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Comment Re:If you were there... (Score 1) 840

Seriously, which official thought this was a good idea?

Yes, the protesters used the internet to organize, but it isn't as if people don't know there's going to be a protest tomorrow, or today at this point in Egypt. All this does is piss people off even more.

Alternately, it makes a lot of sense if the governments plan is to kill a bunch of people and they don't want the rest of the world to see it.

As for the original question, the current news/rumor is that ham radio operators are sending out reports internationally currently. It might not be the internet, but it's better than nothing.

Comment Regulating Insterstate Comerce, Obviously (Score 1) 270

Those wires, which were largely built with federal funding by the way, cross state lines and distribute content across said state lines, that makes it an issue of regulating interstate commerce, one of the powers granted to the federal government in the constitution.

Basic civics folks.


Submission + - Microsoft hit with $1.52 billion patent suit damag

ourcraft writes: Microsoft hit with $1.52 billion patent suit damages. t_verdict_dc_4

NEW YORK (Reuters) — A U.S. federal jury found that Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT — news) infringed audio patents held by Alcatel-Lucent (ALU.PA) (NYSE:ALU — news) and should pay $1.52 billion in damages, Microsoft said on Thursday.

Microsoft said it plans to first ask the trial judge to knock down the ruling and will appeal if necessary. It said the verdict is unsupported by the law or the facts.

Alcatel-Lucent had accused the world's biggest software maker of infringing patents related to standards used for playing computer music, or MP3, files.

As of next Thursday, UNIX will be flushed in favor of TOPS-10. Please update your programs.