls Move to Asia

    Disintegration of Intellectual Ventures (further shrinkage after losing software patents at CAFC), China's massive patent bubble, and Singapore's implicit invitation/facilitation of patent trolls (bubble economy)



  19. Links 17/2/2017: Wine 2.2, New Ubuntu LTS

    Links for the day



  20. Bad Advice From Mintz Levin and Bejin Bieneman PLC Would Have People Believe That Software Patents Are Still Worth Pursuing

    The latest examples of misleading articles which, in spite of the avalanche of software patents in the United States, continue to promote these



  21. Patents Are Not Property, They Are a Monopoly, and They Are Not Owned But Temporarily Granted

    Patent maximalism and distortion of concepts associated with patents tackled again, for terminology is being hijacked by those who turned patents into their "milking cows"



  22. SoftBank Group, New Owner of ARM, Could Potentially Become (in Part) a Patent Troll or an Aggressor Like Qualcomm

    SoftBank grabbed headlines (in the West at least) when it bought ARM, but will it soon grab headlines for going after practicing companies using a bunch of patents that it got from Inventergy, ARM, and beyond?



  23. Technicolor, Having Turned Into a Patent Troll, Attacks Android/Tizen/Linux With Patents in Europe

    Technicolor, which a lot of the media portrayed as a patent troll in previous years (especially after it had sued Apple, HTC and Samsung), is now taking action against Samsung in Europe (Paris, Dusseldorf and Mannheim)



  24. Michelle Lee is Still “in Charge” of the US Patent System

    Contrary to a malicious whispering campaign against Lee (a coup attempt, courtesy of patent maximalists who make a living from mass litigation), she is still in charge of the USPTO



  25. Our Assessment: EPO Wants a Lot of Low-Quality Patents and Low-Paid Staff With UPC (Prosecution Galore)

    The European Patent Office seems to be less interested in examination and more interested in facilitating overzealous prosecution all across Europe and beyond; The Administrative Council has shown no signs that it is interested in profound changes, except those proposed by Battistelli in the face of growing resistance from staff and from ordinary stakeholders



  26. Links 16/2/2017: HITMAN for GNU/Linux, Go 1.8

    Links for the day



  27. Yet More Complaints About the European Patent Office in the Bavarian Regional Government

    Some German politicians do care about the welfare of EPO staff, a lot more so than the EPO's management that is actively crushing this staff



  28. EPO Staff Representatives to Escalate Complaint About Severe Injustices to the EPO's Secretive Board 28

    In a new letter to President Benoît Battistelli it is made abundantly apparent -- however politely -- that Battistelli's gross abuses could further complicate things for Battistelli, who is already embroiled in a fight with his predecessor, Roland Grossenbacher



  29. New Survey Reveals That High Patent Quality, or Elimination of Bad Patents, is Desirable to Patent Holders

    A new survey from Bloomberg BNA and AIPLA reveals that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), which still grows in prominence, is supported by people who have themselves gotten patents (not those who are in the bureaucracy of patents and self-serving politics)



  30. Open Patent Office is Not the Solution; Ending Software Patents is the Solution

    Our remarks about the goals and methods of the newly-established Open Patent Office and what is instead needed in order to combat the menace that threatens software development


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