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[News] Microsoft Mouthpiece (CompTIA) Sneaking Its Nose Into Law Making

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MediaFire: CompTIA: Patent Reform in the 111th Congress: Legislation and Recent
Court Decisions

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| It is obvious that the astronomical cost of litigation is disastrous for many 
| small U.S. businesses, and it requires settlement by the accused infringer. 
| The frequent litigation surround the “patent thicket” can chill economic 
| investment (e.g., venture capital and other R&D spending) and destroy a 
| start-up‟s attempt to enter the market and create jobs. We invite your 
| attention to the patent litigation statistics published by many sources, 
| including the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.      



Embrace the Reality and Logic of Choice

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| Another neo-colonialist press release from Microsoft's CompTIA lobbying arm,
| this time inveighing against South Africa's adoption of ODF as a national
| standard. One way to point out the absurdity of their logic is to replace the
| reference to ODF with references to any other useful standard that a
| government might adopt, like electrical standards.    


Multiple Standards according to ECMA

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| On a Microsoft event in Portugal, called TechDays 2008, ex-ECMA and now
| CompTIA (Microsoft lobbyst group) member, Jan van den Beld explains how
| multiple standards come to be on ECMA  
| [...]
| What does Jan van den Beld - former Secretary General of ECMA - have to say
| about multiple standards? He seems to be puzzled himself!
| Quote from his presentation:
| Q: Why do you want to have 5 [DVD related] formats? Do you still call that
| standardization?
| A: You are well paid. Shut up
| Check out the video at 4:10 and amaze yourself!
| This was on Microsoft Techdays 2008, in Portugal.


The commercial value of ISO privileged access

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| Jan van den Beld 'sents love letters' to the ISO system and leaches out
| against parties who want to appeal.


Return of the Living Dead - Brainless Attack on MoSTI - Part Deux!!!

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| I dont know what the attraction is, but somehow we all love the morbid
| fascination of Zombies in action. First, Microsoft^H^H^H^H^HCompTIA hires Mr
| Jan van der Beld, Ex-Ecma Secretary General, to fly all the way here in KL,
| for an event supposedly about "good multiple standards".  There he challenges
| us to find a better way to Fast Track large, immature vendor dependent
| specifications. The answer is of course: "Don't do it." Later on that same
| day, like a man possessed, he turns up at a PIKOM meeting only to rant and
| thump tables.      
| Then today, in our fantastic broadsheet turned tabloid "The New Straits
| Times" features a "Comment" by our so called "cooler head" Datuk Dr Mohd
| Ariffin Aton entitled "Walking the Talk on neutrality policy". If you've
| forgotten about him, you may be forgiven, but he is or rather WAS the CEO if
| SIRIM Bhd.    

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