weierstrass writes: Peter Judge of ZDnet UK looks at methodologies for measuring the popularity of Linux in general and various distros by location, and explains why the apparent search popularity of linux is dropping everywhere, why sex is less popular than Linux in Communist Cuba, and why, although all American states would choose sex over Linux, the preference is least marked in Utah.
weierstrass writes: "The British govt. has responded to an online petition asking the Prime Minister to "make software patents clearly unenforcible". The reply begins by reassuring that "The Government remains committed to its policy that no patents should exist for inventions which make advances lying solely in the field of software.", and goes on to reference the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property, which has recommended that patent rights should not be extended to cover software, genes, or business methods."
weierstrass writes: "The British govt. has announced planned legislation which will make it illegal to own images of violent or extreme pornography, the BBC reports. This is in part due to a campaign led by a woman whose daughter was killed by a man apparently obsessed with images of strangulation. From the article
It is already a crime to make or publish such images but proposed legislation will outlaw possession of images such as "material featuring violence that is, or appears to be, life-threatening or is likely to result in serious and disabling injury".
Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker MP said: "Such material has no place in our society but the advent of the internet has meant that this material is more easily available and means existing controls are being by-passed — we must move to tackle this."
Mrs Longhurst said legislation, which would apply to all websites, would mean her daughter's death had not been "entirely in vain".