Groklaw has a story about Steve Ballmer explicitly threatening Red Hat users at a Q&A in the UK. Here's the video with this statement: "For the appropriate fee Novell customers also get essentially the rights to use our patented intellectual property. And I think it's great, the way Novell stepped up to kind of say: 'intellectual property matters'. People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation eventually to compensate us." That video has been already linked to on
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Paul Thurott dons his flameproof suit and has this to write about the AppleTV: "The Apple TV is a typical Apple product: It's big on hype but short on functionality. [...] For these reasons, Apple TV is recommended only for those people who have drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and decided they really like the taste and can afford the upscale lifestyle." Meanwhile somewhere else people keep hacking the device. They boot it from an external USB-harddisk and put the AppleTV-OS on a MacBook.
There is an interesting article on iLounge. Interesting in the "WTF?"-sense. If you have a Core 2 Duo Macintosh, the built in wlan-card is capable of 802.11n. This capability can be unlocked via a software update Apple distributes with the new AirPort Extreme Base Station. Or they will sell it to you for $ 4.99. Why they don't give it away for free? Because of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. iLounge cites an Apple representative: "it's about accounting. Because of the Act, the company believes that if it sells a product, then later adds a feature to that product, it can be held liable for improper accounting if it recognizes revenue from the product at the time of sale, given that it hasn't finished delivering the product at that point." Or, to sum it up: Look at the crazy monkey!