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[News] LinuxTag and Southeast LinuxFest Positive on Linux' Future

  • Subject: [News] LinuxTag and Southeast LinuxFest Positive on Linux' Future
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2010 13:31:56 +0100
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German LinuxTag exhibition questions impact of mergers on future of Linux

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| Targeted at professional users, decision 
| makers, developers, beginners and the Linux 
| community in general, the event's panel 
| discussion is said to feature a topical 
| discussion on whether recent mergers threaten 
| innovative small and medium sized Linux 
| businesses.


"Is Linux Secure?" at Southeast LinuxFest  

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| I'm at Southeast LinuxFest right now, 
| listening to Daniel Chen's Linux audio talk. A 
| bit over an hour ago, I finished my 
| presentation on the Linux security myth. It's 
| meant to be accessible to normal users or to 
| geeks needing to explain to normal users. I 
| was asked afterward why I didn't talk about 
| buffer overflows. That's easy: normal users 
| can't do anything about them.


Res publica non dominetur

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| The others may or may not speak directly to 
| the FOSS paradigm and philosophy, with the 
| remote exception of Muhammad Aliâs chiling yet 
| inspiring two sentences: âSpeak your mind. 
| Donât back down.â Iâm trying to find where the 
| guitar player, the soccer player, the 
| astronomer and the pilot fit in, but 
| nevertheless, it seems that seven years ago, 
| IBM did the Free/Open Source Software 
| community a huge favor by producing this ad.



European Union processes relevant to Linux and open source

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| Overview of recent, ongoing and impending
| decision-making processes at the EU level
| (legislative and regulatory processes) that
| are relevant to the commercial adoption,
| distribution and development of Linux and
| open source: the European Commission's
| Digital Agenda and the European
| Interoperability Framework; the proposed
| European patent reform and its impact on
| software patents; the aftermath of recent
| competition cases (Microsoft cases;
| Oracle/Sun merger control; potential new
| cases and recently lodged complaints (such
| as the complaints against IBM's conduct in
| the mainframe market); other relevant
| developments in Brussels.


Legal fight over breast cancer gene

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| Landmark legal action challenging a patent
| over breast cancer gene BRCA1 is being
| launched in Australia today.


The Ethical And Legal Problems Of Having Patients Sign Over The Copyright On Doctor Reviews

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| About a year ago, we wrote about the really
| troubling concept pushed by a group called
| Medical Justice, which tries to "protect"
| doctors from negative reviews online by
| having them demand that patients hand over
| the copyright on any future reviews they
| might write. As we noted at the time, this
| was an attempt to completely abuse
| copyright law, way beyond its intended
| purpose -- though we wondered if it would
| actually work.
| [...]
| Separately, Jason Schultz points out that
| this whole scheme appears to violate basic
| medical ethics rules. He points to a
| particular rule:
|     Under no circumstances may physicians
|     place their own financial interests
|     above the welfare of their patients.
|     The primary objective of the medical
|     profession is to render service to
|     humanity; reward or financial gain is a
|     subordinate consideration. For a
|     physician to unnecessarily hospitalize
|     a patient, prescribe a drug, or conduct
|     diagnostic tests for the physician's
|     financial benefit is unethical. If a
|     conflict develops between the
|     physician's financial interest and the
|     physician's responsibilities to the
|     patient, the conflict must be resolved
|     to the patient's benefit.
| How does that apply here? As Schultz
| explains:
|     Since the main concern of Medical
|     Justice appears to be preventing harm
|     to the physician's reputation (and thus
|     financial interest), forcing patients
|     to assign away their copyrights in
|     exchange for medical care strikes me as
|     close if not over this line. It
|     certainly is not putting patients
|     first. When a patient goes to see a
|     doctor, they are often anxious, in
|     pain, or worried and thus in a very
|     psychologically vulnerable position, or
|     what the law often calls a position of
|     "duress" where they will often sign
|     documents without giving them proper
|     consideration. This hardly seems to me
|     to be a fair time to demand they assign
|     some unknown number of future
|     copyrights to their doctor; instead it
|     feels like a huge power grab by the
|     physician.
| When you create draconian copyright laws
| that include free speech removing notice-
| and-takedown provisions, don't be surprised
| when people abuse it for other purposes,
| well beyond the intent of copyright law.


Bilski Decision Watch

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| They are probably right to be. A delay
| this long in the decision most likely
| means that the Court is waiting until the
| end of the term to release it - which they
| traditionally do for what the Justices
| consider to be their most important and/or
| far reaching decisions of the year.
| It may also be the case that there are
| either important dissents or concurring
| opinions on the case, thus prompting a
| delay with back and forth rewrites and
| revisions to the final decisions. (Though
| one should recall that at oral arguments,
| the Justices seemed universally critical
| to the idea of broad-based business method
| patents.)


And I thought patents encouraged innovation


Mailing Out Patent Absurdity

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| On the eve of re: Bilski, the anxiously
| awaited Supreme Court decision on business
| method patents (with potential
| implications for software patents), I
| decided to collaborate with the End
| Software Patents coalition and send out
| 200 copies of the short movie they
| recently produced called Patent Absurdity
| about why software should not be able to
| be patented to a focused list of key
| people.  The letter follows.


Mailing Out Patent Absurdity


Patent Absurdity mailed to 200 policy setters

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| Venture capitalist Brad Feld has mailed a
| copy of Patent Absurdity to 200 policy
| setters in the USA (see Who should see
| Patent Absurdity?). The 200 are
| influential people in companies, standards
| groups, academia, and the relevent
| political committees.

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