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Posted in News Roundup at 9:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • Linux for a business traveller

    Are you a business traveller? Do you need to spend at least some of your nights away from home, somewhere in a hotel? Do you have a company laptop?

  • Fund-seeking PengPod wants to inspire Truly Linux tablet movement
  • Buyers Surprised By Coolness of Linux Powered Refrigerator

    A different way to put it, is: When Linux is in your refrigerator, you have Network Attached Storage.

  • Early XBMC Linux builds ported to Allwinner A10 devices

    We’ve covered a number of PCs-on-a-stick in recent months, all of which have the potential to function as an uber-mini Android-powered media centers.

  • Server

  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments

    • Enlightenment E17 Alpha 2 Released
    • What is a Desktop?

      A few days ago I started to work on a part of KWin which made me wonder what do we mean with the word “desktop” in the context of a window manager such as KWin. Of course in the sense of a window manager one means “Virtual Desktops” when speaking of “desktop”.

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

    • GNOME Desktop

      • 8 GTK 3.6 Compatible Themes Available In PPAs For Ubuntu 12.10

        GTK themes need to be updated to work with each new major GTK version, and because of this, some beautiful themes available for GTK 3.2 or 3.4 like Zukitwo and others, don’t work with the latest GTK 3.6 available in Ubuntu 12.10 and other Linux distributions.

        There are, however, a few cool themes which work with the latest stable GNOME / GTK (3.6). Below you’ll find 8 GTK3.6 compatible themes which are available in PPAs / repositories for Ubuntu 12.10 and work with both GNOME Shell and Unity.

  • Distributions

    • Snowlinux 3 White Review: As usual good, will be interesting to compare with Linux Mint 14

      If you think Ubuntu 12.10 is buggy and painful to use, then you must try out the new Snowlinux 3 “White”. It is based on Ubuntu 12.10 and it simplifies a lot of stuff which Ubuntu complicates! Desktops available along with this edition are: Mate 1.4, Cinnamon 1.6 and Gnome fallback 3.6. Linux kernel is 3.5.

    • What Is The Easiest Version Of Linux To Learn?

      With each day that passes, more and more people are giving Linux a try. It’s free and it can hold its ground against both Windows and Mac, so why not? And maybe you want to give it a try, too–but you keep hearing about how difficult Linux is, how it’s a “geek-only” operating system, etc. Thankfully, there are certain versions of Linux that will help ease you into the process.

    • New Releases

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandrake/Mandriva Family

    • Red Hat Family

      • Red Hat Price Target Lowered to $60.00 at BMO Capital Markets (RHT)

        Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) had its target price trimmed by BMO Capital Markets from $65.00 to $60.00 in a report issued on Monday. They currently have an outperform rating on the stock.

      • Red Hat Developer Demands Competitor’s Source Code

        A very serious argument erupted on the Linux kernel mailing list when Andy Grover, a Red Hat SCSI target engineer, requested that Nicholas A. Bellinger, the Linux SCSI target maintainer, provide proof of non-infringment of the GPL. I can think of two reasons why this is disturbing. The Linux kernel mailing list is where most of the business of writing Linux code happens, and the seriousness of violating the GPL, which would be like stealing from Linux.

        [Allow me to call them Nick and Andy] Nick is developer at Rising Tide Systems, a Red Hat competitor, and a maker of advanced SCSI storage systems. Nick’s company recently produced a groundbreaking technology involving advanced SCSI commands which will give Rising Tide Systems a lead in producing SCSI storage systems.

    • Debian Family

      • Descent|OS 4.0 Drops Ubuntu for Debian

        Brian Manderville proudly announced a couple of days ago on Twitter that the development for the upcoming Descent|OS 4.0 Linux operating system has started.

      • Tails 0.14 Screenshots
      • Derivatives

        • Canonical/Ubuntu

          • Ubuntu Necklaces now available! $10 of each purchase supports Ubuntu in schools
          • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 291
          • Canonical Releases Ad For Ubuntu For Android

            Back in February Mark Shuttleworth announced Ubuntu for Android as a part of Ubuntu’s multi-device plan. Ubuntu for Android is a side-by-side pairing of the Android and Ubuntu OSes on a single phone. You can dock in and transform your android phone into a fully functional Ubuntu desktop and while you plug the phone out it can be used as normal android phone. Also you will be able to use your Android apps from your desktop using the Ubuntu for Android.

