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04.30.10

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Posted in News Roundup at 1:31 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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GNU/Linux

Free Software/Open Source

  • Events

    • Open Source Conferences Are Big Businesses

      Granted, Buytaert does cite nearly $700,000 in expenses related to the conference, but he also estimates $1,004,470 in revenues. DrupalCon makes clear why open source conferences continue to flourish. There are organic reasons why they do well, of course. Among those, open source projects are by nature community driven, and members of communities like to mingle and share ideas.

    • About the LFNW Videos

      The videos were recorded at 720×480 resolution and where transcoded with a combination of Handbrake and ffmpeg2theora… with the final results being in Ogg Theora (.ogv) format.

      The videos were uploaded to archive.org and are streaming (and downloadable) from there.

  • Mozilla

    • Firefox powers research

      Mozilla’s Firefox is a pretty good browser. But, thanks to a number of add-ons, it can also be an essential research tool for anyone working online. We look at some of the best add-ons available for improving Firefox’s research capabilities.

    • Account Manager coming to Firefox

      The Account Manager makes it incredibly easy for users to create new accounts with optional randomly generated passwords, and log into and out of them with just a click. As a web developer, adding support for this feature could take as little as fifteen minutes of hacking (in fact, we’ll mention the first 5 people to add support – read below to learn more.).

  • Databases

    • A Few Words About ‘NoSQL’ and Other Unstructured Databases

      No one likes this term. Attempting to describe something by what it isn’t typically doesn’t work — and, to make matters worse, this is about data-store relationships and not about SQL at all. Yet NoSQL databases have significant advantages, including:

      * Seemingly infinite scalability (Facebook is using Cassandra to store and query 50TB of user inbox data).
      * Extraordinary fault tolerance.
      * High availability.
      * A design-friendly lack of schema.
      * Integration of both RESTful and cloud computing technologies.

  • FSF/FSFE/GNU/SFLC

    • The German Medal of Honour for founder of FSFE

      Georg Greve has been awarded the German Medal of Honour for his contributions to open standards and free software. Born in 1973, the physicist founded Free Software Foundation Europe in 2001 and served as its president up to last year.

  • Programming

    • The Quality of Code is not strained…

      A proprietary vendor supplied us with their code and details of performance for one of our teams to integrate with our existing systems. No news there, happens every day across the enterprise. However, as the implementation scaled it exposed fatal flaws in the proprietary code when under load – bringing everything to a grinding halt.

    • KXStitch delivers cross-stitch wizardry for Linux

      As KXStitch grew, so did Allewell’s skill as a developer. “I originally started the development process with KDevelop using KDE2/Qt, as I was new to developing graphics applications and new to developing on Linux. I found KDevelop was easy to use and provided a wealth of tools to aid the development process. Since then I have moved away from KDevelop and just maintain my own build files as I have gained more knowledge of Linux and the development process.”

Leftovers

  • Comcast ‘wins’ Consumerist worst-company tournament

    The votes are in, and Comcast has won Consumerist’s uncoveted “Worst Company in America” award.

  • Security/Aggression

    • Goldman Sachs Knows How to Get ‘Er Done!

      This has to be the best detail from the emails published as exhibits for the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations hearing on Goldman Sachs. (The “Timberwolf C.D.O. squared” refers to a hybrid cash/synthetic collateralized debt obligation Goldman Sachs derived from other mortgage-backed securities, naturally.)

    • Huge drop in crimes solved by costly CCTV

      The number of crimes solved by the Metropolitan Police using CCTV has fallen by more than a half in five years.

    • TfL signs £22.6m CCTV contract with Easynet

      Transport for London has awarded a 10-year, £22.6 million contract to Easynet Global Services to provide digital telecommunications network services for its CCTV system upgrade.

    • NHS data revelations bode badly for NPfIT

      Today that fear has been confirmed as – for at the least the second year running – the NHS has topped the list of UK organisations subject to the highest number of data breaches. As reported by the Health Service Journal:

      More serious data breaches have taken place within the NHS than any other UK organisation, according to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

      A total of 2897 breaches were reported, accounting for more than 30% of the total number, deputy commissioner David Smith told the Infosec security conference.

      The NHS, which is currently introducing digital patient records, said that 113 incidents occurred due to stolen data or hardware, with a further 82 cases of lost data or hardware.

