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Summary: Microsoft’s online store no longer has Office, due to deliberate patent infringement; Joseph Stiglitz gives talk on intellectual monopolies; Microsoft’s ally Infosys is spreading software patents and more
Microsoft’s OOXML is being further fragmented by the i4i case [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12] and Office is now being yanked from Microsoft’s very own online store (while the legal case carries on).
Microsoft has pulled almost every version of Office from its own online store to comply with a court order requiring it to remove custom XML technology from its popular Word software starting today.
Microsoft deserved this because of its hypocrisy and arrogance.
“Stiglitz also alleged that Windows Vista was making things less compatible for rivals to be further stifled…”A longtime opponent of the patent system, Professor Joseph Stiglitz who won a Nobel prize for economics, has given a new talk which is finally up on YouTube. it’s a long talk where he actually mentions Microsoft’s abuses on at least 3 separate occasions. Stiglitz also alleged that Windows Vista was making things less compatible for rivals to be further stifled while insisting that several authorities (he names Europe and Korea) found Microsoft guilty, so it is beyond doubt that Microsoft is an offender.
“Stiglitz says the patent thicket and lawsuits in the software sector shows the failure of the system to promote innovation,” remarks the President of the FFII.
Around halfway through this talk, Stiglitz repeats the point about TRIPS being the cause of mass murder — a point he made in a previous talk. There is new literature on the subject of intellectual monopolies, which seems to be balancing ethics, monopoly, wealth, and people’s lives (maybe innovation and economics, according to propaganda).
The President of the FFII says that “UPLS [Unified Patent Litigation System] question put forward by LaQuadrature.” [article in French]
He also argues: “Karel DeGucht says the Lisbon Treaty will only works if we respect what is in it. I would say especially the access of Parliament on ACTA”
We wrote about the Lisbon Treaty before [1, 2, 3, 4]. It’s more policy laundry, just like ACTA [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14]. It’s globalisation the wrong way — the way that benefits the super-wealthy and marginalises the rest.
Speaking of globalisation, Microsoft’s extension in India “awaits nod for 219 patent applications in India, US,” says the Business Standard.
IT behemoth Infosys Technologies, which today came out with its third quarter earnings, is awaiting approval for 219 patent applications in India and the US.
Infosys has been helping Microsoft in legalising software patents in India [1, 2, 3] (it also helped OOXML [1, 2] and other negative things [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]). The company stands for exploitation of Indian people and its existence (or right to exist) should be questioned among citizens of India.
To name some other new posts, we have:
When we wrote our year end posts for 2009, we should’ve added patent trolling to our list of trends. In the past year we’ve covered a number of patent disputes including the Word-blocking patent against Microsoft and VoloMedia’s patent on podcasting. Union Square Ventures’ Brad Burnham wrote an excellent piece today on independent invention and how patent reform can minimize trolls.
Said Burnham, “Almost a third of our portfolio is under attack by patent trolls. Is it possible that one third of the engineering teams in our portfolio unethically misappropriated technology from someone else and then made that the basis of their web services? No! That’s not what is happening…Our companies are being attacked by companies that were not even in the same market, very often by companies they did not even know existed.”
Almost a third of our portfolio is under attack by patent trolls. Is it possible that one third of the engineering teams in our portfolio unethically misappropriated technology from someone else and then made that the basis of their web services? No! That’s not what is happening. Our companies are driven by imaginative and innovative engineering teams that are focused on creating social value by bringing innovative new services to market.
Our companies are being attacked by companies that were not even in the same market, very often by companies they did not even know existed.
“Asked how small software companies could compete on products that Microsoft wants to fold into Windows, [Microsoft COO Bob] Herbold told Bloomberg News they could either fight a losing battle, sell out to Microsoft or a larger company or ‘not go into business to begin with.’” -Newsweek, March 1998
Summary: Microsoft’s lowering of the cost of Windows and Office is a sign that GNU/Linux is gaining
The Microsoft boosters from ZDNet and CNET have just stated that Microsoft will allow “renting” of Office and Vista 7, but perhaps they fail to understand that this already is rental; that’s what proprietary software with licences to run binary code is all about. They should read the EULA.
Here is what Directions on Microsoft (which we mentioned yesterday for its Microsoft boosting) had to say about this development:
Until Microsoft added this option, DeGroot said, Microsoft really only had the option of threatening to shut down a business or potentially pushing rental businesses toward Linux and OpenOffice.