            The OSes are sharing their Data and also the Kernel which means that no hassle of syncing and also very efficiently working OSes. More can be found about the Ubuntu for Android at Ubuntu’s official website.

          • Search Google Play From Unity
          • Flavours and Variants

            • Xubuntu 12.10 – Day 2 – Customise the desktop

              In the first part of my review of Xubuntu I just looked at the default installation.

              The thing with Xubuntu is that the base is very light but it has so much potential that I believe it can be turned into anything you want it to be. As your needs are different from my needs the ability to customise is very important.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Phones

      • Android

        • Update: CyanogenMod says owner hijacked domain, demanded $10,000

          Android enthusiasts trying to reach CyanogenMod.com, the website for the popular community-maintained firmware of the same name, will find themselves staring at a blank filler site as of today. As has been detailed in a blog post up on the new CyanogenMod.org, the owner of the original domain (one Ahmet Deveci) name shut the site down after he was discovered impersonating CyanogenMod founder Steve “Cyanogen” Kondik for the purpose of cutting referral deals with other sites.

          When confronted and asked to surrender the keys amicably, Deveci responded by demanding $10,000 for the domain, an amount that the team “won’t (and can’t) pay.” CyanogenMod team members were able to reclaim ownership of the project’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, but upon being locked out of the system Deveci promptly deleted the domain’s DNS records, rendering the site unreachable.

        • New Ad for Ubuntu for Android Arrives, But Where’s the Beef?

          If you’ve been waiting for Ubuntu for Android, it still isn’t here yet, but you can take in a promotional video for it, available here. As Mark Shuttleworth has made clear, Canonical is moving quickly ahead with its plans to bring Ubuntu to platforms going well beyond just desktop computers. Smartphones are a key platform that Canonical is targeting with Ubuntu, and the company was very vocal about Ubuntu for Android at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. So why is a video that is essentially an ad for Ubuntu for Android appearing when you still can’t get a smartphone with it running?

        • Queen gets Galaxy Note 10.1, not iPad, for Royal Collection

          Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 was chosen as the Royal Collection’s tablet by the Royal Commonwealth Society charity, the BBC is reporting today. The organization considered going with the iPad, but instead chose Samsung’s device. It’s not clear why the Galaxy Note 10.1 was picked over the iPad, which, like it or not, essentially defined the tablet era we’re entering.

        • Google: Seriously, we’ve improved Google TV
        • Updated Google TV Gets Voice Search

          Google TV has just got a new update that makes hunting content on your smart telly faster and easier, by the simple method of talking to it.

          It’s ‘Voice Search’ where you can basically say anything you want to the TV and see what results come up. You won’t know how good the gizmo’s hearing is until you’ve tried it. Say “HBO” and you might go right to a shopping channel selling deodorant, or say “Homeland” to see all the live and streaming options to watch the show. You can even say “how to tie a bow tie” and watch a YouTube video showing you how to do it. Which nicely segues into Google TV’s updated YouTube app.

        • Google’s Android finally earns respect with developers

          The mobile video game Kingdoms at War is popular with owners of Apple Inc’s iPhone and Google Inc’s Android smartphones alike. But for the game’s maker, there is a very important difference – it earns more than double the money on iPhones and iPads than it does on Android devices.

        • Pantech Magnus pic leaked, could be sign of upcoming announcement
        • Android 4.2 Hits AOSP, Broadcom Replaces NXP with NCI Stack for NFC
        • Android 4.2 goes AOSP
        • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean arrives
    • Sub-notebooks/Tablets

      • Lenovo’s S2110 Android tablet delivers the goods

        Although Samsung’s thin, lightweight Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets have dominated the 10-inch Android tablet market for the past year-and-a-half, they’re going to be facing some serious competition from new devices from Lenovo and Google. I spent the past several weeks getting to know Lenovo’s modestly priced IdeaTab S2110, which optionally morphs into a laptop-like hybrid. How does it compare?

      • Android 4.2 OTA Update Available For Nexus 7

        I went to sleep with the news of Android 4.2 hitting AOSP. When I woke up and checked my Nexus I was greeted with a notification of a system update being available. I instantly hit the install button and my Nexus 7 got the 4.2 update. The new 4.2 Jelly Bean update has the same build number as the previous i.e. JOP40C but there are certain new features in 4.2.

Free Software/Open Source

  • Review: 6 slick open source routers

    Hackers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but the lousy stock firmware your routers shipped with.

