Open source is at a critical juncture. The challenge? Fitting all the pieces together in complex stacks without using the right glue.
The Supreme Court issued an opinion today that restricts the ability of patent owners to choose the court in which they bring an infringement suit. That means life just got harder for patent trolls.
Remember the bad old days of SCO, FUD and ultimate glory? An announcement by Google this week suggests there may be a patent tempest just over the horizon for Android.
Along with death and taxes, two things appear inevitable. The first is that wireless connectivity will not only be built into everything we can imagine, but into everything we can't as well. The buyer should have the right to decide whether to be connected or not.
Wait - What? Actually, there's more to it than you might think
According to Donald Trump, "the US Presidential Election is rigged!" Unfortunately, that's easier to do than you might like to think.
Today the old Gray Lady, the New York Times, no less, weighed in on election hacking in an Op/Ed piece titled The Election Won't be Rigged. But it Could be Hacked... The solution, according to the author, is to require that all voting machines work off of hand-marked paper ballots that can then be reviewed after the election to discover any fraud. Incredibly, not only do many voting machines now in use not use paper ballots, but they don’t preserve any sort of primary electronic record, either – just the final totals (authentic or hacked, as the case may be).
Well, it's about time. People are finally realizing how easy it would be to hack an election - assuming it hasn't happened already.
Well, that's not a title I ever thought I'd use. But there you have it - open source foundations are taking over the role that open standards consortia used to play
So you've written a book and want to promote it. Sure you know how to build a website. But how about an author website that really works hard to sell books? There's more to it than just HTML
The UK Home Office continued its path towards full support for ODF by issuing its ODF Adoption Plan last week. It also suggested that the relevance of "documents" in public/private interaction is approaching its end.
There's a way to save millions of lives a year that's based on open source software
I wrote this piece five years ago. Sadly, it's still timely today. Only the names have been changed to update the idiots
A couple of years ago, LXer readers followed the first dozen chapters of my second cybersecurity thriller. Now it's done, and the fictional events I dreamed up are (again) already happening in the real world. Yikes!
Once upon a time, if you asked a standards setting organization what its intellectual property policy rights policy was, you’d get a simple answer: “We own the copyright in everything we produce.” Oh, to return to the good old days.
Now that’s an intriguing question, isn’t it? The answer, unfortunately, is, yes! In fact, it's probably inevitable.
Some people do things that make them rich and famous. Others never see the limelight, but create things that make everything else possible.They deserve recognition to.
A common assumption is that the availability of patents in software affects developers and users in the U.S. but not in the EU. Another is that patent holders in the US are dead set against patent reform. Neither assumption is true.
Once upon a time, standards were standards and open source software was open source software. Things get a lot more complicated when you start combining the two.
The cause of open standards - including ODF - in government continues to move forward in the EU, one nation at a time.