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10.01.10

Apple is a Tiny Niche on the Desktop

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux, Marketing, Microsoft at 11:29 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ballmer's slide on Macs and GNU/Linux
Steve Ballmer’s presentation slide
from 2009 shows GNU/Linux as bigger than Apple on the desktop

Summary: On a global scale, Apple remains just a perceptual luxury of very few and those who know better give GNU/Linux a try

APPLE claims to ship only about 3% of the world’s computers, according to a reader/contributor of ours. This figure makes a lot of sense because only US-centric market share figures can show Apple having gained significant foothold. The US population is about one twentieth of the world’s population and Apple is of course US-based, just like Xbox 360 is US-based so any real comparison to Japanese consoles must be global to become meaningful at all. Ghabuntu has just posted this rant which it titled “Dear Apple Fanatics, the World is Bigger than America!”

Last time I checked, Nokia, even with the current crappy SymbianOS, still has over 40% of the TOTAL smartphone market share around the WORLD. And then too Android has managed to displace the iPhone as the third place platform. So what are these writers telling us? That there is nothing better than the iPhone or what? Or is it some form of addiction to anything that falls off the table of Jobs?

To be honest, it is very funny and sometimes irritating at the same time when you get bombarded over and over with such crappy articles that always tend to think the world is America and America is the world. Please Apple fanatics, we all know Lord Jobs is good at producing very shiny and likable UI, but please spare us the mostly baseless and frantic effort you devote to tearing apart anything that looks the least bit like a decent phone compared to your hypeDevices.

Nice to see the hype* meme we got started spreading further. Apple is just targetting people who are willing to pay massive premiums for commodity PCs with an Apple brand (which sometimes comes in the form of an illuminated logo that projects to some crowd in a presentation, for example, an implicit message like “I am richer than you”). Certain people would mumble something about “Mac experience” (whatever that is), but the dumbed-down menus are too restrictive and “I don’t think those UIs are likable,” wrote MinceR because “they couldn’t even get maximize to work correctly.

“[At Apple] they couldn’t even get maximize to work correctly.”
      – MinceR
“[N]ice article though,” he wrote in IRC. Apple is neither more ubiquitous nor better than GNU/Linux. It is more commonly found in the United States (not BRIC, which stands for Brazil, Russia, India and China) where Apple marketing is obscenely pervasive. For a modern desktop experience, give KDE4 a try. It does a lot more than Mac OS X can do and it deserves a lot more exposure. When it comes to small computers, GNU/Linux has become almost a de facto standard. Below is a new video of LimeOS (specialised GNU/Linux distribution).


Microsoft Offers More Filesystem Patent Traps (While Suing Over Them Again), Red Hat’s Rob Tiller Speaks

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft, Patents, Red Hat at 10:56 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Microsoft keeps using filesystems to extort money out of Linux users and Red Hat explains its latest amicus brief in Bilski

WE ARE STILL preparing a post about Microsoft’s patent lawsuit against Motorola, which ought to serve as a wakeup call to Mono and Moonlight boosters. The short story is that Microsoft is suing Linux again and filesystems seem to be at the core of it.

Coincidentally (or not), it was only days ago that Tuxera made it into the news again, offering a Microsoft-taxed (owing to software patents) filesystem module for Android and Linux. Here is the press release and some press coverage. Tuxera — or Tax-era as we sometimes call it — is helping Microsoft put a patent tax on Android and Linux, the #1 competition. We’ll shortly write about Microsoft’s latest patent attack on Linux, which shows that Microsoft is losing.

Do not let Microsoft spin the words of the EFF to make itself look good or make it seem as though EFF is sympathetic towards Microsoft (to which it’s only a case of resolving i4i-like trouble).

What we need now is elimination of mathematical barriers that are imposed by USPTO/ITC/US courts. Red Hat has filed a submission against software patents in the USPTO [1, 2] and Rob Tiller has just said more about it:

When the Supreme Court decided the Bilski case, it didn’t speak directly to the issue of software patents. But the Bilski majority emphasized that abstract ideas are not patentable, and recognized that allowing patents for abstract ideas could hinder innovation. Thus there’s still room for discussion of the legal standard for when, if ever, there should be patents on software.

The Patent and Trademark Office is on the front line of the issue, since it has the duty of deciding whether to grant patent applications. Whatever interpretation of Bilski it adopts, its decision will affect the patent landscape. It was good, then, to see that this summer the PTO invited public comments on its proposed interpretation of the Bilski case.

This is an issue that Red Hat has been involved in, having previously submitted an amicus brief in Bilski. Earlier this week, Red Hat responded to the PTO’s request and submitted an understanding of Bilski that would mitigate some of the harm caused by poor quality software patents.

The “quality” should not matter. All software patents are of low quality because they are an aspiration to lower the quality of software in the market, not improve it. Phrases like “poor quality software patents” are what we’re accustomed to hearing from OIN, which is not trying to simply end all software patents. Maybe Tiller just abstains from a strongly-worded article/amicus brief and maybe it’s just his background as a lawyer that makes him act this way (software patents are a basis of his career). Either way, the only solution is the total ending of software patents.

“What we [Novell and Microsoft] agreed, which is true, is we’ll continue to try to grow Windows share at the expense of Linux. That’s kind of our job. But to the degree that people are going to deploy Linux, we want Suse Linux to have the highest percent share of that, because only a customer who has Suse Linux actually has paid properly for the use of intellectual property from Microsoft. And we took a quota, you could say, to help them sell so much Suse Linux. That’s part of the deal. We are willing to do the same deal with Red Hat and other Linux distributors, it’s not an exclusive thing. But after a few years of working on this problem, Novell actually saw the business opportunity, because there’s so many customers who say, ‘Hey look, we don’t want problems. We don’t want any intellectual property problem or anything else. There’s just a variety of workloads where we, today, feel like we want to run Linux. Please help us Microsoft and please work with the distributors to solve this problem, don’t come try to license this individually.’ So customer push drove us to where we got.”

