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09.17.09

Links 17/09/2009: Sabayon 5.0 @ Beta

Posted in News Roundup at 2:14 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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GNU/Linux

  • Maggie’s Farm – A Follow-Up

    We had to fight hell and high water just to get Obama in there, and it’s going to be a bloody fight to the death to get him to accomplish the simplest, tiny bit of progress, and once he is gone we will be back to our previous slide to 3rd-world anarchy.

    Now, then, where were we? Oh, yes, back in our little computer-geek niche, we were trying to figure out how to get people in the United States to adopt Linux.

  • The Bizarre Cathedral – 53
  • News from the IT travel department

    For starters I’m going to nail my colours to the mast and declare that I am a Mac user. There: I said it! I dislike Windows. Partly this is because I come from UNIX-land — I pre-date Windows — and I expect my operating systems to make sense, and to be designed along consistent lines. Windows wasn’t designed along consistent lines; it just sort of happened, and bits got bolted on top. If operating systems were houses, Windows would be a chaotic jumbled rookery.

  • Xtra Ordinary Operating System for XO Laptop

    I was very happy with the final product: Xtra Ordinary 2009 SD Card for the OLPC Laptop. My XO now sits on my desk, between my monitor and keyboard, and is in nearly constant use. I have even used it to power our disc printing equipment, and play Heroes of Might and Magic III (the Linux version), which is our all time favorite game to play together.

  • Is HP DreamScreen a tablet or photo frame?

    There are products which simply defy categorization. Take the SmartQ 7. Its ARM chipset is a smartphone platform, yet its lack of phone functions and choice of Ubuntu operating system ultimately puts it in the Mobile Internet Device category. The HP DreamScreen is one such device. Is it a souped-up photo frame with wireless features, or a dumb-down tablet PC?

  • On the subject of Linux evangelism

    The moral to the story, summed up, is “make sure it suits their needs” and “if you’re going to switch someone to Linux, go big or go home”. Don’t be a jerk about it, above all else. My Aunt Jean was about as perfect a candidate for which one could hope… she wasn’t tied to any particular Windows applications, she was tired of the Windows headaches (patching, spyware, re-patching, driver struggles, more spyware, viruses, oh hey, did I mention patching?), but not only that, she was tired of the whole Windows user paradigm, and was welcoming a change to the user experience.

    It wasn’t a tough sell, and face it, it should never be. If it is, you aren’t honestly thinking of what the user needs… you’re just thinking about being right. Yes, you ARE right, but that’s immaterial.

    Let’s not forget that the user — even the non-technical one — is still what this is about.

  • Want to try Linux, but are afraid to?

    After playing around with the live CD for a while you will realise that although there is a lot of programs packed into the CD, it is not that useful for long term use. Changed settings are lost and memory is limited. The next step is to install Linux to some free space on your hard drive to enable you to have a proper test of this exciting new operating system.

  • Events/Shows

    • Enterprise LAMP Network Event

      Whether you are an executive considering the switch to LAMP or a developer already deep into the code of Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Python or Perl, the Enterprise LAMP Network will be your destination for resources involving the LAMP stack and addressing its readiness for enterprise use.

    • It’s All Go For Open Source Events

      Open Source events tend to be rather spread out across the year. linux.conf.au starts things off in January, followed by Linux Journal staff favorite Penguicon in May, two of the major yearly conferences in July, the Linux Symposium and O’Reilly’s OSCON, the new but integral Linux Plumber’s Conference in September, and wrapping it all up, the Linux Congress in October. Added to that, just days from now, is the inaugural LinuxCon and the Geek High Holy Day, Software Freedom Day.

    • Podcast Season 1 Episode 17

      In this episode: The first Linux botnet has been detected, version 2.6.31 of the Linux kernel has been released and the Haiku project announces the availability of Alpha 1 of its BeOS-like operating system. We discuss Novell’s expensive foray into iPhone development, with its MonoTouch SDK, and we ask whether we should focus on other Unixes alongside Linux.

  • Desktop

    • Mac computers are restrictive.

      There are amazing PC laptop computers that you can buy for $600 comparing to Apple latops that are usually around $1300 and more. Apple computers are overpriced, proprietary, restrictive and protectionist. This might not be a good direction to be heading into. Could Apple prove to be even more restrictive and opressive than Microsoft?

