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Daniel Lyons of Forbes Admits Being Snowed by SCO 403

certain death writes "Daniel Lyons of Forbes Magazine has admitted to being snowed by SCO, regarding their lawsuit over Linux and SCO code. He specifically mentions Groklaw's role in the case, and regrets his early articles giving the company the benefit of the doubt. 'I still thought it would be foolish to predict how this lawsuit (or any lawsuit) would play out. I even wrote an article called "Revenge of the Nerds," which poked fun at the pack of amateur sleuths who were following the case on a Web site called Groklaw and who claimed to know for sure that SCO was going to lose. Turns out those amateur sleuths were right. Now some of them are writing to me asking how I'd like my crow cooked, and where I'd like it delivered. Others in that highly partisan crowd have suggested that I wanted SCO to win, and even that I was paid off by SCO or Microsoft. Of course that's not true. I've told these folks it's not true. Hasn't stopped them. The truth, as is often the case, is far less exciting than the conspiracy theorists would like to believe. It is simply this: I got it wrong. The nerds got it right.'"

Submission + - US DoJ : EU antitrust ruling "hurts consumers&

An anonymous reader writes: The Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust (Thomas Barnett) criticized the EU's Court of First Instance's affirmation of the European Commission's finding that Microsoft violated EU antitrust law and stated that the settlement "...rather than helping consumers, may have the unfortunate consequence of harming consumers by chilling innovation and discouraging competition."

I'm sure that Barnett's history as a partner in a law firm representing corporate clients in antitrust litigation didn't factor into this statement.

Submission + - Linux Laptop Suggestion 1

An anonymous reader writes: Following on from this story, can anyone recommend a legitimate off the shelf laptop in the UK that comes pre-installed with Linux, ideally Ubuntu or maybe CentOS. I'm a developer and trying to avoid a Mac because it bores me having to enter that magic key combination to get a hash character. With a non-Mac UK keyboard it's just one key press, bliss. Also it would be nice to have a two button track pad or a two button mouse from straight out of the box. Alternatively I'd also like to avoid having to buy a bundled copy of Microsoft Vista. Unfortunately Dell doesn't ship Linux on its laptop range in the UK. Otherwise any naked hardware suggestions known to be 100% compatible?

Submission + - Pope: Creation vs. evolution clash an 'absurdity' (msn.com)

RobertinXinyang writes: "The Pope has spoken out on both the issue of creation v. evolution and on the issue of the environment. Of course, many slashdot readers are such bigots that thtt will have to watch that their jerking knees do not hit their, foaming with ignorant hate, mouths when the pope is even mentioned; however, the facts are that a lot of people do listed to him. If the number of people who listen to him were taken as a sole concern, his comments are relevant.
"Pope Benedict XVI said the debate raging in some countries — particularly the United States and his native Germany — between creationism and evolution was an "absurdity," saying that evolution can coexist with faith... This clash is an absurdity because on one hand there is much scientific proof in favor of evolution, which appears as a reality that we must see and which enriches our understanding of life and being as such... Benedict also said the human race must listen to "the voice of the Earth" or risk destroying its very existence... We all see that today man can destroy the foundation of his existence, his Earth... We cannot simply do what we want with this Earth of ours, with what has been entrusted to us," said the pope."


Submission + - Moving away from VB6 to something better 1

greendevil writes: I'm a software developer currently still developing in VB6 (ignoring all the sniggers from you hard core folk). I've been looking to move away from it to something strongly typed and not managed. I've played with the .NET's C#, but to be honest, the whole idea of managed code doesn't make sense to me as a freelancer. Great for teams and all, but for the individual?? Not so sure. My problem is I don't know what is available out there that does not use managed code, and has c/c++ style. I find the syntax of C++/java/C# far better than VB or delphi. What do you folk think regarding the use of managed code languages? What would you consider as the better language all round to use in a business environment?

Next Generation Zune Coming for Holiday Season 208

thefickler writes "Microsoft has confirmed the existence and coming launch of the long rumored Zune 2.0 or 2nd generation Zune, and it appears that Microsoft will expand the Zune family with new styles, sizes, and price points. 'Future Zune products will feature podcasting support and expanded video support. The Zune will also move into other geographic markets when Microsoft feels it has an appealing product to offer those demographics. Perhaps most importantly of all, the representative mentioned that Microsoft will build on the wireless support. Maybe we'll finally have the freedom of synching our digital audio players via wi-fi. The rep didn't mention anything specific about Microsoft's rumored answer to the iPod Shuffle. But interesting rumors from sources considered "reliable" point to a very innovative product.'"

You have a massage (from the Swedish prime minister).