Steve Ballmer

IRC Proceedings: October 1st, 2010

Posted in IRC Logs at 10:05 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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New Examples of Gates Foundation Proximity to Government, Big Banks, Monsanto

Posted in Africa, America, Bill Gates, Free/Libre Software, Microsoft, Patents, Standard at 7:43 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Clinton family

Summary: A long roundup of Gates’ escapades last week, ranging from self-promotional activities to outright lobbying

TODAY’S post deals with the dealings of the Gates Foundation and it is focused solely on last week. For those whose knowledge about the foundation is limited, reading of prior posts may be required, as always. If in doubt, follow though to the external links or post a query in the form of a comment for pointers to be given. There is plenty of disinformation to undo and spin (PR) to be dissected.

“There is plenty of disinformation to undo and spin (PR) to be dissected.”As we showed repeatedly in the years 2009 and 2010, Gates has been buying book authors/publishers (we hardly tracked Gates before that, partly because in 2008 and prior years Microsoft was still big in the news and Gates still spent a lot of his time there). What we mean by “buying” is that Gates sponsored the writing of books whose storyline/doctrine concurred with the story he was trying to tell the world, be it about farming (e.g. GMO) or education (turning it all private). Techrights is sceptical of Gates’ crusade not just because the man was Napoleonic since a young age, causing his family some problems in the process (and later to be accused of Napoleonic behaviour by Judge Jackson). Techrights is wary of Gates because Gates is still working for Microsoft and he uses his tax-exempt foundation to help Microsoft become more profitable. Gates has found love in some other companies too, companies that he invests his money in. Those companies too receive the endorsement and at times a bit of lobbying help from Gates, who knows important people in high places (the “Bill Gates” brand can impact political decisions including the allocation of taxpayers’ money). What follows is a very dense and concise pass through one week of news and it ought to be quite complete because we use a wide variety of sources. Where possible, links are also given to prior posts that touch the same subjects. If in doubt about any of the claims, expansion on explanations and a plethora of references ought to be available once the links are followed.

Microsoft, Bill, and Tim O’Reilly

The special and recently-intensified relationship between Microsoft and O'Reilly was covered here some months ago. It was merely the culmination of many posts we have written about this pair for years. Attitude towards so-called ‘open APIs’ at O’Reilly [1, 2] worried us a great deal because it helped O’Reilly present Microsoft as “open”. As one person wrote some days ago in Twitter, “Just to reiterate, Open APIs is FAUXPEN (fake open). Its a step in the right direction, but supports walled gardening”. Red Hat’s Jan Wildeboer sort of responded to this by writing: “Lots of Microsoft people at #OWF [2010] trying to sell their definition of Open Source and Open Standards to journalists.”

“Lots of Microsoft people at #OWF [2010] trying to sell their definition of Open Source and Open Standards to journalists.”
      –Jan Wildeboer
In some of our previous posts we showed the closed nature of the Gates Foundation and its occasional promotion of artificial scarcity, e.g. in teaching material or reading (DRM). Well, the relationship between Microsoft and O’Reilly is to a large extent about literature. “Nearly 1,000 additional O’Reilly and Microsoft Press ebooks now available in Kindle Store” says this new headline from O’Reilly Radar. The relationship is working out for this pair: “There are still some titles that aren’t suitable for a reflowable format like EPUB or Mobipocket; titles such as the “Head First” series of books, or certain digital photography titles. But any ebook available in EPUB from oreilly.com (which is over 1,000 titles when including Microsoft Press) should now be available in the Kindle store, or will be shortly.”

Shame on O’Reilly for supporting an abusive aggressor and promoting artificial scarcity.

Finally we approach the subject of the Gates Foundation. O’Reilly Radar plays along with the painting as “Open source” the micro-lending initiative we see from Gates and the Grameen Foundation, which has roots in Microsoft [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]. It is a promotional piece which does nothing to challenge the inevitable effects of loans in very poor countries, which will only have international banks breathing down their necks some time down the line. Gates was doing something similar in Haiti and we are still seeing some articles about that.

Perhaps it would be reasonable to suggest that O’Reilly (the main site) should investigate issues more deeply. Otherwise, it only lends to the perception that O’Reilly plays along with crooked elements of the system, just as it was doing in OSCON (over consecutive years [1, 2, 3]). This is primarily a power grab.

Goldman Sachs and Loans

Here is a new press release about “WISeKey’s WISePay(TM): the Mobile Payment System” and another about WISeKey and Microsoft. We’ll come back to it later as it’s part of Clinton Global Initiative (the first headline is “WISeKey’s WISePay(TM): the Mobile Payment System for Unbanked and Underbanked Populations Fulfils Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment”).

As a little bit of unimportant background, Chelsea Clinton has just married Marc Mezvinsky (on July 31, 2010), who works for Goldman Sachs, the controversial and corrupt financial firm Bill Gates is investing in. Yes, Bill Gates has some investments (i.e. vested interests) in the banking industry and people who used to work for Microsoft run the programmes by which he imposes a modernised monetary system in shattered populations. It’s a convenient marriage that gives more power to banks, an opportunity for mediators like Gates to gain PR points and stock returns, and maybe — just maybe — even help some parts of the population, whose urgent problem is survival, not digital coinage/currency.

Showcasing “Good Causes” by Buying a TED

TED is considered to be a trusted platform on which interesting people gather and share their ideas. It is the high level of guests which makes TED what it is today. It seems like there are new efforts by TED to make more money using the reputation and one article is “evaluating TEDx as a brand strategy”:

So when I read the article in the New York Times this past Sunday about TEDx, the relatively new (and incredibly popular) offshoot of the legendary TED conference, I thought it might be a good opportunity to take a closer look. The issue?

Clearly TEDx has been a smart community-building strategy, but will it ultimately prove to be a smart brand strategy as well?

TEDx is not normal TED. It seems to be some kind of cluster of events for sale, given that we recently learned about TEDxRedmond and the Gates-funded TEDxChange too. Yes, Gate buys himself a TED and disappointingly enough, WorldChanging.com takes the bait. A Canadian WorldChanging.com affiliate had an appearance at TED about year ago when Bill Gates had one too. The New York Times, which Gates sometimes visits, brought some special coverage from this event: “On Monday he spoke at the Paley Center for Media in New York during TEDx Change, a conference organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, about the progress of the global health goals set forth a decade ago by the United Nations.”