    • Is there a quota system for New Mexico’s state police?

      Eyewitness News 4 has uncovered documentation that indicates some police officers have been mandated to write a certain number tickets per month or face possible punishment.

  • Finance

    • Republicans Allow Debate on Financial Overhaul

      With political pressure mounting, Senate Republicans relented on Wednesday and agreed to let Democrats open debate on legislation that would impose the most far-reaching overhaul of the nation’s financial regulatory system since the aftermath of the Depression.

    • Obama plans to nominate 3 Fed governors

      If all three were confirmed, the Fed would have its first full slate of seven governors in four years. There are currently two vacant Fed positions, for which Raskin and Diamond are to be nominated, and Fed Vice Chairman Donald L. Kohn plans to retire in June, to be replaced by Yellen.

    • Obama nominates two for key administration posts

      Prior to joining CIGNA Insurance, he held various positions in the areas of IT, engineering, marketing and general business management at Monsanto, Quaker Oats, General Dynamics, and Shell Oil Company.

    • Major source of money for big banks may get exemption from regs

      A major source of revenue for big banks may ultimately be exempt from new regulations under financial reform legislation in Congress.

      Lawmakers are looking to crack down on the multitrillion-dollar derivatives market that some blame for worsening the financial crisis.

    • Greek’s debt troubles raise contagion worries

      The Greek debt crisis sent a shudder through global financial markets and served as a dramatic reminder of how vulnerable the world economy remains to the threat of a fast-spreading financial panic.

    • To Save The Eurozone: $1 trillion, European Central Bank Reform, And A New Head for the IMF

      When Mr. Trichet (head of the European Central Bank, ECB) and Mr. Strauss-Kahn (head of the International Monetary Fund, IMF) rushed to Berlin this week to meet Prime Minister Angela Merkel and the German parliament, the moment was eerily reminiscent of September 2008 – when Hank Paulson stormed up to the US Congress, demanding for $700bn in relief for the largest US banks. Remember the aftermath of that debacle: despite the Treasury argument that this would be enough, much more money was eventually needed, and Mr. Paulson left office a few months later under a cloud.

    • Frank Luntz Hasn’t Read 13 Bankers (And That’s A Good Thing)

      This is about the “arc of the fraud”. The financial system committed fraud during the boom (liar loans and misrepresentation to customers of all kinds); fraud during the bailout (“if you ruffle our feathers, we will collapse”); and now fraud during the serious attempts at reform (e.g., the astroturf/fake grassroots nonsense.)

    • Goldman Sachs adds to its ranks of lobbyists

      But now, faced with fraud charges, investigations, a firestorm of criticism and a regulatory overhaul bill that could seriously damage its profitability, the venerable Wall Street firm is assembling a team of veteran lobbyists, well-connected former Hill staffers and top public relations strategists to confront what is arguably the most traumatic moment in its 140-year history.

    • Organized Labor Puts a Bull’s-Eye on Wall Street

      Activists are expecting 10,000 people to vent their rage Thursday against the giants of the financial system from within the belly of the beast — on Wall Street itself — while another 8,000 will participate virtually.

    • Ex-Goldman Trader Bought Major Stake in ACA, Shorted Subprime CDOs

      The Goldman-Paulson fraud suit threatens to throw a spotlight on a realm of Wall Street that has escaped most scrutiny throughout the financial crisis: the hedge fund industry. Top hedge fund managers profit from Wall Street’s business model of fraud and collusion more than any CEO at the big banks, but tend to evade accountability because of the opacity of their industry and their extraordinary power.

    • Goldman Not Talking Settlement, Yet

      Will Goldman Sachs (GS) settle the now-famous civil fraud case over its disclosures (or lack thereof) to a German bank that bought from the firm a batch of toxic investments?

      Yes, of course. There’s not a person on Wall Street, including at the senior levels of Goldman, who isn’t predicting a settlement.

    • In Goldman’s Defiance, a Hint of Truce

      That destination is likely to be a negotiated truce. In the hearing before the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Chairman Carl Levin punishingly interrogated Goldman traders and top executives over the morality of their actions. Senate Republicans, possibly seeing political peril in siding with Wall Street, the next day stopped blocking floor debate on the financial regulatory overhaul bill.

