2007-05-07 13:45:37

Lobbyism for nerds

There is now a lobbyism howto for nerds. I personally think that lobbyism is a very important matter, and since there is no lobby for nerds, it is our «duty» to form it ourselves. However, I'm going to describe this in more detail later.

The howto is at http://www.hanno.de/blog/2007/05/06/lobbyismus-fur-nerds/.

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2007-05-05 13:21:21

Reception of "Managed Diversity"

Apparently, my lecture about «Managed Diversity» wasn't all unheard. There is a nice, large mail on oekonux.de, which discusses the subjects that I debated further. The author looked a lot into my thesis and drew some interesting conclusions, which weren't 100% congruent with mine, but pretty close.

The insightful article excuses for the fact that he doesn't always spell my name correctly.

Apparently, there is an article associated with it.

Posted by Tonnerre Lombard | Permanent link | File under: general, chaos

2007-05-05 13:02:34

Tonight: Hacker Radio on Radio Lora

Tonight, on Saturday, the 5th of May 2007, the Chaos Computer Club Zurich will broadcast their first radio show on Radio Lora. It is called Hackerfunk, and the first session is basically about introducing the people and the CCC.

The further sessions are going to be somewhat like older sessions of Chaosradio from the CCC Berlin or C-RaDar from Chaos Darmstadt.

The session will be broadcast from 19:00 to 20:00 and will also be available as a live stream.

More information can be found on the Radio Lora site and the CCC Zurich site.

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2007-05-04 23:28:14

SCO on the way to its grounding

The SCO Group, mostly known for suing IBM over the use of the Linux operating system, has recently been caught in violating the intellectual property rights of a different big company: Microsoft.

SCO Unixware 7.1.4 features the Open Source package mplayer. This player again used to feature support for playback of Windows Media files (WMV9) using Microsoft's proprietary codecs from Windows in an emulation layer. Thus, the win32codecs package, which belonged to mplayer, always came with the notice that one must be in possession of a genuine Windows license in order to be allowed to use them for playback.

On the other hand, the business isn't going very well for SCO. There are basically no profitable businesses, and there appears to be significant evidence that the claims that SCO announced against IBM, are mostly hot air. Novell researched deeper into their documents, discovering that the copyright to the Linux source code had never been sold to SCO, but was intentionally kept back for the case of a bankruptcy on behalf of SCO.

Which seems like an intellegible move in the light of the current development of SCO's shares. Never since March 13th has the SCO share fulfilled the criterium of being listed in the NASDAQ technology index, which is to be traded for more than US$ 1.-. If the company doesn't recover within 180 days, it will no longer be a NASDAQ company.

This doesn't come as a surprise. McBride has tried to make SCO some kind of Non-Producing Entity (NPE), which makes its money from intellectual property litigation. However, SCO is in a horribly bad shape for this kind of business, for several reasons:

  1. They don't really possess intellectual property assets
  2. They focus on copyright, not patents (which narrows their claims)
  3. They have written code themselves, which makes them susceptible to counter attacks

So all in all, we have to wonder how long McReed in Wonderland is still going to be in business?

More details: http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/88956, http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/89038

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2007-05-01 21:56:55

Microsoft wins one of the biggest victories for OSS lobbyists

Microsoft has fought one of the biggest battles for OSS lobbyists today. In a case they won, the US Suppreme Court has overturned its decision from the AT&T case with a 7:1 majority.

The actual case was whether or not software in its source form is patentable. The US suppreme court has ruled that source code itself is like the blue print for a device: it is pure information and cannot be considered patentable.

This basically means that Microsoft has won this one special case, where they infringed on a patent held by AT&T itself, which covered speech synthetization in software. Nevertheless, this court ruling will be a big problem to Microsoft in most of their business strategy, since they just successfully invalidated software patents on source code, a vast majority of their anti-Linux strategy is jeopardized.

More information is on http://www.betanews.com/[...]_Overturned/1177944397

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