I can easily imagine private apartment complexes and commercial structures using such language to keep WiFi out, then selling the "right" to "sell" such service to someone else.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge PC operating system. SJVN covers networking, Linux, open source, and operating systems.
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A few months ago, Linux Magazine columnist Jason Perlow suggested that Novell open SUSE Linux as a "public, open source project similar to Fedora." Thanks in part to Perlow's column, it looks like that's exactly what Novell is doing.
At issue here are the SCO Source deals Microsoft and Sun signed-off on in 2003, which included "patents." What patents? That's what Novell wants to discover.
One of the questions that is being asked regularly is "what is the business plan for open source?" This has always struck me as odd, as it is akin to asking "what is the business plan for punk rock?
This is really overdue, but I can't help worrying about the Law of Unintended Consequences
These are still Heathkit Days for robotics, with a few single-purpose hits like the Roomba and Aibo, but no unifying user interface to tie it all together, and no killer app for a general purpose machine.
I'd love to see a super-team of lawyers, using these tools, riding herd on every proprietary software outfit out there to make sure no GPL code gets into their stuff, ever again.
As one might imagine, I occasionally disagree with fellow ZDNet blogger and Microsoft employee John Carroll, on topics like software patents, DRM and other issues. However, I'm mostly in agreement with Carroll on this one.
Most of the recipe is fairly conventional -- hops, malt, sugar -- but the students also added nearly a pound (300 grams) of Guarana beans, an ingredient from the Amazon that is usually found in sugared energy drinks, which also brings some caffeine with it.
This post on Techdirt does a great job of summarizing the problem with patents: The patent system isn't designed to "protect the little guy." It's designed to promote innovation -- and that's what it needs to be judged on.