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05.07.10

Links 7/5/2010: Phoronix Test Suite 2.6; Ryzom Becomes Free Software

Posted in News Roundup at 2:36 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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GNU/Linux

  • Symbian development using Linux on real life…

    I’m sure that Symbian development on Linux is near, and it will be massively adopted when those tools became part of QtCreator for linux. For those who can’t wait, or think that VIM is the best IDE ever, I hope those tips can help you. =)

  • The GNU/Linux Code of Life

    One reason I chose this area was the amazing congruence between the battle between free and closed-source software and the fight to place genomic data in the public domain, for all to use, rather than having it locked up in proprietary databases and enclosed by gene patents. As I like to say, Digital Code of Life is really the same story as Rebel Code, with just a few words changed.

  • Philippines 2010 Elections and Ubuntu

    The Philippines 2010 Election will be using an electronic counting machine for the first time. The Linux-powered machines were provided by Smartmatic and the ROMs are managed by (and supposedly programmed in) Ubuntu.

  • Desktop

    • 10+ mistakes Linux newbies make

      1: Assuming they are using Windows

      Although this might seem way too obvious, it’s not. The average user has no idea there are even different operating systems to be had. In fact, most average users couldn’t discern Windows XP from Vista from 7 (unless they are certain Windows 7 was “their idea”). Because of this, new users might believe that everything works (or doesn’t work, as the case may be) as it does in Windows. Make your end users aware that they are using a different operating system — and that it works differently.

    • Who Cares About Linux on the PS3?

      I could build my own computer with truly kick ass components and enjoy Linux far more than with Sony’s already aging and relatively puny videogame console. And I could easily swap out older components for newer components, thus making a DIY box last far longer than a silly videogame console.

  • Kernel Space

    • EXT4 File-System Looks To Do Well Against NTFS

      While EXT4 has regressed a fair amount (as we have talked about in countless articles) since it was deemed stable in the mainline Linux kernel, it’s looking like it’s still able to hold its ground against Windows 7 and NTFS at least with this synthetic disk benchmark. It will be more interesting to see how Apache, SQLite, PostgreSQL, and other real-world applications perform between the two operating systems — especially as that’s where EXT4 has had a challenging experience with recent kernel releases that try to improve data safety at the cost of speed.

    • Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.34 (Part 3) – Graphics

      Having renamed Linux kernel 2.6.34-rc5 Sheep on Meth, late last week Linus Torvalds released the sixth pre-release version of Linux 2.6.34. The rate and scope of changes is, as usual at this stage in the development cycle, slowly declining, but, apart from a vague suggestion that 2.6.34 is close to completion, Torvalds has given no indication of when it will be released – expectations are that it will be out in one to three weeks.

    • The kernel column #86
    • Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 “Lyngen” Beta 2 Is Here

      For those looking to run any sort of automated benchmarks on Linux, Mac OS X, OpenSolaris, BSD, or even Windows 7 x64, the beta 2 release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 “Lygen” has been released this morning.

  • Applications

  • K Desktop Environment (KDE SC)

    • Pomodoro and KDE

      Am no follower of the Pomodoro technique nor do I know its specifics but before you go ahead and try out those multiple Adobe AIR applications or use the GNOME-oriented Workrave, please try out this software called RSIBreak which was built for KDE specifically.

    • Krusader Team Celebrates 10th Birthday and Seeks New Contributors

      Ten years ago a simple twin panel file manager was released. It had a few small glitches like showing rrr instead of rwx for permissions, had some compatibility issues with Debian and Solaris, did not save keyboard settings, but it was, in spite of many bugs, sort of usable for everyday work. Ten years ago Krusader started on the path to becoming a top file manager for a large range of operating systems and users.

    • Taking Choqok to the Next Level

      I am Mehrdad Momeny, a Persian Free Software enthusiast and the developer of Choqok, currently serving conscription. I am 24 years old and live in Mashhad, Iran, east of Tehran. I’m also one of the developers of Blogilo (KDE Blog client) and MDIC (a simply dictionary application).

  • Distributions

    • priorities

      Which is why I feel that those who push for and praise distribution differentiation through distinct visual branding are engaged in an act of sabotage against F/OSS. What makes this tragic is that this is not their intention in the least and the act is, in that sense, completely innocent. The effect, however, is no less for that innocence. The question is: can our eyes be opened?

