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Microsoft Defends “Lawsuit Company” Status by Suing Its Own Managers, Insults Autistic Boy (Updated)

Posted in Microsoft at 6:29 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Matt Miszewski, the GM who left Microsoft earlier this month, is being sued by Microsoft

Microsoft is fighting against its own staff and its own customers (like the media conglomerates). We shall show how exactly. Earlier this week we repeatedly alleged that Microsoft had become a lawsuit company. Nothing else seems to be working and following the departure of its manager Mr. Miszewski, well… he too gets sued. Maybe it is time for Microsoft to hire a new CEO called Susan, or Sue for short.

The Miszewski lawsuit is covered by dozens of publications including this one (sent to us by a reader some hours ago):

Microsoft is suing its erstwhile general manager Matt Miszewski, after he took a job with cloud computing rival Salesforce.com.

The company has won a restraining order from a Washington state court, which temporarily halts Miszewski from working at Salesforce in his new position of senior vice president of global public sector biz at Marc Benioff’s firm, which is based in California.

In other news, Microsoft is nearly banning autistic clients:

She says they’ve stolen his confidence and may end up isolating her autistic son even more than he is now.

Jennifer Zdenek, the mother of an 11-year-old boy who lives with autism, is outraged at Microsoft Xbox Live for labeling her son a “cheater” and taking away everything he’s earned online.

She says her son, Julias Jackson, is so good at playing X-Box games, Xbox LIVE thought he cheated.

She says her son got online last week to play Xbox LIVE and saw that he was labeled a cheater and had zero “achievements.”

Zdenek says her boy masters games in three to four days.

Having banned gay people too, the impulsive aggression at Microsoft sure seems miscalculated and silly.

Update (31/01/2011): It turns out that the boy did, in fact, cheat (see link in the comments).

Xandros Server is Allegedly Dead

Posted in GNU/Linux, Servers, Xandros at 6:00 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Inca skull from Peru

Summary: Some quick update on the state of Xandros Linux

IT has been a long time since we last wrote about Xandros. We had written about it extensively back in the days. Someone has just informed us that “it appears that Xandros server IS dead. We ordered and headr through our supplier that the software was “not supported”. Nitix has [been] gobbled by IBM.” For those who do not remember, Xandros agreed to pay Microsoft for GNU/Linux.

Banks at Risk From Microsoft Windows

Posted in Microsoft, Security, Windows at 5:16 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ben Bernanke official portrait

Summary: Carberp targets the bank accounts of Windows users

BANKS may gradually have to accept the fact that Microsoft is not their friend [1, 2]. Losses incurred by security issues alone are said to have cost the economy over one trillion dollars. This estimate goes a couple of years back. According to this article (brought up by Chips B. Malroy this morning), “Carberp, which targets computers running Microsoft’s Windows OS, was discovered last October by several security companies and noted for its ability to steal a range of data as well as disguise itself as legitimate Windows files and remove antivirus software. It has been billed as a rival to Zeus, another well-known piece of malware.”

“A piece of banking malware that researchers have been keeping an eye on is adding more sophisticated capabilities to stay hidden on victims’ PCs, according to the vendor Seculert,” says the rest.

“No problem,” writes Malroy, “it’s just malware designed to drain your banking account if you run Windows.”

“Our products just aren’t engineered for security.”

Brian Valentine, Microsoft executive

Why Microsoft is Preparing Another SCO-Type Attack on Android/Linux

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux, Google, Intellectual Monopoly, Patents, Windows at 4:47 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Summary: Vista Phony 7 [sic] is dying and Microsoft is attacking Android from several different directions because there is nothing else it can do

FOR THOSE who keep abreast of the news, smartphones are quickly becoming a hot item and along with them all sorts of gadgets continue to flood that market — to the point of just about outnumbering so-called ‘desktops’, which are the old type of devices that qualify as computers for all the features that they offer. Microsoft has failed badly in the mobile arena and the whole strategy is so misguided that Microsoft turns from Windows Mobile to KIN/Zune to Vista Phony 7 [sic] with a touch of Silver Lie, and also items like Singularity and BSD (this item was mostly overlooked by the outlets of news, but it can relate to Danger/SideKick).

Earlier today our reader Chips B. Malroy dropped this story from Microsoft Nick. He writes that “[a]bout 1.5 million [Vista Phony 7] devices were shipped in six weeks, for an average of 250,000 per week; then 500,000 were shipped in the next four weeks, or about 125,000 per week. And that was during the holiday shopping rush.”

“Ballmer has to continue pouring money into WP7, because if he stops, he admits failure, and loses his job.”
      –Chips B. Malroy
Microsoft is losing here very badly. At this pace, the company may not manage to even ship — let alone sell — 5 million phones (all combined). It’s pathetic, but it is not surprising. Ryan argues that “it’s clear, Microsoft will keep throwing cash into the fire subsidizing a product nobody wants until it fades into the sunset ala Zune” (that too failed).

Malroy replied with: “Ballmer has to continue pouring money into WP7, because if he stops, he admits failure, and loses his job. Which he most likely is going to anyway.”

As everyone ought to know by now, the strategy at Microsoft has shifted to crushing Android — the only viable deviceless or device-independent operating system for mobile devices (by viable we mean capable of taking over the market). So the patent attacks on Android (along with copyright smears from Microsoft Florian) should be expected and not at all shocking. One of our readers, Wayne, explains what those attacks from Microsoft Florian may be:

His other problem is what he is saying. He’s singing the same song that Darl McBride, Ken Brown, and a whole bunch of other people have sung, and by now most techie geeks have gotten damned suspicious of it. We just don’t believe it. We ask questions like Does Florian Müller Work For The Alexis de Tocqueville Institution?

And we check with people that we trust. Like PJ. Who wrote How Not to Get Snookered by Claims of “Proof” of Copyright Infringement. Or Doctor Roy, who has been chronicling Florian Müller for some time now, ending with this. When Roy started tracking Florian a lot of people thought he was crazy. Crazy like a fox maybe. Of course agreeing with Roy will get me a ton of hate mail, but hey, I’m a big boy.

So what does Florian do now? The very people he’s trying to convince are Mostly certain that he works for Microsoft. I’m holding out for ADTI myself, I can’t see Microsoft being quite that stupid. On the other hand…

Whatever goodwill he once had in the community is gone. He’s become a laughing stock. Which means that whoever is behind him (and believe me, someone is) will find another sock puppet.

This morning I received an E-mail from Microsoft Florian. In it, he confirmed that he “met Michael McLoughlin in Brussels on the occasion of the European Commission’s Oracle/Sun hearing (December 2009).” McLoughlin is the person we mentioned the other day (Spanish translation). He is describing himself as “Director, Enterprise Markets, Office of Strategic Relations at Microsoft”.

Links 27/1/2011: Release of Sabayon Linux 5.5, Fedora 14 for IBM System z 64-bit

Posted in News Roundup at 2:44 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • The Audacity of Carla Schroder

    In this exclusive Linux Pro Magazine interview, tell-it-like-it-is, Linux Today editor Carla Schroder talks about her latest book, The Book of Audacity , shares facts about herself you won’t find anywhere else, a peek into her current projects, and offers advice for women on making their own paths, encouraging children, and more.

  • Server

    • Linux vs Windows Hosting Servers

      When you’re looking at hosting options, especially for a virtual private server or dedicated server, you have a choice between Windows hosting or Linux hosting. The reference to Windows or Linux is to the operating system that is used on the server or on the virtual private server. So you might be wondering which one is better.

  • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Podcast Season 3 Episode 2

      In this episode: Ubuntu is going to bundle Qt libraries with its base install. Google will no longer bundle H.264 with Chrome and Firefox 4 will only have limited hardware acceleration. Share our discoveries, try XFCE, and listen to your own conversion stories in our Open Ballot.

  • Kernel Space

  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC)

      • Amarok Insider – Issue 16

        In This Issue

        * What’s New in Amarok
        * Google and Amarok
        * Roktober Success
        * Interview with a Developer: Bart Cerneels
        * Automated Playlist Generator: How to Use it
        * Queue Manager in Amarok
        * Installing and using a script in Amarok
        * Amarok on Windows
        * Transcode your media files
        * Amarok Live CD

  • Distributions

    • Sabayon – PackageKit, the Other GUI

      Alright, some of you are out there mumbling and grumbling about Sulfur, the gui front-end to entropy. The largest complaint I see is how slow it is on start up and even slow operations after it is up and running. I personally don’t see this issue. It takes a bit for it to start up, but don’t see it any worse than starting up firefox. There is an alternative to using Sulfur and it’s called PackageKit.

    • Interactive GNU/Linux distro timeline

      An absolutely massive interactive HTML-based graphic shows the timeline of your favorite Linux distributions. With the left side presenting 1992′s Debian, Redhat, and SLS, it shows how the various distributions we know today came into existence. Follow the lines to the right as they branch into CentOS, Fedora, Tinfoil Hat, Knoppix, Freespire, and many many more. Click on each name to be taken to the home site for that selected distribution.

    • Lin4Neuro: a customized Linux distribution ready for neuroimaging analysis

      A variety of neuroimaging software packages have been released from various laboratories worldwide, and many researchers use these packages in combination. Though most of these software packages are freely available, some people find them difficult to install and configure because they are mostly based on UNIX-like operating systems.

    • Red Hat Family

    • Debian Family

      • LCA 2011: Travelling far and wide to spread the Debian gospel

        It’s a long way from the cold boulevards of Paris to the searing heat of Brisbane but Stefano Zacchiroli has spent the 20-odd hours needed to make the trip because he wants to tell people in the FOSS community about the vital role that the Debian GNU/Linux Project still has to play.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu

        • The New X Stack Is Going Into Ubuntu 11.04

          For those following closely the development of Ubuntu 11.04, in the process of going into the Ubuntu Natty repository this week is its new X stack. This means the latest snapshot of the unreleased X Server 1.10 and Mesa 7.10 for the open-source DRI / Gallium3D drivers. Due to the usual API/ABI breaks, this also means updated X.Org drivers are also going into the “Natty Narwhal” repository at the same time.

        • Full Circle – Special Edition #01 – The Perfect Server

          Yes, the cover looks familiar, but don’t worry, inside are many pages of Ubuntu 9.10 goodness.

