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Oracle

Submission + - SAP Ordered to pay $1.3bn to Oracle 1

jools33 writes: In what can only be seen as a victory for Oracle, SAP AG have been ordered to pay $1.3bn to Oracle by a jury in Oakland, California, in what Bloomberg states will be the largest ever payout is US Copyright history:
the FT article
SAP were charged and admitted guilt of the theft of Oracle software through its intermediary company Tommorow Now.
Oracle had asked for a payout of $1.7bn, which SAP had countered to $140m. SAP are considering post trial motions / appeal. Could this leave SAP in a weakened position / ripe for takeover? What will the eventual consequences be for SAP?
The Internet

Why ISPs' "Stand" Against Child Porn Is Actually Not a Stand Against Child Porn 283

TechDirt has an insightful article on the recent push for ISPs to turn off Usenet access under the guise of fighting child pornography. Unfortunately, the "stand against child porn" isn't actually a stand at all, it seems — more like ignoring the issue while trying to snag some headlines and good will. "Taking a stand against child porn wouldn't be overly aggressively blocking access to internet destinations that may or may not have porn (and there's no review over the list to make sure that they're actually objectionable). Taking a stand against child porn would be hunting down those responsible for the child porn and making sure that they're dealt with appropriately... Also, this sets an awful precedent in that the ISPs can point out that it's ok for them to block "objectionable" content where they get to define what's objectionable without any review."
Moon

The Economic Development of the Moon 408

MarkWhittington writes "Andrew Smith, the author of Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth, recently published a polemic in the British newspaper The Guardian, entitled Plundering the Moon, that argued against the economic development of the Moon. Apparently the idea of mining Helium 3, an isotope found on the Moon but not on the Earth (at least in nature) disturbs Mr. Smith from an environmentalist standpoint. An examination of the issue makes one wonder why."
Handhelds

Submission + - CNET tracks the history of the digital camera

Abby Donivosif writes: There's a really interesting article up on CNET about the history of the digital camera. It's incredible when you look through it how much things have changed in a relatively small amount of time and how evolved the technology is. Who would have thought 30 years ago that we would all be storing our pictures online and that our cameras would store hundreds of pictures, instead of just 36.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Build a $400 PC for Mom

ThinSkin writes: "While some of us might drop a grand or two to build (or buy) a killer rig, let's not forgot mom in the process. Joel Durham over at ExtremeTech plays the role as computer tech as he builds a $400 PC for his mom. Despite his many years of practice, Joel's project turned out to be a harrowing experience, once again teaching a valuable lesson about generic versus brand name parts."

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