“TEDx is not normal TED. It seems to be some kind of cluster of events for sale, given that we recently learned about TEDxRedmond and the Gates-funded TEDxChange too.”Some other sources which cover Bill’s and Melinda’s special events are thanking them for buying TED and arranging for themselves (Melinda) to thereby be the star of the show, generally attending an event where she lobbies the UN: “Much has been said about President Obama’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly today. Melinda Gates also addressed the UN.”

The difference between President Obama and Melinda Gates is that the latter was not elected by the public, just sold by the public by buying newspapers, having them sell their integrity as a token of respect for the money they received.

One particular source of praises that we worry about is called “Causecast” [1, 2, 3]. It seems like somewhat of a PR front. Oiaohm explains that Causecast has in its site a case where it’s argued that “Nike Uses Recycled Plastic Bottles To Make World Cup Jerseys”

“Treehugger is basically highly misinformed environmental message… Mostly to make companies appear green.”
      –Oiaohm
“Most world cups large percent of Jerseys end up in bins,” he explained, “So making them out of plastic that will not break down is a bad thing. Treehugger is basically highly misinformed environmental message… Mostly to make companies appear green.” When asked who might be sponsoring Causecast Oiaohm replied with: “I would suspect nike and other indirectly.”

For quite a few months we have had reasons to suspect that Causecast is possibly funded by Gates too, as it is linking to the Gates-funded, self-promotional TED event over at the Huff & Puff. There is also pro-Gates hand-picking (Huff & Puff content from AP) and other praises for Microsoft. If one looks some months back, the Causecast-Huff & Puff relationship was seemingly formed right after Arianna Huffington had dined with Gates. It aroused the suspicion that means of facilitating funds to Huff & Puff in exchange for Gates praises were being created. With glorification like in these Gates-on-throne photos at the AP and similar sightings at the Canadian Press, one must ask questions about funding. Gates already paid a lot of news agencies, which clearly changed their reporting on Gates as a result (leaving out any critics that may legitimately exist and speak out).

A few week ago we showed how Melinda Gates got glorified by The Guardian just days after cash infusion from Gates to The Guardian. It’s an important subject to discuss now that channels are blatantly manufacturing fake/biased ‘news’ (advertisements). To give new examples of AstroTurf/lobbying through the press, here are some very new posts about the subject:

  • Fake News Persists, FCC is Mute

    Television stations are continuing to broadcast fake news, four years after the Center for Media and Democracy exposed the practice and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) warned TV stations against using it. Public relations firms make videotaped fake TV news segments in which hired actors pose as “reporters” who tell “stories” about a product or service they want advertised. The PR firms then send these so-called video news releases (VNRs) to cash-strapped news rooms around the country, who broadcast them as though they were real news, without revealing that they are really advertisements. A 2006 CMD study titled Fake TV News: Widespread and Undisclosed, exposed 123 TV stations across the country that were regularly airing VNRs without informing viewers that the spots were paid ads. Four years later, FCC has yet to take a firm stand on the practice, or crack down on new tactics that are emerging. Recently, advertisers have started hiring paid “experts” to appear on newscasts. A reporter will present a “story” about a product, and then hand the microphone to a paid spokesperson who gets a free platform to pitch the product. In some cases, stations have been paid over $10,000 for such a promotion.

  • Fake News Invasion

    Fake news is invading our airwaves, and the Federal Communications Commission is standing idly by as it happens. In an age when consumers can mute and fast-forward commercial breaks, advertisers are looking for ways to sell you products where you’re least expecting it: Embedded into your local news.

  • Stop Fake News Now!

    The General Motors segment to the right is not news. It’s undisclosed corporate propaganda dressed up as the real thing.

    This practice is illegal, and the FCC needs to do something about it.

    Free Press has filed a letter at the FCC urging the agency to protect consumers from this deceitful practice. Take action now to protect consumers from fake news.

Unless Gates has already bought The Star like it did The Guardian weeks after it had criticised him, some of the latest coverage there makes little sense. Melinda Gates, as an investor in Coca Cola which murders union organisers (as covered in posts such as [1, 2, 3]), praises this company, maybe for its high brand value and marketing. “There are three things Coke does right when it comes to marketing, Gates said,” according to the Seattle P-I. She just keeps lobbying there and The Guardian which she sponsors of course did not neglect to report. Microsoft’s PR backup Ina Fried also did puff piece about it. Microsoft’s Fried carried on with more of the usual.

“What a lobbying affair. Money well spent. Remember who is playing master of ceremony for PR gain.”The Gates Foundation’s special event which it paid for was also broadcast in Dubai and other places: “TedxChange, a seminar in New York hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was broadcast simultaneously in more than 80 locations worldwide.”

It was broadcast in India too. What a lobbying affair. Money well spent. Remember who is playing master of ceremony for PR gain.

Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)

Amanda Reed from WorldChanging.com was there in the “Clinton Global Initiative” too [1, 2], helping to show Gates’ role in politics and making it seem like a good thing (never mind those who protest about Gates overriding judgment of elected officials). Friedman from the New York Times was there too along with Clinton, whose role was obviously prominent [1, 2], as is Clinton’s connection with Gates [1, 2, 3, 4]. As we have shown recently, they have the same speech writers sometimes and they also hired the notorious APCO Worldwide. PR Watch explained why this is a wrong strategy.

Former President Bill Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in 2005 to implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems, like hunger, poverty and access to health care. By some accounts, CGI’s effectiveness rivals that of the United Nations in this regard. Ironically, CGI selected APCO Worldwide to help organize its 2010 annual meeting. APCO is the same public relations firm that helped Philip Morris organize a damaging front group in October, 1993 called The Advancement of Sound Science Coaltion that helped the tobacco industry fight public health efforts to control secondhand tobacco smoke after the EPA rated it a Group A Human Carcinogen. APCO has also helped industry pin the label of “junk science” on environmentalists. APCO also managed a massive, tobacco industry-funded, below-the-radar national effort aimed at altering the American judicial system to make it more hostile towards product liability lawsuits. The effort, also known as tort reform, was actually an internal corporate program of Philip Morris (PM).

