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Submission + - Piracy law cuts internet traffic by 33%

Linux Admin Blog writes: "Sweden's new anti piracy laws are based on an EU directive. From the BBC "Internet traffic in Sweden fell by 33% as the country's new anti-piracy law came into effect, reports suggest. Sweden's new policy — the Local IPRED law — allows copyright holders to force internet service providers (ISP) to reveal details of users sharing files.""

Submission + - Robot does science without human help

holy_calamity writes: "An automated genetics lab hooked up to artificial intelligence software has become the first robot to make scientific discoveries without human help. Adam, in Aberystwyth, UK, worked out the function of several yeast genes by performing experiments and interpreting the results — work apparently equivalent to that usually performed by grad students."
Linux Business

Submission + - The Open Source Enterprise Trap (h-online.com)

AndyST writes: Dj Walker-Morgan writes about a lock-in effect with vendors of open source enterprise software, apparently similar to what you know from the proprietary world. He calls this "limited support lock in".

By only supporting binary versions that they have supplied to enterprise customers, [open source enterprise vendors] have taken away the advantages of open source from the customer. What open source does for [the vendor] is give them a cheaper way of developing their software by allowing people to take the community code and enhance it, and they get the benefits of those enhancements. [...] An enterprise has to be prepared to ensure that the enterprise open source vendor they are dealing with is really as open as they need.

He closes with a checklist which helps to receive all advantages and freedom open source software.


Submission + - Antivirus protection worse than a year ago (heise-security.co.uk)

juct writes: "In a test of 17 antivirus products, the german magazine c't concluded, that the effectiveness has fallen off, and more and more pests can now slip past these barriers. Most of the products perform reasonably well if they can rely on their database of signatures. But if they have to detect new malware with heuristics, the results were worse than last year. Besides this c't did the first comprehensive test of behaviour blocking in antivirus products and found that more than half of them did not react on suspicious behaviour at all. The test itself is available only in the printed magazine, heise Security published a summary."

Submission + - Novell, RedHat being corporate on Real Time Linux (novell.com)

AndyST writes: "Always interesting to see how rival GNU/Linux vendors treat each other. (Spoiler: Just like any other two companies.) On the subject of real time linux, and the companies' respective procucts, a Redhad executive claimed Novell was selling beta code, their code. Novell's rebuttal, with a smirk, contins a "Note to Red Hat: this is open source, remember? [...] Just because Red Hat is again late to market [...] doesn't mean Linux contains "beta code."" It's just business, nothing personal."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - SCO found guilty of lying about Unix code in Linux (linux-watch.com)

mlauzon writes: "In the United States, SCO's Linux/Unix litigation has been stalled out while the company's bankruptcy trial is being dealt with. In Germany, however, several court cases have found SCO Group GmbH, SCO's Germany branch, guilty of lying about Linux containing stolen Unix code.

In the first case, reported on by Heise Online, the pro-Linux German companies, Tarent GmbH and Univention found that SCO was once more making claims that Linux contained Unix IP (intellectual property). Specifically, SCO GmbH made the familiar claims that "As we have progressed in our discovery related to this action, SCO has found compelling evidence that the Linux operating system contains unauthorized SCO UNIX intellectual property (IP)." This was followed by the usual threat "If a customer refuses to compensate SCO for its UNIX intellectual property found in Linux by purchasing a license, then SCO may consider litigation."

The German Linux companies had already successfully protested against these statements in 2003. Then they were granted an injunction against SCO from making its claims that Linux contains illegally obtained SCO IP, a.k.a. Unix source code. If SCO violated this injunction, SCO would have to pay a fine of 250,000 Euros.

Since Tarent and Univention brought the matter to the attention of the courts, SCO has taken down the offending page with its claims.

Of course, in the U.S. court system, it has already been ruled that SCO has no Unix IP. Novell, not SCO, owns Unix.

Tarent's managing director told Heise Online that he found "It disconcerting, though not surprising, to see SCO trying to do towards the end what it is really being paid for by its supporters: spreading falsities as disparaging as possible about Linux." Unlike 2003, where Linux companies had to nip things in the bud, exercising vigilance is due now where things are coming to an end: "Even though SCO has reached the end of the line in our opinion, one should not let them get away with this."

In a similar case, Andreas Kuckartz, a German Linux advocate, had been publicly stating since 2003 that "SCO IP Licenses for Linux" amounted to little more than "protection money pricelists" and that SCO is "spreading rumors about copyright violations in Linux." Further, Kuckartz claimed that "The SCO Group Inc. is probably is involved in crimes such as stock manipulation and filing a fraudulent complaint against IBM."

SCO took him to court over these claims and SCO has lost (German PDF document). The Higher Regional Court in Munich ruled, Kuckartz said in e-mails to Linux-Watch, "that my statements are allowed because none of the factual statements I made to support those accusations are false. I can now even go to a business partner of The SCO Group GmbH and tell him or her that SCO is probably involved in the named crimes."

Kuckartz claim that he believes is the most important one is that in the four years the case has dragged out, SCO never objected "to my statement that SCO has not presented any proof of copyright violations in the lawsuit SCO vs. IBM."

In the United States, however, SCO, even now, continues to drag out its unsubstantiated claims that IBM has stolen SCO's Unix IP. In the SCO bankruptcy hearing, SCO attorney Arthur Spector once more claims, "Our litigation is a tremendous asset" and "Our litigation with IBM could bring in hundreds of millions of dollars.""


Submission + - The sixty-five dollar click (nytimes.com) 2

PessimisticLitigator writes: Adam Liptak wrote a great article, in the New York Times, on how competition in the legal field is driving the cost per click of Google ad to remarkable levels Phrases such as "Oakland personal injury lawyer," "Asbestos attorney," and "mesothelioma attorney Texas" are bringing in between $58 and $66 per click. Is this an example of commonsense left at the door, or is it a brilliant use of technology? It seems like the prior to me.

There is an interesting side note where the article calls Google a middle aged technology, and it cites the historically slow adaptation of technology by attorneys as evidence.


The Internet

Submission + - Domainers Gone Blind

An anonymous reader writes: Unless you have perfect vision and happen to use the right font, the difference between "fìx.com" and "fix.com" lies in the eye of the beholder. Just ask the unfortunate bidder who offered to pay $46,001 for the worthless IDN domain fìx.com, having mistaken it for the highly valuable fix.com

http://www.dailydomainer.com/200764-domainers-gone -blind.html

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