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Comment: Re:Two basic steps (Score 1) 245

by zedmelon (#39804093) Attached to: Microsoft Says Two Basic Security Steps Might Have Stopped Conficker

Not to mention that they allege this was the case six months ago. Curious--albeit not enough to RTFA--as to why they sat on such a golden nugget of PR for so long. My inner cynic is tempted to envision this:

Hrm... Okay, next security vulnerability. This one was submitted 2011/09/29.
(several minutes of analysis pass)
Hey! We fixed this one already. Hey boss! Come here! I GOT ONE!!!

Technology

+ - Magnetic Microprocessors, UltraEfficient Computing->

Submitted by zedmelon
zedmelon (583487) writes "According to researchers at the University of California-Berkeley, http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-07/future-magnetic-microprocessors-will-be-1-million-times-more-efficient-todays-computers">electron-free magnetic microprocessors would use 1 million times less energy per flop than today’s computers. At 18 thousandths of an electron volt--the "merest whiff of energy"--they would consume the least amount of energy allowed by the second law of thermodynamics and generate an infinitesimal amount of the waste heat exhibited by today's microprocessors."
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Comment: Judge Keeps Google on the Domain-Tasting Hook (Score 1) 155

by Speequinox (#23243182) Attached to: ICANN Takes a Step Toward Ending Domain Tasting
A federal district court recently refused to dismiss cybersquatting claims against Google based on its AdSense for Domains program. The plaintiff is accusing Google of "trafficking in" domain names via that program, which allegedly brings Google profits from large-scale domain-tasting activities. As the blog post in the first link reports, Google has recently made some policy changes in response to widespread domain-tasting activities.
Books

Which eBook Reader is the Best? 469

Posted by Zonk
from the i'm-still-waiting-for-holopaper dept.
Mistress.Erin writes "I cannot decide between Amazon's Kindle and Sony's Reader. I've read some reviews, but their motives can be somewhat suspect. So, I come to the most tech savvy group around to ask: which eBook reader is the best? If not Kindle or Reader, then what?" We've discussed this question before, but things have changed a bit since 2005.

Comment: What happened with CD Baby and Snocap (Score 4, Interesting) 93

by linuxbaby (#21709300) Attached to: Is Shawn Fanning's Snocap melting?
When not on Slashdot, I'm the owner of CD Baby, which was the largest provider of music to Snocap.

Snocap had everything going for them, and could have probably succeeded, but their execution was so bad that it was unbearable.

Check out my What happened with CD Baby and Snocap article, and especially the comments below it, with all these musicians so frustrated that Snocap won't reply to anybody's emails.

The most brilliant idea, with bad execution, is worth nothing.

Caldera

SCO Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy 421

Posted by Zonk
from the a-true-catastrophy dept.
Can you say "the SCO, the" in German? writes "Trading of SCO's stock has been halted on news that SCO has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. This move just so happens to fall on the eve of SCO's trial with Novell. One would think that their prior boasts were mostly bluster, that they believe they have almost no chance of prevailing at trial, and that they're now desperate to protect their executives from SCO's creditors while seeking yet another delay. From the release: 'The SCO Group intends to maintain all normal business operations throughout the bankruptcy proceedings. Subject to court approval, SCO and its subsidiaries will use the cash flow from their consolidated operations to meet their capital needs during the reorganization process. "We want to assure our customers and partners that they can continue to rely on SCO products, support and services for their business critical operations," said Darl McBride, President and CEO, The SCO Group. "Chapter 11 reorganization provides the Company with an opportunity to protect its assets during this time while focusing on building our future plans."'"
The Internet

Net Neutrality Act On the Agenda Again 242

Posted by kdawson
from the end-to-end-tubes dept.
blue234 writes "On January 9th, Republican Senator Olympia Snowe and Democrat Byron Dorgan reintroduced the bill popularly known as the Net Neutrality Act, and officially called the Internet Freedom Preservation Act. The bill was killed in the Senate last year in a vote split along party lines (Democrats yea, Republicans no), with the exception of Senator Snowe, who voted with the Democrats. Now that the Democrats have a slight majority in the Senate, the bill certainly has a better chance, but it still needs 60 votes to prevent a Republican filibuster.
Music

Judge Rules Shared Files Folder Not Enough 156

Posted by Zonk
from the you-actually-have-to-commit-a-crime-to-be-punished dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In UMG v. Lindor, Judge David G. Trager rejected Ms. Lindor's objection to a Magistrate's Report, in which Ms. Lindor complained that the Report could be read to imply that 'the mere presence of a shared files folder on an individual's computer would ... satisfy the requirements of 17 USC 106(3)', saying that the Report of Magistrate Robert M. Levy could not be so read, since '[t]he report and recommendation does not comment on whether or not the mere presence of a shared files folder satisfies 17 USC 106(3). Instead, it makes clear that plaintiffs will have the burden of proving actual sharing. [Report and Recommendation, at 5] ('At trial, plaintiffs will have the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that defendant did indeed infringe plaintiff's copyrights by convincing the fact-finder, based on the evidence plaintiffs have gathered, that defendant actually shared sound files belonging to plaintiffs.') (emphasis added)'"

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