    • Intel, Phoenix Tie Atom, Pre-Boot Linux OS Together

      Phoenix Technologies said Wednesday that it has signed a partnership with Intel to supply its HyperSpace quick-boot technology as part of Intel’s Atom desktop motherboards.

  • Server

    • Can mainframe use really grow?

      The study says IBM’s strategy of building specialty processors for the mainframe, such as the Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) for ERP and CRM transactions and z Application Assist Processor (zAAP) processors for Java and XML transactions are key to ongoing success of the platform.

    • The New Windows vs. Linux Debate

      It’s entirely probable that in the near future, the heterogeneous data center will have a different meaning, referring to both hypervisors and operating systems and no specification of which is meant will be needed.

  • Kernel Space

    • Linux kernel 2.6.32: virtualization, power management and more drivers

      Less than a week after Linux kernel 2.6.31 was released, the kernel developers are beginning to submit changes and improvements across virtualization, power management, file systems and device driver code for the upcoming 2.6.32 version.

      When releasing the 2.6.31 kernel, maintainer Linus Torvalds said the amount of device driver code has been steadily increasing since 2.6.27, but 2.6.32 will continue to aggressively add in bug fixes and performance enhancements across the entire code base.

  • Applications

    • Free Desktop Publishing with Scribus (Open Source)

      Scribus is the leading open source solution for desktop publishing (DTP); it supports professional features like press-ready color separations and PDF output, as well as every media file type under the sun. With Scribus you can design high-end documents with a separate workflow for authors, photographers, and graphic designers in an office environment, but it is easy enough for single-user work, too. The latest release, 1.3.5, just hit the Internet, and packs a suite of new features. If you have never taken Scribus for a test drive, now is the time.

    • Scribus is an Art Desktop Publishing Tool for Linux

      Looking for a reliable desktop publishing application for Linux? Scribus is an exceptional solution for creating PDF documents and brings professional desktop printing to Linux systems.

      Scribus is an Open Source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4/e ComStation and Windows desktops with a combination of “press-ready” output and new approaches to page layout. Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, Spot Colors, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.

    • LGP releases Shadowgrounds, patches X2 & X3, restocks Majesty

      The LGP news is piling up. First, they released Shadowgrounds, the precursor to their previously announced next title, Shadowgrounds Survivor:

      We have a surprise announcement for today! While we have Shadowgrounds Survivor due out at the end of the week, we are releasing its predecessor, Shadowgrounds, immediately, as a budget title! Get the story from the beginning today, and on Friday, find out what happens next!

    • Manage Tasks with myTinyTodo

      Running a Web-based task manager on your own server makes a lot of sense, but what application should you choose? If you are looking for a lightweight, user-friendly task management tool, you might want to give myTinyTodo a try. This little app is easy to install, it offers all the essential features, and it sports a slick Ajax-based interface.

    • 5 free Linux Kids Games + 1 extra available on Ubuntu / Fedora / openSUSE etc.

      Here’s a short list of some games that could be played by your toddler and you can find in your friendly package manager.

  • Desktop Environments

    • Review: GNOME Shell In Ubuntu 9.04

      GNOME Shell seems to be a compositing window manager and includes some special effects but not too many. You won’t find any desktop cube or wobbly windows (things that I feel are useless anyway), but you will find a very nice user interface. The usual panels were replaced with a single panel at the top of the screen which displays an Activities applet, the focused window icon and name, the date and time. the notification area (system tray) applet and a user applet which displays the name of the user. See the screenshots at the end of this article.

    • How GNOME and KDE spend their money

      For instance, if you have been assuming, as I have, that GNOME has more corporate support than KDE, and a larger budget, a look at the latest report for GNOME and KDE may surprise you. Together, the two reports give an entirely different impression than you might assume.

  • Distributions

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Archos 5 Internet Tablet demo
    • Phones

      • Android Hits More Meaningful Milestones

        Only a few months ago, in March, I wrote a post called “Why is Android Stalled?” It’s hard to believe how much momentum the open source mobile operating system has gathered since then. The past couple of weeks have included a number of new milestones for Android, including promising new smartphones based on it, and an update to the operating system itself that adds several notable features. Here are the details.

