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Submission + - Patent violating? ( 2

smc1979 writes: "I need some info and don't know where to turn. My program simple port forwarding is a free program I made. It basically is a browser that automates port forwarding for your router. Its only been out about 6 or 7 months and is growing with routers (171 routers so far). Then last night I get an email from saying I am violating their provisional patent quote "Our provisional patent covers the system of creating port forwards in a router with software, much the same way that you do. In short, our provisional patent covers our PFConfig application, which is nearly identical in functionality to your Simple Port Forwarding application." Then they say instead of taking me to court they will pay me 6k for the source code to the program, my router screen capture program, all the guides and screen shots I have done and sign a non compete with them and agree not to do anything with port forwarding including helping people on my website! Which I said no to. Do they really have a leg to stand on with this? just because I have a free app and they charge $30 for theirs? I need advice of what I can and should do. anything would be great. Will my hard work in the program be stopped or can I keep on working? sorry for my spelling, I'm running on 2 hours of sleep."

Submission + - USPS Business Etiquette, or lack of

ShadowHywind writes: Within the last week, every time I go out to get my mail, I have to let it "air" out for a few hours before i can bring it in due to a heavy smoke smell to it. Today, I saw my mail career with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth while he delivered my mail. I have called and complained about the smell, but nothing has been done yet. The USPS has no rules for smoking while in a delivery truck,(so its ok to smoke inside of a government car/truck, but not a building?) where do you draw the line? Have slashdotters come across this issue before? I am not trying to bash those who smoke, but what happened to business etiquette?

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