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Submission + - Prenda lawyer kicked off 9th Circuit case

rudy_wayne writes: On Friday, Paul Hansmeier, a Minnesota attorney who has been pointed to as one of the masterminds of the Prenda copyright-trolling scheme, filed an emergency motion to stay the $81,000 sanctions order while he and his colleagues could mount an appeal. Today the appeals court flatly denied his motion.. Two appellate judges signed this order, and it gives Hansmeier the option to make a plea for delay with the district court judge. That would be US District Judge Otis Wright, the judge who sanctioned Hansmeier in the first place.

Hansmeier is also getting kicked off a case he was working on that was totally unrelated to Prenda's scheme of making copyright accusations over alleged pornography downloads. On Friday, the 9th Circuit Commissioner ordered Hansmeier, in no uncertain terms, to withdraw a the case involving Groupon since he has been referred to the Minnesota State Bar for investigation. The commissioner has delayed Hansmeier's admission to the 9th Circuit because of Wright's order, which refers to Wright's finding of "moral turpitude."
Space

Submission + - AXE and Buzz Aldrin Announce Apollo Space Sweepstakes 1

RocketAcademy writes: "Apollo 11 lunar-module pilot Buzz Aldrin joined AXE, a personal-grooming brand of Unilever, to announce the AXE Apollo Sweepstakes, which will select 22 winners to become astronauts on the XCOR Lynx Mk II spacecraft.

“Space travel for everyone is the next frontier in the human experience,” Aldrin said. “I’m thrilled that AXE is giving the young people of today such an extraordinary opportunity to experience some of what I’ve encountered in space.”

According to XCOR Aerospace, AXE will select one winner following the Super Bowl on February 3. Twenty-one additional winners will be selected later on. 100 early-stage winners will attend the AXE Apollo Space Academy in Orlando, Florida in December 2013.

Private citizens can also earn a chance to fly on the Lynx through Citizens in Space, a non-profit project of the United States Rocket Academy, which has purchased 10 flights for citizen astronauts."
Linux

Submission + - kickstarter and game development highlighting linux support (overclockers.com)

An anonymous reader writes: This is part 6 of a 7 part series highlighting some of the game developers supporting linux. Overclockers spoke with photon productions about their upcoming game forsaken fortress a post apocoliptic rpg/rts game
Google

Submission + - Did Google pay Belgian newspapers a $6M copyright fee? (paidcontent.org)

SternisheFan writes: In a blog post on Wednesday, Google said it has resolved a long-running dispute with Belgian newspapers that have demanded copyright fees every time Google displays a link or excerpts to one of their stories. Google’s announcement says the parties are “collaborating” to make money but also takes pains to note that “we are not paying the Belgian publishers or authors to include their content in our services”. Oh, really?
    US press outlets have noted Google is paying all the legal fees but have generally framed the deal as a tie or a win for Google. The Europeans, however, have been less gracious. Le Monde‘s triumphant account begins by explaining that the Belgian papers “forced Google to bend” and that Google will “compensate” papers and journalists to the tune of “2 to 3 percent of sales” —or “around 5 million euros” ($6.5 million). So what exactly happened? Did Google pay up or not? The solution to the mystery lies in a part of the blog post where Google explains the ways it will work with the papers, including: “Google will advertise its services on the publishers’ media.” In other words, the American search giant appears to have bought millions of dollars of advertising in the hopes of staving off a direct copyright levy. The company did not immediately reply to a request for comment

Linux

Submission + - Denial-of-Service Attack Found In Btrfs File-System (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It's been found that the Btrfs file-system is vulnerable to a Hash-DOS attack, a denial-of-service attack caused by hash collisions within the file-system. Two DOS attack vectors were uncovered by Pascal Junod that he described as causing astonishing and unexpected success. It's hoped that the security vulnerability will be fixed for the next Linux kernel release.
Google

Submission + - Judge to Oracle's attorney: I can code - can you? (law.com)

RemyBR writes: "One month into the Oracle v. Google judgement, judge Alsup said this to Oracle's attorney David Boies: "You're one of the best lawyers in America. I don't know how you could make that argument", in response to Boies' claim that the tiny amount of computer code Google has been found liable for infringing helped it get the Android mobile operating system to market sooner, therefore Oracle should be entitled to a slice of the profits.
He then proceeded to reveal his own personal knowledge of the technology in question. Alsup said he has personally written computer code, not in the Java language involved in the lawsuit, but in other languages. And rangeCheck, he said of the nine lines of infringed Java code that Google said it mistakenly put in a version of Android, "is so simple." — "I could do it. You could do it," the judge told Boies. "It was an accident.""

Submission + - 3 Awesome jquery mobile plugins (wordpress.com)

AliciaPortman writes: These plugins are designed to permit you to perform a whole range of features so that you can create a mobile webpage within a few minutes and without putting in too much effort. They are all very useful but 3 of them attract attention in particular.

Submission + - BitCoin reaches 3 USD Parity (bitcoinwatch.com)

An anonymous reader writes: BitCoin has officially reached a value higher than all other major currencies. This of course leads to the question, who is using BitCoin and why does my bank not accept them yet? Does the Slashdot community ever see itself using BitCoin for regular e-commerce?

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