Tag Archives: FOSS

Links to 15th May

Europe

EUObserver: Commission gives Paris a pass over piracy billhttp://tr.im/lmSs

French Senate Sets Up Three-Strikes Clash With Euro Parliament http://tr.im/lg3W

French Assembly Finally Approves Three-Strikes By Slim Majority | paidContent:UK http://tumblr.com/xle1rl3p1

Digital Britain #digitalbritain

UK Intellect response to Digital Rights Agency. Job done http://tr.im/lkgG

CNET iPlayer interview: Anthony Rose on bandwidth, iPhone, not P2P, Air, DRM http://tr.im/ljlU

Guardian, Rick Wray: that mobile broadband plan in full http://bit.ly/3F1s2

The question is not whether we are going to deploy new infrastructure; the question is “who will own it?”http://tr.im/ldy0

US research: Broadband policy: beyond privatization, competition and independent regulation http://tr.im/ldx9

C4/BBC world agreement ‘by 16 June’ http://tr.im/lddM

Report from the Independent Spectrum Broker published today http://tiny.cc/q2y3I

50% of off-peak traffic P2P. UK Film Council lobbies for disconnection http://tr.im/l9tc

ISPA response to creative industries call for filesharing disconnections http://tr.im/l9Gn

“UK ISPs refuse to play Internet copyright cops” http://tinyurl.com/rch9pm

Journalism

Charlie Beckett: Jarre ‘experiment on credibility of new media..indicates that online is better at correcting than MSM’http://is.gd/zfSf

PWC study says people will pay for news http://tr.im/l9JX

Community Funded Reporting: Spot Us 6 months onhttp://tr.im/lahC via @NiemanLab

Open Access, Creative Commons

Science Commons’ John Wilbanks podcast on Knowledge Interoperability http://tr.im/ln8o brilliant

Peter M-R: Trust in scientific publishing http://tr.im/ln3U scientific societies, Elsevier / Merck ‘journal’

A Copyright Story – http://bit.ly/9FuXT moral: scientists – don’t give up your copyright, it’s not necessary

Berkman Center lecture: David Bollier on Governing the Digital Commons http://tr.im/lhyX

New Bloomsbury science series [published under noncommercial creative commons licences] : http://bit.ly/fJrE2

Music, P2P

University league table: international ranking by copyright infringements http://tr.im/lfsU

P2P study: Music crackdown is bad for business – http://bit.ly/2AUsIT

FOI, Open Government

Guardian, Roger Smith: Protect the private and make transparent the public  http://bit.ly/Yrv3T

Justice Minister tells ZDNet UK: FoI to apply to private cos doing public sector work http://bit.ly/NBtav

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iPhone NDA, patents, innovation

Extract

“At my company, our lawyers advised us to keep what we considered more-or-less public software under NDA for a very long time because demoing software to someone under NDA, no matter how many people it is, avoids “publishing” the software and any inventions contained therein.  We know Apple’s been building up a patent strategy around multi-touch; maybe their lawyers believe there are patentable inventions described in the iPhone SDK and they are telling Apple to keep everything under NDA until they know provisional patents can be filed within a reasonable amount of time (you get a year after publishing in the US, but in the EU, I think you forfeit any patent claims once your invention is “published”).”

continues at Daring Fireball

Multi-touch, patents, lawyers: plausible. Continue reading iPhone NDA, patents, innovation

Free software usability

Matthew Paul Thomas has a piece which tries to get to grips with the causes of poor usability in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). He doesn’t dodge the problems and their origin in FOSS development methods and the rewards for participating in FOSS. He also has proposals for tackling the problems.

Free software usability

Back in 2004 John Gruber wrote an influential piece called Ronco spray-on usability. Here’s an extract:

“UI development is the hard part. And it’s not the last step, it’s the first step. In my estimation, the difference between:

  • software that performs function X; and
  • software that performs function X, with an intuitive well-designed user interface

isn’t just a little bit of extra work. It’s not even twice the work. It’s an entire order of magnitude more work. Developing software with a good UI requires both aptitude and a lot of hard work.” Continue reading Free software usability