That seems like a symbolic move which shows just how concerned Microsoft has become about significant gains of Free software on the desktop. Here is another new story (from yesterday) about a man who rejects Vista 7 and decides to abandon Microsoft altogether. He will be moving to GNU/Linux, not the Hype Company.
Freeing myself from the vile clutches of Microsoft
I’ve decided that Windows 7 holds absolutely no appeal for me. According to what I’ve heard, most of the new and “improved” features gear more towards people who couldn’t handle Vista or otherwise just don’t know how to use a PC. Plus, I’ve also read that it has the same software compatibility issues as Vista does, so that’s no good. And, lastly, $120 USD for an upgrade to the HOME version is friggin’ ridiculous, especially in this economy. So, I’m officially working on leaving Microsoft.
It is stories like this which make Microsoft nervous. It knows better than anyone else what is really happening because Windows reports to Microsoft which programs are installed (that’s a verified fact), maybe even which partitions. █
“I’m not one of those who think Bill Gates is the devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met up with the devil, it wouldn’t need an interpreter.”
–InfoWorld Editor Nicholas Petreley
Summary: Microsoft is preparing to poach users/customers of the most ubiquitous Free database software
SEVERAL MONTHS ago we showed that Microsoft was embracing and extending MySQL in some special sense. Now there’s this in the news. From Mary Jo Foley:
Microsoft tests tool for migrating MySQL to SQL Server
It’s no secret that even though MySQL has been a Microsoft partner, it also is a Microsoft competitor. And ever since Oracle made overtures to buy Sun and (get MySQL in the process), Microsoft’s been even more of a foe.
Given that context, it’s probably not too surprising that Microsoft is readying a tool designed to help customers migrate from MySQL to SQL Server and/or SQL Azure, Microsoft’s cloud-hosted version of its database. That tool is currently in the early test stage (Community Technology Preview 1), and is downloadable from the Microsoft Download Center.
Those who have been speaking about Monty’s connections with Microsoft can make further speculations, but speculations are all they can ever be. █
Summary: Microsoft’s software and services leave customers nervous, angry, and impatient
YESTERDAY we mentioned the considerably long downtime of Microsoft's volume licensing websites. We argued that it lasted for over a week, but IDG argues that the problem persisted for over a month:
Ongoing problems with a Microsoft Web site handling software licenses have left some business customers unable to activate and use their Microsoft apps for more than a month.
It has been predicted Microsoft’s Office 2010 will cause migration headaches, but for some, the pain is already here.
Problems include having to rewrite and test old VBA Office macros because they won’t work in Office 2007, file incompatibilities, major interface changes, and instances where Outlook won’t work on different versions of Microsoft’s Exchange Server.
And while Microsoft has documented known problems, customers have complained it’s the undocumented stuff they are uncovering that’s really tripping them up and where Microsoft is not being helpful.
Welcome to Microsoft — where programs fail to function as advertised. But Microsoft wants to force you to use them anyway. █
“Their [Microsoft] documents display a clear intent to monopolize, to prevent any competition from springing up. And they have used a variety of restrictive practices to prevent that kind of competition.”
–Judge Robert Bork, former US Supreme Court nominee
Summary: One of the major stores that sell Xbox 360 is shifting focus to Microsoft’s competitors
“They’ve switched to pushing Wii,” he argues, “heavily.”
This concurs with a recent report that we privately received from a reader in Europe, regarding European stores.
He continued explaining: “They also took away half of the XBOX 360 $19.99 games, gave it to Wii and Playstation 2/3. Walmart is de-emphasizing and taking shelf space from the 360, this should be a red flag that the 360 is cooked. Walmart sees less value in selling 360 and accessories than PS3 or Wii. They’ve also moved XBOX 360 accessories to the very back, reduced their shelf space, and gave the position and extra space to Wii. Wii accessories are selling so fast they can barely keep them on the shelf.
“I think Walmart knows what’s coming. The announcement that there won’t be another XBOX. That is the vibe I get from this. Microsoft won’t officially talk about it until they clear their current stock and finish buying all the new consoles they’re committed to.
