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04.27.11

What Microsoft Has Become

Posted in Microsoft at 7:27 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Business man

Summary: Short commentary about Microsoft partnerships

Microsoft is not a company, it’s phenomenon and a movement. Today’s announcement about Nokia layoffs helps show the cost of partnership with Microsoft. Today’s death of Novell also helps show the cost of partnership with Microsoft. Today’s response form B & N helps show the importance of BN (Boycott Novell) and this whole vortex of market distortion clearly show that it’s a bad time for Groklaw to leave because its editorial and organisational structure is very much necessary.

Microsoft is not a company, it’s phenomenon and a movement. Like many dangerous movements, it needs to be confronted, not ignored. Even if it was ignored, it would not cease to sue GNU/Linux. It cannot ignore us.

Groklaw to Novell Upon the Company’s Death: “You Really Let the Community Down.”

Posted in Microsoft, Mono, Novell at 7:07 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Groklaw and SCO ship
Image credited to Groklaw.net

Summary: Even upon its death, Groklaw is denouncing Novell’s actions while Mono pollution continues and OpenSUSE promotion nearly stops

Yes, Novell is officially over and Groklaw has the announcement, to which Pamela Jones adds: “A sad goodbye to the Novell that was. You really let the community down.”

Novell let the community down 5 years ago when it started arranging the patent deal with Microsoft and helped start a lot of the patent mess we have today. The “Boycott Novell” push will carry on even if it targets AttachMSFT. As for Novell the company, we’ll carry on covering it for a while, before a lot of products get rebranded and the management changed. It is not going to be different because proprietary software dominates in the PR department (ZENworks and Novell Identity and Access for example) and AttachMSFT is a purely proprietary software company. Watch what Novell brags about these days; they spread proprietary software in campus, too.

With thousands of students and faculty currently using Novell Vibe OnPrem, it is proving to be a highly flexible and value-added solution to LMU München’s academic environment. Learn more about how Vibe OnPrem is helping LMU München here.

When Novell talks about GNU/Linux it merely talks about the Microsoft-taxed version copy here) that customers must pay for, it hardly talks about OpenSUSE. We doubt AttachMSFT will change any of this as the latest statement from its CEO, Jeff “Bison Slayer” Hawn, does not even name the project. It remains the job of hardcore Linux advocates like Greg K-H and people with CD burners to do it all themselves, sometimes voluntarily (Sascha Manns) in a grassroots fashion [1, 2]. Greg writes:

As always, if anyone knows of any packages they wish to see added to Tumbleweed, please let me know.

One thing that AttachMSFT is likely to do is continue to pollute GNU/Linux with Mono and Moonlight until the patent deal with Microsoft runs out (January 2012). If SUSE can be used as a GNOME carrier on which to put buggy Mono application with Novell’s monopolies on it (Ubuntu 11.04 inherits this pollutant), then it can one day serve as some kind of haven from Microsoft litigation, but only if Microsoft feels like it. Stefano Forenza writes about another pollutant, SparkleShare, which he thinks is like the new iFolder. He wrote in his blog:

Will this work, will it not ? The first to give me good informations on SparkleShare will win a free copy of MonoDevelop.

It was not too long ago that Microsoft MVP and Novell VP de Icaza started bashing Dropbox. What’s next? SparkleShare advocacy? It’s Mono based [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10].

Karsten Gerloff, Head of FSFE, on Access to Knowledge

Posted in Intellectual Monopoly, Patents, Videos at 6:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: The Free Software Foundation Europe speech on intellectual monopolies, as presented in a recent talk

SINCE we start to prop up the fight against software patents, we thought this related talk which is also very recent ought to be a good start. Thank you, Karsten, for a very good talk.


Credit: TinyOgg

The Week Against Software Patents at Techrights

Posted in Law, Patents at 5:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Preparation for special coverage (in video) about software patents

In the coming week or so we will be posting a lot of recent videos that protest against software patents and explain why these are bad. That seems to be the #1 issue right now, at least from the position of Free software advocacy. By combining a lot of voices we can help amplify the opposition to a patent lawyer’s dream and a software developer’s nightmare.

