mccalli writes: A post from the founder and one of the main contributors to the open source Hudson continuous integration project has decided to rename itself to Jenkins . The background here is Oracle having claimed its ownership of the name allowed them to veto the actual developer's proposed move to GitHub and away from Oracle's java.net due to reliability issues. The project states they're not forking, they're renaming, ie. any future releases from Oracle under the name Hudson would be regarded as the fork.
Moving an open source project away from Oracle seems to be an increasingly well-worn path these days — it does make you wonder how nicely they are able to play.
mccalli writes: Doug Lea, the person behind Java 1.5/1.6's concurrency utils, has decided not to stand for re-election to the Java Community Process execuite , citing Oracle's behaviour regarding standards. Whilst acknolwedging there were issues when Sun controlled it, he states that 'Rather than fixing rules orceasing violations, Oracle now promises to simply disregard them. If they indeed act as they have promised, then the JCP can never again become more than an approval body for Oracle-backed initiatives.'
mccalli writes: The EU is to take the UK government to court regarding its lack of action over the Phorm trials — full statement here.
A Register article gives more background on the case. The summary is that BT intercepted customer data for Phorm's deep packet inspection advertising trials and that this was contrary to EU data privacy law. When BT customers complained, the UK's Information Commissioner stated there were no powers for them to investigate — the lack of this power is also contrary to EU directives.
mccalli writes: A warrant has been issued for Julian Assange's arrest — charges of rape and molestation. At the time of submission that's all the detail available on the BBC article, but they tend to update as time goes on so the article may have more information by the time you get to read it.
mccalli writes: Bletchley Park's archive is to be digitised and put online. For those not familiar with the name, it is the World War II code breaking centre where, amongst other, Alan Turing did his work. It seems HP made an offer to help out with scanners and expertise, and the result is that these texts will be made available to all.
mccalli writes: "The BBC is reporting that there will be no extension to the copyright period for music. The UK currently allows 50 years for copyright, and there had been a campaign by some members of the music industry to have that extended to 95 years. That campaign has now failed."