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Comment Re:This is going to the supreme court (Score 2, Interesting) 584

This. The last thing we need are people feeling pressured by an outside organization (looking at you Unions *and* employers). Some may already feel pressured one way or another but there is not way for an outside source to confirm a third party vote. This is terrible and had better be overturned.

Submission + - Securing Americans' Value and Efficiency by Open Source (

imamac writes: "In 2009, President Obama called for “a process through which every government worker can submit their ideas for how their agency can save money and perform better.” Over the past three years, the President’s SAVE (Securing Americans’ Value and Efficiency) Award fulfilled this commitment by enabling Federal employees from across the government to submit their ideas for efficiencies and savings as part of the annual Budget process."

One of the best ways to save tax dollars (it would seem to me) is to rid ourselves of MS, Oracle, etc as much as possible on the federal level and let that effect trickle down to the state and local levels. While, there are a few suggestions about FOSS (This and this for example), the most "popular" one only has 5 votes. Slashdot, how can we push for this?


Submission + - Apple-Motorola Judge Questions Need for Software Patents (

imamac writes: From the article:

The U.S. judge who tossed out one of the biggest court cases in Apple's smartphone technology battle is questioning whether patents should cover software or most other industries at all...The Apple/Motorola case did not land in front of Posner by accident. He volunteered to oversee it.

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