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+ - Legal Battle For AACS Begins

Submitted by henrypijames
henrypijames (669281) writes "As widely expected, the MPAA has learned nothing from the debacle of its failed prosecution against DVD Jon (of DeCSS) and is now releasing its army of lawyers to fight against the circumvention of AACS (the successor of CSS): Upon the reception of a DMCA takedown notice, SourceForge has immediately terminated its hosting of BackupHDDVD (a tool to backup HD DVD movies, as its suggestes). The project leader is seeking advice on how to proceed."
Patents

+ - UK government will not enforce US software patents

Submitted by VJ42
VJ42 (860241) writes "I recently signed a online petition on software patents, but instead of dismissing it the UK government sent me a reply confirming it's position against software patents.

The Government remains committed to its policy that no patents should exist for inventions which make advances lying solely in the field of software. Although certain jurisdictions, such as the US, allow more liberal patenting of software-based inventions, these patents cannot be enforced in the UK.
They also remain committed to implementing the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property which means that

The Government will implement those recommendations for which it is responsible, and will therefore continue to exclude patents from areas where they may hinder innovation: including patents which are too broad, speculative, or obvious, or where the advance they make lies in an excluded area such as software.
After all the bad press they've had, this is a welcome bit of good news for us techies."
The Courts

+ - Supreme Court Refuses 200 Year Porn Sentence

Submitted by
Class Act Dynamo
Class Act Dynamo writes "The United States Supreme Court today refused to hear the appeal of a high school teacher who was sentenced to over 200 years in prison for possessing thousands of child pornography images in Arizona. The justices declined without comment to hear the case. His attorneys argued that the sentence (10 years per image for the 20 images presumably leading to indictment) was disproportionate to the crime. I put this under Your Rights Online even though those rights really don't include possessing child pornography. However, what do Slashdotters think? Was the punishment appropriate for the crime? Think of the children!..but not in the way that this teacher apparently was."
Security

+ - Citibank: training users to be less secure

Submitted by Llamedos
Llamedos (22050) writes "Citibank has redesigned their credit card website (Citicards.com) so that the login page is not an SSL encrypted page. Instead, they expect users to simply accept a little lock GIF file they put up themselves, and their assurance that the form is submitted via SSL. According to Citibank, "Your security is important to us. While the new Citicards.com has an "http" address and no lock icon displays in your browser, your personal information is still protected." Citibank's security page While other sites are moving to more security and more ways for the user to protect himself (e.g., Bank of America's SiteKey program), Citibank is tearing away at protections and trying to train users not to care about security."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft slugs Mac users with Vista tax

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An anonymous reader writes "Mac users wanting to run Vista on their Macintosh will have to buy an expensive version of Vista if they want to legally install it on their systems. The end-user license agreement for the cheaper versions of Vista (Home Basic and Home Premium) explicitly forbids the use of those versions on virtual machines (ie Macs pretending to be PCs)."
Graphics

+ - New Cable Spec Allows for External Graphics Cards

Submitted by
ThinSkin
ThinSkin writes "The PCI Express Special Interest Group has brought the idea of external graphics cards closer to reality after their release of a cable spec that would extend PCIe channels outside the PC chassis. Ramin Neshati, chair of the PCI Express Technical Communication Working Group and a technology manager at Intel, adds: 'The reason why you would want to do that is that limitations of thermals, noise, and power delivery within the usual microATX chassis are very strict, in terms of airflow guidelines. If you wanted to build a gaming machine with two or three or some ridiculous number of graphics cards, there would be a restriction by the chassis. In the future, you could remove those graphics cards and place them in a separate block.'"

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