Rania and Gates were there and the Rania story was told here before. The problem here is not congregation of rich & powerful people; rather, it is their control of events which merely lead to taxpayers’ money being sent to companies which Gates, for example, has got investments in. As we’ll show later, innocence can only be assumed when money gets given by those who talk the talk, with no strings attached. The storyline we see a lot of, e.g. from the MSBBC on Gates (it advertises him, having previously given him the platform too, not to mention that it’s now run by many former employees of Microsoft UK after many swaps) is that since Gates is getting even richer and promising to give money (while avoiding tax thanks to this claim), he should be glorified rather than questioned.

If one looks at blogs and some of the foreign press, there is a lot of resistance out there. The Chinese press labelled Gates a “baron” recently, criticised his lobbying in China (he and Warren were playing their ego games in China, as we explained before), and last week called his work "philanthrocapitalism".

USAID and Gates

Another new article is titled “How Obama Was Brainwashed by the Microsoft Theory of Foreign Aid”:

Reading this, it is hard not to feel that just as Walter Pater famously said that all art aspires to the condition of music, for the Obama administration all development aspires to replicate the experience of Microsoft. For what is being proposed here are “solutions” in the purely technical sense. But development is not a software problem that can be resolved—as Bill Gates and Paul Allen developed new products for their corporation—by bringing the best minds together to brainstorm innovative [sic] solutions. Development is a matter of culture, of politics, and of justice, far more than it is a matter of technology or, for that matter, the technologized vision of human beings that can, without embarrassment, speak of ‘unlocking’ people’s potential as if they were seams of some precious mineral buried in the dirt.

In this Gates/Obama vision of the world, all the fundamental ideological questions have been solved (this may also help explain why, domestically, the president has seemed so helpless in the face of the anger of the Tea Parties—aren’t we all liberals now?). There are no great ideological contradictions, just issues of “empowerment,” “good governance,” “transparency,” and “accountability.” The world as a global Seattle, a global Cambridge, Massachusetts: What an idea! That this is nonsense should be obvious, at least if one lets go of the idea that because what the administration would like to accomplish, and, more broadly, what the Millennium Development Goals represent, are good and moral, these ambitions as they are currently being articulated have any chance of being realized. Liberals might start by accepting that liberalism is an ideology, and not just the commonsense baseline that any sane and decent person should accept.

“Rieff rips into the Gates Foundation concepts of development,” says this commentary on the “Microsoftisation” of development at the Gates Foundation.

David Rieff rips into the Rajiv Shah and Gates Foundation technophilic cocacolaisation and Microsoftisation of development. This guy is as smart as his mother.

Here is the original which speaks about USAID (accommodated by former Gates Foundation staff). We covered it in (most recent first) [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]. “The Alliance includes the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” says the article.

The WHO is moving not only into Gates’ pocket but also to Seattle, allegedly. In relation to the WHO, there is also a mention of Tachi Yamada, Gates’ head of health who has a shareholder's conflict and an ugly past of bullying researchers [1, 2, 3].

“In relation to the WHO, there is also a mention of Tachi Yamada, Gates’ head of health who has a shareholder’s conflict and an ugly past of bullying researchers.”What exactly is Gates’ involvement in many of these steering bodies? People may gradually find answers, but it is hard to get these answers from the foundation, which admits having communication and transparency problems.

Here we have another new example of a private meetings in Seattle: “Local and national faculty includes experts from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation”

One of the better articles we found last week is titled “Who Put Bill Gates In Charge of the World?” It deals with many of the problems we covered here before, e.g.:

Bill Gates looks so angelic and friendly. Looks are deceptive. This man is trying to rule and ruin the world with the help of philanthropists and the scientific dictatorship.

Microsoft founder and one of the world’s wealthiest men, Bill Gates, projects an image of a benign philanthropist using his billions via his (tax exempt) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to tackle diseases, solve food shortages in Africa and alleviate poverty. In a conference in California, Gates reveals a less public agenda of his philanthropy—population reduction, otherwise known as eugenics.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with David Rockefeller’s Rockefeller Foundation, the creators of the GMO biotechnology, are also financing a project called The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) headed by former UN chief, Kofi Annan. Accepting the role as AGRA head in June 2007 Annan expressed his “gratitude to the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and all others who support our African campaign.” The AGRA board is dominated by people from both the Gates’ and Rockefeller foundations.

Monsanto, DuPont, Dow, Syngenta and other major GMO agribusiness giants are reported at the heart of AGRA, using it as a back-door to spread their patented GMO seeds across Africa under the deceptive label, ‘bio-technology,’ a euphemism for genetically engineered patented seeds. The person from the Gates Foundation responsible for its work with AGRA is Dr. Robert Horsch, a 25-year Monsanto GMO veteran who was on the team that developed Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready GMO technologies. His job is reportedly to use Gates’ money to introduce GMO into Africa.

To date South Africa is the only African country permitting legal planting of GMO crops. In 2003 Burkina Faso authorized GMO trials. In 2005 Kofi Annan’s Ghana drafted bio-safety legislation and key officials expressed their intentions to pursue research into GMO crops. AGRA is being used to create networks of “agro-dealers” across Africa, at first with no mention of GMO seeds or herbicides, in order to have the infrastructure in place to massively introduce GMO.

Farmers and civil society organizations around the world are outraged by the recent discovery of further connections between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and agribusiness titan Monsanto. Monsanto is a company that practices eugenics (I’m sorry new term is Bioethics, how nice), and Billy and that perky little Melinda really want to destroy at least 4/5s of the population. These people make Obama seem good.

Gates has been urging for taxpayers in the West to help Monsanto’s agenda of conquest. We covered this many times before and there are new articles that touch on this issue (more on this type of strategy in here).

Little is done by the press but a lot gets done by blogs to explain (as we too did before) the leading of efforts where money comes from taxpayers and the credit goes to the Gates family. In reality, the Gates Foundation sometimes promotes interests opposite to what it preaches, e.g. hunger in Africa. See the new article “The Food Crisis is Not About a Shortage of Food”. Gates and Monsanto are mentioned there but not the role of Gates’ investments in supporting those who cause hunger through price speculations.

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) an initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation supposedly works to achieve a food secure and prosperous Africa. While these sentiments and goals may be philanthropy at its best, some of the coalition partners have a different agenda.