    • How the SEC and Congress Can Bring Down Goldman Sachs and Expose the Financial Coup

      Not only did Goldman Sachs profit on betting against CDOs they designed to fail; more importantly, they insured them through AIG which led to a $182 billion taxpayer bailout.

    • Goldman Sachs Crossed Ethical Lines in Selling CDOs, Levin Says
    • Goldman Sachs deal in fraud case involved unsophisticated investors

      The doomed deal at the heart of the government’s civil fraud suit against Goldman, Sachs & Co. was designed for sophisticated investors.

    • Goldman Trader ‘Hedging’ Means ‘Conflict’ to Senator

      Goldman Sachs Group Inc. trader Josh Birnbaum had recommended betting against the stock of Bear Stearns Cos. in July 2007, just four months after his colleagues sold a $300 million piece of “one shitty deal” to hedge funds controlled by Bear Stearns, according to e-mails obtained by the Senate through a subpoena.

    • Goldman Sachs, Goldfish Eat Their Young

      In one sense, Goldman Sachs is no different from other investment banks. Junior employees are expendable. Like goldfish, investment banks eat their young when brand-protection and self-interest make cannibalism seem rationale.

    • The Death of Goldman Sachs

      This was a very painful event to watch, not just because death is tragic and not because this death was intentional rather than accidental.

    • Comparing Goldman Sachs to a Casino Is an Insult to Casinos

      Running a gambling casino is actually a pretty simple, straightforward and honest business. You’re closely regulated by the state gambling commission who would throw you in prison if you were caught loading the dice, stacking the deck or making side bets for your own account against your customers. All your customers know that you skew the odds slightly in favor of the house, so that cumulatively the house always wins and you make healthy profits on the margin by which the odds are slightly skewed in your favor.

    • Wall Street Comparison Offends Las Vegas, Ensign Says

      Most people in Las Vegas would “take offense” at being compared with Wall Street, according to the Nevada senator who represents the gambling capital.

    • Political Wisdom: Arizona, Goldman Sachs Stir the Pot

      Political theatrics are plentiful on two quite different fronts today: Arizona’s new immigration law and Goldman Sachs’ performance leading up to the economic meltdown of 2008.

    • Arizona’s new ‘papers, please’ law may hurt H-1B workers

      H-1B workers in Arizona that can’t immediately prove they’re working in the U.S. legally may find themselves detained by police or even jailed under the state’s new immigration law.

    • Self-Evaluations Pose New Concern After Goldman Sachs Hearing

      At a 10-hour congressional hearing this week, senators pointed to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. employees’ self-evaluations, which included boasts about making “extraordinary profits” by betting against the subprime market, as proof the company misled investors into a mortgage-linked investment.

    • Fabulous Fab Shows Managers Oblivious to E-Mail Peril (Update1)

      His messages left lawyers asking: What was he thinking?

      “It is shocking how people are oblivious to the fact that e-mails are a treasure trove for lawyers,” said Jacob Frenkel, a partner at Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Eckerin in Potomac, Maryland. “It’s a combination of not thinking, ignorance and arrogance.”

    • Goldman Sachs banker facing fraud charges bags share of mega £3.2bn payout
    • ‘Fabulous Fab’ Goldman Sachs exec Fabrice Tourre, Wall Street sext king, is a nervous weenie

      Fabrice Tourre, who calls himself Fabulous Fab, is not so much.

      Actually, the 31-year-old Frenchman of the racy e-mails came across like a weenie when he appeared before a Senate subcommittee to be grilled about Goldman Sachs’ role in a deal the SEC says wasn’t kosher.

      There he was in his Stanford school tie along with his Goldman Sachs colleagues, ducking, dodging and looking none too comfortable as politician after politician teed off on the giant investment bank.

    • Accused Goldman Sachs Exec Crowed Of Pending ‘Collapse’ -SEC

      Fabrice Tourre, the Goldman Sachs (GS) executive accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of making misleading statements about toxic investments, had a grandiose view of his own position in the financial system, according to emails the SEC said he wrote.

    • Goldman’s Viniar, Sen. Levin Agree: Don’t Say Securities ‘Crap’

      Senator Carl Levin and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Chief Financial Officer David Viniar agreed on at least one thing during his testimony today before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations: Investment bankers shouldn’t call the securities they sell “crap.”

