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IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: October 21st, 2008

Posted in IRC Logs at 4:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Enter the IRC channel now

schestowitz Naps at 2AM… Oct 21 00:01
twitter My laptop has taken the place of night time reading. Oct 21 00:14
twitter movie watching Oct 21 00:14
twitter tv watching Oct 21 00:14
twitter all in bed. Oct 21 00:15
schestowitz I can’t use things efficiently on a laptop. Oct 21 00:16
twitter trackpoint helps Oct 21 00:16
twitter I used to be able to thumb trackpads but trackpoints have always worked better. Oct 21 00:17
twitter I have a masonite and blue insulation foam pad to put it on so it does not overheat or burn my legs Oct 21 00:17
twitter CAD is a pain but text editing, browsing, coding are easy Oct 21 00:18
schestowitz Screen space is a hard one. Oct 21 00:19
twitter E16 virtual desktops rescue that. Oct 21 00:20
twitter another helper is vi commands in konqueror Oct 21 00:21
twitter j down, k up, h left, l right.  left and right don’t happen often. Oct 21 00:22
twitter can I tell you how much I hate Slashdot’s new shortcut keys? Oct 21 00:23
schestowitz Yes Oct 21 00:25
twitter a lot Oct 21 00:25
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tessier slashdot shortcuts? Oct 21 02:24
tessier If slashdot shortcut keys piss you off maybe you need to lay off the slashdot? Oct 21 02:24
twitter Nah, slashdot is still fun.  The short cuts only piss me off a lot, not A LOT. Oct 21 02:33
twitter Thanks though, I know you mean well. Oct 21 02:33
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schestowitz More Microsoft apollogists disguised as “free software people”: http://boycottnovell.com/2008/10/19/m… Oct 21 07:28
schestowitz The apologism at the bottom never ends. It’s like a Microsoft ‘open source’ marketing campaign. Oct 21 07:29
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schestowitz Bad news… well, to DRM… :-) Recession Hits Blu-Ray Where it Counts < http://www.pcworld.com/article/15… > Oct 21 07:48
schestowitz http://www.theregister.co.uk/2… (Wikia layoffs ground Jimbo’s imaginary jet) Oct 21 07:54
schestowitz Ick. Japan’s young turn to Communist Party as they decide capitalism has let them down < http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asi… > Oct 21 07:57
schestowitz Economy Likely to Stall New Enterprise Mobile Apps < http://www.pcworld.com/article/152517/… > Oct 21 08:03
schestowitz Linux is  eating Sun’s lunch. Sun Warns of Revenue Drop, Big Loss < http://www.pcworld.com/article/152523/.html?tk=rss_news > Oct 21 08:05
schestowitz This is bad. If Sun is bought, OOo might suffer development-wise and then Microvell will try to take the lead, under the claim that Microsoft is a ‘friend’ of open source and Novell is to be trusted. Oct 21 08:08
MinceR geekings Oct 21 08:11
schestowitz The LF people seem likely to feed the IDC shills again. IDC: Economic Crisis to Bolster Cloud Computing < http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/1… > Oct 21 08:12
schestowitz Still trying to sneak in Solaris under the “open” label: OpenSolaris on IBM’s mainframes < http://weblog.infoworld.com/openreso… > Sun Guy: Linux Guys Afraid of OpenSolaris < http://www.crn.com/software/211201993 > Oct 21 08:17
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schestowitz “Yahoo is still awaiting approval from the U.S. Department of Justice…” Heh. Good luck with that. The US Department of Justice is confirmed by people to be corrupted by Microsoft, which planted people there. Oct 21 08:30
schestowitz http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2008/10/… Oct 21 08:30
schestowitz Google itself has emphasized time and time again that this deal is good for competition, and will not hamper Yahoo’s advertising offering. Yahoo has been relatively quiet on the issue in comparison, leaving most of the defensive tactics up to Google. Google has put up a website dedicated to the “facts” about the deal, and their lawyers are even calling advertisers asking for testimonials for the deal. “ Oct 21 08:30
schestowitz No chance until the puppet e Oct 21 08:30
schestowitz No chance until the puppet regime is replaced with a clean set of DoJ staff, who need to be overthrown for corruption. Oct 21 08:31
schestowitz Thee are so many people offering their ‘solution’ for the economy now (clouds, Wi-Fi, etc). Sensationalism won’t save the economy. 10+ trillion in debt renders the system stuck in a roadblock. Time for a major rethink. Presidential elections won’t change much when corporations run the government. Oct 21 08:41
schestowitz President Bush’s Plan to Put 20,000 Bolivians Out of Work < http://www.democracyctr.org/blog/2008/… > Oct 21 08:52
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schestowitz Layoffs at Veoh, or not? < http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10071031-93.ht… > Oct 21 09:01
schestowitz Tech layoffs: The scorecard < http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10069195-… > Oct 21 09:04
schestowitz CompanyDateHow manyFurther reading Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz Yahoo10/21/2008?1000+?Don’t expect Yahoo gory layoff details yet Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz Wikia10/20/200830% of 43Wikia lays off 30 percent of staff Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz Veoh10/20/200840% of 94Veoh lays off 40 percent of staff, still lacks reason for being (Valleywag) Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz Zillow10/17/200825%Zillow lays off 25 percent of staff Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz Zivity10/17/200833%Zivity lays off a third of staff Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz SearchMe10/17/200820%Search engine startup SearchMe cuts 20 percent Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz Heavy10/17/200814%Downturn Strikes Again: Heavy Lays Off 14% Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz Jaxtr10/17/20081313 Employees Laid Off At VoIP Startup Jaxtr Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz Pandora10/16/200820Pandora cuts 20 employees Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz Hi510/16/200810-15%No Hi5′s Today Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz Sirius XM10/16/200850Sirius XM makes cuts to XM in D.C. Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz Adbrite10/16/200840%’Layoffs are not a statement about performance’ Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz Appcelerator10/15/20086Tough times, tough decisions Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz Tesla Motors10/15/2008Detroit officeAutomaker Lays Off Detroit Office With Blog Post Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz SkyRider10/15/2008AllP2P startup SkyRider has shut down Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz Jive Software10/14/200833%Jive Software Lays Off 1/3 Of Staff Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz Redfin10/14/200820%Redfin blames economy in layoffs Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz Seesmic10/10/20087Tough times. Tough decisions Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz Lulu10/9/200824Lulu cuts jobs as revenues slow Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz eBay10/6/20081000eBay buys Bill Me Later, lays off 1,000 Oct 21 09:04
