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Submission + - Microsoft Attacks Google on Copyright

loid_void writes: "In remarks prepared for delivery on Tuesday to the Association of American Publishers, New York Tims reports that the associate general counsel of Microsoft, Thomas Rubin, argues that Google's move into new media markets has come at the expense of publishers of books, videos and software. Mr. Rubin's comments echo arguments at the heart of a 16-month-old copyright lawsuit against Google brought by five book publishers and organized by the Association of American Publishers, an industry trade group. David Drummond, Google's senior vice president for corporate development and its chief legal officer, said in response that Google worked with more than 10,000 publishing partners to make books searchable online and had recently added the BBC and N.B.A. as YouTube video partners."

Submission + - Second Life bugs led to John Edwards attack

destinyland writes: "This article identified the group who attacked John Edwards' virtual headquarters in Second Life. Apparently they've been attacking the service since last 2006, with Linden Labs unable to successfully stop them. (Though the group believes Linden Labs actually identified their hardware.) It's an interesting example of communities collididing. The group claims to have successfully designed "unbanning" tools, argue that they're protesting Linden's restrictive in-world guidelines, and insist that their attacks weren't specifically directed against John Edwards. But their past "attacks" have involved "grey goo" server flooding with an army of Nintendo's Mario — which they then uploaded the footage to YouTube as a music video."

Submission + - Microsoft gets ownd by its own Windows OneCare

Stony Stevenson writes: Microsoft has launched a marketing campaign that lets any student from an Australian university buy the Ultimate edition of Office 2007 (usually costs $1150) for only $75. A discount of about 93%. But when users go to the site, Microsoft Live OneCare pops up saying the site is a potential phishing scam.

From the article: When entering the site, some users have reported receiving a warning from Windows Live OneCare advising that the site is a suspicious website.

The warning reads: "Phishing filter has determined this might be a phishing website. We recommend that you do not give any of your information to such websites. Phishing websites impersonate trustworthy websites for the purpose of obtaining your personal or financial information."

A Microsoft spokesperson said the company was unaware of the warning but pledged to amend it as soon as possible.

Submission + - The Wii Sips While the Others Slurp Electricity

IEEE1394 writes: Have you ever wondered how much of a burden on the electrical grid your gaming system was? Well, this article breaks it down. What they found was that the Nintendo Wii was by far the most power conscientous. The Wii only costs around 1.00 a month to run with WiiConnect24 running, and 0.20 cents a month without. The glutenous pigs turn out to be the Xbox 360 and the SONY PS3, not surprisingly.
The Internet

Submission + - RegisterFly issues official statement

kimvette writes: "Moments ago RegisterFly issued an official statement regarding the domain registrar's dire situation. All blame is placed on Kevin Medina's alleged misconduct. This statement is posted at the RegisterFly customer advocate site, RegisterFlies.

Here is the introductory paragraph from the statement:

We at Registerfly.Com would like to offer our sincere apologies to all that have been affected by the actions of our former CEO / President, Kevin Medina. We cannot change the past but will make every effort to change the future of As a result of Mr. Medina's actions many of you have lost your domains, experienced problems with your Hosting, Renewals and Registrations. For this reason Mr. Medina's our "Board of Directors" had no recourse but to take action against Mr. Medina and fire him.

Clearly the remaining principles are placing 100% of the blame on Mr. Medina's shoulders, however this only leads to further questions: If Mr. Medina was locked out of the servers as of Monday, why is RegisterFly still having problems regaining control of their network? Why did they not fire Mr. Medina and address customer support issues sooner? Why did it take a threat from ICANN to motivate them to respond? When do they expect to give customers control over their domains once again? What will they do to regain customer domains they have already lost?"

Submission + - Alcatel-Lucent wins $1.52 billion from Microsoft

veeeee writes: A federal jury found that Microsoft infringed upon Alcatel-Lucent's audio patents. Microsoft plans to ask the judge to lower the $1.52 billion ruling and also to appeal the case. Microsoft claims to have properly licensed the MP3 pantents from a German company called Fraunhofer.
The Internet

Submission + - A Dating Site for Researchers and Guinea Pigs!

