Gnome and free software under attack

A month ago Gnome was hit by patent troll for developing the Shotwell image management application. They stated:

It’s the first time a free software project has been targeted in this way, but we worry it won’t be the last. Rothschild Patent Imaging, LLC offered to let us settle for a high five figure amount, for which they would drop the case and give us a licence to carry on developing Shotwell. This would have been simple to do so; it would have caused less work, cost less money, and provided the Foundation a lot less stress. But it also would be wrong. Agreeing to this would leave this patent live, and allow this to be used as a weapon against countless others. We will stand firm against this baseless attack, not just for GNOME and Shotwell, but for all free and open source software projects.

This is very important cause worthy to fight for. We should support the Gnome Foundation so that patent trolls should never target free software by making a donation to the GNOME Patent Troll Defense Fund.

The Resistance

The English rock band Muse released their fifth album The Resistance in September 2009. I remember that I was pretty impressed with the most of the songs from the album. I just found a piece of paper with apparently my grading of every song from The Resistance. Five stars is the highest mark. The album as a whole scored 4.27/5. No too bad.

Sarajevo Calling

I have now listened to ten episodes of the podcast Sarajevo Calling, and I really recommend it to all of you who are into the Western Balkans politics and are interested to hear about current events in the region: corruption, military buildup, the EU expansion, trials etc. I would say that it helps tremendously if you already have a certain knowledge of the politics and recent history of the region. It is though not completely required, but it helps a lot if you know a thing or two about Milo, Milorad, Bakir and/or Kolinda.

The show is hosted by journalist Aleksandar Brezar and political scientist Jasmin Mujanović. Both very insightful and cheerful guys.

The Day of Spider

This morning my wife and I noticed an unusual amount of spider activity on our wooden terrace. It was all over, from the table and chairs, to the corners of the porch and the fences. The beautiful patterns spiders created were so fascinating, it made us talk about it for a relatively long time. We discussed how did they do it, where did they begin from, and where did they hide? It reminded us of a highly professional craftsmanship.

I proposed that they probably initiated with making a straight line, and then began from the middle and building outwards.

I made a short video showing a spider doing his thing wrapping up the victim into its silk.

I found this video from BBC, which explains and shows exactly how they make the web. Fascinating stuff.