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schestowitz Gawker Media10/3/200814%Gawker Media to lay off 14 percent of editorial staff Oct 21 09:04
schestowitz The number of reporters who write “GNU/Linux” is increasing. There’s a need for more people to call it “GNU/Linux” for the associated philosophy and for groups like LF not to speak ‘on behalf’ of everyone, at the FSF’s expense. Oct 21 09:30
schestowitz More corruption: “The U.S. government and New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo opened a joint investigation into the $34.8 trillion credit-default swap market, the top federal prosecutor in New York said.” < http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=… > Oct 21 09:40
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schestowitz The Enderle Mill continues to parrot the ‘mixed source’ MS deception: http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/osb/?p=469 Oct 21 10:11
kentma1 it’s an interesting new bit of spin. Oct 21 10:23
schestowitz Microsoft is “as open as everyone” Oct 21 10:24
kentma1 hehe :-) Oct 21 10:30
kentma1 I see you’ve been troll-feeding in cola – a brief interlude, I hope :-) Oct 21 10:30
schestowitz Watch Novell’s PR (lie) department on performance: http://www.novell.com/company/blogs/cmo/?p=119 Oct 21 10:30
schestowitz They are still spoon-fed by Microsoft, financially… to destroy Freedom. Oct 21 10:30
kentma1 Novell are clearly moving more and more towards a lock-in based trading model. Oct 21 10:31
schestowitz To make matters worse, they use some of that money to scoop up companies that will — in due time — help them fight freedom further, along with the convicted monopolist that calls Linux a “Cancer”: http://www.novell.com/company/blogs/cmo/?p=121 Oct 21 10:31
schestowitz How people can work for Novell… probably just desperation for a check while perfuming what they do for the Mighty Buck. Social issues? Naa… leave that aside for now. Oct 21 10:32
schestowitz kentma1: they add lock-in to GNU/Linux also. Oct 21 10:32
schestowitz About 90% of their business (revenue wise, IIRC) is proprietary and with all those patented things they have (and SLE) they just try to sell a ‘mixed source’ Linux. That’s why we should call it Ballnux and encourage people to avoid it. Oct 21 10:33
kentma1 a bad business all round.  I wonder just how sustainable it will be., though, but they clearly need to “walk slowly backwards” away from their proprietary revenue streams Oct 21 10:34
schestowitz In many ways, Novell is like Microsoft. Punching you in the crotch (“cut off air supply of [Red Hat|Netscape]“) and then buying flowers (“look! we give some source  code”). Oct 21 10:35
schestowitz It fools many people. Perens < http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?si… >: Oct 21 10:36
kentma1 desperately trying to stay in businesss, I suspect. Oct 21 10:36
schestowitz “I think mostly they’d like to dilute “Open Source” to mean any code with source code. This is important to them because it’s the rights connected to Open Source that scare Microsoft (and others). If you can call it Open Source when there isn’t even the right to compile the code, or to use the information you get from reading it, customers don’t have a reason to ask for it any longer.   Their publicity agencies are here Oct 21 10:36
schestowitz on Slashdot pumping that angle every day. “ Oct 21 10:36
schestowitz This leads me to suspecting BN has attracted some of those “publicity agencies” Perens is personally familiar with.  Many of them pose as “open source people”. Oct 21 10:37
kentma1 They’re well rehearsed.  We’ve seen them for years on cola, too, although the message has become rather more sophisticated over time. Oct 21 10:39
schestowitz In COLA I don’t quite see it. I can’t think of a Munchkin who sells the “Microsoft is your friend and open source fan” pitch. Oct 21 10:40
schestowitz Groklaw has them too… Microsoft lobbyists posing as “FOSS people” to gain credibility and then throw slime at ODF, Linux, Free software, RMS and so on. Oct 21 10:41
schestowitz http://fussnotes.typepad.com/plexnex/… “Interestingly, Labaton makes the point that the motivation to increase the freedom of the investment banks originated in the feeling that it was necessary in order to allow the American firms to compete in the new, flatter global arena. It seems we were heading down already.” Oct 21 10:52
schestowitz Paul Krill does an article abotu Ajax… so why is he even mentioning the enemy of Ajax (XAML binary mess)? “Silverlight itself is a very small plugin, about 4.6 megabytes,” Guthrie said.  < http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index… >. The Register is doing the same thing, giving Microsoft attention in unrelated articles. Oct 21 11:11
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miti Roy, I believe Microsoft is a dangerous company for a democratic society. What can be done? Oct 21 11:26
schestowitz Regulation is too weak. Oct 21 11:27
schestowitz One option is making better products than them while avoiding the creation of “Another Microsoft”. Oct 21 11:28
miti I mean what be done in the EU? What can politicians do for us? Oct 21 11:29
schestowitz There is no proper democracy (to refer to your question). The corporations run the governments. Oct 21 11:30
schestowitz In a proper democracy, citizens elect representative to represent the voter’s need, as opposed to a minority of affluent executives. So one tipping point for Free software is the financial collapse. It encourages people to ask question about how corruption came about and allowed this to happen. Microsoft is just part of an issue that’s broader. Oct 21 11:32
