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Comment: Re:I see this as a good thing (Score 2) 104

by phands (#44023339) Attached to: SCO v. IBM Is Officially Reopened
That's just nonsense. SCO lost ALL their lawsuits. There is NO argument against Linux - it is pervasive everywhere except the (now declining) PC desktop. A jury decided that SCO did not ever own Unix (Novell did, and retained ownership) after SCO appealed previous judgments that also said Novell was the owner. Your lawyers advised your company badly and wrongly. My company at the time also got the letter from SCO: we binned it as the trash that it was. Virtually no-one paid the $699 extortion fee. It's now time for the IBM nazgul to finally squash the SCO zombie out of existence. I reckon some former SCO execs (The former CEO, Darl McBride; the (dis)information mouthpiece, Blake Stowell to name but 2) should face prosecution for all their lies and corporate malfeasance.

Comment: Re:Damned if they do... (Score 1) 275

by phands (#43733537) Attached to: Microsoft Reads Your Skype Chat Messages
And it looks like what they're doing DOESN'T help detect malware... http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/Skype-with-care-Microsoft-is-reading-everything-you-write-1862870.html >>>>>> "Skype may use automated scanning within Instant Messages and SMS to (a) identify suspected spam and/or (b) identify URLs that have been previously flagged as spam, fraud, or phishing links." A spokesman for the company confirmed that it scans messages to filter out spam and phishing websites. This explanation does not appear to fit the facts, however. Spam and phishing sites are not usually found on HTTPS pages. By contrast, Skype leaves the more commonly affected HTTP URLs, containing no information on ownership, untouched. Skype also sends head requests which merely fetches administrative information relating to the server. To check a site for spam or phishing, Skype would need to examine its content.
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+ - Current Windows Phone: No Upgrade To Apollo->

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phands writes "Earlier today, a developer evangelist for Microsoft was quoted as saying that all Windows Phone devices would get an upgrade to the "next major version" of the operating system. Now, a trusted source close to Microsoft tells us that is absolutely not the case, that instead there will be no upgrade path from Mango to Apollo. This matches up with a previous report from Mary Jo Foley and explains the particular language Microsoft used when it responded to the story earlier today, saying "We have stated publicly that all apps in our Marketplace today will run on the next version of Windows Phone. Beyond that, we have nothing to share about future releases."

The news that Mango phones won't be getting an update to Windows Phone Apollo doesn't bode well for everybody who just purchased a Nokia Lumia 900, to say nothing of the other phones that Microsoft and its partners have managed to sell. If there is a silver lining to be found in the dark cloud besides future app compatibility, it's that this major break could mean that Apollo will contain some major feature improvements over Windows Phone 7."

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Comment: If it's a Desktop OS...sell on desktop choice (Score 1) 1091

by phands (#39426543) Attached to: Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop
So, as this topic is about Linux as a desktop OS, and the vast majority of users only ever deal with the desktop, why not market the wonderful choice of desktops? All the distro vendors could chip into marketing funds for the various desktops - don't know on what basis - and they would all benefit from the visibility.

+ - Iranian coder faces execution 'for building smut w->

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phands writes "The Register is running a story from Amnesty International about the case of Saeed Malekpour, whose only crime was to write photo uploading software that was later used by pornographic websites without his permission. Malekpour, who has permanent residence status in Canada, has been in prison since he was arrested in October 2008 during a visit to see his terminally ill father. He is facing a death sentence.

If as many organisations as possible make this travesty public, there may be a chance to save a life."

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Comment: Re:SCO / Groklaw (Score 1) 208

by phands (#37960300) Attached to: SCO Zombie Creaks Into Motion Again
Groklaw merely reported what SCOX did. One of the main reasons SCOX lost was because GL kept exposing their lies to the cold light of analysis and logic. If that hadn't happened, it's quite possible that SCOX may even have got away with some or all of their extortion scam. Instead of that, SCOX is dead, and GL is archived at the Library of Congress. And, if you are unhappy with lots of discussion and dissection of this news here, why did *you* contribute to it?

Comment: Do Astrolabe know that M$ ships TZ in windoze? (Score 1) 433

by phands (#37711844) Attached to: Civil Suit Filed, Involving the Time Zone Database
I found this page, and just checked in a copy of windows7. MS ship the entire TZ database in the registry of every copy of windows....... http://unattended.sourceforge.net/timezones.php Which points to a registry key....... HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Time Zones And that has the TZ values in plain text..... Astrolbae should take on M$.

Comment: So, why not release for Android? (Score 2) 258

by phands (#34877314) Attached to: Trend Micro Chairman Says Open Source Is a Security Risk
Does this guy really expect to be taken seriously? He claims that iPhone is more secure than Android, and they still launched for iPhone???? I bet they're hoping that WIndoze Phone 7 gets some sales(however unlikely that seems right now), so they can scare the victims into buying their security app for that. I reckon that they are starting to see the end for windoze and the demise of their dismal, unnecessary businesses, so they're trying to scare up business elsewhere.

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