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+ - Canadian RCMP's abandon the Music piracy fight !-> 1

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Laindraug writes: "The 'Le Devoir' French canadian Montreal Newspaper had a front page title today ( november 8) that said (once traduced) : 'Pirates can sleep well' : RCMP'S is abandoning the fight against music piracy because 'its just too big to fight against' ` The newspaper also shows the difference between Canada and USA, stating that in october, Jammie Thomas in USA was condemned to a 220 000$ dollar fine for having downloaded 24 mp3's..and in Canada, there will just be no more police to look at this kind of piracy. 'Today, its so simple to copy, everybody is clueless on how to fight this' , as stated by Canadian RCMP's. Canadian Pirates, rejoice."
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+ - Redhat sued for Patent Infringement

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tqft writes: "http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20071011205044141
"The first ever patent infringement litigation regarding Linux. Here's the patent, for those who can look at it without risk. If in doubt, don't. "
For those who can without fear read a patent:


"Plaintiffs IP Innovation and Technology Licensing Corp. claim to have the rights to U.S. Patent No. 5,072,412 for a User Interface with Multiple Workspaces for Sharing Display System Objects issued Dec. 10, 1991 along with two other similar patents.

Get your game faces on. Party Time."

+ - Patent threat looms large over OOXML->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: "If OOXML goes through as an ISO standard, the IT industry, government and business will encumbered with a 6000-page specification peppered with potential patent liabilities" said New Zealand OSS President Don Christie. "Alarm bells are going off in many parts of the world over OOXML. Normally ISO draft standards would be drawn up by a number of stakeholder organisations, involving an often slow process of consensus building and knowledge sharing. Since many aspects of the office document format remain proprietary, OOXML has not taken this development track."
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GNU is Not Unix

+ - Richard "RMS" Stallman Peru Earthquake 2

Submitted by ro1
ro1 writes: From the Freenode IRC Network Staff: 18:43 [freenode] -!- WALLOP RichiH: Hi all. As you will surely have heard, there was a major earthquake in Peru. It seems Richard 'RMS' Stallmann was travelling from Lima to Chimbote with Mario Ramos on August 15th and no one has heard from him since. If you have any information, please email rms-assist@gnu.org or poke us in #freenode. Also, if you happen to live in South or Central America, Plase consider donating blood as that is the only thing that can not easily be transported from outsid

+ - Evil Software - Whoa!->

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cwsulliv writes: "Can software be evil? Noted author Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game, Speaker For The Dead) apparently thinks so, and has choice words for Microsoft Vista. Here are a couple of quotes from the last few paragraphs of his (long) weekly column at http://www.hatrack.com/osc/reviews/everything/2007 -07-29.shtml
        Vista itself is so evil that I find myself infuriated continuously.
        So I'm fed up. I'm getting Linux. Microsoft's arrogant incompetence has finally brought me to the point of no return. "

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The Internet

+ - openDesktop.org launched->

Submitted by Frank
Frank writes: Today we launched openDesktop.org. openDesktop.org is the new head of our website network. It brings the contents and users of our websites together. Users and contributors of a free desktop can exchange applications and artwork, help each other, discuss new ideas and get to know other people. It shouldnt be important which desktop environment you prefer, which linux distribution you use or if you are a developer, an artist or a different contributor. Its only important that you help to push the free desktop. We believe that together we can change the world and create a better desktop than the proprietary ones. We also launched GTK-Apps.org and CLI-Apps.org to round off our website network.
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+ - What Linspire Agreed To->

Submitted by Loctus
Loctus writes: We can read the Linspire-Microsoft patent agreement now, and I thought it would be worthwhile to give it a close, line-by-line reading. I'll explain it as best I can, but ask your lawyer if it matters to you in a real-world sense. For our purposes here, let's just have fun with the worst deal I've seen yet in this category.
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+ - First production flying car to be built

Submitted by Tookis
Tookis writes: The first production flying car is being designed to be a vertical take-off and landing vehicle. The flying car, under production for consumer purchase, is called the M200G. Its cost to customers is estimated to be at least $90,000 (in U.S. dollars). The M200G uses eight low-emission Rotapower engines (Wankel rotary engines, produced by Freedom Motors). Its advanced cooling system allows it to be a fairly lightweight vehicle. Its projected cruising speed is about 50 miles per hour at about 10 feet off the ground. A Mark II version under development will have a cruising speed of 300MPH at an altitude of more than 6 miles. http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/13627/1066/

+ - OLPC Used for Porn surfing!->

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certain death
certain death writes: "The One Laptop per child initiative was meant to do well, but recently, it appears that the children from Nigeria are more interested in searching out boobs! It seems that they are using the OLPC lappys to surf pr0n!

FTA: NAN said its reporter had seen pornographic images stored on several of the children's laptops.

You can read more here http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070720/od_nm/nigeria_ pornography_dc;_ylt=AjxBJixMvsiBpCIOe6sp.wHMWM0F"

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+ - PHP 4 End of Life Announcement->

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An anonymous reader writes: PHP today announced the end of life of version 4, with support continuing until the end of the year and critical security patches continuing until August 8, 2008. There will be no more releases of version 4.4. PHP notes today is the third anniversary of the release of PHP 5 and that PHP 6 is soon on the way. PHP recommends developers spend the rest of the year updating applications to run on PHP 5, and offers a migration guide.
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