miti I see Oct 21 11:33
miti Still I would be curious about actions, e.g. in the context of the upcoming elections Oct 21 11:33
schestowitz Take McCreecy for example (the policians you refer to). The guy just sold out in the interests of the Nancy Sinatra of the world — those who want to make money sitting in sunbeds all day. Oct 21 11:34
schestowitz The same guy seems to be pushing s/w patents in EU, on behalf of Microsoft. Oct 21 11:34
miti Soundcopyright.eu ?? Oct 21 11:34
schestowitz All of these are legal tools that obstruct regulation and attack Freedom. Oct 21 11:34
*schestowitz looks at site Oct 21 11:34
miti http://www.opensourceworldconference.com/streaming Oct 21 11:35
schestowitz Yes, that’s the domain (one among more). Oct 21 11:35
schestowitz Whoever you vote for, you get a ‘package’. You get a whole group, some of whom are cronies. Oct 21 11:36
schestowitz Timely example: vite Obama, get RIAA/MPAA cronyism through Biden, the potential Vice President. Oct 21 11:36
schestowitz So the solution won’t come through elections. If you look at GNU/Linux or Microsoft deep enough, you’ll probably go all the way up to the top to find the source of problems (e.g. Gates phoning presidents for OOXML support). Oct 21 11:37
miti Anyway, change is needed and I am looking at things to do. Oct 21 11:37
schestowitz Information helps. Oct 21 11:38
schestowitz If you can surpass the brainwash (example: “more patents = more innovation”), then you pressure the cronies. Oct 21 11:38
schestowitz If, as in the case of the OOXML corruption, you name people who are guilty and provide overwhelming proof, they run and hide, maybe even sacked. Oct 21 11:39
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miti But there can be information overload. You cry fraud for good reasons and nothing happends Oct 21 11:50
miti you start to sound shrill although its all true Oct 21 11:50
schestowitz There are ways of presenting this neatly. Oct 21 11:51
schestowitz People do listen because they look for particular information, e.g. in search engines, and then find it. Oct 21 11:51
miti I am looking for action that kills their business. What would be most effectivee? Oct 21 11:54
schestowitz Several things (off the top of my head): Oct 21 11:56
schestowitz 1. Expose their corruption (there is plenty) to get them in trouble Oct 21 11:57
schestowitz 2. Educate people about freedom, digital in particular. Many are deceived just by cost. Oct 21 11:57
schestowitz 3. Explain to Microsoft people why the things they do are wrong. Employee retention at Microsoft is already growing poor. Oct 21 11:58
schestowitz 4. Help promote Microsoft competitors that stay faithful to freedom. Communities too are worth improving because corporations have their own agenda and shareholder. Oct 21 11:58
miti http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGtk3PMfU8s   funny video about the McCain connection Oct 21 11:59
schestowitz There are many. Oct 21 11:59
schestowitz Apart from the ‘advisors’ McCain has. Oct 21 11:59
miti But as Obama will win who is Mr. Evil? Biden? Oct 21 12:00
schestowitz http://boycottnovell.com/2008/0… Oct 21 12:01
schestowitz The comment at the very bottom here < http://boycottnovell.com/2008/08/26/pa… > also explains the McCain-Microsoft connection. Oct 21 12:02
schestowitz miti: thanks for the video BTW. I shall post it just before the elections (to BN) Oct 21 12:03
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brunomiguel ahoy hoy! :) Oct 21 14:14
schestowitz Hwy, brunomiguel. Oct 21 14:16
brunomiguel hello, schestowitz. Oct 21 14:17
schestowitz Hm.. Oct 21 14:20
schestowitz I can’t find the FTC/DOJ page for Intel antitrust Oct 21 14:20
schestowitz Searching Google for a while it’s only ‘social news’ (rubbish) that shows up at the top Oct 21 14:20
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twitter http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&amp… Oct 21 16:29
schestowitz Ah. Too late now. I posted this already. Oct 21 16:30
twitter It’s never too late to improve things Oct 21 16:31
twitter it might not be worth the effort though Oct 21 16:31
twitter Novell back under $5, that was quick.  http://finance.google.com/finance?q=NASDAQ:NOVL Oct 21 16:34
twitter Here’s a funny:  ” Said Ballmer, at an industry confab in Brazil last week: “We’re not going to have products that are much more successful than Vista has been.”” Oct 21 16:36
twitter ”  Hang on a sec, would you please, Dear Reader. Thanks — I’m back. I just had to go dump a few thousand Microsoft shares. [Disclosure: I don't really own Microsoft shares, but if I did ...]“ Oct 21 16:36
MinceR lol Oct 21 16:36
twitter http://www.informationweek.com/blog/ma… Oct 21 16:36
schestowitz I’m working on a good one, twitter. Oct 21 16:36
schestowitz Gimme a minute. Oct 21 16:36
twitter :) take your time Oct 21 16:37
schestowitz I use your images. Oct 21 16:37
schestowitz Okay, done: http://boycottnovell.com/2008/10/21… Oct 21 16:43
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twitter http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&id=1318927 Oct 21 17:01
twitter going to look at horacio lies Oct 21 17:01
schestowitz Hehe. SweatyB. Oct 21 17:01
schestowitz Heh. http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=… Oct 21 17:03
schestowitz “But Ballmer, man he’s an idiot. He’s the CEO of goddamn Microsoft, a SOFTWARE company and he’s saying it’s all about advertising and not about developing? That’s like a car salesman saying their not making cars anymore or teacher saying he doesn’t teach anymore but is just telling his pupils how good his school is. Seriously, what the fuck.” Oct 21 17:03
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twitter ha ha ha.  Slashdot also front page linked the vista failure log again for the anti-piracy day story :) http://yro.slashdot.org/artic… Oct 21 17:20
tessier_ twitter on the front page of /.! Nice job! Oct 21 17:30
twitter thanks Oct 21 17:31
twitter Good round up of the M$ patent threat.  The tie in to proxies is well documented and accurate, so it will be hard for them to use them without people in the mainstream press getting wise. Oct 21 17:37
twitter I like how PJ used M$’s old language about patents being the last tool of a dying tech company. Oct 21 17:38
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*schestowitz come back. Nice one, twitter. Oct 21 19:11
