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Comment Re:Wait. (Score 1) 169

I agree with the fact that security through obscurity is never a good stance, however I do recall reading an article either in Linux Pro Magazine or a similar print publication several years back that an outside security researcher was given access to Skype's source and his conclusion was that the protocol was indeed secure. In this case, I believe the company just doesn't want others seeing into their product. Myself, I'm not giving any opinion as to what I think about reverse-engineering it, just wanted to put that out there. Apologies that I cannot cite the source offhand.
Patents

Journal Journal: Re: Bedrock, Google, and Linux

I seriously hate Lawyers. I live next door to an FDIC Lawyer and his wife who is also a Lawyer of some sort. She literally is JUST LIKE the character(s) Tara on United States of Tara on Showtime.. She's on Meds, is up and down, and never consistent. He? Well despite being some big-shot government banking lawyer, he's cheap as hell, from some kind of Moravian background, and despite his money and status, acts like a scheming, scurvy, little peasant. In fact, were I a director casting for

Comment Time to migrate to BSD (Score 1) 347

Hopefully this doesn't set a precedent. Lawyers like these people really are scum. On a side note, it is interesting to think about how BSD had its own legal battles with AT&T back in the day, resulting in the 4.4 BSD-Lite systems from which the major BSD Distributions/Operating Systems today stem from. While I decry the activities of Bedrock Company with regards to the Linux kernel (read: not "operating system), I do think it goes to show the importance of licenses.
Patents

Submission + - Google Loses Bedrock Suit, All Linux May Infringe (cnet.com)

blair1q writes: cnet reports that Google has lost the lawsuit brought by Bedrock, is infringing on Patent 5,893,120 "Methods and apparatus for information storage and retrieval using a hashing technique with external chaining and on-the-fly removal of expired data," and has exposed the Linux kernel, in which the infringing code reportedly appears, to liability for patent-license fees. RedHat also participated in the suit, arguing that the patent was invalid, but the court decided otherwise.
Cloud

Submission + - Amazon outage shows limits of failover "zones" (networkworld.com)

jbrodkin writes: "For cloud customers willing to pony up a little extra cash, Amazon has an enticing proposition: Spread your application across multiple availability zones for a near-guarantee that it won't suffer from downtime. "By launching instances in separate Availability Zones, you can protect your applications from failure of a single location," Amazon says in pitching its Elastic Compute Cloud service. But the availability zones are close together and can fail at the same time, as we saw today. The outage and ongoing attempts to restore service call into question the effectiveness of the availability zones, and put a spotlight on Amazon's failure to provide load balancing between the east and west coasts."

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