        • Ubuntu 11.04′s Unity: What’s new

          Since Unity has been introduced in Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition, there have been many changes in it just since 10.10′s release. The switch from Mutter to Compiz is one example: Compiz, unlike Mutter, has more animations and other effects that allow some incredible things like autohiding of the Unity Launcher, Launcher transparency, and familiar things like the world-famous desktop cube enabled by other Compiz plugins that can run alongside Unity (also a Compiz plugin).

        • Other Distros May Adopt Ubuntu Software Center

          Samuel: We already agreed that we would like the current Ubuntu Software Center to be improved and used in various distributions. If this happens, then we will have the same software center in many distributions, but this doesn’t mean that the available applications have to be exactly the same in every distribution. There are no plans to merge software repositories for now, nor package managers.

        • Ubuntu’s Warm and Fuzzy Qt Embrace

          After all, there’s been Canonical’s decision to adopt Unity as the next desktop Ubuntu’s default interface, and there’s been the equally shocking plan to switch away from X.org and onto Wayland as the distro’s new graphics system. And that’s on top of a raft of smaller but still significant changes!

          Well, one can only hope Ubuntu fans have been taking their vitamins lately, because recently word got out that yet another big change is planned. Specifically, future versions of Ubuntu — post-Natty Narwhal, that is — will incorporate the Qt user interface libraries; they may, in fact, even include applications based on Qt.

        • Flavours and Variants

          • Preview: Bodhi Linux 0.1.4 Beta

            I’ve been reading a lot of good things about Bodhi Linux recently. It’s a young (just a few months old) Ubuntu-based distribution that exclusively uses the Enlightenment E17 WM. (The name is appropriate because Prince Siddartha (later to be known as the Buddha) achieved enlightenment under a bodhi tree.) I’ve used GNOME, KDE, Openbox, and a bit of LXDE, Xfce, and Fluxbox, but I’ve never used Enlightenment before, so this is a totally new experience to me. Plus, not only is Bodhi Linux in beta at version 0.1.4, even Enlightenment itself, after over a decade of development, is still in beta at version 0.17 (hence E17); the release of E17 after E16 (Enlightenment 0.16) was a huge deal for its users. It’s a good thing that it’s built on a familiar Ubuntu base, or else I’d be totally lost. I made a live USB of this with UnetBootin and went on my way, so follow the jump to see how this experience goes.

          • [New release of] Greenie Linux
  • Devices/Embedded

    • And It Came To Pass, The Tiny ARMed PC

      This thing is pocket-sized but it’s not a mobile thingie, it’s a desktop PC. CompuLab has been making industrial controllers and such using x86 but lately it is going with ARM. No doubt they like the performance per cubic centimetre/dollar.

      I was expecting things like this to appear in the fall but these guys plan on shipping in April. No prices yet… If they can undercut eeeBox, we should have some competition in this space. Good.

    • Tiny Tegra-based computer touted as open ARM development platform

      CompuLab announced a 5.1 x 3.7 x 0.6-inch computer built around the dual-core, 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, designed as an open platform for ARM software development, among other uses. Claimed to run on only three Watts, the “Trim-Slice” features 1GB RAM, dual SDHC slots, a SATA SSD, dual-head HDMI/DVI, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, plus gigabit Ethernet, USB, and serial connectivity.

    • Navigation SoCs will adopt ARM Cortex cores

      CSR plc announced a “major licensing agreement” with ARM that will result in the former’s GPS receivers being integrated with the latter’s IP (intellectual property). The “location-aware” SoC (system on chip) platforms will include application processors with Cortex-A5 and Cortex-A9 cores, according to the companies.

    • Phones

      • Nokia/MeeGo/Maemo

        • Is Nokia planning to enter the tablet market with MeeGo?

          Over the past few months, there have a lot of potential iPad competitors entering (or preparing to enter) the market. The most common are Android-based tablets running either the current/recent Android releases or models that will ship with Google’s tablet-optimized Honeycomb release. There’s also a couple of new platforms on the horizon including RIM’s PlayBook and HP’s upcoming webOS tablets (along with potential webOS netbooks).

      • Android

        • Android trumps Apple, every time

          Given the choice of an Apple iOS or and Android powered device, my choice is clear.

          At the risk of sounding like a “hater” – I won’t be buying an iPad.

          I know all the cool kids have iPads but I really don’t want one. I’m also tired of hearing how “awesome” the iPad is. It’s just a tablet PC, for goodness sake. The way some people carry on you’d swear the iPad was the equivalent of finding a cure for cancer or brokering world peace.

          Of course the iPad looks cool. That’s what Apple does best: Apply their excellent design and marketing skills to relatively standard pieces of technology. No matter how cool it is, it is not enough to convince me to become an Apple disciple, which is what most Apple users quickly become.

        • Google has forked Android

          The last thing I wanted to see was Android to split into two “official” versions. Well, guess what, for all intents and purposes that’s what’s happened. Ack!

          It’s bad enough that Android has multiple current versions. Then, Xavier Ducrohet, Android SDK (Software Development Kit) Tech Lead, announced “Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) is a new version of the Android platform that is designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets.”

        • Preliminary Android 3.0 SDK reveals new delights

          The Google-sponsored Android project has released a preview software developers kit (SDK) for the tablet-oriented Android 3.0 (“Honeycomb”). In the process, it has revealed many more details about Android 3.0, including a revamped “holographic” UI, redesigned keyboard, a new animation framework and graphics engines, and enhanced Bluetooth support — among many other changes.

        • An NXP App For Android

          If you are an engineer and own an Android phone, you can keep a close eye on NXP products through this new app.

          The app allows users to search, buy and share information on over 10,000 products from NXP’s High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Products portfolio.

        • Android, open source and ZTE conquer world with entry-level phones

          Android as an open platform is continuing to spread its wings far and wide and keeping sure that the smartphone is en route to becoming the standard. By 2015, it may be time to drop the “smart” and just call them phones.

          We have already seen own-brand handsets and cheaper models particularly from the likes of Chinese manufacturers ZTE and Huawei. TechEye has previously reported that ZTE, with its affordable mobile phones and aggressive strategy for going global, is on the way to world domination. Juniper Research agrees: “Pricing of smartphones will come down to $80 by 2015,” analyst Anthony Cox says. With the internet widely regarded as not just a privilege but a right, it makes sense: mobile browsing in emerging markets can be sold on the cheap.

    • Sub-notebooks

      • My Triple-boot Netbook…No More

        In July last year, I wrote about my little netbook Toshiba NB-100. Even though it originally came with Windows XP preinstalled, I forced Redmond’s OS to make room for SimplyMepis 8.0. That’s how my dual-boot computer was born.

        Sometime later, encouraged by the stability of Mepis and the flexibility of Linux, I went for a bolder move and installed Mepis 8.5 as well. I then had a triple-boot computer!! Oh, I was so proud of it!

        Back in those days, I was happy to experiment with Linux. In fact, I seldom booted XP. Little by Little, XP moved away from the center and became more like a storeroom on my netbook. I didn’t wipe that system out because of nostalgic reasons. Besides, the thought “if something goes wrong with Linux, you can boot Windows” was still present in my mind.

        Bullseye! At least in part. Something went wrong with Linux! This was something that both Mepis 8.0 and Mepis 8.5 brought about…

Free Software/Open Source

  • What Factors Justify the Use of Apache Hadoop?

    The question posed at this week’s San Francisco Hadoop User Group is a common one: “what factors justify the use of an Apache Hadoop cluster vs. traditional approaches?” The answer you receive depends on who you ask.

    Relational database authors and advocates have two criticisms of Hadoop. First, that most users have little need for Big Data. Second, that MapReduce is more complex than traditional SQL queries.

  • Events

    • LFNW 2011, Call for Presenters, Exhibitors, Sponsors

      The LinuxFest Northwest organizers are pleased to request proposals for exhibits and presentations for the 2011 Fest! Attendee participation is important to the success of the Fest. Thanks to sponsors and exhibitors the event is free to attendees again this year. Thank you for your support!

    • Texas Linux Fest Seeks Koha Guru

      The first Texas Linux Fest was, by most measures, a success.

      Personally, I attended as a voyeur…attending many of the talks and I caught Joe Brockmeier’s keynote. Something I enjoyed throughly. I also messed around and learned some things…both about Linux and the people that breath the rarefied air at the top.

    • LinuxFest Northwest 2011: Calls for Exhibits and Presentations

      LinuxFest Northwest, which will be held in Bellingham, Washington from April 30 through May 1, is calling for exhibit and presentation proposals.

    • Linux.Conf.Au – Day Three

      Wednesday opened with Geoff Huston from APNIC presenting on Internet Address Exhaustion, and how it presents a real and present threat to the openness of today’s Internet. Geoff walked the audience through the history of the internet, and covered some of the barriers to IPv6 adoption. Geoff then discussed how without open addressing there’s no open network, and detailed how the current environment provides little incentive for the very big internet players who have benefited from the initial openess of the Internet to maintain that openness when it levels the playing field for their competition. Geoff’s vision of the IP apocolypse was a bleak one, with only one viable solution left – to alter our environment to favour the rapid adoption of IPv6.

    • SambaXP 2011 conference call for papers

      Organised by German information security and data protection specialist SerNet, the 10th international Samba conference, Samba eXPerience 2011 will take place in Göttingen, Germany from the 9th to the 11th of May.

  • Web Browsers

  • Oracle

    • OpenOffice.org 3.3 New Features
    • OpenOffice.org 3.3 Released to Deaf Ears
    • LibreOffice – A beginning

      If you’re a person inclined toward free software, your automatic reaction toward LibreOffice will be a positive one. You will also rebel against Oracle and find it a cold, cruel, merciless corporation. But please don’t, the first part, at least.

      Least of all, LibreOffice needs your approval. What it needs is support and criticism. The splitting from Oracle is an excellent opportunity to make it a so much better product. Yesmanning it won’t do here, I’m afraid. You should be objective and harsh, if needs be, so that LibreOffice can learn from existing mistakes and grow into a powerful and modern competitor for the office suite market.

