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  • Open source slammed in US government sponsored meeting

    Posted on August 27th, 2011 at 09:04 woody 5 comments

    Last year, the US govt sponsored a meeting with Thai govt agency heads in Chiang Mai. In the meeting, the Microsoft rep “expressed concern over the [Thai government’s] Creative Economy policy of promoting the “open source” software model over the “commercial source” model as a means to curb piracy.”

    In the same meeting, the Business Software Alliance rep “urged the [Thai government] not to favor open source over commercial source. He argued that (1) the open source model has been shown to have an insignificant impact on reducing software piracy; and (2) by focusing on an open source policy, the [Thai government] signals the market to stunt the development of commercial source software, which in turn undermines Thailand’s ability to fully service market needs.”

    Our tax dollars at work, eh?

    Wikileaks cable. See paragraphs 9 and 10.

  • Has “Anonymous” (of WikiLeaks fame) been identified?

    Posted on December 12th, 2010 at 14:32 woody No comments

    Fascinating series of clues, which will be immediately recognized by those of you who were around several years ago, when I talked a lot about people leaving metadata accidentally in their Word documents.

    Press release purporting to be from Anonymous: http://dump.no/files/467072ba2a42/ANONOPS_The_Press_Release.pdf

    Initial analysis by Paul Rankin: http://praetorianprefect.com/archives/2010/12/anonymous-releases-very-unanonymous-press-release/

    More detailed analysis by Praetorian Security Group:



  • WikiLeaks takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’

    Posted on December 9th, 2010 at 21:26 woody 2 comments

    I’m astounded at how WikiLeaks has stayed up, despite the head-on attack from many different fronts.

    See the Brave New World of Internet survival on my InfoWorld Tech Watch blog.