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Regarding the American Patent Regime

Posted 08-03-2011 at 03:59 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)
Updated 08-03-2011 at 03:59 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Fixed URL tags)

From the page:
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Why would a company rent an office in a tiny town in East Texas, put a nameplate on the door, and leave it completely empty for a year? The answer involves a controversial billionaire physicist in Seattle, a 40 pound cookbook, and a war waging right now, all across the software and tech industries.
A more informative summary: A 50 minute report from NPR America about patent trolls.

Check it out here: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radi...patents-attack...
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Creating a problem and then partially solving it makes people believe competitors have the problem

Posted 10-05-2010 at 07:40 PM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)

I asked the staff of one of my local primary schools why they were installing new computers and throwing out the old ( a few years ) ones. It confuses me when their previous units are perfectly fine for the educational needs of primary school students, but yet they decide they need new ones. I was given a few answers:
  • To 'stimulate' the economy
  • The old ones were getting slower
  • Microsoft offered them an educational discount

I live in Australia, and I have never seen a computer that...
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Australian Government 'E-Tax' software

Posted 08-16-2010 at 04:16 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)

My brother had rung up a few minutes ago, wanting to know if any computers in our house ran Windows. He is a Mac user, and was unsure about our operating systems knowing we all use Ubuntu.

I replied by saying I had not removed Windows from any of our computers, but instead have the two operating systems parallel in a 'dual-boot' setup, where I can choose which I want when I start the computer.

I enquired why he needed such an inferior platform, and he responded that...
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Australian Federal government 'Student Laptop' system

Posted 04-02-2010 at 06:32 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)
Updated 04-03-2010 at 07:13 PM by William (Dthdealer) (Added to Category 'Australia Politics')

This article in no relation to the distribution of laptops by the OLPC organisation in remote communities of Australia, which I believe is a good scheme.

An election promise by Labour government was to provide Australian high school students with free laptops before their next election. The second year of the running of this system, I have some comments to make on it.

The concept was good. Each year year 9 students receive a free small netbook, loaded with remote immobilisers...
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