The case of Diego Gomez highlights the need for open access

It was in November 2014 when I first wrote about Diego Gomez. Tomorrow will see a court, in Colombia, decide his fate. (Article in French) He is facing a fine of up to $327 000 and four to eight years in prison for the sharing a scientific article with a colleague. This is something that many scientists do and which is sometimes necessary for our work. This case highlights the need to move to a world where all scientific articles are open access, i.e. free to read. Continue reading

Apple is not a perfect good guy

I’ve previously spoken about my support of Free and Open-Source Software so it can’t come as much of a surprise that I’m not a big fan of Apple. I like iTunes and my iPod was really important for me for the few years after I got it but in general I find the company to really grating. It probably won’t come as news that they recently won a court battle against Samsung. The California court ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1,05 billion for patent infringements. That may or may not be fair, I don’t know the details but I’m guessing it’s not fair since one of the patents that was violated is for “a grid of rounded square icons against a black background.Continue reading