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Submission + - Ubisoft DRM problems remain unsolved (ubi.com) 1

ocean_soul writes: "More than three weeks after the release of The Settlers 7, with the controversial "always on-line" DRM, a lot of people still can't connect to Ubisoft's DRM servers. The forum threads where people can post if they are unable to connect keeps growing daily. The reason for the lack of fixes or responses from support seems to be that the people responsible were on vacation during the Easter holiday, despite the promis of 24/7 monitoring of the servers. The moral of this story seems to be that it is a bad idea to buy a game just before a major holiday. Something to keep in mind for Christmas shopping..."

Submission + - SCO Asked O'Gara to Smear Groklaw (groklaw.net)

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "PJ of Groklaw has found some really interesting documents coming out of the never-ending SCO trial. Specifically, in SCO v. Novell, SCO doesn't want the jury to find out about the email Blake Stowell (then a PR guy for SCO) sent to Maureen O'Gara that asked her to 'send a jab PJ's way.' For those who don't remember that far back in the SCO saga, the 'jab' was when O'Gara wrote an inaccurate, rambling and irrelevant 'exposé' on PJ which got O'Gara fired for violating journalistic ethics after angry readers complained to the publisher—an act which caused Ms. O'Gara to tell SCO, 'I want war pay.' For those wondering how they can keep going after that final judgment against SCO over a year ago. It's hard to do the saga justice without glossing over everything, but the short version is that SCO ran to bankruptcy after they were mostly dead, but before becoming completely dead. That automatically stopped all the cases against SCO due to standard bankruptcy court rules, then SCO effectively re-litigated a bunch of issues via bankruptcy court rules. Currently, they're accusing Novell of 'slander of title' over copyrights that two different courts have ruled that SCO does not own, and we're waiting to see if a jury will reach the same conclusion. They're also trying to use the company's lawsuits as assets and to sell them to various SCO insiders so that the legal wranglings can continue even if nothing is left of SCO. From the very start, SCO has always been the type to fight dirty."

Submission + - Apple loses "i" Trademark case (smh.com.au) 1

CuteSteveJobs writes: Apple has been dealt a severe blow having been told that it no longer has a monopoly on the letter "i" for product naming. IP Australia, the government body that oversees trademark applications, rejected Apples' complaint against a company selling "DOPi" laptop bags. Last year Australian computer company Macpro Computers claimed that after 26 years of flying its own Macpro brand that Apple was "trying to burn us out" with legal fees. This was after Apple released its own Macpro line 3½ years ago. Apple lost that complaint, but is appealing. Last year Apple went after supermarket Woolworths complaining their new logo which featured a "W" fashioned into the shape of an apple. Woolworths sells real apples.

Are Apple's overzealous lawyers risking the company's goodwill by pursing so many frivolous cases? Could there be a backlash that would see Apple still profitable but as unpopular as Microsoft? Should iNTEL be worried?

Submission + - Web video restrictions in Italy

An anonymous reader writes: New rules to be introduced by government decree will require people who upload videos onto the Internet to obtain authorization from the Communications Ministry similar to that required by television broadcasters, drastically reducing freedom to communicate over the Web. Some critics described the decree as an expression of the conflict of interests of Silvio Berlusconi, who exercises political control over the state broadcaster RAI in his role as prime minister and is also the owner of Italy's largest private broadcaster, Mediaset.

Submission + - Tower switch-off embarrases electrosensitives (mybroadband.co.za) 2

Sockatume writes: Residents in Craigavon, South Africa complained of "[h]eadaches, nausea, tinnitus, dry burning itchy skins, gastric imbalances and totally disrupted sleep patterns" after an iBurst communications tower was put up in a local park. Symptoms subsided when the residents left the area, often to stay with family and thus evade their suffering. At a public meeting with the afflicted locals, the tower's owners pledged to switch off the mast immediately to assess whether it was responsible for their ailments. One problem: the mast had already been switched off for six weeks. Lawyers representing the locals say their case against iBurst will continue on other grounds.

Submission + - Who Do You Recommend For Personal Web Hosting?

postermmxvicom writes: I have a personal website that I use for very little. I put pictures up there. I host files for myself and friends. I use it for my email. I have been with my current host for eons. Unfortunately, I have seen nothing but a steady decline in service. The last straw was they disabled my email accounts for being 'inactive' because I don't log in using outlook or webmail. They even disabled my primary contact email which they used to contact me about disabling my email accounts! I check my email on my phone, which they don't support — so I forward it to gmail.

All I want is to be able to use my own domain for email, ftp, and webpages. I am currently wading through all the options out there I can find. I am trying to separate out the real reviews from the shills. Who do you recommend? Is there some alternative I am overlooking because I haven't been shopping for this kind of service in eons? Can google apps or something similar serve my needs? I currently spend about $100 a year — that is about the most I'd be willing to pay.

Submission + - Evidence of Rapid Evolution in the Y Chromosome (mit.edu)

eldavojohn writes: MIT News is reporting on new research overturning the theory that the Y chromosome has remained genetically stagnant for hundreds of millions of years. A sequencing of the chimpanzee Y chromosome allowed the Whitehead Institute to compare that sequencing with that of a human's only to find significant differences despite humans and chimps sharing 98.8% of DNA base pairs. They now have theories about why this is and what differences between the species this may explain but it is difficult to pinpoint what exactly in mating or male behavior can be attributed to the evolution of the Y chromosome. It is, however, evidence that the Y chromosome has been evolving and rebuilding much more rapidly than previously thought. The researchers have begun sequencing the Y chromosomes of several other mammals that are closely related to investigate whether rapid evolution of the Y chromosome is common in the animal kingdom.

Submission + - Organ damage in rats from Monsanto GMO Corn

jenningsthecat writes: A study published in December 2009 in the International Journal of Biological Sciences found that three varieties of Monsanto genetically-modified corn caused damage to the liver, kidneys, and other organs of rats:


One of the corn varieties was designed to tolerate broad-spectrum herbicides, (so-called "Roundup-ready" corn), while the other two contain bacteria-derived proteins that have insecticide properties. The study made use of Monsanto's own raw data.

Quoting from the study's 'Conclusions' section:

"Our analysis highlights that the kidneys and liver as particularly important on which to focus such research as there was a clear negative impact on the function of these organs in rats consuming GM maize varieties for just 90 days."

Given the very high prevalence of corn in processed foods, this could be a real ticking time-bomb. And with food manufacturers not being required by law to declare GMO content, I think I'll do my best to avoid corn altogether. Pass the puffed rice and pour me a glass of fizzy water!

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