twitter did you see this one?  http://blogs.zdnet.com/Apple/?p=2415 Oct 21 19:14
twitter more paid astroturf Oct 21 19:16
twitter another attack on independent blogs Oct 21 19:16
schestowitz ZIff/Gates? Oct 21 19:17
schestowitz That’s the site which has just one open source bloggers, who is a Windows users that provokes. Oct 21 19:17
schestowitz Compare to Ou (MS shill), Ed Bought [sic] (Windows salesman) and Mary Jo (Microsoft career), and even _Microsoft employees_ with blogs there. Oct 21 19:18
schestowitz Oh, and pseudonym Paul “I hate Linux” Murphy Oct 21 19:18
twitter this one is by David Morgenstern of “Apple Core”  had not heard of them before but that’s just me. Oct 21 19:19
twitter he leaks a letter from M$ offering bloggers $15,000 to recommend Vista over OSX Oct 21 19:19
schestowitz Morgenstern is OK though. Oct 21 19:20
schestowitz he also defedns Linux sometimes. Oct 21 19:20
twitter As long as the letter is true, it’s another instance of M$ buying blog reporting. Oct 21 19:20
twitter Astroturf that damages everyone’s reputation, on the take or not on the take Oct 21 19:21
schestowitz Microsoft also bribed professors. Oct 21 19:21
twitter Whole Universities too Oct 21 19:21
twitter first hit is free Oct 21 19:21
schestowitz Yes, I have it documented. Universities too. Oct 21 19:22
twitter Universities were some of the first organizations to copyright their buildings. Oct 21 19:23
schestowitz Hold on. Oct 21 19:23
twitter “Official merchandise” Oct 21 19:23
twitter waiting Oct 21 19:23
schestowitz I’ll add the URL/s for the record (the logs are posted) Oct 21 19:23
schestowitz There are links going backwards and forward (in time) here: http://boycottnovell.com/2007/12/… (this hopefully gives a starting point for sample of incidents. Oct 21 19:24
schestowitz Think of a good headline to summarise the Mac story. Oct 21 19:25
twitter Buying friends and influencing people? Oct 21 19:27
twitter fans? Oct 21 19:27
twitter brb Oct 21 19:28
schestowitz On Mac shills… moments ago: http://boycottnovell.com/2008/10/1… Oct 21 19:36
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schestowitz Surely just an accident: http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news… Oct 21 19:45
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_doug definition of that Wikipedia verifiability: it appeared in some other publication .. Oct 21 19:53
_doug http://tech.slashdot.org/tech/08/10/21/1657256.shtml Oct 21 19:54
_doug dead goldfish registered to vote .. Oct 21 19:56
_doug http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081021/ap_o… Oct 21 19:56
trmanco http://blog.internetnews.com/skerner/20… Oct 21 19:59
trmanco lol Oct 21 19:59
trmanco free cookies Oct 21 19:59
schestowitz Hey, _doug Oct 21 19:59
trmanco start squashing bugs on Debian Oct 21 20:00
schestowitz trmanco: Knuth offers checks ($2.56) Oct 21 20:01
trmanco lol Oct 21 20:02
_doug Did anyone see that anti-terror series on ITV last night .. Oct 21 20:07
_doug They kick in the door in germ warfare bio-suits and then blow up a container in a controlled-explosion ? Oct 21 20:08
_doug They then announce that al qaeda is being funded by drug money ?? Oct 21 20:09
_doug instead of minor members of the Saudi royal family .. Oct 21 20:09
_doug do they really expect up to believe this ? Oct 21 20:09
_doug all the time scary musci running in the background .. Oct 21 20:10
schestowitz anto-terror? Oct 21 20:13
_doug anto ? Oct 21 20:13
schestowitz Anti (typo). Do they catrch real suspects? Oct 21 20:14
_doug no they just look cool in their designer suits and shades :0 Oct 21 20:15
schestowitz Well, they must Oct 21 20:16
_doug kicking in a door at 2:00 am is hardly subtle  .. Oct 21 20:16
schestowitz It’s called “security theatre”, remember? Got to look good and professional. It’s about perception. Oct 21 20:16
_doug better to infiltrate the local M***** .. :) Oct 21 20:16
schestowitz After all, your golden fish could register for terrorism. Oct 21 20:16
schestowitz http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081021/ap_on_el… Oct 21 20:16
_doug and promote false-flag operations .. Oct 21 20:16
schestowitz Fishy business. Oct 21 20:17
schestowitz Slippery criminals. Oct 21 20:17
_doug then announce the last-minute prevention of another incident .. Oct 21 20:17
_doug http://www.terror-alert.co.uk/ Oct 21 20:19
schestowitz Microsoft Spin Thursday is coming up Oct 21 20:24
schestowitz Worse for the stock than Patch Tuesday. Oct 21 20:24
MinceR :) Oct 21 20:26
schestowitz Good news (less bankers): Merrill Lynch confirms IT job cuts < http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/21/… > Oct 21 20:26
_doug What’s happening on Thursday ? Oct 21 20:26
schestowitz Microsoft’s financiers  and other professional liars are probably piling up profits (tacking them in buckets) and trying to figure out what press release to shoot in order to hide damage Oct 21 20:27
schestowitz See this?  http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2008…  If Microsoft’s results disappoint, they’ll just blame “pirates” again. Oct 21 20:28
schestowitz If results are good, then “we did well despite ‘piracy”. If results are bad, then “those evil “pirates” are to blame.” Oct 21 20:28
_doug IT job losse .. was on the cards a long time .. too many MSCPs chasing too few jobs … Oct 21 20:29
schestowitz _doug: on Thursday we find out about the stacking /du/ quarter. Oct 21 20:29
schestowitz Look at the bright side. Unemployed MSCPs have the necessary skills to manage home budget…they are going to need this skill. Oct 21 20:30
schestowitz McAfee update classifies Vista component as a Trojan < http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/1… > Oct 21 20:31
schestowitz Hey, _doug, send post the Number 10 asking for your /own/ bailout too: http://www.theregister.co.uk/200… Oct 21 20:32
schestowitz On layoffs: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-10071082-16…. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10070944… Oct 21 20:38
_doug we live in interesting times .. Oct 21 20:39
_doug http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A807374 Oct 21 20:40
_doug does anyone here realize there is a third candidate in the US election > Oct 21 20:43
schestowitz I didn’t know the reference, but I use the phrase a lot. Oct 21 20:43
schestowitz A gold fish? Oct 21 20:44
_doug http://www.votenader.org/ Oct 21 20:44
