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+ - Canada rejects business method patents->

Submitted by
Lorien_the_first_one
Lorien_the_first_one writes "Canadian Patent Appeal Board Rules Against Business Method Patents

The Canadian Patent Appeal Board determined that "[Yet] the panel delivered very strong language rejecting the mere possibility of business method patents under Canadian law. The panel noted that 'since patenting business methods would involve a radical departure from the traditional patent regime, and since the patentability of such methods is a highly contentious matter, clear and unequivocal legislation is required for business methods to be patentable.'"

"In applying that analysis to the Amazon.com one-click patent, the panel concluded that 'concepts or rules for the more efficient conduct of online ordering, are methods of doing business. Even if these concepts or rules are novel, ingenious and useful, they are still unpatentable because they are business methods.'" Looks like the US courts could face some peer pressure. :)"

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Government

Ted Stevens Loses Senate Re-Election Bid 337

Posted by kdawson
from the down-the-tubes dept.
JakartaDean writes "Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, famed Internet regulator, has lost his Senate seat. The AP is reporting that 'Stevens was declared the loser in Alaska on Tuesday night after a two-week-long process of counting nearly 90,000 absentee and early votes from across Alaska. With this victory, Democrat Mark Begich (the mayor of Anchorage) has defeated one of the giants in the US Senate by a 3,724-vote margin, a stunning end to a 40-year Senate career marred by Stevens' conviction on corruption charges a week before the election.' It's probably too early to tell what this means for Internet regulation, but at least there's a > 0 chance that the next committee chair will understand something about the Net."
Microsoft

Microsoft To Offer Free Anti-Virus Software 448

Posted by kdawson
from the another-industry-done-gone dept.
Dynamoo writes "The good news is that Microsoft have announced free anti-virus software for consumers, dubbed Morro, available late next year. The bad news is ... well, exactly the same. Although Microsoft's anti-malware products are pretty good, this move could drive many competitors out of business and create a dangerous security monoculture; major rivals will be lawyering up already. On the other hand, many malware infections could be prevented even by basic software. So is this going to be a good or bad thing overall?"
Upgrades

+ - Deceptive website for Seagate 5 year warranty?

Submitted by jazee
jazee (728581) writes "Have you noticed that your Seagate drive 5 year warranty has expired, even though you are quite certain that it was purchased in the last few years? I had a Seagate drive fail on me, and I am fairly certain that I purchased in in late 2003 or in 2004, since it was for my MythTV system. I am also sure that it had a 5 year warranty when I purchased it. Seagate's site says that it expired in June 2004. Concerned about this, I checked a new drive that I purchased in December 2006, a 160GB SATA2 drive and looked on the Seagate warranty site to see when it expires. I was surprised to see February 2008 as the date!
Seagate support gave this reply:
With regards to your query, we would like to inform you that all internal drives that are shipped out of Seagate on or after 01 JUNE 2004 will be covered under 5 year warranty and as you have mentioned that you have purchased the drive with the serial number 3KA14P5V in 2003, the drive is not covered under 5 year warranty and for the unit with the serial number 6PT0SS37, Seagate will definitely honor 5 year warranty, please preserve the proof of purchase and provide the same when you require warranty replacement.
We apologize for the inconvenience caused.
The 6PT0SS37 (model ST3160023AS) was purchased in December. Granted, I can't be sure when the older drive was purchased, but I do remember buying it for the 5 year warranty. I am quite troubled that my brand new drive will appear to be out of warranty in just over a year. Seagate's solution requires that I open my system and attach a receipt to every drive I have installed, including the 30+ drives in several RAID arrays. I hope that the receipt doesn't get sucked into a cooling fan.
See Seagate warranty validation site"
Media

+ - Introduction to the MythTV Distributions

Submitted by
peterdaly
peterdaly writes "MythTV is open source media center software that runs on Linux. Although it's powerful, it can be very difficult to install yourself. KnoppMyth and MythDora are Linux distributions that aim to automate the installation of linux and MythTV. Here are screencasts of the KnoppMyth and MythDora install process. There have been claims that the current version of KnoppMyth can be installed on fast hardware in as little as 10 minutes. MythTV is an excellent open source alternative to the DVRs offered by cable companies, Windows Media Center, or Tivo."
Security

+ - Google's Anti-Phishing Plug-In Leaked Passwords

Submitted by
eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "There's a brief article on Ars Technica about how Finjan Inc. (a security provider) found a security problem with Google's anti-phishing plug-in for Mozilla Firefox and covertly contacted Google about it. From the article,
How did an anti-phishing plugin wind up exposing user names and passwords to the general public? Google's software used a public blacklist, available from Google's servers, which listed sites that were fraudulently pretending to be banking or other financial institutions. Unfortunately, some of these sites embedded usernames and passwords directly into the URL — obviously phishing sites didn't have concerns about security — and were thus viewable by anyone.
So you might be asking why this isn't bigger news. Well, Google has since fixed this problem and turned this issue into a non-issue. One must wonder whether this form of bug discovery is more sensible or 'correct' than the constant Microsoft bugs published online. Perhaps if Google continues to handle low key notices seriously, they'll never find themselves in the same position as Microsoft?"
The Internet

+ - Krak demands money from blogger who linked to them

Submitted by
Paul O'Flaherty
Paul O'Flaherty writes "Krak.dk, a danish company has demanded that a blogger pay them 5625 DKK (about 940 USD) because he linked to their site. This was not hotlinking. It was a direct link to page. They have a "no deep linking" policy hidden away in the copyright section of their help pages. But no mention of it anywhere else on the site.


Per Kaarup, a good friend of mine who has been running a Danish WordPress blog about his two dogs received an letter from Krak.dk stating that they were going to charge him 5625 DKK (about 940 USD) because he linked to their site.

Per, for the last two years, has had a link in the footer of his web page, and on his contact page, to a page on Krak.dk which displayed his home. This page has a small copyright notice on the map section of the page itself stating in Danish that it is copyright and you can’t use it.

Per was not using the map, he was directly linking to the page on which it is displayed, and the page itself is much more than just the map.


How long before other sites start doing this?. Full story."

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