One of the key players in AGRA, Monsanto, hopes to spread its genetically engineered seed throughout Africa by promising better yields, drought resistance, an end to hunger, etc. etc. Could a New Green Revolution succeed where the original Green Revolution had failed? Or was the whole concept of a Green Revolution a pig in a poke to begin with?

Monsanto giving free seed to poor small holder farmers sounds great, or are they just setting the hook? Remember, next year those farmers will have to buy their seed. Interesting to note that the Gates Foundation purchased $23.1

No such story would be complete without Gates bribing some communication channels not to tell these stories. As Accra Mail put it, “In 2007, Farm Radio International, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, launched the African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI), a project aimed at exploring how to use radio to help rural farmers improve their lives.”

It expanded this as follow: “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which supported the Farm Radio International programme that have chalked so much success have also provided funding for CountrySTAT. CountrySTAT is a statistical framework for the compilation, management and dissemination of food and agriculture data at the national and international level. The two giant efforts of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will go a long way to responding to food security challenges and encouraging self-reliance, especially in Ghana.”

Waste Management (with accounting scandals) turns out to be in Gates’ portfolio too:

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust and others have reported a combined 5 percent stake worth $853.69 million in Waste Management Inc. (NYSE: WM), according to an SEC filing.

This is new to us.

More Lobbying

Mentioned last week was news from Belfast about Reg Empey meeting Bill Gates in New York. “Reg Empey set to meet Microsoft founder Bill Gates” says one headline and the Belfast Telegraph covers it some more, adding that “Gates keen for lessons about our education” (sounds like more ammunition for his school lobbying overseas).

This has nothing to do with charity, just lobbying. The Belfast Telegraph adds another shallow piece, “Why billionaire Bill is in a league of his own”. There are other such shallow new pieces:

Hey, what’s with the big “M” dropped in my parking space?

That’s the question Raikes asks Gates Foundation employees who have filed in for a town hall forum the day before the football game between Nebraska and Washington.

Next week we are going to look and to scrutinise the foundation for its typical activities that not only fail to deplete from Gates’ cash piles as he publicly signals/insinuates (there is no tax to pay) but also empower monopolists like Monsanto, putting the burden of harmful patents on a much greater proportion of the world.

Links 1/10/2010: Sabayon GNU/Linux 5.4, MeeGo Linux Can Run on Google-branded Phones

Posted in News Roundup at 12:01 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • Arm Plans to Add Multithreading to Chip Design

    Arm plans to add multithreading capabilities to future architectures as it tries to boost the performance of its processors, a company representative said on Tuesday.

    The company is looking to include multithreading capabilities depending on application requirements in different segments, said Kumaran Siva, segment marketing manager at Arm, at the Linley Tech Processor conference in San Jose, California.

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Copyrights

      • ACTA

        • Mexican Government Answers KEI’s Concerns About ACTA

          KEI has received a letter dated September 28, 2010, from Lic. Alfredo Rendón Algara – Director General Adjunto de Propiedad Industrial of Mexico (IMPI). The letter from the Mexican government is in response to KEI’s earlier letter to C. Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Presidente Constitucional de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, regarding the position of the Mexican government in the ACTA negotiations. (See also the reply from the President, here). In general, the letter is defensive, and fails to engage in most of the substantive concerns of our earlier letter.

          The following are notes from the letter of Lic. Alfredo Rendón Algara:

          The letters claims that “the deteriorated international trade”, “the intimate connection” between piracy and terrorism, specially on music, the losses produced by “Chinese and pirate” goods, and “the obsolescence of previous international instrument on intellectual property” are the main reasons that move the Mexican government to become part of the negotiations of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

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Links 1/10/2010: Fedora Hiring, Ubuntu Starts Mobile Music Streaming, WebP Comes From Google

Posted in News Roundup at 7:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • Marcan Names PS3 Linux Bootloader on Firmware 3.41 AsbestOS

    Nintendo Wii developer Marcan has been sharing updates via Twitter on his progress with a PS3 Linux bootloader, one that is currently working on PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.41 (including on the PS3 Slim) and now named AsbestOS.

  • Desktop

    • 5 Things Linux Does Better Than Mac OS X

      I think the success of the Mac is mostly a matter of marketing. Whatever your own personal beliefs, though, there’s no denying that there are certain things Linux clearly does better than Mac OS X. If you’re trying to decide on a platform for your business, these factors are worth keeping in mind.

    • The $100.00 (USD) Coolest Linux Workspace Contest Finalists

      I apologize for the long delay of presenting the finalists of our $100.00 (USD) Coolest Linux Workspace Contest. But, as they say, it’s better late than never. So today, I’m going to present to you the 5 finalists, and we will let our readers and site visitors ultimately decide on who really deserves to win the most coveted price.

  • Server

    • A Day in the Life of Facebook Operations

      What does facebook sysadmins have to support?

      * Monthly 700 million minutes of time spent on fb
      * 6billion pieces of content updated
      * 3 billion photos
      * 1 million connect implementations
      * 1/2 billion active users

      Infrastructure Growth

      * fb reached a limit on leasing datacenter space
      * fb is building their own http://www.facebook.com/prinevilledatacenter
      * currently serving out of california and Virginia

      Initially a LAMP stack. LB -> Web Servers -> Services/Memcached/Databases

  • Kernel Space

    • Graphics Stack

      • ATI R600 Classic Mesa 7.9 Performance

        As we have talked about in numerous articles now and delivered various benchmarks for different graphics processors from those using a classic Mesa DRI driver to the newer NVIDIA/ATI hardware with Gallium3D support, Mesa 7.9 brings a lot to the table. There are many new features to be found in Mesa 7.9 for all drivers, but in this article, we are specifically looking to see how the OpenGL performance of the classic R600 driver has changed compared to Mesa 7.7 and Mesa 7.8.

  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments

    • Panel Discussion – Death of the Desktop @ COSSFest 2010 [Flash/Video]
    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC)

      • On the fly Preview on Quanta (also, my first real code for KDE)

        Since I begin to use KDE, my big desire It was to contribut with code, but I would have to study different things (indeed that was what I wanted the most: a challenge), and I admit that I thought many times that I would never be able to do it. So I decided to make talks about “KDE for Beginners” (beginners like I was), It was a quickly way to promote and contribut to FOSS, more quickly than to develop.

