Stafford Masie to Join Google

Posted in Google, Novell at 5:46 pm by Shane Coyle

Well, this caught me as a surprise, but according to Tectonic Stafford Masie – Novell’s South Africa Country Manager, and the brave soul who appeared at the CITI forum and Q&A shortly after the announcement of the Microvell deal, is leaving for Google.

As is customary, Stafford cannot or will not make any comments prior to his official departure from Novell. Google is, in my mind, a step up in terms of prestige and I would like to …


Stafford Masie Presentation at CITI Forum: Transcript

Posted in Boycott Novell, Deals, Fork, Formats, Free/Libre Software, FUD, GNU/Linux, GPL, IBM, Intellectual Monopoly, Interoperability, LGPL, Microsoft, NetWare, Novell, Office Suites, Open XML, OpenDocument, OpenOffice, OpenSUSE, Patent Covenant, Patents, Red Hat, Servers, VBA, Virtualisation, Windows at 5:26 pm by Shane Coyle

Here, finally, is the transcript of Stafford Masie’s presentation at the CITI forum, as posted on tectonic.co.za. I only transcribe as well as I hear, so there may be small errors, but I am confident this is ‘very’ accurate. Please point out any errors or questions and I will investigate.

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This whole Novell thing, the whole …


Stafford Masie: “We Will Be GPLv3 Compliant, Trust Me”

Posted in Boycott Novell, Deals, GPL, Novell at 8:58 pm by Shane Coyle

Here is some from Stafford Masie’s presentation at the recent CITI forum. According to Masie, Novell will alter their agreement with Microsoft, if necessary (and it makes ‘business sense’), in order to be compliant with the upcoming GNU General Public License version 3.

While he makes a point to reiterate how the current agreement apparently does not violate the GPLv2, an ominous thing in my mind is …


Transcript of Stafford Masies Q&A at CITI Forum in South Africa

Posted in Novell at 6:42 pm by Shane Coyle

… such as announcements. Questions are in bold, they are from audience members, responses are by Stafford Masie of Novell and Professor Derek Keats of UWC.

…an independent open source developer, on the issue of clarifying the agreement, to me the biggest concern is limiting the protection only to customers using suse and people who contribute to opensuse and, and this is very disturbing to me, people that would contribute ‘not for commercial gain’ which sounds to me as though the …


Links 12/2/2021: SolidRun CuBox-M, KernelCare for Raspberry Pi and More

Posted in News Roundup at 2:11 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

… get “qualified immunity”

[Dashcam video of George Wingate being wrongly arrested by Stafford County, VA Deputy Sheriffs, April 2017]In its 2004 decision in Hiibel v. Nevada, 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a demand for a pedestrian to identify himself to police only on the basis that (1) there was already a reasonable articulable basis for suspicion that he had committed some crime before the police demanded that he identify himself, and (2) the state law at issue, as …


Links 9/9/2020: MidnightBSD 1.2.8, Zorin OS 15.3, Hikari 2.2

Posted in News Roundup at 11:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

… torture and war crimes that Assange helped to expose.Defense attorney Mark Summers called Clive Stafford Smith, a human rights attorney who has represented prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, to the witness stand. He was asked about human rights cases he pursued, which were bolstered by revelations in documents WikiLeaks published.For example, Stafford Smith told Judge Vanessa Baraitser that U.S. State Department cables helped those impacted by U.S. drone killings in Pakistan. It contributed to …


The Myth of Quality of European Patents

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 4:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

… kind of distortion he used to tell staff that people are now happy(ier). Mike Gilbert and Jonathan Stafford, two patent maximalists from Marks & Clerk (the British litigation ‘industry’), have meanwhile commented somewhat belatedly on the highest British court finding European Patents to be invalid — yet again! To quote their spin of it:

In a long awaited decision, the UK Supreme Court (Lord Hodge giving the speech on behalf of a unanimous panel) has dismissed ICOS’s …


The UK Supreme Court’s Latest Decision is Ammunition for the FCC to Scuttle the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA)

Posted in Courtroom, Europe, Patents at 9:33 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

… giants try to pass the UPC (ratify UPCA).” Marks & Clerk’s Mike Gilbert and Jonathan Stafford wrote about it before the weekend, as did the liars and crooks from Bristows LLP. They’re both spoiled brats of UPC, who on behalf of large (and international/foreign) pharmaceutical giants try to pass the UPC (ratify UPCA). We’ll say more about that in a moment.

Here is what patent maximalists at Managing IP [sic] wrote about it :

The UK’s highest court yesterday …

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