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By Jove you've got it old man! Looking objectively at Black Friday as I do from up here in Canada (our Thanksgiving is spent in mid October mostly eating Turkey -- no shopping). However your point is well taken, as I see that almost all of our goods, as yours are all from foreign manufacturers. But services are always homegrown. Well done!
the positive path writes "In a David vs Goliath patent violation squabble MS looses to small Toronto tech firm i4i Inc. The Globe and Mail article said the judge sided with i4i Inc in that it stole technology to 'manipulate complex data in electronic documents'. What's interesting is that i4i is also asking to the judge to order MS to stop selling Word 2003 and 2007. The judge can also triple the monetary award if he so desires. I know $200M is a drop in the bucket, but it's the principle, right?" Link to Original Source
kdawson from the here-hold-this-for-me dept.
kev009 writes to recommend his editorial overview of the past, present and future of Linux file systems: ext2, ext3, ReiserFS, XFS, JFS, Reiser4, ext4, Btrfs, and Tux3. "In hindsight it seems somewhat tragic that JFS or even XFS didn't gain the traction that ext3 did to pull us through the 'classic' era, but ext3 has proven very reliable and has received consistent care and feeding to keep it performing decently. ... With ext4 coming out in kernel 2.6.28, we should have a nice holdover until Btrfs or Tux3 begin to stabilize. The Btrfs developers have been working on a development sprint and it is likely that the code will be merged into Linus's kernel within the next cycle or two."
My bank has the random 3 questions plus password authentication scheme (Royal Bank Securities - Canada). I'm always wondering about the lax security, and when my account might be compromised. I bet if the bank calculated their total loses due to online fraud; then assumed RSA style token based authentication would reduce that by a significant amount, then wouldn't it make financial sense for them...?