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Submission + - Emerging Fallout from Facebook and Twitter DDoS (

Erris writes: "The emerging Facebook and Twitter DDoS attack story has Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols saying, "It's time to get rid of Windows."

It happened because Windows is an insecure piece of junk. Anyone who knows anything about security knows that this kind of disaster was only a matter of time. Windows botnets are responsible for DDoS attacks and most of e-mail spam. You cannot secure Windows. Microsoft keeps saying that they will, and they always fail. Period.

Twitter and Facebook users are just the kind of people M$ can't afford to lose. They are the decision makers who decided Vista's fate and will soon do the same for Windows 7. They are generally aware of Windows performance problems that 7 is still slower than XP and that Ubuntu is faster than both. Will people finally heed the security warning and walk away from Windows at work?"

Feed Engadget: Verizon's HTC Whitestone leaks out, along with the HTC Mega and Tachi (

We've been hearing about Verizon's upcoming HTC Whitestone for a while now, and it looks like a new pic and specs for the upcoming dual-mode CDMA / GSM Touch Diamond2 variant have leaked out. Seems like a mixed bag -- the revised case with a larger 3.6-inch WVGA display is impressive, but inside you're looking at Windows Mobile 6.1 running on a 528MHz Qualcomm processor with 256MB of RAM, so you've certainly lived through this experience before. That's pretty much the same case with the HTC Mega, which also leaked today: although it'll ship with WinMo 6.5 and that hot new version of TouchFLO 2D, it's a lower-end device with a 2.8-inch QVGA display, a three megapixel camera and yet another 528MHz Qualcomm proc with 256MB of RAM running the show. Oh, and just to round things out, there's a pic of the Dopod-branded HTC Tachi, which probably means this one's headed for China. Always nice to put a face to a name, though isn't it? Pics of the Mega and Tachi after the break.

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Submission + - open source software in the military meeting (

JohnMoD writes: "with the advent of, etc. the military seems to be getting on board with free and open source software. A working group meeting is going to be held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta 12th — 13th August 2009. Pretty good line up of speakers including a Marine from Iraq-Marine Expeditionary Forces, Future Operations, Commo / IMO, who was on the ground and saw the agility oepn source gave him and his soldiers. A number of OSS projects are going to have meeting there: Delta 3D (, OpenCPI (, FalconView, OSSIM (, RedHat, etc. There look to be some good projects and discussion to be had."

Submission + - M$ to Spend $20B on Data Centers. (

twitter writes: "What do you get when you have $21 billion dollars and plan to spend $20 billion propping up your stock price and another $20 billion building data centers that people predict will fail? Massive debt.

[M$] is planning to build 20 datacenters at a cost of about $1 billion each in hopes of dominating the cloud. ... Microsoft is the wrong company at the wrong time to dominate the architecture of the future. Here are four big negatives that will keep Microsoft out of the winner's circle. [wrong compensation structure for salesforce, lack of credibility, it would destroy Windows and Office, if they do it like Vista it will fail].

The author has more confidence in M$ than the company deserves but his insight to M$'s sales force and business perception are interesting. I think it's funny that M$ is about to become a dot bomb 2.0 company. While M$ people viciously derided web business models, they have yet to recover from 2000 crash and will stake their future on their late arrival to a party dominated by others."


Groklaw Says Microsoft Patent Portfolio Now Worthless 219

twitter writes "P.J. concludes her look at the Bilski decision: 'you'll recall patent lawyer Gene Quinn immediately wrote that it was bad news for Microsoft, that "much of the Microsoft patent portfolio has gone up in smoke" because, as Quinn's partner John White pointed out to him, "Microsoft doesn't make machines." Not just Microsoft. His analysis was that many software patents that had issued prior to Bilski, depending on how they were drafted, "are almost certainly now worthless." ... He was not the only attorney to think about Microsoft in writing about Bilski.'"

Submission + - Simply Mepis 8 Review by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

twitter writes: "Long time IT reporter Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has a glowing review of the upcoming 8th release of SimplyMepis.

this relatively obscure Debian-based desktop distribution from Morgantown, WV, is an outstanding desktop operating system. ... The distribution itself is built on top of Debian 5 (Lenny) [with a few newer packages and addons like Flash 10 and well done custom network and hardware managers].

I've been using desktop Linux for more than a decade, and I keep coming back to SimplyMEPIS. Version 8 is good enough that ... I've migrated all my files to the SimplyMEPIS PC and made it my main desktop system.

This strangely overlooked distribution is also one of my favorites for it's ease of installation and excellent default package selection. These include KDE 3.5.9 desktop and Kontact with the newest version of VirtualBox, and Firefox. Mepis remains a low fuss choice for Windows refugees and GNU/Linux users who can't live without Flash."


Boycott Novell Protesters Manhandled In India 360

James Mathew writes "This is an interesting story from Kerala, India, where the ruling Communist Party organized a national conference in its efforts to hijack the Free Software Movement, which has enviable roots in the state. They got Novell to sponsor it. On the second day of the conference, a few free software activists who displayed posters against Novell were manhandled by the organizers and police — typical of what is expected from them. Most of the snaps taken during the scuffle were forcefully deleted by the organizers, after seizing the protesters' mobile phones. Still they couldn't delete all. Here is another blow-by-blow account."

