An anonymous reader writes: Seeking to end the various discussions about Ubuntu partnering with Microsoft, Mark Shuttleworth, with a post to his blog today, makes it clear that they have "declined to discuss any agreement with Microsoft under the threat of unspecified patent infringements". Shuttleworth seems to share most peoples' feelings on this entire business by saying that 'Allegations of "infringement of unspecified patents" carry no weight whatsoever.'
An anonymous reader writes: Beyond3D reports that Toshiba has migrated the Stream Processing Units found on the Cell processors away from its previously custom design towards a synthesizable design that can be easily integrated into new processors. The new design created an SPU that 20-30% smaller than the SPUs found in the Cell, although it is 10% slower at the same frequency. However, the new design is capable of hitting 4Ghz, much faster than current SPUs.
Comply or Else writes: "Worried that it's not getting enough license revenue, Microsoft UK is now planning to be more persistent in seeking BSA audits. According to the article, "Most companies comply [when sent requests for an audit], but up to 3 percent don't. Under the new program, if Microsoft doesn't receive a response after 14 days, the company will send a succession of three 'escalation' letters over three weeks. The last two letters warn the case could be turned over the BSA, which could pursue legal action." Microsoft goes on to claim that 27% of software in the UK is improperly licensed, of course they also think that "[Microsoft's] audit and asset management teams also can look for ways the company can save money." To be fair, though, these audits cause one way to save money to spring to mind."