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Janus, or Having Your Cake and Eating It | 264 comments | Create New Account
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Microsoft falls behind IOs and Android
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, December 12 2012 @ 06:03 PM EST
Summary: According to a Goldman Sachs' private report , Microsoft's share of the computing device operating system market has declined to a mere 29%. Above it? Apple's iOS and Google's Android. Windows could make a comeback but faces "an uphill battle." Clicky

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Apple's Startup Chime Now a Registered Trademark
Authored by: SpaceLifeForm on Wednesday, December 12 2012 @ 11:47 PM EST
News Pick link

Since when is music trademarkable?

Even RIAA says Music is all about copyright.

I sure smell a sensory mark in this USPTO 'action'.

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You are being MICROattacked, from various angles, in a SOFT manner.

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Internet Explorer Data Leakage
Authored by: SpaceLifeForm on Thursday, December 13 2012 @ 12:27 AM EST
News Picks link

Recall how Bill Gates tried to argue that IE and Windows could not be separated?

Perhaps this just proves that Windows machines are really just spying machines.

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You are being MICROattacked, from various angles, in a SOFT manner.

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U.N. summit derailed over human rights controversy
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, December 13 2012 @ 07:26 AM EST
link:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57558910-38/u.n-summit-derailed-over-human-rig
hts-controversy/?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=News-PoliticsandLaw

Personally, I find it amusing that the USA is pushing for "human
rights" language in treaties. Considering that certain ex-presidents would
probably be executed for war crimes if anyone actually got them in front of the
appropriate court.

No major country on the planet (except possibly Switzerland) has a leg to stand
on when it comes to preaching "human rights"

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U.S. vs. China, Russia in Battle for Control Over the Internet
Authored by: JamesK on Thursday, December 13 2012 @ 08:33 AM EST
"The threat is that if every country were allowed to manage their own
Internet address books, sites seen as troublesome by the governments could be
easily — and silently — eliminated by removing them from the index and making
them permanently inaccessible to the outside world."

How does this compare with the U.S. practice of blocking domain names of sites
it claims are violating U.S. law? It has even done this to sites entirely
outside of the U.S.. Why is that different from China, Iran etc., blocking what
their citizens are allowed to access.

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US Announces at ITU It Can't Sign the Agreement As Written
Authored by: OpenSourceFTW on Thursday, December 13 2012 @ 01:24 PM EST
http://www.itu. int/ibs/sg/wcit/2012/links/p/a-now-en.smil

I keep getting an error 43 file not found error when I try to play that .smil file, which is attempting to open with quicktime.

Anybody having better luck?

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Apple found guilty of infringing three patents
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, December 13 2012 @ 02:30 PM EST
http://bgr.com/2012/12/13/apple-guilty-patent-infringement-iphone/

11:08 AM

What goes around, comes around. Apple (AAPL) on Thursday was found guilty of
infringing three patents held by patent troll Mobilemedia, which is owned
jointly by Nokia (NOK), Sony (SNY) and Denver-based patent licensing firm MPEG
LA. The patents cover screen rotation and other features, and a United States
jury determined that Apple’s iPhone is using the protected technologies
unlawfully. Bloomberg was the first to report the news on its Twitter feed.

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Google reaches deal with Belgian publishers
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, December 13 2012 @ 03:02 PM EST
Newspick

As might be expected stories from the other side
of the Atlantic are slightly different colored.
datanews.levif.be (fr)
Le Monde (fr)
zdnet.be (nl)

Copiepresse themselves have a press release, but
Warning: PDF, and selfsigned certificate for https :(
English   French

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ITU 'failed'
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, December 13 2012 @ 03:20 PM EST
The reality is that other than ITU radio spectrum management work, the rest is a worthless institution that does nothing more than flush money into the Geneva economy. --Anthony Rutkowski
And here's me thinking that the US would shelter behind the ITRs to prevent Mr Dotcom's proposed new Pacific cable from landing on their shores. The ITU provides an excellent screen for xenophobia.

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Janus, or Having Your Cake and Eating It
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, December 13 2012 @ 05:59 PM EST
"We all agreed that content was not intended to be part of the [treaty], but content issues keep coming up," the U.K.'s delegate said, adding that the ITU, a U.N. agency, is not the "proper place" to address Internet-related issues. link
So what have Human Rights Obligations   (capitalised) got to do with cables and satellite dishes? Surely if guns don't kill people, then the internet doesn't either. We don't want to discuss the internet here (WCIT) but if you do then you must include these limitations. Aarrgh, politics.

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