      • Motorola Dext, HTC Tattoo, and LG GW620 Android Smartphones

        It’s good to know that there are more and more handset manufacturers that use Android OS for their smartphones. Some of the Android phones that are officially introduced just recently are Motorola Dext, HTC Tattoo, and LG GW620. Let’s take a quick look at some of their important features and find out if they can compete with other Linux-powered smartphones like the Nokia N900.

    • Sub-notebooks

      • Moblin gains online video editing

        Swedish startup JayCut today announced the availability of video editing software for the Moblin technology platform. The Adobe AIR-based “JayCut Mobile” app aims to let netbook and even handheld device users edit video on the go.

      • The New Ubuntu Netbook Remix is Totally Karmic: An Early Look

        The updated interface looks great and works much better than the old one. The performance not only of the interface itself, but of the system in general, is much improved with Karmic. Everything is much more tightly integrated and the system is starting to look like a complete package rather than a hack on top of GNOME.

      • CTL 10.1-inch 2go Classmate PC E10 Netbook Debuts

        Available operating systems include Ubuntu Linux, Windows XP, and when Windows 7 launches the new OS will be an option.

      • Intel to pitch in on developing Chrome

        Intel will work with Google on the development of its Linux-based Chrome operating system for netbooks, the chipmaker’s open-source technology chief has said.

      • On Using Chromium

        I recently blogged about two guides on installing Chromium for Ubuntu and I included links to articles that talked about the proper way of installing it as well as enabling the support for Flash. (Because watching videos online and playing those Flash-based games on Facebook and everywhere else could get so addicting.) This recent experience with Chromium seems so much better compared to my first attempt at installing it. (Well, they did say that it’s for development purposes, and I took that chance. Not inherently a bad thing.)

      • TEENpup 2009 Legacy – Jolly good

        You may have already figured this out – Puppy Linux is one of my favorite small size players in the distro field. It comes in many flavors, called puplets, as varied as the canine population. While they all have the same common ancestors, puplets are as different from one another as Chihuahua and Great Dane.

        [...]

        TEENpup is a rather interesting concept. It’s Puppy through and through, with some embellishments of its own. The speed, the responsiveness, the multi-purpose variety of programs and utilities, and the great functionality of most everything is the typical Puppy legacy. On top of these, TEENpup brings an assortment of first-class programs, great looks and the fabulous Magic scripts.

        On the downside, the setup of the X server, the graphical frontend of the distro and the Wireless networking were somewhat of a disappointment. I hope these issues will be ironed in the next release, even if this means letting some apps go in favor of more and better drivers.

Free Software/Open Source

  • Mozilla Foundation speeds up Firefox development

    Mozilla has switched to a quick-paced “sprint” cycle for Firefox that it hopes will bring new features to users faster, the company’s browser architect said today.

  • Hillcrest Labs Introduces Open Source Library to Enable Development of a Wide Variety of Freespace(R) Motion Control Applications

    Hillcrest Labs’ Freespace(R) Division today announced the availability of two new products designed to help developers easily create applications and products that incorporate Freespace in-air pointing and motion control technology. Hillcrest’s new products let software and hardware developers quickly create highly accurate motion control applications and devices without requiring any prior motion experience. Freespace motion control can transform a wide variety of devices including: TV remote controls and user interfaces, video game systems, wireless presenters, smartphones, medical diagnostic devices, wearable computers, virtual reality systems, interactive toys, fitness devices and more.

  • Mattel using Drupal

    Mattel, the world’s largest toy company, just relaunched Mattel.com on Drupal. The site was built by Vancouver-based work [at] play.

  • No need to panic over MySQL

    Open source software lives or dies not by who owns it or provides support at any one time, but by how many people use it. Few users means there’s little incentive for developers to put effort into improving the code. Happily, that’s not the case with MySQL, and whatever happens there will be someone in the open source world who will look after its users.

  • World’s biggest open-source company? Google

    The Linux kernel is comprised of 11.5 million lines of code, of which Red Hat is responsible for roughly 12 percent (measured in terms of lines of code changed). Even if we add in JBoss Application Server (another 2 million lines of code or so) and other Red Hat projects, we’re still left with far less open-source code from Red Hat than from others.