Federal Agents Should Prosecute Microsoft for Market Abuses With Patents Following Extortiongate

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Patents at 4:24 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Barnes & Noble shows how Microsoft is ‘pulling a SCO’

Barnes and Noble in San Antonio

Summary: Microsoft’s patent attacks on Linux are revealed by Barnes & Noble for everyone to see (good publishing job!) while the FTC considers changing the patent system

MICROSOFT is becoming less of a company and more like a mafia, as our previous post might as well show. Even those employees who “move on” merely serve the same power structures, which are dependent upon patent monopolies. The two Microsoft co-founders, former CEO, and CTO are all in the patents business now. They work from outside Microsoft but still serve Microsoft.

Fortunately, Groklaw has obtained some nuclear evidence that will cause Microsoft a lot of trouble. Maybe it will even help end software patents, which only promote monopoly abuse. As important and timely background, the FTC weighs in on patent reform based on this document [PDF] which Rob Tiller from Red Hat writes about in a Red Hat site. To quote a key part from the FTC, software patents “often cover ‘very abstract conceptual innovations’ that can’t be simply described given our current understanding of the area [...] the symbolic rules and procedures adopted by the field of software engineers.” Here is how Tiller put it:

Last month the Federal Trade Commission issued a report that acknowledged important problems in the U.S. Patent system as it affects software. The government doesn’t do that every day, so that’s good news. The FTC report also suggested some reforms that could mitigate some of those problems.

The report, entitled The Evolving IP Marketplace: Aligning Patent Notice and Remedies with Competition (PDF), is long, but not unapproachable, and parts are almost enjoyable. Some of my favorite parts related to the notice problem that is especially problematic in the area of software patents. If a patent does not give clear notice of what is patented, it creates uncertainty and undermines innovation and competition. The FTC report cited testimony that in the IT sector, patents are often vague, ambiguous, and difficult to interpret.

The report acknowledged that software patents “often cover ‘very abstract conceptual innovations’ that can’t be simply described given our current understanding of the area,” and suggested that English-language claims may not map well to “the symbolic rules and procedures adopted by the field of software engineers.” FTC at 83. The report criticized “functional claiming” in the software context, which involves a patent that claims a function without describing how to achieve the function. The report also recognizes that patent applicants have incentives to be as vague as possible, so that they can later claim the patent covers the broadest area possible. The report doesn’t quite spell this out, but this means that many times it’s difficult or impossible to be certain of what a software patent covers.

Needless to say, unlike Tiller, many patent lawyers keep defending trolls, who are pretty much the same (the trolls own the patents, whereas the lawyers get selected to wage wars for someone else’s patents, much like neo-mercenaries). The patent lawyers would hate to see software patents go away, but sometimes they do, even in the USPTO. From last month:

One Click Patent Reexamination over – with claims amended and other Amazon applications rejected in light of my prior art

The USPTO has recently issued a “”notice of intent to issue a reexamination certificate” for the Amazon.com one-click patent, which was subject to a reexamination request that I filed in light of some prior art that I found. The Amazon.com claims were amended to remove their broad monopoly on “One click shopping”, confining it to situations in which there is a shopping cart involved.

There we have some reason for the FTC to stop such patents. Moreover, regarding the Barnes & Noble lawsuit [1, 2], Groklaw got Barnes & Noble’s answer, affirmative defenses, and counterclaims [PDF], which Pamela Jones et al. converted into HTML. It helps show Microsoft’s Horacio Gutierrez as the main racketeer in a scare-and-extort (shock and awe-like) campaign to make money out of Linux. To quote Jones’ summary:

Microsoft has a scheme, Barnes & Noble asserts, to dominate Android and make it undesirable to device manufacturers and customers by demanding “exorbitant license fees and absurd licensing restrictions” — a license fee that it says is more than Microsoft charges for its entire operating system for mobile devices, Windows 7. Others have, it believes, signed it. Barnes & Noble says the deal with Nokia is in furtherance of this scheme.

The patents asserted are “trivial, not infringed and invalid”, Barnes & Noble says, and merely a vehicle in furtherance of the scheme, as they “are not even close to covering the entire functionality of Barnes & Noble’s NookTM and Nook ColorTM devices, or of the AndroidTM Operating System.”

If ever you wondered what a meeting with Microsoft would be like to discuss such a matter, Barnes & Noble tells you. It’s not a pretty sight. Finally, someone tells us what’s been going on behind closed doors. After reading this, my blood is boiling. I’m going right out to buy a Nook, and I don’t even need an eReader.