    • Linux, Open Source & Ubuntu: LibreOffice 3.3 Suite Advances While Staying True to OpenOffice Roots

      In September 2010, a third of OpenOffice.org developers (about 20) objected to the open-source office suite falling under the custodianship of Oracle after the company completed its buyout of Sun Microsystems. They feared that Oracle wouldn’t provide whole-hearted support to an open-source application project that didn’t significantly contribute to its bottom line. They created the Document Foundation and forked the office suite code to create another open-source suite they dubbed LibreOffice. A little more than four months later, the developers unveiled on Jan. 25 a stable release of their first product, LibreOffice 3.3 (the numbering sequence conforms to the OpenOffice product chronology). The developers spent the time adding new features as well as extensively cleaning up portions of the the legacy code, said Italo Vignoli, one of the founding members of the Document Foundation. Previous OpenOffice fans will appreciate that LibreOffice 3.3 looks very similar to OpenOffice 3.3 and that many of the new features are also new in OpenOffice. But there are also a number of key differences that set the two open-source suites apart. The installer file is available on libreoffice.org, as well as a “help pack” executable, which contains the English language help files. Not installing the help pack means users end up in the documents section on the LibreOffice Website. If Java is not installed on the system, the application returns an error, but the installer doesn’t perform that check. So check that Java is installed before running the installer. Here are a few new features and cleanups that eWEEK found noteworthy.

    • Five things I love about LibreOffice 3.3

      It’s only been a few months since the Document Foundation fork of OpenOffice.org was announced, and here they are with the first stable release of LibreOffice. The 3.3 release isn’t a huge leap away from OpenOffice.org, but it does have some features that make it worth the switch.

      There’s a long list of new features for the 3.3 release, but a couple stand out above the rest for me.

    • Yes We Can

      Yesterday the Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 3.3 . I guess you may already have seen the news if you read this blog. I wanted to express my joy and my pride of our community who made this release possible. Not only did we make our first release, but we also showed everyone we could improve the software in a significant way. This is just a beginning as you can imagine. In addition, we have now published our short term roadmap (stay tuned for our other releases of February, March and May) and announced our will to work along time-based releases.

    • Office Automation Suites, Interoperability and Migrations

      As promised we are finally organizing an Open Source Focus Group meeting to talk about office automation suites, interoperability and migrations.

    • Finally, Java That We Knew Is Dead!

      Java seems to be joining the community/open source versions of OpenSolaris and OpenOffice as they slide under the butcher’s knife.

      The day ASF decided to quit the Java Executive Committee, Java’s distance with the community started to broaden. Unfortunately, Oracle took a U-Turn from its previous stand on Test Compatibility Kits (TCKs). When Java was under Sun, Oracle was pushing Sun lift restrictions from Java but the day Oracle acquired Java, it also acquired Sun’s stand on TCKs.

      Oracle’s stand on TCKs has made it clear that the only reason Oracle wanted Sun to lift TCK restrictions was to gain access to it, there weren’t any concern for the community.

      Oracle doesn’t need the community. It’s one of the hard-core enterprise centric proprietary companies, which is also known to be ruthless. The company was recently sued by the US government for overcharging the government itself.

  • Business

    • Ten More ERP Trends: Open Source and Pricing Pressures

      Last month, eCRM Guide wrote an article on the top ERP trends. As it turns out, there’s a lot more going on in this vibrant $20 billion market than could be squeezed into one article. So here are 10 more major trends in enterprise resource planning (ERP).

    • In search of thriving open source

      But then, for the sake of completeness, I looked at Chrome’s extension count, and was completely blown away: Google’s rising-star browser lists 11,431 extensions. That’s nearly 250 percent more extensions than Firefox!

    • Semi-Open Source

      • Talend Tops Off 2010 with Company Growth and Expansion

        Talend, a global open source software leader, today announced that it continued record growth and innovation in the second half of 2010. In just the last six months, Talend broke into the application integration market with the acquisition of SOPERA, completed a $34 million round of funding led by Silver Lake Sumeru and attained record growth numbers for the fourteenth straight quarter. Heading into 2011, the company is ideally positioned to extend its leadership position in the open source middleware market.

      • BIRT onDemand Provides Cloud Based Interactive BI, In-Memory Analytics, Google Friendly Dashboards & Mobile Deployment
      • Jaspersoft Announces Industry’s First and Only Native Reporting Offering for Any Big Data System

        Jaspersoft today released a broad set of software to support a wide variety of Big Data sources for Business Intelligence (BI) reporting. Companies are storing more and more of their data in data stores such as Hadoop, NoSQL databases and massively parallel processing (MPP) analytic databases because of their inherent cost and scale advantages relative to traditional databases. Today, with the release of over a dozen Big Data connectors as part of its open source “Big Data Reporting” project, as well as beta connectors for selected Big Data proprietary databases, Jaspersoft becomes the first and only BI vendor to deliver native reporting for Hadoop, NoSQL and MPP analytic databases.

  • Project Releases

  • Government

    • Aust govt enforces equal rights for open source

      Government agencies in Australia should actively participate in open source communities and will be required to consider open source options equally when going to tender, under new policy announced Wednesday.

    • Leading the govt to open source

      Another option for open source could be a government open-source advocate like the government’s small business advocate Don Easter. Certainly in enterprise, open source seems to get more of a run if there’s a passionate advocate in the company (think De Bortoli CIO Bill Robertson or CIO for the Sydney Anglican diocese George Lymbers).

    • Australian government forces open source option

      Australia’s federal government has published a policy that mandates the consideration of open source software equally alongside proprietary products.

      The move represents a dramatic change in the government’s position, according to Australian reports.

      The policy was anounced just days after a decision by the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) to standardise on Microsoft’s Office Open XML document standard sparked controversy.

  • Licensing

  • Openness/Sharing

    • Pirate Bay, Decentralised P2P-DNS, ICANN and the law of Unintended Consequences

      I’ve always been a great fan of the law of unintended consequences. It takes you places. Unexpected places. Sometimes good, sometimes bad but never a dull moment. The recent kerfuffle over Pirate Bay is too well known to require detailed recounting here. What is really interesting though is where it might just eventually take us in terms of internet freedom. This article describes the one fallout of the legal judgements against Pirate Bay and how its response may unintentionally help to protect and promote internet freedoms.

    • Open Hardware

      • Open Source Creativity: Hackerspaces

        I hadn’t heard of hackerspaces prior to producing this story about Noisebridge, a hackerspace located in San Francisco’s Mission District. A member of the space and our Tuesday Tech blogger, Laura Khalil, gave me a tour and introduced me to one of its co-founders, Mitch Altman.

        Mitch is a technological Renaissance man; he’s a hacker, author, instructor and the inventor of TV-B-Gone, a device that allows one to turn off any television with a click of a special remote.


  • What Does a Good IT Manager Look Like?

    In the previous two installmants of this series (It Management Fail: Always Blame the Worker Bees and More Tales of Terrible IT Managers) I shared some bad IT manager horror stories. We could mine this topic forever, and I would be tempted to except Scott Adams already does it with Dilbert, and I can’t improve on Dilbert.

  • Prizes

    I can remember about 1957 I won a 5 cent coin for my efforts in the high jump at Field Day in a one-room school house in the bush. That was a prize rewarding me for accomplishment. Another more recent prize was for $600K or so for development UNIX by Dennis Ritchie, Ph.D., Distinguished Member of Technical Staff Emeritus, Bell Labs,
    Alcatel-Lucent Inc., and Ken Thompson, Ph.D., Distinguished Engineer, Google Inc., a major step up in operating systems and, as it turned out, something of lasting value still widely used. That’s sweet. Here, I have been told that GNU/Linux or any UNIX-like OS is so old-fashioned.

  • CRTC endorses telecommunications consumer agency and extends membership requirements to better serve Canadians

    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today reaffirmed its support for the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS), an agency that works to resolve disagreements between Canadians and their service providers.

  • Ron Paul, Ralph Nader agree on ‘progressive-libertarian alliance’

    In this corner, a libertarian, tea party hero who ran several campaigns as a candidate for US president on the Republican ticket. And in that corner, a progressive icon of the left who also ran several campaigns for the US presidency but on the Green Party ticket.

  • Barack Obama’s State of the Union address – full text
  • Bush White House Broke the Law

    A new report issued by the Office of Special Counsel says George W. Bush’s Office of Political Affairs routinely violated the Hatch Act, a federal law that prohibits using federal dollars to pay for political activities and bars federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity.

  • Health/Nutrition

    • Drug experiment

      What happens when an entire country legalizes drug use?

    • “How Everybody Exists” Doesn’t Have To Be

      Here’s the context. Pierce — an old (and probably now former) friend from my nearly two decades inside the insurance industry — was quoted by DiStefano as saying that I erred when I wrote that APCO set up and operated a fake grassroots front group, Health Care America, to discredit Moore and his movie because insurance company executives were terrified that Sicko would convince even more Americans that the government should play a much greater role in the U.S. health care system.

  • Security

    • Are you in danger of Phone call hacking?

      Unlike the UK’s Royal family, I doubt anyone is listening in on my phone calls. But, if someone wanted to, they could.

      Many mobile phone calls in the U.S. and Europe are encrypted with a stream cipher called A5/1, which is commonly used, in GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) voice communications. A5/1 is not secure. It’s been broken for years.

      More recently, in 2009, A5/1 was busted by a German hacker in a way that demonstrated that if you can capture the voice stream anyone with generic computer equipment could break it. Since then, A5/1 has only gotten easier to crack.

    • Five arrested over ‘Anonymous’ web attacks

      Five men have been arrested over a spate of recent web attacks carried out in support of Wikileaks.

      The five males are being held after a series of arrests at residential addresses in the West Midlands, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey and London this morning.

      The men were arrested in relation to “recent and ongoing” attacks by an online group that calls itself “Anonymous”.

      Targets included the websites of PayPal, Mastercard and Amazon.


      It is not the first arrests in relation to the attacks. In December two Dutch teenagers were taken into custody and subsequently released over allegations that they had helped coordinate them.

  • Defence/Police/Aggression

    • In the Crosshairs

      That, as H.G. Wells imagined it in 1898, was first contact with a technologically superior and implacable alien race from space, five years before humanity took to the air in anything but balloons. And that was how the Martians, landing in their “cylinders,” those spaceships from a dying planet, ready to take over ours, responded to a delegation of humans advancing on them waving a flag of peace and ready to parlay. As everyone knows who has read The War of the Worlds, or heard the 1938 Orson Welles radio show version that terrified New Jersey, or watched the 1953 movie or the Stephen Spielberg 2005 remake, those Martians went on to level cities, slaughter masses of humanity using heat-rays and poison gas, and threaten world domination before being felled by the germs for which they were unprepared.

