Now there is a convenient and easy way for developers across the world to vote against software patents.
As I noted earlier, there is an ongoing election for European of the Year. But there have been hurdles for those who wish to vote. Sure you can vote at http://www.ev50.com/poll/, but honestly, do you know whether you would prefer Anna Marszalek of Rzeczpospolita or Alina Mungiu-Pippidi of the Romanian Academic Society to become Journalist of the Year? At least I strongly dislike the risk of voting against my own true opinion, and just in order to vote against Software Patents by voting for Florian MÃƒÂ¼ller, I need to express an opinion in ten different areas.
FFII and Florian MÃƒÂ¼ller, with some PHP coding help from MySQL AB, just made it easier. For those who are informed about Software Patents, it's a no-brainer to support Michel Rocard for MEP of the year and not to support Charlie McCreevy for Commissioner of the Year. That, and other thoughts, are now collected into a PHP script which is shameless enough to come with a suggestion on how to vote. Try it out at http://www.nosoftwarepatents.com/en/m/ev50/vote.html, and then see if you feel comfortable to vote at http://www.ev50.com/poll/. BTW, if you vote, you'll still have to confirm your vote by replying to an email automatically sent to you by EV50.
Florian and me shaking hands (right before I went to Oktoberfest)