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Submission + - Sveasoft Domain Dissappears

mache writes: After an absence of forum postings by sole owner and head developer James Ewing since early September, the Sveasoft domain now points to a parking notification — . While subscribers were increasingly concerned about Ewing's absence, this new development increases the gravity of the situation and concern for the future of the Talisman firmware release. Sveasoft develops Wi-Fi router firmware for selected Linux-based routers including ones from ASUS, Belkin, Buffalo Technology, Linksys, and Netgear. For more information about Sveasoft visit the wiki at
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Submission + - Eee Keyboard Details Released (

ScuttleMonkey writes: "Details on the new Eee keyboard previously held secret during the FCC filing, have now been made available. You can now take a look at the innards and a full spec sheet detailing exactly what is being promised. "Beneath the 5-inch, 800 x 480 pixel touch panel (with stylus) we'll be getting Windows XP Home running on an Intel Atom N270, 945GSE / ICH7-M chipset with Broadcom AV-VD905 video decoder, 1GB of DDR2 memory, either 16GB or 32GB of flash storage, 4-hour battery, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and VGA outputs, integrated stereo speakers and mic, 3x USB, headphone and mic jacks, and external WiFi / UWB antenna. The Eee Keyboard's on-board Ultra-Wideband (UWB) throws 720p content to your TV within a 5-meter range (10-meters for non-video transmissions) via a UWB receiver packing 2x USB ports, another mini-USB port, audio out, and HDMI.""

Submission + - Microsoft 'Invents' Game-Over Software Licensing

theodp writes: Microsoft's Open Value Subscription offering didn't get the warmest reception from Slashdot fans. Nor did the follow-up announcement of Albany, a planned MS-Office Subscription Service. Now comes word from the USPTO that Microsoft feels it deserves a patent for its 'invention' of 'Time-Based Licensing', which aims to make the traditional pay-once perpetual license model a thing of the past. Hey, if your customers were waiting nine years between OS upgrades, you'd try touting a three-year lease with a balloon buy-out payment, too!

Comment Re:Bait cars? (Score 1) 194

There's a reality TV show on Speed about a task force that puts out bait cars and then follows around the drivers of said bait cars until they get enough people tailing them to take them down. They track actual stolen cars as well, but there's never a mention of needing a new warrant each time the car is used. I believe the car is registered with all relevant jurisdictions' authorities, but aside from that, police observing a crime in a setting in which there is no expectation of privacy (e.g. in plain sight) arrest the perp for that crime.

Comment Re:Mixed feelings (Score 1) 238

Here's my problem with this whole line of reasoning. It's not like the judge heard the ruling and immediately said, "Yeah, no, I think you all suck, we're doing it this way." This is several years later. I'm assuming there's been a couple of eyes this case has passed in front of since then, and despite the glacial pace of the judicial system, it may be that cooler heads have prevailed for once, and your average slashdotter is pissed because M$ happens to have won for once in a case where they might have actually been justified winning.

(To borrow from someone else's sig: "-1, Disagree" does not exist. Flamebait, offtopic and troll are not acceptable substitutes.)

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