inode_buddha writes "According to El Reg — MPHJ Technology, one of the most notorious patent trolls in America, has filed a lawsuit against the US Federal Trade Commission, claiming that the agency's attempts to interfere with its business are in violation of its constitutional rights.
The obscurely named MPHJ is a patent-assertion entity that demands royalties of about $1,000 per employee from companies that own networked scanners with a "scan to email" function.
By its own admission, MPHJ has so far sent letters to about 16,000 businesses, warning them that their use of such scanners is in violation of its patents.
Links to the case are in the article, for the armchair lawyers and ex-groklawers..."Link to Original Source
inode_buddha writes "This fellow must have been motivated, and had an iron stomach. He died of unknown causes after eating cockroaches in a contest to win a python. Yes, this was in a developed country — the USA --and the man was supposedly of average intelligence. How far would you go on a dare or a bet?"Link to Original Source
inode_buddha writes "The Supreme Court reaffirmed its two-year-old decision relaxing limits on corporate campaign spending. The justices reversed a Montana court ruling upholding state restrictions. Its interesting how anybody who doesn't toe the wall street party line is a "liberal"."Link to Original Source
inode_buddha writes "It's part of the $1 billion AOL patent deal, and it's something that would have made many minds explode back in the 1990s. It still makes my mind explode today. Marc Andreesen points out that MS now has a significant chunk of the old Netscape. What are the ramifications for Mozilla?"Link to Original Source
inode_buddha writes "The Supreme Court ruled 5-to-4 that people arrested for any offense, however minor, may be forced to strip before being jailed even if no reasonable suspicion of contraband exists.
TFA has an amazing case of a man who was detained due to incorrect information, leading to the suit at hand."Link to Original Source
inode_buddha writes "Greatly simplify the kernel with this patch from Paul McKenney (IBM) which reduces NR_CPU's to zero. This patch has the beneficial side effect of eliminating many bugs."Link to Original Source
inode_buddha writes "This Wall Street Journal blurb notes that a senior attorney who led several antitrust investigations against Google has been hired by Microsoft. The article is behind a paywall but it does say that his new job will be the same at Microsoft, namely, he will continue fighting on Microsoft's behalf in front of the FTC.
I find it interesting how this was published in a very quiet way, buried behind a paywall right before a weekend."Link to Original Source
inode_buddha writes "According to this article at El Reg, Rupert Murdoch is not happy with Obama's comments on SOPA. He seems to think that Obama is being swayed by lobbyists and campaign contributions. Bear in mind that Murdoch owns several media outlets that are directly affected by the legislation, including FOX news."Link to Original Source
inode_buddha writes "Groklaw has just received an invitation to be archived in the Library of Congress. In true FOSS style, PJ has decided to ask all the contributors and commenters if they wish to be included, since commenters own the copyrights on their comments. So far, the answer seems to be "yes". Even for Anonymous Cowards. It's a great honor for Groklaw, but one wonders how many AC's there are, or would Congress think that they are all one person?"Link to Original Source