        I made one talk before Akademy, in the Seminar of Free Software Tchelinux at Caxias do Sul, and after, I made two talks, one at International Free Software Forum and the other happened in the 4th Seminar of Free Software Tchelinux at Pelotas. In these talks I met more KDE users, and who knows coming soon contributors as well.

  • Distributions

    • Linux Distro as Food ?

      Debian

      The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system. This operating system is called Debian GNU/Linux, or simply Debian for short. Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel. Debian comes with over 20,000 packages (precompiled software that is bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine) – all of it free.

    • Reviews

      • Review: ArchBang 2010.09 “apeiro”

        Overall, I think ArchBang has regressed a bit from its testing version, from not loading properly under 192 MB of RAM where the previous version could to not being able to handle Mozilla Firefox at all. It has a lot of potential, but I’m intentionally damning it with faint praise, as it definitely could use more polish and more testing. While #! has never failed me in this regard, #!’s website and documentation always includes the warning, “CrunchBang Linux is not recommended for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. CrunchBang Linux could possibly make your computer go CRUNCH! BANG!” While I think it’s funny that #! phrases its disclaimer in this way and is upfront about any possible stability problem, I find it odd that #! has this warning at all given its stability; I think ArchBang needs a similar warning, though what does “ARCH! BANG!” mean?

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandrake/Mandriva Family

      • New development release name has been chosen, Cauldron!

        In Mandriva the development release was named Cooker. The development release of Mageia will be, like Cooker, a rolling distro. The idea here is that any new packages go into the development release first, where they’re tested and any bugs found in them are fixed; then when the development cycle nears its end the repositories are frozen in preparation for pushing a new stable release (after that the development distro starts again). Of course it’s not recommended to run development releases on day-to-day production machines as, by its very nature, it’s unstable and prone to break. Things tend to break quite a good number of times in development releases however they get fixed pretty fast too, so if you like living on the cutting edge don’t hesitate to join forces with those brave souls who’ll be testing Cauldron; the more the testers the better the stable release that’ll follow as more bugs will get squashed this way.

    • Red Hat Family

      • Fedora

        • Fedora 14 Beta is released! Screenshot Tour
        • You must be this tall to ride: __

          How do you get contributors? You recruit from your pool of users! How do you get users, to widen your potential contributor pool and to spread your free software / free culture message? You reach out to them, providing them a compelling reason to care. Okay, great, that’s easy right? We just get out there and send our message out – it’s a great cause – folks will want to help, right?

        • Fedora is hiring

          People regularly ask me about how they can work for Red Hat, specifically, how they can work on Fedora for Red Hat. Usually, my answer is “Contribute, do good work, get noticed, and you’re likely to be hired”, but at the moment, two positions have opened up.

    • Debian Family

      • Canonical/Ubuntu

        • Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat — First Impressions

          Wow.

          That’s what I can say about Maverick so far.

        • Canonical announces Ubuntu One music streaming service

          The Ubuntu One service originally launched last year with cloud file storage capabilities and support for synchronizing the user’s e-mail address book and notes. Canonical later added the Ubuntu One music store, which integrates into GNOME’s Rhythmbox audio player. When the user purchases music from the store, the files are deployed directly into their Ubuntu One cloud storage space and are automatically propagated to all of the computers that the user has connected to Ubuntu One. The new music streaming feature complements the music store by giving the user mobile access to their music. It’s worth noting that the streaming feature works with any MP3 that the user uploads to their Ubuntu One storage account, not just the songs that they have purchased from the Ubuntu One music store.

        • Ubuntu One Blog: Mobile music streaming public beta now available
        • Future Ubuntu Releases Will be Shipped With LibreOffice, Says Mark Shuttleworth

          OpenOffice’s future was doomed from the day when Oracle acquired SUN Microsystems. The eventuality became even more obvious when they pulled the plug on OpenSolaris. Thankfully, OpenOffice is an open source software and leading contributors of the original project has forked OpenOffice and the new project will be called LibreOffice.

        • Ubuntu 10.10 RC Available for Download Now

          A few minutes ago, the Ubuntu development team unleashed the Release Candidate (RC) version of the up-coming Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) operating system, due for release in October 10th, 2010. As usual, we’ve downloaded a copy of it in order to keep you up-to-date with the latest changes in the Ubuntu 10.10 development.

        • Using Ubuntu One Cloud Storage: From Basic to Creative
        • Flavours and Variants

          • Lubuntu Maverick Beta 2 iso available

            Julian Lavergne has released the Lubuntu Maverick Beta 2 iso is now available for testing. This is the last testing iso before the final release of Lubuntu 10.10. As the iso is still not build with Ubuntu architecture, this release and the final one will be named “Beta”.

          • GnackTrack

            GnackTrack is a Live (and installable) Linux distibution designed for Penetration Testing and is based on Ubuntu. Although this sounds like BackTrack, it’s most certainly not; it’s very similar but based on the much loved GNOME!

  • Devices/Embedded

    • MIPS touts its quad-core IP as an Atom-beater

      Android was specifically cited as an operating system platform for the latter, but the 1074K CPS is said to run any MIPS32-compatible software, which would include Linux and Windows CE. At CES in January of this year, MIPS showed off a number of Android-based set-top box designs from its partners using MIPS-based Sigma Designs processors.

      The 1074K CPS core is supported by tools from CodeSourcery, CriticalBlue and others, including MIPS Technologies’ own development tools and probes, and symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) versions of Linux, MIPS adds.

    • Phones

Free Software/Open Source

  • O.S.A.N. Accouncement

    This is a community project. Its goal is to advertise Free / Libre / Open Source Software and Projects among the community and on non-commercial web sites. Nobody is making money out of this. Publishing banners and text advertisments is free for FLOSS projects. Likewise there is only a good feeling to be earned by hosting our ads. No money involved nowhere.

  • Nagios Trademark Truth

    I would greatly appreciate the Nagios Community’s assistance in helping me to resolve this issue by pressuring NETWAYS and Julian Hein to do the right thing and return what is not rightfully theirs.

