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FFII's coordinator for Switzerland
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    The Berner Zeitung currently appears to be on some sort of crusade against the Office for Informatics and Organization (AIO) of the Canton Solothurn. The subject is the Linux strategy of said canton.

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    The contract granted by the Federal Department of Construction and Logistics to Microsoft has been put on hold by the Federal Administration Court due to a pending case. The injunction explicitly excludes «all licenses required for vital operation of the federal infrastructure».

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    The international computer manufacturer IBM has filed an amicus brief to the Bilski case in the USA condemning software patents. This is a change in the company's strategy which has evolved slowly over the years.

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    The German petition against censorship has already been signed by more than 100'000 interested people — more than twice the required quota. However, the German politicians attempt to hush up the issue.

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    The Canadian Patents Appeal Board has ruled that business methods are not eligible for patent protection. Hopefully this will add some weight in the same direction to the Bilski case.

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  • 06/18/09--14:50: Gnome did not go Mono
  • There has recently been a lot of rumors about the article Gnome goes Mono and jumps into the patent trap. There are some things that should be clarified about this as they appear to be frequently misunderstood.

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    The European Parliament is currently conducting an opinion poll about the Parliament Register. The survey covers merely how the query system works (which, in my opinion, is very spartanic and doesn’t really exceed the power of the early 90s) and how the results are presented. This survey however provides every EU citizen with a chance [...]

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    On July 9th to 11th, the Chaos Singularity (CoSin) is taking place for the 5th time. The Chaos Singularity is an event with presentations, workshops, discussions and information about technology, internet politics and geek culture. It is organized annually by the Chaos Computer Club Zurich (CCCZH) and Chaostreff Basel. You’re invited to submit talks and [...]

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    Switzerland is celebrating the first of August again. For the 721st time in a row, Switzerland is aging one year. And for the fifth time, people received a letter from the conservative party (UDC). Two years ago, on November 28, 2010, the people of Switzerland decided to adopt the UDC motion for compulsory deportation of [...]

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    A frequently promoted strategy for tackling the issue of world hunger is liberalism. Just like any other -ism, it takes an idea to its extreme. And the idea is that you basically just need to make everything in the market equal, and equal opportunities for everybody are the result. So far though, there appear to be major gaps between the ideals and the actual results: people are still starving as you're reading this, on this very planet. The same principle is frequently promoted as a solution to the problem of gender equality. Basically, if everybody agrees that it's ok to hire women into technical jobs, we will no longer have a huge bias in this job area. There are many reasons why this doesn't work, and none of them is inherent to our species in any biological aspect. […]