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apotheon (5460)

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I'm a third generation computer geek. I happen to like Perl, Ruby, XHTML, and C, in no particular order. I happen to dislike Visual Basic, VBScript, Python, and Java.

I'm a Linux geek — I'm a fan of Debian in particular. I know a lot about Windows system administration. The knowledge and experience that goes with my familiarity and expertise with Windows is part of the reason I like Debian GNU/Linux so much.

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Friday December 24, 2004
04:05 PM

Thank Poland, re: software patents

[ #22448 ]

Be sure to thank Poland for standing up for principles of liberty in the face of corporate encroachment in government within the EU. Software patents have been a subject of heated debate in the EU for a couple of years now, and things are teetering on the edge, constantly. Corporations such as Microsoft want to be able to patent the most trivial of software processes (including stuff like a timed double-click on a GUI), which would of course greatly hamper the ability of programmers to build on prior art in the fast-moving field of software design. The biggest losers would probably be open source projects and the general public, as individual end users and open source projects typically don't have the backing needed to wage a court battle over matters of patent infringement. The big winners, if all this patent legislation goes through, would be corporations whose only major goal is market dominance. Stagnation and worse would be the result if such patenting is allowed to occur.

Thankfully, Poland isn't down with that. Check the tech news for the latest. Thank Poland by clicking on the link below. Have a nice day.

Thank Poland!

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