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[News] IEEE Pressured to Join the New Reality of Open Access, Openmoko Spreads Wikipedia

  • Subject: [News] IEEE Pressured to Join the New Reality of Open Access, Openmoko Spreads Wikipedia
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 22:12:28 +0000
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Don't restrict the flow of technical knowledge

,----[ Quote ]
| Iâm a member of two IEEE societies that 
| publish IEEE Transactions. While most of 
| the papers are rather scholarly, I 
| sometimes run across one that Iâd like to 
| summarize and provide a link for readers to 
| download the original paper. That happened 
| recently. Knowing that IEEE forbids third 
| parties such as T&MW from posting IEEE 
| copyrighted work (I can live with that), I 
| contacted one of the paperâs authors asking 
| if he would post his paper and Iâll link to 
| it.
| The author agreed to post his paper, but 
| heâs not a member of that IEEE society and 
| thus he had no way to download his own 
| work. That in itself is inexcusable, but it 
| gets worse.


Openmoko updates WikiReader - the pocket Wikipedia 

,----[ Quote ]
| Openmoko has announced the release of the 
| Spring 2010 update for its WikiReader. 
| Openmoko Product Manager William Lai said 
| that, "We've been listening to requests 
| from customers for better rendering 
| quality, improved scrolling and we fixed 
| these issues as our top priority for the 
| Spring 2010 update".



IEEE wants its students to be slaves

,----[ Quote ]
| Below is a message I just got from IEEE. I was a student member of IEEE and
| office bearer of my
| college's IEEE chapter. But I didnt renew my membership with several reasons
| including disagreement on such a great amount of knowledge being locked up
| behind their online digital library. Now, This is a message inviting me back
| to join IEEE offering non-free software from M$ for gratis.This has been
| shown as an attractive offer in the mail, But i feel it as a confirmation
| message not to join IEEE ever after.


Pillay: OOXML debate and the IEEE code of ethics

,----[ Quote ]
| Harish Pillay is annoyed by the ISO OOXML process and thinks the conduct
| infringes upon his professional code of ethics. But his rules just don't
| apply.
| [...]
| An ISO technocrat would probably stress now that ISO/IEC does not apply these
| IEEE principles and wash his hands. Admitted. I thought, I had the view
| ISO/IEC process participants would naturally apply principles like these in
| standardization. I was naive. The mere existence of a Code of Ethics is an
| indication that the ethics seems to contravene the common practice. Of
| course, no doubt, ISO is not bound by IEEE ethics.

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