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EU Rejects Software Patents!

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woooo hoooooooooooooo

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It's about fucking time people realize that stupid shit is, well, just fucking stupid.

Bravo. :)

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America has the DMCA and the Patriot Act, we'll never have any hope.

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America has the DMCA and the Patriot Act, we'll never have any hope.

Not when my ass is President! :voteyes: Vote for me in 2020! :voteyes:

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America has the DMCA and the Patriot Act, we'll never have any hope.

Not when my ass is President! :voteyes: Vote for me in 2020! :voteyes:

Is it too early to cast an absentee ballot? :D

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Is it too early to cast an absentee ballot? :D

Hell no! Spread the word!

T-shirts coming shortly. :lol:

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Is this really your wife:

*NSFW**TITTIES*

http://www.psypherx.com/images/Wife1.jpg

*NSFW*

If so I'll vote for you.

Yep. Technically, she's still my fiancee, as the wedding's in September. I just know I'm not going to want to put up with renaming the photos then, as I'll have my hands full with other things (Heh. Heheh. BWAHAHAHAHAH I win. :D)

Also, further proof (that I at least touched her titties, if you don't actually think I'm marrying her): Compare that photo and look at the tattoo on my left arm, and then look at this.

PWNED.

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Even if you remove it from your site is has a permanent place on my hard drive. Where's the picture with no hand?

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thats cool! :)

So this means the VLC media player and other open source media players are going to be staying. :)

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Even if you remove it from your site is has a permanent place on my hard drive. Where's the picture with no hand?

In a hidden folder on an encrypted drive on my computer at home. :)

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Hidden as in the attribute hidden is set or hidden as in a obscure folder location? ILL HAXOR YOU YOU NOOB! JUST WATCH ME TYPE YOUR IP INTO MY BOMBER! 127.0.0.1 YOU ARE GOING DOWN! THINK I COULDN'T FIND OUT YOUR IP? YOU'RE WRONG HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! I'M SO UBER-LEET!

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/me Pulls an upsidedown and *dances*

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OMG PSYPHERX, YOU FIANCE IS HOT!!!!! I will 0wn u before sheepbyte does so I can get the picture with no hands first.

And you understand that now that you said that you have that pic under all that security on your comp, you will be a target for EVERYONE? :P

And the no software patents thing is cool too (but not nearly as cool as psypherX's fiance is hot :D )

EDIT: right clicking... set as wallpaper...

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127.0.0.1 YOU ARE GOING DOWN! THINK I COULDN'T FIND OUT YOUR IP? YOU'RE WRONG HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! I'M SO UBER-LEET!

:lol:

Alright, I think we've spun this baby out of control, so now it's time to return to software patent discussion. Go! :)

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The bill would have given companies EU-wide patent protection for computerized inventions ranging from programs for complex CAT scanners to ABS car-brake systems. The protection would have extended to computer programs when the software is used in the context of realizing inventions.

But lawmakers said the measure would stifle enterprise and did not promote innovation, and that human knowledge can't be patented. The move kills the legislation since the EU head office, which had drafted it, does not plan to set forth a new version.

"Patents will continue to be handled by national patent offices ... as before, which means different interpretations as to what is patentable, without any judiciary control by the European Court of Justice," said EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, representing the EU head office at the vote.

It also underlines growing institutional gridlock, with the lawmakers voted into the European Parliament trying to assert themselves against the unelected European Commission -- the EU's executive office -- and national governments.

The French and Dutch rejection of a proposed European constitution called into question attempts to push through more EU-wide plans to revive the bloc's ailing economies.

In addition to the software patent law, these include a plan to spend more on research and development and another to remove barriers on services providers -- from architects to plumbers -- working outside their home country.

"Europe is going through a crisis, in large part because of a democratic deficit," said Michel Rocard, the former French prime minister charged with steering the parliament debate on the issue. "There is collective anger, unanimous anger over the unacceptable way this has been handled by the Commission and EU Council" representing the EU governments.

EU legislators say questions of patentability can only be solved in a wider framework, rather than field by field.

"The EU must come forward with one single community patent. In this way, the current lengthy, burdensome and costly system of patent registration and approval can be tackled effectively in order to strengthen the global competitive position of the EU," said Liberal Democratic deputy Toine Manders.

Companies such as Nokia Corp. and Siemens AG had said the software bill would give them incentives to invest in research and development.

Open-source advocates, however, said individuals and small businesses could be bankrupted by expensive legal battles with software giants over fuzzy patent law.

Many members of the European Parliament feared the bill would limit the development of new software in Europe, especially by small businesses. They also wanted more clarity on the criteria for what types of software could and could not be patented.

"You don't patent a mathematical formula, for software is merely a connection of a mathematical formula," Rocard said, adding that patents worth tens of billions of dollars were potentially at stake.

Some 178 amendments to the bill were tabled by lawmakers before the vote. In the end parliament decided to vote down the law, fearing the amendments would dilute it and make it an inadequate compromise.

"It was a mess. Better no directive than a bad directive," said Tony Robinson, spokesman for the Socialists.

EICTA, a group representing 10,000 companies including Nokia and Alcatel SA which had been lobbying for the bill, said the decision to scrap it was wise, given the amendments that threatened to severely narrow the scope of the legislation.

CompTIA, representing small- and medium-sized information technology companies, echoed this view. "Conflicting views have confused the issue and made it difficult for the parliament to reach a clear and balanced decision that would adequately support innovation."

The bill stopped short of the U.S. system that allows patenting of business methods or computer programs such as Amazon.com Inc.'s "one-click" shopping technique.

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