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Comment This is great (Score 1) 262

Seriously, think about it - all we need is some non-microsoft company to sue casio for patent infringement, and Microsoft would argue that those patents were invalid, and get them invalidated. Then we just have to get someone else to indemnify linux a set of Linux users to work to invalid any claimed patents of Microsoft...

Submission + - Firefox Adblock May Be Theft (

cthulu_mt writes: "The International Herald Tribune reports "Adblock Plus threatens the online revenue model" based on a move by several small website to block users of the Firefox browser. On the grounds that Firefox users are stealing their content by running Adblock Plus a popular Firefox extension. In some cases users of the browser are redirected to the web page Why Firefox is Blocked; which goes on to say; "Software that blocks all advertisement is an infringement of the rights of web site owners and developers. Numerous web sites exist in order to provide quality content in exchange for displaying ads. Accessing the content while blocking the ads, therefore would be no less than stealing.""

Submission + - Yahoo! pleads guilty in Chinese journalist case (

freakxx writes: " Yahoo! pleads guilty of supplying information to the Chinese government, which has lead to imprisonment of many journalists and pro-democracy activists in China, including Shi Tao and Wang Xiaoning.

In its 40 page response of the lawsuit filed by World Organization for Human Rights, Yahoo! acknowledged releasing information to the Chinese government. It further argues that it had to comply with the local law and it was compelled by the Chinese authorities to hand-over the information. Many people have criticized this decision saying that the organization has failed to keep up with ethics and it has more responsibilities towards international laws and humanity."


Submission + - Mitochondria may hold secret to preventing death

H_Fisher writes: "Research into mitochondria — small parts within a cell that have their own DNA — are a cause of cellular death, Newsweek reports. The article from the most recent edition of the magazine, entitled "The Science of Death: Reviving the Dead," reports on people who have recovered from sudden death due to cardiac arrest through the use of medically-induced hypothermia. The cooling process may help stop the death of brain and heart cells caused by the mitochondria once they are deprived of oxygen. The next step: figuring out how to keep the brain from dying, and arguing for or against "the view that the mind is more than the sum of the parts of the brain, and can exist outside it.""

Submission + - Career change into programming or IT?

An anonymous reader writes: How viable is a career change into software engineering or IT later in life? I've been something of a hobbyist most of my life and have started to wonder if I should jump in as a new career. I'm getting close to 40 and have a bachelors degree in physics. I only make about $50K a year, and in my industry now I will cap out at $55K to $60K.

What would be the best approach to making the switch? I only have a couple of CS classes as most of the stuff I have learned was on my own, so should I take some more classes? How about programming certs, do they help at all? What's the best way to get my foot in the door.

Submission + - Ginormous is officially a word (

oatec writes: It's no longer slang, along with a list of 100 other words being added to Merriam-Webster. Can you hear a news anchor using "Ginormous" in a sentence and not being laughed off the set?

Submission + - Anti MS OOXML campaign gathers pace (

pieterh writes: "PC Pro reports that "More than 20,000 people have put their names to a web petition opposing Microsoft's attempts to have its new Office file format accepted as an international standard." Microsoft insists that opposition to OOXML is "a blatant attempt to use the standards process to limit choice in the marketplace" and rejects the argument that because the ODF format has already been accepted as a standard, that precludes any alternative. Tom Robertson, Microsoft's GM for Interoperability & Standards says that it's important to recognise that ODF and Open XML were created with very different design goals: ODF is closely tied to OpenOffice and reflects the functionality in that product."

Mommy, what happens to your files when you die?