There has already been a discussion about this in IRC, so due to lack of time, we just append it below in its raw form. The final point is that there are grounds for the US DOJ or FTC to intervene. Microsoft is abusing patents to extort or eliminate the competition. As “twitter” put it in his recent comment, “Barnes and Noble’s defense against Microsoft is explosive stuff. There’s nothing that reasonable people have not been saying since 2004 but now we have the details of the scam being presented in court. I try to put this in context here and in my Microsoft patent extortion timeline. The EU should stop listening to mobbiest like Florian Mueller who claim that Microsoft’s licensing of software patents is somehow “cooperative” or FRAND. Anti-trust regulators now have clear and convincing evidence of how Microsoft abuses the power they lobby for. Hopefully Congress will act to abolish software patents and the US Department of Justice will prosecute Microsoft for their decade long scam.”

twitter wow, Barnes and Noble has responded to Microsoft in court.  http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20110427052238659 Apr 27 14:43
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twitter Perhaps Microsoft’s nasty little scheme will collapse in court faster than I expected.   Apr 27 14:44
twitter Will the charges finally wake up the US DOJ? Apr 27 14:45
gnufreex US DOJ ok with MSFT destroying foreign companies Apr 27 14:45
gnufreex One Nokia less is good for USA Apr 27 14:46
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[toros/@toros] Tech Drive-in: How to Upgrade to !Ubuntu 11.04 #Natty Narwhal Easily http://goo.gl/8FNT8 Apr 27 14:46
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[fabsh/@fabsh] Love their Stargate and football stadium: http://minecraft.schneenet.com/ #Minecraft Apr 27 14:46
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gnufreex But I hope EU protects itself. Apr 27 14:46
MinceR it never does Apr 27 14:46
gnufreex And bans Microsoft everything. Apr 27 14:46
MinceR the EU is nothing more than a conduit that makes it easier for megacorps to buy laws in european countries Apr 27 14:47
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[toros/@toros] !OMG !Kubuntu: !Linux Video editor #KdenLive updates with rotoscoping, stop motion, light graffiti effects and more http://goo.gl/iZ0yS Apr 27 14:47
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sebsebseb hi Apr 27 14:49
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[joabj/@joabj] AOL’s Patch Adding 8,000 Bloggers (Forbes): http://bit.ly/hz7vLC Apr 27 14:49
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[toros/@toros] #Androinica: Google: 39% of smartphones used in bathroom, 79% for shopping; ads are everywhere http://goo.gl/oqm5R !android Apr 27 14:49
TechrightsBot-tr Title: AOL’s Patch Adding 8,000 Bloggers in ‘Full-On Course Correction’ – Jeff Bercovici – Mixed Media – Forbes .::. Size~: 109.71 KB Apr 27 14:49
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gnufreex MinceR: Politicians here says it will be vote by people if Serbia is going into EU or not. I will probably vote no. Apr 27 14:51
MinceR good luck Apr 27 14:51
MinceR in any case, hungary is a good example of how the EU sticks to its supposed “values” Apr 27 14:51
gnufreex But we can’t get into EU anyways. Apr 27 14:52
gnufreex If Croatia goes first, they will veto Apr 27 14:52
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[toros/@toros] Dustin Kirkland: Introducing ecryptfs-recover-private — Recover your Encrypted Private Directory! http://goo.gl/NSF0c !u Apr 27 14:54
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[fabsh/@fabsh] Doctor Who, Doctor Shmoo. Let’s talk about something interesting…. Apr 27 14:54
TechrightsBot-tr Title: From the Canyon Edge – :-D ustin Kirkland: Introducing ecryptfs-recover-private — Recover your Encrypted Private Directory! .::. Size~: 55.14 KB Apr 27 14:54
sebsebseb gnufreex: MinceR  ok I just joined here, so missed stuff I guess, but I guess most European counteries want to be in the EU Apr 27 14:56
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[fabsh/@fabsh] Always amazed that git is around 500x faster than bzr on the same code…. Apr 27 14:56
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[toros/@toros] #Launchpad News: #Gufw in Launchpad (interview with Marcos Costales) http://goo.gl/7Btno Apr 27 14:56
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gnufreex sebsebseb: That is they official policy of most european goverments. Apr 27 14:56
MinceR sebsebseb: probably for the money Apr 27 14:56
sebsebseb MinceR: sure, and how people can move around country forf work, when in the EU, and stuff like that Apr 27 14:57
gnufreex sebsebseb: And govt’s are politicians. More seats for them if they get into EU. Apr 27 14:57
gnufreex EU parlament has 450 seats or so. Apr 27 14:57
sebsebseb probably more advantages really gained from being in the EU, for a European country, than therea re for not being in Apr 27 14:57
gnufreex So every politicaian wants to argue there all day. Apr 27 14:57
sebsebseb as for the Euro it seems, it has turned out to be a good thing that UK isn’t in it Apr 27 14:57
sebsebseb Euro zone is having problems, going by main streame BBC news Apr 27 14:58
MinceR plus they get to be outside the country they’re fucking up Apr 27 14:59
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[toros/@toros] Valorie Zimmerman: #GSoC and Season of !KDE – Let’s GO! http://goo.gl/2rKzT Apr 27 14:59
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[richslxh/@richslxh] @fabsh The one the Americans call “soccer” ^^ Apr 27 14:59
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twitter Yeah, but Google and other Android customers are not foreign -> (06:51:39 AM) gnufreex: US DOJ ok with MSFT destroying foreign companies Apr 27 14:59
MinceR so they get to waste taxpayers’ money on luxuries in a place that has actual infrastructure Apr 27 14:59
MinceR actual roads, etc. Apr 27 14:59
twitter My ISP is a DPI shithole http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/04/27/137210/Mediacom-Using-DPI-To-Hijack-Searches-404-Errors?utm_source=rss1.0&utm_medium=feed Apr 27 15:00
