Archive | July 6, 2005

Microsoft ships Tablet PC patch

OSNews reports Microsoft Posts Tablet PC Fix. “On Tuesday, Microsoft posted a patch to its web site designed to prevent the problem, known as a memory leak. This error has plagued Microsoft’s Tablet PC operating system for a long time. In addition, the software giant has promised not to charge for security fixes, but will charge for virus protection.”

EU Says No To Software Patents

Slashdot reports EU Says No To Software Patents. “Moggie68 writes “European parliament has struck down the proposal for a directive that would have brought US-style software patents into EU.”

This sounds good. From my layman’s point of view, I think patents are not healthy in the software industry. Others disagree, and I’ll try to dig up some links to post here, comments I’ve seen that patents may in fact be to the advantage of Open Source. At the least, this is a rejection of a proposal that the European Parliament legal subcommittee had rejected, and was mired in parliamentary moves to resurrect. Let’s hope that the EU can find a rational and legitimate way to choose patents or not, and not a means as slipshod as that used here.

Microsoft rumored to be purchasing adware maker Claria

eWeek reports: “Published reports that Microsoft is in discussions to purchase high-profile adware vendor Claria for as much as $500 million have set tongues wagging in the security sector, with analysts and vendors questioning the software giant’s motives and whether the deal will actually occur.”

Wow. What can you say? I suppose Claria is one of the biggest users of Windows…

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