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U.S. Presidential candidates and open source

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| Yesterday, I was just roaming around the “interwebz” when I came across a 
| poll asking which U.S. presidential candidate is most likely to support open 
| source. This intrigued me. I decided to do a little bit of research into the 
| issue so I could report it here. Now this is not me putting my political 
| beliefs on top of my Linux (and open source) soap box. This is me finding 
| facts (and opinions) and drawing a fairly simple conclusion. It was also a 
| chance to do a little digging.      


Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) Profile

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| The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) will be taking place across 
| Australia next month, showcasing engaging content from around the world that 
| will encourage people to create positive change together.  



Linux.com's guide to the 2008 US presidential candidates

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| Both Barack Obama and John McCain have position papers on their campaign Web
| sites that deal with technology and other issues. In addition, both national
| parties have their official platforms available for download in PDF format.
| All of the information below comes directly from these documents.



Obama backtracks on technology

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| It now appears that the changes to the Science, Technology & Innovation
| position now reflect the position of both the Senator and his running-mate
| Joe Biden. Biden is a sock-puppet for the entertainment industry and has a
| history of proposing laws that favour security forces' demands for snooping.


IP advisers agree U.S. patent office needs reform

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| Rai has signed a brief in the case arguing for a broad scope in what can be
| patented. But Obama co-sponsored a patent reform bill in 2007 that would have
| prohibited patents on tax-avoidance strategies, Reines noted. He suggested
| that McCain supports wide patentability on technology, including
| software. “Software is a very important industry, and Senator McCain believes
| we need to support our innovation economy critically,” Reines said.
| The McCain side didn’t take a position on business method patents.


McCain comes out against Net Neutrality; Says would hire Microsoft CEO Steve

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| In another move that was sure to infuriate many geeks, the 70 year
| old presidential hopeful also said that he would ask Microsoft CEO
| Steve Ballmer to serve on his cabinet to deal with technology issues
| if elected. He did not however say what position Ballmer might be
| hired in, but did joke that he might consider him for a diplomatic
| position, such as ambassador to China.


McCain advised by software patent & tobacco lobbyists?

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| McCain is advised by pro-software patent lobbyist Ray Gifford, ex-President
| of the Progress & Freedom Foundation (a Washington 'think-tank' notably
| financed by Microsoft lobby proxy CompTIA). Gifford was speaking in a
| conference Europe about the failed software patent directive with all the
| pro-software patent lobbyists. Progress & Freedom Foundation runs the
| IPCentral blog.


McCain senior advisor Carleton Fiorina

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| But the fact is. A company that wants to invest in patent lawyers can expand
| the number of patents it holds as it likes. Just reallocate resources to the
| legal department. And HP under Carly Fiorina did that, increased the number
| of patents it applied for dramatically. But does it mean more innovation?
| [...]
| I recently noticed that SUN Microsystems announced to abandon its patent
| inflation strategy as over-patenting was not worth the investment. It is
| difficult to assess the strategic value of a mine field and you don't find
| good data how much profit is generated by patents, which patents generate
| profit or benefit for the company and which are not worth the investment. In
| most companies investments in patents follow a rule of thumb. Large holders
| seek profit with patent portfolios like hunters with a shotgun aim for a
| flock of birds.


BSA lobbies Obama for software patents at the Democratic Convention in Denver

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| IP-watch tell us that BSA went to lobby Obama at the Democratic Convention in
| Denver with a list of principles, where the first one is "inspire creativity
| and innovation through strong, comprehensive, and enforceable intellectual
| property policies, including copyright, patent and trademark laws." Software
| patents are definitely on the top of the agenda of American multinationals.
| BSA does not has any small software company in its members, and Microsoft
| more active then the other members in using the association as a vector for
| its purposes.


Microsoft Word Now Knows the Difference Between Osama and Obama

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| In my post yesterday, I quoted a frustrated reader who couldn’t believe that
| Microsoft Word still proposes “Osama” as a corrected version of “Obama.” He
| wanted to know why Microsoft didn’t update its dictionary.


Microsoft tries to fix big glitch on Obama

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| One mixup, with potentially vast effect, apparently belongs to the
| unintentional category and gained wide currency this week: The spell-checker
| in Microsoft's Hotmail e-mail software recommends that users replace the
| word "Obama" with "Osama."
| 'Can of worms'


Obama Campaign Hopes for Better Web Security

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| The requirements are pretty much what you'd read in any e-commerce security
| help-wanted ad: VPN (virtual private network) and Unix or Linux experience,
| along with a "deep understanding" of LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl)
| development. And of course, the successful candidate must be willing
| to "respond off-hours to high urgency security situations."


Obama Voices Support for ODF

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| OpenDocument Format supporters are welcoming presidential hopeful Sen. Barack
| Obama's promise to put government data online in universally accessible
| formats should he be elected.ODF a National Standard in Korea

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