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Submission + - CallerID spoofing to be made illegal (loc.gov) 1

MadJo writes: US Congress has just approved a bill that will make it illegal to spoof CallerID.
If someone is found guilty of spoofing his CallerID, he could face fines up to $10,000 per violation.

From the bill:

The amount of the forfeiture penalty (...) shall not exceed $10,000 for each violation, or 3 times that amount for each day of a continuing violation, except that the amount assessed for any continuing violation shall not exceed a total of $1,000,000 for any single act or failure to act.

Microsoft

Submission + - Ballmer: Linux users owes MS for infringed patents

MadJo writes: "Linux infringes patents of Microsoft, according to Steve Ballmer. And now Microsoft wants compensation for that.

From his keynote of November 16th:
"[Suse Linux has] appropriately compensated Microsoft for our intellectual property, which is important to us. In a sense you could say anybody who has got Linux in their data center today sort of has an undisclosed balance sheet liability, because it's not just Microsoft patents. Because of the way open-source works, there's nobody who's been able to do patent coverage or patent indemnification behind that.""

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