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Data Storage

Submission + - IBM botches IT storage repair, kills bank systems (itnews.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: IBM personnel were blamed by a major Singapore bank after they reportedly botched a "routine" repair job on a disk storage subsystem, resulting in a seven-hour systems outage. The outage was apparently triggered during a repair job on a component within the disk storage subsystem connected to the bank's mainframe. IBM decided to swap out the offending component at 3am but an "oudated procedure" used by the repairer "inadvertently triggered a malfunction in the multiple layers of systems redundancies". The outage led to a gushing apology from the bank's chief executive overnight.
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Trial Misconduct Cost $40 Million (informationweek.com) 1

SpuriousLogic writes: The judge who banned Microsoft from selling its Word document program in the U.S. due to a patent violation tacked an additional $40 million onto a jury's $200 million verdict because the software maker's lawyers engaged in trial misconduct, court records reveal. In a written ruling, Judge Leonard Davis, of U.S. District Court for Eastern Texas, chastised Microsoft's attorneys for repeatedly misrepresenting the law in presentations to jurors."Throughout the course of trial Microsoft's trial counsel persisted in arguing that it was somehow improper for a non-practicing patent owner to sue for money damages," Davis wrote. The judge cited a particular incident in which a Microsoft lawyer compared plaintiff i4i, Inc. to banks that sought bailout money from the federal government under the Troubled Asset Relief Program. "He further persisted in improperly trying to equate i4i's infringement case with the current national banking crisis implying that i4i was a banker seeking a 'bailout'," Davis said.
Data Storage

Submission + - World's First LEED Platinum Data Center Opens (inhabitat.com)

Mike writes: "Germany recently unveiled the world's first LEED Platinum data center — the project was no small task considering the energy required to keep stacks of servers running smoothly in a climate-controlled environment. Designed by Arup Associates, the project is nothing short of gorgeous, and it uses only 30 percent of the power that a typical data center would utilize, and only requires 40 percent of the heating energy. Additionally, through the use of innovative reverse osmosis water treatment for cooling, the building will save 50 million liters of water per year."
Image

Wells Fargo Bank Sues Itself Screenshot-sm 445

Extreme economic problems require extreme solutions, and Wells Fargo Bank has come up with a good one. They have decided to sue themselves. Wells Fargo holds the first and second mortgages on a condominium that is going into foreclosure. As holder of the first, they are suing all other lien holders, including the holder of the second, which is Wells Fargo. It gets better. The company has hired a lawyer to defend itself against its own lawsuit. The defense lawyer even filed this answer to the complaint, "Defendant admits that it is the owner and holder of a mortgage encumbering the subject real property. All other allegations of the complaint are denied." On the website The Consumer Warning Network, Angie Moreschi wrote: "We've apparently reached the perfect storm for complete and utter idiocy by some banks trying to foreclose on homes."
Image

Berlin Opens Sex Academy Screenshot-sm 7

Inspired by the surplus of raunchy low-budget comedies of the '80s and the music videos of the time, The "Amora Sex Academy" has opened in Berlin. The academy allows the socially awkward to practice their clumsy fumblings on the erogenous zones of naked mannequins. More than 50 interactive displays can be studied at the academy, offering helpful tips on subjects ranging from striptease to oral sex and how to achieve a perfect orgasm. There are also film clips you can watch demonstrating various sexual positions, including something called the "Italian chandelier," which can burn up to 920 calories per hour.
Music

Danger Mouse Releases Blank CD-R To Spite EMI 296

An anonymous reader writes "DJ Danger Mouse famously fought with EMI over his Beatles/Jay-Z mashup, 'The Grey Album,' and now seems to be battling with the label again. Rather than release his latest album and face legal issues with EMI, Techdirt is reporting that Danger Mouse will be selling a blank CD-R along with lots of artwork, and buyers will be responsible for finding the music themselves (yes, it's findable on the internet) and burning the CD."
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft loses appeal on class-action suit (brucefwebster.com)

bfwebster writes: "Microsoft lost its appeal to remove class-action status for the 'Vista Capable' lawsuit that has already resulted in some embarrassing internal e-mails being released publicly. As Computerworld reports, in its appeal to the US Ninth Circuit Court, Microsoft argued (among other things) that "continuing the lawsuit might mean new disclosures of insider e-mails, which could 'jeopardize Microsoft's goodwill' and 'disrupt Microsoft's relationships with its business partners.'" Given what's been released so far [PDF, 158 pages], not to mention Microsoft's history of rather frank internal e-mails, that's probably putting it mildly. There could be some interesting reading ahead."
Announcements

Submission + - SystemAddict: Taxed to Death (gamedaily.com)

njkid1 writes: "The saying goes, "The only things certain in life are death and taxes." However, we may stand on the threshold of a new twist on the old line... we could someday see death BECAUSE of taxes. Thousands will fall in a virtual genocide, empires will crumble and continents will vanish. Why such a big alarm? As CNET News reported, Congress and the IRS finally caught on that the trade of virtual items for real-world money remains unregulated. In August, Congress will issue a report regarding the possible taxation of virtual goods. No one knows what the report will say, but taxing real-life money on virtual items, whether the owner has the intention of selling them or not, could spell doom for massively-multiplayer online (MMO) games."
Businesses

Submission + - Australian court rules eBay auctions as binding

Ellis D. Tripp writes: "An Australian court has ruled that an eBay seller cannot back out of an auction sale once it is successfully completed. The court has ordered a seller to hand over a vintage airplane to an eBayer who bid just over the reserve price of $128,000, despite a subsequent non-eBay offer of over $200,000. More details here:

http://www.comcast.net/news/technology/index.jsp?c at=TECHNOLOGY&fn=/2007/08/03/730424.html"

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