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Submission + - BBC Interviews Apple vs Samsung Jury Foreman (bbc.co.uk) 1

MrSteveSD writes: The BBC has published a long interview with Velvin Hogan, the jury foreman in the Apple vs Samsung case. He still seems to be sticking to a rather confused definition of what constitutes prior art.

I showed the jurors that the two methods in software were not the same, nor could they be interchangeable because the hardware that was involved between the old processor and the new processor — you couldn't load the new software methodology in the old system and expect that it was going to work.

Submission + - EU Copyright Extention 2

MrSteveSD writes: "The copyright on sound recordings by the Beatles, Rolling Stones and other famous bands was due to expire in the next few years. However, the EU Council has now scuttled any such hopes. The copyright term has been extended from 50 to 70 years with ageing rockers expressing their delight."

Submission + - UK Government Issues D-Notices to UK Media over Wi (twitter.com) 1

MrSteveSD writes: According to the WikiLeaks twitter feed, the UK Government has issued D-Notice's to the UK Press asking to be briefed on any WikiLeaks stories. Exactly what effect this will have is not certain. WikiLeaks may have agreements with some UK news outlets to keep stories quiet until the official WikiLeaks release. In the face of these D-Notice's, will those agreements still be honoured? Additionally these D Notices have historically been used as gagging orders. Will the UK government try to gag the UK media and does such an action make any sense in the internet age?
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Submission + - The Problem of Trojan Installs 1

MrSteveSD writes: Recently I updated my FireFox Flash plug-in in what was advertised as an important security update. The next day I notice that McAfee Security Scan has miraculously installed itself onto my system. Further investigation revealed that the Flash update had indeed installed the McAfee product and that Adobe and McAfee had formed a partnership. No doubt there was some pre-checked "Install McAfee Security Scan" checkbox that I missed. It's annoying enough when a piece of software installs some other completely unrelated software like this, but when a security update patch does it, it's unforgivable.

A while back I had a similar experience with an ATI driver installing a game demo. Another pre-checked checkbox I must have missed. This seems to be a growing phenomenon. Have you experienced similar "trojan installs" during security updates?

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