“To announce it right now would destroy all remaining demand and leave them deeply discounting the millions they have left. I’d also guess that XBOX Live will shut down within a year after Microsoft announces that the 360 is the last XBOX. I believe that this will happen before the end of this year.” █
The LinuxFest Northwest organizing committee is pleased to announce the new LinuxFest Northwest website to kick off the countdown for the 2010 festival! Take a look around the site, as it is drastically different from years past. Attendee participation is a key theme for this year’s fest.
These was a company that – seemingly out of nowhere and rather contrary to its proprietary software business model before – began putting its considerable weight behind Linux when the open-source OS was still new and relatively unsupported by mainstream IT.
In December 2000, IBM was promising to invest $1bn into Linux in that following year. IBM’s then-chief executive Lou Gerstner was telling the world that he was “betting a big piece of IBM’s future on Linux.”
The company was raising eyebrows with a (now quite laughable) Linux wristwatch to prove the OS can go anywhere. It was vandalizing the streets of San Francisco with the slogan, “peace, love, and Linux.”
· Announced Distro: SimplyMEPIS 8.5 Beta 4 Released
· Announced Distro: Toorox 01.2010 Goes 64-bit
· Announced Distro: First Beta of VLOS 2.0 Arrives
· Announced Distro: Elive 1.9.56 Has Support for 3G Phones
· Announced Distro: Download Mandriva Linux 2010.1 Alpha 1
· Other News: Ubuntu Manual and KDE SC 4.4 RC1
Ultimately, what I am seeing is proof that there is, indeed, plenty of places for Linux in the business. And not only on the server end. The argument that Linux is too difficult has washed away, and any member of the IT world who still believes Linux is too difficult, might want to return to Comp Sci class for a refresher course. In my current incarnation I have YET to come across a desktop operating system that was even remotely difficult. All desktop operating systems have reached a near-uniform level of simplicity.
The OptiPlex XE supports Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, XP, POSReady1 for point-of-sale systems and Ubuntu Linux.
As always we have lots of listener feedback. This time we say we’re sorry, we get corrected on a few things and receive some excellent links to videos, articles and websites that will be of interest to all. Larry makes an announcement about SCaLE 8x.
The NB205 does have a webcam that works well with Moblin. We tested it using the Tokbox.com video chat service. Other than these add-ons, the NB205 is not that different from other netbooks, but there were a few findings beyond the norm, and most of them are not positive compared with other models.
In this partnership, SteelEye Protection Suite (SPS) for Linux Multi-Site Cluster Edition (SLMSCE) will ensure the continuous availability of host software applications designed to support the Navy’s combat systems across its entire fleet.
WRT160NL is powered by Linux OS. This powerful open platform allows feature additions or enhancements by simply loading customized firmware into the router.
Chromium OS Zero is released , is what announced today Hexxeh in his blog, The new update comes with many improvements ,
Desktop search is a software application which searches the contents of computer files, rather than searching the internet. The purpose of this software is to enable the user to locate information on their computer. Typically, this data includes emails, chat logs, documents, contact lists, graphics files, as well as multimedia files including video and audio.
During the final months of 2009 Linux audio developers and users were working overtime. If you feel that you didn’t get enough goodies in your holiday stocking perhaps you’ll find a few more stuffers listed here as another year closes in the world of Linux sound and music software.
As I mentioned earlier, I upgraded my notebook to Ubuntu Karmic. Regular readers of this column may recall that I’ve had some harsh opinions about Ubuntu, but despite a few remaining annoyances – grub2 didn’t update, there’s still no audio group, shutdown was problematic – this upgrade was definitely worth the energy. Realtime performance with JACK is excellent, and this time all my hardware is recognized and supported. Overall I’m impressed enough with Karmic to upgrade my other Ubuntu-based machine.
If the title of this article sounds like something from Star Trek, you’re not far off. It’s a very geeky thing, which allows you to export X (GUI) applications as separate entities on top of your desktop. Indeed, Xephyr is an X server utility. As such, it allows you to manage your virtual consoles, without leaving the safety and comfort of your desktop.
Xephyr is a very neat invention. Desktop users may not find too much use for it, but it should serve developers or geeks well. Regardless of its end use, it’s a very good exercise in Linux command line for any, as it includes playing with environment variables and helps understand basic concepts in networking a little better.
Let me further quote Anselmo:
There is a new group in Chile (their websiteisn’t ready yet) and in Argentina (google translate), people are reorganizing the community. And for a better integration, a mailing list was created for the whole latin american KDE community (kde-latam).
