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Submission + - Patent troll sues US gov't for interfering with its business ( 1

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...

Submission + - Darth Vader is still unpaid ( 2

inode_buddha writes: "In a case of Hollywood accounting at its finest, it seems that David Prowse is still not getting any residuals from his role as Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi. The film has grossed nearly half a billion on a production budget of 32.5 million. Says David, "I get these occasional letters from Lucasfilm saying that we regret to inform you that as Return of the Jedi has never gone into profit, we’ve got nothing to send you. Now here we’re talking about one of the biggest releases of all time.”"

Submission + - AIG contemplates suing US Gov't (

inode_buddha writes: "After completing its bailout rescue and paying back the money with interest, AIG is considering suing the US Government for doing so. The reasons why? Among other things, the 14% interest rate paid to the government, and also "The lawsuit does not argue that government help was not needed. It contends that the onerous nature of the rescue — the taking of what became a 92 percent stake in the company, the deal’s high interest rates and the funneling of billions to the insurer’s Wall Street clients — deprived shareholders of tens of billions of dollars and violated the Fifth Amendment, which prohibits the taking of private property for “public use, without just compensation.” The former CEO and current major shareholder said:
“The government has been saying, ‘We’re your friend, we owned and controlled you and we let you go.’ But A.I.G. doesn’t owe loyalty to the government,” a person close to Mr. Greenberg said. “It owes loyalty to its shareholders.”

The lawyer representing him is none other than David Boies of SCO fame."


Submission + - Newspaper that published gun-owners list hires armed guards (

inode_buddha writes: "Not long ago we ran a story about how a NY newspaper published lists of gun owners. Now, it seems the same newspaper has hired armed guards in response to unspecified threats to the editor, amid "large volumes of negative response". Funny, I thought these people had some problem with gun ownership?"

Submission + - Man dies after winning cockroach-eating contest ( 2

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?

Submission + - FTC attorney joins Microsoft ( 1

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.

Submission + - Murdoch disses White House over SOPA (

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.

Submission + - Groklaw archived at Library of Congress (

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?

Submission + - Microsoft complains about limiting choices

inode_buddha writes: "Microsoft is accusing IBM of a large-scale campaign to limit users choices in Office formats. The article goes on to explain that IBM is pushing ODF via several standards bodies, while Microsoft tries to fast-track OOXML through the ECMA.

Microsoft seems to feel that the competition is unfair, according to TFA at El Reg, including quotes from a letter at MS InterOp. Pot, meet Kettle?"

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