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Submission + - Microsoft Patents Sudo (groklaw.net)

Foofoobar writes: Just when you thought all was safe on the crazy patent front, Microsoft has come out of the obvious patent closet to file patent number 7617530, a patent that basically duplicates the functionality of 'sudo' which is found in all Linux systems. PJ over at groklaw has a wonderful writeup on the entire fiasco.

Submission + - SPAM: No snoring: High-tech solution to sleep apnea

coondoggie writes: What do you get when you combine the smarts of a computer scientist and a doctor of sleep medicine? A cool, less invasive way to figure out if patients have sleep apnea, a common problem that causes a snoring a person to momentarily stop breathing while sleeping.

The new test, known as thermal infrared imaging (TIRI), uses a thermal infrared camera to monitor breathing waveforms and airflow as a patient breathes in and out of his or her nose. The measurements are processed using computer algorithms and produce results that have proved to be as accurate as traditional test for apnea known as a polysomnography.

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Submission + - Legal action to steal my domain? What do I do? 7

shovas writes: I own a valuable four-letter .com domain. Another US company is threatening legal action to take it out from under me because they have a US trademark. I registered the domain in 2003. They registered their own related domain in 2005. When you search for the company's name on google, you actually get a few different companies with the same four-letters in their name. I think my case is pretty good but we all know how those domain disputes turn out. It always seem to be in favour of the complainant. I'm really worried I'll lose my domain I was smart enough to register when I did. I don't have the money to throw away to defend it. What can I do?
Apple

Submission + - Apple shops tablet around Australia (smh.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple is preparing to release a groundbreaking tablet computer in Australia and around the world early next year and has been in discussions with media companies about including their content on the device.
Microsoft

Submission + - Windows 7: The $1930 Upgrade (pcworld.com)

TropicalCoder writes: "When you include replacement hardware, admin costs, application testing, and replacing incompatible apps, Gartner's VP of research, Michael Silver, believes that — in a hypothetical organization with 2,500 Windows users — the cost of upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 will run $1,035 to $1,930 per user." — Eric Knorr, InfoWorld
Get the cost breakdown direct from Gartner

Submission + - WiFi Direct - WiFi 'a whole lot easier' (bbc.co.uk)

aaaurgh writes: The BBC has an article of a new twist on the world of Wi-Fi.

Called Wi-Fi Direct, it will let wi-fi devices like phones and laptops connect to one another without joining a traditional network. Sounds like P2P without the ISP (and a whole heap of security headaches to boot) to me...

The Internet

Submission + - CBS Interactive Sued For Distributing Green Dam (informationweek.com)

Dotnaught writes: Solid Oak Software, maker of Internet filter CYBERsitter, on Monday filed a $1.2 million copyright infringement lawsuit against CBS Interactive's ZDNet China for distributing the Green Dam Internet filtering software. Green Dam was going to be mandatory on all PCs in China starting in July, but widespread criticism, including reports of stolen code, forced the Chinese government to reconsider. The lawsuit, if it succeeds, could force companies to give more thought to the risks of complying with mandates from foreign governments that violate US laws.
Windows

Submission + - "Windows 7 compatible" PCs must be 64-bit (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "Microsoft has started certifying PCs as "compatible with Windows 7" — and looks to have avoided the mistakes that dogged the Vista Capable scheme. Whereas Microsoft certified PCs that could only run Vista Home Basic last time round, this time PCs will have to work with all versions of Windows 7 to qualify for the sticker, including 64-bit versions of the OS. Microsoft also claims that "products that receive the logo are checked for common issues to minimise the number of crashes, hangs, and reboots experienced by the user.""
Power

Submission + - Ubuntu uses 15% less power than Windows 7 (o-lab.se) 1

An anonymous reader writes: This test is done at Orestad's Laboratories in Sweden. It shows that you save at least 15% more power by using Latest Ubuntu, compared to latest Windows 7. This could save thousands of dollars every year in electricity costs, even for a small company.
Input Devices

Submission + - New Logitech Dark Field mice operate on glass (pcauthority.com.au) 1

Slatterz writes: Logitech has introduced new mice that use two lasers rather than one to work on a variety of previously unusable surfaces. The first laser picks out imperfections in the surface of a tabletop while the second laser focuses on microscopic imperfections highlighted and uses those to direct the cursor. The technique, dubbed dark field microscopy, allows mice to be used on almost any surface, including glass as long as it is more than 4mm thick.
Education

Submission + - The swine flu vaccine more deadly than the flu its (freemindsmedia.org)

Toby Iselin writes: "Complications from the swine flu vaccine which is scheduled to be administered to millions of people has been linked to fatal nerve damage. In a confidential letters leaked to the Daily Mail, over 600 of the world's top neurologists have been warned that the vaccine could cause a brain disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)."
United States

Submission + - Man jailed for 17 years for intent to commit crime 3

chrb writes: Wired is reporting that Indiana resident James Daniel has been jailed for 17.5 years for chatroom grooming. The case took an unusual twist when it was discovered that all of the "underage girls" he had been talking to were in fact Secret Service agents, who had no knowledge that other agents were talking to the same man. Despite there being no evidence that Daniel had ever managed to talk to an actual teenage girl, an appellate panel has upheld the conviction based upon the chat logs showing an "intent to commit a crime".
Security

Submission + - Amazon confirms EC2/S3 not PCI Level 1 compliant

Jason writes: After months of digging though speculation and polar opposite opinions from PCI experts, I finally sent a direct request to Amazon's AWS sales team asking if they are in fact PCI compliant and will provide documentation attesting that they are as is required by PCI guidlines. I fully expecting them to dodge the question and refer me to a QSA, but to my relief, they replied with a refreshingly honest and absolute confirmation that it is currently impossible to meet PCI level 1 compliance using AWS services for card data storage. They also very strong suggest that cardnumbers never be stored on EC2 or S3 as those services are inherently noncompliant. For now at least, the official verdict is if you need to process credit cards, the Amazon cloud platform is off the table.

Comment Shudder (Score 1) 693

If true, this is definately "Double-Plus Un Good", Orwellian England comes closer by the day. This level of nanny state interference deminishes the whole of society by creating an entire generation of citizens who will not only accept the state control but expect it too.

The more we read daily about the way the U.K. is going, the more we thank God that we were amongst the fortunate ones about to escape/emigrate from the place in the nineties for a better life in the land down under. Ok, so Oz isn't doing that well on the censorship rankings at the moment with the proposed internet filter, but we are getting more and more concerned each day about the quality of life and diminishing rights of the family and friends left behind.

Comment Code 'til you drop... (Score 1) 592

I recently got another year (much) closer to my half century - the idea of moving into management makes me shudder, I intend to code until I retire (and beyond probably).

I guess it depends on how you view management. My experience is that they can't avoid the office politics and tend to be the target of much of it too. You say you enjoy management but have you tried all facets of it? Have you had to make the unpopular decisions that all managers have to at some time and do you think you can live with doing that for the rest of your working life.

To be a good manager in the modern IT industry requires you to keep on learning, just as I have to as a coder so don't fool yourself into thinking it will be any easier - it could be harder.

At the end of the day there is no real reason why you should not continue to code until retirement, except those reasons you create yourself; besides, there could be other better opportunities waiting round the corner.

Do what makes you happy and you feel comfortable with - if you're feeling uncomfortable and threatened by the up and coming younger developers then perhaps it's time to move on but it doesn't have to be that way.

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