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Submission Summary: 0 pending, 43 declined, 17 accepted (60 total, 28.33% accepted)

Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Supercomputer conquers Rubik's Cube (

PCM2 writes: "New Scientist reports that, like checkers before it, the Rubik's Cube has now been 'solved' via computer analysis. According to scientists at Boston's Northeastern University, any Rubik's Cube position can be returned to a fully-solved state in just 26 moves. Pretty amazing for an object that has a reported 43 quintillion combinations — but then again, not necessarily surprising if you've ever watched a Rubik's Cube competition."

Submission + - Teen accuses RIAA of fraud, collusion

PCM2 writes: "The Associated Press is reporting that Robert Santangelo, a 16-year-old who has been sued by the RIAA for file sharing and piracy, has raised 32 defenses to the organization's claims, including that 'the record companies, which have filed more than 18,000 piracy lawsuits in federal courts, "have engaged in a wide-ranging conspiracy to defraud the courts of the United States."' The documents go on to suggest that the music industry is "a cartel" and is in violation of U.S. anti-trust laws. Santangelo has also filed a counter-claim against the RIAA for defamation and legal fees."

Submission + - Microsoft licenses Office UI

PCM2 writes: "Old-time Mac OS programmers will remember when Apple first released its groundbreaking Human Interface Guidelines, which described how developers could give a consistent UI to their Mac software. Fast-forward to today and Microsoft is doing something similar with its much-touted new UI for Office. Only in Redmond's case, the UI must be licensed to each developer. Among the terms of the license: 'The Design Guidelines are Microsoft's confidential information. As long as they remain confidential, you cannot disclose them to anyone else without Microsoft's prior written approval ... This license contains no sub-license rights.' Apparently the UI is valuable Microsoft intellectual property."

Submission + - Novell CEO addresses patent concerns

PCM2 writes: "Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian has issued an open letter to the press and Linux community addressing some of the concerns about his company's recent deal with Microsoft. From the letter: "We disagree with the recent statements made by Microsoft on the topic of Linux and patents. Importantly, our agreement with Microsoft is in no way an acknowledgment that Linux infringes upon any Microsoft intellectual property. When we entered the patent cooperation agreement with Microsoft, Novell did not agree or admit that Linux or any other Novell offering violates Microsoft patents.""
Linux Business

Submission + - Oracle to Compete Wth Red Hat for Linux Support

PCM2 writes: "It's not Oracle Linux, but Larry Ellison has announced that Oracle will be providing full enterprise support for Linux. This means not just phone calls but also patches, security fixes, and backports, in addition to indemnification from lawsuits like SCO's. This puts Oracle in direct competition with its erstwhile partner, Red Hat, whose entire business is based on providing similar support for its Linux distro and related software."

Submission + - allofmp3 Against the World

PCM2 writes: "Russian MP3 site has announced that it plans to make thousands of albums available for free, in defiance of growing pressure from international governments and recording industry associations that want the site shut down. Meanwhile, Visa has announced that it has suspended service for allofmp3, and that the service can no longer accept Visa cards. The allofmp3 story seems to be coming to a conclusion."

Submission + - A Week Trapped in the Browser

PCM2 writes: "Over at InfoWorld, Oliver Rist recently accepted the challenge to use nothing but Web-based apps for one week. The goal was to do everything he does normally — which mostly involved office-productivity apps, including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software — without ever touching Microsoft Office, or any other desktop software. After looking at Writely, JotSpot, iRows, Zoho, and a bunch of others, his verdict is about what you suspect ... though there were some stand-outs among the pack. His whole adventure is also available as a PDF."

Submission + - How much is Vista worth?

PCM2 writes: "Chris Null at Yahoo breaks down the advertised new features of Windows Vista, line by line, and comes up with an estimated value of each (based on what they are replacing or what it might cost to buy third-party software to do the same thing in XP). Windows Sidebar scores a net value of zero, as does Windows Calendar and Windows DVD Maker. Media Player 11 scores a buck. Nonetheless, Null's final estimation is that Windows Vista is worth about $133."

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