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Red Hat Settles Patent Case 76

Posted by Soulskill
from the making-it-go-away dept.
darthcamaro writes "Red Hat has settled another patent case with patent holding firm Acacia. This time the patent is US Patent #6,163,776, 'System and method for exchanging data and commands between an object oriented system and relational system.' While it's great that Red Hat has ended this particular patent threat, it's not yet clear how they've settled this case. The last time Red Hat tangled with Acacia they won in an Texas jury trial. 'Red Hat routinely addresses attempts to impede the innovative forces of open source via allegations of patent infringement,' Red Hat said in a statement. 'We can confirm that Red Hat, Inc and Software Tree LLC have settled patent litigation that was pending in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas.'"
Networking

Game Publishers Using Stealth P2P Clients 149

Posted by Soulskill
from the eula-doesn't-count dept.
An anonymous reader writes "TorrentFreak has shed some light on the dark practice of installing stealth-mode P2P clients during game downloads and using unsuspecting gamers' PCs as 'bandwidth slaves.' The clients operate in the background and largely go unnoticed until problems arise that are caused by overactive uploading/seeding. While the Akamai NetSession Interface and Pando Media Booster are specifically called out, there appear to be other offenders as indicated in the comments left by TorrentFreak readers. A publisher called Solid State Networks is putting out a call for an industry-wide 'best practices' effort to promote transparency, control and privacy on behalf of gamers who are otherwise being abused for their bandwidth without their consent."

Comment: Who else is disappointed? (Score 1) 473

by valeo.de (#33384836) Attached to: Making Ubuntu Look Like Windows 7

Am I the only one who was disappointed upon visiting the linked "story" only to find a desktop that doesn't look anything like Windows 7? Windows 7 doesn't (by default) use dark UI elements, there's no transparency for the task/menu bar, I could go on... I use Windows way more that I'd like, alas, and to me that just looks like Gnome with an (admittedly quite nice) gtk-engine theme.

Slow news day?

+ - US soldiers plotted to kill Afghan civilians->

Submitted by gauharjk
gauharjk (1175207) writes "In one of the most serious war-crimes cases to emerge from the Afghanistan war, five soldiers from a Stryker infantry brigade based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are now charged with murder for their alleged roles in killing three Afghan civilians.

Army Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs formed a "kill team" with a close group of US soldiers to carry out random executions of Afghans.

Gibbs, of Billings, Mont., is a veteran of two previous war-zone tours — one in Afghanistan and a second in Iraq. In the fall, he joined the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, replacing a squad leader who had been injured by an explosion.

He allegedly boasted about "stuff" he had gotten away with in Iraq and discussed plans for killing Afghans with a small circle of soldiers, according to statements by other soldiers.

All five soldiers are awaiting court-martial proceedings. If convicted, they face the possibility of life imprisonment or death."

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Google

+ - What Is Google's Stance On Software Patents? ->

Submitted by FlorianMueller
FlorianMueller (801981) writes "In a recent Slashdot discussion, a Linux evangelist from Google, Jeremy Allison, said that "Google submitted an anti-software patent brief in the Bilski case." He disclosed his affiliation and encouraged double-checking. I have performed a detailed analysis of Google's amicus curiae brief in re Bilski. While it cites some patent-critical literature, the document stops far short of advocating the abolition of software patents. The brief supports the idea that patent law should expand according to technological progress. It complains about some software patents being too abstract and others making only a "conventional" use of a computer, but under patent law, that doesn't mean that all software is conventional by definition. Google's own patents, such as the PageRank patent, are (at least intended to be) non-abstract and non-conventional. Is anyone aware of Google ever having spoken out against the patentability of all software, including the software Google itself patents every day?"
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Comment: Re:Formulas? (Score 1) 294

by valeo.de (#33365104) Attached to: Lexmark Sues 24 Companies Over Toner-Cartridge Patents
Everyone? I agree (in spirit), but if everyone gets a license to use such patents, then companies like, for example, Apple or Microsoft or Oracle would get (pooled?) open source patents for free whilst still being able to use their own patent portfolios to do harm. Which is like the worst of both worlds... or something.

+ - Ovulating Women Buy Sexier Clothing

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In an unconscious attempt to outdo female rivals, ovulating women buy sexier clothing, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. "Not unlike the chimps featured on the Discovery Channel, women become more competitive with other females during the handful of days each month when they are ovulating. The desire for women at peak fertility to unconsciously choose products that enhance appearance is driven by a desire to outdo attractive rival women," write authors Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius (both University of Minnesota), Sarah E. Hill (Texas Christian University), Carin Perilloux (University of Texas at Austin) and Norman Li (Singapore Management University)."
Medicine

+ - Swine influenza vaccine linked to narcolepsy->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward

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