    • The Gun Lobby Removes Its Silencer

      After the shooting spree in Tucson, a simple message appeared on the website of the nation’s premier gun-rights booster, the National Rifle Association: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this senseless tragedy. We join the rest of the country in praying for the quick recovery of those injured.” Asked to comment on gun-control legislation floated since the massacre, the NRA sent a similar statement to Mother Jones: “At this time anything other than prayers for the victims and their families would be inappropriate.” Was the powerful gun lobby standing down amid calls for stricter gun laws? Nope, it was merely prepping for what could be a fierce legislative fight.

    • Extremist Killing Is as American as Apple Pie

      Not much, you might say, when taken in the context of about 30,000 gun-related deaths annually nationwide. As it happens, though, these murders over the past couple of years have some common threads. All involved white gunmen with ties to racist or right-wing groups or who harbored deep suspicions of “the government.” Many involved the killing of police officers.

    • David Davis: ‘Control orders lite’ will not make us any safer
    • Iraq Inquiry: Freedom of Information lives!

      Transparency and disclosure in action! But wait! I shouldn’t mock! We can see from the punctuation that at least one exchange involved a question!

  • Cablegate

    • NY Times considers creating an ‘EZ Pass lane for leakers’

      The New York Times is considering options to create an in-house submission system that could make it easier for would-be leakers to provide large files to the paper.

      Executive editor Bill Keller told The Cutline that he couldn’t go into details, “especially since nothing is nailed down.” But when asked if he could envision a system like Al Jazeera’s Transparency Unit, Keller said the paper has been “looking at something along those lines.”

  • Environment/Energy/Wildlife

    • Scrap Metal Cowboys

      Schnitzer Steel of Portland, Oregon reported record revenues earlier this month. No surprise. The recycled-metal giant, which has roots going back over 100 years to the Alaska Junk Company, is uniquely positioned for the ongoing commodity supercycle. With iron ore, copper, and a selection of other metals now exceeding their 2008 price highs, the demand for salvaged metal is soaring. 2011, so far, pressages more of the same as the worst copper deficit since 2004 is set to unfold over the next two years. With production from mining under pressure, industry will have to turn increasingly to scrap.

    • “Clean Natural Gas?” Not So Fast.

      Acquiring “clean natural gas” and “getting off of foreign oil” are pitched as reasons to continue natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. And yet, beyond all the problems associated with fracking, Pro Publica’s Abrahm Lustgarten revealed in a January 25, 2011 article that “clean natural gas” isn’t all that clean after all.

    • “Gasland” Up for Best Feature Documentary At Oscars

      Gasland, the documentary produced and directed by Josh Fox, is up for an Oscar for Best Documentary in the Feature Category.

      The film put the harms associated with natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale in the national limelight and begat a propaganda campaign by Energy in Depth (EID). EID, for those who have not heard of it, is a pro-oil-and-gas drilling industry front group formed by the American Petroleum Institute.

  • Finance

    • Financial Crisis Was Avoidable, Inquiry Finds

      The 2008 financial crisis was an “avoidable” disaster caused by widespread failures in government regulation, corporate mismanagement and heedless risk-taking by Wall Street, according to the conclusions of a federal inquiry.

    • Republican draws line on funding boost for ‘failed’ regulators

      A Republican who will play a leading role in the oversight of the Wall Street reform law said federal regulators should not be “rewarded” with budget increases for past mistakes.

      Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) told The Hill in an exclusive interview that it is “troubling” that financial regulators want to be given more funds and staff after failing to prevent the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

    • Wonkbook: So much State of the Union

      The question that gets asked of every investor is the same: “How much?” Investments, after all, primarily matter for how much capital they give their beneficiary access to. But “how much” was a question that President Obama studiously avoided answering in last night’s State of the Union. And without knowing what Obama is actually asking from Congress, it’s hard to know what his vision amounts to. Yes, it would be good “to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world,” and yes, public policy has a role in helping us do that. But a small commitment to public investment is very different than a big commitment to public investment. Obama, after all, is not the first president to make competitiveness a theme of his State of the Union. The question is whether he’ll be the first to actually do something serious about it.

    • Yen hit by S&P’s downgrade of Japanese debt

      The dollar spiked higher against the yen Thursday after a leading credit ratings agency downgraded its view on Japan’s debt amid concerns over its elevated borrowings.

      Stock markets mostly traded higher, however, after the U.S. Federal Reserve gave few, if any, indications that it is thinking about changing its policy anytime soon. That suggests interest rates will remain at historically low levels and that the central bank will continue its program to pump $600 billion into the U.S. economy – a welcome combination for stock market investors.

    • Goldman Sachs scholarship challenged at Senate

      A controversial MBA scholarship has been introduced at Western. As it sits now, the Goldman Sachs Scholars Fund MBA Award (School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Business) is under review by the Senate Committee on Academic Planning and Awards (SCAPA). It is under review because Dr. Nick Dyer-Witheford, Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS), raised concerns at the past SCAPA meeting about UWO receiving money from an organization such as Goldman Sachs.

    • Financial crisis was caused by corporate mismanagement, says US government

      The 2008 financial meltdown was avoidable and largely caused by unnecessary risk-taking, corporate mismanagement and inept regulation, according to the US government’s official report.

      The financial crisis inquiry commission’s official report is due tomorrow but according to leaks in the New York Times it will conclude: “The greatest tragedy would be to accept the refrain that no one could have seen this coming and thus nothing could have been done. If we accept this notion, it will happen again.”

    • Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Report Due

      Word is beginning to leak out about the contents of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission’s (FCIC) final report, a 576-page official analysis of the causes of the crisis. The Commission, which got off to a slow and rocky start, managed to hold 19 days of hearings and interviewed 700 witnesses. According to the New York Times, the report puts blame where blame is due, on reckless Wall Street gambling, but also on the colossal failure of government.

    • Why Do Firms Exist?

      The Economist marked Professor Coase’s 100th birthday with an article, Why Do Firms Exist?, that reviews his major accomplishments. I like its edgy first paragraph:

      “For philosophers the great existential question is: ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’ For management theorists the more mundane equivalent is: ‘Why do firms exist? Why isn’t everything done by the market?’”

      Professor Coase’s work provides simple answers to to these questions. He explained that, in principle, a firm should be able to find the cheapest, most productive goods and services by contracting them out in an efficient, open marketplace. However, markets are not perfectly fluid. Transaction costs are incurred in obtaining goods and services outside the firm, such as searching for the right people, negotiating a contract, coordinating the work, managing intellectual property and so on. Thus, firms came into being to make it easier and less costly to get work done.

  • PR/AstroTurf/Lobbying

    • Report: Fox News gave GOP presidential candidates $55 million in free advertising

      Being on the Fox News payroll has its advantages.

      Not only did five potential Republican candidates get regular paychecks from the network last year, but they also got something even more valuable: airtime

      Liberal watchdog group Media Matters found that the five received about $55 million in free advertising over the course of more than 85 hours of appearances in 2010.

  • Censorship

    • Twitter and web video site face clampdown in Egypt

      Egypt appears to have clamped down on web services, such as Twitter, that have been used to help organise anti-government protests in Cairo.

      Twitter confirmed that its service has been blocked in Egypt on Tuesday from around 1600GMT.

      A Swedish mobile video site called Bambuser also reported that it had been blocked around the same time.

  • Privacy

    • Privacy Superhero Reveals Her Plan

      By virtually every measure, 2010 was a remarkably successful year for Canadian privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart. Riding the wave of high profile investigations into the privacy practices of Internet giants Facebook and Google, Stoddart received accolades around the world, while garnering a three-year renewal of her term at home.

      Last week Stoddart used her first public lecture of 2011 to put the Canadian privacy and business communities on notice that she intends to use her new mandate to reshape the enforcement side of Canadian privacy law. Speaking at the University of Ottawa, Stoddart hinted that she plans to push for order-making power, tougher penalties and a “naming names” strategy that may shame some organizations into better privacy compliance practices.

    • Jennifer Stoddart’s Shot Across the Privacy Bow

      By virtually every measure, 2010 was a remarkably successful year for Canadian privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart. Riding the wave of high profile investigations into the privacy practices of Internet giants Facebook and Google, Stoddart received accolades around the world, while garnering a three-year renewal of her term at home.

      My regular technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that last week Stoddart used her first public lecture of 2011 to put the Canadian privacy and business communities on notice that she intends to use her new mandate to reshape the enforcement side of Canadian privacy law. Speaking at the University of Ottawa, Stoddart hinted that she plans to push for order making power, tougher penalties, and a “naming names” strategy that may shame some organizations into better privacy compliance practices. Canadian privacy law has quietly undergone some important changes in recent years. Legislation designed to implement changes to the broad-based private sector privacy law (PIPEDA) has been stuck in the slow lane, but the federal government has passed anti-spam and identity theft legislation, while several provinces have enacted health privacy and security breach disclosure reforms.

    • Facebook ads use your face for free

      Yesterday, Facebook introduced a handful of new ad units that combine your “Likes,” Facebook Places check ins, and your use of certain apps with advertisements for things like Starbucks, Coke, Levi’s jeans and Budweiser.

    • ICO warns local councillors on data protection responsibilities

      Data protection watchdog the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned local councillors who handle personal information that they may have to register as a data controller or risk a fine of up to £5,000.

    • 13,000 councillors may risk data fines

      Up to 13,000 councillors could be breaching data protection laws, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.

      Warning of financial penalties, the ICO said councillors who handle personal data must check if they need to register as a data controller or potentially face a fine of up to £5,000.

  • Civil Rights

    • Jesse Ventura Sues TSA Over Body Scans, Pat Downs

      The lawsuit said the pat-down “exposed him to humiliation and degradation through unwanted touching, gripping and rubbing of the intimate areas of his body.”

    • Mark Kennedy: 15 other undercover police infiltrated green movement

      Mark Kennedy, 41, a former Metropolitan Police officer who posed as a climate change protester known as “Mark Stone”, spoke out about the “grey and murky” world of undercover policing in which he said “really bad stuff” was secretly going on.