Volterys writes: "Researchers setting up clinical trials always have problems in finding suitable volunteer subjects. Stories in the media about the risks of being a "guinea pig" have had a disastrous effect on recruitment, with repercussions throughout medical research.

However, among the incurably sick there is often a desperate desire to try anything — even an experimental cure — that promises some relief or the distant prospect of cure. Patient groups and the Internet are helping to put these sufferers in touch with researchers, but formal channels are few and far between.

Volterys ( is the brain-child of Dr. Laurent Hermoye, a Belgian researcher who specialises in magnetic resonance imaging of the brain. His goal is to increase public awareness of the important role of the volunteers in clinical research and to facilitate contacts between volunteers and medical researchers. The legal and ethical aspects of arranging these introductions are in the hands of legal specialists, de Wolf & Partners who are party to the initiative.

It is a unique concept. volunteers sign up, free of charge, filling in a medical questionnaire which is anonymous but traceable. The researchers interrogate the database of anonymous volunteers to match them to the inclusion criteria of their trials. It is not dissimilar to on-line contact dating! The two sides are only put in direct touch with each other when a match has been made and the two parties have agreed upon a specific research project. The recruitment is managed by the researcher's laboratory and conforms to the ethical guidelines laid down by the Helsinki declaration and the European directive of 4 April 2001.

Volterys volunteers have a unique opportunity to contribute to the advance of medical knowledge and also benefit from new treatments before they are available to the public at large. For some studies there is monetary reward. Researchers who avail themselves of the service reduce the time and effort entailed in the cumbersome business of enrolment of adequate numbers of subjects for meaningful clinical trials, all for a very reasonable fee. Volterys offers a free service to researchers doing work on so-called 'orphan drugs' or treatments for rare diseases, where recruiting suitable volunteers is even more difficult.

In the 9 months since the website was launched in France and Belgium, more than 9.000 volunteers have registered. Volterys is now extending its service to Europe and hopes eventually to expand throughout the world."
United States

Human Nature Trumps Homeland Security 304

netbuzz writes "Security expert Bruce Schneier suggests this morning that 'there might not be a solution' to our post-9/11 penchant for making domestic anti-terrorism decisions based on the basic human desire to cover one's backside. He might be right. But shouldn't we at least try to figure out a better way? For example, wouldn't 'Commonsense Homeland Security' be a winning political banner, not a risky one? "

ESRB Hiring Pro Content Reviewers 32

In April of this year, the Entertainment Software Ratings Board will move to using full-time reviewers to determine ratings for game content. With rumblings of 'play the whole game' legislation in the halls of Congress, the organization is pre-empting the problem by having full-time raters. The ESRB's Patricia Vance commented on the project: 'Having full-time raters will allow for each one to have greater experience actually reviewing content and recommending ratings ... this would provide each rater with a greater sense of historical parity for ratings, not to mention helping them to be more attuned to pertinent content and how it should be considered from a ratings standpoint. The full-time raters would also be responsible for play-testing final versions of the game, time permitting, which would allow for ESRB to play-test a greater number of games than it currently does.'
Red Hat Software

Raymond Knocks Fedora, Switches to Ubuntu 608

narramissic writes "After 13 years as a loyal Red Hat user, Eric Raymond, co-founder of the Open Source Initiative, is switching to the Ubuntu distribution. In a message distributed to Linux mailing lists and news organizations, Raymond cited technical issues with Red Hat, such as the way repositories are maintained, the submission process and 'stagnant' development of Red Hat's packaging technology, as well as governance problems, the failure to gain desktop market share and the failure to include proprietary media formats. 'Over the last five years, I've watched Red Hat/Fedora throw away what was at one time a near-unassailable lead in technical prowess, market share and community prestige,' Raymond wrote. 'The blunders have been legion on both technical and political levels.'"

Submission + - MS attacks it's own DRM

morlock_man writes: "Despite claiming to support the PlaysForSure DRM into the indefinite Future, MS has apparently broken the DRM compatibility with Windows Media Player 11 and Vista. A number of reports are coming in from companies working with the DRM that attempts at playing any music licensed through the PFS DRM under Vista consistently produce errors. Is this an oversight on Microsoft's part? Or are they attempting to cripple their licensed DRM system in favour of supporting their own proprietary Zune business model? Can you say 'Antitrust'?"

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