    • Slax: Clean, cute and quick to customize

      For tinkerers, one of the coolest and slickest distros out there is probably Slax. I don’t mention Slax much, because it’s one of those things I have to actively veer away from — it’s too entertaining to modify and adjust and tweak and realign and … and that takes up a godawful amount of my time. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of fun — but I become focused and lose track of events while adding this or subtracting that. One must know one’s limitations.

    • KahelOS (050110)

      KahelOS has much to offer but only for intermediate or advanced users. Beginners should steer clear of it until the install routine is improved significantly. That’s a shame because, once you get past the install, KahelOS can be used quite successfully as a desktop operating system.

    • New Releases

      • WeakNet IV Linux, a Great Distro for Security Experts

        WeakNet Labs has just released the latest version of its highly customized WeakNet Linux, a penetration testing Linux distribution packed with goodies for security experts and sysadmins, but not only. WeakNet Linux IV brings the first release of the custom WeakerThan Linux kernel with built-in support for packet injection and a faster boot time. It also comes with a lot of tools for testing a network’s strength to attacks and other types of security-related testing.

      • Tiny Core 2.11
      • Clonezilla 1.2.5-10
      • Monomaxos 5.0
      • Other OSes

    • Mandrake/Mandriva Family

    • Ubuntu Variants

      • Kubuntu 10.04: Another Average KDE Distro

        Kubuntu is an official derivative of Ubuntu, which focuses on using the KDE desktop rather than GNOME, and applications built with Qt over GTK. In the past, Kubuntu was new and fresh, and had that extra bit of attention paid to it that made a real difference. In fact, Kubuntu is mostly responsible for my giving up the GNOME desktop and preferring KDE, because Kubuntu implemented it right, though later on quality of this distro fell through the cracks. I tested the latest release on my Dell Latitude D630 laptop, an oldie but still one of my favorite machines.

      • Peppermint: Ask and they deliver

        To me, Linux is still largely about community, and my experiences with Peppermint and my interactions with the team of individuals responsible for putting it together have done nothing if not reinforce that.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Android

      • Is the Android truly open source?

        Verizon, one of the biggest cell service providers (and not a member of the Alliance, which says something in itself) is dropping the Nexus One. HTC, which is an Alliance member, isn’t sharing the code for its custom Sense UI layer for Android, as would normally be expected in, you know, an open source alliance.

    • Sub-notebooks

      • Operating Systems on the AAO

        Linux Netbook Manglement:

        Ubuntu Netbook Remix and Moblin were very responsive, offered great battery life (about 2 hours with everything kicked on, and no noticeable draining of the battery unless viewing video or something similar), were insanely stable, and supported all of the hardware out-of-the-box. My issue with Moblin was in the interface, and the same with UNR. I felt a little bit nerfed on these systems, and both seemed geared toward single tasking.

    • Tablets

      • 100$ Android Tablet from China: Eken M001

        What you’re seeing to the left is Eken’s Chinese release of their new 7″ Android based tablet. Why’s that noteworthy, you ask? Because it’s coming to the states via air shipment for about 130$ USD, shipped.

Free Software/Open Source

  • Need desktop access over the Web? Try some Guacamole

    A new open source project dubbed Guacamole allows users to access a desktop remotely through a Web browser, potentially streamlining the requirements for client support and administration.

    Guacamole is a HTML5 and JavaScript (Ajax) VNC viewer, which makes use of a VNC-to-XML proxy server written in Java.

  • GIMP Resynth vs. Photoshop Content Aware

    Just after Adobe released videos showing off the content-aware feature of Photoshop CS5, the GIMP community answered by showing the resynthesizer plugin, which has been available for some time and can do a similar job.

  • LOVEFiLM’s love affair with open source

    LOVEFiLM has stuck with open source throughout the company’s growth, but there have been changes along the way.

  • Interview with Cory Fields of XBMC

    I recently had the honor of spending time with Cory Fields, the Public / Business Relations Manger for XBMC. XBMC is the premier free and open source, cross-platform home entertainment system. XBMC was originally created for the first-generation Xbox, but has evolved to now be primarily available for Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows. As proof to their success, the XBMC project has recently been accepted by the SFLC as clients. A perfect way to test XBMC is to download the live CD.