_doug totally unmentioned on the ‘main-stream’ media … Oct 21 20:44
_doug don’t want to dilute the vote, I suppose … Oct 21 20:44
schestowitz Nokia is still flooding the press with their pseudo-open source junk. Just in IDG.. alone: http://www.pcworld.com/article/152539/.html?t… http://www.pcworld.com/article/152538/… http://www.pcworld.com/article/152537/.ht… Oct 21 20:45
schestowitz Does he also accept contributions (bribes)? If not, he can’t gain visibility. Oct 21 20:46
_doug “Symbian released a free tool” is this bad ? Oct 21 20:47
schestowitz Symbian=Eclipse licence+Windows DRM+s/w patents. I wrote about this in BN an hour ago: http://boycottnovell.com/2008/10… Oct 21 20:48
MinceR so when are they going to release an open platform? Oct 21 20:48
MinceR (taxing the developers via code signing doesn’t qualify) Oct 21 20:49
_doug ahh .. soo .. McCreevy + MS europe are joined at the hip .. is well known .. Oct 21 20:49
_doug MS european headquarters are in Eire Oct 21 20:50
schestowitz Nader site is humble. I wish Lessig ran, but without bribes, you can’t win. The corrupt wins the election, and not just in the US. Even Clown and Bliar are said to be benefiting from their little clans of influence. Oct 21 20:50
_doug well yea, you get a bunch of ‘directorships’ when you retire .. Oct 21 20:50
schestowitz New: Google’s open-source Android now actually open <http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10071093-92.html?… >,  Google Set to Release Android Source Code< http://www.pcworld.com/article/15254… > Oct 21 20:50
schestowitz _doug: if you have the time, try to find financial links between MS and Chaarlie. Oct 21 20:51
_doug why are you supprised Schewz ? “John Major appointed European Chairman of the Carlyle Group” Oct 21 20:52
_doug http://www.allbusiness.com/banking-finance/… Oct 21 20:52
schestowitz If we can bust his for being bribed directly or indirectly, that would hurt his potency. Someone in COLA says he’s already at risk of getting the boot. Oct 21 20:52
_doug who ? Oct 21 20:53
schestowitz Ha! Carlyle. Oct 21 20:53
schestowitz Wait. Oct 21 20:53
schestowitz http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=mozclient&num=… Oct 21 20:53
schestowitz Norris connection. Oct 21 20:53
schestowitz “Another Washington-based group, which was discussed in IRC last night, is the Carlyle Group. Wikipedia describes it as “a global private equity investment firm, based in Washington, D.C., with more than $81.1 billion of equity capital under management.” Mind the part which says: “Carlyle was founded in 1987 by Stephen L. Norris, and David M. Rubenstein.”” Oct 21 20:54
PetoKraus so, is Android REALLY open now? Oct 21 20:54
schestowitz http://boycottnovell.com/2008/08/24/… Oct 21 20:54
PetoKraus no blobs? Oct 21 20:54
schestowitz PetoKraus: not all of it. Oct 21 20:54
schestowitz I think just about 70% Oct 21 20:54
schestowitz PR value… “just enough” open source as some call it. marketing ploy (ish) Oct 21 20:54
_doug it’s how ‘business’ is done .. always has .. always will be … Oct 21 20:54
schestowitz _doug: it needs to be transparent Oct 21 20:55
schestowitz .Therein lies the lower of the Web. Oct 21 20:55
schestowitz *power Oct 21 20:55
_doug ot: I see you mentioned by ACT .. :) Oct 21 20:55
schestowitz Yes. Oct 21 20:57
schestowitz How did you know? Oct 21 20:57
_doug is this the same ACT you/we’ve previously mentioned . .the one so concerned for the industry ? Oct 21 20:57
schestowitz Well, yeah… but somone reported them to regulators a week ago. ;-) http://boycottnovell.com/2008/10/09/act-r… Oct 21 20:57
_doug association of ??? Oct 21 20:59
schestowitz *LOL* http://beranger.org/index.php?page=diary&amp… Oct 21 21:01
_doug “association for competitive technology” .. Oct 21 21:01
schestowitz Association of umbrellas. Oct 21 21:01
schestowitz http://boycottnovell.com/2008/09/01/a… Oct 21 21:01
schestowitz They don’t like the fact that this stuff shows up in page 1 of Google. It exposes who they really are. Oct 21 21:02
_doug “A trade association for computer software, hardware, consulting companies working to keep e-commerce unregulated .. ACT is the only organization focused on the needs of small business innovators from around the world” Oct 21 21:03
_doug http://www.actonline.org/na/about/members.html Oct 21 21:03
schestowitz *LOL* more images: http://www.jonworth.eu/the-atheist-bus-campaign-is-back/ http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/oct… http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7681914.stm Oct 21 21:03
_doug Notice how none of the other members occupy the same eco-space as Micros~1 Oct 21 21:03
schestowitz Well, that would conflict. Oct 21 21:04
schestowitz Can’t stock competing brands, can you? Oct 21 21:04
schestowitz Android in the wild: http://tech.shantanugoel.com/2008/10/21/… Oct 21 21:08
_doug gtg .. Oct 21 21:10
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*schestowitz wonders if doing weekly roundup of important news once a week would be suitable for BN Oct 21 21:17
schestowitz Maybe a newsletter… I don’t know… newsletter’s are yesterday’s technology, no? Oct 21 21:17
PetoKraus don’t know if you read Beranger today, but: http://digg.com/arts_culture/London_… Oct 21 21:26
schestowitz Yeah. Oct 21 21:26
schestowitz I posted the links to the images just half an hour ago. Oct 21 21:27
schestowitz Better than the rape thing Oct 21 21:27
PetoKraus much much better Oct 21 21:27
PetoKraus because you know what? This addresses point in appropriate way. Oct 21 21:27
schestowitz .It would annoy some people, no? Well, maybe not in London. Oct 21 21:30
schestowitz Improves Ogg in Firefox: Video Element Update < http://www.bluishcoder.co.nz/2008/10/… > Oct 21 21:31
PetoKraus well, pro-christian campaign annoys me. Muslims dressed in their traditional “outfit” annoy me. And I am nice and quiet. So they should be as well. Oct 21 21:31
schestowitz And {God Bless American}^TM Oct 21 21:34
schestowitz *America Oct 21 21:34
PetoKraus I am in the UK, not in the states, AFAIK. Oct 21 21:34
schestowitz When reigion becomes a national chant. Just see those E-mails from Palin… Oct 21 21:35
schestowitz http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin_Y… “I pray he gives you energy…” Oct 21 21:35
schestowitz ECT is becoming more of a Linux-trolling network (Enderle placements and all). Now there’s the beef on Sun: http://www.linuxinsider.com/rsstory/64884.html (AP) Oct 21 21:37
