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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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    The UPC is dead, deadlocked, stuck, in a limbo and so on; those who claim otherwise are merely lobbying (in disguise of "analysis" or "news")



  12. Shame on MapR for Pursuing Software Patents While Pretending to Stand for Free/Open Source Software

    The patents gold rush sees another company joining the 'fun', albeit this company should campaign hard against software patents rather than pursue any



  13. Doomsday Scenario in the Back Mirror as Michelle Lee Keeps Her Job (and Much-Needed Patent Reform) at the USPTO

    The future of patent reform, i.e. tackling overpatenting and patent trolls, looks somewhat more promising with today's confirmation of Lee's 'extended tenure' at the Office



  14. Links 19/1/2017: PulseAudio 10.0, Linux 4.9 Longterm Kernel

    Links for the day



  15. Corporate (Wall Street) Media Agrees That Brexit Dooms the Unitary Patent (UPC)

    The nonstop lies or the fake news about the UPC starting "real soon now" don't quite pass a reality check or a basic assessment based on fundamental concepts, such as the UPC's facilitation of subordination (to Europe) in the United Kingdom



  16. Farce of an 'Independence' for the Boards of Appeal as Another Ally of Benoît Battistelli Enters as Parasite Inside the 'Overseer'/Host

    The latest cluster of lies from the President of the European Patent Office (EPO) and direct refutation of false claims of independence for the Boards of Appeal, where the former Vice-Presidents can flock, just like the Mini Minion (Minnoye) of Battistelli



  17. Links 18/1/2017: Red Hat's OpenShift 3.4, Mozilla's New Logo/Branding

    Links for the day



  18. Union-Busting Action by Team Battistelli Takes Heavy Toll, Techrights Will Continue to Expose EPO Injustices to the World

    The Staff Union of the European Patent Office, SUEPO, which faced unprecedented and probably illegal (based on local laws) attacks, is being weakened by the worst President ever, whose own management team seems to be collapsing along with the institution he is destroying in just a few years



  19. A Lot More Fake News About the UPC, Trying to Convince People That the UK is Ratifying (It's Not, It Cannot)

    Response to some of the latest misleading (self-serving) whispers about the fate of the Unified Patent Court (UPC), which is in a deadlock due to Brexit



  20. Rumours Suggest That EPO Management is Aware of Decline in Patent Quality and is Thus Actively Lying About it to the Media/Public

    Whenever Battistelli brags about patent quality he may be consciously and deliberately lying through his teeth if the latest rumours are correct



  21. Links 17/1/2017: GIMP Plans, New Raspberry Pi Product

    Links for the day



  22. Resumption of EPO Propaganda ('Meet the President') Officially Starts Tomorrow

    Yet another one of these foolish 'Meet the President' stunts, scheduled to take place tomorrow morning



  23. Caricature: Battistelli's New Year's Resolution (More EPO Lies)

    The latest cartoon being circulated within the European Patent Office (EPO)



  24. Donald Trump Gives New Hope to Patent Aggressors and Patent Trolls

    Pessimism about the prospects of patent progress or patent reform in an age of staunchly pro-business Conservatives and glorification of protectionism



  25. More Fake News About the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Based on Lobbying Tactics From Bristows UPC and the Preparatory Committee

    Unified Patent Court (UPC) lobbying has gotten so bad that it now infiltrates general media outlets, where people are asked to just blindly assume that the UPC is coming and is inevitable, even though it's clearly in a limbo and is unlikely to see the light of day



  26. EPO Totally Silent for a Month, But Deep Inside There Are Serious Cracks

    The situation at the EPO seems to be pretty grim, even at the top-level management, and the EPO has gone into permanent silence mode



  27. Links 16/1/2017: Linux 4.10 RC4, Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena' KDE Edition Beta

    Links for the day



  28. 'Financial Director' Publishes Fake News About the Unitary Patent (UPC)

    Response to some of the latest UPC propaganda, which strives to misinform Financial Directors so as to enrich the author and his firm



  29. Independent and Untainted Web Sites About Patents Are Still Few and Rare

    Commentary about news sources that we rely on, as well as the known pitfalls or the vested interests deeply ingrained in them



  30. The 20% Rule: Patent Trolling Suffers Double-Digit Declines and Patent Troll Technicolor is Collapsing

    Significant demise or total catastrophe for the modus operandi (method) of going after companies with a pile of patents and threats of litigation


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