    Take Sun, for example. Sun is the primary developer behind Java (more than 6.5 million lines of code), Solaris (over 2 million lines of code), OpenOffice (approximately 10 million lines of code), and other open-source projects.

    Or IBM, with 12.5 million lines of code contributed to Eclipse alone, not to mention Linux (6.3 percent of total contributions), Geronimo, and a wide variety of other open-source projects.

  • 5 open source project management apps to watch

    Managing projects is hard work at the best of times, but there are a number of free and open source (FOSS) applications available that can help CIOs and other managers streamline the administrative aspects of project management.

  • Free-licensed art for free software games: OpenGameArt.org

    Having such a pool of resources available to game developers will make it much easier to get over that first hurdle of getting a playable game, as well as making it possible to develop entire small games using free resources. This will make it easier for games to reach a “critical mass” where they can attract contributions on their own. Also, I think having cool graphics to work with will probably inspire developers who might otherwise not even consider launching a game project.

  • Next Post

    I recently started to gather information and research in order to implement for Blender some system for Voxel sculting, or free sculpting like 3D Coat has brought to light (though the term is nothing new). Currently I´m in very early stages so don´t expect to much for now, I just want to inform that I´m on the road and open to collaboration with other devs and of course any help from the community is always very appreciated and needed.

  • Sourcesense and Go2Group Announce New Partnership on Innovative Open Source Solutions and Services

    Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Bel Air, MD – Sourcesense, the European provider of open source solutions and The Go To Group, Inc. (Go2Group), a leader in the field of Software Production Line Automation (SPLA), today announced a broad technological partnership to extend middleware alternatives into the software development environment. With the combination of Sourcesense’s open source expertise and Go2Group’s best-practice services, the partnership aims to bring the power and value of open source solutions to customers looking for an option to today’s traditional enterprise solutions.

  • Open source management community launches

    MonitoringForge.org launched Tuesday in beta and welcomes developers and users of open source network and systems management and monitoring applications to share their tools, experiences and plans for future work. GroundWork Open Source, a maker of open source applications offered as commercial software, started the online effort earlier this year after realizing how many projects specific to management exist. The site is meant to cull management tools – 1,700 have been verified for the site so far – and provide a venue for discussion, development and downloads.

  • Business

    • Open Source Society ready to go

      “We formed a new group in Thailand Open Source Federation or TOSF, which is a non-profit organisation, to promote the use of open sources. We have government members and enterprise users but BOSS is a commercial entity so we decided to form a new entity but still operate as part of TOSF,” said Danupol.

    • Innovativ Consulting Partners to Develop First Open Source Digital Library for the Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture

      Innovativ Consulting Partners, a leading open source consultant and service provider for online solutions, has contracted with The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture to develop a digital library for the school’s media. This library will be based upon the Drupal web content management system and will be a first for the University. Also included in the assignment is the design, and deployment of Shibboleth identity management and a web 2.0 based framework.

    • Infobright Sees Explosive Growth One Year After Open Source Data Warehouse Launch

      Infobright, the open source data warehousing company, marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of its open source community and Infobright Community Edition (ICE). The company also announced an array of momentum-related milestones, including more than 15,000 downloads of ICE to date, the addition of nearly 40 partners to its OEM and reseller network, as well as a customer base that has increased by tenfold. Infobright continues to expand its customer roster with online businesses, as well as telecommunications, retail and financial services companies, including recent wins at bWIN games, Smiley Media and TIPS Marketing. Additionally, in order to support a growing customer base in Europe, Infobright has opened a sales office in the UK.

  • FSF/GNU

    • Software Freedom Day 2009 taking shape around the world

      Saturday September 19th 2009 is Software Freedom Day, a global day of celebration of Free and Open Source Software. One of the main goals of Software Freedom Day (SFD) is to educate the public about the benefits of Free and Open Source Software.

    • Nominations open for the Free Software Awards

      The award for projects, “Award for Projects of Social Benefit” went to the Creative Commons initiative for it’s work in fostering common shared works. Previously, the award has been given to Groklaw, the Sahana project and Wikipedia. Full details of how to nominate are available on the FSF site.