TechrightsBot-tr Title: Mediacom Using DPI To Hijack Searches, 404 Errors – Slashdot .::. Size~: 91.26 KB Apr 27 15:00
twitter “Verteiron writes “Cable company Mediacom recently began using deep packet inspection to redirect 404 errors, Google and Bing searches to their own, ad-laden “search engine”. Despite repeated complaints from customers, Mediacom continues this connection hijacking even after the user has opted out of the process. Months after the problem was first reported, the company seems unwilling or unable to fix it and has even experimented with inje Apr 27 15:00
twitter http://mediacomcable.com/CustomerSupport/forum/index.php?topic=1824.0 Apr 27 15:01
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[jwildeboer/@jwildeboer] Apple: “crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot” – rather a crowd of slaves as there is no opt-out … http://ur1.ca/412rj #Applegate Apr 27 15:01
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[fabsh/@fabsh] ♺ @andyc: @sandersch No. My nasal passages and sinuses do not support Dutch. Sorry. Apr 27 15:01
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[fabsh/@fabsh] Doctor Who is possible the *only* scifi series *ever* that I stopped watching because I found it lame. Apr 27 15:01
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[toros/@toros] #WebUpd8: ThemeSelector: !GNOME Shell Extension To Change Themes (With Previews) http://goo.gl/tu4yq Apr 27 15:01
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[richslxh/@richslxh] @fabsh Haven’t you ever seen “Arzt Wer”? :) Apr 27 15:01
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[jwildeboer/@jwildeboer] Nokia – #Zombian AKA Symbian dumped at Accenture, new phones wont come b4 2012 – anyone *still* thinks it was a good deal? Apr 27 15:01
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twitter http://search.mediacomcable.com/ Apr 27 15:01
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twitter http://mediacomcable.com/CustomerSupport/forum/index.php?topic=911.0 Apr 27 15:01
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twitter http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110228/11332813302/mediacom-puts-its-own-ads-other-websites-including-google-apple.shtml Apr 27 15:01
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gnufreex twitter: It seems that USA wants MSFT to have total monopoly. Maybe beacuse they can’t have backdoors in FOSS. Apr 27 15:02
twitter Some idiots want that. Apr 27 15:02
twitter They might not prevail once the true cost is known. Apr 27 15:02
twitter Microsoft’s direct lawsuits are starting to reveal that true cost. Apr 27 15:03
twitter Barns and Noble’s fight back is great.  As PJ noted, the company never signed a NDA and can spill all the beans. Apr 27 15:04
gnufreex I am rooting for them Apr 27 15:04
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[richslxh/@richslxh] @fabsh There is a Facebook German Dalek fan club called “‘Exterminieren!’” rofl! Apr 27 15:04
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[fabsh/@fabsh] @richslxh In their infinite hubris, yes. Apr 27 15:04
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[fabsh/@fabsh] ♺ @jwildeboer: Nokia – #Zombian AKA Symbian dumped at Accenture, new phones wont come b4 2012 – anyone *still* thinks it was a good deal? Apr 27 15:04
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[richslxh/@richslxh] @fabsh Apparently a German TV station got Dr. Who as a package deal together with Desperate Housewives. :) Apr 27 15:04
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[toros/@toros] Victor Palau’s Blog: An !Ubuntu Adventure: The Unboxing of the DELL 2120 http://goo.gl/xhCKG Apr 27 15:04
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[fabsh/@fabsh] @richslxh Facebook? Is that the network you can get on and be FUCKING ANNOYED by Charlie Sheen? Apr 27 15:04
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gnufreex Hope they get some things on daylight Apr 27 15:04
twitter Their defense echos everything reasonable people have noticed and said.  http://slashdot.org/~twitter/journal/219107 Apr 27 15:04
gnufreex like MSFT vs Comes Apr 27 15:04
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twitter Oh yeah, the sun is shining on Microsoft’s nasty extortion. Apr 27 15:05
*hemimaniac has quit (Quit: Leaving) Apr 27 15:05
gnufreex I want to see more MSFT internal docs Apr 27 15:05
gnufreex More smoking guns Apr 27 15:05
gnufreex And MSFT slaves will still argue against that. Apr 27 15:06
sebsebseb gnufreex: MinceR  WOW they got Carla Schroder doing a session for Ubuntu Open Week Apr 27 15:06
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[fabsh/@fabsh] @richslxh Nice. That’s about the same level of interest in both shows for me…. #yawn Apr 27 15:06
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[richslxh/@richslxh] @fabsh No Dr Who, no Meat Pie? What kind of a savage are you?! :P Apr 27 15:06
twitter It will be hard for M$ PR to square the message of “protection” and “innovation” with the reality of licensing extortion and absurd feature restrictions. Apr 27 15:06
gnufreex sebsebseb: Who’s that? Apr 27 15:06
sebsebseb gnufreex: MinceR Introduction to Audacity Apr 27 15:06
sebsebseb she has wrote some sort of book Apr 27 15:06
sebsebseb for Linux and Apr 27 15:06
sebsebseb was the Linux Today editor and stuff lke that Apr 27 15:06
gnufreex ! Carla Schroder Apr 27 15:07
gnufreex !google  Carla Schroder Apr 27 15:07
TechrightsBot-tr [1] – Bratgrrl.com, Linux Stuff | http://www.bratgrrl.com/ Apr 27 15:07
TechrightsBot-tr [2] – Carla Schroder – O’Reilly Media | http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/au/1909 Apr 27 15:07
TechrightsBot-tr [3] – Linux.com :: Portrait: LinuxToday managing editor Carla Schroder | http://www.linux.com/archive/feed/147981 Apr 27 15:07
TechrightsBot-tr [4] – Tux Computing | http://tuxcomputing.com/ Apr 27 15:07
twitter got fired by a “Linux” magazine too and told people their most cynical imagination about Microsoft’s involvement would be correct Apr 27 15:07