  • Browsers

    • New Chrome beta takes the speed crown
    • Chrome vs Midori

      CelticKane has designed and provided a Javascript test, which I ran both browsers through. The results? Midori beat out Chrome in all but 3 categories, some by huge margins. Chrome scored a 388, Midori a 441. I ran this test a whole bunch more times, closing all the tabs, going over and over. Midori kicked the crap out of Chrome every single time, without fail. If you want to take a look at his test, click that link up there, and I think it pretty well explains itself.

    • Beef up Firefox Privacy Features

      Whether you want it or not, your Web activities are tracked and analyzed in many different ways. But you don’t have to put up with this, especially if you are using Firefox as your primary browser. There are a few handy Firefox extensions that can beef up your favorite browser’s privacy features. Here are my three personal favorites.

  • CMS

  • Government

    • Agency that initiated open gov process ranks near last in open gov study

      The agency tasked with spearheading the White House’s open-government efforts ranked nearly last in a survey of open-government practices, according to a new report.

      In an audit of those plans, which all federal agencies released in April, the group OpentheGovernment.org found that the Office of Management and Budget assembled one of the poorest open-government strategies across the entire Obama administration.

  • Licensing

    • Opera moves Dragonfly to Apache for patent promise

      Opera has switched its Dragonfly open source debug tool to an Apache 2.0 license to include a promise that users are protected from patents owned by Opera or any other contributor to the project.

      Dragonfly – similar to Mozilla’s Firebug tool – completed its open sourcing in February, when it was moved from Opera servers to BitBucket. It was originally under the BSD license.

    • What Do Open Source Surveys reveal?

      * 60% of respondents use open source in mission-critical environments;

  • Programming

Leftovers

  • Science

    • ‘Wet’ Asteroid Could Be a Space Gas Station

      The recent discovery of an asteroid wrapped in a layer of water ice has revived the possibility that some space rocks would be great potential pit stops – as well as destinations – for manned or robotic exploration missions.

  • Security/Aggression

    • Army to be sued for war crimes over its role in Fallujah attacks

      Iraqi families who believe their children’s deformities are caused by the deployment of the weapons have now begun legal proceedings against the UK Government. They accuse the UK Government of breaching international law, war crimes and failing to intervene to prevent a war crime.

    • Why your garden is now on a state database

      Naturally I am opposed to the snooping and the creation of yet another enormous state database; but even worse is that it is being done simply to wring more money out of us.

  • Environment

    • No climate bill with new offshore drilling
    • Toxic Oil Dispersant Used in Gulf Despite Better Alternative

      British Petroleum and government disaster-relief agencies are using a toxic chemical to disperse oil in the Gulf of Mexico, even though a better alternative appears to be available.

      As the Deepwater Horizon oil spill spreads, BP and the U.S. Coast Guard have conducted tests with Corexit 9500, a chemical designed to break oil slicks into globules that are more quickly consumed by bacteria or sink into the water column before hitting shore.

    • Halliburton May Be Culprit In Oil Rig Explosion

      Though the investigation into the explosion that sank the Deepwater Horizon site is still in its early stages, drilling experts agree that blame probably lies with flaws in the “cementing” process — that is, plugging holes in the pipeline seal by pumping cement into it from the rig. Halliburton was in charge of cementing for Deepwater Horizon.

    • Secret Erik Prince/Blackwater Tape Exposed

      The reclusive Blackwater founder tries to ban journalists and recorders from his speeches in front of friendly audiences. This time he failed.

    • Deepwater Horizon oil spill: turtle deaths soar amid fight to save wildlife

      Jackye Carroll was walking along the beach that runs outside her home in Pass Christian, Mississippi, early this morning when she came across a curious sight. The sun had just come up and the white sand beach was looking at its most beautiful, but there, just above the gently lapping sea of the Gulf of Mexico was a grey-brown mound of flesh about two to three feet in length.

      She put on the gloves that she had brought along in anticipation, and turned the mound over to find that it was a Loggerhead, one of the five threatened species of sea turtle found in this region. The sand around it was being stained red by blood seeping from its nose and underbelly. It was dead.

    • Study suggests decline in UK fish stocks more severe than thought

      Records of fish landings dating back to 1880s show UK trawlers, then fishing closer to port, landed twice as much fish in 1889 as today

  • Finance

    • Bold Stroke May Be Beyond Europe’s Means

      Europe may need a broad cure to its debt crisis, but the increasingly awkward pairing of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund makes such action unlikely.