    Apart from smartphones, routers and wireless base stations are undoubtedly the most widely hacked and user-modded consumer devices. In many cases the benefits are major and concrete: a broader palette of features, better routing functions, tighter security, and the ability to configure details not normally allowed by the stock firmware (such as antenna output power).

  • OmniOS Aims To Fill The OpenSolaris Void
  • Introducing Vagrant

    Vagrant is an open-source (MIT) tool for building and managing virtualized development environments developed by Mitchell Hashimoto and John Bender. Vagrant manages virtual machines hosted in Oracle VirtualBox, a full x86 virtualizer that is also open source (GPLv2).

  • Web Browsers

    • Mozilla

      • Mozilla’s Big Comeback

        Mozilla is now something of a venerable institution in the open source world – the first release of browser code by Netscape took place back in 1998. Even Firefox is eight years old, which seems pretty incredible.

        Given that unusual longevity, it’s no wonder that the project has seen its ups and down. I wrote about a particularly dark period a couple of years ago, when people thought that Firefox and Mozilla had peaked in terms of their influence. Six months later, I was reporting on the plans of Mozilla’s new CEO; there was clearly a lot starting to happen, but how would it pan out?

      • Mozilla publicly announces the open-source Flash-renderer Mozilla-sponsored Shumway project
      • Native Flash Support For Firefox On The Way, The Shumway Project

        Earlier this year, Adobe announced its plans to abandon the widely used Flash plugin in Linux and other UNIX-like (excluding Apple’s Mac) operating systems. It meant that there won’t be a new version of Adobe Flash for these systems. Adobe, however, will continue to provide security updates to Flash on these systems for a period of five years. After that, Linux users will be forced to use the out-of-date Flash plugin indefinitely or switch to some alternatives like Gnash, which currently do not work well.

      • Want to take Firefox OS for a spin? Firefox Plugin Makes it Easy

        While Firefox OS isn’t here yet, it is coming soon— sometime in early 2013. If you are interested in the OS and want to give a test drive, you previously could use a nightly build and throw it onto the Raspbery Pi or even flash it to a Galaxy Nexus. These methods were both quite complicated, though. Good news, a new Firefox browser plug-in allows you to emulate FireFox OS on Mac, Linux and Windows.

      • Watch Mozilla show off the Firefox OS Gaia UI, Marketplace and more

        Since first being announced back in July 2011, Mozilla has slowly but steadily revealed new details of its upcoming mobile operating system, Firefox OS (formerly Boot to Gecko).

  • SaaS

    • Nebula Names OpenStack Co-Creator VP of Product Management

      If you’ve followed the short history of the OpenStack cloud computing platform, you probably know that NASA and Rackspace drove the early development of the project. Today, Nebula, headed by former NASA CTO Chris Kemp, is naming Jesse Andrews as VP of product management. Andrews was the founder of ANSO Labs and founding engineer of OpenStack. ANSO Labs was the company that designed and implemented the core OpenStack cloud technologies Nova and Horizon for NASA.

  • CMS

    • WordPress Makes a Bid to Bring Open Source CMS To Cities around the World

      Every city in the world needs to have a website. The good people at open source CMS vendor WordPress think that CMS should be free too.

      So WordPress is now offering a WordPress.com/cities setup and account for any city for free. This is the hosted version of the open source WordPress code that powers more blogs than any other software on Earth.

  • Education

    • MOOCs trend towards open enrollment, not licensing

      MOOCs—or Massive Open Online Courses—have been getting a lot of attention lately. Just in the last year or so there’s been immense interest in the potential for large scale online learning, with significant investments being made in companies (Coursera, Udacity, Udemy), similar non-profit initiatives (edX), and learning management systems (Canvas, Blackboard). The renewed interest in MOOCs was ignited after last year’s Introduction to Artificial Intelligence course offered via Stanford University, when over 160,000 people signed up to take the free online course. The idea of large-scale, free online education has been around for quite some time. Some examples include David Wiley’s 2007 Introduction to Open Education; Connectivism and Connective Knowledge, led by George Siemens and Stephen Downes in 2008; Open Content Licensing for Educators; and many others.

  • Healthcare

    • Wentz wows at EHR summit

      Robert Wentz, CEO and president of Oroville Hospital, spoke about the hospital’s success in implementing open-source electronic health records at a summit held outside of Washington, D.C., on Oct. 17 and 18.

