Pim works for Google and lives in Zurich (Switzerland). This blog attempts to let people understand what he's up to :-)


European Council sneaks Sofware Patents

This morning I was apawled and disgusted by yet another attempt of the
european council in adopting the software patent agreement of 18 May
2004. Previous attempts failed (yaay, Poland!)
Information taken from [ffii.org]:

Cyprus submitted a written declaration at the start of the Council
session. Poland, Denmark, Portugal and others (not specified) asked for
a B item (discussion point). The Luxembourg presidency claimed this was
not possible due to procedural reasons, and that this would have
undermined the whole process -> it would stay on the list of A-items.
Luxembourg then gave a long statement regarding how the EP still gets a chance in second reading, the importance of avoiding leg
al uncertainty etc.
Denmark said it was disappointed about this, but accepted and submitted
a written declaration. Later on, the list of A items was accepted by the

Dutch IPv6 task force

I have been asked by several individuals [Bosco Fernandes, Latif Ladid and Carlos
Friacas] if I was interrested in joining the european IPv6 taskforce.
After careful deliberation and a talk with my boss at BIT, I have been
granted permission to spend time on this project.

I'll also join the current dutch IPv6 taskforce. This will be formed by
[ECP] in Februari of 2005. Their
kickoff meeting will be 27th of April, where I shall be present, just to
see if there's enough techies in the NL IPv6 TF.