PetoKraus hmm, i am quite surprised. Nexuiz + Radeon open source drivers is actually playable. Oct 21 21:40
PetoKraus at “medium” detail level & 1024×768, i get at about 20-30 FPS, which is nice. Good to see working open-source 3D accel. Oct 21 21:41
schestowitz I’m sick of ZeeDee propaganda: http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/… (modified headline to say “Microsoft is as open as everybody else”… because it threatens Red Hat and has Novell licking its boot) Oct 21 21:41
schestowitz Related article on  the side is like a Microsoft Hyper-V ad… more like hype-v and some lies… as as “lies, damn lies..” Oct 21 21:42
twitter I added this http://boycottnovell.com/2008/02/01/yahoo-l… to your discussion of Yahoo/M$ technical censorship. Oct 21 21:43
schestowitz This ZeeDeeNet biz (Microsoft urges employees to comment there) is part of that “advertisers advertisers advertisers” thingie Ballmer was raving about. Oct 21 21:43
twitter That was a good run down.  I had heard a little but not all of it.  Thanks for putting it in one place.  We see how M$ has rewarded Yahoo for their cooperation. Oct 21 21:43
twitter Ina Fried…. clueless Oct 21 21:44
twitter oh well Oct 21 21:44
schestowitz http://www.truthout.org/about Oct 21 21:45
twitter looking Oct 21 21:45
schestowitz “We simply focus on getting the news out there, and putting everything we have on display every single day. A critic once warned, “I intend to monitor Truthout!” So I recommended that he sign up for our newsletters. That way, “You’ll be sure to get everything delivered right to your inbox.”” Oct 21 21:45
twitter ha ha Oct 21 21:45
schestowitz “If you told me six years ago that we would have a staff of 30 and almost a quarter of a million readers per day, I would’ve thought you were nuts. But that’s exactly where we stand today. With financial support coming only from our readership and a couple of small grants, we are able to employ all of these dedicated people, maintain multiple servers and produce high quality services.” Oct 21 21:46
schestowitz I try to see if there’s controversy. Oct 21 21:46
schestowitz Some people libeled BN  and Groklaw, saying they had launched DDOS attacks. Oct 21 21:46
twitter They are a political group not spammers. Oct 21 21:46
schestowitz Shortly afterwards the sites were blacklisted (for no reason) by Websense. Oct 21 21:46
twitter censorship. Oct 21 21:47
twitter M$ is afraid of you. Oct 21 21:47
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schestowitz The libel came from the usual Microsoft Munchkins, some of whom monitor this channel for a fact (they copy and paste stuff from here and never ever deny it) Oct 21 21:47
twitter and every source they do not control. Oct 21 21:47
twitter if they do not own it, they try to destroy it Oct 21 21:47
schestowitz Google is in the headlines. Oct 21 21:47
schestowitz The Dutch police want them to sell out a user. Oct 21 21:48
schestowitz IP address/es Oct 21 21:48
schestowitz Another reason tohost your own mail or use a trusted host Oct 21 21:48
twitter truth hurts their advertising, and that is what Steve Balmer says they are all about. Oct 21 21:48
schestowitz They intrude sites with ads. Oct 21 21:49
twitter Google is always in the headlines when governments attack.  Meanwhile M$ and friends sell out as a mater of policy. Oct 21 21:49
schestowitz Shane doesn’t manage to block ms ads because they come from sister ‘domains’ (Microsoft partners and all) Oct 21 21:49
twitter Sounds deceptive, just like M$. Oct 21 21:50
schestowitz “Google is evil” is he message to sell now. Microsoft is either already assumed to be evil or must make competitors look “Equally Evil”(R) Oct 21 21:50
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twitter They have been at Google’s throat for a long, long time. Oct 21 21:51
twitter Organizing the world’s information harms M$’s broadcast assets and their ability to lie. Oct 21 21:51
schestowitz Let me find something. Oct 21 21:52
schestowitz It’s a ref I’ll want to pull in the future.. Oct 21 21:52
twitter Ina Fried/M$ said, ” the Novell deal, in particular, is an example of how working with a rival can ultimately benefit both companies.” Oct 21 21:53
twitter Novell, the good example of surrendering without a fight. Oct 21 21:53
twitter Look how good that was for SCO. Oct 21 21:53
schestowitz Found along the way: http://www.forbes.com/2007/03/06/microsoft-goog… (Microsoft Befriends Google’s Foes) Oct 21 21:53
schestowitz Desperate Acts (of Microsoft) < http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2006/1127/044a_print.html > Oct 21 21:54
schestowitz Still can’t find it Oct 21 21:54
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schestowitz Ah! Got it. Oct 21 21:54
schestowitz http://seekingalpha.com/artic… “It’s ancient history by now–and certainly not news–but it’s worth noting that Microsoft (MSFT) still hasn’t made any headway in the search-and-portal game and, in fact, is falling farther and farther behind. As a result, it is not surprising that Steve Ballmer is now warning media companies that Google (GOOG) is the Evil Empire — because no other competitive Oct 21 21:56
schestowitz tactic has worked.” Oct 21 21:56
schestowitz Also related and more recent: Ballmer says “Google reads your Mail” < http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=jnw4o3ReOl8 > Oct 21 21:56
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twitter M$ Censored Web, FAIL. Oct 21 21:57
twitter M$ Libel, FAIL. Oct 21 21:57
twitter M$FT, FAIL Oct 21 21:57
twitter ha ha Oct 21 21:57
schestowitz Not failing. Just busted by people. Oct 21 21:57
schestowitz Did you know that they censor bloggers? Oct 21 21:58
schestowitz tessier (who is in this channel) received demands or threats from Microsoft to remove blog posts. Oct 21 21:58
twitter down 5.5% today.  http://finance.google.com/finance?q=NASDAQ:MSFT Oct 21 21:58
schestowitz twitter: wait until Thursday. :-O Oct 21 21:58
twitter M$ calling tessier?  Directly? Oct 21 21:59
schestowitz http://finance.google.com/finance?q=novl -0.32 (-6.25%) Oct 21 21:59
schestowitz twitter: I don’t know the details. Oct 21 21:59
twitter There are plenty of people in this room that say they represent M$ and Novell and are paid to be here. Oct 21 22:00
schestowitz But they didn’t “pull an Ou” like they did with Gutmann. Oct 21 22:00
twitter They did that to you. Oct 21 22:00
schestowitz No. Oct 21 22:00
schestowitz No Ou. Oct 21 22:00
twitter If writing your University is not “pulling an Ou” I’m not sure what is. Oct 21 22:01
