On a tangential note, we recently started up an office/plant in the Denver area and ended up going with Qwest for the two landlines. The cable is underground from the road to the building, with no conduit and we had very intermittent service. A tech "diagnosed" the problem as the cable between the road and the building and said it needed to be replaced, at our expense. As an interim solution, he ran a cable above ground, which is lying on our driveway/parking lot (at least covered by a thin coating of snow, ha!). The tech claimed that in CO, their tariff states that for business service, the business is response for underground wiring; essentially their responsibility stops at the splice box at the road. I had already reviewed the tariff and couldn't find anything specific about responsibility, and its generally been my experience in other states that if the telco owns it, they fix it. Any CO telco/tariff experts here that care to chime in?
Kittenman writes "The Telegraph (and several US locals) are covering a story about a Japanese woman who had her underwear on the line while the Google car went past. She is now suing Google: 'I was overwhelmed with anxiety that I might be the target of a sex crime,' the woman told a district court. 'It caused me to lose my job and I had to change my residence.'"
darthcamaro writes "Red Hat has settled another patent case with patent holding firm Acacia. This time the patent is US Patent #6,163,776, 'System and method for exchanging data and commands between an object oriented system and relational system.' While it's great that Red Hat has ended this particular patent threat, it's not yet clear how they've settled this case. The last time Red Hat tangled with Acacia they won in an Texas jury trial. 'Red Hat routinely addresses attempts to impede the innovative forces of open source via allegations of patent infringement,' Red Hat said in a statement. 'We can confirm that Red Hat, Inc and Software Tree LLC have settled patent litigation that was pending in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas.'"