Wednesday, 28 April 2010

This is why Software patents are stupid.

"HTC has already decided to shorten its list of troubles by ponying up for a license from Microsoft for "running the Android mobile platform. Yes, that does sound ludicrous, but it's now an unfortunate fact that a major Android phone manufacturer is having to pay Microsoft royalties to use Google's operating system"

See what's really happening here is this: they're playing the same hand as the Church of Scientology plays. They know they would lose in the end, at least in most countries, but they also know very few companies can afford to fight them in court. They're playing poker with the law. This is why Google OS will blow this whole thing out of the water, not because anything have changed, but because, despite all their privacy crimes, Google have one redeeming feature. They don't back down against the Behemoth. They didn't back down against China and they won't back down against Microsoft.

So what will happen. Well I have no idea how this will play out in the USA, but I'm confident certain Key South American Governments are never going to accept the idea of Software patents and, as for India: well there the ground has already been set against Microsoft with the recent copyright bill there. My inexpert opinion is this: for the first time Microsoft will actually have to fight and they will have to lose somewhere. The interesting thing is, wherever they lose in court, that country will become a magnet for Free Software and Free Culture. Let's just hope, for all our sakes that country's no China?

Monday, 26 April 2010

Second (and probably last) update on Blogilo issue in Ubuntu Lucid..

Many thanks to @mtux on Identica for all the help he gave me »

It turns out to be a dependency issue. For some reason the install fails to grab all the files it needs. All I needed to do to solve it was grab libsqlite3-0 from the main software repository and it all worked fine.

The real problem the content industries have right now

What's really happened over the last few years is the creative industry's rebel fa├žade has be pulled away. It doesn't matter any more whether they stop file sharing. The damage has already been done. Never again will we believe, "it was never about the money," because they've made it patently obvious. It always was about the money.

Now they're just like plumbers and if we don't like their charges, we'll do it ourself. We'll make our own music and we'll share it for free. Of course it won't get the mass market Big Content companies want, but no none ever explained to me why that's a problem. If 1000 musicians have 1000 fans each, that's at least as good as one band having a million fans. In fact, it's probably a whole lot better.

The mass market is on its way out. Deal with it.

Update on Blogilo issue in Ubuntu Lucid.

I just noticed this has been reported here: & here so no further action is needed by me.

Blogilo on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx

This KDE Blogging application seems to be broken in RC1. I installed it from the repos and it seemed to go fine.

It starts OK and goes to set up Kwallet as usual, but when you get the next screen, to open the wallet and access the newly saved credentials, it fails to access the database and repeatedly does so on further attempts.

I tried removing all the related home directories for Kwallet and Blogilo and repeating the process, but the same error occurs. I'll report this on Launchpad tomorrow. I used to like Blogilo.