  • Business

  • Funding

  • BSD


    • GCC 4.8 Has More Optimizations

      GCC 4.8 features improvements to link-time optimizations (LTO) with the LTO partitioning having been re-written for improved reliability and maintainability while fixing some link failures (see our GCC 4.7 LTO benchmarks). Aside from improving LTO, there’s also improved inter-procedural optimizations. The interprocedural optimization improvements come from a new symbol table, improvements to the inline heuristicsm and better inlining decisions.

  • Public Services/Government

    • We the People: Seceding from open government?

      The petitions for Texas and other states to secede from the U.S. on the White House’s “We the People” site have drawn a great deal of attention in the past couple of days. I find it highly ironic that people are protesting following the re-election of the Administration by using the very platform set up by said Administration for grassroots advocacy. That being said, it’s also a testament to the idea that open government works—even for those who believe it doesn’t.

    • ‘Freiburg’s frustration with IT caused anger over free software’

      A halfhearthed implementation of OpenOffice has frustrated the civil servants working for the German city of Freiburg, says Timothy Simms, one of the city’s council members. “I think that in their anger, they’re now making OpenOffice the scapegoat for many other IT problems.”

      One of the problems, according to Simms, is that the city never seriously switched to OpenOffice, a free software office suite. He says that many civil servants are still using a version of a proprietary office suite that is now over a decade old.

  • Openness/Sharing

    • The Belief Genome: an open source technology startup

      Belief Genome™, described as an “open source technology startup”, aims to map all human beliefs. The prototype code is already available to the public on Github, however there’s still a lot of development to be done.

    • Open Hardware

      • Google engineers open source book scanner design

        Engineers from Google’s Books team have released the design plans for a comparatively reasonably priced book scanner under an open source licence on Google Code. The Verge reports that the engineers developed a prototype during the “20 per cent time” that Google allocates to its employees for personal projects. Built using a scanner, a vacuum cleaner and various other components, the Linear Book Scanner can automatically digitise entire books.

      • Google engineers open source book scanner design
  • Programming

    • LLVM 3.2 Release Candidate 1 Is Out There

      The first release candidate of the LLVM 3.2 compiler infrastructure along with the Clang C/C++ front-end compiler is now available.

    • About Advising Bitergia with My SourceForge Hat

      I’m lucky enough to be able to do the job I love.

      As part of my job I dedicate almost 20% of my time to projects related to the SourceForge core business, and this includes advising few open-source-related companies. Among them a special place goes to Bitergia, a company focused in the area of software development analytics.

  • Standards/Consortia

    • OASIS adopts AMQPv1: An open standard for smart grid and cloud

      For governments looking for cutting edge, open source messaging solutions, the recent action by the OASIS standards consortium to approve the Advanced Message Queueing Protocol (AMQP) Version 1.0 is a major development.

      The need for cutting edge, mission critical messaging options is arising in a variety of contexts: it is a key component to interoperable ‘smart grid’ frameworks, as well as ‘cloud’ solutions.


  • Twelve-year, $430 million effort fails to get DHS radio users on the same frequency

    The Homeland Security Department spent $430 million on a fruitless plan to enable radio users departmentwide to communicate on the same frequency, according to a new audit released Tuesday by an internal watchdog.

  • How Barack Obama killed John Wayne

    The reason that President Barack Obama won reelection, as most everyone knows by now, is that older white males, on whom the Republican Party has long relied, are declining in numbers, while women and minority voters, key components of Obama’s base, are increasing. In the electoral post-mortems, Obama’s victory has been considered a kind of valedictory to white male supremacy. But his win did something else: Obama killed John Wayne on Nov. 6 — with the complicity of roughly 61 million Americans.


    Wayne’s America was hard and unyielding. This emerging America is softer and more sensitive. As opposed to a solitary hero, it embraces the idea of collective heroism.

  • Health/Nutrition

    • When a Palm Reader Knows More Than Your Life Line

      “PLEASE put your hand on the scanner,” a receptionist at a doctor’s office at New York University Langone Medical Center said to me recently, pointing to a small plastic device on the counter between us. “I need to take a palm scan for your file.”

    • Will GOP Governors Really Try “Nullifying” Obamacare?

      Despite Americans overwhelmingly rejecting Mitt Romney and his plans to “repeal Obamacare on day one,” an effort to nonetheless thwart the federal health care law on the state level is underway, led by the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity and Cato Institute, with help from American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model legislation. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is a key holdout and has not indicated whether he will continue to actively block the health care law.