  • Government

    • Open-Source Health IT Systems Hold Promise, But Obstacles Remain

      Since VistA’s introduction in 1982, numerous independent software developers have created products based on VistA’s source code.

      Such products are used in health care facilities in New York, Texas, West Virginia and elsewhere.

      In April, Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care Chair Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) strove to build on VistA by introducing legislation to promote open-source EHR adoption among rural health care providers and small physician practices.

    • Blue Mountain Hospital to Achieve Meaningful Use Through Implementation of Medsphere’s OpenVista EHR System

      OpenVista’s flexible open source technology enables Medsphere to tailor the solution to the specific and evolving needs of Blue Mountain, which offers crucial medical services to residents of the Four Corners region encompassing sections of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.

    • DOD rethinks buy versus build software quandry

      Over the past decade, the Defense Department, and federal agencies in general, have embraced the idea of using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software whenever possible. Why build when it’s less expensive to buy? Why reinvent the wheel?

      [...]

      DISA had to build these applications for a number of reasons, Nelson noted. In some cases, no commercial applications existed in the marketplace that could do the tasks needed. In other cases, software was available, though it was too expensive. Or the software did something similar to what DISA needed, but the agency would need to modify its processes to meet the workflow of the software. Or, lastly, commercial software providers or software-development-focused contractors told DISA that the software the agency sought just couldn’t be built at all, Nelson said.

    • Leading analyst attacks Lib Dem’s plans for public sector cost cutting

      Cable also claims that a move towards using more open source technology in UK government would save up to £500m per year. Roberts says that public bodies are already able to choose open source for many applications, and that the savings figure is implausible.

    • Open Source Already in Armenia

      The expression Open Source Software has been widely used in the IT-industry recently. Full-scale programs of Open Source, from operation systems and server solutions up to office applications and graphics editors, do not need a payment for legal use, and any specialist can create modified and improved versions of such software.

  • Licensing

    • From the GNU GPL to GISAID’s EpiFlu

      A few months ago, I wrote about GISAID, which takes a rather interesting and – to readers of this blog, at least – familiar approach to sharing genomic data:

      Registered users can upload data relating to sequences, clinical manifestations in humans, epidemiology, observations in poultry and other animals, etc. These data will be accessible to all other registered users, but not to others unless they have agreed to the same terms of use. This maintains confidentiality of the data.

      This is, of course, the same as the GNU GPL: do as you would be done by – if you want to use the GPL’d code, you can, but you must share with everyone the results of your work if you decide to share it with anyone.

    • Nonplussed by Non-Commercial

      The Creative Commons people rather created a rod for their own backs when they allowed this particular licence, which was bound to problematic. Indeed, it’s striking that the GNU GPL, which doesn’t allow this restriction, avoids all these issues entirely. Probably too late now to do anything about it…other than commissioning surveys, of course.

  • Openness

    • A Compact for Open-Access Publication

      September 14, 2009—Five of the nation’s premier institutions of higher learning—Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley—today announced their joint commitment to a compact for open-access publication.

    • Open Humanities Press to publish OA books

      The Open Humanities Press (OHP) announced recently that it is entering the Open Access (OA) book publishing market, launching five new OA book series. The books will all be made freely available online as full-text electronic files, as well as being offered as print on demand (POD) paperbacks. To get a better idea of the significance of the news I contacted a few OA advocates, and emailed some questions to OHP co-founder Sigi Jottkandt. The latter questions were answered collectively by the OHP Steering Group.

    • Mobile app sees science go global

      The approach is outlined in the open-access journal PLoS ONE.

      The software has been developed for so-called smartphones that run Google’s Android open-source operating system.

    • Revised jury instructions: Do not use the Internet

      Type the name “Jennifer Strange” into your favorite search engine and see how many hits come up.

      Or try the terms “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” or “water intoxication” and look at the tallies. You get tens of thousands of results.