  • Nagios Trademark Statement

    Nagios Enterprises posted a blogpost at their community site, accusing me, Julian Hein the owner and managing director of NETWAYS to have taken away their Nagios trademark and that they want it back. While some of the facts in the blogpost are true, some assumptions are not, some are taken out of their context and some may be just a result of misunderstandings.

  • Events

    • Open World Forum keynote panel: Challenges of open communities

      During this afternoon’s final keynotes at the Open World Forum, five panelists met to discuss a few of the challenges of geographical and physical barriers open communities face.

      The panel was moderated by Cedric Thomas, CEO, OW2 Consortium, who was joined by:

      * Bertrand Delacretaz, Director, Apache Software Foundation
      * Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director, Eclipse Foundation
      * Simon Phipps, Director, Open Source Initiative, Chief Strategy Officer, ForgeRock
      * Louis Suarez-Potts, Open Office Community Manager, Oracle

  • Web Browsers

    • 2 Simple Chromium Extensions For Ubuntu Users

      We featured a post on ‘Three Must have Firefox Add-ons for Ubuntu Users’ some time back. I wanted to do a similar post for Chrome/Chromium but could not find many extensions specifically made for Ubuntu users. So I decided to share these two extensions available as of now.

    • Warning: Google Chrome Apparently *Removing* Key Privacy Feature
    • Mozilla

      • Mozilla CTO: Why Firefox wins over Chrome

        Eich noted however that the upcoming Firefox 4 release will compete well in the speed category against Chrome. But speed and a minimal user interface alone are not what will continue to make Firefox a great browser. He added that at one point Google approached him to try and get the Chrome engine into Firefox, but that didn’t work out due to both technical and philosophical reasons.

  • SaaS

  • Databases

    • Let’s Open Joomla! to a Wider Audience

      Until now have already ported other famous Web applications like WordPress, MediaWiki, and phpBB. Today Joomla is one of them! We did our best to make a smart porting. We haven’t altered a single functionality of the Joomla package, but created the CUBRID intermediary classes which parse the original MySQL queries to CUBRID compatible queries. At this moment the developers focused on bringing the CUBRID support. The final stable release will allow users to deploy the same Joomla distribution with both CUBRID and MySQL Database systems with no difference except for the performance. As we mentioned in the previous blog, the final stable version is expected to have higher performance on CUBRID than on MySQL due to the Web optimizations of the CUBRID Database. Let’s cross our fingers for this.

  • Oracle

    • Goodbye OpenOffice. LibreOffice, Here I Come!

      I loved OpenOffice! For 6 years, OpenOffice was my bedrock and one of the key tools that allowed me to free myself from the chains of proprietary software. For that, I will forever be grateful. I am certain that the affection that I had for OpenOffice and its development team will be reborn as I discover LibreOffice. It would be pretty cool if the entire OpenOffice Team signed and sent a resignation letter to Oracle stating that they would be moving to the Document Foundation. Can you imagine the deafening silence when Oracle tried to recruit people to work on OpenOffice? One thing that Oracle did not realize is how badly they shot themselves in the foot when they decided to sue Google. Google has some very powerful friends in the form of Redhat, Canonical, and Novell. It is not surprising that all of these friends now support LibreOffice. I too will be supporting LibreOffice as I wave my old friend OpenOffice goodbye. It was great knowing you. LibreOffice, here I come!

  • CMS

  • Semi-Open Source

    • BlackBerry Widgets Renamed WebWorks, Goes Open Source

      BlackBerry Widgets, a web-based development platform RIM had released in October, has been renamed WebWorks, and will be an open-source project. Using the BlackBerry Web App Packager, developers will be able to create full-fledged programs using familiar web languages, like HTML5, CSS, XML and the like.

  • BSD

    • I brought out the OpenBSD 4.7-stable laptop and ran the latest patch

      Now that I know how to patch my OpenBSD-release installation and keep it updated as OpenBSD-stable, I pulled out the Toshiba Satellite 1100-S101 now running 4.7-stable, applied the latest patch, then rebuilt the kernel and rebooted.

      As I wrote in the earlier entry, once you have the sources and know how to apply patches and rebuild the kernel and system, keeping a patched OpenBSD box is pretty easy.

  • Project Releases

  • Licensing

    • Neo-proprietary tactic considered harmful to open source

      At some point, one could even argue that the most successful open source company (RedHat) is very closed to this model : they offer a great product for free (the RedHat Linux Distribution) and monetize services of only a small percent of their users.

      Fauxpensource has several definitions and even if this is not yet a widely used term. Some synonims are open-core or neo-proprietary. Neo-proprietary is the term I will use in this post as there is no common sounds or part with Open Source.

  • Openness/Sharing

    • Open Access/Content

      • Hal Plotkin Releases Free to Learn: An Open Educational Resources Policy Development Guidebook for Community College Governance Officials

        Yesterday Hal Plotkin announced the release of Free to Learn: An Open Educational Resources Policy Development Guidebook for Community College Governance Officials. The guide explains how the flexibility and diversity of Open Educational Resources (OER) can improve teaching and learning in higher education, all while retaining quality and enabling resource sharing and collaboration. Free to Learn features case studies and highlights several interviews with leaders of the OER community. The document suggests that community colleges are uniquely positioned to both take advantage of OER opportunities and to become pioneers in teaching through the creative and cost-effective use of OER.

  • Programming

    • The Humble README

      The README file goes back to the dawn of computing. We’re pretty sure Grace Hopper had one in a filing cabinet, right next to a folder marked “Bug”. It is a time-honored tradition: developers pour their heart and soul into a README file and users promptly ignore them. We probably can’t do anything about that here at SourceForge, but we can try.

  • Standards/Consortia

Leftovers

  • Science

    • IBM characterizes single-atom DRAM

      The ultimate memory chips of the future will encode bits on individual atoms, a capability recently demonstrated for iron atoms by IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif., which unveiled a new pulsed technique for scanning tunneling microscopes (STMs).

      Pulsed-STMs yield nanosecond time-resolution, a requirement for designing the atomic-scale memory chips, solar panels and quantum computers of the future.

      “My hope is that we can spawn a great following doing nanosecond time resolution and atomic-scale spatial resolution with their STMs,” said Andreas Heinrich, a physicist in the IBM’s Almaden Lab.