    • ‘Bone-tired’ David Obey ready for final fight
    • Wonkbook: FinReg deal; Obey tired of explaining the Senate; Republicans take on Fannie and Freddie
    • Senate Liberals Push for Strict Financial Rules

      Liberal Democrats in the Senate, emboldened by a wave of populism, are trying to make financial regulatory legislation far tougher on Wall Street, potentially restricting or breaking up the biggest banks and financial companies.

    • Geithner, Paulson to address meltdown probe
    • Senate Democrats block GOP measure to limit financial reform
    • A Bank’s Ads, Dressed Up in Historical Garb
    • 2 Votes Break Logjam on Financial Overhaul Bill

      The Senate on Wednesday approved two amendments to the financial regulatory bill that both Democrats and Republicans claimed would end the prospect of taxpayer-financed bailouts for companies deemed “too big to fail.”

    • Break Up the Banks: By the Numbers

      It’s past time to break up the big banks. They take on too much risk and endanger the financial system. They benefit from unfair subsidies and the assurance that the government will bail them out in times of trouble. They have far too much political influence and threaten our democracy.

    • Liveblogging The Bear Stearns Hearing

      Angelides is ripping Cox for claiming that the SEC’s law enforcement operations were effective.

      “To suggest that the SEC was effective in those enforcement actions, frankly, is ludicrous,” Angelides said.

    • Greek protesters storm the Acropolis

      World markets plunge over fears that Greece’s economic crisis will spread to other countries despite austerity measures

    • Goldman, Naked

      In an interesting side note to the much more publicized businesses involving John Paulson, Greece, and whatever else Goldman is currently getting tarred and feathered for, the bank was quietly slapped on the wrist by the SEC for violations related to naked short-selling.

    • Iceland arrests ex-chief of collapsed bank Kaupthing

      The former chief executive of the collapsed Icelandic bank Kaupthing has been arrested, authorities say.

      Hreidar Mar Sigurdsson is suspected of embezzlement, trading irregularities, and other breaches of banking laws, the special prosecutor’s office has said.

    • David Prosser: Britain’s banks must tell us how much Greece owes them

      Outlook It is the dreaded vote of confidence so feared by football managers worldwide. The markets will have shuddered when Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank, said: “Default is, for me, out of question, so it’s as simple as that.” Increasingly few people accept that Greece can escape this crisis without restructuring its debts. Mr Trichet’s attempt at reassurance thus has the opposite effect: his categorical vote of confidence in Greece yesterday simply left him looking out of touch.

    • UK budget deficit ‘to surpass Greece’s as worst in EU’

      Whoever wins the election must make sorting out the public finances the top priority, the European commission warned on the eve of the poll, as it predicted the British budget deficit would swell this year to become the biggest in the European Union, overtaking even Greece.

      [...]

      Economists warn that if the next UK government drags its feet in reducing the deficit it could spark a downgrade from one or more of the ratings agencies that have been so swift to reassess Greece and Spain’s creditworthiness. The commission’s forecasts fanned those fears.

    • ‘Very real’ threat that Greek contagion could spread to Britain

      The UK was warned yesterday that it is among the European Union states that faces the risk of contagion from the Greek crisis, with “very real, common threats” to its financial systems.

    • Leading article: Europe’s leaders are still not doing enough

      The eurozone’s leaders have finally woken up to the fact that, in the Greek debt crisis, they have an existential challenge on their hands. Yet for all the drama of this week’s plea by Angela Merkel for the German parliament to sanction the Greek financial rescue package and yesterday’s vote in Athens on a new round of cuts, the signs are that Europe’s leaders are still not on top of the situation.

      The €110bn IMF-eurozone funding package to remove Greece from the international capital markets for three years is better than nothing – but it is still not enough. It is becoming increasingly clear that Greece will need some form of debt restructuring to ease the burden of its borrowings.

    • Fitch Cuts Goldman Sachs’ Outlook To Negative
    • Goldman Sachs: Berkowitz In! Blankfein, Out? (GS)

      The size of the Berkowitz stake in Goldman Sachs depends upon where you read. StreetInsider.com called it a ‘giant stake’ in the firm. Morningstar.com noted that “details were scarce, including the type of investment taken, the size, and when Berkowitz bought shares…”

    • How Long Will Lloyd Blankfein Last?

