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Intel

Submission + - Apple sabotages Atom hackintoshes in Snow Leopard (crn.com)

mykos writes: Apple has launched a new salvo in the ongoing war against non-proprietary hardware. A recent snow leopard update (10.6.2) gives little warning, just a cryptic message: "You may experience unexpected results if you have third-party system software modiýcations installed, or if you've modiýed the operating system through other means. (This does not apply to normal application software installation.)" Installation of the update will result in an infinite restart loop for those using atom processors.
Microsoft

Submission + - MS pulls Windows 7 tool after GPL violation claims 1

Sam writes: Ars Technica reports: Microsoft has pulled the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool from the Microsoft Store website after a report indicating that the tool incorporated open-source code in a way that violated the GNU's General Public License (GPL). Whether the software giant is actually violating the GPL, a widely used (including by the Linux kernel) free software license, is not confirmed. "We are currently taking down the Windows USB/DVD Tool (WUDT) from the Microsoft Store site until our review of the tool is complete," a Microsoft spokesperson told Ars. "We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience." The fact the company pulled the tool doesn't bode well, so we'll have to watch closely to see what the company puts back on its servers.

Submission + - Bank offers 79.9% APR credit card (nbcsandiego.com)

Whisperwolf writes: First Premier bank is offering a pre-approved Mastercard to people with low credit ratings, at a whopping 79.9% APR. This would require anyone borrowing $1000 to make a minimum payment of around $68 for almost seven years, netting the bank $3851.36 in pure interest. Top it off with a $75 per year annual charge for the icing on the cake. And the real outrage? It's perfectly legal.
Books

Submission + - How Ray Bradbury overcame fear of flying (keepingthedoor.com)

daria42 writes: Sci-fi and fantasy publisher Tor Books has published on YouTube a series of excerpts from a recent video with acclaimed American sci-fi author Ray Bradbury, in which he discusses his books and various aspects of his personal life. For example, he describes meeting a carnival performer named "Mr Electrico" who was the spur for Bradbury to begin writing in the first place. The author also talks about overcoming his fear of flying; he first flew on Delta Airlines only after drinking three double martinis first.
Microsoft

Submission + - Firefox Automatically Disables Microsoft Addon (pcworld.com) 1

Sasayaki writes: After it was revealed that the .net update to Firefox pushed through Windows Update left the browser vulnerable, Windows users today discovered that their browser had automatically disabled and blocked that addon (you could 'opt-in' again if you wanted). An interesting move- will Microsoft take it laying down?

Submission + - The Economics of Federal Cloud Computing Analyzed (ulitzer.com)

jg21 writes: With $20BN about to be spent by the Federal Government on IT infrastructure investments, this highly analytical article by two Booz Allen Hamilton associates makes it clear that Cloud computing has now received full executive backing and offers clear opportunities for agencies to significantly reduce their growing data center and IT hardware expenditures. President Obama's America is going distinctly cloudy! [From the article: "A few agencies are already moving quickly to explore cloud computing solutions and are even redirecting existing funds to begin implementations ... Agencies should identify the aspects of their current IT workload that can be transitioned to the cloud in the near term to yield "early wins" to help build momentum and support for the migration to cloud computing."]
Star Wars Prequels

Submission + - Boy defends mother with Jedi weapon

terrymr writes: "An 11-year-old boy has used a toy lightsabre to chase off a man who abused his mother in an English village.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, verbally abused and punched the boy's mother, provoking the Star Wars-style attack, British newspaper The Sun reported."
Power

Submission + - Wearable electrical power system under development (energytech-today.com)

EnergyTech-Today writes: "Researchers at CSIRO have received $4.4 million in funding to develop flexible batteries and conductive fabrics that can be worn on the body. As shown in the prototype illustration, the design employs advanced, flexible materials that allow the system to wrap around the body of the wearer, increasing comfort and maximizing movement. The system incorporates a vibration energy harvesting system to allow movements of the wearer's body to recharge the batteries. Although the system is being designed for military applications, wouldn't this be the ultimate way for tech-geeks to power our arsenal of portable gadgets!?"
Wireless Networking

