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The Courts

Worlds.com Sues NCSoft Over MMO-Patent 261

Lulfas writes "Worlds.com today sued NCSoft over its patent on a scalable virtual world, filed in 2000 and granted this February. This is a very broad base patent, and there is no reason to expect they will only sue NCSoft, when they should be able to use the same patent against other companies. 'Specifically, the suit claims that NCsoft has infringed on patent 7,181,690, "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space" through its games, including City of Heroes, City of Villains, Dungeon Runners, Exteel, Guild Wars, Lineage, Lineage II, and Tabula Rasa.'"
NASA

NASA Outsources ISS Resupply To SpaceX, Orbital 151

DynaSoar writes "NASA has signed two contracts with US commercial space ventures totaling $3.5 billion for resupply of the International Space Station. SpaceX will receive $1.6 billion for 12 flights of SpaceX's planned Dragon spacecraft and their Falcon 9 boosters. $1.9 billion goes to Orbital for eight flights of its Cygnus spacecraft riding its Taurus 2 boosters. Neither of the specified craft has ever flown. However, the proposed vehicles are under construction and based on proven technology, whereas NASA has often contracted with big aerospace companies for services using vehicles not yet even designed."
Data Storage

Submission + - VHS finally dies a death, no really 1

thefickler writes: The last major supplier of VHS videotapes, is ditching the format in favor of DVD, effectively killing the format for good. This uncharitable commentator has this to say:"Will VHS be missed? Not ... with videos being brittle, clunky, and rather user-unfriendly. But they ushered in a new era that was important to get to where we are today. And for that reason, the death of VHS is rather sad. Almost as sad as the people still using it."
Portables

Submission + - It's Official: The PDA is Dead

fm6 writes: Some you will recall how Apple invented the PDA back in 1989. Their implementation had issues that we need not belabor, and was eventually discontinued. Its market niche was taken over by a simpler device, the Palm Pilot, which dominated the PDA market from that point on.

Nowadays, Palm mostly sells smart phones. Although they sold $11 million worth of PDAs last quarter, they haven't developed any new models since the TX and Z22 were released in 2005. Last Friday, CEO Ed Colligan announced what everybody had already figured out: these two models will be the last. The PDA is dead. Long live the Smart Phone!

Comment Re:I don't care what happens. (Score 2, Interesting) 873

You know. from where I set the "responsible adults" in power don't seem to want to solve the problem either. They are the ones hiding the information that we would need to form a plan to get ourselves out of this mess. Hell, for most of them they have incentive to prolong our misery as long as is possible. When the shit finally does hit the fan... I doubt the quality of life of those hunkered down will drop as much as the rest of us who are used to our current instant gratification lifestyles. If the people in power were going to try and fix the problem I would agree with you, but from the way I see it they are not. So I really hope it's just me being cynical with no faith in humanity. I pray for all of us that's all it is. Is it time for the 4th box to be used in the defense of democracy?

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