      This talk is going on in private, among partners, managing directors and other current and former executives, and there do not seem to be any immediate plans to change management, the newspaper says.

    • Fraud-Tarred Finance Firms’ Trail May Mean Blankfein Keeps Job

      Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein may take comfort from Wall Street’s legal history: Even after being sued for fraud by regulators and paying multimillion-dollar fines, the biggest financial firms rarely depose their leaders.

    • Bigdough sues Goldman Sachs over copyright, data

      The owners of the bigdough.com.inc institutional investor database sued Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) on Wednesday, accusing the company of theft of information and copyright infringement.

    • Goldman Sachs: Villains or victims?
    • Oregon Congressman Calls Goldman Sachs ‘Gambling Addicts’ On House Floor
    • Blankfein Should Explain Why Clients Buy ‘Crap’: Caroline Baum

      Anyone listening to members of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations drill representatives of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. last week had to wonder which of the two teams was the smart money.

      It wasn’t so much that subcommittee Chairman Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan, wouldn’t let go of the question on the appropriateness of Goldman betting against securities it was selling to clients; or that Goldman Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein repeatedly failed to give the right answer, defined as the answer Levin wanted. What was remarkable was the failure of either party to the Q&A to convey an understanding of the market mechanism at the root of our economy.

    • Fabrice Tourre, Goldman Sachs
    • ‘Main Street’ Sues Goldman Sachs

      First, the Securities and Exchange Commission files a civil suit, citing fraud over mortgage securities deals. Then, the Senate publicly scrutinizes the firm’s executives, including CEO Lloyd Blankfein, in a heated hearing. Next, the Justice Department and the state of New York announce they are launching a criminal investigation into the the deals. Now, Goldman Sachs has disclosed that six lawsuits have been filed by its own shareholders in the wake of the fraud allegations. And these plaintiffs aren’t limited to big-name investors.

    • Goldman Sachs’ 8 Most Questionable Practices
    • Patty Murray and Goldman Sachs

      The upshot of the analysis by McClatchy D.C. Bureau reporter Les Blumenthal is that Murray did take $28,000 from the firm and a total of $515,000 from the securities and investment community, but not in the current election cycle.

    • Goldman Sachs Testimony a Boost for Financial Reform

      The characters were prepped and suited, the props—thick binders holding embarrassing insider E-mails—were set prominently in place, and the cameras went live as what MSNBC proclaimed to be the “hearing of the century” played out on Capitol Hill. Last Tuesday’s 11-hour showdown between senators and top officials of Wall Street icon Goldman Sachs may not have quite lived up to that billing, but it was dramatic political theater (with a certain expletive bleeped out for TV viewers). And it did produce some quick political fallout: Senate Republicans dropped their opposition to opening debate on the Democrats’ proposed financial regulatory reform legislation.

    • Goldman Sachs Reveals Slew of Shareholder Suits

      General counsel Gregory Palm of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. late Monday made a rare filing with the government, revealing at least six shareholder suits against the company over its dealings in the subprime mortgage market, and one highly critical letter from an institutional shareholder.

      The filing made no direct reference to a rumored Justice Department criminal investigation. But it did say the company anticipates that additional shareholder actions “and other litigation may be filed, and regulatory and other investigations and actions commenced, with respect to offerings of collateralized debt obligations.”

    • Goldman clients staying put

      It has been nearly three weeks since the federal government stunned Wall Street by bringing civil fraud charges against Goldman Sachs.

  • Censorship/Privacy/Civil Rights

    • Are video codecs sexy?

      The bottom line: the patent holders on parts of video compression technology are trying to use their patents to tell us what we can do with content we create using their recording devices.

    • Parliament sets SWIFT conditions

      Don’t these conditions sound reasonable, conditions for sharing SWIFT financial transaction data with the United States for anti-terrorism purposes…

    • Facebook Glitch Brings New Privacy Worries

      On Wednesday, users discovered a glitch that gave them access to supposedly private information in the accounts of their Facebook friends, like chat conversations.

    • I’d like privacy, Mr Facebook …not a stalker in my kitchen
    • Does Storing Your Documents In ‘The Cloud’ Mean The Gov’t Has Easier Access To It?

