Oct
14
2009
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!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY PEYTON !!!

My sister Peyton is 15 today.  Happy Birthday!

-love Matt

PS

The only thing I ask,

is that you become a

Linux Systems Administrator



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Oct
07
2009
2

AT&T Wireless finally relents to FCC pressure – allows third party VoIP apps on iPhone

This is huge news.  This announcement from  AT&T means that third part voice providers will be able to send there VoIP traffic over their mobile wireless device.  This is a giant leap for Net Neutrality(Click on the link to read more)!  Thank you Obama.  When critics say you haven’t accomplished anything as of October 2009 except spend a lot of money, I can say they are crazy.  The FCC’s pressure has been crucial on getting companies like Comcast and AT&T to abandon their crooked packet shaping and filtering schemes.

In the case of Comcast they were reducing the priority of Bit Torrent(popular file sharing protocol) packets at peak hours to avoid congestion on their networks.  However, Comcast marketing in the Seattle area suggest speeds of 11-15 MB/s, with no Data Cap.  I think it is disingenuous to throttle down Bit Torrent while marketing faster download speeds than DSL.  It’s disgusting.  I’m glad the FCC stepped in.

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Oct
06
2009
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Richard Stallman on the Rampage Again – this time against Mono

I was reading Slashdot today and came across an interesting post about the Mono project.  Richard Stallman of GNU/FSF fame is blasting the Mono project.  His argument is that because Mono is developed in C# the project itself is compromised because the threat of future patent litigation.

That is a reasonable concern, but as he points out in his blog post there are other implementations ‘.NET’ framework being developed by GNU.  The point of the Mono project is to create a compatibility with Microsoft’s .NET framework.  If Richard Stallman can bring closer integration without the possibility of infringement then do it!  The Open Source community welcomes the competition. Here is a quote from a July 2009, Stallman post:

Debian’s decision to include Mono in its principal way of installing GNOME, for the sake of Tomboy which is an application written in C#, leads the community in a risky direction. It is dangerous to depend on C#, so we need to discourage its use.
The problem is not unique to Mono; any free implementation of C# would raise the same issue. The danger is that Microsoft is probably planning to force all free C# implementations underground some day using software patents. (See http://swpat.org and http://progfree.org.) This is a serious danger, and only fools would ignore it until the day it actually happens. We need to take precautions now to protect ourselves from this future danger.

Okay, so this is a reasonable opinion.  In a different post he starts making personal attacks against individual developers,
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Oct
01
2009
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Red Hat Fights Software Patents at the Supreme Court

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Thank God, there is at least one company under the Sun willing to fight software patents.  Red Hat has petitioned the Supreme Court to review the legality of software patents.  I read about this on one of my favorite web sites: Groklaw.net. Click on the link for the full article.

Here is an excerpt:

RALEIGH, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced it has filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court. In the brief, Red Hat explains the practical problems of software patents to software developers. The brief, filed in the Bilski case, asks the Supreme Court to adopt the lower court’s machine-or-transformation test and to make clear that it excludes software from patentability.

Written code is already protected by copyright law.  Software patents cost millions of dollars in the most ridiculous litigation you can imagine.

Remember Amazons ‘one click’? Patent trolls sued for that.  Then there is the classic suit, of NTP vs. RIM over “Single Mailbox Integration” patent.

Here is brief description of the patent:

Using this patented technology, Blackberry integrates seamlessly with a user’s existing e-mail account providing a wireless extension of the user’s regular e-mail mailbox. The user can read, compose, forward, or reply to messages from their mobile device while maintaining their single, existing e-mail address and mailbox.

This is patentable???  It’s so obvious, has anyone heard of IMAP…?  How could anyone get a patent for this?  Delivery of email regardless of how many mail boxes should NOT be patentable.  Software patents are an attack on FOSS, Free Open Source Software.  United States patent law gives a distinct advantage to gigantic corporations whom can extort money from smaller companies that are less capitalized and likely to settle.  It’s bullshit and it is stifling innovation and competition.  The real losers are the citizens of the world, of whom pay a hidden tax in patents and monopolies.