The Waikato Linux Users Group have a meeting in one week from today:
Patent Absurdity: how software patents broke the system
Against the backdrop of of the current Bilski case in the US Supreme Court, the film features a series of interviews explaining the absurdity of software patents and how we got into this mess.
In light of the recent decision by a select committee that software should NOT be patentable in New Zealand, the WLUG committee decided that this would be a good time to screen this film, and discuss some of the issues surrounding software patents.
Patentable Inventions: We Recommend amending clause 15 to include computer programs among inventions that may not be patented. We received many submissions concerning the patentability of computer programs. Under the Patents Act 1953 computer programs can be patented in New Zealand provided the produce a commercially useful effect. Open Source, or free, software has grown in popularity since the 1980s. Protecting software by patenting is inconsistent with the open source model, and its proponents oppose it. A number of submitters argued that there is no "inventive step" in software development, as 'new' software invariably builds on existing software. They felt that computer software should be excluded from patent protection as software patents can stifle innovation and competition. In general we accept this position.
April 26th 7:30pm MS4.G.02 (http://www.waikato.ac.nz/contacts/map?MS4)
A friend has been given a desktop machine but it only has 512 meg of ram and
is sluggish. He has asked me if anyone has some second hand DDR ram he
might be able to purchase.
Has anyone got any ram they want to sell?
A Cruce Salus
Just in case anyone missed this on the other lists ;)
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From: Mark Foster <blakjak(a)blakjak.net>
Date: 11 April 2010 22:01
Subject: [nzlug] Cross-Post: PublicACTA Outputs: Wellington
Declaration & Petition
To: nzlug(a)linux.net.nz, aucklug(a)linux.net.nz
Greetings everyone, and apologies for the cross-post. This issue bears
The Wellington Declaration generated by the folks who attended the
PublicACTA event this weekend in Wellington, is something I believe we
LUG'rs should be getting behind.
Refer the following:
If you support the statements made in the URL above - and really, I'd
be surprised if you don't - please sign the electronic petition at
All signatures added before Tuesday morning NZ Time will be appended
to the Declaration when it is communicated to the NZ Government
negotiators, who (it is hoped) will circulate it to all the ACTA
ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement or ACTA) is a
controversial international treaty being negotiated in a series of
ACTA is proposed as a plurilateral trade agreement for establishing
international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement.
It is being negotiated between the US, Canada, Japan, the European
Union, South Korea, Mexico, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.
Unfortunately, the negotiations have extended beyond trade and
physical counterfeiting to potentially cover non-commercial
infringement of copyright material by ordinary citizens and issues of
digital rights management.
PublicACTA was organised by InternetNZ to give the public opportunity to
critique the known and likely content of ACTA proposals.
Several issues abound in ACTA; the scope of the agreement is much
wider than simply an agreement around trade, and the ramifications
should it come into force will be dire for New Zealanders.
The NZOSS, which many of you will know of and know that I am also
involved with, have taken their stance regarding ACTA to the
Please be aware of ACTA, and if you support the position being taken
by InternetNZ, NZOSS and many, many other groups and NGOs both in NZ
and worldwide, show your support.
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NZ Computer Society National Series: A Harmonious IT Environment through
Realitsm (Plus Branch AGM)
18 March 2010: 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Events Room 1, Gallagher Hub
City Campus, Gate 5
Tristram Street, Hamilton
NZCS are proud to kick off the new National ICT Series, beginning with
well-known IT Skeptic Rob England presenting on what would appear to be
regarded as the utopia of service management, RealITSM...
A Harmonious IT Environment through Realitsm
Idealised models such as ITIL®, COBIT and ISO20000 are all very well for
theoretical discussions, but more and more people are discovering these
models just don't fit the way we do things in the real world.
Join the movement that is sweeping the ITSM community. Find out about Real
ITSM, as it is done in the real world.
Making IT Real. Get Real. RealITSM, that is...
In this light-hearted and humorous presentation Rob England, the well known
"IT Skeptic", introduces Real ITSM, as documented in the book "Introduction
to Real ITSM" (see www.realitsm.com).
RealITSM is the methodology of implementing IT service management as it is
done now in the real world, thereby saving costs, minimising impact and
Realitsm (pronounced "realism" with a slight lisp) is the underlying
philosophy of primarily ensuring a tranquil life for IT staff. After all,
life is hard for us IT types!
The main threats to IT stability, or at least the stability of the IT team,
are change, accountability and reduced spending. Realitsm is about
eliminating these threats from the IT environment, in the best interests of
all in IT. A harmonious IT environment requires adherence to the following
* Ensure a stable operating environment
* Maximise adaptability to change
* Promote involvement through collectivist decision-making
* Maintain morale through reduced group accountability
* Maximise revenue and funding for the IT department
* Maximise benefit and value for the IT staff
Realitsm may be somewhat tongue-in-cheek, however by reflecting on the
motivations of teams and managers that unknowingly subscribe to some of its
principles, a level of clarity on the importance of service management
This is a not-to-be-missed presentation for anyone in the Service Management
space or those interested in a humorous presentation from one of the more
colorful figures in New Zealand's IT scene.
Note: Light lunch provided. Free for NZCS members, inexpensive for others.
Registration required at the following URL:
David Hallett, BSc, MNZCS ITCP
P.O. Box 15-516
Hamilton, New Zealand
Phone: +64-7-210 5520
Mobile: +64-21-802 256
I have an agp card with "fx5200" written on the back however
it only has a vga and a video out plug. I guess we are
talking on different levels as I am not really a geek just
trying to be helpful. If it is of some use to you just let
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> I am looking to build a MythTV box for a friend using a
> satellite card to capture/watch/record Freeview.
> I've already got my own box working.
> Prior to HD, I understand the Nvidia GeForce FX5200 was
> considered a good graphics card and is infact what I use
> (more by luck than design). It has an TV-OUT RCA socket.
> Would anyone on the list have something like that spare
> that they would be willing to sell?
> If you wish to reply, please reply to me off list.
> wlug mailing list | wlug(a)list.waikato.ac.nz
For those who were at the meeting today, I succeeded in getting a
program that will batch rename my photos easily (K Rename) having had a
couple of wee trial runs I am sure I can get what I need from this.
Liz, Many thanks for your offer of a script. I am quietly thankful that
I will not require it :)
A reminder, the WLUG Fixit Meeting is today.
Saturday Mar 6th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
SaturdayWorkshop at Te Whanau Pūtahi (http://www.wlug.org.nz/TeWhanauPutahi), the community church at the end of Oxford Street.
We'll have the usual tables, power, various ISO's, Internet, coffee and light lunch, etc.