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Accidentally Released Documents Show How Goldman et al Engaged in Naked Short S
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, May 27 2012 @ 05:26 PM EDT

This is a particularly fascinating story. Numerous "journalists" and "independent analysts" had been calling Patrick Byrne a loony for even suggesting that anything like "naked shorting" went on. Now it turns out that not only was it common practice, it was company policy to do so. There's an old saying that "small crooks rob banks, big crooks own banks".

What is even more fascinating is how the bank responds to to the revelations; they start heaping abuse on their opponent. It's exactly the same tactic we hear from large monopolistic vendors in the software industry whenever free/open source software is mentioned.

When you take what we've seen the software industry, and compare it to what we've seen in the financial industry, we can see that there's a strong parallelism in the tactics used by the disreputable parties.

When you turn over a rock, some really horrible little things crawl out from under it. These horrible things thrive in dark corners the existence of which they justify as "proprietary secrets". What's needed is more transparency to bring them to light. The patent and financial systems are both rotten to the core. Both these systems are the creatures of national laws, and are therefore in the hands of the electorate and their representatives to do something about. It's time that something was done.

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Microsoft gives British users of outlook calendar a Day OFF
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, May 28 2012 @ 05:16 PM EDT
To the British readers of Groklaw. If you’re looking around your office this morning and wondering where everyone is, Microsoft might be to blame. Does this mean Mickey$oft has to pay for the loss of paid time at work . Of course not you are silly enough to trust Mickey$oft .

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Patent wars
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, May 28 2012 @ 06:09 PM EDT
Well, maybe it's time to head back to this one, from 2009:

Patent Failure

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  • Patent wars - Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, May 29 2012 @ 05:36 AM EDT
Consumer Product and Service Agreement Updates
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, May 28 2012 @ 07:05 PM EDT
If MicroSoft have an effective monopoly, as indicated by the requirement to use
MicroSoft software to access official documents, is it appropriate that they can
require users to forgo joining a class action? Was this the intent of the SCOTUS
ruling in 2011? Use of MicroSoft products is forced by official bodies, must
users be forced to give up rights 'voluntarily' through EULAs?

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Lib-Ray: An Open HD Video Standard for Free Culture and Independent Film
Authored by: macrorodent on Tuesday, May 29 2012 @ 03:29 AM EDT
That looks like a project worth supporting (I did my bit for $10), but a lot is
still missing before the Sunday deadline. There are already open multimedia file
formats, but a free specification for a whole DVD-like "bundle" with
navigation etc is missing, and that project looks like it could fill this gap.

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