Summary: Another show with Gordon Sinclair may be the first among many where he is a regular
THIS is our ninth episode. Gordon, Tim, and Roy speak about news from the past two days (everything that matters since the previous show). This show mostly focuses on GNU/Linux, it hardly mentions Apple at all, and Microsoft is secondary at best. Tim’s site, OpenBytes, will soon publish some show notes (we put the audio out there as soon as possible while the news covered is still fresh). We have finally found a way to structure the show such that it covers everything which needs to be covered rather exhaustively.
During the discussion of criticisms of Jono Bacon’s “Open Respect” efforts, I couldn’t help but notice a rather striking incongruity between one side being characterized as “the Fedora people”, “the Fedora community”, “certain people in Fedora”, “Fedora is the vocal proponents of this whole protest”; while the other is presented as “people are individuals”, “people are not their jobs”, “something that Jono has taken up as a personal project”, and “it’s not Canonical, it’s him”. How does one reconcile the defense of a person based on his individuality and independence of action while at the same time disparaging others as collectively indistinct from their own project affiliations?
The direction that the European Patent Office has taken under Battistelli undoes many decades (almost half a century) of reputation-building and progress and naturally this repels existing staff, not to mention hampers recruitment efforts
The dysphoric reality at the European Patent Office, which is becoming like a large cell (with bolted-down windows) where people are controlled by fear and scapegoats are selected to perpetuate this atmosphere of terror and maintain demand (or workload) for the Investigative Stasi
With a privatised, in-house (sometimes outsourced and for-profit) force for surveillance, policing, justice, public relations and now medical assessment (mere vassals or marionettes of the management) the EPO serves to show that it has become indistinguishable from North Korea, where the Supreme Leader gets to control every single aspect (absolutely no separation of powers)
Selective coverage and deliberate misinterpretation of Microsoft's tactics (patent settlement under threat, disguised as "pre-installation of some of the US company’s software products") as seen in IAM almost every week these days
An introduction or prelude to a long series of upcoming posts, whose purpose is to show governance by coercion, pressure, retribution and tribalism rather than professional relationship between human beings at the European Patent Office (EPO)
The European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC), which calls itself "the largest European cancer patients' umbrella organisation," fails to fulfill its duties, says a source of ours, and the EPO makes things even worse
A new example of software patents against Free software, or trolls against companies that are distributing freedom-respecting software from a country where these patents are not even potent (they don't exist there)
The increasingly pathetic moves by Battistelli and the ever-declining image/status of the EPO (only 0% of polled stakeholders approve Battistelli's management) is causing damage to the reputation of the European Union, even if the EPO is not a European Union organ but an international one
Disintegration of Intellectual Ventures (further shrinkage after losing software patents at CAFC), China's massive patent bubble, and Singapore's implicit invitation/facilitation of patent trolls (bubble economy)