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Comment Re:How can they do this? (Score 1) 254 254

Easy - they just decide they are above the rules, file the paperwork and fee, and hope the USPTO is dumb enough to grant the trademark. In 2007 they filed a trademark application for the name "Princess Aurora". If you are uncultured you may think there's nothing wrong with trademarking Sleeping Beauty's name, but if you know ballet at all then you know Tchaikovsky gave that name to the lead role in his Sleeping Beauty ballet back in the 19th century. If the USPTO is stupid or corrupt enough to award that trademark, then no ballet troupe or school in the United States will ever be able to perform Sleeping Beauty without paying Disney for their permission. Never mind that they took the public domain character from Tchaikovsky's work, or that most of the music in their 1959 animated movie was composed by Tchaikovsky, since Princess Aurora was a character in their movie they think they have total right to that name!
Cellphones

Cell Phone Interception At Def Con 95 95

ChrisPaget writes "I'm planning a pretty significant demonstration of GSM insecurity at Defcon next week, where I'll intercept and record cellular calls made by my attendees, live on-stage, no user-input required. As you can imagine, intercepting cellphones is a Very Big Deal in the eyes of the law; this blog post is an attempt to reassure everyone that their privacy is being taken seriously despite the nature of the demo. I'm not just making it up either — the EFF have helped significantly with the details."

Comment How paranoid are you? (Score 1) 393 393

When I lived in an area prone to a lot of lightning storms, I got into the habit of putting my backups into anti static bags, then into a cardboard lined steel ammo can with a desiccant pack.

Steel ammo cans can be purchased at any surplus store and many outdoor/hunting stores. They will protect from lightning as well as electromagnetic pulse. They come with a rubber gasket making them waterproof, but they are not fireproof - if your house burns down around the ammo can, the heat will destroy your drives.

So, if you are really paranoid, get a fireproof safe big enough to store the ammo can...

Comment Re:NB... Designed and Built Their Radio (Score 1) 330 330

In my second year of high school I built my own 8 element Yagi antenna and used it to contact MIR. Contact was shortly after sunset, all I had to do was point my antenna at the right dot of light moving across the sky and move the antenna to track. When the space station entered Earth's shadow I just did my best to continue earlier movement.

The radio was something I had built myself from a kit in the summer before my freshman year at high school.

Doing something new or unique for your project is praiseworthy; something people have done for decades with mostly off the shelf parts, not so much.

Comment Foil envelope? (Score 1) 288 288

Earlier this year I renewed my passport book and also requested a passport card. The book has a shielded cover so it can't be read when closed, and the card came with a foil envelope that effectively shields the RFID chip from being read. I wonder if the NY and WA licenses come with something similar.
Linux Business

Submission + - iPhone gives rise to Mainstream Embedded Linux Cel

warcriminal writes: "Linux based cell phones are getting a second look and the source of this look by the industry is a stranger than fiction story — the iPhone. The iPhone is driving the resurgence of the Embedded Linux Cell Phone and PDA as a viable alternative. http://www.goitexpert.com/entry.cfm?entry=iPhone-g ives-rise-to-Mainstream-Embedded-Linux-Cell-Phones "
User Journal

Journal Journal: I, for one,

consider this to be a good thing. For the very reason:

Peter Leyden, director of the New Politics Institute political and new media think tank, said that YouTube video represents "a new era, a new wave of politics ... because it's not about Obama. It's about the end of the broadcast era."

Caldera

Submission + - Best Example of SCO's Absurd Claims

UnknowingFool writes: "Groklaw has posted IBM's explanation of SCO's claims about control of derivatives. For those who haven't been paying attention, SCO claims that IBM had no right to put their original code like JFS and RCU into Linux because IBM had access to and used SysV code, methods, and concepts in AIX and Dynix. For SCO, all of Dynix and AIX are derivatives and thus under the control of SCO regardless of who actually wrote the code. IBM's addendum illustrates that if the court accepts that argument, then SCO could claim that they own all internet devices like Blackberry's and satellites because TCP/IP (while developed independently by BSD) was included at one time in the past with AT&T Unix code."

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