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Comment: This could be a good thing (Score 2, Interesting) 1

by Gristlebag (#29455299) Attached to: Major MMO Publishers Sued for Patent Infringement
Microsoft uses software patents as part of their competitive arsenal, so they don't necessarily have a vested interest in attacking the premise of software patents and Halo is minuscule compared to the rest of their business. I wonder if these MMO software companies would look at it the same way. Could be an opportunity for a consortium of sizable software companies to go to battle and contest the viability of software patents... let's hope that it's the case and the big companies can help clean up the mess these patents can create.
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+ - SPAM: IRS Now Wants To Repeal Cell Phone Tax

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narramissic writes "Last week the IRS caused an uproar when it requested public comments on ways to clarify a decades-old law that would tax personal usage of business cell phones. But IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said that the request for comments did not mean that the largely ignored rule would now be enforced. 'Some have incorrectly implied that the IRS is 'cracking down' on employee use of employer-provided cell phones,' Shulman wrote. 'To the contrary, the IRS is attempting to simplify the rules and eliminate uncertainty for businesses and individuals.' And in fact, the IRS is now recommending that the law be repealed, saying that 'the passage of time, advances in technology, and the nature of communication in the modern workplace have rendered this law obsolete.'"
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Media

The Perils of DRM — When Content Providers Die 275

Posted by Soulskill
from the involuntary-renting dept.
An anonymous reader writes "If you purchase music or movies online, what happens if the vendor goes out of business? Will you have trouble accessing your content? The question came up recently after HDGiants — provider of high-quality audio and video downloads — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. A consumer says his content became locked inside his PC. Walmart customers suffered a similar fate last year when the retailer shut down its DRM servers (a decision they reversed after many complaints). And if Vudu dies? Your content may be locked in a proprietary box forever. Time to start buying discs again?"

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