Claim: Bill Gates Hired Patent Trolls to Attack the Competition of Microsoft While Mystery Lawyer Tries Taking Debian GNU/Linux Off the Web

Posted in Apple, Bill Gates, Microsoft, Patents at 3:52 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Goodfellas

Summary: Bill Gates “hired my lawyers to help him steal what has now become the iPad & iPhone,” tells us a source from MIT; Debian is being pressured off the Web in Germany

TODAY we received a truly important E-mail from MIT. It reached us because of our mirror of “Patent TrollTracker”, who is the now-exposed Rick, from Cisco. He once or twice wrote about an entity called “Altitude Capital Partners”, which was suing a lot of companies just like Traul Allen, Microsoft’s co-founder. That’s just what he did more recently. In general, a lot of former bigwigs from Microsoft are extorting Linux and this includes Gates and his mate Nathan, who run and invest in Intellectual Ventures, the world’s largest patent troll. Intellectual Ventures reportedly has over 1,000 ‘shells’ doing litigation. These are just the facts. Bill Gates is a known extortionist with software patents. Fans of his PR machine ought to face this difficult reality.

The person from MIT told us: “II was wondering if I could ask you whether a company called “Altitude Capital Partners” is a Microsoft shell company used to sue msft’s enemies?”

“In general, a lot of former bigwigs from Microsoft are extorting Linux and this includes Gates and his mate Nathan, who run and invest in Intellectual Ventures, the world’s largest patent troll.”We have asked for further details and we hope to have them available in the near future. “I ask,” said our source, “because they wrote to me asking to represent me.