Here in Brazil, besides the developers you may already know, guys from KDE-MG (MG = Minas Gerais, a Brazilian state) and KDE-BA (BA = Bahia, another state) are doing a great work in promotion.
Combine this with the recent Latinoware conference in Brazil, which had a visit from some KDE people who came away incredibly impressed – it seems the center of gravity is shifting
The plasma team is already experiencing this, as they have a few very active Brazillians on the team. And promo is being infiltrated as we speak
The Dimpress 3D consists in a tool for building presentations, almost like the ones created by softwares like PowerPoint or OpenOffice Impress, the main difference here is the final result, our software will generate animated, multi-directional and visual attractive content. To catch these goals, there will be used visual resources like 3D techniques, Physics Simulation and whatever the free software community can think, ’cause we are talking about a tool that will be free software and plugin-based, which means that, anyone sufficiently interested can improve its funciontalities by writing plugins.
The Dimpress 3D is a Work In Progress, and, the basics of the application is already done.
One of the great things about KDE 4 is how powerful the APIs for the central components are. In particular, Akonadi and Nepomuk have become very easy to use in custom software and third party applications. I recently discovered another very powerful set of libraries: the plugin API for Koffice. Using those libraries, I recently wrote a little “docker” that lets you attach the documents you are currently working on in koffice to a new calendar event which can be used by any Akonadi-enabled application. For instance, you could publish minutes of a meeting to korganizer so that they are easier to find . . . and then sync them to your Palm Lifedrive using kpilot.
I have not yet installed XBMC with the PCLinuxOS install yet, but I am not anticipating any headache with that.
If you didn’t know, Linux Distro’s have repositories of programs to download. No need to go to the internet, find something, download it and install it. You just open a “Package Manager”, look for what you want and install it. It downloads it, gets other programs or pieces that may be required to run that program and installs it all.
Back in the 1990’s I used to use Mandrake Linux as my preferred distribution. Back in the day it had great hardware support and looked good.Mandrake merged with Lycoris and Connectiva to form Mandriva Linux.
A few weeks ago, we asked for the OSNews community to help with some questions we were going to ask Aaron Griffin from the Arch Linux team, and the response was glorious and somewhat phenomenal. We added those questions to our own and sent them on over, and then we were surprised by receiving not only Aaron Griffin’s responses but answers from various individuals from the team.
As I promised in an earlier blog entry, here are the steps to installing Xorg and KDE on Arch Linux.
BackTrack is a Linux-based penetration testing arsenal that aids security professionals in the ability to perform assessments in a purely native environment dedicated to hacking.
Overall, it appears to be a decent upgrade. Most things appear the same and a few things have changed. This is good – it’s how a mature desktop should be. Upgrades here and there, but no more radical changes.
Sidux is a distro I’ve never tried before. Its a Debian unstable based system with a rolling release. Basically, its based upon Debian ‘unstable’, and instead of having one big release that everyone works on, it just updates certain packages everytime a new version is released. Arch Linux uses the same system.
Interestingly, sidux bundles both the AMD64 and the i386 version on the same disk. While this does avoid the problem of installing an AMD64 OS on a i386 machine, and then fumbling for another disk, it also means you download pretty much everything twice: whether you use it or not. The Sidux DVD is 2GB in size, far too large to fit onto a CD. There is live CD’s available in ‘lite’ editions.
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #175 for the week January 3rd – January 9th, 2010 is available.
After blogging about my Ubuntu Release Schedule Video project, I received a lot of awesome feedback. Some of the feedback was received a bit too late in the process (like text suggestions) to make it in the video, but is still very much appreciated. Today I finally have something to show. Alan Pope have been so kind to provided me with the missing audio for the video. Although many people offered to help, I decided to go with Alan for various reasons. These include having English as first language, being a well known voice (UK Podcast and screencasts), having quality recording equipment.
The Linux powered e-readers and the open EPUB electronic format will sweep away conventional text books.
The RIOLED-V is actually a netbook slash projector, featuring Linux, web apps (YouTube, Flickr and a few other ubiquitous ones like weather and email were mentioned) and Wi-Fi. It kind of reminded me of that MSI projector PC the CES guys spotted out in Vegas this week, albeit a smaller, half-baked version that did not look anything like a small space ship with 1080p.