    • Slipping through the net – how EU countries evade new budget transparency rules

      European Union countries are failing in the promise to make the common fisheries policy more transparent, claims a new report from FishSubsidy.org. With the policy undergoing a fundamental review, the report—“Slipping through the net: How EU countries evade new budget transparency rules”, by investigative journalist Brigitte Alfter—provides a timely overview of access to information about EU fish subsidies and illustrates how weakness in the legal framework for transparency and bureaucratic obfuscation by member states are making it harder for EU citizens to know how their money is being spent.

    • The Awesomeness Manifesto

      I’d like to advance a hypothesis: awesomeness is the new innovation.

      Let’s face it. “Innovation” feels like a relic of the industrial era. And it just might be the case that instead of chasing innovation, we should be innovating innovation — that innovation needs innovation. Why? When we examine the economics of innovation, three reasons emerge.

    • The EDAG “Light Car-Open Source” is a phenomenally configurable green car

      EDAG, a German company, partners with the automotive industry to produce models or prototypes of vehicles for the future. With the EDAG “Light Car-Open Source”, EDAG has produced a zero emission electric car that is configurable inside and out.

Leftovers

  • Privacy for RFID tags

    A common complaint about proposals to use RFID (Radio Frequency Identity) to tag everything from bank notes to underwear is that it opens the way for sophisticated privacy invasion. Someone with a reader could, once RFID is pervasive, read the valuables you’re carrying, the contents of your wallet, and plan an attack accordingly. The solution so far: a kill function to disable the tags at the point of sale.

  • PM welcomes Sir Tim Berners-Lee to Downing Street

    The Prime Minister welcomed the creator of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southampton, Nigel Shadbolt, to Downing Street this morning.

  • Publishing Open Government Data
  • NO2ID beats off ad complaint

    The Advertising Standards Authority has rejected a complaint about a NO2ID advertisement which warned of the likelihood of personal information leaking from the proposed National Identity Register.

    [...]

    NO2ID told the ASA that since the database did not exist, it was hard to accuse them of exaggerating. The organisation offered evidence from Schedule 1 of the Identity Cards Act of 2006 to show what information was likely to be held and how it could be cross-referenced.

  • Censorship/Web Abuse

    • ‘There is no dispute that we are going into uncharted territories …but the benefits make it worth it’

      There are concerns on technology, cost and privacy in the decision to allot a unique identification number to every Indian. In a talk with Karan Thapar on the CNN-IBN television channel’s Devil’s Advocate programme, NANDAN NILEKANI, who has agreed to head the newly-created Authority to plan and implement this project, concedes these are legitimate concerns. And, that these can be addressed and the project is worthwhile.

    • Help Save the BBC from HDTV DRM

      As Watson rightly points out, if this scheme is adopted it is highly unlikely free software projects will be able to obtain the appropriate keys, for the simple reason that they are not structured in a way that allows them to enter into the appropriate legal agreements (not least because they couldn’t keep them). Of course, it will probably be pretty trivial for people to crack the encryption scheme, thus ensuring that the law-abiding free software users are penalised, while those prepared to break the law are hardly bothered at all.

    • DTT High Definition Licence

      Objection to BBC and Ofcom’s consultation seeking to allow encryption of key HD TV data including progamme information that would restrict consumer use of devices and distort the market against the public interest

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • China Cracks Down On Pirated Teaching Materials?

      It’s unclear how cheaper or even free teaching materials “harm” youth, but the speculation is that it’s more about the government not liking the content than any real worry about “piracy.”

    • Pirated Teaching Materials Threaten Health of China’s Youth

      China’s Anti-Pornography and Anti-Illegal Publications Office has booked a huge victory by preventing the country’s youth from accessing more than 4 million copies of pirated teaching materials. According to the vice director of the office, such materials “harm the healthy development of the country’s youth.”

    • Skype founders file copyright suit against Skype

      Just the latest in an ongoing license dispute between the popular VoIP service and its developers, the lawsuit, filed in Northern California U.S. District Court, seeks an injunction and damages, which Joltid “reasonably believes are amassing at a rate of $75 million daily,” according to the suit.

    • The Proceeds of Canada’s Blank Media Levy

      While it’s hard to see how this levy could have been much of an incentive to most of the musicians who have seen a piece of it, it’s not hard to see where the real incentive lies. No doubt there is a great incentive for those who work for the CPCC as as lawyers, consultants, employees, lobbyists and others to try to get the Copyright Act amended so as to keep the levy alive by extending its reach to iPods, cell phones, and beyond.