      Last week the £1 million trial of six environmental activists accused of plotting to break into the Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire collapsed amid questions over Mr Kennedy’s involvement.

      The Independent Police Complaints Commission is now investigating whether Nottinghamshire Police withheld secret recordings made by Mr Kennedy showing that those accused were innocent of conspiracy from the prosecution.

    • House Panel Presses for ISP Data Retention Mandate
    • When is Terrorism Not Terrorism?

      The mainstream media largely ignored a story about an especially sophisticated and deadly backpack bomb found along a Martin Luther King Day parade route in Spokane, Washington last week, barely covering it beyond an initial mention. The device drew special attention from some news outlets because it contained shrapnel, was equipped with a remotely-controlled detonator, was “directional” (meaning aimed toward the parade route) and in the FBI’s words, was “capable of inflicting multiple casualties.” The major media barely mentioned the incident, and the lack of follow-up stories on it is even more deafening now that the FBI has concluded that the connection between this incident and racism is “inescapable.”

  • Internet/Net Neutrality

    • Senators Bash ISP and Push Extensive Net Neutrality

      “Remember when Verizon sued the FCC over net neutrality rules? Well, Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Al Franken (D-MN) see it a bit differently and have authored a new working bill titled ‘Internet Freedom, Broadband Promotion, and Consumer Protection Act of 2011 (PDF).’ The bill lays out some stark clarity on what is meant by Net Neutrality by outright banning ISPs from doing many things including ‘(6) charge[ing] a content, application, or service provider for access to the broadband Internet access service providers’ end users based on differing levels of quality of service or prioritized delivery of Internet protocol packets; (7) prioritiz[ing] among or between content, applications, and services, or among or between different types of content, applications, and services unless the end user requests to have such prioritization… (9) refus[ing] to interconnect on just and reasonable terms and conditions.’ And that doesn’t count for packets sent over just the internet connections but also wireless, radio, cell phone or pigeon carrier. Franken has constantly reiterated that this is the free speech issue of our time and Cantwell said, ‘If we let telecom oligarchs control access to the Internet, consumers will lose. The actions that the FCC and Congress take now will set the ground rules for competition on the broadband Internet, impacting innovation, investment, and jobs for years to come. My bill returns the broadband cop back to the beat, and creates the same set of obligations regardless of how consumers get their broadband.’”

    • Mobile mesh network finds interest in NGOs

      Paul Gardner-Stephen, who co-founded the Serval project, first demonstrated the mesh network technology while experimenting with the use of Wi-Fi transmitters on phones to carry VoIP conversations.


      Presenting at linux.conf.au 2011 this week, Gardner-Stephen said community response had already surpassed expectations, with the Australian Red Cross voicing enthusiasm at the possibilities.

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • The Great RetCon of Twenty-Eleven

      About a week ago we got a nice letter from Franklin Covey letting us know that the number “7″ in conjunction with the word “habits” was their trademark, and that in order to keep their trademark they needed to vigorously defend it. The words “cease” and “desist,” while not trademarked, appeared in the letter as well. But it was worded as nicely as such a thing can be.

    • Copyrights

      • Canadians: Speak Out on Copyright

        Bill C-32, the bill to amend the Copyright Act, is now being examined by a parliamentary committee in Ottawa.

      • BitTorrent Users Sued for Sharing Paris Hilton’s Sex Tape

        Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, the company exploiting the Paris Hilton Sex Tape ‘One Night in Paris’ has filed lawsuits against 843 alleged BitTorrent users. While it has already made millions of dollars in profit from the dubiously obtained ‘motion picture’, the company is demanding compensation for losses allegedly caused by mass copyright infringement on BitTorrent networks.

      • How Long Until A Lawsuit Is Filed Against eBook Trading Service?

        We’ve already talked about how people are starting to freak out about “lending clubs” forming on Facebook to share Kindle ebooks, now that Amazon has launched a ridiculously limited “lending” feature. Not surprisingly, such efforts are quickly moving beyond Facebook as well, such as with the launch of a service called eBookFling, which is basically a marketplace for matching up folks for “lending” such limited ebooks.

      • “Bullies”: P2P lawyers demand sanctions against those suing them

        Late last year, Massachusetts resident Dmitriy Shirokov teamed up with a pair of young lawyers to file a class-action lawsuit against attorneys from Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver—the firm operating as the US Copyright Group. Shirokov had received a letter from DGW saying that he had shared the film Far Cry online; would he please pay $1,500 ($2,500 if he waited too long) to make the whole matter just go away?

        He would not. Instead, he sued the DGW lawyers for racketeering, extortion, and committing fraud on the US Copyright Office (among 25 total claims). Even the settlement letters were said to be misleading, since they referenced other cases like the Joel Tenenbaum $675,000 P2P verdict—but without noting that a judge has already slashed that amount as being unconstitutional. According to Shirokov, DGW’s idea is merely to scare the accused into paying up.

      • Universal Cuts 50, WMG & EMI Sale Rumors Grow. But At The Top, They’re Playing Musical Chairs

        The major label roller coaster ride has intensified over the last few days with a series of staff cuts, executive changes and sale rumors that should radically shift the major label landscape. But will they lead to real change? Last week, new UMG CEO Lucian Grainge began his reign with 50+ staff cut across the U.S. operation. Finance, IT and administrative services appear to be the heaviest hit. Over at Warner Music Group, CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. seems to be trying to have it both ways.

      • Digital Music Has Only ‘Failed’ If You’re Not Paying Attention

        Apparently Forrester music analyst Mark Mulligan told the press recently that “digital music has failed,” which seems like an incredibly short-sighted statement. Mulligan’s a smart guy, and while we’ve disagreed with him in the past, I’m hoping he really said that because it’s a good line to feed the press, rather than because he had any actual belief in it. The fact is digital music has been a massive success for those who know how to use it. Digital music has allowed musicians to go from nobodies to stars. Digital music has allowed artists to connect with fans they never would have reached before. Digital music has allowed artists to massively expand their fan bases. Digital music has allowed artists to cut out unhelpful middlemen and route around gatekeepers. Digital music has meant more music is being produced, released and available today than ever before. How you can consider that a “failure” is beyond me.

      • Is copyright the devil? Or should we store Icebergs in the Sahara?- speech at Eurosonic Noorderslag 2011 Hans

        If I would only find myself on Twitter and not in real life I would almost believe that copyright is just a burden, just so much dead weight. And today I have the honour to exchange ideas with you about whether this is in fact true. Is copyright the devil?

      • ACTA

        • ACTA and the EU’s historic mission to “civilize” the Internet

          “The creation of a civilized internet” is what French President Nicolás Sarkozy proposed a few days ago for the agenda of the upcoming G-8 meeting. President Obama has also agreed to give priority to the issue of “taming the web” at the meeting of the most powerful countries. There seems to be a certain coincidence of interests in favor of varying degrees of repressive digital measures from a broad coalition formed by intellectual property hardliners, rabid wikileaks critics and a number of big brother authoritarian governments like those of Egypt or China.

        • European Commission Sued Over ACTA Secrecy

          The European Commission has revealed that it is currently being sued over ACTA secrecy. In October 2010, MEP Marietje Schaake asked several questions of the EC including one on non-transparency.

      • Digital Economy (UK)

        • How does the Digital Economy Act compare to ACS:Law?

          In some ways, the DEA will make it much easier for copyright holders to pursue those they believe have infringed their rights than it was for those who worked with ACS:Law.

          Whereas Andrew Crossley needed court orders to identify those he wanted to target, the new laws will force large ISPs (with more than 400,000 subscribers) to cooperate immediately.

          They will not hand over the names and addresses of customers observered unlawfully filesharing to rights holders, however, but will send out warning letters their on behalf.

Clip of the Day

MyScript Handwriting Technology for Google Android

Credit: TinyOgg

Links 27/1/2011: Preview of Linux 2.6.38 and Android 3.0

Posted in News Roundup at 6:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GNOME bluefish



  • Desktop

    • Switching to Desktop Linux? 6 Ways to Ease the Migration

      One of the most common mistakes new desktop Linux users make is to give up too easily, often citing the frequently heard myth that “It’s too hard.” The truth, however, is that it’s just different. It may be difficult to remember at this point, but Windows took some getting used to, too.

      How can you make the desktop Linux migration process as easy as possible in your business? Here are a few suggestions.

  • Kernel Space

    • Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.38 (Part 1) – Graphics

      Kernel version 2.6.38 supports AMD’s new Fusion CPUs and offers 2D and 3D acceleration with many current GeForce and Radeon graphics cards. Power economy for the graphics cores in Intel processors and chip-sets has been improved; new page flipping features aim to eradicate image flickering, tearing and incomplete rendering issues.

  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments

    • Five Best Alternative Window Managers for Linux

      GNOME and KDE are the most popular desktop environments for Linux by a mile, but they’re not the only games in town. If you’re ready to shake things up on the desktop, we’ve got five of the best alternatives for you to choose from.

      I’m using the term “window manager” a bit loosely in the headline because, well, it’s a headline. For the purposes of this round-up, I’m looking at the best desktop environment/window managers for Linux. What’s the difference between a desktop environment and a window manager? I’m glad you asked. Window managers do just that — manage placement and handling of “windows” in X. GNOME and KDE, for example, have default window managers (Metacity and KWin, respectively) but also provide a lot of features and applications that you won’t find with something like, say, FVWM or twm.

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC)

    • GNOME Desktop

      • Selection in The Board

        Since I started dogfooding The Board on a daily basis, it became clear to me that not having a simple way to arrange multiple elements in the page is quite annoying. If you wanted to arrange multiple elements in a specific area of the page, you’d end up having to move each element separately, one by one. Argh! This is why I decided to focus on an initial set of features targeting this specific issue for the upcoming release.

      • GNOME Zeitgeist is NOT a file manager

        What’s wrong? Zeitgeist is not a file manager. The GNOME Activity Journal can be used to replace a file manager and do file manager-like things, but Zeitgeist is more than that. Check the official Zeitgeist website for details.

      • Zeitgeist For Gnome Shell Goes Public [Video]

        The code is now available for anyone who wants to try it out – for now there’s no GIT branch or such and instead, you must download an archive and replace the ~/gnome-shell/source/gnome-shell/js folder with the js folder from this archive.

