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Businesses

+ - SCO Delisting warned

Submitted by icebike
icebike (68054) writes "SCO has been notified by NASDAQ that it currently fails to meet the requirements for continued listing on NASDAQ due to its price being below 1 dollar for the last 30 days.

This means that if the stock price can not be held above 1 dollar for 10 consecutive days out of the next 180, SCO will be delisted. It would then join the Pink Sheets, where penny stocks are traded, (and usually hyped by untold volumes of spam promising a big campaign).

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/070427/laf053.html?.v= 60

Just another step in the downward spiral of a company with few customers, and little to sell, and a business model based on litigation."
The Media

+ - Einstein's notorious bee declaration untrue

Submitted by
gelfmag
gelfmag writes "In all of the hullabaloo generated by the recent honeybee disappearance, one continuously-cited fact has been completely overlooked by the press — it wasn't Albert Einstein who predicted mankind's demise within 4 years of a bee extinction. Gelf Magazine recently published a story on the infamous, ominous quote about honeybees wrongly attributed to the immortal physicist:



Einstein was not, however, an alien visitor, nor a professional basketball player, nor president of the United States. Nor a biologist. Nor an entomologist. Nor an ecologist. Nor a beekeeper. Roni Grosz, curator of the Albert Einstein Archives of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, tells Gelf, "There is no proof of Einstein ever having said or written it." While Grosz notes that it is extremely difficult to disprove a quote, he "could not remember even one reference to bees in Einstein's writings."
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Education

Student Attempting To Improve School Security Suspended 282

Posted by Zonk
from the no-good-deed-goes-unpunished dept.
TA_TA_BOX writes "The University of Portland has handed a one-year suspension to an engineering major after he designed a program to bypass the Cisco Clean Access (CCA). According to the University of Portland's Vice President of Information Systems, the purpose of the CCA is to evaluate whether the computers are compliant with current security policies (i.e., anti-virus software, Windows Updates and Patches, etc.). Essentially the student wrote a program that could fool the CCA to think that the computers operating system and anti-virus were fully patched and up to date. 'In the design of his computer program, Maass looked at the functions CCA provides and identified vulnerabilities where it could be bypassed. He wrote a program that emulated the same functions as CCA and eliminated some security issues. He says that the method he chose is "one of six that I came up with." Maass says his intent was not malicious. Rather, the sophomore says he was examining vulnerabilities so that they could be fixed. "I was planning on going to Cisco with the vulnerability this summer," Maass says. '"
PC Games (Games)

+ - Blizzard Confirms New Product, Maybe Starcraft 2

Submitted by
darkhitman
darkhitman writes "According to a Kotaku post yesterday, Blizzard has confirmed that they'll announce a new product at their World Wide Invitation in Korea next month. The statement issued by Blizzard verified that they "do intend to announce a new product [...] next month" and "plan to revisit [Starcraft] at some point in the future," but did not confirm the rumor that the new game would be Starcraft 2 — but we can certainly hope."
Microsoft

+ - Vista, Office Revenues Inflated By Accountants

Submitted by Overly Critical Guy
Overly Critical Guy (663429) writes "It turns out Microsoft's previously reported quarter numbers are inflated due to deterred revenues from last quarter. Without the deferred revenue, Microsoft's revenue growth would have been 17%, in line with past growth. Though revenue from last quarter was held back "for accounting reasons," one effect is to make Vista and Office revenues look more impressive."
Businesses

Worrying About Employment Contracts? 98

Posted by Cliff
from the read-before-you-sign dept.
An anonymous reader wonders: "I was preparing to accept a software developer job at a California company and was put off by the contract which claimed ownership of any ideas I create (on my own time or at the company) during my stay at the company and required me to inform them of any ideas (related to the company or not) during my employment and for a year afterwards. I've found references to a couple of instances where this became a legal problem for the developer. Is this something to worry about?"
Printer

+ - SPAM: Xerox technology responds to 'colorful' language

Submitted by
alphadogg
alphadogg writes "Xerox researchers are developing a way to change the colors in a computer document using natural language commands such as "make the background carnation pink" or "make the blues slightly less purple." Color control systems tend to be complex, so most consumers who need color images and documents have trouble making adjustments, Xerox Innovation Group research scientist Geoff Woolfe notes in a paper that describes prototype "natural language color editing" technology and will be presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the Inter-Society Color Council in Kansas City, Mo. [spam URL stripped]x .html"
Nintendo

