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Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Posted by samzenpus
from the snack-is-going-to-be-on-the-floor-today dept.
Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."
Linux Business

Should Enterprise IT Give Back To Open Source? 312

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the hey-wait-i'm-a-leech dept.
snydeq writes "InfoWorld reports on the fight over open source 'leeches' — companies that use open source technology but don't give back to the open source community. While some view such organizations as a tragedy of the commons, others view the notion of 'freeloaders' as a relic of open source's Wild West era, when coding was a higher calling and free software a religion. To be sure, increased adoption by mainstream enterprises has played a hand in changing the terms of this debate. Yet, as the biggest consumer of open source software, enterprise IT still gives almost nothing back to the community, critics contend, calling into question the long-term effect corporate culture will have on the evolution of open source — and the long-term effect open source will have on rewiring companies toward collaboration."
Windows

+ - Analyst: Free Windows 7 For Vista Ultimate Users -> 1

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CWmike
CWmike writes "Microsoft should give Windows Vista Ultimate owners a free upgrade to Windows 7, Michael Cherry, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, said this week. 'I'd like to see a free upgrade [to Windows 7] for Vista Ultimate users ... It would buy them a lot of good will, and I don't think it would cost them much.' Cherry cited Microsoft's failure to deliver on the promise of 'Ultimate Extras' as his reason for urging the company to compensate users. As one CW reader wrote in response to an earlier Extras article, 'Like an idiot I purchased Vista Ultimate expecting the 'extras' only Ultimate users would receive,' said "Garygfd." 'How-freakin'-ever, all I got was useless crap that I wouldn't download anyway. What Microsoft should do is give us Ultimate idiots a big break on Windows 7.'"
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The Courts

Oregon Judge Says RIAA Made 'Honest Mistake,' Allows Subpoena 175

Posted by Soulskill
from the no-harm-no-foul-right? dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In Arista v. Does 1-17, the RIAA's case targeting students at the University of Oregon, the Oregon Attorney General's motion to quash the RIAA's subpoena — pending for about a year — has reached a perplexing conclusion. The Court agreed with the University that the subpoena, as worded, imposed an undue burden on the University by requiring it to produce 'sufficient information to identify alleged infringers,' which would have required the University to 'conduct an investigation,' but then allowed the RIAA to subpoena the identities of 'persons associated by dorm room occupancy or username with the 17 IP addresses listed' even though those people may be completely innocent. In his 8-page decision (PDF), the Judge also 'presumed' the RIAA lawyers' misrepresentations were an 'honest mistake,' made no reference at all to the fact, pointed out by the Attorney General, that the RIAA investigators (Safenet, formerly MediaSentry) were not licensed, rejected all of the AG's privacy arguments under both state and federal law, and rejected the AG's request for discovery into the RIAA's investigative tactics."

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