Verizon Wireless announced Jan. 25 availability of two modified versions of Palm’s WebOS-based smartphones, the Palm Pre Plus and the newly WiFi-enabled Palm Pixi Plus. Meanwhile, Palm announced that its WebOS developer program is now open to all developers, and plans to launch a WebOS plugin development kit, says eWEEK.
It was way back in early 2006 when we read that ACCESS and PalmSource announced the ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP) that was initially intended to be the next Palm operating system. While Palm no longer has any ties to ACCESS, we heard in October that Emblaze Mobile Ltd. introduced the first ELSE mobile device running the ELSE INTUITION platform based on ALP. I had the chance to talk with Amir Kupervas, CEO, and Eldad Eilam, Chief Technology Officer, from Else Mobile and captured much of our conversation in the 20+ minute video you see below.
Lenovo unveiled a Qualcomm Snapdragon-based Android smartphone aimed for a 1H 2010 release in China, says eWEEK. Meanwhile, Dell officially announced a version of the Mini 3 Android smartphone aimed at AT&T’s U.S. network, and showed off a MID-like Android “slate” prototype.
The Nexus One, manufactured by HTC, costs $529 unlocked or $179 with a two-year T-Mobile contract. The phone itself, according to a new analysis, actually contains about $174 worth of hardware — five bucks less than the iPhone 3GS.
Google’s Nexus is the first phone to ship with the Android 2.1 operating system. Others will follow but until then, this is what you can expect
Kicking off the year with the release of its Nexus phone, Google has set the tone for a year which will be all about mobile phones.
What’s going to happen with slates, the multi-touch-optimized successors to the stylus/digital-ink-dependent tablet PCs? Will Microsoft have to cut the price of Windows 7 that it offers PC makers so as to keep them from doing a Dell, which provided a quick glimpse of an Android-based, 5-inch handheld at CES? Or from coming out with a Chrome OS/ARM-based slate later in 2010? Competition is good for Microsoft’s partners: It provides them with a new bargaining chip to be used when negotiating the price per copy of Windows with Microsoft.
Again, it seems that a smartbook derivative should be able to play the role of an XO in an educational environment. Two of the huge advantages of smartbooks is availability and economies of scale. They are planned to be available from a host of sales channels, most notably from 3G service operators at subsidized prices. This means, that some of the smartbooks will likely come at zero initial price, only a 2 year data contract will need to be signed.
For one, H.P. has done away with a previous netbook model that ran the Linux operating system instead of Windows. Linux types, however, still have an option. Or put another way, everyone now has a Linux option.
H.P. has brought the QuickWeb software it developed with the start-up DeviceVM to its netbook line.
Although Android was the flavor of Linux for this device, Qualcomm also lets Lenovo do its own flavor of Linux for its Skylight smartbook, which premiered earlier this week.
The new AppUp Center apps will also be cross-platform, meaning that they can run on a Windows-based netbook or a Linux-based MID. This is important since the low-powered devices can struggle with Windows 7, and since many consumers are reluctant to embrace Linux and its unfamiliar applications. Intel is also using AppUp to lay the groundwork for Atom- and Linux-powered smartphones. By the time the processors become low-powered enough to be jammed into a handset, Intel hopes it will have built a sizable catalog of applications capable of running on its Moblin (or any other) Linux platform.
When the multitouch screen is removed, it’s an independent slate tablet running Lenovo’s new Linux-based Skylight operating system.
Some run Linux or Google Android while others appear to have custom user interfaces. Not all of these tablets are destined to be web-surfing buddies for the couch the way that netbooks and smartbooks are though. Some of the tablets are basically portable media players or even portable TVs, thanks to built in digital TV tuners.
The display has its own ARM processor and the tablet runs a customized Linux edition named Skylight.
While CES is choc full of companies showing off tablets using ARM-based chipsets from Qualcomm, Freescale, Marvell, and NVIDIA, the folks at Texet are taking a different approach. The Texet EZB890 is an 8.9 inch touchscreen tablet with a 500MHz MIPS-based processor. It’s running a custom Linux distribution, and it’s surprisingly snappy.
Most Linux distros don’t yet support multitouch screens out of the box, but that doesn’t matter, because France’s ENAC Interactive Computing Lab has put together a video demonstrating multitouch on a PC running Fedora 12 on what looks to be be a 10-inch touchscreen display.