    • Idiots line up to thank Papa John’s for screwing them out of healthcare
  • Security

  • Defence/Police/Aggression

    • The DHS And FBI Present: You Might Be A Terrorist If… (Hotel Guest Edition)

      When registering, present as many forms of ID as possible. Be sure to mention where you work EVEN if no one asks. Brag if you have to. Hand out business cards to the staff. Let the desk clerk know that your stay here is no secret and that your room number should be given to anyone who asks, including those who don’t ask. When asked if you have a room preference, answer with a bright, but unfrightening, “I’ve never had a ‘preference’ in my life! I’m easy to please and an American citizen!”

      Head directly to your room, carefully avoiding eye contact with doors marked “Employees Only.” Immediately unpack all of your luggage. Make several phones calls using ONLY the in-room phone. Call the front desk several times so as to avoid appearing suspicious. Return to your unattended vehicle and clone yourself using existing, but non-potentially-dangerous technology. Make no sudden movements and keep your ID and passport displayed prominently. Return one of yourselves to your hotel room, again using the front entrance in a non-threatening, flag-waving manner.

      Stay in your room. Use the provided wi-fi. Avoid sites that use any form of encryption. Be careful not to stay in your room too long. When venturing out for something to eat or a non-suspicious conversation with the suspicious staff, avoid stairwells, hallways, exits/entrances, and connecting roads. On second thought, just stay in your room. This will make it easier to avoid being caught up in the middle of a personnel shift change.

      If you must leave your room, smile and wave at each and every security camera. Lift your shirt to display lack of weapons, explosives or identifiable scars and tattoos. If purchasing anything from the hotel, use only credit cards, checks or DNA. Return to your room using the most surveilled route. Use the in-room phone to order room service. Turn down the delivery when it comes, stating that you’re trying to keep visitors and deliveries to a minimum. Apologize for not having any cash to tip with, but explain that this lack of cash directly contributes (not monetarily, of course) to the safety of everyone in the hotel. Repeat this apology to housekeeping when they arrive, being sure to answer the door before they get to the second knock. Try to ignore their just-out-of-earshot griping about having to clean around the scattered contents of four large suitcases. Smile in a non-threatening fashion and shrug as if to say, “LOOK AT HOW MUCH I DON’T HAVE TO HIDE.”

    • Obama signs secret directive to help thwart cyberattacks

      President Obama has signed a secret directive that effectively enables the military to act more aggressively to thwart cyber­attacks on the nation’s web of government and private computer networks.

      Presidential Policy Directive 20 establishes a broad and strict set of standards to guide the operations of federal agencies in confronting threats in cyberspace, according to several U.S. officials who have seen the classified document and are not authorized to speak on the record. The president signed it in mid-October.

    • President Obama Signs ‘Secret Directive’ On Cybersecurity
    • Tony Blair jeered by UCL students

      Tony Blair was jeered by anti-war protesters at University College London on Tuesday.

      Students and campaigners from the Stop the War Coalition repeated their demand that the former prime minister be tried for war crimes.

  • Environment/Energy/Wildlife

  • Finance

  • Censorship

    • Swedish Muhammad Cartoonist Says ‘World’ Created Controversy

      Swedish artist Lars Vilks caused a storm of controversy when his cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad’s head on a dog’s body was published in 2007. Large-scale protests ensued around the Muslim world, and Vilks has since lived under what he describes as “house arrest” for his own safety.

    • It’s Scary How Rapidly Government Requests For Info And Censorship Are Increasing

      Google’s latest transparency report is out and the notable bit of info is that governments continue to increase how often they’re seeking info about users. The increase there is a steady growth which is immensely worrisome. There’s also an equally troubling increase in the attempts to censor content via Google, though in that case, it was relatively flat until the first half of this year when it shot way, way up.


      This one is concerning. What court ordered a takedown of a YouTube video criticizing local government officials? That seems like it should be public info.

    • Russian Government Kills Russian Wikipedia Clone “To Protect Children”

      This Monday, the Russian Government placed a Russian Wikipedia clone on a censorship blacklist. The Russian Government maintains such a kill switch for “harmful sites” – motivated with protecting children from drug use, child porn, or suicide methods. In reality, as usual, give anybody such a switch and they’ll shut off things they plain don’t like.

