July 1st, 2004


EFF against patents

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is spoiling for a fight, and on Wednesday it named the top 10 patents it wants killed, or at least redefined.

The EFF said all 10 patents are in some way illegitimate and are being used to limit free expression.


The owners of the 10 patents include some of the biggest names in media and entertainment, as well as some smaller firms and one individual. In each case, Schultz said, the EFF believes the owner has far overstepped its rights under the patents.

The 10 patents, in order of importance to the EFF, are:


5. Ideaflood's personalized subdomains patent. Schultz said the EFF is afraid Ideaflood may try to go after LiveJournal members, as well as others using subdomain addresses.
Yay EFF!

linux pissing me off

I can reliably bork both the latest Linux 2.4 and 2.6 kernels.

And Linux NFS seems to be a steaming pile of shit. Getting bizarre file corruption with pages of zeros at the end of files.