Submission + - Microsoft IP Exec Touts 'Mixed-Source' Future ( 3

snydeq writes: "Microsoft VP of Intellectual Property and Licensing Horacio Gutierrez describes a software future that is harder and harder to define as 'divided between open source and proprietary companies,' in an interview with InfoWorld. 'Every company that traditionally comes from an open source background has over time moved to the middle after realizing that in addition to the open source foundation, they also need proprietary offerings that will differentiate their services from others and therefore will enable them to build a viable business,' Gutierrez says. As for Microsoft's move toward this mixed-source future, calling out companies for infringing on Microsoft patents has apparently proved key to initiating collaboration: 'That is when my work and the work of the IP licensing team at Microsoft comes in, by turning those situations into potential collaborations that really answer what customers want,' Guiterrez says. 'Customers don't want to have to deal with these issues of interoperability and IP assurance concerns. They want their vendors to come together and solve it and that is the solution that we feel has worked and will continue to work in the future.' The interview, in which Gutierrez references collaboration 16 times, also touches on Microsoft's Eclipse agenda, cross-platform development efforts, interest in offering products under the open source license, and piracy."

Submission + - M$ Rattles Patent Saber Again. ( 3

twitter writes: M$'s IP lawyer is threatening Red Hat and every other company that has not made a "deal" like Novell's:

"If every effort to license proves not to be fruitful, ultimately we have a responsibility to customers that have licenses and to our shareholders to ensure our intellectual property is respected," he said.

The trouble is that there's nothing to respect on the table. The term "Intellectual property" is meaningless. Novell's deal [2], [3] covers non specific software patents that the rest of the world has waited years for M$ to reveal. A lawyer should know that vague threats sound more like judicial extortion than a legitimate grievance. Who does he think he's fooling?

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Submission + - Microsoft tries to get Gaming Writer Fired (

Anonymous Coward writes: "Video Games Journalist Ben Paddon recently moved from the UK to the USA and has been encountering some problems with his Xbox Live account. These problems have escalated, and now instead of trying to help him, Microsoft are trying to make him loose his job

"I write for a couple of gaming websites at the moment — RealVG, which I helped found in 2006, and GamePartisan, which I've been writing for on and off since 2003. My relationship with GP has seen its ups and downs, but right now it's at a high point and I can only see good things going for that site in the future. So, apparently, do Microsoft.

Yesterday, A Microsoft rep spoke with Jonny DeViney, the Editor in Chief of GamePartisan. While I can't discuss the ins and outs of what the phone call involved, I can tell you that Microsoft asked DeViney to drop me from the Editorial team — to "remove any potential sources of contention" between the site and Microsoft. I'm not sure what DeViney's answer was exactly, but the general jist of it from what I've heard is that he told them to take their hand and go fuck themselves.

Not content with denying me my request to be able to, y'know, pay for my Xbox Live services, they've now taken to flat-out attacking me by trying to lose me a writing job. Well, no. I'm very thankful that DeViney has decided to back me on this one"

See this thread for the whole saga. I for one am vetoing Microsoft products from my blog until this issue is acceptably resolved, with a full appology from Microsoft."


Vista Sales Rate Fell Last Quarter 449

Microsoft is not directly mentioning Vista demand while they brag about how much money they made last quarter, because sales fell. "[Microsoft] shipped approximately 28 million copies of Vista in the latest quarter ended September, or 9.3 million copies per month. Though the Windows developer pointed to 27 percent growth in business licenses and noted that many home users were buying the more lucrative Vista Home Premium or Ultimate editions, the rate represents a decline from the 10 million per month reported early in summer."

MS Awarded "Best Campaigner Against OOXML" 190

HansF writes "Microsoft itself is the surprise winner of the FFII's Kayak Prize 2007, offered by the FFII in its call for rejection of Microsoft's OOXML standards proposal. The software monopolist is honored as 'Best Campaigner against OOXML Standardization.' FFII president Pieter Hintjens explains, 'We could never have done this by ourselves. By pushing so hard to get OOXML endorsed, even to the point of loading the standards boards in Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, and beyond, Microsoft showed to the world how poor their format is. Good standards just don't need that kind of pressure. All together, countries made over ten thousands technical comments, a new world record for an ISO vote. Microsoft made a heroic — and costly — effort to discredit their own proposal, and we're sincerely grateful to them.'" If Microsoft doesn't send a representative to claim their 2500-Euro prize at the FFII General Assembly in November, FFII will give the money to Peruvian earthquake relief.

PC Superstore Admits Linux Hinge Repair Mistake 193

Erris writes "PC Superstore says their store manager was wrong to turn away a client with a broken hinge whose machine should have been repaired. 'El Reg put a call in to the DSGi-owned retail giant to get some clarification on PC World's Linux support policy. A spokesman told us that there had simply been a misunderstanding at the store and that, in fact, the normal procedure would be for the Tech Guys to provide a fix. [PC World] will provide a full repair once the firm has made contact with Tikka.'

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.