Kyrka writes: Jack Valenti, the former aide to President Lyndon Johnson who became Hollywood's top lobbyist, devised its movie-rating system and fought for trade concessions and copyright protection, died today in Washington. He was 85.
For some, Net Neutrality could mean that companies providing internet connectivity will treat every packet flowing through their lines the same, no matter what the content, be it game data, bittorrent, streaming video, VOIP, forum posts, or standard browsing. For others, Net Neutrality means that packets will be given equal access on the network, no matter who the provider is (for example, the ISP won't block Yahoo but will block Google).
The writer of this article is against Net Neutrality in the first form but all for it in the second case. Personally, I'd go the opposite way."
An anonymous reader writes: From the Comes v. Microsoft case in Iowa comes an expert report filed by Andrew Schulman (author of Undocumented DOS and Undocumented Windows):
http://iowaconsumercase.org/index.html... 2. Microsoft can't keep track of its source code for Windows.
Mr. Schulman's report, which was an exhibit to the deposition, reveals
that Microsoft is unable to keep track of the source code for Windows.
Mr. Schulman quoted from an April 2001 email written by Jim Allchin, in
which Mr. Allchin complained that some components shipped with Windows did
not check their source code into the Windows build tree:
"Windows as you know contains many pieces of functionality from different
groups around the company. Regardless of product, good engineering
practice would require us to be able to do a fresh build of a product at
any time using the same tools. Unfortunately, we cannot do this with
Windows today. . . . We need all the source code for Windows being built
out of one place with one consistent set of tools. It is actually amazing
how we have not done this for so long. . . We need to be able to build
what we ship long after we RTM. . . . There are legal obligations
regarding our ability here. . . . There are 27 components . . . that are
still dropping binaries [on Whistler]. . .."
As Ms. Conlin observed in a November 11, 2006 hearing: "Microsoft has made
statements, public statements, reported statements that governments and
third-party security auditors have conducted thorough and exhaustive
reviews of its Windows source code. That, of course, can't be true if, in
fact, they don't seem to have all of their Windows source code."
(11-09-2006, Tr at 54:11-54:17). During that hearing, counsel for
Microsoft confirm that Microsoft still is unable to keep track of its
Windows source code.
Mr. Schulman's report is posted online at
An anonymous reader writes: I can log in to Hotmail just fine using IE (well, as fine as it's possible to surf the net with the porous, sucking sponge attached to a Petri dish that is IE...), but trying to log in with Firefox gets me this:
Windows Live ID is unavailable from this site for one of the following reasons:
* This site may be experiencing a problem.
* The site may not be a member of Windows Live ID.
It's from the exact same computer at the exact same time as the IE login works. The link is the incredibly difficult http://hotmail.com./ And it worked earlier today.