“I am the person this Wikileaks affiliate wrote about. However, that Wikileaks article is mistaken in that the NY Times has been lying to help Steve Jobs, and it never mentioned why I ran to steve jobs in the first place in 2003…it was because bill gates hired my lawyers to help him steal what has now become the iPad & iPhone….7 years before Apple introduced it.”

If this is true*, then it suggests that behind the scenes Microsoft is rallying patent trolls, urging them to sue rivals or derail them in some other way. The source names 2003, which is the same year SCO launched anti-Linux lawsuits, as Microsoft's Allchin had predicted.

And look what else is in the news this week:

Lawyer request stop from downloading Debian

A lawyer from Augsburg, Germany sent a “Abmahnung” [2] to a person which
downloaded Debian using Bittorrent.
The company “Media Art Holland b.v” claimed that she has the “Nutzungs
und Verwertungsrechte” (something like distribution rights).

The lawyer wants the poster to pay 700 Euro and stop uploading of Debian.
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My opion is that this behavior is not good for Debian’s reputation and
the project should take legal action against the lawyer and this company.

Stefan

[1] http://www.lima-city.de/thread/abmahnung-im-haus (written in German)
[2] see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abmahnung

Interesting. In the next post we are going to show some nuclear document that exposes Microsoft anti-Linux extortion, which is no longer speculative, despite NDAs that successfully kept it hidden for a while. Not anymore.
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* It may seem hasty, but we did check the basic validity of the source and this was posted from a real person with a real name at the MIT domain. Being a reputable establishment (ranked highly and even 1st in the world in many areas, whereas the one I work for is ranked 15th in the world), it appears safe to post this as least as a claim.

Patent Question Becoming Central in the Software Freedom Debate

Posted in Apple, Google, Microsoft, Patents at 3:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Team

Summary: Legal manipulators and the companies which hire them become gatekeepers that prevent competition by assembling cartels

HERE at Techrights we are disappointed that the Free software question becomes so hinged on software patents but we are pleased that people wake up and realise that unless this issue is tackled, software freedom will eternally be impeded. Techrights was actually born as “Boycott Novell” only because of the need to fight back against software patents. It is even sites like Tux Machines (usually very technical and Linux-focused) and OStatic (focusing on Open Source more than software freedom) where Susan Linton can recognise the importance of these issues. After a long downtime she wrote:

Looks like I missed the Texas Bedrock vs. Google infringement suit decision too. This could be a rather big deal for all who use Linux. Seems Bedrock’s patent is so loosely worded and concerns such a basic function that any Linux distribution or developer could be in violation. Instead Bedrock is going after companies with deep pockets. Most lawyers and juries know so little about technology that they can be convinced of actual infringement. Even if justice prevails, these companies have spent more than the actual judgment in legal fees. There was a time and place where patents served a real purpose, but the system has been so gamed that it no longer works properly.

Speaking of patents, seems that Novell and CPTN has had to change the terms of their deal concering the sale of hundreds of patents. It seems the Department of Justice has decided that the sale of these patents to Microsoft and friends could (and probably would) jeopardize the ability of Linux and other Open Source projects to compete (or even develop) in the operation system arena. So apparently now Microsoft has to sell Attachmate the patents and all will be subject to Open Source licenses.

Then, her colleague/boss Sam Dean wrote about CPTN, which many people shy away from because it is seen as a “controversial” subject. Yes, all progressive actions are controversial in their times. Dean wrote:

No doubt, as the DOJ scrutinized this proposed patent deal, there was much complexity in the analysis. Novell goes back to the early days of local area networking and the PC industry, and its patents are influential and valuable. It’s good news that a Microsoft-led consortium won’t be permitted to simply run roughshod over the power of those patents. Oracle, Apple, and EMC are included in CTPN Holdings as well.

“To promote innovation and competition, it is critical to balance antitrust enforcement with allowing appropriate patent transfers and exercise of patent rights,” said Sharis A. Pozen, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. Amen.

Our original conclusion in the wake of the Novell buyout was that it would benefit Red Hat, and yesterday, Red Hat’s stock jumped in the wake of new analysis that reached that same conclusion. The jump in the stock came after a research note from Piper Jaffray analsysts was released concluding that “44% [of business survey respondents] indicate that businesses will spend more on Red Hat due to uncertainty surrounding Novell’s future as part of Attachmate, while only 4% expect the opposite.”

