daemonburrito writes "Richard Stallman made an appearance at a presentation in Brisbane by the EPO's Ralf Abbing, briefly interrupting him. He carried a sign that read "Don't get caught in software patent thickets", and distributed pamphlets.
Stallman told iTnews, "We're here at the World Computer Congress and what I've discovered is that the European Patent Office is here to campaign in favour of software patents in Australia"."Link to Original Source
daemonburrito writes "Last week, we learned about Elsevier publishing a bogus journal for Merck. Now several librarians say that they have uncovered an entire imprint of "advertorial" publications.
Excerpta Medica, a "strategic medical communications agency", is an Elsevier division. Along with the now infamous "Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine", it published a number of other "journals".
Elsevier CEO Michael Hansen now admits that at least six fake journals were published for pharma companies."
daemonburrito writes "Warner Music sent a DMCA takedown notice to Youtube demanding the removal of video from Lessig's recent presentation, "Getting the Network the World Needs."
The video remains available here at the time of this submission.
Lessig's initial tweet on the subject is here."
daemonburrito writes "The BBC reports that the six largest ISPs in the UK have agreed to a deal with the trade group British Phonographic Industry, assisted by government arbitration. Under the reported terms of the deal, the ISPs will begin mailing notices to subscribers identified by the BPI, and aim for a "significant reduction" in music sharing. Hundreds of thousands of notices are expected."Link to Original Source
daemonburrito writes "When AVG's Linkscanner debuted, it presented its own unique user-agent when it 'pre-scanned' links. Now, according to El Reg, the software was changed over the weekend to report a valid IE6 User-Agent, indistinguishable from human traffic.
When asked about the cost to webmasters for the extra traffic, and of concerns about making their logs useless, AVG research chief Roger Thompson replied: '[...] if you want to make omelets, you have to break some eggs.'
While this may seem reminiscent of the FasterFox problems, a major difference is that FasterFox will honor a robots.txt directive."Link to Original Source
daemonburrito writes "Trevor Paglin, the photographer/co-author of "Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA's Rendition Flights" and "I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have To Be Destroyed By Me", has an exhibit of 189 photos of secret US satellites showing in Berkeley. Story in Wired."Link to Original Source
daemonburrito writes "A group of physicists has demonstrated a cooling technique which may soon allow the study of gravity waves, a look into the boundary between quantum and classical physics, quantum-state engineering in macroscopic systems, "observation of non-classical correlations between macroscopic objects", and last but not least, "new means for integrated quantum (mechanical) information processing."
For the lay, from NewScientist :
"This week, three teams of physicists have perfected a way of doing this (Nature, vol 444, p 67). Their technique is to bombard a mirror of roughly 10^14 atoms with photons in a way that damps out thermal vibrations, cooling it to 135 millikelvin."
For others: The juicier abstract as published in Nature, and the paper as published on arXiv.org."