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Submission + - Redhat sued for Patent Infringement

tqft writes: "http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20071011205044141
"The first ever patent infringement litigation regarding Linux. Here's the patent, for those who can look at it without risk. If in doubt, don't. "
For those who can without fear read a patent:
http://www.google.com/patents?id=3tUkAAAAEBAJ&dq=5,072,412

http://www.setexasrecord.com/news/202417-recent-copyrightpatent-infringement-cases-filed-in-u.s.-district-courts

"Plaintiffs IP Innovation and Technology Licensing Corp. claim to have the rights to U.S. Patent No. 5,072,412 for a User Interface with Multiple Workspaces for Sharing Display System Objects issued Dec. 10, 1991 along with two other similar patents.
"

Get your game faces on. Party Time."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Google Employee Hides Easter Eggs in Translator (google.com)

InvisblePinkUnicorn writes: "I was looking up information on a painting of Ivan the Terrible, and needed to translate some pages from Russian. Babelfish was working alright, but Google Translate seemed more convenient. It was then that I noticed something strange — every page translated by Google replaced one form of Ivan's Russian name with "Abraham Lincoln". For example: this brief biography. Did Google create its translation table inhouse, or outsource it from some other company? Can anyone else find similar examples of this?"
Programming

Submission + - Types of Testing / Testing Techniques : John M's B (sun.com)

johnm.266 writes: "Types of Testing ... its very common for folks in Testing, to encounter terms related to various "Types of Testing" and oftentimes, relatively new comers to Testing tend to wonder if Testing has sufficient challenges and breadth to it ... well, both as a concise one stop list of the different types of testing as well as a good reference point to begin exploring the wide & vast expanse of the Software Testing domain, i'm hopeful that this blog post could serve as a humble starting point. http://blogs.sun.com/johnmorrison/entry/types_of_t esting_testing_techniques"
Privacy

Submission + - 10 reasons to be paranoid about privacy (infoworld.com)

InfoWorldMike writes: "The truth is out there ... and so is your data. And just because there are no virtual black helicopters following you doesn't mean somebody somewhere doesn't have a bead on who you are and what you are doing. From buttinski bosses to spies and spooks, there are plenty of reasons to be, well, a little paranoid about the vulnerability of your data and the potential loss of your privacy. To help you gauge the appropriate level of hysteria, we've rated each threat on our Paranoia Meter, using a scale of 1 (Don't worry, be happy) to 5 (Be afraid, be very afraid). Though we've taken a lighthearted approach, concerns about data privacy are not all fun and games. Here are 10 ways to practice your paranoia: Paranoia No. 1: Your boss is watching Paranoia No. 2: Google knows what you searched last summer Paranoia No. 3: There's a spook in your inbox Paranoia No. 4: Information brokers are bungling your data Paranoia No. 5: The Feds are on your tail Paranoia No. 6: Zombies abound Paranoia No. 7: Hollywood wants to terminate you Paranoia No. 8: Your ISP knows too much Paranoia No. 9: Your Wi-Fi net is wide open Paranoia No. 10: You are your own worst enemy"
Programming

Submission + - New software development website with API (inf.ethz.ch)

Till Bay writes: "We at ETH Zurich have built a Sourceforge-like software development website that has an XML-RPC API. It is open source, but you can host both open and closed source projects for free.
  • Wiki pages with WikiMedia Syntax (public and private pages)
  • Subversion repository with UI
  • Issue tracking
  • Blog, forum, comments, screenshots
  • Simple user management
  • Release management and mirroring
  • XML-RPC API for integrating the platform into other applications
  • Plug-Ins for Eclipse, Visual Studio and EiffelStudio, allowing interaction with the plattform directly from within the IDE
  • free hosting of open- and closed-source projects
Create a user and register projects here: http://origo.ethz.ch/"

Software

Submission + - Skype blames Microsoft Patch Tuesday for Outage (skype.com)

brajesh writes: "Skype has blamed its outage over the last week on Microsoft's Patch Tuesday. FTA — "The abnormally high number of restarts affected Skype's network resources. This caused a flood of log-in requests, which, combined with the lack of peer-to-peer network resources, prompted a chain reaction that had a critical impact." Previsously, it was speculated that Skype outage may have been caused by a Russian hack attempt. Further FTA- "The issue has now been identified explicitly within Skype. We can confirm categorically that no malicious activities were attributed or that our users' security was not, at any point, at risk." Butterfly effect?"
Security

Submission + - Identity/ID Theft Trojan on Monster.com (informationweek.com) 2

Ant writes: "Broadband Reports report an InformationWeek story on security researchers' finds that the popular Monster.com job site was being widely used for identity (ID) theft. Hackers are placing fake advertisements/ads, on the site, that infect computers running Windows. The Trojan takes information that job seekers place online which includes social security numbers. The scam is one of the biggest of its kind and could affect over 100,000 identities..."
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - It's not cheating if it happens in Second Life. (wsj.com) 2

ElvaWSJ writes: "While his wife, Sue, watches television in the living room, Ric Hoogestraat chats online with what appears on the screen to be a tall, slim redhead. He's never met the woman outside of Second Life, but their relationship has taken on curiously real dimensions. They own two dogs, pay a mortgage together and spend hours shopping at the mall and taking long motorcycle rides. This May, when Mr. Hoogestraat, 53, needed real-life surgery, the redhead cheered him up with a private island that cost her $120,000 in the virtual world's currency, or about $480 in real-world dollars. Their bond is so strong that three months ago, Mr. Hoogestraat asked Janet Spielman, the 38-year-old Canadian woman who controls the redhead, to become his virtual wife."
NASA

Submission + - Blogger Finds Y2K Bug in NASA Climate Data (dailytech.com)

Moschaef writes: NASA has now silently released corrected figures, and the changes are truly astounding. The warmest year on record is now 1934. 1998 (long trumpeted by the media as record-breaking) moves to second place. 1921 takes third. In fact, 5 of the 10 warmest years on record now all occur before World War II.

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