This conclusion from Piper Jaffray’s survey was implied the instant the Novell deal was announced. Make no mistake, Red Hat is the big winner in the wake of the Novell deal, and the tech giants behind CTPN Holdings have had their wings clipped in the wake of it, which is good news for open source.

Then came this column from a good author:

In a move designed to protect the free and open source software (FOSS) community, the U.S. Justice Department has intervened in an intellectual property case involving four dominant IT enterprises. The transaction involves software developer Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL) and a consortium made up of Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL), Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and EMC (NYSE: EMC).

And another good piece of insight (sorry, we lack the time to comment on it today):

While the Novell/CPTN sale went in favor of the open source community, Google lost a $5 million judgment in an East Texas courtroom. Bedrock Computer Technologies successfully sued Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), alleging that the search giant infringes on U.S. patent #5,893,120, which it owns. According to Bedrock, Linux 2.4.22 and onward, as used by Google, infringes on its patent.

Google may have lost the first round, but this battle is far from over. Google will be fighting back in an appeal, as will other Linux vendors, including Red Hat.

Ultimately, the goal is to have the Bedrock patent declared invalid, though as is the case with anything in the legal system, it will take time.

The latter issue is particularly relevant and we provided links about it earlier in the week. Just a few more thoughts ought to be added, firstly contesting incorrect reports which say that “Google pays”. Google will appeal, not pay, so this is just one among many headlines that can be very deceiving and frightening to adopters of GNU/Linux, e.g. [1, 2, 3]. The matter of fact is, Linux at Google is winning and those who claim otherwise typically turn out to have always had an agenda against Linux, even a vendetta. One of them carries on with her usual tabloid-like commentary. Yes, proprietary software is not so hot on GNU/Linux, so foes of Linux would use that against the platform. it’s basically about Adobe’s junk (Trash plug-ins and the likes of that) exiting from Linux while Google ushers in replacements such as WebM for video, further building a patent pool to advance that goal [1, 2] (it is called a “Cross-Licensing Initiative”). Apple’s aggression against free codecs like this one helps show why a patent pool like CPTN is malicious. The same goes for the MPEG-LA pool. Some of these pools, unlike OIN, are run by aggressors; OIN and other Linux-oriented pools can really do little or no harm because of the terms under which they operate. As MSF puts it these days: [via Groklaw]

These animations explain why people in developing countries can’t get the HIV medicines they need to survive and how setting up a ‘patent pool’ could change that.

MSF calls on researchers and pharmaceutical companies: put your patents in the pool!

Doctors Without Borders suggests a patent pool, so not every such pool is malicious by design. It is important to recognise this fact because Linux foes like Microsoft Florian use spin to distort these facts. They just won’t stop spreading their lies.

Forget About DPI, Microsoft Tracks Everywhere You Go, What You Do

Posted in Microsoft at 2:16 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Worst privacy offender ever

The rave

Summary: Microsoft is tracking people’s movement, collecting such sensitive information and sending this information back to Microsoft

UP UNTIL recently people believed that only their ISPs knew what was going on with data packets and only their mobile network providers could track their location (plus history) using triangulation between antennas. But following the Palm/WebOS fiasco and the recent hypePhone fiasco (which everyone you speak to seem to have learned about over the past week) the federal agents stepped in, revealing that Google does not log locations as badly as Apple does (data gets shredded quickly) and Microsoft, as usual. is just about as bad as one can get. Not only does Microsoft track users’ activity on Windows desktops (over the network or locally, for forensics). According to this news report, “Windows phones send user location to Microsoft” (anyone shocked?). To quote:

Add Microsoft Windows Phone 7 to the list of mobile operating systems that silently transmit the precise physical location of the device back to a central database.

CNET reported the location tracking on Monday, almost a week after reports of similar tracking in Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android mobile OS raised concerns that smartphones could be used by police, civil litigants, or abusive spouses to track an owner’s movements over extended periods of time.

Microsoft also has a data-sharing partnership with Facebook, so it knows everything that people do on that site.

Apple is meanwhile being sued, but why isn’t every user of Windows suing Microsoft for spying? It’s probably because the EULA, which everyone is pretty much forced to agree to when purchasing a new computer, somehow excuses Microsoft for such practices (which we covered here before). The funny thing is that Microsoft tries inciting everyone against Google based on grounds of "privacy".

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