      Levin asked what Viniar felt when he read e-mails in which Goldman Sachs employees described mortgage-linked securities as “crap” or “shitty.”

    • Goldman Case Is Just ‘the Beginning’ for Banks, Malmgren Says

      Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s Senate grilling may be the start of a series of inquiries into banks in the wake of the global crisis, said Pippa Malmgren, George W. Bush’s former chief financial-markets adviser.

    • Goldman Armed Salespeople to Dump Bonds, E-mails Show

      The e-mails, including communications from Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein, show that employees discussed how to “arm” salespeople to shed bonds the firm found too risky to hold. The e-mails were released yesterday by Senator Carl Levin in connection with a hearing where current and former managers testified about the firm’s role in the financial crisis.

      Levin, the Michigan Democrat who heads the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, grilled the executives about the firm’s bets against the housing market and its disclosure to clients.

    • Whitman Flips on Goldman Sachs

      Former eBay CEO and current candidate for governor of California Meg Whitman now regrets participating in a now-banned transaction several years ago when she served on the board of disgraced Goldman Sachs.

    • Goldman Sachs’ Long Day In Washington
    • Congress berates Goldman Sachs
    • Enron law firm sues Goldman Sachs

      The law firm that won Enron investors $7.2 billion in what was one of the largest class action suits in the history of securities law filed charges against Goldman Sachs on Monday.

    • Goldman Sachs Suffers The Perils Of PR Spin
    • What’s Next for Goldman Sachs?
    • Probe: Goldman Eyed Profits from Housing Bust

      Top Goldman executives misled investors in complex mortgage securities that became toxic, investigators for a Senate panel allege. They point to e-mails and other Goldman documents obtained in an 18-month investigation. Excerpts from the documents were released Monday, a day before a hearing that will bring CEO Lloyd Blankfein and other top Goldman executives before Congress.

    • Viniar Says Firm Didn’t Negotiate With Treasury on AIG Payments

      Goldman Sachs Group Inc. received a 100 percent payout on its collateral from American International Group Inc. because “it was what they owed us,” Chief Financial Officer David Viniar said.

    • Will their bite match their bark? Obama advisor rails against Goldman Sachs, but bill’s in limbo

      Democrats blasted Goldman Sachs Sunday for conflicts of interest after internal emails showed company officials cheering the crash of the housing market that devastated the lives of millions of Americans.

    • Bloomberg Scoop Has Implications for Geithner, Ex-Goldman Chair

      Bloomberg Markets breaks some major news today in a magazine profile of TARP Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky, who says his investigation of New York Federal Reserve, then headed by Tim Geithner, “could result in criminal or civil charges”…

    • Wall Street Compensation Is Much More Complex Than It Needs To Be. Let’s Take Goldman For Example…
    • Letter from Rep. Kaptur to the DOJ demanding a requesting investigation of Goldman
    • Kendall Law Group Plans Class Action on Behalf of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Shareholders

      A class action complaint has been filed on behalf of investors for failure to fully disclose the facts relating to ABACUS 2007-AC1 transaction, even after receiving notice from the SEC about the deal. If you wish to serve as a lead plaintiff in this case you must move the court by June 25, 2010. A lead plaintiff is a class member who acts on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. Your ability to share in any recovery is not affected by the decision to serve as a lead plaintiff.

    • Gordon Duff: The Gop And Goldman Sachs, Economic Terrorism

      Nearly every pension fund and 401k, every college fund in America dropped dramatically because of these fraudulent and unethical acts. Millions of Americans will have to work into their 70s and 80s because of Goldman Sachs, work if they can still find jobs. Goldman Sachs helped take those away too. Not just major employers but governments, cities and states, all can no longer pay the pensions they have guaranteed their workers. The money is gone. It was taken, and not without alot of help.

    • The devil in Goldman Sachs
    • Goldman Sachs Said to Meet U.K. FSA Today Over Probe
    • Dead money lives: Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein gets $2.8M richer – by testifying
    • Goldman Death Fight May Explain Lloyd’s Words: Jonathan Weil

      If we are to take Lloyd Blankfein’s word for it, and that’s always a big if, then there must be a lot worse behavior by Goldman Sachs that has yet to be discovered, beyond what was publicly unearthed at this week’s Senate hearing.

    • Did Goldman’s Ex-Mortgage Guru Lie Under Oath?