    • Revisions to UAE Cybercrime Law Stifle Free Expression

      Recent revisions to the United Arab Emirates’ cybercrime law will not only restrict internet freedom but are in violation of citizens’ rights to freedom of expression and should be immediately repealed. These revisions come amidst a broader crackdown on human rights defenders both online and offline in the UAE. Freedom House renews its calls for authorities to cease efforts to silence opposition through extralegal harassment and intimidation.

  • Privacy

    • The Petraeus Affair: Surveillance State Stopper?

      Lawmakers, now reminded of their own vulnerability, need to strengthen email privacy protections. Companies need to do more to help customers protect content.


      The careers of two of the nation’s top military men have unraveled because the FBI started pulling threads from an inbox without any real evidence of a crime. Maybe that’s just the wakeup call the government needs to recognize the value of privacy.

  • Civil Rights

    • Activists Arrested Confronting Dick Durbin About ‘Fiscal Cliff’

      With hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to desperately needed federal safety-net programs looming and the future of Bush-era tax cuts to the rich up in the air, Chicago activists brought their case to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) last week.

      In two days of action on Thursday and Friday, a coalition of Chicago grassroots and faith-based groups called Make Wall Street Pay Illinois demanded that Durbin use his leverage as Senate Majority Whip to protect crucial public services and programs such as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare from the massive cuts ahead.

    • Freedom House Condemns Wave of Arbitrary Arrests in Cuba

      As the world’s eyes were turned on the U.S. election, Cuba’s regime unleashed a wave of arbitrary detentions, arresting 20-25 dissidents on November 8 and 9, as they were on their way to an organizing meeting for a campaign to end human rights abuses in Cuba. These detentions are in addition to another 520 arrests that took place in October, according to the Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation, led by Elizardo Sanchez. Freedom House condemns Cuba’s crackdown and urges the regime to release these activists and heed citizen calls for greater respect for its human rights obligations under UN treaties.

    • Thousands of Kuwaitis protest against voting changes

      Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis packed into a square opposite parliament on Sunday in a peaceful opposition-led rally against new voting rules.

    • The Israeli documentary putting military rule in Palestine on trial

      The Law In These Parts, an Israeli documentary awarded this year’s Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury prize, examines how the country created a military-legal system to control the Palestinians in the lands Israel occupied in 1967. And at some point during the film, it becomes clear that it’s the judges who are on trial. The documentary, which just screened as part of the UK Jewish Film Festival, features forceful archive footage, alongside a line-up of Israeli legal experts, explaining how they made Israel’s occupation laws.

    • China says no to foreign rights monitors for Tibet

      China will not allow foreign observers into restive Tibet to probe human rights abuses, an official said on Friday, dismissing mounting international pressure for an independent investigation in the troubled mountainous region.

    • European Commission takes action on gender equality

      Today the European Commission produces a proposal for clear action to help improve gender equality at senior corporate level.

      I am and have long been politically in favour of quotas to promote gender equality. Part of me wishes we didn’t need affirmative action: but the fact is, without external intervention, it could take hundreds of years to achieve the kind of change we need. Europe has so many talented women who have what it takes to succeed in business: but none of them has eternal life, they can’t wait that long.

    • After More Than a Decade, Congress Finally Sends Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act to President Obama for Signature

      Finally—after more than a decade of advocacy—Congress has enacted better protections for the brave truth-tellers who safeguard taxpayer dollars. Today, the Senate unanimously passed the long-beleaguered Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA, S. 743, as amended by the House). The WPEA closes many loopholes and upgrades protections for federal workers who blow the whistle on waste, fraud, abuse, and illegality. This opening salvo to the lame duck shows that Congress can put aside partisan posturing and deliver more government accountability to the American public. These hard-fought reforms will substantially improve the status quo for federal whistleblowers and taxpayers.

    • Hurricane Sandy Shows Folly of $150 Million Spy Center for Wall Street

      Over the past five years, more than $150 million of taxpayer money has been dumped into a spy center in Lower Manhattan where employees of Wall Street firms and real estate behemoths sit side by side with municipal police to spy on the comings and goings of pedestrians on the streets around Wall Street. But none of the thousands of spy cameras positioned around the city that feed into this center foresaw the storm surge that put as much as 40 feet of corrosive salt water in the basements of commercial buildings in Lower Manhattan, crippling thousands of businesses along with the lives of area residents.

