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+ - India's Patent Law: The Law That Saved a Billion Lives? Really?->

Submitted by jungly
jungly (2694297) writes "An article from OPEN The Magazine tells the story of how India's patent laws have evolved since 1913, and how the changes in 2013 could cause some business models to change.

The article then talks about how the seemingly 'protective' Indian system was challenged when India joined the WTO, and then now how the latest ruling against Novartis is playing out.

It is the conclusion that seems the most exciting. A possible co-operation amongst poorer countries to innovate for the common good. Too much idealism maybe, but it is a nice thought.

And this brings us to the crux of the matter. India represents 1.3 per cent of the global pharmaceutical market by value. We are a poor country, and a resolutely low-cost generics market to boot. Certainly, there is money to be made here; it’s just that the money is little or nothing when set against the industry’s global bottomline. On its own, India cannot improve the way the industry innovates, regardless of the strength of its patent law, because it lacks clout. The real problem for global majors is the symbolic value of the Supreme Court’s justification of Indian patent law. You will not hear this problem expressed publicly, because expressing it will only make it worse, but rest assured CEOs in London, New York and Basel are worrying about it. The real threat posed by Indian patent law is that other countries may want it too. If that happens on a large enough scale—and it’s a big if—an unjustifiable business model will be upended and we may finally see innovation and access going hand-in-hand."

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+ - Microsoft is killing Linux shops with Secure Boot

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Here are some examples (Dutch so I passed the links through Google Translate)

It's now impossible to buy a Linux laptop in the Netherlands. You HAVE to pay for Windows, even though you don't want to use that OS at all.

Seems like we're back to square one. And the worst part is, nobody seems to care. No outcry from the developer community. It's really sad. We don't seem to give a shit about freedom and choice."

+ - ORBX.js - 1080p DRM free video and cloud gaming enirely in JavaScript->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "According to Brendan Eich, CTO of Mozilla and the creator of JavaScript, ORBX.js can decode 1080p HD video and support low latency remote graphics entirely in JavaScript, offering a pure JavaScript alternative to VP8/H.264 native code extensions for HTML5 video. Watermarking is used during encoding process for protected IP, rather than relying on local DRM in the browser.

Mozilla is also working with OTOY, Autodesk and USC ICT to support emerging technologies through ORBX.js — including light field displays and VR headsets like the Oculus Rift."

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Comment: Re:Obviously, the police are doing something wrong (Score 3, Informative) 541

by Telephone Sanitizer (#40583835) Attached to: NY Couple On "Wanted" Poster For Filming Police

> To me, it sounds like there is no REASONABLE
> suspicion of criminal activity

A "reasonable and articulable suspicion" that the suspect is armed.

These stop-and-frisks are not Terry stops.

There is no basis for them under the law.

There are some law enforcement personnel who are allowed to do stops like this in the post-9/11 era... The Customs and Border Protection arm of the DHS.

Comment: Re:Obviously, the police are doing something wrong (Score 5, Informative) 541

by Telephone Sanitizer (#40583745) Attached to: NY Couple On "Wanted" Poster For Filming Police

> Seriously, why would the police care if the police are
> doing nothing wrong?

Guilty conscience.

> Which brings me to a question: How is "stop and
> frisk" not a violation of rights? It seems to be
> CLEARLY a violation of the 4th and perhaps even
> the 5th.

I don't get it, either. It's so obvious a violation of due process and flagrant bigotry that it should never have been proposed. Yet, they're doing it; they've been doing it since at least 2004; they're amassing a database containing information on those people who have been subject to stop-and-frisk; they're using the database for racial profiling and harassment (some people have been stalked by the police, stopped and frisked dozens of times); and nobody is stopping them.

The NY ACLU is only suing them over the database. Not the practice.

The law spells out very specific circumstances for a stop and pat-down.

The police are ignoring the law.

This is the sort of thing that East coasters ridicule Arizona for, but it's going on right here.

A true WTF.

Comment: Re:Game Saves and... (Score 2) 154

by Telephone Sanitizer (#35827224) Attached to: New Nintendo HD Console Rumors Abound

> Owning Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja does not make you a gamer, GTFO.

Some people would say that owning a Wii doesn't make you a gamer.

iOS has Final Fantasy IV, Eternal Legacy, Infinity Blade, Rage HD, Sonic, Worms, Tiger Woods, Madden and now World of Goo so I'll be busy for quite awhile playing my non-console games. ...And I can use an iPhone or iPad to securely tunnel into my home network to run or stream almost anything on my PC.

Oh, well. Guess I'm not a "gamer" anymore. For some silly reason I feel no sense of loss.

+ - Academic Freedom, With Strings Attached?->

Submitted by Christabel
Christabel (2035948) writes "LONDON — Has the Big Society, Prime Minister David Cameron’s term for the outpouring of public spirit and community engagement that he hoped would replace Britain’s shrinking public sector, turned into Big Brother? That was the question that had the country’s academics buzzing last week following claims that the government had pressured — or in some versions, ordered — researchers in the arts and humanities to study the Big Society or risk having their funding eliminated."
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Comment: Re:I don't get why... (Score -1, Troll) 831

by Telephone Sanitizer (#35645376) Attached to: Why Mac OS X Is Unsuitable For Web Development

I don't get why he doesn't just install Linux on his Mac.

But at that point, what has using a Mac really gained you?

A Mac. A very fast and rugged laptop with a great screen that runs the Mac OS natively, elegantly combining Unix and a modern GUI. (And yes, it's a damned handsome-looking computer.)

Plus Linux. Almost any flavor you'd like. Plus Windows if you're so inclined.

Apple gives you loads of options.

Comment: I don't get why... (Score 1) 831

by Telephone Sanitizer (#35645242) Attached to: Why Mac OS X Is Unsuitable For Web Development

I don't get why he doesn't just install Linux on his Mac.

There are a half-dozen suitable virtualization packages that he could use and installing it as a dual-boot OS is trivial.

He can get the best of both worlds with almost no effort.

Why don't people do a little research before posting anti-Mac rants?


+ - US Authorities GPS tagging duped Indian Students->

Submitted by tanveer1979
tanveer1979 (530624) writes "Indian students duped by the dodgy Tri-Valley university in California have been fitted with GPS radio collars by the immigration authorities.

Scores of Indian students were caught in a scam where the university violated immigration norms and illegally got the students F1 visa and immigration status. To keep a track on the movements of the students, the authorities put GPS radio tags. This is spiraling into a major diplomatic row between India and USA, with the former calling the practice inhuman and unwanted."

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