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Pt Interoperability law. Here the final text adopted by Parliament:

A quick translation of the open standards legal definition shows that it is modeled after the EIF:

For purposes of this Act, it is considered “open standard” technical standard intended for publication, transmission and storage of digital information, which meets all the following requirements:
a) Adopting the consequence of a decision-making process open and available to the participation of all stakeholders;
b) The corresponding specification document has been published and freely available document their requirements and were permitted to copy, distribute and use without restriction;
c) The corresponding specification document does not relate to actions or processes are not documented;
d) intellectual property rights applicable thereto, including patents, have been provided in full, irrevocable and irreversible damage to the Portuguese State;
e) there are no restrictions to its implementation.
2 – For purposes of this Act, it is “interoperability” the ability of two or more systems, including computers, media, networks, software and other components of information technology, to interact and exchange data according to a method defined in order to obtain the expected results.

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An interview of my French colleague Charles-H. Schulz.

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Die im Bundestagswahlkampf mit lautem Getöse geforderten Sperrungen von Internetseiten sind nach dem Aussetzen für ein Jahr vom Tisch, berichtet Netzpolitik. Die Vorschläge waren nicht gut bei Netz-Fachleuten angekommen.

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Forgot to blog about that: OASIS Open Document Format 1.2 is out.

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Saturday night, Paul Baran (aged 84) passed away, an inventor of packet switching in computer networks.

Wired Interview from 2001

Update: Huffington Post: Paul Baran, Internet Pioneer, Dies At 84

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According to an EFF deeplink Hotmail apparently disabled the https default option for its users who set their location to the following nations: Bahrain, Morocco, Algeria, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Congo, Myanmar, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

That means that Hotmail provides a cloud mail solution easier to be spied upon in these nations.

Update: Register about the official explanaition, a “bug” that prevents access.

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The GCC 4.6 (released 25 March) adds support for the bionic c lib:

Android
GCC now supports the Bionic C library and provides a convenient way of building native libraries and applications for the Android platform. Refer to the documentation of the -mandroid and -mbionic options for details on building native code. At the moment, Android support is enabled only for ARM.

The developers on the bionic c library objectives.

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For the report of Hökmar on the 1st Radio Spectrum policy programme more than 402 amendments were tabled.

Draft report 1- 52 by the rapporteur

Package 53 – 206

Package2 207-402

– of course the proposals from the other Committees also have to be considered.

The amendments demonstrate a high degree of awareness in Parliament and great interest of members in spectrum issues. Members seem to be  better experts in spectrum than the draftpersons of the Commission, MEPs know very wekk where to stick. I didn’t find any particular objectionable proposal among their amendments. In fact they were all quite good to stress the crucial elements of spectrum governance.

What I am a quite a bit dissatisfied with, that is the legalistic quality of the original European Commission proposal. To give you an example, a “de minimis” rule should be applied to the list of general principles in Article 2. If principles are phrases in a complicated way they become ineffective as means of principled governance. Lasting principles have to be simple. You often wish an ockham’s razor procedure in the drafting process, in particular in telecommunications.

Another great example, the Commission’s proposal:

(c) applying the least onerous authorisation system possible in such a way as to maximise flexibility and efficiency in spectrum usage;

As a native speaker of English you wonder why for this harmless provision amendments were proposed in the Opinions and suspect an agenda. But the actual reason is the use of the phrase “onerous”
a) It catches the eye. You don’t find that in a standard “Europaish” vocabulary.
b) It is worded in a negative way.
So what did MEPs come up with? Alternative phrasings attempts and compromises. From a “linguistic clarification” it transforms into amendment pingpong e.g.

(c) applying the most appropriate authorisation system (188 Audy) (words it positive)
(c) applying in a non-discriminatory manner the least onerous authorisation system (183)
(c) applying the most appropriate, nondiscriminatory and least onerous authorisation system (186/185)
(c) applying the least onerous nondiscriminatory authorisation system (189 Koch-Mehrin)
(c) applying the most appropriate, least onerous and non-discriminatory authorisation system (187)
(c) applying the most appropriate, transparent and flexible authorisation system (184)

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Firefox 4 is now available. It is the latest incarnation of the popular web browseer.

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Apparently Fidonet was used during the Egypt uprising.

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