  • Google

    • Google talks book deal edits with DoJ

      Google is in talks with the US Department of Justice over possible changes to its controversial Book Search settlement.

    • Googlebooks crusade captures CAPTCHA king

      Google has acquired reCAPTCHA, a free CAPTCHA service that also serves as a means of digitizing printed books and newspapers. Among other things, the Mountain View web giant is looking to juice its ever-controversial library-scanning Book Search project.

    • Fake Eric Schmidt: Google Fast Flip has saved newspapers. Happy now, bitches?

      Below is an email that we received this morning from Fake Eric Schmidt about Google Fast Flip, the search company’s new news service. The email was headlined MESSAGE FOR THE NEWSPAPER INDUSTRY. Fake Eric is, we can only assume, the CEO of Fake Google. He’s also quite sweary so we had to censor him a little.

    • Will YouTube laws stop Israeli music from going global?

      This story is just one example of legal wranglings over the ambiguities surrounding music copyright on the Internet. The gap between performers and their fans is widening and deepening in the digital age: private users, who do not make commercial use of the content they upload, many times violate copyright law without even knowing it.

  • Hardware

    • ARM wrestles Intel for netbook crown

      UK chip-design house ARM has announced the development of a pair of dual-core processors intended to go head-to-head with Intel’s Atom line in the battle for the hearts and minds of netboook manufacturers.

      According to Wednesday’s announcement, the two Cortex-A9 MPCore implementations are designed for silicon pumped up to clock rates in excess of 2GHz.

    • ARMed
    • AMD puts out a cheap quad core chip

      AMD HAS GIVEN Chipzilla a kick in its reptilian nadgers by releasing a quad core chip for less than $100.

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    In spite of Battistelli's claims (lies) about patent quality under his watch, reality suggests that so-called 'production' is simply rushed issuance of invalid patents (one step away from rubberstamping, in order to meet unreasonable, imposed-from-the-top targets)



  6. Battistelli Locks EPO Staff Union Out of Social Conference So That He Can Lie About the Union and the Social Climate

    The attacks on staff of the EPO carry on, with brainwash sessions meticulously scheduled to ensure that Administrative Council delegates are just their master's voice, or the voice of the person whom they are in principle supposed to oversee



  7. Unprecedented Levels of UPC Lobbying by Big Business Europe (Multinationals) and Their Patent Law Firms

    A quick look at some of the latest deception which is intended to bamboozle European politicians and have them play along with the unitary [sic] patent for private interests of the super-rich



  8. Links 29/9/2016: Russia Moving to FOSS, New Nmap and PostgreSQL Releases

    Links for the day



  9. Team UPC is Interjecting Itself Into the Media Ahead of Tomorrow's Lobbying Push Against the European Council and Against European Interests

    A quick look at the growing bulk of UPC lobbying (by the legal firms which stand to benefit from it) ahead of tomorrow's European Council meeting which is expected to discuss a unitary patent system



  10. IP Kat is Lobbying Heavily for the UPC, Courtesy of Team UPC

    When does an IP (or patent) blog become little more than an aggregation of interest groups and self-serving patent law firms, whose agenda overlaps that of Team Battistelli?



  11. Leaked: Conclusions of the Secretive EPO Board 28 Meeting (8th of September 2016)

    The agenda and outcome of the secretive meeting of the Board of the Administrative Council of the EPO



  12. Letter From the Dutch Institute of Patent Attorneys (Nederlandse Orde van Octrooigemachtigden) to the Administrative Council of the EPO

    The Netherlands Institute of Patent Attorneys, a group representing a large number of Dutch patent practitioners, is against Benoît Battistelli and his horrible behaviour at the European Patent Office (EPO)



  13. EPO's Board 28 Notes Battistelli's “Three Current Investigations/Disciplinary Proceedings Involving SUEPO Members in The Hague."

