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Submission + - Jury awards $220,000 to RIAA in P2P case ( 1

Conrad writes: The Capitol Records v. Jammie Thomas verdict is in, with a jury finding her liable of willful copyright infringement for all 24 songs. At $9,250 per song, the grand total is $222,000. The RIAA is pleased with the verdict: 'The plaintiffs' legal team spent a few minutes talking to the jury after the verdict was announced, finally emerging from the courthouse to take questions from the media. The first question asked of Gabriel was whether the RIAA would enforce and try to collect the judgment. Gabriel replied that he hadn't had the chance to talk to the client about that yet. He said that the jury did not explain how they arrived at the $9,250 figure, but that they expressed to the legal team that the case was "clear and well-presented." Gabriel also noted the magnitude of the case in response to a question. "We appreciate the opportunity to put out in daylight the facts and evidence collected in this case," he replied. "This does send a message, we hope, that both downloading and distributing music is no joke." When asked if there was an end game in sight for the series of lawsuits, Gabriel said that it was up to the RIAA to decide.'

Comment Re:Either you don't get it or you're a troll. (Score 2, Interesting) 435

I am not so sure it is the right thing. Cron jobs are supposed to run at a specified wall-clock time. If the wall-clock time is not correct any more cron jobs will get out-of-sync with business procedures.

It may not be a security risk but most servers' behaviour will probably change more without the patch than with it.


Submission + - Creationists Silence Critics with DMCA ( 1

Gothmog of A writes: As reports. An organization called Creation Science Evangelism Ministries has been submitting DMCA copyright requests to YouTube resulting in the Rational Response Squad being banned after they protested against videos being taken down and accounts being closed by YouTube. Rational Response Squad are attacking creationism (AKA intelligent design) and promoting the atheist viewpoint.

The copyright requests are claimed to be without merit by the Rational Response Squad since the material in question is covered by fair use or has been declared to be in the public domain.

Behind Creation Science Evangelism Ministries is the infamous Kent Hovind (AKA Dr. Dino) who is currently serving jail time for tax evasion.


Submission + - Jeremy Allison on Microsoft, OOXML and standards

An anonymous reader writes: OOXML is already Microsoft's "de facto" standard as implemented in Office 2007, so when would any changes arising from the Comments Resolution meeting in February 2008 be put in place? According to Jeremy Allison's latest column, when last minute changes were suggested for the CIFS standard, which Samba exists to disentangle, "the response came back from Microsoft that although the fixes were valid, unfortunately the code was already written and was going to be shipped in the next service pack. End of discussion. It wasn't even in a shipping product yet, but the specification was determined to be unchangeable as they didn't want to change their existing code."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - SCO drops 75% in early trading

An anonymous reader writes: SCOX closed friday at $1.56, opened this morning at $0.45, and is now hovering around $0.40, a drop of nearly 75%. Anyone want to bet one dollar that they go under by the close of the market?
Linux Business

Submission + - Novell owns Unix/Unixware copyrights (

karmester writes: From Groklaw: Friday, August 10 2007 @ 04:52 PM EDT Hot off the presses: Judge Dale Kimball has issued a 102-page ruling [PDF] on the numerous summary judgment motions in SCO v. Novell. Here is what matters most: [T]he court concludes that Novell is the owner of the UNIX and UnixWare Copyrights. That's Aaaaall, Folks! If anyone can please put this into text for us, that'd be simply great. I hear there is a filing in IBM also, and we'll get it for your soon. Here's the docket entry: 08/10/2007 1077 — NOTICE OF DECISION AND REQUEST FOR STATUS UPDATE. Signed by Judge Dale A. Kimball on 8-10-07. (sih) (Entered: 08/10/2007)
Operating Systems

Submission + - SCO loses - finally 1

An anonymous reader writes: The one summary judgement that puts a stick into SCO's spokes has just come down. SCO doesn't own the Unix copyrights. With that one decision, a whole bunch of other decisions will fall like dominoes. As PJ says, "That's Aaaaall, Folks!".

Hot off the presses: Judge Dale Kimball has issued a 102-page ruling [PDF] on the numerous summary judgment motions in SCO v. Novell. Here is what matters most: [T]he court concludes that Novell is the owner of the UNIX and UnixWare Copyrights. That's Aaaaall, Folks! If anyone can please put this into text for us, that'd be simply great. 65237718#comments

Submission + - Set a Hacker Alarm on Your Web Mail Box (

An anonymous reader writes: Hackers break into Web Mail accounts all the time, "Your Web mail account is a treasure trove of private and potentially valuable information — and thieves know it. In an online interview, one phisher claimed to make thousands of dollars every day by breaking into people's E-mail accounts and searching for messages that contain financial details." The problem is its hard to tell if someone been snooping around in your box when they do. Based upon a clever trick by Jeremiah Grossman, Erik Larkin from PC World shows anyone can setup an e-mail "Hacker Alarm" in 5 easy steps.
The Internet

Submission + - AC = Domestic Terrorists? 3

Miang writes: "A video from a recent FOX 11 (Los Angeles) newscast has surfaced on YouTube. In the segment, reporter Phil Shuman investigates so-called "Hacker Gangs" comprised entirely of anonymous users. The segment, which focuses mainly on users at 4chan, 7chan, and 420chan, seems to confuse /b/ raids and motivational poster templates with a genuine threat to the American public. For added FUD, the FOX team inserted an unrelated video of a van blowing up — twice! Presumably, one is intended to equate anonymous posting with domestic terror. The story and video can be found on the local FOX website, so it does not appear to be simply a clever parody."
Operating Systems

Submission + - Are .tmp files necessary or just bad programming?

planckscale writes: After spending another hour deleting .tmp files from a bloated XP machine I started to wonder, is the .tmp file necessary when coding an application on the MS platform? Why do so many apps produce .tmp files and is it just because of bad coding or does the use of them dramatically speed up an app? Don't coders use dev/null to reduce them in linux? I can understand the use of them in case an app crashes for recovery purposes, but why don't more apps have the capacity to delete their own .tmp files once they are done with them? Is it too much to ask to at least have the option when closing an app to delete your temp files?

Submission + - Google shrugs off Microsoft's over DoubleClick

mikesd81 writes: "Seattle Times has an article about Google shrugging off Microsoft and AT&T's complaints over their buying of DoubleClick. At a conference Tuesday in San Francisco, Schmidt said the DoubleClick deal is just a part of the "emerging business" of Web advertising and that users have plenty of choices. Microsoft, the world's biggest software maker, and AT&T, the largest U.S. phone company, urged regulators to review the deal because of antitrust concerns. Schmidt said some complaints about the DoubleClick deal came from people who lost the bidding competition. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Microsoft was involved in the bidding process."

Submission + - ISP Be drops full disclosure user

simm1701 writes: High speed ISP Be has closed the account of one of its customers after their full disclosure style release of a serious remote security hole in their ADSL modem/routers. The ISP's reponse has been typical of many IT companies, a combination of denial, blame on the flaw find for the existance of the flaw and heavy handed legal threats.

The story is also covered on The Register

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