schestowitz http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2007/08… Oct 21 22:01
twitter They have also libeled you by proxy. Oct 21 22:02
schestowitz See this < http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2007/08/24/… >? Oct 21 22:02
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schestowitz Written by the guy who only just came back from a free trip Microsoft gave him Oct 21 22:03
schestowitz Search his name in BN and see the whole saga. Bribed journalists. Oct 21 22:03
twitter Yes, that’s part of the poison pen collection. Oct 21 22:04
twitter Bribery, shame. Oct 21 22:05
twitter It’s funny you would mention Peter (stage name) Murphy today.  http://slashdot.org/~twitter/journal/215047 Oct 21 22:06
schestowitz Paul? Oct 21 22:06
schestowitz Is it one person? Oct 21 22:06
twitter Yes Oct 21 22:06
schestowitz Someone who mailed me reckons it could be just a placeholder name Oct 21 22:06
twitter typo, my bad Oct 21 22:06
schestowitz In fact, the Cringely you see in InfoWorld is a fake one. Oct 21 22:06
schestowitz It’s naot Mark. Oct 21 22:07
schestowitz I mailed him and found that out. Oct 21 22:07
twitter No, if you look at that article it says fake name. Oct 21 22:07
schestowitz Whose? Oct 21 22:07
twitter Paul Murphy Oct 21 22:07
schestowitz Yes Oct 21 22:07
schestowitz People whose identity can’t be reveals are like self-confessed trolls. Oct 21 22:07
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twitter He actually said to stay away from Vista. Oct 21 22:08
schestowitz Or in the case of one Microsoft shill, rather than change name they change sex.. but there ya go.. Oct 21 22:08
twitter Recommended OSX, if you had the money, for usability.  Ha ha. Oct 21 22:08
schestowitz twitter: Murphy is not a Microsoft shill… but he was pro-SCO, UNIX, and often anti-Linux… and he rewrote history. Oct 21 22:09
schestowitz See Jones’ latest post on Dennis Byron Oct 21 22:09
schestowitz She mentioned the Murphy thing (he’s blacklisted in GL) Oct 21 22:09
twitter pro SCO? Oct 21 22:09
schestowitz Well, not exactly.. I don’t know the history. Oct 21 22:09
schestowitz He can’t even spell Ubuntu correctly… makes the same mistake endlesssly. Oct 21 22:10
twitter Link to Dennis article?  I have one from 5/16 Oct 21 22:11
schestowitz http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?s… Oct 21 22:11
schestowitz “Isn’t that hilarious? To be fair, those Wall Street dudes are likely under a lot of stress nowadays. If he needs a job, maybe he should write a column with “Paul Murphy”, who also comes up with his own histories on the birth of Linux.” Oct 21 22:12
twitter Oh yeah, I got that one. Oct 21 22:13
twitter It’s like a SCO echo.  Confusion put out once comes back many new and unexpected ways. Oct 21 22:14
schestowitz I was a victim of the MINIX lie. Oct 21 22:15
twitter M$ knows this and it’s one of the reasons they pollute the online world. Oct 21 22:15
schestowitz For years I thought Linux was derived from Minix. Oct 21 22:15
schestowitz It’s a Microsoft-derived lie rather… echoed many times, even in its conferences. Oct 21 22:15
twitter what did you think derived meant? Oct 21 22:16
schestowitz I use it loosely in this context… but I was talking about a fork. Oct 21 22:17
twitter Oh. Oct 21 22:18
schestowitz I read it somewhere… part of the ‘pollution trail’… disinfo. Oct 21 22:18
schestowitz The problem is that U unknowingly spread this lie further for at least a year. I thought it was true. So it’s an infectious broken telephone thing… Microsoft just needs to ‘plant’ and seed the lies. Oct 21 22:19
schestowitz I suspect that the anti-Chrome EULA FUD came from Microsoft as well. Oct 21 22:19
twitter Yes, that’s why they work so closely with journalists. Oct 21 22:19
schestowitz On the very same day it was announced I think the Ina Fried SHILL is the one that started spreading  (seeding) this attack. Oct 21 22:20
twitter I’m reading the Intel Ballnux article now.  RMS has said that Intel is an enemy of software freedom. Oct 21 22:20
schestowitz And knowing (with evidence) how Microsoft used O’Gara to sabotage the OSDL announcement (evidence in BN), it’s likely  that Microsoft intelligence knew about the announcement and did FUD homework Oct 21 22:20
twitter Yes, M$ plans it’s lies in advance. Oct 21 22:21
twitter That came out in the DRDOS case. Oct 21 22:21
schestowitz They also plan to sabotage the next Apple laptop announcement… just as they did with VMware’s event, Lotus (many years ago) and PS3 parties (launch parties in several countries) that management at Microsoft coordinated to sabotage systematically. Kids cried. Oct 21 22:21
schestowitz But don’t listen to my facts. Microsoft is a nice company. Yes. Shiny!! Yes. Oct 21 22:22
twitter They made sure Win3.1 would not work with DRDOS and planned to blame DR in newsgroups.  It worked perfectly. Oct 21 22:22
twitter Until their email was presented in court. Oct 21 22:23
schestowitz Yes Oct 21 22:23
schestowitz I have the evidence in BN too. Oct 21 22:23
schestowitz Have you seen it? Oct 21 22:23
twitter No.  The records have since been destroyed. Oct 21 22:23
twitter I’d like to see that. Oct 21 22:23
schestowitz Same with ODF plugins. Oct 21 22:23
schestowitz Search bn for dr-dos Oct 21 22:23
twitter Ok, dinner time.  Later. Oct 21 22:24
schestowitz http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=mozclient&… Oct 21 22:24
schestowitz It’s a good thing NVidia is losing market share (IIRC): Oct 21 22:34
schestowitz http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa… Oct 21 22:34
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schestowitz Lots of FUD: http://www.law.com/jsp/legaltechnology/pubArticle… Oct 21 23:01
schestowitz Ick!! http://www.benkevan.com/blog/switching-from-… “In the past years the phrase Linux has been mis-represented as a full blown distribution and not it’s original meaning. Linux, actually derived from the “Linux Kernel”, which was originally written by Linus Torvald in the early 90’s. So it is important to not refer a distribution as Linux, but as a Linux Distribution.” Oct 21 23:06
schestowitz Ouch. “What is the best Desktop Environment? Much like Distributions.” Lots of disinfo out there. Oct 21 23:07
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    A look back at 3 years of intensive EPO coverage and what's coming up next (suppression of truth behind closed doors in the courtrooms)