      • First public GNOME Shell Zeitgeist efforts

        With the help of “magcius”‘s async work and other on the shell channel now I am ready to have people try out my work. Sadly I am shitty with Git, so for now I will upload my whole js directory for GNOME Shell and hope someone can help me clean it up. Tomorrow I will bug the ppl on #gnome-shell to help me create a patch out of it. This is how it looks like now…

      • Apologies to GNOME

        While I might not be the best developer around I do try to bring something new to the table and I do hope that GNOME can see it at some point. What started off as a GNOME project is now being endorsed by Unity, KDE and lots of small community projects. We worked on being a cross-desktop project with our roots in GNOME. I am not going to debate what needs to be changed in Zeitgeist to be more GNOME friendly (moving to git etc…) since its not fair for other deployments and not fair for us as developers who are used to our work environment. And while I might be the face of Zeitgeist the project has outgrown me and we have lots hackers and contributors around, so please feel free to get to know them.

  • Distributions

    • Debian Family

      • Canonical/Ubuntu

        • The Natty Wallpaper contest – an important update!

          Two weeks into our wallpaper contest we’re seeing lots of really interesting entries for the photographic part. As those of you who read the previous post about the contest will know we’re also reserving at least three places this release for non photographic wallpapers. The plan _was_ to use another site to manage these entries. Unfortunately the dedicated community team working on this site have hit some issues with keeping it running and so we’ve decided to move all entries to Flickr. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work and we’ll explore this solution again next cycle.

        • Ubuntu 10.10 Software Center to add ratings and reviews in February

          Ubuntu 10.10 users will be able to rate and review applications within the Ubuntu Software Center come February, according the official wiki page timeline for the project.

        • User Days: Unity Q+A and other sessions
        • Creating an Ayatana for streamling development?
        • Flavours and Variants

          • Bodhi Linux Review – Incredibly Good, Lightweight, Very Minimal Ubuntu Derivative

            Bodhi Linux is NOT yet another Ubuntu based Linux distro. Bodhi Linux is among a very few number of Ubuntu based distros that run Enlightenment(E17) window manager instead of the popular alternatives like GNOME or KDE. I had never used anything other than GNOME, KDE and XFCE desktops before and I have to tell you, my experience with Enlightenment desktop has been a completely refreshing one.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Phones

      • Nokia/MeeGo/Maemo

      • Android

        • Google “not happy” with Android Market paid-app performance

          Google is “not happy” with the number of paid app purchases from the Android Market, with Android platform manager Eric Chu telling developers that the company had several strategies for driving app buyers in 2011. Speaking at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco this week, Forbes reports, Chu confirmed that carrier billing would be extended beyond just AT&T, so as to remove the payment obstacle for more users, while in-app payments would also come sometime this quarter.

        • Android 3.0 Platform Preview and Updated SDK Tools

          Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) is a new version of the Android platform that is designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. It introduces a new “holographic” UI theme and an interaction model that builds on the things people love about Android — multitasking, notifications, widgets, and others — and adds many new features as well.

          Besides the user-facing features it offers, Android 3.0 is also specifically designed to give developers the tools and capabilities they need to create great applications for tablets and similar devices, together with the flexibility to adapt existing apps to the new UI while maintaining compatibility with earlier platform versions and other form-factors.

        • Google Announces Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” Platform Highlights

          Google just announced the Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform highlights which include tons of new features such as a new “holographic” UI theme, an interaction model that builds on multitasking, notifications, widgets, and many others.

Free Software/Open Source

  • What does Google’s management change say about the open source way?

    A few questions for you:

    * Will Larry Page use open source principles to lead Google from a bureaucratic culture back toward a more entrepreneurial culture?
    * Does the disagreement over the China decision show that Page and Brin have a commitment to openness that Schmidt does not have?
    * Do you think Google is better off staying committed to openness, or would the company become even more innovative if they moved closer to the direction of Apple?

  • Events

  • Web Browsers

    • Chrome

    • Mozilla

      • Firefox 4.0 Beta 10

        RPM of the tenth Beta of next major version of Mozilla Foundation browser is available in remi repository for Fedora >= 10. Available for 76 locales.

      • Towards Browse-Based Browsing with Home Dash

        If you’re already running the latest Firefox 4 Beta, you can immediately try out Home Dash without restarting Firefox. You can leave feedback in this Google Groups thread and check out the source on GitHub.

      • The new Socorro
      • WikiLeaks barrister Geoffrey Robertson receives NY Bar Association award, warns US

        While accepting an award for distinction in international law and affairs from the NY Bar Association, Geoffrey Robertson, who will defend Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at his extradition hearings in London in February, warned that the United States “risked irrevocable damage to its reputation if it pursued Assange” by “aiming the blunderbuss of its 1917 Espionage Act, death penalty and all, at a publisher who is a citizen of a friendly nation,” according to the The Age: US told to drop Assange pursuit.

      • Robertson accepts US law award with warning to back off Assange

        GEOFFREY ROBERTSON, QC, has been given an award by the New York Bar Association – but used his thank you speech to deliver a broadside to the US, warning it risks its reputation as a ”bastion of free speech” if it continues to pursue Julian Assange.

        Accepting the award for distinction in international law and affairs, Mr Robertson joked about Sarah Palin ”shooting from the lip” but seriously cautioned the US legal fraternity against ”aiming the blunderbuss of its 1917 Espionage Act, death penalty and all, at a pub- lisher who is a citizen of a friendly nation”.

  • Oracle

    • Oracle fails to keep Hudson creator’s trust

      The dispute between Oracle and the Hudson community over control of the open source continuous integration (CI) software has become more divisive as Oracle says it does not plan to give up its ownership of the trademark. Oracle’s Ted Farrell, chief architect for tools and middleware, said in a blog posting that Oracle was intent on retaining control of the trademark “to ensure stability and consistency to Hudson users”. He also proposed that anyone who took the hudson-ci.war, the core library of Hudson, unmodified, could call the result Hudson even if it was shipped with “as many extensions and plugins as you like”. But, if the core library of Hudson was a modified version of Oracle’s definition, then a developer would have to change the name to something else.

    • First release of LibreOffice arrives with improvements over OOo

      The Document Foundation (TDF) has announced the availability of LibreOffice 3.3, the first official stable release of the open source office suite. It introduces a number of noteworthy new features and there are improvements throughout the included applications. More significantly, the release reflects the growing strength of the nascent LibreOffice project.

  • CMS

    • Basque Parliament using Drupal

      The Basque Parliament has recently replaced a portion of its older site with a new Drupal site that can be seen at http://www.parlamentovasco.euskolegebiltzarra.org.

      This continues the trend of various government bodies around the world using Open Source software — and especially Drupal to power their official websites.

    • The Open Source Advocate Who Became Minister

      Slim Amamou is one of the main figures of the Tunisian Open Source community, first arrested for his activism against the Tunisian regime during the last revolution, later appointed as Minister of Youth after the Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s fall. Issa Mahasneh asks in this blog post: “Should the Arab World need revolutions to have Open-Source-friendly ministers?”.

  • Government

    • IT’S MANDATORY: Govt forces open source option

      In a statement published on AGIMO’s blog, Gary Gray — the Special Minister for State who oversees the agency — said the Government’s previous policy on open source, established in 2005, was one of “informed neutrality” — meaning agencies did not favour open source or proprietary solutions by default, but picked the technology which represented the best value for money and fit for purpose

    • Government Moves to Actively Consider the Greater Use of Open Source Software

      The Government’s previous policy, established in 2005, was one of ‘informed neutrality.’ This meant that agencies took an unbiased position that did not favour open source or proprietary software and procured the solution that was the best ’value for money’ and ‘fit for purpose’ for their specific requirement. Since then, there has been an increase in the maturity of the open source software products and the use of open source software by governments around the world. In recent years, many governments have revised their policies to increase the adoption of open source software.

      This revised Australian Government policy on open source software will ensure that we maintain international best practice and that our purchases of software will continue to reflect best value for money for the Government.

  • Openness/Sharing

    • State of the Union: Is collaboration boring?

      Many pundits were disappointed last night because collaboration doesn’t make good TV. Conflict is much more interesting to watch, if the success of Jersey Shore is any indication. Collaboration means working together towards a common goal. While collaborators may not agree on everything, they generally do agree that the goal is worth compromises on all sides. That’s how democratic government ideally should work.

    • Transparency In The SOTU

      President Obama’s mentioned several of Sunlight’s core issues in his State of the Union Address issues last night. A closer look at what he said, and what he said last year, helps to sort out the rhetoric from the reality.

    • Open Data


  • Royal Household faces the fax

    The mainstream press is all a flutter that the wedding invites to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials were sent out by fax.

    However what the great unwashed might not understand is that the Royal Household treats technology with some suspicion.

    In the early 90s, I worked briefly for her Majesty in Windsor Castle, and I was present when the first fax machine arrived in the office. Since I was the computer bod I had it sat next to my desk and was the only one who ever used it.

  • Awesome Foundation offers cash for crazy ideas

    Melanie Redman, Rich Cooper, Matt Thompson (holding paper bag), Linda Read, (in green) Eric Boyd, (redhead) and Karl Lee, (foreground) are trustees of the Awesome Foundation’s Toronto chapter. They are six of the 10 people who will donate $100 each to the paper bag grant each month, which is bestowed on the creator of an “awesome” idea, with no strings attached.

  • Intel wins EU approval for McAfee deal

    Intel’s acquisition of data security firm McAfee Inc cleared its last major hurdle after EU regulators approved the $7.68 billion deal on condition Intel grant rival firms access to its technology.

  • Bush Officials Illegally Used Taxpayer Dollars to Engage in Electioneering

    Most of the abuses occurred in 2005 and 2006, as “Bush’s advisers were anxious about the looming midterm electoral losses that would hand control of the House of Representatives to the Democrats,” according to the Post. Conveniently, around that time, officials all of a sudden needed to take a lot of official business trips to key battleground states such as Ohio and Connecticut. What a coincidence.