While new Atom-based Windows netbooks did show up at CES 2010, the Wintel mobile PC platform so omnipresent only a year ago, got way overshadowed this time around in a blitz of announcements around Linux-based smartbooks, e-readers, and tablets running on ARM processors.
There was also a demo unit of the 8.9 inch netbook running Puppy Linux. While Windows XP and WattOS both felt pretty sluggish on NorhTec’s Edubook with its slow 1GHz XCore86 processor, Puppy absolutely flew. I’m looking forward to testing this light weight Linux distribution on the Edubook more once I get back to the home office.
Marc Hedlund sez, “Wesabe just open sourced a project called Grendel that makes it easy for web apps to encrypt data using the user’s login password, and only decrypt that data when the user is logged in. Let’s say you’re using a word processing web app and don’t want your documents stored plaintext — the web app could use Grendel to easily encrypt your docs for you, using OpenPGP. Log in and you can edit; log out and only you can get at the data again (since only you have your password). There are some hooks for encrypting with multiple keys if you want to share docs with selected other users on the system. Since people are throwing a ton of sensitive data in web apps these days I think having some tools to help make that safer would be a good thing.”
Yes, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has passed a budget plan which proposes inclusion of Open Source software in areas like health care, prison and many other to bring down costs by considerable amounts. A policy letter issued last week by CIO Teri Takai says ,
the use of Open Source Software (OSS) in California state government [has now been formally established] as an acceptable practice.
California reportedly faces a budget deficit of $20 billion, which Open Source software can hardly address but we can hope for something good to come out of this.
When I first started programming in high school at age 15 (on a mainframe), I was one of only two or three girls in the class of perhaps 20 students. At the time, I thought that was a pretty good ratio. God knows that I never lacked for a date. Ever since then, however, I’ve been doing my best to encourage more women to get into the field. Not because I believe that the computer industry arbitrarily needs to have a one-to-one ratio, but because I love computing so very much and I want to share that excitement. My enthusiasm extends to the open source community as well.
… every Free Software project should not only have developers, but also
* graphical artists
* usability experts
* user support specialists
* documentation writers/translators
* software translators
* bug triagers
* marketing ninjas
* community managers
* release managers
* website and wiki maintainers
* unlimited funds…
Amarok is very lucky to have most of those. No, not the unlimited funds, sadly, thats one of the reasons why we ask our dear users and Amarok lovers to support us with donations, it allows us for example to maintain our server, which in turn can host other Free Software projects of the KDE family like Konversation.
For now Mozilla released a version for Maemo 5, Nokia`s open-source platform based on Linux.
Intel Corporation, the world’s largest semiconductor chip maker, is using Drupal for its Intel Atom Developer Program, a website for developers that want to create and sell software applications for netbooks and smart phones that are using the Intel Atom processor.
Whether the Unlicense will catch on widely remains to be seen, but public domain software may be more prominent than one would think. The Unlicense site has a link to Unlicensed software and well-known software in the public domain. You might be surprised by some of the software found here. SQLite, qmail, and MinGW are all listed as public domain software. netscan and Markdoc are among the short list of projects that have chosen to release code under a version of the Unlicense.
Google’s Go programming language, registered the largest amount of growth among all the languages in the TIOBE Programming Community Index over the past year. Go has syntactic similarities to C and Pascal but with type safety, concurrency support and fast compilation. It was introduced in November 2009 as an open sourced language implementation. Go is only 0.01 per cent behind over Apple’s Objective-C in the rankings.
The businessman, a father of two, said last night: ‘I had a sense of total disbelief. My wife and I decided to tell my 11-year-old son I had to go with the police because I had witnessed a road accident.
A report to the Council’s safer and stronger communities improvement committee states that a sharp rise in RIPA cases in 2006/07 was due to a cautious approach in the investigation of noise nuisances.
“Since April 2007 a more robust approach has been adopted, ie notifying by letter persons against whom noise complaints are registered that they will be monitored by tape recording equipment installed in their next-door neighbours’ house or by officers listening. This changes what was covert surveillance into overt surveillance and therefore outside the scope of RIPA.”
Police have been known to use social media like Facebook and Twitter to track down thieves (the IRS, too), and careless Facebooking can quickly get you arrested. But if you’re on the run from the law, there’s another online territory you might want to consider avoiding: World of Warcraft.
The radiation risk from full-body scanners used to improve airport security is low and unlikely to raise an individual’s risk of cancer, U.S. experts said on Wednesday.