+ - Nintendo to increase Wii production

Submitted by flghtmstr1
flghtmstr1 (1038678) writes "On Friday, Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata announced to reporters that Nintendo will be increasing Wii production after acknowledging that demand for Nintendo's new console was higher than expected. Is this a good decision, considering that ramping up manufacturing capacity is a potentially risky move if demand fails to stay at present levels?"
Music

+ - Jobs Says People Don't Want to 'Rent' Music

Submitted by
eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "PhysOrg is running a piece on a recent speech by Apple CEO Steve Jobs about DRM free music. While we know that Jobs is a self proclaimed proponent of DRM free music who's not all talk, he's now said that "by the end of this year, over half of the songs we offer on iTunes we believe will be in DRM-free versions. I think we're going to achieve that." Jobs pointed out what's obvious to us, the consumers, but isn't obvious to the music industry — "People want to own their music." He also dismissed subscription based music as a failure & claimed a lot of other music labels are intrigued by the EMI deal. There's no doubt in my mind that everyone will be watching EMI's cash flow very carefully with the utmost scrutiny in these coming quarters. If he succeeds in his crusade, I may find myself finally purchasing music on digital non-compact disc based media."
Music

Why the RIAA Doesn't Want Defendants Exonerated 199

Posted by Zonk
from the so-many-reasons-just-pick-one dept.
RageAgainsttheBears writes "The RIAA is beginning to find itself in an awkward position. A few of its many, many lawsuits don't manage to end in success for the organization. Typically, when they decide a case isn't worth pursuing (due to targeting the wrong person or not having sufficient evidence), they simply move to drop the case. Counterclaims are usually dropped in turn, and everyone goes separate ways. But recently, judges have been deciding to allow the RIAA to drop the case, but still allowing the defendant's counterclaim through. According to the Ars Technica article: 'If Judge Miles-LaGrange issues a ruling exonerating Tallie Stubbs of infringement, it would be a worrisome trend for the RIAA. The music industry has become accustomed to having its way with those it accuses of file-sharing, quietly dropping cases it believes it can't win. It looks as though the courts may be ready to stop the record labels from just walking away from litigation when it doesn't like the direction it is taking and give defendants justice by fully exonerating them of any wrongdoing.'"
Television

Senators Smack Down WIPO Broadcast Treaty 100

Posted by kdawson
from the read-my-lips-no-new-rights dept.
Tighthead writes "Two influential US senators want the US to support a pared-down version of the WIPO Broadcast Treaty that is still being negotiated. In a letter sent to the US delegation, Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the ranking Republican member, Arlen Specter, expressed their concerns that the Broadcast Treaty 'would needlessly create a new layer of rights that would disrupt United States copyright law.' They instructed the US delegates to work towards a treaty that is 'significantly narrower in scope, one that would provide no more protection than that necessary to protect the signals of broadcasters.' The next meeting of the WIPO Standing Committee will be in June."
Sun Microsystems

+ - Project Blackbox the World domination tour.

Submitted by
D10MR
D10MR writes "It looks like Sun's Project Blackbox is alive and well and on tour across the US. I was able to get a guided tour of the container. Sun's rolling it around the country on the back of a flatbed trailer equiped with generator and chiller unit. There's only 2 1/2 racks worth of real running Sun gear in it, but it's pretty cool to see/hear/feel this thing running while it's riding piggyback on an we've-got-ourselves-a-convoy-18-wheeler, good-buddy. (Scary visions of Burt, Dom, Sally). They even stuck a couple of blade chassis and storage arrays in it.

Ok, so they had the usual marketing and sales droids, but they also had one of their project architects on hand to honestly answer real questions, everything from how do you move the container around, to how the Sunspots work...very cool. It looks like Sun eats their own sausage by using their hardware(sunspots) to realtime monitor their hardware(shake, vibration, temperature and gps position) Lots of stainless steel in the thing, too.

NOTE: If you take the tour, you get a neat Project Blackbox long-sleeve shirt molded into the shape of the truck/container OR you can get a toy trailer/container matching the tour unit. It was pretty cool and totally worth the time to listen and walk through the container. ciao — D10"

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