Anonymous Coward writes: "Following its successful patent suit against Research in Motion, NTP has now set its sites on the major telcos. NTP, a patent holding company based in Arlington, Va., is suing Verizon, AT&T, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA for infringing on several of its patents, all of which are related to the delivery of e-mail to mobile devices. In their new round of suits, NTP is alleging that some of the telcos' new e-mail-to-mobile services, such as those delivered by the T-Mobile Wing and AT&T Xpress Mail, infringe upon their patent rights. NTP wants an injunction and is demanding unspecified damages.
devizen writes: "There are many essays and articles extolling the virtues of becoming a great programmer. You'll have a sharp mind, great abstract reasoning skills, and a chance to become wealthy by working mere hours a day. This is what you've heard, right? Sadly, no one ever tells you about the ways in which it will adversely affect your life. Programming Can Ruin Your Life does just that."
jon_anderson_ca writes: I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 with the (allegedly better-than-basic) 85 WHr battery. After a little over a year of using it, the battery is almost useless, and I'm not alone. Oh, and the battery's warranty is 12 months, of course.
My questions to Slashdot are: how do other laptop batteries fare these days? Do batteries last longer than 6-12 months on Apple, HP, even other Dell laptops? Is it just the Dell 85WHr 9-cell that's the problem? Why is it that battery life is so very short? Is there anything I can do about it (reconditioning or replacement)?
rkohutek writes: "There has been a very interesting discussion happening on the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG) mailling list about the scalability of today's Internet routers. A vast quantity of those routers support only 256,000 unique networks. According to the CIDR-Report, there are ~233,216 routes on the Internet, and at the current rate of 3,500 additional routes per month, we are going to be bumping into those hardware limits very quickly. Not many people are aware of the situation, and even fewer are prepared to perform the expensive upgrades. Has anybody already dealt with this and have solutions?"
webdoodle writes: "Analysis of Antarctic ice cores shows that the last four great ice age cycles began when Earth's distance from the sun during its annual orbit became great enough to prevent summertime melts of glacial ice. The absence of those melts allowed buildups of the ice over periods of time that would become characterized as glacial periods."
jon_anderson_ca writes: The verdict is in: Samba will be going with the GPLv3 for versions 3.2 and on:
After internal consideration in the Samba Team we have decided to adopt the GPLv3 and LGPLv3 licences for all future releases of Samba. ...
To allow people to distinguish which Samba version is released with the new GPLv3 license, we are updating our next version release number. The next planned version release was to be 3.0.26, this will now be renumbered so the GPLv3 version release will be 3.2.0.
Since the GPLv3 was crafted to torpedo deals like the one Microsoft struck with Novell, what's going to happen to "working together on interoperability", of which Samba is an important part?
Newer Guy writes: Sprint has cancelled the PCS service of over 200 military members for "excessive roaming".
This is on the heels of last week's news about Sprint where they were cancelling PCS service for "excessive complaining" to Customer Service.
Time to cancel my Sprint PCS I guess!
An anonymous reader writes: Uttar Pradesh is all set to introduce sex education in its schools from Class 9, but teachers have threatened to burn the books, saying the material goes against Indian culture. The working committee of the secondary schools teachers' association had met on Sunday evening. Members are unanimous that the books published for adolescent education are not in tune with Indian culture and traditions. "The manner in which the courses have been laid out are bound to not only poison young minds but also become a source of embarrassment for teachers," Om Prakash Sharma, chief of the secondary schools teachers' association said.
JagsLive writes: "AP reports,
" Gov. Ed Rendell late Sunday ordered a range of state government services shut down and placed about a third of the state work force on indefinite unpaid furlough after frantic last-minute negotiations failed to break a budget stalemate.
Rendell, appearing outside his Capitol office, said the shutdown would go forward but added that he was optimistic that he and legislators could come to an agreement within a day. ""
Funky125 writes: WASHINGTON — You know a case is ripe for Supreme Court review when the retelling of its history cites lower court decisions labeled "Williams I," "Williams II," "Williams III," "Williams IV" and "Williams V."
The "Williams," of course, is Sherri Williams, who along with eight co-petitioners is seeking to overturn Alabama's obscene device law, which in Williams' case would prevent her from selling and/or distributing any sex toy intended primarily for the stimulation of humans to orgasm in the privacy of their own homes.