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October 14th, 2011 Comments off

FYI …

Dennis Ritchie (printf(“Goodbye, World!”)

I liked this tribute: http://www.muppetlabs.com/~breadbox/rip-dmr.html http://www.muppetlabs.com/%7Ebreadbox/rip-dmr.html

#include

int main() { printf(“goodbye, dadn”); return 0; }

On 13 October 2011 23:43

#includemain() { printf(“Goodbye World”);

}

Rob Pike >https://plus.google.com/u/0/101960720994009339267/posts/101960720994009339267/posts/ENuEDDYfvKP

http://boingboing.net/2011/10/12/dennis-ritchie-1941-2011-computer-scientist-unix-co-creator-c-co-inventor.html

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Rare opportunity on software patents

October 11th, 2011 Comments off

from the LUV-talk mailing list

—————————- Original Message —————————-
Subject: [free-software-melb] Rare opportunity on software patents
From:    “Ben Sturmfels”<ben@stumbles.id.au>
Date:    Tue, October 11, 2011 3:23 pm
To: australia-public-discuss@endsoftwarepatents.org
linux-aus@lists.linux.org.au
free-software-melb@lists.softwarefreedom.com.au
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Hi Folks,

The Australian government is requesting comments in a review of
“innovation patents”. Submissions close *this Friday* 14 October. This
is a rare opportunity to be heard.

Please write to<mail.acip@ipaustralia.gov.au>, explaining the problems
of software patents and pointing out that “innovation patents” are the
same, but worse. (I’ve added some notes below to help get you started.)

Important:
1. Please focus on software patents only, not patents in general.
2. Please BCC to<swpat@sturm.com.au>.
3. Try get your colleagues and organisation to co-sign.

For more on the campaign, please visit:
http://endsoftpatents.org/australia.

The ACIP review:
http://www.acip.gov.au/reviews.html#patsys

Thanks for your help.

Regards,
Ben Sturmfels

Ideas for your email
====================
Please feel free use your own words and ideas too.

FYI: “Innovation patents” came about in 2000 as a replacement for “petty
patents”. They have a term of 8 years (std. patents 20 years), minimal
examination and much lower barrier of “inventiveness” – easy to get,
just as hard to defeat.

Intro ideas: software patents in general
—————————————-
- you’re in the software industry

- patents on computation and information processing do the opposite of
promoting innovation

- harmful to both software industry and society

- as such should be abolished

- you’re one of the thousands who signed the paper petition to the
House of Representatives calling for this

Body ideas: “innovation patents” are the same but worse
——————————————————-
- pose all the same risks as standard patents

- are worse because they have lower requirements for examination and
inventiveness

- should also be abolished

Closing ideas:
————–
- you wish you’d been aware of the 2009 Review of Patentable Subject
Matter so you could have commented on that too

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