      As it was making those deals, Goldman was taking a far more negative view of the mortgage markets. So the issue is, what did Sparks know and when did he know it? More precisely, did he—could he—really expect these deals to do well when Goldman was peddling them to customers?

    • Criminal Probe into Goldman Sachs

      For some bizarre reason, the WSJ has this filed under “Politics.” (I guess this means the Foxification of the WSJ is continuing apace).

    • Goldman in Talks Over Fund Settlement: Report

      Goldman Sachs Group is in talks over a possible settlement with an Australian fund that said it became defunct after it bought into a $1 billion subprime mortgaged-linked security, the FT reported on Thursday.

    • Legislators suggest fraud, request Goldman inquiry

      A group of 62 House lawmakers is asking the Justice Department to conduct a criminal investigation of Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

  • Censorship/Privacy/Civil Rights

    • Senators complain about Facebook privacy changes

      Facebook’s latest privacy policy update has once again gotten the company in hot water, this time with four US senators. Senators Al Franken, Charles Schumer, Michael Bennet, and Mark Begich wrote an open letter to Facebook on Tuesday, urging the company to take “swift and productive steps” to make user information more private and warning that the Federal Trade Commission may get involved if certain concerns aren’t addressed soon.

    • Timeline of Facebook privacy policy: from reasonable (2005) to apocalyptic (2010)

      Electronic Frontier Foundation attorney Kurt Opsahl has gone spelunking in the history of Facebook’s privacy policies over the past five years, presenting a timeline that starts with something fairly moderate and reasonable in 2005 and moves to the current 2010 version which basically says, “By using Facebook, you agree to let us film your life 24/7, sell it to advertisers, ridicule it, or make a reality show from it.”

    • Internet/Net Neutrality/DRM

      • Why Is Michael Geist In Favour Of Digital Rights Management/Technical Protection Measures?

        I’d like to remind Michael that there was more agreement than disagreement that blacks were an inferior species in North America late into the 1900s, and that there is still a strong belief that Native Canadians are inferior in parts of Canada even today. Just because there is some agreement on something doesn’t mean that it’s right.

      • Canadian Politics, Copyright Law, Lawyers, WIPO, Etc.

        Why am I doing this? Easy. It’s called documentation. I’ve dealt with government departments a lot in the past. Before my body gave out, and I was no longer capable of working, I was fairly well known in Washington DC, and also in Sacramento. Part of my work involved dealing with the large American law firms, firms far larger than McCarthy Tetrault or Stikeman Elliot. I’ve given testimony to government agencies in the United States in the past, and probably will again, once my surgery is complete.

    • Intellectual Monopolies

      • U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Releases Latest Bogus Study Pushing For More Draconian IP Enforcement

        The report is a joke, based on a series of faulty assumptions. Tragically, the US Chamber of Commerce still gets attention, despite the fact that its claims pushing for stronger IP laws would do a lot more harm than good for most US business and innovation.

      • Feds celebrate Intellectual Property Day with more IP cops

        Yesterday was World Intellectual Property Day. Though not usually thought of as a gift-giving holiday, the US did take the opportunity to give something to IP rightsholders: 35 new federal officials focused on domestic and international IP crimes.

      • Copyrights

        • “Fair use” generates trillions in the US alone

          When pressing Congress to ratchet up the legal screws on infringers, copyright holders are fond of touting apocalyptic reports about how piracy is destroying their industries—and the US economy.

        • Copyright Defenders Don’t Realize That New ‘Fair Use’ Report Mocks Their Own Study

          Last year, we had written about how the CCIA had taken the same methodology used by entertainment industry lobbyists to claim how “big” the “copyright industry” was and applied it to the “fair use” industry, to show that it was actually much bigger than the copyright industry. Both numbers are clearly bogus — which is effectively the point that CCIA was making. The point that is clear, however, is that if you accept the methodology that claims that “copyright” brings $1.52 trillion into the economy, then weaker copyright/exceptions to copyright (such as fair use) bring in $2.2 trillion. Lots of folks have been submitting the news that the CCIA just recently updated the report to show that we’re now talking about $4.7 trillion contributed by the “fair use industries.” Again, this number is bogus — but it’s main point is to show just how silly the copyright lobbyist’s argument that copyright contributes $1.52 trillion to the economy is, because it uses the same methodology — a point recently confirmed by the GAO.