      STMs, invented at IBM in the 1980s, have become the workhorse of the semiconductor materials industry. Their resolution extends all the way to the atomic scale, allowing individual atoms to be imaged. Unfortunately, STMs are slow at making such delicate measurements. Now IBM has perfected a new pulsed-STM technique that puts its ability to measure time on par with the nanoscale accuracy as its distance measurements.

  • Finance

    • Admission of Guilt With No Consequences…We Need Justice For All

      The story of bank fraud, committed by the banks themselves is an ongoing story that has been on the side lines since the very beginning of the “meltdown” in 2007. Banks lied then to protect themselves, they continued to cheat and lie to protect themselves, they lied (along with our highest elected officials) to get our money so that they could steal from us even more.
      This is a story of a financial system gone bad. It is a story of a government taken over by a financial system gone bad and it is a story of a once free people in a nation whose Constitution has gone bad. Everything we once had and stood for has been destroyed by our banks.

    • JPMorgan Suspending Foreclosures

      The lender, JPMorgan Chase, said on Wednesday that it was halting 56,000 foreclosures because some of its employees might have improperly prepared the necessary documents. All of the suspensions are in the 23 states where foreclosures must be approved by a court, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida and Illinois.

      The bank, which lends through its Chase Mortgage unit, has begun to “systematically re-examine” its filings to verify that they meet legal standards, a spokesman, Tom Kelly, said.

      Last week, GMAC Mortgage said it was suspending an undisclosed number of foreclosures to give it time to take a closer look at its own procedures. GMAC simultaneously began withdrawing affidavits in pending court cases, throwing their future into doubt.

    • Let’s Ramp Up The Fight Against Illegal Foreclosures and Fraud By Banks

      I have been writing on the topic of fraud by the banks since the beginning of the so called “mortgage meltdown” began in 2007. There was fraud during the bubble committed by the banks, not the loan originators as they claimed. Yes there was fraud at the originator level but without the coaching and approval of the banks the street level fraud would have been held to a minimum as it had been for years.

      Now the next wave of fraud being committed by the banks – illegal foreclosure – are being totally ignored by our courts and most of all by our government. This fraud has been public common knowledge for several years now but NO ONE LISTENS.

  • Censorship/Privacy/Civil Rights

    • Tie Theory

      Like Gladwell, I too grew up with stories of the civil rights movement. A lot was accomplished. Great odds were overcome. And of course it makes for high drama. Which is great on a movie screen but for the people living it, not so much. In fact, I’m guessing that most activists would prefer not to give up their lives or their freedom or their livelihoods to meet their goals. Think how much more Mr. King might have accomplished had he lived.

    • EU Commission takes UK to court over web privacy

      The European Commission is taking the UK to court for failing to comply with EU rules on internet privacy.

      The case in the EU’s Court of Justice – called an “infringement procedure” – could lead to a fine for the UK if the judges support the Commission’s view.

      The EU began investigating the UK last year, suspecting that UK law provided insufficient safeguards against illegal interception of internet traffic.

    • Lawyers to continue piracy fight

      A London law firm has pledged to continue to target file sharers, despite controversy surrounding the acquisition and care of users’ data.

      Gallant Macmillan is to go to the High Court on 4 October to seek the personal details of hundreds of PlusNet users.

      Internet service providers have pledged to take a tougher stand before handing over data, after the leak of thousands of users’ personal details by ACS:Law.

    • In the wake of the ACS:Law email leaks, will the BPI disclose their P2P surveillance methods?

      ACS:Law have managed to highlight the perils of companies operating as private surveillance agencies. By collecting extremely sensitive information – and letting it into the wild through their own incompetence – many people will be suffering serious personal trauma.

      Possibilities of this, or smaller scale abuse, are exactly why Peter Hustinx warned that private surveillance was unlikely to be a proportionate means of dealing with copyright infringement, compatible with privacy rights.

    • What BT, Sky and other ISPs should do about the likes of ACS:Law

      Open Rights Group spoke to BT today, and has requested a meeting with Sky to discuss how they handle future applications for people’s data when they are thought to be infringing copyright.

    • EU taking UK to court for privacy deficiencies highlighted by Phorm

      The result was that the EU Commission threatened to take the Uk to court. Such action is extremely rare, but today, they announced that they will do exactly that.

      At the time, ORG made a technical analysis of Phorm alongside the Foundation for Information Policy Research and wrote to Commissioner Reding and her Commission’s officers in the wake of the Phorm complaint.

  • Internet/Net Neutrality/DRM

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Copyrights

      • 3 More Adult Companies Sue 1,100 Bit Torrent Users

        Another wave of bit torrent piracy suits were filed Wednesday.

        The latest action targets 1,100 John Does in three suits waged by CP Productions Inc., First Time Videos and Future Blue Inc.

        All three suits were filed by attorney John L. Steele at U.S. District Court in Chicago and seek to identify each user through their Internet service providers. Each asks for injunctive relief and damages.

      • RIAA Continues to Be Attacked from DDoS Flood

        Security firm PandaLabs recently spoke with hacker group Anonymous about its global cyber-war with the pro-copyright industry. Called “Operation Payback,” the DDoS assault was triggered by a similar attack on file sharing sites by an Indian firm. Now Anonymous is in offensive mode and looking to sign on more members by sending out flyers and recruiting people through Facebook, Digg, Reddit and other sites.

        Their mission? To fight back against the anti-piracy lobby. “There been a massive lobbyist-provoked surge in unfair infringements of personal freedom online, lately,” one member said. “In the USA, a new bill has been proposed that could allow the USA to force top level registrars such as ICANN and Nominet to shut down websites, all with NO fair trial. Guilty until proven guilty! Our tactics are inspired by the very people who provoked us, AiPlex Software. A few weeks back they admitted to attacking file sharing sites with DDoS attacks.”

      • White House IP Chief Talks Tough on Online Piracy

        Victoria Espinel, who serves as the nation’s first intellectual property enforcement coordinator within the Office of Management and Budget, said the administration is working with a variety of stakeholders, including Internet service providers, search engines and payment processors, in what it is billing as a “voluntary cooperation initiative.”

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