    The attack on SUEPO (EPO staff representatives) at The Hague appears to have been silently expanded to a third person, showing an obvious increase in Battistelli's attacks on truth-tellers



  14. Links 28/9/2016: Alpine Linux 3.4.4, Endless OS 3.0

    Links for the day



  15. Cementing Autocracy: The European Patent Office Against Democracy, Against Media, and Against the Rule of Law

    The European Patent Office (EPO) actively undermines democracy in Europe, it undermines the freedom of the press (by paying it for puff pieces), and it undermines the rule of law by giving one single tyrant total power in Eponia and immunity from outside Eponia (even when he breaks his own rules)



  16. Links 28/9/2016: New Red Hat Offices, Fedora 25 'Frozen'

    Links for the day



  17. Team Battistelli Intensifies the Attack on the Boards of Appeal Again

    The lawless state of the EPO, where the rule of law is basically reducible to Battistelli's ego and insecurities, is again demonstrated with an escalation and perhaps another fake 'trial' in the making (after guilt repeatedly fails to be established)



  18. After the EPO Paid the Financial Times to Produce Propaganda the Newspaper Continues to Produce UPC Puff Pieces, Just Ahead of EU Council Meeting

    How the media, including the Financial Times, has been used (and even paid!) by the EPO in exchange for self-serving (to the EPO) messages and articles



  19. Beware the Patent Law Firms Insinuating That Software Patents Are Back Because of McRO

    By repeatedly claiming (and then generalising) that CAFC accepted a software patent the patent microcosm (meta-industry) hopes to convince us that we should continue to pursue software patents in the US, i.e. pay them a lot more money for something of little/no value



  20. The US Supreme Court Might Soon Tighten Patent Scope in the United States Even Further, the USPTO Produces Patent Maximalism Propaganda

    A struggle brewing between the patent 'industry' (profiting from irrational saturation) and the highest US court, as well as the Government Accountability Office (GAO)



  21. Patent Trolling a Growing Problem in East Asia (Software Patents Also), Whereas in the US the Problem Goes Away Along With Software Patents

    A look at two contrasting stories, one in Asia where patent litigation and hype are on the rise (same in Europe due to the EPO) and another in the US where a lot of patents face growing uncertainty and a high invalidation rate



  22. The EPO's Continued Push for Software Patents, Marginalisation of Appeals (Reassessment), and Deviation From the EPC

    A roundup of new developments at the EPO, where things further exacerbate and patent quality continues its downward spiral



  23. The Battistelli Effect: “We Will be Gradually Forced to File Our Patent Applications Outside the EPO in the Interests of Our Clients”

    While the EPO dusts off old files and grants in haste without quality control (won't be sustainable for more than a couple more years) the applicants are moving away as trust in the EPO erodes rapidly and profoundly



  24. Links 27/9/2016: Lenovo Layoffs, OPNFV Third Software Release

    Links for the day



  25. The Moral Depravity of the European Patent Office Under Battistelli

    The European Patent Office (EPO) comes under heavy criticism from its very own employees, who also seem to recognise that lobbying for the UPC is a very bad idea which discredits the European Patent Organisation



  26. Links 26/9/2016: Linux 4.8 RC8, SuperTux 0.5

    Links for the day



  27. What Insiders Are Saying About the Sad State of the European Patent Office (EPO)

    Anonymous claims made by people who are intimately familiar with the European Patent Office (from the inside) shed light on how bad things have become



  28. The EPO Does Not Want Skilled (and 'Expensive') Staff, Layoffs a Growing Concern

    A somewhat pessimistic look (albeit increasingly realistic look) at the European Patent Office, where unions are under fire for raising legitimate concerns about the direction taken by the management since a largely French team was put in charge



  29. Patents Roundup: Accenture Software Patents, Patent Troll Against Apple, Willful Infringements, and Apple Against a Software Patent

    A quick look at various new articles of interest (about software patents) and what can be deduced from them, especially now that software patents are the primary barrier to Free/Libre Open Source software adoption



  30. Software Patents Propped Up by Patent Law Firms That Are Lying, Further Assisted by Rogue Elements Like David Kappos and Randall Rader (Revolving Doors)

    The sheer dishonesty of the patent microcosm (seeking to bring back software patents by misleading the public) and those who are helping this microcosm change the system from the inside, owing to intimate connections from their dubious days inside government


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