Robert Pogson

One man, closing all the windows.

Daily Archives / Thursday, March 29, 2012

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Budget of the Canadian Government

There are some really good things in the budget:

  • getting rid of 19K employees,
  • improve schools and infrastructure on Indian reserves,
  • various tax changes,
  • innovation in science/technology by using grants and matching funds,
  • budgetary surplus within a few years, and
  • purchasing from small businesses.

Shocking items:

  • doing away with the one cent coin (What will welders use to space the steel?)
  • no mention of avoiding use of that other OS to save hundreds of $millions annually … :-(
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Push Comes to Shove at the Canadian Senate’s Legal and Consitutional Affairs Committee

Today is the day the gloves will come off. This morning the agenda consists of statements and Q&A from two witnesses but this afternoon, clause by clause examination of the bill will happen. This is the last faint hope of the gun-grabbers to gut the bill.

During Q&A previously we have seen senators on one side support and help witnesses who pointed out the ill effects of the long firearm registry which has risked lives, harrassed law-abiding citizens, cost $billions and done nothing to improve safety for Canadians for 17 years. At the same times the gun-grabbers on the committee repeated the same old lies and refused to recognize reality when presented to them. They made it a “women’s issue” when many firearms owners are women. They made it a divisive issue between urban and rural when most of us have rural roots. They made is a divisive issue between police and the citizens by repeating the chants of managers of police forces and associations wanting to pump up policing budgets instead of increasing police presence. They repeatedly supported whimsey over rational arguments based on facts.

The last hope of the gun-grabbers is to throw out clauses providing for the elimination of the firearms registry for unrestricted firearms and the destruction of the useless data. There will be many clauses recommended for removal or change and many votes. The end is not in doubt but it is sad to see senators supposedly giving “sober second thought” acting like parrots.

see the notice of the meeting.

At the beginning of the second round of Q&A, a senator quoted Statistics Canada reports that homicide by firearms decreased more rapidly before the registry came into being than after. Heidi Rathjen, the witness, could only repeat that homicides had decreased after the registry came to be. Lack of rational thought is the hallmark of the gun-grabbers.

Priscilla DeVilliers, another witness, went on about what the harm would be if the registry were kept… Undermining the whole argument that the registry is about safety. Governments should not have legislation that is minimally harmful but provably desirable. Where is the desirability of an expensive, intrusive, erroneous system?

The meeting ended with a vote to report the bill unmodified back to the full Senate. Hurray!

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Oracle’s Position is Worse Than I Thought

I was thinking that Oracle’s claims in Oracle v Google were bottoming out at a few tens of $millions. It turns out to be worse than that. In the pre-trial meeting, Google made a reasonable offer that amounts to just a few $million to settle damages for the patent-violations if any.

“The ’104 patent currently stands rejected bythe PTO, and will expire on December 22, 2012. The ’520 patent is worth very little—only $80,000 through 2011 according to Dr. Kearl before adjusting for failure to mark and non-accused devices, and $50,000 according to Dr. Cockburn after those adjustments—and Oracle’sown engineers ranked that patent in the middle of the pack of 569 Java-related patents owned byOracle.”

What’s that amount to, half a day in court?

“Google proposes that the parties waive their rights to a jury trial. Because there are only two patents remaining in the case, and because Oracle’s expert believes that a reasonable royalty for those patents is only $4.15 million, the primary issues remaining in the case involve the copyrightability of the Java API specifications, fair use, and Google’s equitable defenses. As indicated in the recent copyright briefing, both parties agree that copyrightability and Google’s equitable defenses are questions for the Court, not a jury. Because these issues are for the Court, Google is willing to waive its right to a jury trial in order to avoid unnecessarily burdening jurors with sitting through a lengthy trial in which they will not be responsible for deciding the most important questions. A bench trial would also save time for the Court.”

I guess Oracle is hoping it can somehow snow the jury…

Oracle, sticking to what little claim it has left, declines the offer and is going for broke. Broke it will be then.

I expect Judge Alsup will give the two sides another fatherly talk and suggest they shake hands and skip the trial. There’s just so little left in it for Oracle. The trial will be an embarrassment of foolish spending to advertise foolish management’s delusions of grandeur.

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Munich Breaks Even By Migrating To GNU/Linux

Mayor Ude of Munich, Germany, has stated some facts about the effects of the migration from that other OS to GNU/Linux:

So much for the sycophants of M$ claiming costs had ballooned with GNU/Linux. Frankly, I am surprised they found so few problems with that other OS. Perhaps users “just rebooted” and made problems go away with that other OS. 46 per month with GNU/Linux is rather trivial for thousands of desktops. The help-desk people must nap a lot. I’ve had that many requests to reset passwords with ~100 PCs. I’ve had a few users who forgot passwords every weekend…

Good for the taxpayers and IT people of Munich. We know that cost was not the only consideration but it is a welcome side effect.