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The Internet

Submission + - Andrew Keen: Internet Anonymity Breeds Criminals

An anonymous reader writes: Renowned for his radical, anti-Internet views, Silicon Valley author, broadcaster, and entrepreneur Andrew Keen argues that Internet anonymity breeds faceless criminals. He insists that posting anonymously on social forums is fast becoming the norm and is the reason for inhumane consequences such as Megan Meier's death. Falling short of suggesting implementing tyrannical legislation against anonymous Internet users, Keen insists that those who do not want to reveal their true selves online have no business using the Internet.

Submission + - SCO goes private, gets $100M to keep going (

Trigun writes: "SCO, which had been reduced to be trading OTC (over the counter) in the Pink Sheets after having been kicked off the Nasdaq in December 2007, found an angel investor in SNCP and its Middle Eastern partners. In return for the $100 million to reorganize, SNCP will take over the company and take it private. Prior to this refinancing news out of the blue, SCO's stock had been trading for 6 cents per share."

Submission + - Church of Myconology parody of (

An anonymous reader writes: Myconology is the worship and consumption of huge mounds of manure while living in a stale, lifeless environment and giving yourself entirely to some relentless moron. The Mycon system of belief firmly embraces all of the following: Mushrooms have it good. They are kept completely in the dark and eat whatever is laying around, with no need for conscious thought. Mushrooms can be harvested for the sole benefit of the reaper without the need for compensation. Why can't humans be more like that? The truth is... they can.
The Courts

Submission + - SCO and more financing to continue the fight?! (

bobmorning writes: PJ over at Groklaw reports: " SCO announces reorganization plan — $100 M from SNCP & "partners from the Middle East", to go private Thursday, February 14 2008 @ 01:04 PM EST Here's the press release, titled "The SCO Group Announces Reorganization Plan to Include $100 Million Financing by Stephen Norris Capital Partners". It seems Stephen Norris Capital Partners "and its partners from the Middle East" have fallen in love with SCO's "vast range of products and services"
Operating Systems

Submission + - Microsoft Battles Vista "Perception" Issue (

dan tynan writes: "APC mag has a funny blog by James Bannan, who takes an online survey offered by Microsoft about famous Vista "myths" that is in fact an Orwellian exercise in mind control. James is just a bit sarcastic about the whole thing, as any non-MSFT drone would be. Worth checking out."
The Internet

Submission + - Comcast Changes ToS to Thwart Lawsuits (

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "Comcast has updated its ToS for the first time in two years. It now mentions, among other things, that Comcast 'uses reasonable network management practices that are consistent with industry standards.' This mirrors language in the FCC's 2005 Internet Policy Statement (PDF) and is a clear attempt to thwart off lawsuits from customers who claim they were mislead. Of course, calling the forging of RST packets 'reasonable network management' doesn't make it true."
The Military

Submission + - Israel Eyes Thinking Machines for 'Doomsday' 1

An anonymous reader writes: Israel is worried about Iran launching an all-out, "doomsday" barrage of rockets and missiles. So military leaders have begun early planning for a new, robotic defense system, armed with enough artificial intelligence that it "could take over completely" from flesh-and-blood operators. "It will be designed for... autonomous operations," the commander of Israel's air defense forces, insists.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Cell phone software outs groping men (

coondoggie writes: "Japanese women are turning to cell phone software that will set off an audible alarm and let the phone flash warnings to men violating the woman's personal space. According to an Associated Press story the cell phone application flashes increasingly threatening messages in bold print on the phone's screen to show to the offender: "Excuse me, did you just grope me?" "Groping is a crime," and finally, "Shall we head to the police?" The "Anti-Groping Appli" features an "Anger" icon that begins the warning process on the cell phone. The application was built by games developer Takahashi and released 2005, but has in the past few months become one of the most popular cell phone downloads in Japan, the AP story says."

Submission + - Law firm claims copyright on viewing HTML source 2

An anonymous reader writes: A law firm with all sorts of interesting views on copyrights has decided to go the extra mile. As reported on Tech Dirt, they've decided that viewing the HTML source of their site is a violation of copyright. Poorly timed April Fools joke, or just some fancy lawyering?

Submission + - SCO Layoffs Begin 2

StevisF writes: ... SCO Group Inc. says it is planning to lay off 16 of its 123 employees and has asked a federal bankruptcy court to keep their identities secret because it fears they could be harassed.

Submission + - RIAA Launches Attack on Usenet ( 1

Anonymous Coward writes: "The major record labels have launched a copyright infringement lawsuit against The complaint filed in the federal District Court in New York accuses of providing access to millions of copyright infringing files and slams it for touting its service as a "haven for those seeking pirated content" has been putting up a fight against the RIAA, refusing to block access to alleged 'copyright infringing groups' Game On"
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - UMG Considers iTunes Contract Terms 'Indecent'

Bemopolis writes: "Brace yourselves for a shocking revelation: The CEO of Vivendi, parent company of UMG, is not happy with the current deal with the iTunes Store.

"The split between Apple and (music) producers is indecent ... Our contracts give too good a share to Apple," Vivendi Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Levy told reporters at a gathering on Monday organized by the association of media journalists in France.
I must admit, it is outrageous what Apple is charging them for maintaining an online store that doesn't require the manufacture of physical media; foots the bill for advertising, bandwidth, credit card charges, and software updates; and maintains what must be an incredibly modest server farm (only 6 Msongs in it, after all). In case you've forgotten just how bad Apple has them over a barrel,

At present, UMG, the world's largest record company, gets 0.70 euro ($0.99) out of the 0.99 euro retail price charged by iTunes, Vivendi said.
From what I could read through my tears, the usual argument about older music priced at the same rate as new music is trotted out. No doubt UMG would prefer to make the former cheaper, while maintaining the current pricing for the latter. At least he had the decency not to claim that they were trying to defend their artists against predatory iTunes pricing. Or maybe he just misplaced the index card with that boilerplate on it."

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. -- Plato