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Submission + - When Patents Attack (thisamericanlife.org)

fermion writes: This American Life runs a story this week on Intelectual Ventures, a firm some consider the leader of the patent trolls . The story dwells into the origins of the term patent troll and the rise of the patent troll industry. Much time is spent presenting Intelectual Ventrues both as a patent troll firm and a legitimate business that allows helpless inventors to monetize patents. It is stipulated that Intellectual Ventures does not in fact sue anyone. It is also alleged that the Intellectual Ventures create many shell companies presumable to hid such activity. Intellectual Ventures is compared to a Mafia protection racket that may never actually burn down a business that does not pay the dues, does encourage such burning to occur.
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Submission + - Al Qaeda plans massive cyber attack on Nov. 11 (darkreading.com) 2

talkinsecurity writes: "No clue if it's true, but this report is all over the Web — supposedly Al Qaeda has selected 15 western targets as the beginning of a huge cyber jihad scheduled to start on Nov. 11. News media seem unable to confirm it, but blogs are going crazy. The report doesn't say what weapons they'll use — presumably denial of service — but given the wide availability of the jihad software, it doesn't seem completely out of the question. http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=137875&WT.svl=news1_1"
The Matrix

Submission + - IT displaced as users learn more (blogspot.com)

Technical Writing Geek writes: "Developers and IT staff are facing the same situation technical writers face, which is that as users become more knowledged about technology, they need less of the standard functions (write the manual, install the operating system) we are accustomed to provide.

This is positive, in that it liberates us from some of the really mundane tasks, but it means that we are viewing users for whom a conventional manual is useless until about page 78, when the information they really need starts to appear. Even more, users are identifying with being technologically savvy and now want information that boosts them ahead of where they'd be if they just starting playing with the software on their own, assuming correctly that it works about the same way the rest of their software does.

http://user-advocacy.blogspot.com/2007/10/users-replacing-specialists-in-it-and.html"

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