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Patents

Submission + - Most evil software patent?

junglebeast writes: 1) Highlighting search results (Google, No. 6839702)
2) Multiple-choice questionnaires (Microsoft, appl. 20100311031)
3) Use GPU to process video (Microsoft, No. 7558428)
4) Mouse-over images (Abelow, US. 5,251,294)
5) Generic user interface with icons (Henderson, US. 5,072,412 )
6) Shut down button (Microsoft, US. 7,788,474)
7) Point-to-point internet connection (Hutton, US. 6,108,704 )
8) Using a computer to do anything at all (Microsoft, No. 666 )
Piracy

Submission + - 'Hurt Locker' pirates get subpoenaed (zdnet.com.au)

lukehopewell1 writes: For people worried that they may be accused of illegally sharing The Hurt Locker, a movie about defusing bombs, the hope was that efforts to chase them down would fizzle out. No such luck.

The film's producers are finally moving to acquire the names of people they accuse of sharing this year's "Best Picture" winner on peer-to-peer sites. Qwest Communications last week notified a customer in Denver that the internet service provider (ISP) has received a subpoena from lawyers representing Voltage Pictures, the production company that made The Hurt Locker.

"It is our company policy to notify our customer when we have received a subpoena requesting their records in civil matter," Qwest informed the customer, who contacted CNET on Thursday and asked to remain anonymous. "As required by law, to the extent we have these records we will furnish the records on or before 30 September 2010."

Voltage Pictures is just one of at least a dozen indie studios that are participating in an anti-piracy campaign spearheaded by the Washington law firm of Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver (DGW). Unlike the major film studios, smaller production companies don't have the resources to finance anti-piracy operations. DGW offers to do it for them by filing copyright complaints on their behalf and in exchange takes a cut of whatever fees the suits generate.

NASA

Submission + - NASA preps ultimate Sun mission (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: NASA today said it had picked five experiments that will ride aboard one of its most ambitious space missions to explore the Sun. The Solar Probe, a car-sized spacecraft, is scheduled to launch no later than 2018 and will fly closer to the Sun’s surface than any other probe, NASA stated. Ultimately the spacecraft’s goals are to help scientists understand why the sun's outer atmosphere so much hotter than the sun's visible surface and what propels the solar wind that affects Earth and our solar system, NASA said.

Submission + - Arrr ye a pirate, matey? 2

junglebeast writes: a) I have never in my life downloaded any pirated media or software
b) I have downloaded pirated media and or software, but not frequently
c) I routinely download pirated material and have never been caught
d) I routinely download pirated material, and have received letters asking me to stop from copyright holders and/or ISP

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