a_n_d_e_r_s writes: The ongoing sage since 2004 about Microsoft then misuse of dominant position in the EU marketplace to block competitors may be finally over and the fine has been set to 860 million euro (just over 1 billion dollars). In 2004 Microsoft was ordered to provide certain information to competitors but failed to do so and was given an hefty fine. Now the EU General Court in Luxemburg has upheld the EU Commission decision and ruled against Microsoft.
a_n_d_e_r_s writes: Kopimism has now officially become an sanctioned religion in Sweden. Rick Falkvinge, founder of the original Pirate Party, writes in hos blog that the religion was "founded by people with their roots in the youth wing Ung Pirat of the Swedish Pirate Party; people who believe that copying is not just right, but has a higher purpose in itself. Information is holy, and sharing and copying is a sacred act." The kopimism message is that Internet is holy and that code is law, copying and sharing of information is a ethically right and that remixing is an holy act.
a_n_d_e_r_s writes: "Today its 20 years ago. On 1991-08-25 Linus Torvalds send a little message to a Minix diskussions group that would change the world:
" I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since April, and is starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things).
I've currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work. This implies that I'll get something practical within a few months [...] Yes — it's free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs. It is NOT portable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that's all I have:-(. " Linus had a dream to be able to run UNIX like operating system on his home computer. But since none was available he did like many before and after him has done — he started to program it himself. Andra såg vad han hade gjort, gillade det och bÃrjade hjÃlpa till att utveckla Linux.
Other saw what he did and liked it and helped him create the world class operating system of today. Every day nearly 1 million new CPUs for the first time start to run Linux. From the super computers of today to the Linux-distrubution Android in cell phones — they all run Linux. World domination in nearly all ways — well except for the desktop so far."
a_n_d_e_r_s writes: The battle was hard but the final text do ensure that people in EU are not disconnected from the Internet without a chance to get a prior fair and impartial hearing. The important part are:
"Accordingly, these measures may only be taken with due respect for the principle of presumption of innocence and the right to privacy. A prior fair and impartial procedure shall be guaranteed, including the right to be heard of the person or persons concerned, subject to the need for appropriate conditions and procedural arrangements in duly substantiated cases of urgency in conformity with European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The right to an effective and timely judicial review shall be guaranteed."
This means that if someone is accused of copyright infringement they can't just be disconnect from Internet. It let the accused get a chance to disagree and take it to court before being disconnected. The urgency clause also means that if a computer is part of a ongoing DDOS it can get disconnected from the Internet. Now this has to be implemented into the EU nations own national law so the final ruling how this will be implemented is not out yet. But overall it looks like a great success in stopping informal three strikes and then you are disconnected since it gives the consumers the right to stop this by going to a court of Law too keep their Internet connection.
Now only the administrative tasks to get a final approval from the member countries ministers and the EU parlament — but that looks to be like more of a formality then a real hinder since the text has been approved by all important parties in these assemblies.
a_n_d_e_r_s writes: September 2, 1969: Forty years ago today, in Leonard Kleinrock's UCLA
lab, a group of computer scientists managed to pass bits of data from
one computer to another over some some gray cable. In doing so, they
created the first node of what we now call (long dramatic pause)... the
a_n_d_e_r_s writes: The four persons behind the Pirate Bay accused of helping others to commit copyright infringement has today received their sentence of 1 year in prison and about 30 MSEK in damages and loss of the computer equpment that was used to host the Pirate bay. It will most likely be appealed to a higher court.
This is reported all over the net BBC and Routers
Skimming through the verdict(warning large PDF in SWEDISH) it looks like they where all found guilty as having a general knowledge that the Pirate Bay can be used for copyright infringement and thus where found guilty of the crime. Even though the accused was not even aware of the torrents that was part of the court hearing they where sentenced. This is the real interesting issue — by not even giving an aperance to fight against that their site being used for copyright infringements probably was the important factor that made the court found them guilty.
The sentencing is not unexpected (max verdict is 2 years in prison) and the damages is about 1/3 of what the companies that has requested damages had requested. Notice that no punitive damages is applicable.
Have you ever wondered what the email password the dimplomatic personel use to protect their highly secure email accounts. How about 1234 ? Yes, that is one of a hundred real passwords and username displayed at deranged security. Swedish security expert Dan Egerstad has broken the password for a number of national powers — but he won't tell anyone how he got them. He tried to call the ambassy of a country but they did not take him seriou — so he decided to display them on a web page since he had not the time to call everyone on the list that he know used bad security and leaked their password to the world. Now you can read the truth about which password that are used to protect the diplomatic emails.
a_n_d_e_r_s writes: The vote on OOXML looked fairly secured for a No vote in Sweden. Most in the Working Group In Sweden was against the vote to approve OOXML. Suddenly on the day of the vote more companies showed up at the door, some 20 more companies — each one payed about $2500 to be allowed to vote — and vote they did. Most of the new companies was strangely enough partners from Microsoft who suddenly out of the blue joined the working group, payed membership fees and voted yes for approval.
From being a fairly negative group the working group suddely had a huge majority of yay-sayers who voted for Sweden to approve OOXML as an ISO standard.
For those that want to buy the Swedish vote on an ISO standard — it only cost about $50 000 — its not too much money for anyone that want there own bought and payed for ISO standard.
This has started to brew in Sweden and the newspapers are right now starting to write about the coup against the SIS — Swedens Standards Institute http://www.sis.se/ . The workings groups position can be changed if the power to be at SIS wants to — so its not over yet.