Alongside the impressive technological advances of the last two decades, they argue, a pall has descended: the marketplace for new ideas has been corrupted by software patents used as destructive weapons.
Posted by conzymaris on October 9, 2012
Posted by conzymaris on September 25, 2012
A German court has dismissed Apple’s allegation that Motorola and Samsung infringed some of its multi-touch patents.
A brief history of trolls and the dismal failure of The Telegraphs campaign – Blog – ABC Technology and Games Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Posted by conzymaris on September 19, 2012
Posted by conzymaris on August 16, 2012
Designed to house about 4,000 earphone-clad intercept operators, analysts and other specialists, many of them employed by private contractors, it will have a 2,800-square-foot fitness center open 24/7, 47 conference rooms and VTCs, and “22 caves,” according to an NSA brochure from the event. No television news cameras were allowed within two miles of the ceremony.
Posted by Ron Fabre on August 15, 2012
“In short, TrapWire is surveillance software used by both private industry and the U.S. government and its allies oversees, allowing both public and private sector users to help in counter-terrorism and anti-crime efforts. The software uses algorithms and data from a variety of surveillance sources — including CCTV and human-input from spotted suspicious behavior — to, in essence, predict potentially criminal activity.”
The Terrifying Background of the Man Who Ran a CIA Assassination Unit – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic
Posted by conzymaris on July 23, 2012
It was one of the biggest secrets of the post-9/11 era: soon after the attacks, President Bush gave the CIA permission to create a top secret assassination unit to find and kill Al Qaeda operatives. The program was kept from Congress for seven years. And when Leon Panetta told legislators about it in 2009, he revealed that the CIA had hired the private security firm Blackwater to help run it. “The move was historic,” says Evan Wright, the two-time National Magazine Award-winning journalist who wrote Generation Kill. “It seems to have marked the first time the U.S. government outsourced a covert assassination service to private enterprise.”
Posted by conzymaris on June 7, 2012
You can’t define an open standard, said Microsoft’s policy director in an interview with Computer Weekly. But you know one when you see one.That has become the essence of Microsoft’s opposition to the UK government’s open standards policy, according to Steve Mutkoski, worldwide policy director of international government affairs at Microsoft. You can’t put your finger on it. And what’n’ever it is, it ain’t what the open standards movement says it is.