      What’s interesting is how little attention these issues seem to be getting — even though they can have a pretty large impact. And, even though this may seem like legal details, it applies well outside the legal field as well. While it won’t be the key focus, we’re even going to include a short section on these kinds of legal issues in the cloud in our upcoming webinar on cloud security (register here). While this might not seem directly like a security issue, if you’re in charge of keeping data secure, it’s pretty important to know what it means when the feds knock on your door… or the door of the third party “cloud” provider to whom you outsourced your company’s data.

    • You, your doctor and the Internet

      Should a caregiver ever Google a patient? Would you ask your physician to be a Facebook ‘friend’? Ethical questions abound, and the doctor-patient relationship is at stake.

    • Judge Rules Post on Cop-Rating Site is Protected Speech

      A federal judge has struck down a Florida law prohibiting the publication of a police officer’s name, phone number or address, calling the statute an unconstitutional restraint on speech.

      The decision leaves Arizona, Colorado and Washington state with similar laws on the books. Florida authorities said Wednesday they were mulling whether to appeal.

    • Lawmakers unveil online privacy bill

      Two U.S. lawmakers have released a draft bill that would require companies that collect personal information from customers to disclose how they collect and share that information, but several privacy and consumer groups said the proposal would legalize current privacy violations online.

      The draft legislation, released Tuesday by Representatives Rick Boucher, a Virginia Democrat, and Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican, would apply to information collected online and off.

      The bill would require companies collecting personal information to allow customers to opt out of the collection, and would require companies to get permission before sharing customers’ personal information with third parties.

    • Report blames IT staff for school Webcam ‘spying’ mess

      The IT department of the Pennsylvania school district accused of spying on students using their school-issued laptops took the brunt of the blame in an independent report released Monday.

  • Internet/Net Neutrality/DRM

    • AT&T settles suit over improper DSL speed caps

      And, if you were an AT&T DSL subscriber, but the company’s records show that nothing improper was done to your line, you can still get money. The proposed settlement says that those who “believe that your DSL Service has not performed at satisfactory speeds” may still be eligible for a “one-time payment of $2.00.” Yes—$2.00.

      In addition, AT&T will dole out $3.75 million to charity and has agreed not to contest attorneys’ fees of up to a whopping $11 million.

    • New U.S. Push to Regulate Internet Access

      In a move that will stoke a battle over the future of the Internet, the federal government plans to propose regulating broadband lines under decades-old rules designed for traditional phone networks.

      The decision, by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, is likely to trigger a vigorous lobbying battle, arraying big phone and cable companies and their allies on Capitol Hill against Silicon Valley giants and consumer advocates.

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Survey: Hollywood Won’t Compete With Piracy Until It’s Gone

      Commenting on the results of a new survey which found that most people who download movies, music and TV shows would do so legally if they were available via a reasonably-priced and convenient platform, the boss of the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft says that the industry won’t compete until rampant online piracy is seriously reduced. And so the deadlock continues.

    • Copyrights

      • PMO Issues The Order: Canadian DMCA Bill Within Six Weeks

        Months of public debate over the future of Canadian copyright law were quietly decided earlier this week, when sources say the Prime Minister’s Office reached a verdict over the direction of the next copyright bill. The PMO was forced to make the call after Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore and Industry Minister Tony Clement were unable to reach consensus on the broad framework of a new bill. As I reported last week, Moore has argued for a virtual repeat of Bill C-61, with strong digital locks provisions similar to those found in the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act and a rejection of a flexible fair dealing approach. Consistent with earlier comments on the need for a forward-looking, flexible approach, Clement argued for changes from C-61.

      • Canadian Prime Minister promises to enact a Canadian DMCA in six weeks

        What a goddamned disaster. The Tories have shown — yet again — their utter contempt for public opinion and Canadian culture and small business when these present an invonvenience to more windfall profits for offshore entertainment giants.