Submission + - 7 Steps to Safer WiFi

ancientribe writes: We've all done it: You need quick access to email, so you jump on that free WiFi connection at the local coffee shop, the airport, or a conference hotel. What are the chances you'll get hacked, anyway? Truth is, if you use unsecured WiFi in the clear, without any encryption or security, you're asking for it. This Dark Reading article provides 7 security measures you can take to stay secure on a public WiFi connection.

http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=119 473&WT.svl=news1_1
Censorship

Submission + - EFF forces DMCA abuser to apologize

destinyland writes: "The EFF just announced victory over a serial abuser of DMCA copyright notices. To set an example, their settlement required Michael Crook to record a video apology to the entire internet for interfering with free speech. He's also required to withdraw every bogus DMCA notice, and refrain from future bogus notices, never contest the original image again, and take a remedial class on copyright law. He'd attempted to use flaws in the DMCA to censor an embarrassing picture of himself that he just didn't want appearing online — but instead the whole thing backfired."
The Courts

H-P's Dunn Enters No Plea, Charges Dismissed 156

GogglesPisano writes "CNN earlier reported that former HP chairwoman Patricia Dunn would plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of fraudulent wire communications stemming from her involvement in last year's corporate eavesdropping scandal. The story was later amended after charges again st Dunn were dropped. The original charges, four felony counts, were reduced to misdemeanors in exchange for a plea bargain. Her three co-defendants are expected to receive 96 hours of community service; in Dunn's case this sentence is likely to be waived due to illness." Update: 03/15 02:21 GMT by KD : The prosecutor in the case issued a correction to the eariler pronouncement that Dunn would plead guilty to a misdemeanor. "At court today, Patricia Dunn did not enter any plea in response to the misdemeanor count, and the court exercised its discretion by dismissing the case against her," the revised statement said.
Patents

Submission + - Amazon documents delivered in 1-Click patent fight

An anonymous reader writes: The Campaigner behind attempts to invalidate Amazon.com's controversial '1-Click' payment patent has gained access to Amazon's filings at the US Patent Office and still believes he has a case."According to the Code of Federal Regulations Amazon.com are supposed to give me a copy of everything they file-but they have made a habit of not doing so," said Calveley on his blog. "I had to call the USPTO and persuade them to remind Amazon of the rules so finally Amazon mailed me a copy of the documents." "Amazon have also filed a number of documents attesting to the commercial effectiveness and advantages of 'One click shopping'," wrote Calveley. "Perhaps they are intending to make some of the old arguments along the lines of: 'Nobody thought it would be successful — but it was — so it must be non-obvious!' and 'Look how commercially successful it is — it must be non-obvious!' etc." "I thought they might try some of these tactics, so in my request for re-examination, I have already pointed out that there were a lot of other reasons Amazon had commercial success — its customization features (for which Pinpoint Incorporated unsuccessfully sued Amazon for patent infringement), the number of books in stock, the general growth of the Internet and e-commerce etc." Calveley also discovered that Amazon had included in its submissions definitions backing its arguments that were not only gathered years after the relevant period, but from an unreliable source, collaborative encyclopaedia Wikipedia. Amazon's patent filing dates from 1997, and Calveley says that he has evidence from the press that the DigiCash and other systems were up and running before that. If 'prior art' — technology or inventions performing the function of a patent before the registration of that patent — is found then a patent becomes invalid.
Programming

Submission + - MS Kills Visual FoxPro 10

smist08 writes: Microsoft today (http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vfoxpro/bb308952 .aspx) announced there will be no VFP 10. They are releasing more source for VFP 9 as a way of sloughing off support.
Privacy

Submission + - Judge drops charges against HP's Dunn

Anonymous Coward writes: "SAN JOSE, Calif. — A judge dropped all charges against former Hewlett-Packard Co. board Chairwoman Patricia Dunn, who was accused of fraud in the boardroom spying scheme that rocked one of Silicon Valley's most respected companies.

Three other defendants in the case also will avoid jail time after their lawyers entered no contest pleas Wednesday to misdemeanor charges of fraudulent wire communications in Santa Clara Superior Court.

Judge Ray E. Cunningham did not immediately accept the pleas by former HP ethics chief Kevin Hunsaker, and private investigators Ronald DeLia and Matthew DePante, and said the charges against them will also be dropped in September after they complete 96 hours of community service and make restitution.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/business/46 30942.html"

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