  • Vision: How We Can Beat Conservatives With Progressive Culture

    It wasn’t supposed to be like this. In the dark days following George W. Bush’s re-election, frustrated progressives set out to build an enduring movement that would effectively advance and communicate their ideas, policies, and values. Funders and strategists created new institutions and scaled up existing ones, including think tanks, civic-engagement organizations, and media-watchdog groups. These institutions played a key role in the 2006 Democratic takeover of Congress, the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, and the passage of parts of the Obama platform in 2009 and 2010.

  • Science

    • Ancient puzzle gets new lease of ‘geomagical’ life

      An ancient mathematical puzzle that has fascinated mathematicians for centuries has found a new lease of life.

      The magic square is the basis for Sudoku, pops up in Chinese legend and provides a playful way to introduce children to arithmetic. But all this time it has been concealing a more complex geometrical form, says recreational mathematician Lee Sallows.

  • Health/Nutrition

    • Does the DH have faulty genes when it comes to running big IT schemes?

      Before David Nicholson was formally appointed Chief Executive of the NHS in 2006 he was warned that the NPfIT would be an important part of his brief.

      He accepted the challenge and was later appointed the NPfIT’s Senior Responsible Owner,

      To his credit he tried almost immediately to move the NPfIT away from a centralised programme. In 2006 he set up the NPfIT “Local Ownership Programme”. But the NPfIT continued to be dominated by its centralised contracts – which were signed long before Nicholson’s appointment.

  • Security

  • Defence/Police/Aggression

    • RCMP tried to ‘smear’ kicked man: advocate

      The B.C. Civil Liberties Association wants Kelowna RCMP to explain their actions in the wake of an excessive force scandal involving one of their officers.

      Unsubstantiated allegations were made in the media against Buddy Tavares after video became public showing the Kelowna man being kicked in the face by an arresting RCMP officer on Jan. 7, said association executive director David Eby.

  • Cablegate

    • Bradley Manning situation exposes wanton homophobia of those on the right

      But that is the point. Everything is pure speculation to this point. No one knows what exactly Manning did or why he did it. The only thing that we knew was that he was a possible suspect.

      To spin a theory that simply because Manning was gay he leaked secrets in order to attack the military’s DADT policy is an irresponsible stretch. And to demonize the lgbts, who have served and continue to serve bravely, for Manning’s alleged actions – without even waiting to confirm his guilt – is beyond irresponsible. It’s disgusting.

      But it’s business as usual with these folks. And that’s even sadder. Those who bear the standard of decent journalism (Loesch) or the standard of “true Christian values” (Family Research Council, Kincaid, Fischer) should aspire to higher ground rather than to the level of pigs in the mud.

    • GlobaLeaks Wants To Be The Bittorrent To WikiLeaks’ Napster

      WikiLeak-alikes are popping up around the globe, from regional sites focused on the Czech Republic to Indonesia. Even mainstream media like Al Jazeera and potentially the New York Times are getting in on the secret-spilling action. But few of these copycats and spinoffs can claim quite as much wild, conceptual ambition as an early-stage project called GlobaLeaks, which bills itself as “a worldwide distributed leak amplification network.”

    • Inside The Bahnhof Bunker, Home Of Wikileaks’ Servers

      If you’re going to reveal a quarter of a million diplomatic cables that one of the most powerful governments in the world doesn’t want you to reveal, you’re gonna need secure servers. Bahnhof AB, a firm that offers hosting on its servers, is housed in a former bomb bunker drilled into the White Mountains of Sweden.

    • “KGB Tactics Being Used on Pfc Bradley Manning are Obscenely Un-American they are also wholly Unconstitutional and Unlawful”
  • Environment/Energy/Wildlife

  • PR/AstroTurf/Lobbying

    • News Corp. Admits Fox “News” Is Biased

      Buried deep in a 216 page report News Corp. submitted to the U.K. government earlier this month is an unusual acknowledgment from the company: News Corp.-owned Fox News is “opinionated news.”

      The description flies in the face of what Fox News executives have been telling U.S. audiences and advertisers about the channel for years: that while certain Fox News shows like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity have an editorial slant, a significant chunk of programming — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. — is objective news.

    • Even Rich People Losing Faith in Business, Gov’t and Media

      Again, there’s nothing surprising about these findings. An inherent distrust of government is part of the American creed, we lionize business in a way that the citizens of other advanced countries do not, and especially since the 1980s, the corporate right has relentlessly emphasized that “free enterprise” is good and government is the problem.

  • Censorship

  • Privacy

    • House Subcommittee Revives Mandatory Data Retention Debate…With a Surprise Attack on EFF

      This morning, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security held a hearing on mandatory Internet data retention, once again reviving the debate over whether Congress should pass legislation to force ISPs and telecom providers to log information about how users communicate and use the Internet. The hearing, awash with rhetoric about targeting Internet crime and including an unexpected condemnation of EFF’s privacy advocacy, was purportedly an information- and fact-finding hearing to explore the issue of data retention and consider what Congress’ role should be. However, it’s already clear where the new House Judiciary Chairman, Representative Lamar Smith, stands on the issue: he introduced data retention legislation just last year and likely will do so again this year.

  • Internet/Net Neutrality

    • Netflix: ISPs who charge by the gigabyte are ridiculous

      Some ISPs want to start charging customers by the gigabyte, or they want to set low data caps and charge overage fees. Netflix has a word for this idea: ripoff.

    • Canada wages YouTube war against metered Internet billing

      Canadians can’t stand going without coffee. Even worse? Not having a team in the FIFA World Cup event for 2014. Absolutely unthinkable, say eight of ten Canadians.

      But you know what they really hate? Metered Internet pricing, or Usage Based Billing (UBB) as they call it—letting the dominant Internet Service Providers charge broadband subscribers and smaller competitive ISPs by the quantity of data use.

    • Bell Canada is Terribad Part Two

      You guys made a billion dollars in Q3 last year, yet you employ DEEP PACKET INSPECTION to ARTIFICIALLY LIMIT THE SPEED OF MY INTERNET. That’s how Hell Canada made so much money, and then they bribe and lobby politicians so that YOU CAN MAKE EVEN MORE!

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Copyrights

      • Red State’s Kevin Smith marches on with his loyal legion of fans behind him

        It was a surprise. He’d previously promised that a live auction for Red State’s distribution rights would happen right there in theatre, and the audience anticipated a spectacle. But following a short bit of theatre led by the film’s producer Jon Gordon, the pair sold the rights to themselves for $20.

      • Musical Chairs At The Major Record Labels

        The one thing that the major record labels could really use at this point is an injection of new blood from folks who actually understand technology and where the market is headed. There are a few such folks out there, but they seem few and far between. Instead, it appears that the major labels are simply playing musical chairs at the top.

      • Movie Studio Tells BitTorrent Users: Turn Yourselves In!

        A movie studio that filed suit against file-hoster HotFile and 1000 of their users recently has revealed their latest plan to extract money from file-sharers. Unlike untold numbers of their competitors who sue people first and then demand cash payments, Liberty Media want file-sharers to be proactive. That’s right BitTorrent users, it’s time to repent. Hand yourselves over to this movie company and make sure you have $1,000 with you.

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ES: ¿Por qué Microsoft Está Preparando Un Nuevo Ataque de SCO-Type Contra Android/Linux

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux, Google, Intellectual Monopoly, Microsoft, Oracle, Patents at 5:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


(ODF | PDF | English/original)

Resumen: Vista Phony 7 [sic] se está muriendo y Microsoft está atacando Android en varias direcciones diferentes, porque no hay nada más que puede hacer.

PARA AQUELLOS que están al tanto de las noticias, los teléfonos inteligentes se están convirtiendo en un tema novedoso y con ellos todo tipo de gadgets que continúan inundando ese mercado – hasta el punto de estar casi superando en número a los llamados “equipos de escritorio”, que están en el viejo tipo de dispositivos que califican como computadoras por todas las características que ofrecen. Microsoft ha fallado gravemente en la arena móvil[http://techrights.org/wiki/index.php/Windows_Mobile_Reality_Log] y toda su estrategia es tan equivocada de que Microsoft pasa de Windows Mobile a KIN/Zune a Vista Phony 7 [sic] con un toque de mentira Plata, y trabaja en temas como la singularidad y la pantalla azul de la muerte BSD (este punto se sobre todo ha sido pasado por alto por las noticias, pero puede relacionarse con Danger Sidekick).

El día de hoy nuestro lector Chips B. Malroy trajo esta historia de Microsoft Nick[http://blog.seattlepi.com/microsoft/archives/237074.asp?from=blog_last3]. Él escribe que “[a] pelea de 1,5 millones [Vista Phony 7] dispositivos fueron enviados en seis semanas, para un promedio de 250.000 por semana, a continuación, 500.000 fueron enviados en las próximas cuatro semanas, o unos 125.000 por semana. Y eso fue durante la fiebre de compras navideñas. ”

“Ballmer tiene que seguir invirtiendo dinero en WP7, porque si se detiene, admite su fracaso, y pierde su trabajo.”
      –Chips B. Malroy
Microsoft está perdiendo aquí muy mal. A este ritmo, la empresa no puede gestionar el envío, incluso – y mucho menos vender – 5 millones de teléfonos (todos juntos). Es patético, pero no es de extrañar. Ryan afirma que “está claro, Microsoft sigue tirando dinero en efectivo al fuego subvencionando un producto que nadie quiere hasta que se desvanece en el atardecer a la Zune” (que también fracasó).

Malroy respondió así: “Ballmer tiene que seguir invirtiendo dinero en WP7, porque si se detiene, admite su fracaso, y pierde su trabajo. Que muy probablemente que ocurra de todos modos. ”

Como todo el mundo debería saber por ahora, la estrategia de Microsoft se ha desplazado a destruir a Android – el único sistema viable sin dispositivos systema operativo para los dispositivos móviles (por viables que queremos decir, capaces de tomar en el mercado). Así que los ataques de patentes contra Android (junto con las tirada de barro de derechos de autor gracias a Microsoft Florian[http://techrights.org/wiki/index.php/Florian_M%C3%BCller]) debemos esperarlos y nada debe sorprendernos. Uno de nuestros lectores, Wayne, explica cuales ataques de Microsoft Florian podemos esperar[http://madhatter.ca/2011/01/26/the-provenance-of-florian-muller/]:

Su otro problema es lo que está diciendo. Está cantando la MISMA canción que Darl McBride, Ken Brown, y un montón de personas más han cantado, y por ahora la mayoría de los geeks aficionado a la tecnología han vuelto sospechosos de él. Simplemente no le creen. Hacemos preguntas como ¿Trabaja Florian Müller para la Alexis de Tocqueville Institution?