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  14. Alliance for US Startups and Inventors for Jobs (USIJ) Misleads the US Government, Pretending to Speak for Startups While Spreading Lies for the Patent Microcosm

    In the United States, which nowadays strives to raise the patent bar, the House Small Business Committee heard from technology firms but it also heard from some questionable front groups which claim to support "startups" and "jobs" (but in reality support just patents on the face of it)



  15. 'Blockchain', 'Cloud' and Whatever Else Gets Exploited to Work Around 35 U.S.C. § 101 (or the EPC) and Patent Algorithms/Software

    Looking for a quick buck or some low-quality patents (which courts would almost certainly reject), opportunists carry on with their gold rush, aided by buzzwords and hype over pretty meaningless things



  16. PTAB Defended by the EFF, the R Street Institute and CCIA as the Number of Petitions (IPRs) Continues to Grow

    Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) inter partes reviews (IPRs) come to the rescue when patently-bogus patents are used, covering totally abstract concepts (like software patents do); IPRs continue to increase in number and opponents of PTAB, who conveniently cherry-pick Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decisions, can't quite stop that



  17. IAM/Joff Wild May Have Become a de Facto Media Partner of the Patent Troll iPEL

    Invitation to trolls in China, courtesy of the patent trolls' lobby called "IAM"; this shows no signs of stopping and has become rather blatant



  18. Cautionary Tale: ILO Administrative Tribunal Cases (Appeals) 'Intercepted' Under António Campinos

    The ILO Administrative Tribunal (ILO-AT) is advertised by the EPO's management as access to justice, but it's still being undermined quite severely to the detriment of aggrieved staff



  19. Asking the USPTO to Comply With 35 U.S.C. § 101 is Like Asking Pentagon Officials to Pursue Real, Persistent Peace

    Some profit from selling weapons, whereas others profit from patent grants and litigation; what's really needed right now is patent sanity and adherence to the public interest as well as the law itself, e.g. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decisions



  20. BT and Sonos Are Still Patent Bullies, Seeing Patents as a Backup Plan

    The companies seeking to complement their business (or make up for their demise) using patents are still suing rivals while calling that litigation "research and development" (the same old euphemism)



  21. Jim Skippen, a Longtime Patent Troll, Admits That the Trolling Sector is Collapsing

    Canada's biggest patent troll (WiLAN) bar BlackBerry doesn't seem to be doing too well as its CEO leaves the domain altogether



  22. From East Asia to the Eastern District of Texas: XYZ Printing, Maxell, and X2Y Attenuators

    The patent aggression, which relies on improper litigation venues, harms innocent parties a great deal; only their lawyers benefit from all this mess



  23. Links 14/7/2018: Mesa 18.1.4, Elisa 0.2.1, More on Python's Guido van Rossum

    Links for the day



  24. Number of Oppositions to Grants/Awards of European Patents at the EPO Has Skyrocketed, Based on Internal Data

    The number of challenged patents continues to soar and staff of the EPO (examiners already over-encumbered by far too much work, due to unrealistic targets) would struggle to cope or simply be compelled to not properly deal with oppositions



  25. 'Transaction' Complete: Former EPO Executive From Belgium Takes the Seat of António Campinos at EU-IPO

    Rumours that Belgium made a back room deal with Battistelli may be further substantiated with the just-confirmed appointment of Archambeau



  26. EPO Abuses Against People With Disabilities Followed by Legal Bullying?

    The new President of the EPO is not (at least not yet) obeying court rulings from ILO; The above move seems like an attempt to derail ongoing cases at the ILO’s Administrative Tribunal (ILO-AT), i.e. yet more strong-arming



  27. Weeks Later António Campinos Still in Noncompliance With the Courts (ILO's Tribunal)

    'report card' for the ever-so-intransparent (or nontransparent) new President of the EPO, who does not even bother obeying court rulings



  28. Links 13/7/2018: Kube 0.7.0, Trisquel 8.0 LTS Reviewed

    Links for the day



  29. Constitutionality and CJEU as Barriers, the UPC Agreement (UPCA) is Already Moot in the United Kingdom

    The Unified Patent Court (UPC) isn't going anywhere and the UK merely "explores" what to do about it; for Team UPC, however, this means that the UK "confirms intention to remain in Unitary Patent system after Brexit" (clearly a case of deliberate misinformation)



  30. It's Not About EPO 'Backlog' But About Faking 'Production' by Lowering Standards

    Remarks on the EPO dropping all pretenses of genuine care for patent quality; it's all about speed now, never mind if wrongly-granted patents can cause billions in damages across Europe (a lot of that money flows towards patent law firms)


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