judgecorp writes: Microsoft is facing a legal challenge in Argentina from an open source company which alleges the software giant used its cut-down Windows XP Starter Edition to unfairly dominate the country’s operating system market. Microsoft, which has been accused of dominating software markets in Switzerland, Hungary and other countries, is dismissive: "We believe the complaint is baseless. We offer Windows at competitive prices and the complainant, Pixart, is upset about this competition on the merits and wants an order that requires Microsoft to set its prices higher in order to help their sales.”
gooneybird writes: It occurred to me to ask a question underlying the popularity of virtualization:
Virtualization seems to deliver on its promise of better utilization of hardware resources, which equates to better overall efficiency. I can't help but wonder why — at least for Enterprise/IT users. (This wouldn't necessarily apply to developers).
Are the majority of operating systems so inefficient in their use of hardware resources that the resulting increased efficiency justifies the cost?
Or is this just another indication that the OS and application developers just don't know how to take advantage of the increase in the number of CPU/cores now available.
Is this one of the very rare cases where adding an extra layer of code (i.e. the hypervisor) results in improved overall performance?
Personally, as a developer, I love virtualization. I run everything in a vm, including my corporate desktop/apps and my many development environments. I don't know how anybody gets along without doing so. I think we live in the golden age, right now, where technology (hardware and software) supports pretty darn good virtualization and the applications are not so advanced that they detect/prevent operation in a vm (I predict this is coming soon, unfortunately).
jfruhlinger writes: They may not be as high profile as Apple vs. Android, but all of these lawsuits reveal something about our weird and broken tech patent system. From a case squabbling over damages for a patent that expired years ago to a move to use patents the way the Feds used tax evasion against Capone, here are seven patent lawsuits of interest.
John Master Lee writes: Square has developed a reputation over the years for dramatically changing how the battle mechanic works with each new iteration of the Final Fantasy series. The Kartel highlights how battling has evolved over the years, and pick out the ones that worked best.
Zordak writes: Amazon's infamous "1-click" patent has been in reexamination at the USPTO for almost four years. Patently-O now reports that "the USPTO confirmed the patentability of original claims 6-10 and amended claims 1-5 and 11-26. The approved-of amendment adds the seeming trivial limitation that the one-click system operates as part of a 'shopping cart model.' Thus, to infringe the new version of the patent, an eCommerce retailer must use a shopping cart model (presumably non-1-click) alongside of the 1-click version. Because most retail eCommerce sites still use the shopping cart model, the added limitation appears to have no practical impact on the patent scope."
c0mpliant writes: IGN and Gamespot have released a preview of the recently announced and eagerly awaited Civilization V. Apart from the obvious new hexagon shape of tiles and improved graphics, the article goes on to outline some of the major changes in the game, such as updated AI, new "flavors" to world leaders and a potentially game changing, one unit per tile system. No more will the stack of doom come to your cities doorsteps.
Some features which will not be making a returning will be religion and espionage. The removal of these two have sparked a frenzy of discussion on fan related forums.