Entergy Nuclear announced late Thursday one of its monitoring wells on the banks of the Connecticut River had detected radioactive tritium contamination, the first time such contamination has shown up at the plant.
Scientist and renowned historian Naomi Oreskes describes her investigation into the reasons for widespread mistrust and misunderstanding of scientific consensus. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T4UF_Rmlio She probes the history of organized campaigns designed to create public doubt and confusion about science.
EXCLUSIVE: Top administration officials tell Morning Money that President Obama’s budget, to be unveiled next month, is likely to include a fee on banks designed to recoup some of the cost taxpayers incurred in the bailout, which specified that the U.S. government should be made whole. This will stop short of a financial transactions tax, and the administration has decided that a tax on compensation packages would be too easily evaded. The officials said the final approach has not been locked down. The chief goal is a fee that is not easily passed along.
Many of the Washington interest groups that are seeking to shape final health-care legislation in the coming weeks operate with opaque financing, often receiving hidden support from insurers, drugmakers or unions.
The groups, some newly formed and others reappearing with different sponsors, have spent months staging noisy protests, organizing letter-writing campaigns and contributing to a record $200 million advertising blitz on health-care reform.
The group’s president, Andrew Langer, refused to offer any information about the group’s leap in funding. The Parternship to Improve Patient Care was created by the drug industry in 2008 to oppose medical effectiveness studies that might help determine what health insurance companies must cover.
The very independent liberal blog Firedoglake has exposed that Jonathan Gruber, an MIT academic and an influential promoter of Obama’s health reform proposals, has not been properly disclosing the hundreds of thousands of dollars he has received in government health care policy grants.
MIT health economist Jonathan Gruber has been the go-to source that all the health care bill apologists point to to defend otherwise dubious arguments. But he has consistently failed to disclose that he has had a sole-source contract with the Department of Health and Human Services since June 19, 2009 to consult on the “President’s health reform proposal.”
Brendan Demelle notes on DeSmog Blog that Murkowski “has received $470,000 in campaign contributions from dirty energy and mining interests since 2005, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.”
And Frank O’Donnell, president of the advocacy group Clean Air Watch, said, “It’s not a total shock that ex-Bush administration officials are ghostwriting for Murkowski on climate, though she ought to come clean and admit it so we can understand that big polluters are behind her initiative.”
The British lawyer who married the widow of Tintin creator Hergé has successfully sued Bob Garcia (“a detective novelist, jazz musician and Tintin aficionado”) for £35,000 for printing five short essays in appreciation of Tintin, two of which were illustrated with brief clips from the comic. The essays were distributed for free, and the two pamphlets with Tintin illustrations were printed about 500 times each.
If the Internet has a motif, it is rock ‘n’ roll’s Protestant Reformation thrashing against the orchestral One Church. Rock ‘n’ roll gets lots of wee kirks built in every hill and dale in which parishioners can find religion in their own ways; choral music erects majestic cathedrals that humble and amaze, but take three generations of laborers to build.
But what does it cost to publish something half as good as Newsweek, say, the Huffington Post? Sure, HuffPo has brought in about $20MM in venture capital, but ignore that sum — that’s how much they can sweet talk out of the world of finance. I’m talking about how much capital it cost to build and operate HuffPo. A tiny, unmeasurable fraction of what it cost to build and run Newsweek.
The Stockholm District Court should decide that two of The Pirate Bay’s founders have to pay a fine since the file-sharing site is still open and they are still involved, according to a recent filing from the music industry.
But the legal changes introduced in the years after Fahrenheit 451 did more than just extend terms. Congress eliminated the benign practice of the renewal requirement (which had guaranteed that 85% of works and 93% of books entered the public domain after 28 years because the authors and publishers simply didn’t want or need a second copyright term.) And copyright, which had been an opt-in system (you had to comply with some very minor formalities to get a copyright) became an opt out system (you got a copyright automatically when you “fixed” the work in material form, whether you wanted it or not.) Suddenly the entire world of informal and non commercial culture — from home movies that provide a wonderful lens into the private life of an era, to essays, posters, locally produced teaching materials — was swept into copyright. And kept there for the life of the author plus 70 years. The effects were culturally catastrophic.
Dwayne Bailey, Founder and Managing Director of Translate.org.za 05 (2004)
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