Y consultamos con la gente que confiamos. Como Pamela Jones. ¿Quién escribió Cómo evitar que ser llevado a una situación en las que TODAS las posibilidades sean INDESEADAS -o ser llevados a una trampa- por reclamaciones de “pruebas” de infracción de los derechos de autor. O el Doctor Roy, que ha seguido la crónica de Florian Müller desde hace algún tiempo, para terminar con esto. Cuando Roy comenzó el seguimiento del infame Microsoft Florian mucha gente pensó que estaba loco. Loco como un zorro tal vez. Por supuesto, de acuerdo con Roy me van a llegar un montón de cartas de odio, pero que importa, ya soy un niño grande.

Entonces, ¿Qué hace Microsoft Florian ahora? La misma gente que el está tratando de convencer, en su mayoría sabe que el -Microsoft Florian- trabaja para Microsoft. Estoy celebrando por ADTI mí mismo, no puedo ver que Microsoft sea TAN estúpido. Por otro lado …

Cualquiera que sea la buena voluntad que una vez tuvo en la comunidad se ha esfumado. Se ha convertido en el hazmerreír. Lo que significa que quien se que está detrás de él (y créanme, es alguien) pronto va a encontrar otro títere.

Esta mañana he recibido un correo electrónico de Microsoft Florian. En él, confirmó que “conoció a Michael McLoughlin en Bruselas con motivo de la audiencia de Oracle/Sun por la Comisión Europea (diciembre de 2009).” McLoughlin es la persona que mencionamos el otro día [http://techrights.org/2011/01/27/es-conexion/]. Él se describe a sí mismo como “Director de la Empresa Mercados de la Oficina de Relaciones Estratégicas en Microsoft”.

Many thanks to Eduardo Landaveri of the Spanish portal of Techrights.

ES: El Trolls de Patentes de Microsoft: Intelectual Ventures y la Intervalo Extorsióna y Demanda por Poder y Directamente

Posted in GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft, Patents at 5:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Nathan Myhrvold

(ODF | PDF | English/original)

Resumen: El sistema de patentes está siendo destrozado por completo por los trolls de patentes, el mayor de ellos (el mayor troll, la mayor demanda) parecen ser sembrados por Microsoft

La entidad conocida como Intellectual Ventures[http://techrights.org/wiki/index.php/Intellectual_Ventures], un troll de patentes de proporciones masivas (el pistoletazo de salida por Microsoft y dirigido por el infame Nathan Myhrvold, un ex director de tecnología de Microsoft), ya está demandando a las empresas directamente[http://techrights.org/2010/12/09/nathan-myhrvold-is-attacking/]. Parece que se encuentra atacando incluso Linux/Android[http://techrights.org/2011/01/17/iv-making-money-from-android/] (por la coerción pública, a través de la extorsión al igual que Microsoft). Mike Masnick ayuda a demostrar que sigue siendo Intelectual Ventures sigue alimentando batallas con las patentes[http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110125/01044012808/more-patents-that-have-touched-both-intellectual-ventures-ocean-tomo-showing-up-lawsuits.shtml], también:

El año pasado, hemos observado que más y más patentes anteriormente en manos de Intellectual Ventures se muestran en demandas – con rumor que IV todavía obtiene su parte de los fondos obtenidos en al menos algunas de esas patentes. Luego, en diciembre, IV, finalmente presentó sus primeras demandas por infracción de patente directamente. Sin embargo, varios de sus “ex” patentes están apareciendo en varios juicios también. Joe Mullin tiene los detalles de una nueva sociedad secreta de depósito, tenencia de patentes, llamado Pragmatus, que obtuvo algunos ex patentes de IV, demandó a Facebook, Linkedin y YouTube el año pasado, y ahora está demandando, básicamente, toda la industria del cable, alegando que sus patentes (5,581,479 y 5.636.139) se refieren al más amplio concepto de vídeo bajo demanda.


Una vez más, al excavar más profundo en estas historias, te das cuenta de que no deja de ser un grupo de abogados que pasa en torno a las patentes para averiguar a quién puede demandar, a las empresas que realmente fabrica y hacen cosas. Por eso es frustrante cuando la prensa da un giro ridículo hacia IV, acerca de cómo es realmente inventando cosas. Por lo que puedo decir, nada “inventado” en IV ha influenciado al mercado de manera significativa en sus muchos años de existencia.

Bueno, el “lavado de patentes” es lo que lo llama Glyn Moody. De alguna manera, Microsoft también puede hacer el lavado con Nathan Myhrvold. Ya sabemos que Microsoft trató de alimentar a los trolls de patentes con anti-patentes de Linux en las que Microsoft quedó atrapado [1[http://techrights.org/2009/09/09/oin-scoops-up-microsoft-patents/], 2[http://techrights.org/2009/09/10/confirmed-microsoft-marketed-patents/], 3[http://techrights.org/2009/09/11/linux-foundation-vs-ms-trolls/], 4[http://techrights.org/2009/09/11/microsoft-really-innovates/], 5[http://techrights.org/2009/09/12/microsoft-patent-trolls-lessons/], 6[http://techrights.org/2009/09/13/trolls-perspective-codeplex/]].

“De alguna manera, Microsoft también puede hacer el lavado con Nathan Myhrvold.”Pero espere, eso no es todo. El co-fundador de Microsoft (otro de los trolls de patentes de Microsoft) que ahora está demandando a Android[http://techrights.org/2011/01/17/traul-allen-refiles/], se está convirtiendo rápidamente en un individuo odiado (a menos que los juzgues por la prensa de Seattle, que también regala besos a la Fundación Gates[http://techrights.org/wiki/index.php/Gates_Foundation_Critique]). El propietario o autor de la patente que Traul Allen [sic] de Microsoft y la Intervalo de Extorsión [sic] (extorsionando a intervalos[http://techrights.org/wiki/index.php/Interval]) está usando, hace una declaración reveladora.

“Declaración del inventor de la patente de Interval Licencing en un juicio de patentes que “es probable que supere el presupuesto anual de [National Endowment for the Arts NEA]“,” resume el EFF, que tiene un proyecto para deshacerce de patentes. Para citar este mensaje de ayer[http://www.naimark.net/intervallawsuit.html]:

Yo estoy como inventor líder en la patente número 6757682, “alertar a los usuarios de los elementos de interés actual”, una de las cuatro patentes que afirmó en la demanda de licencias de Interval Licensing. El origen de la patente era un proyecto Interval Research explorando cómo encontrar eventos en vivo a medida que ocurren. El proyecto fue enfocado y específico, y condujo, entre otras cosas, una empresa spin-off llamado intervalo Kundi.com, que construyó un grupo de trabajo, un sistema de acceso público, en 2001. Estoy agradecido por nuestro equipo y orgullosos de nuestros logros.


Pero el escenario está ahora preparado para la enorme cantidad de recursos, de todos los lados, para apoyar a los litigios relativos a la innovación. La comunidad creativa necesita todo el apoyo que pueda reunir, y es un pensamiento desconcertante que el dinero en riesgo en esta demanda es probable que supere el presupuesto anual de la National Endowment for the Arts, posiblemente varias veces. Podría ser muy significativo si todas las partes se comprometen a algo bueno para la comunidad creativa como un resultado.


“Y Usted nos Conocerá por el Reguero Dejado por los Trollsde Patentes[http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/2011/01/and-you-will-know-us-by-the-trail-of-patent-trolls/]” apropiadamente dice thinkprogress.org, un sitio web muy popular que está claramente preocupado por lo que la USPTO ha hecho a los Estados Unidos:

Para ofrecer una analogía que de hecho, creo que no se extendía a todos, por los estándares del siglo 21, Isaac Newton debería haber patentado un cálculo (“Un método para usar fluxiones Para determinar instantáneamente la Tasa de Cambio”) y luego esperó pacientemente hasta que Leibniz publicara su método superior y luego demandara a los pantalones frente a todo aquel que intentara tomar un derivado sin una tarifa de licencia fuerte. Pero, ¿ese mundo hubiera sido un lugar mejor? La cuestión no es realmente tanto las rentas que Newton hubiera extraído de tal modo (no voy a escatimar en uno de los mayores genios de la historia humana una fortuna), pero las barreras de entrada que se hubieran creado como consecuencia secundaria. Un mundo en el que las personas inteligentes tienen acceso al acervo de conocimientos existentes y humanos son libres de aplicar nuevas formas es un mundo de competencia e innovación. Un mundo donde se tiene que consultar con un ejército de abogados de primera no lo es. Si le preguntas a la gente que más se preocupan por fomentar el espíritu empresarial en los Estados Unidos acerca de esto se encogen de hombros, y admiten que el sistema de patentes está irremediablemente roto, y luego confesar a la desesperación que puediera ser o si será arreglado.

En un sentido más amplio, una gran parte de nuestra política es sobre simbolismo. Y simbólicamente se representa la propiedad intelectual en los Estados Unidos contemporáneos como un tipo de propiedad justo ahí está su nombre. Pero es mejor considerado como un tipo de regulación. Patentes y derechos de autor se modelan, económicamente, al igual como lo haría cualquier modelo creado monopolista del Estado.

Hay una larga discusión acerca de esto (e interesantes comentarios) y que simboliza una caída de la producción estadounidense por los llamados “trabajadores del conocimiento”. Microsoft es fundamental en la masiva crianza de los trolls de patentes[http://techrights.org/2010/08/28/3-ubertrolls-of-microsoft/] (que no producen nada)-el Padre de los Trolls de Patentes- y Bill Gates también tiene un troll de patentes latentes (NPE)[http://techrights.org/wiki/index.php/Searete]. Ah, y hablando de los trolls, no nos olvidemos de esta última noticia del Android Basher Microsoft Florian[http://madhatter.ca/2011/01/28/the-provenance-of-florian-muller-%E2%80%93-part-2/]. Él se revuelca profundamenet en el lodo, cada vez que más habla y que parece ser consciente de ello.

Many thanks to Eduardo Landaveri of the Spanish portal of Techrights.

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