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Comment: Re:Too much kool-aid??? (Score 4, Interesting) 112

by erbmjw (#26762567) Attached to: Canadian Labour Congress Considers Reversal On IP Policy
Michael Geist's comment is about the potential about face by the CLC to be announced this upcoming Monday Feb, 9th.

He referenced a 2007 CLC document to show that their latest positions on Copyright and IP are not in line with their previous positions.

It's a very timely comment by Prof Geist.

Comment: It's the connector: it's not the protocol (Score 5, Informative) 277

by erbmjw (#26760087) Attached to: Universal Power Adapter Struggling For Support
Sorry it's not USB -- it requires the proprietary Green Plug chip to work.

They are trying to sell their chip by having us push the manufacturers into making mass purchases of the chip ( or chip schematics) because we "demand it".

And they are trying to sell this "initiative" as a standard without releasing the chip schematics to a standards organization.
Linux Business

Microsoft and Apache - What's the Angle? 433

Posted by Soulskill
from the answer-in-radians-please dept.
A week ago, we discussed Microsoft's contribution to the Apache Foundation. Now, Bruce Perens has written an analysis "exploring the new relationship of Microsoft and the Apache project, how it works as an anti-Linux move on Microsoft's part, and what some of the Open Sourcers are going to do about having Microsoft as a rather untrustworthy partner." In particular, he notes: "...Microsoft can still influence how things go from here on. If they have to live with open source, the Apache project is Microsoft's preferred direction. Apache doesn't use the dreaded GPL and its enforced sharing of source-code. Instead, the Apache license is practically a no-strings gift, with a weak provision against patent lawsuits as its most relevant term. Microsoft can take Apache software and embrace and enhance, providing their own versions of the project's software with engineered incompatibility and no available source, just as they forced incompatibility into the Web by installing IE with every Windows upgrade."
Slashdot.org

+ - Digg.com users launch new revolt over comments sys-> 1

Submitted by Hot Diggity Dog
Hot Diggity Dog (666) writes "Digg users wish they could be more like Slashdot! "The complaints starting rolling in within a few hours after the comment system was launched Thursday evening. By Friday morning, the volatile Digg.com users — they had staged one of the first online revolts against a social networking site last month — had "Dugg" almost 5,000 comments that they wouldn't be "force-fed" the new system.""
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Security

+ - Gov't workers putting U.S. data at risk

Submitted by MsManhattan
MsManhattan (1099313) writes "Federal employees who work unofficially from home at night and on weekends are putting U.S. government data — including information about private citizens — at risk, a new study by the Telework Exchange suggests. They often take home government files and work on unsecured PCs, the study found. Among the findings: 58% of government employees work from home without authorization; of those, 54% take files home from the office; only 75% have anti-virus software installed and only 60% use encryption. Even more alarming, the study found that despite the publicity surrounding last year's loss of a Veterans Administration laptop that contained the personal information of 26.5 million military veterans and family members (the laptop was later recovered), 13% of government agencies still do not put encryption software on new laptops issued to employees and fewer than half the agencies have provided security training to employees in the aftermath."
Television

+ - National Hockey League Embraces TV Placeshifting->

Submitted by
Egadfly
Egadfly writes "The increasingly popular placeshifting of TV programming naturally roils corporate controversy, among other things because it enables sports fans to view locally blacked-out games over the Internet. Now, in a blow for info-freedom, the National Hockey League (NHL) has actively supported placeshifting by signing an agreement with SlingBox-maker Sling Media which allows the company's "Clip+Sling" technology to share both live and recorded NHL programming over the Internet. Significantly, this happen only days after Major League Baseball (MLB) launched a public denunciation of placeshifting: accusing SlingBox owners of violating the law by sending television content over the Internet and accusing Sling Media itself of violating contracts with cable and satellite TV companies."
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Linux Business

+ - Szulik: Software Patents Retard Innovation

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Red Hat CEO Matt Szulik believes that software patents absolutely retard the pace of innovation. He's calling for a reform of the patent process instead of a total abolition of patents. Last week, Red Hat became one of several open-source Microsoft rivals targeted as infringing 235 of Redmond's patents. "In the last 30 years, we've continued to see patents really being a challenge to innovation. The industry moves much faster than a remedy process," Szulik told hundreds of attendees at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco. "There is very little empirical evidence that builds a correlation between patents and innovation." Also this week, Microsoft said it has no immediate plans to sue open-source vendors after alleging they infringed the company's patents."
Space

+ - The Uncomfortable Reality of Sex in Space

Submitted by
Smaran
Smaran writes "WIRED is running an interesting story about how sex in space will have to be inevitably discussed by space agencies and astronauts around the world, who currently refuse to even address the issue. They are only beginning to talk about the realities of illness and death in space. Sex is still a topic for another day. WIRED's Regina Lynn writes: "... as humans begin to spend more time in space and to travel further from Earth, space agencies will need to factor sex into their equations. We cannot expect astronauts to spend three years in a spacecraft and not have sex — of some kind. Probably with each other, and likely in more than one combination.""
Announcements

+ - A Little E-Mail Prank, $2.8 Billion Dollar Panic

Submitted by
VariableGHz
VariableGHz writes "
Just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, a spoof e-mail posing as an internal Apple news alert was sent to Apple employees, informing them that the release of the iPhone, a touchscreen hybrid phone-and-music player, was being delayed from June to October. It added that Leopard, the next version of the Mac operating system, would move back its launch from October to January.

... 11:56 a.m., a trading frenzy of Apple stock hit Wall Street, and the company's market value plunged $2.8 billion, or 3 percent, in six minutes. Its stock plummeted from $107.89 to $104.61 by 12:02 p.m.
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