  • Internet/Net Neutrality

  • Intellectual Monopolies

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  13. The Serious Implication of Controversial FTI Consulting Contract: Every Press Article About EPO Could Have Been Paid for by EPO

    With nearly one million dollars dedicated in just one single year to reputation laundering, one can imagine that a lot of media coverage won't be objective, or just be synthetic EPO promotion, seeded by the EPO or its peripheral PR agents

  14. EPO: We Have Always Been at War With Europe (or Europeans)

    The European Patent Office (EPO) with its dubious attacks on free speech inside Europe further unveiled for the European public to see (as well as the international community, which oughtn't show any respect to the EPO, a de facto tyranny at the heart of Europe)

  15. What Everyone Needs to Know About the EPO's New War on Journalism

    A detailed list of facts or observations regarding the EPO's newfound love for censorship, even imposed on outside entities, including bloggers (part one of several to come)

  16. EPO Did Not Want to Take Down One Techrights Article, It Wanted to Take Down Many Articles Using Intimidation, SLAPPing, and Psychological Manipulation Late on a Friday Night

    Recalling the dirty tactics by which the European Patent Office sought to remove criticism of its dirty secret deals with large corporations, for whom it made available and was increasingly offering preferential treatment

  17. The European Private Office: What Was Once a Public Service is Now Crony Capitalism With Private Contractors

    The increasing privatisation of the European Patent Office (EPO), resembling what happens in the UK to the NHS, shows that the real goal is to crush the quality of the service and instead serve a bunch of rich and powerful interests, in defiance of the original goals of this well-funded (by taxpayers) organisation

  18. Microsoft Once Again Disregards People's Settings and Abuses Them, Again Pretends It's Just an Accident

    A conceited corporation, Microsoft, shows not only that it exploits its botnet to forcibly download massive binaries without consent but also that it vainly overrides people's privacy settings to spy on these people, sometimes with help from malicious hardware vendors such as Dell or Lenovo

  19. When the EPO Liaised With Capone (Literally) to Silence Bloggers, Delete Articles

    A dissection of the EPO's current media strategy, which involves not only funneling money into the media but also actively silencing opposing views

  20. Blogger Who Wrote About the EPO's Abuses Retires

    Bloggers' independent rebuttal capability against a media apparatus that is deep in the EPO's pocket is greatly diminished as Jeremy Phillips suddenly retires

  21. Leaked: EPO Award of €880,000 “in Order to Address the Media Presence of the EPO” (Reputation Laundering)

    The European Patent Office, a public body, wastes extravagant amounts of money on public relations (for 'damage control', like FIFA's) in an effort to undermine critics, not only among staff (internally) but also among the media (externally)

  22. Links 27/11/2015: KDE Plasma 5.5 Plans, Oracle Linux 7.2

    Links for the day

  23. Documents Needed: Contract or Information About EPO PR/Media Campaign to Mislead the World

    Rumour that the EPO spends almost as much as a million US dollars “with some selected press agencies to refurbish the image of the EPO”

  24. Guest Post: The EPO, EPC, Unitary Patent and the Money Issue

    Remarks on the Unitary Patent (UP) and the lesser-known aspects of the EPO and EPC, where the “real issue is money, about which very little is discussed in public...”

  25. Saving the Integrity of the European Patent Office (EPO)

    Some timely perspective on what's needed at the European Patent Office, which was detabilised by 'virtue' of making tyrants its official figureheads

  26. A Call for Bloggers and Journalists: Did EPO Intimidate and Threaten You Too? Please Speak Out.

    An effort to discover just how many people out there have been subjected to censorship and/or self-censorship by EPO aggression against the media

  27. European Patent Office (EPO) a “Kingdom Above the EU Countries, a Tyranny With ZERO Accountability”

    Criticism of the EPO's thuggish behaviour and endless efforts to crush dissenting voices by all means available, even when these means are in clear violation of international or European laws

  28. Links 26/11/2015: The $5 Raspberry Pi Zero, Running Sans Systemd Gets Hard

    Links for the day

  29. EPO Management Needs to Finally Recognise That It Itself is the Issue, Not the Staff or the Unions

    A showing of dissent even from the representatives whom the EPO tightly controls and why the latest union-busting goes a lot further than most people realise

  30. Even the EPO Central Staff Committee is Unhappy With EPO Management

    The questions asked by the Central Staff Committee shared for the public to see that not only a single union is concerned about the management's behaviour


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