          [...]

          And guess who one of the biggest abusers of this bogus $1.52 trillion number is? You guessed it! It’s Patrick Ross! He tosses the number around like it’s going out of style and is regularly quoted in the press using that number as well.

        • Random House Cedes Some Digital Rights to Styron Heirs

          After publicly staking a claim to the right to publish electronic versions of books that already have a long history in print, Random House appears to be letting go of digital rights to several works by one prominent author without a fight, potentially opening the way for other authors to take their e-books away from traditional publishers.

        • AFP Sues Photographer Whose Photographs It Used Without Permission

          Where to start on the mess here? First, let’s start with AFP. This is the same organization that once sued Google for merely linking to AFP stories with the AFP’s headline in Google News. So for the AFP to pretend it’s on the moral high road here for blatantly using a photo without licensing it is pretty damn hypocritical, even if you believe it had the right to do so. Given its own actions on copyright issues, the AFP seems to think that any use is infringing.

        • Anti-Piracy Group Says: ‘Child Porn Is Great’ Since It Gets Politicians To Block File Sharing Sites

          Of course, those filters don’t actually work, and using them to force entire sites to be blocked, despite them having a relatively tiny proportion of such content isn’t just dishonest and underhanded, but dangerous. We’re all in favor of trying to stop child porn, but you do that by focusing on the source, not by putting up filters willy-nilly in a misguided attempt to get politicians to also protect your business model.

          Either way, it’s incredibly disgusting to have anyone claim that child porn is “great,” just because it can be improperly exploited for the sake of protecting another industry’s business model. That he’s basically admitting that he doesn’t remotely care about stopping child pornography, but prefers to use it to his advantage is downright sickening.

        • RIAA Missing The Point About Record Store Day
        • IFPI’s Latest Report On Music Sales Shows Growth In Some Markets

          Of course, what the IFPI totally ignores (not surprisingly, since they only represent record labels) is that while the sales of music directly may have declined in some markets, the overall market for music grew tremendously. In other words, the decline in sales of recorded music has not done harm to the music industry, but just to a few record labels.

        • In Shanghai, Hiding Bootlegs Before the World Visits

          The latest mystery in Shanghai, complete with sliding bookshelves, secret passageways and contraband goods, is this: Why are all the popular DVDs and CDs missing from this city’s shops?

        • The ethics of piracy

          On the other hand: I already paid for these books legitimately. They’re my books. The shoplifting analogy is specious, because in that case, I’m depriving the rightful owner — the owner of the bookstore — of their copy of the book. If I download a copy of the e-book, nobody else is deprived of their copy.

        • Canadian Copyright Consultation Opposed By A Little Known Canadian Lawyer Richard Owens

          Richard is using the term ‘modchip distributors’ in a perjorative manner. He’s deliberately trying to inflame the discussion, to try and prevent the members of the CCER and those who used the CCER’s form letter from being heard. Now this might be allowed in a court of law, but it is frowned on in the court of public opinion.

      • ACTA

        • Guest Post – ACTA Text Released: Impact On India and Other Developing Countries

          The metaphorical ‘season-finale’ of the ACTA negotiations, after relentless calls for transparency and public consultation, revealed the much awaited official draft text of the agreement, generating significant issues for not only participating nations but also developing countries that have been curiously overlooked during the discussions. In this post, I intend to bring out the political and diplomatic factors for such exclusion, and the impact of the substantive provisions contained in the draft text on developing countries, including India.

        • The tail wagging the dog

          The “copyright” industry consisting of a technologically obsolete Hollywood studios; music recording companies; and publishers of books is minuscule . To protect this pipsqueak industry, the Obama administration proposes both through the Department of Justice and the ACTA to impose draconian steps that will threaten many other not so pipsqueak industries, including the IT industry. Michele and I have pointed out the problem before.

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  29. Gates Foundation CFO Quits and Debate About Revolving Doors Recalled Amid Systematic and Shrewd Bribery of Public Officials

    More officials step out of the Gates Foundation and their destination is not known yet; Gates continues to corrupt the public sector with his money so as to increase personal gain at taxpayers' expense



  30. Links 19/8/2014: GNU/Linux Raves and Alternative to Proprietary Voice Chat

    Links for the day


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