  16. Supreme Court Decision on TC Heartland v Kraft Food Brands Group Already Vacates the Eastern District of Texas

    Patent trolls are losing their mojo as patent lawsuits drop 21% in the Eastern District of Texas and this collapse is expected to accelerate

  17. Media Dominated by the Patent Microcosm Spreads Myths and Defends Patent Trolls, Collectors

    Popular culture myths, such as Edison being a prolific inventor, and what we all ought to know about an actual patent epidemic (vast increase in the number of patents granted, bringing the total to over 10 million in the US)

  18. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board Squashes Many Software Patents (Abstract) and §101 Seems Safe From Lobbying by the Patent Microcosm

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), together with the Alice-inspired §101, is an efficient eliminator of bogus patents on software and there is no end to that in sight

  19. Ericsson Hired From the World's Largest Patent Troll and Became a Massive Troll in Europe

    Ericsson's patent aggression campaign (even in Europe) carries on; it turns out the person behind this strategy came from Intellectual Ventures

  20. Links 16/8/2017: Ardour 5.11, 24th Birthday of Debian

    Links for the day

  21. Links 15/8/2017: New LibreELEC and More

    Links for the day

  22. The Collapse of Patent Quality at the EPO is Inviting to Europe Some of the World's Worst Patent Trolls

    As troll litigation soars in Europe we must take a careful look at the sorts of patents granted by the EPO these days and the policies that support such grants

  23. The EPO is Paying Journalists For Trips Abroad and May be Buying Fake Twitter Followers (Still)

    The EPO's media strategy -- a nefarious strategy which is costing many millions of euros and is corrupting the media -- explained in light of recent activity and reporting (in German)

  24. 'US Inventor' is an Extremist Group Created by Watchtroll (Not Inventors) to Troll the USPTO for Patent Maximalism

    The face behind so-called 'US Inventor' (an anti-PTAB group) which enlists, apparently, a handful of people and does not actually represent American inventors

  25. Links 14/8/2017: Linux 4.13-RC5, PostgreSQL 10 Beta 3, GCC 7.2

    Links for the day

  26. Links 13/8/2017: DebConf 2017 and GUADEC 2017 Wrapups

    Links for the day

  27. The Farce Which is Nokia's Patent Portfolio, a Ripoff of Other People's Ideas (and Patents)

    The untold story about Nokia's alleged ripoff (plagiarism) of other people's patents, which are now being used aggressively in a shakedown campaign even against OEMs that distribute Linux

  28. Software Patents Help Neither Software Developers Nor Society in General. It's Time to Bury Them All.

    The idea that patents for the sake of patents (or increasing the overall number of patents) is somehow beneficial to everything these patents touch is misguided and detrimental not only to practitioners but also to the public whose work contributes to

  29. The Latest Evidence of the Demise of Software Patents in the United States

    Even though some software patents continue to be granted, courts in the U.S. almost always reject these, signaling the end of software patents as a potent tool (unless there's an out-of-court settlement, usually because the defendant is too poor)

  30. Growing Unrest Over Patent Trolls Goes Political

    Encouraging signs for scientists and technologists: The push for the end of patent trolling (patent assertion by parasitic opportunists against vulnerable people who cannot afford legal defense)


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