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Comment Re:Typical jumping to conclusions (Score 1) 271

Skype for Asterisk is far from a third party hack. It was designed around the Skype Engine API, at a time when Skype was not providing access to that API to the general public (I think they still aren't providing that level of access). In fact, Skype approached Mark Spencer (original programmer of Asterisk), not the other way around. So while the integration was largely written by Digium programmers, the Skype connector has always been a direct project of Skype's.

As far as Google's communication protocols are concerned, they use all freely and openly licensed protocols, and support for them has long been integrated in Asterisk. (Yes, you can use Google Voice with Asterisk.)

Your comparison fails.


Atari Loses Copyright Suit Against RapidShare 198

dotarray writes "Online copyright lawsuits aren't all about music. Video game publisher Atari Europe recently became concerned that copies of its game Alone in the Dark were floating around one-click file-hosting service RapidShare, so it took the hosting company to court. While they won the initial case, the decision was overturned on appeal, finding that RapidShare is doing nothing wrong."

Comment Re:Safe Harbor Limits for Fair Use (Score 3, Insightful) 335

Now lets say you have a huge catalog of songs you'd like to defend. You're a big mega corporation so what you do is you hire developers to analyze songs for fingerprints and -- funny how pedantic algorithms get to be -- submit anything over the 'safe harbor' limit to Control Gate C (that being the legal arm which churns out thousands of take down notices).

If I am the CEO of a mega corporation, then I know the value of good will to generate goodwill and I will put some kind of human at Control Gate C who will put a stopper on the mindless sharks in my legal department who would sully my business' positive reputation by suing dancing toddlers.

As would I, which is probably why neither of us are (or ever will be) CEO of a mega corp.

Actually, there's a very well-known CEO who considers exactly that, and he has been, at one time or another, considered the richest man in the world: Warren Buffett. He famously once said, "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."


Submission + - Does SPF really work?

Intelopment writes: "My Domain name has recently been used a lot as the REPLY field by some inconsiderate spammer and my ISP has suggested that I consider using the Open SPF service (http://openspf.org/) as a way to stop spammers from using my domain name for their REPLY field. From what I can tell it requires the receiving mail server to actually participate in the SPF service, which is where I get my doubts. Does anyone have any experience with this service? Does it work? Are many ISPs using openSFP?"

Submission + - Lawmakers Push for Big Subsidies for Coal Process

gollum123 writes: "Even as Congressional leaders draft legislation to reduce greenhouse gases linked to global warming, a powerful roster of Democrats and Republicans is pushing to subsidize coal as the king of alternative fuels ( http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/29/business/29coal. html?_r=1&hp&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin ). Prodded by intense lobbying from the coal industry, lawmakers from coal states are proposing that taxpayers guarantee billions of dollars in construction loans for coal-to-liquid production plants, guarantee minimum prices for the new fuel, and guarantee big government purchases for the next 25 years. Among the proposed inducements winding through House and Senate committees: loan guarantees for six to 10 major coal-to-liquid plants, each likely to cost at least $3 billion; a tax credit of 51 cents for every gallon of coal-based fuel sold through 2020; automatic subsidies if oil prices drop below $40 a barrel; and permission for the Air Force to sign 25-year contracts for almost a billion gallons a year of coal-based jet fuel. The political momentum to subsidize coal fuels is in odd juxtaposition to simultaneous efforts by Democrats to draft global-warming bills that would place new restrictions on coal-fired electric power plants. The move reflects a tension, which many lawmakers gloss over, between slowing global warming and reducing dependence on foreign oil."

Submission + - Microsoft Ordered Off New Zealand School Macs.

BiggerIsBetter writes: "The New Zealand Education Ministry has ordered the removal of Microsoft Office software from 25,000 Apple Macintoshes used in schools around New Zealand. The reason being that Microsoft wanted machines to be licensed whether they used the software or not. "The ministry could not justify the extra $2.7 million being given to Microsoft for software that would not be used," Education Minister Steve Maharey is quoted as saying."

Submission + - Triple Amputee Graduates Medical School

karvind writes: "Hats off to Kellie Lim, who became a triple amputee at age 8 because of bacterial meningitis, is to from UCLA's medical school on Friday. She plans to focus on childhood allergies and infectious disease. Lim, whose legs were amputated six inches below the knee, walks so normally that those who don't know her history can't tell she's walking on artificial limbs. When she lost her right forearm, Lim learned to use her left hand, minus three fingertips. Today, she can take blood and give injections one-handed."

Submission + - Bloggers Code of Conduct

itsonlybarney writes: "Glenda Kwek from the Sydney Morning Herald, has written a compelling article about whether a Bloggers Code of Conduct is necessary and whether it would 'facilitate a better environment for debate'.

This is not a new topic of course. It provoked furious debate across the blogosphere and in the media last month after an American blogger, Kathy Sierra, received what some people called death threats from an anonymous poster. Tim O'Reilly, the person said to have coined the term Web 2.0, and Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales recently proposed a draft bloggers' code of conduct that they hope will serve as a guideline for blogging.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Millett Hybrid MAX Amplifier

JonLesser writes: ""The Millett Hybrid Maxed, or Millett MAX, or MAX for short, is a vacuum tube and solid state hybrid headphone amplifier. It is the latest refinement in a series of headphone amplifiers that began with Pete Millett, its namesake."The design even includes vacuum tubes illumniated by blue LEDs! Colin Toole is currently taking names and quantities for a group buy of the custom PCB designed for the MAX amp. The expected cost is $12, however, it could be less if enough people place orders. Orders can be placed until June 3rd. More than 253 have been spoken for so far."

Submission + - New Zealand rejects Office for Macs.

An anonymous reader writes: The NZPA is reporting that the New Zealand Ministry of Education has declined to renew a licensing deal for MS Office on 25,000 Macintosh computers in the countries schools. The Education Minister, Steve Maharey, has even gone to suggest schools use free alternative NeoOffice. However a school Principal has spoken out against the decision, claiming the NeoOffice website warned users to expect problems and bugs, saying: "That's not the sort of software we should be expecting kids in New Zealand to be using."

Submission + - IIS overtakes Apache among Fortune 1000 sites

El Lobo writes: If you think back a few years to IIS 5.0, the future for Microsoft's web server looked rather bleak. With IIS 6.0, Microsoft made "locked down" mode settings the default at installation, which helped minimize security problems, and helped IIS 6.0 recapture a major part of trust that IIS 5.0 lost. No major security disasters have been reported since the release of IIS 6.0. Now, Microsoft is looking to consolidate IIS 7.0's position as a secure and robust web server.

A recent market survey indicated that Microsoft's IIS has a 31.13 percent market share, which places it in second position behind the open source Apache Web Server. Another survey by Port80 Software that takes Fortune 1000 companies into consideration reports that IIS has overtaken Apache among Fortune 1000 sites.

Submission + - Hard drive failure greater thant vendor estimates.

Agent2592 writes: "Here is a very interesting article on a study about hard drive failure. Notable from the article: -Hard drive failure rate is much higher that what the vendors suggest -SCSI/FC discs ("server class"), contrary to common perception DO NOT have a significant advantage over PATA/SATA ("desktop class") when it comes to failure rate. -Operating temperature and failure rate DO NOT have a significant correlation. In other words discs kept at a lower operating temperature fail just as much. (RAPID & frequent temperature change do have an impact) -There is NO reliable predictor of failure. (SMART included)"

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