In a legal victory with potential implications for many US printers going forward, an Eastern Texas jury has ruled that Vistaprint prepress software does not infringe on patents held by New Jersey-based ColorQuick.
There are also new reports about embargo attempts against Sony and Samsung, thanks to the marvels of software patents [1, 2, 3]. Is this innovation?
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Well, it wasn’t too difficult to see this one coming. A year ago, all that was left of Nortel was a giant patent portfolio that everyone knew would result in a bidding war. At the time, people predicted the portfolio was worth an astounding $1.1 billion. Back in April, Google made news by placing a $900 million “stalking horse” bid for the patents, which had many people shaking their heads at the size of the bid. Google had made it pretty clear that it was seeking to buy the patents to keep them from being used by others to sue and block Google. Of course, Microsoft whined and complained to the government about how unfair it would be if Google won the patents. The government was apparently unconcerned.
They are building another thicket/cartel like CPTN — a subject I covered in some of the videos below. What a travesty.
Summary: Personal perspective on the subject of patents and software patents in particular
WHILE STILL experimenting a little with recordmydesktop, I’ve created a bunch of videos as a sort of test run before the next TechBytes Video episode (with Tim). In the following I talk a bit about software patents.
Summary: A ramble about the changing nature of Microsoft FUD, especially against GNU/Linux
At Microsoft, the days of ignoring and laughing are over. The company is now attacking its rivals with software patents, having mostly neglected attacks on rivals — notably Linux — based on verbal attacks (legal threats) and ridicule of technical nature. Microsoft’s strategy is now lobbying for software patents while extorting any company which does not use Windows.
This video tests some minor improvements in recording and it was neither planned not scripted.
Summary: A commentary on whether or not Linux and Free software are winning
THIS is not an episode of TechBytes Video but more of a test, the final one of its kind. This video was done as an audio test amid some problems with the software’s compression phase (thus the audio cutoff).
Linux is winning in Android form as it spreads faster than Windows (replaces itself). Android enjoys a “growth rate of [...] growth [at] 4.4% per week,” which is amazing. Meanwhile, Apple targets those who are willing to pay too much for something more primitive and restrictive.
Summary: Allegations of “Negativism” in Techrights and in “Boycott Novell” are put in perspective.
THIS is not a proper episode of TechBytes Video. I have been testing a few things in order to improve future delivery (when Tim and I both find time) and in the mean time I do try to convey some messages in means that are not text-only. In this video I speak about my experiences facing the allegation that this site is too abrasive.
Summary: Delays and procrastinations as the cause for TechBytes Video not being released more often
TechBytes Video has not produced anything due to difficulties associated with setting everything up. In this video, an explanation is informally given (no preparations made, so pardon the quality) as well as a teaser about another new show.
Summary: An audio-only version of yesterday’s episode, hopefully with future recurrence of such a version for video shows
Yesterday’s video episode suffered some audio encoding issues, which led to loss of some information. It seemed reasonable to reach out for the audio dump and then put together the 3 parts with songs in between. The songs chosen for this episode are, in order of appearance, “Edge of My Seat” by Amber Rubarth, “Have This Drink” by Black Mike and Kemistry, and “Joyful Noise” by Breakestra (all from SXSW 2010).
“Thanks to the listeners/readers/viewers who provided advice and invited people to be guests.”The plan is, in general, to invite more guests to the show (like we originally did) and make that the key series of audio shows. Combinations/hybrids of audio and video can be put together separately and more quickly (less scheduling with guests along with other preparation are required), although we are still trying to resolve some technical difficulties with these. Thanks to the listeners/readers/viewers who provided advice and invited people to be guests. We have many in line now. One is scheduled for recording tonight.
Summary: TechBytes video debugging and special coverage about SeaMonkey, the extensive software suite; we also cover Minecraft and few other topics
THIS is still somewhat of a prototype, but it is also our first episode of TechBytes Video, which required us getting a lot of technical difficulties resolved. The content was not coordinated and we hope people enjoy it nonetheless. We ought to stress that the audio show will continue separately as usual (this weekend, however, is a special one because of the Royal Wedding and Bank Holiday). We will produce audio shows at least once a week as visual element is not needed for a lot of the issues we cover, such as copyrights, patents, and songs that are freely (and legally) shareable.
Bytenotes: unusually, since we were still working on technical matters rather than anything like content for the show (it is not scripted or prepared really), just before recording the first episode of their new show Roy and Tim were experimenting with video as they attempted to debug an audio-video synchronisation issue, as well as screen size issues. The tests involved us going through SeaMonkey as proof of concept.