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Archive for the 'Legal & Political' Category

19 July
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Blame Canada or at least Minister Moore

For people to challenge the ideas of the appointed with the grace of the vote and get castigated as “radical extremist” by the minister begs the question. Who voted for you and what makes you always right?

I think this could get a tag of “Why I’m glad I don’t live there”, but then I live in Ireland ……

08 July
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Stating the obvious about Microsoft

They don’t have a working implementation of OOXML version in the market place, the version of a “standard” they fought for a long time to make a standard.

(in the process a lot of hot air passed on and it has been claimed that the ISO system is now a victim of this standard lying face down in the dirt with a knife called OOXML in it’s back)

There are real implemented standards, so it is possible, ODF.

Both ISO standards, you can choose to use a standard but there is only one implemented!

(if you can  on show me I am wrong I’ll gladly publish the comment)

Were the actions taken to get OOXML turned into a standard an abuse of the power of a single player in the market place?

If the answer is yes, where are the regulators.

04 July
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Software And Business Method Patents Are A Bad Idea

In a world of business method patents this is possible:
A Great Business Method Patent Joke

Business method patents allow the state to give someone a monopoly on a how they might do business.

Those pushing for their acceptance and those considering their acceptance should be aware of the fact that in the US the landscape has changed somewhat since a Supreme Court Judgement in a case commonly known as the “Bilski case”.

Groklaw article on Bilski.

It has been said that the patents and copyrights are heading  in a direction that might be compared with buying a car from a garage and finding you might only be able to get that car fueled in a garage of that brand. Work out how restrictive that would be, do you find that acceptable?

30 April
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(updated) What the ACTA does for you.

I offered to write up some details on the ACTA: Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

However I find that the case is well written on the EFF web site.

A little web search that says “What does the ACTA do” will turn up a raft of useful short links.

It attacks the Internet and Free Libre Open Source Software, fail to act, watch your future retract!

It closes the society you live in for the benefit of the “Entertainment Industry”, who are at the table for this international meeting which is out to criminalise what are called IP infringements.

IP is really three separate things, Trade Mark, Copyright and Patents.

As they have different names why deal with them within the same space?

Why negotiate such document in secret?

What other agendas are being played to?

To read this document:

http://ec.europa.eu/trade/creating-opportunities/trade-topics/intellectual-property/

Remember this is one spin, the other is that this is an attempt to close up your society, turn off the internet as you know it, stop Free Software (that is free as in freedom to use for any purpose as opposed to copyrighted and shared for no cost).

If that happens prepare to see less choice, less diversity and less opportunity to tinker.

Write to your politicians, send them two letters one Original to HQ  of Seat of office with copy to local party office and tell them both where the original went and copy went. Be amazed. Politicians are people to, and you can always suggest that pirate party is going to get the votes you talk about. Be a person of influence.

Have fun!

28 March
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The Cloud of Sorts

(reworked mail I sent to a list in the last week)

To comment on “The Cloud” I think it is required to draw a few threads together.

In 2006 along with a chap I know we started a project called called gNewSense, it
is an FSF approved Free Software GNU/Linux distribution, that was the aim of the distro it was based on Ubuntu LTS, at the time Dapper Drake or 6.06, it is still developed today we are a lot less involved.

Since then the world has moved on, some things have become more “Free” other things less. Back then Youtube was a year old, Facebook was two and Twitter was a couple of months old.

Eben Moglen (the guy who helped Richard Stallman to write the GPLv2) has spoken recently against the cloud, how it is not great and allows
commercial proprietary companies spy on you. Eben made the point that the “wall wart” servers could displace the whole “Cloud / web 2.0″ thing.

I was talking Friday evening to a friend of mine who is a frequent contributor to various Free Software related things. His take more or less was that Eben had not taken into account the way the Facebooks of  this world work, they allow people who have disconnected to “link up”.

You have tools, you have servers and you all networked.
You put your email in the cloud and you are told that no humans read it.

Slowly very slowly put this thought into your brain and ponder it.

What would it take to create a protocol let us call it Personal Data Protection Protocol, and implement it in software.

What would PDPP do, it is the ability to create the circles of contact for people.
Where you control how much you share or don’t. Just to scare yourself, go search for five people you know who twitter or facebook or blog a lot and then for five people who as far as you know don’t.

Such a protocol should have to link many different levels of service, securely or in plain text, removing the ability of those who are aggregating data in your personal space.
What is the price of this?

We want to be contacted by people we have lost contact with, however what is the price of making yourself public.

Ask yourself who would benefit from blocking such an effort.

In the end ask yourself what way would the Internet look if people pulled back from the public domain and went more private.

I do need to think more about this, anyone for a conversation on it?

Without regard to the debate or side you stand on the outcome will be at a minimum interesting.