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+ - Newegg judged to have infringed on TQP Development patent, ordered to pay $2.3m 1

Submitted by yoink!
yoink! (196362) writes "Ars Technica is reporting Newegg has been judged, by a jury of peers, to have infringed upon TQP Development's patent covering "Encrypted data transmission system employing means for randomly altering the encryption keys." Newegg, as is their MO, chose to challenge the patent rather than settle. Whitfield Diffie even took the stand (paid) on their behalf. Newegg will appeal the verdict."

Comment: No (Score 5, Informative) 128

by yoink! (#44187983) Attached to: Boxee Sold To Samsung

FTA: "Boxee has had a hard time adapting to the quickly changing environment where appliances have converged with televisions (morphing into Smart TVs), and I'm sure Samsung is looking to integrate the software in some form or another into their smart TVs."

No. Boxee shunned the very people who championed their product, locking down their previously open software, based on already-open software, and mating it to poor hardware. Boxee abandoned all that made them Boxee to begin with. (I can't seem to find the multi-page comment thread from Boxee's blog when they announced EOL for the still-buggy Boxee-box - maybe someone can get it [FIXED].)

For those who aren't in the loop, a simple (and not yet fully exploited) "hack" was found: http://boxeeplus.com/

Comment: Re:Priceless (Score 1) 285

by yoink! (#40822309) Attached to: Is TV Over the 'Net Really Cheaper Than Cable?

This.

Cost calculations must factor in time spent watching and/or forwarding through ads amongst other things. There is other time as well, including dealing with said cable company, paying said bills etc. etc. I'm not even arguing that it sways the calculation one way or another, but it must be considered.

I feel like the broken record of my circle of friends but time must be valued at an exceptionally high rate. It is our most limited resource and, if my own calculations are correct, the more of that time is spent simply watching tv, the more limited the resource itself becomes.

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+ - Trimble to acquire Google SketchUp->

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yoink!
yoink! writes "It looks like Google is selling off SketchUp or, conversely, Trimble is acquiring it. Despite several indications there will continue to be a free version of the 3D modelling software, users are unsure about what this will mean for the SketchUp community at large as indicated by the comments on the official Google SketchUp Blog post. They are, however, rejoicing that they will be freed from Groups for SketckUp discussions."
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+ - Which CMS/web-framework to use for University Student Network

Submitted by shivams
shivams (2248186) writes "We are developing an open student network for our university. Essentially, It'll be a wiki with many more functionalities, e.g. forums, hierarchy in user roles, university map, opinions on courses (professors maybe) etc. As such, we're not familiar with MediaWiki or any other wiki CMS. However, we've worked on Drupal, Wordpress and other CMS. We are also considering Python (Django based CMS, Plone etc.). Kindly give your suggestions what we should go for. Our prime requirement is that it should have wiki like features e.g. versioning, easy linking etc. Then, it should be extensible to watever needs arise. Kindly compare the three options."
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Best Man Rigs Newlyweds' Bed To Tweet During Sex 272

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-feed dept.
When an UK man was asked to be the best man at a friend's wedding he agreed that he would not pull any pranks before or during the ceremony. Now the groom wishes he had extended the agreement to after the blessed occasion as well. The best man snuck into the newlyweds' house while they were away on their honeymoon and placed a pressure-sensitive device under their mattress. The device now automatically tweets when the couple have sex. The updates include the length of activity and how vigorous the act was on a scale of 1-10.

Comment: Re:How about... (Score 1) 393

by yoink! (#27923669) Attached to: How To Store Internal Hard Drives?

We use these: http://www.wiebetech.com/products/cases.php

It's like having a proper hard-case for each disk, and although it won't protect them from a fall it makes it easy to line them all up on a bookshelf or in a rack/drawer system and pull them out when needed.

We also read each drive at least once every 6 months to ensure the drive can re-new any weak magnetic sectors/blocks.

Comment: The Slashdot Story Fast-Track System (Score 1) 253

by AnalogBoy (#16636588) Attached to: IE7 Blocking Google Image Search?
1) Post unsubstantiated story regarding any Microsoft product malfunctioning.
2) Slashdot engine automatically posts
3) you know the rest.

I've been reading slashdot for so very long now, it's almost like an addiction, but i think it's finally time i erased my bookmark.

I have to admit though i'm pleased that, at the current time, the kneejerk reaction so typical of the slashdot community hasn't fired yet.

It's not 1998 anymore. Microsoft software isn't perfect, but neither is anything else created by human hands.

Bye, community. It's been.. well, i'm not sure how to properly describe it.

IE7 Blocking Google Image Search? 253

Posted by kdawson
from the play-nicely-now dept.
An anonymous reader writes, "I just tried a Google Image Search in IE7 for the first time. Whenever I click on an image, my browser tells me in big bold letters, "This is a reported phishing website." Try it yourself: make sure automatic phishing detection is turned on and do an (adorable) image search; click on one of the result thumbnails. MSN Live Image Search has no such issues. Insert Microsoft evil conspiracy theory here." I get this behavior under IE7, Win XP Pro, SP2, Parallels, Mac OS X.

Yahoo Messenger Blocking youtube.com URLs? 231

Posted by kdawson
from the see-no-evil dept.
wesleyye writes, "This morning I attempted to copy and paste a youtube.com URL to two of my friends via Yahoo IM. But they kept complaining they did not see anything. Actually they saw all the text message lines except the line with the youtube URL. Is YIM blocking the competitor out?" We verified in this office that a fully formed youtube.com URL could not be passed on YIM; changing the URL to read youtubex.com caused it to go through. Any other URL we tried worked. Update 10/10/2006 20:58 GMT by SM: Additional testing shows that there is something else going on for well formatted URLs. Even search results from search.yahoo.com had trouble when included with other text on the same line. Still awaiting comment from Yahoo!.

Comment: About +R/+RW (Score 2, Interesting) 254

by yoink! (#8607420) Attached to: DVD-RW Incompatibilities?
Wrong. DVD+R was released after DVD+RW. DVD+RW works best as filesystem accessible rewriteable media. The format was updated to include write-once media in order to compete with DVD-R. (You'll notice that even the write-once DVD+R discs bear the stylized RW logo.)

Check here for some more info on the entire DVD spectrum.

A few other quick notes:
1. The +RW alliance claims 100% compatibility with the DVD-Video standard. I've had no trouble using +R discs on very old DVD drives and DVD-Rom drives. Although, as has been said above, there seems to be a huge amount of variation across different drives and players.

2. +R/+RW media does not have the rediculous finalization (lead out) routine that's required with -R/-RW routines.

3. One more thing, formatting times for -RW are rediculous, whereas +RW media can format on the fly.

Although my drive is multiformat, the +RW camp has my vote through experience.

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