OSCon Thursday

July 26th, 2007

First off, this guy is walking around handing out free fudge. Neat idea, but I can’t quite figure out why!

Bill Hilf from Microsoft spoke today. He started by saying “I guarantee you won’t agree with a lot of things I say today.”

Nat introduced him as “our man on the inside.”

Microsoft is submitting their Shared Source license for OSI approval. I don’t know if this means that MS will have to actually make any modifications.

New website today: http://www.microsoft.com/opensource.

Bill invited feedback from anyone at billhilf at microsoft dot com.

He got some fairly pointed questions from Nat about software patents. Bill said two things about that: 1) Microsoft flubbed the communication with the press and that their intent isn’t to sue, and 2) Microsoft is learning and he’s working to help them learn.

Rick Falkvinge from the Pirate Party

Funny and informative talk about why they’ve started a Pirate Party in Sweden.

Originally copyright only impacted public places, but now it impacts people’s private lives as well.

Copyright is protecting the entertainment industry — funded by luxury purchases — at the expense of privacy and individual freedoms.

“The Norwegian Liberal Party forked our platform into Norwegian”

www.piratpartiet.se/donate

“Political donations in Sweden are not regulated”, so you all can contributed

Steve Yegge (Google)

“Google will probably fire me for this talk”

Neither Steve’s mic nor his laptop appear to work… after his line about being fired, someone shouted “Google is very powerful!”

“A brand, in geek terms, is a pointer.”

GTE was, for a time, the most reviled brand in the US. Then they invested in improvements and ran commercials basically saying “we don’t suck anymore”, but nobody believed it.

“The single biggest branding problem in Open Source is the name ‘Open Source’.”

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  1. ozamosi

    “Funny and informative talk about why they’ve started a Pirate Party in Switzerland.”

    There actually is one in Switzerland, but I’m willing to bet money that he talked about the one in Sweden ;)

    (I’m swedish – I think that gives me the right to be pedantic when it comes to this)

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    John Goerzen Reply:

    Well, at least I got it half right: Switzerland one place and Sweden another. I’ve fixed it. Thanks for pointing out the error. I actually do know the difference. Must have been a braino.

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  2. matthew wickline

    Check the last tab (“Saturday and beyond”) on the http://2pdx.com/ site. You’ll read about a great job opportunity in Portland. Now if I’d posted something on the job board and left it at that, you wouldn’t have blogged about it, would you? ;)

    There’s a cool google tech talk linked there-in as well.

    I’ll have more fudge tomorrow! Last day! :)

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    John Goerzen Reply:

    Clever and neat idea. I like it. Thanks for the fudge.

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  3. The Changelog

    Fudge Update

    Yesterday I blogged about the guy handing out fudge. He saw my post and explained why he was doing it. Today he was around handing out fudge, and I thanked him for his comment. He gave me two pieces of fudge for blogging about it.

    Pi

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  4. The Changelog

    Fudge Update

    Yesterday I blogged about the guy handing out fudge. He saw my post and explained why he was doing it. Today he was around handing out fudge, and I thanked him for his comment. He gave me two pieces of fudge for blogging about it.

    Pi

    Reply

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