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Apple's Life After Steve Jobs 405

animusCollards writes "Slate ponders a post-Steve Jobs Apple, including possible successors, and the future is... boring. ''s certainly true that Jobs' style is central to the company's brand and the fierce connection it forges with its customers. His product announcements prompt hundreds of millions of dollars worth of free press coverage and whip up greater and more loyal fans, generating ever-greater interest in the company. ... At some point, all that will end. Jobs will eventually leave the company. There are no obvious plans for succession; in addition to Schiller, observers finger Tim Cook, Apple's COO, and Scott Forstall, who helped develop Mac OS X and the iPhone's software, as contenders for the job. But Tuesday's keynote illustrated how difficult it will be for any of those guys to replace Jobs.'"

Concerns About ACTA In EU, Canada 75

Elektroschock writes "An EU document on the Anti-Counterfeiting Treaty was leaked. The main purpose of the trade agreement is to impose the European enforcement measures for IPR infringements on the US and emerging economies, widen the enforcement measures to include criminal sanctions for patent infringements, and introduce internet content filtering measures. Civil society groups such as the FFII criticize the ACTA process because negotiation documents are not made publicly available by the governments. The EU document ('fact sheet') from the EU Trade Commissioner explicitly mentions: 'Internet distribution and information technology — e.g. mechanisms available in EU E-commerce Directive of 2000, such as a definition of the responsibility of internet service providers regarding IP infringing content.'" And an anonymous reader adds Michael Geist's push for more transparency around ACTA negotiations in Canada.
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Submission + - iPhone on Linux (

okibi writes: "After months of struggling to find any program to get the iPhone to work with Linux, I've decided to write one. Currently, the application has three modes, Photos, MP3s, and Ringtones. You can get photos off the phone, add and remove MP3s, and add and remove Ringtones! Check out the screen shots on the link provided to see how easy it is! Also, it will have the ability to activate and unlock the iPhone... all from within Linux!

The program is currently beta, but will be available for download next week."

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 562

This is a common approach.

Both Apple and Microsoft got their start selling to the consumer/early adopter market, and then their products (Apple II and MSDOS) started trickling into the business world. Back in the late 70's/early 80's the business world was dominated by minicomputers, with "microcomputers" (the PC/Apple II/etc) largely being marketed towards hobbyists. Then as the hobbyists started using them to do business work, companies started buying them. (Sometimes to the chagrin of the established technical staff.) There is (and I couldn't find it) an old Apple ad about sneakily doing your work on an Apple.

Of course, it doesn't always work. This was also Netscape's original approach, get the user hooked on the browser at the consumer level and sell the browser and server software to the corporate clients as consumers start wanting to use the software at work. The quality of the free apache server and the browser war with MS screwed this approach completely.

While there is obvious risk (as exemplified by Netscape), you get to save on sales & marketing, as your hobbyist/early-adopter users start pitching your product for you at a grass roots level.

Heck, some additional anecdotal evidence, back in the late-90's a company I was working at was thinking about switching to Exchange (which pretty much meant a move from Novell to Windows NT) simply because one user insisted on using Outlook. And his reason? That's what he used at home.

Journal Journal: Hawking weightless in space

Noted physicist Stephen Hawking is given the opportunity to try zero gravity. This experience will be doubly nice for the great scientist as he has suffered for a long time from paralysis. I wish space science has already developed to something nicer, such as to be able to offer him a weekend vacation in the Andromeda galaxy :)

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The VBootkit authors speak out

Interview Federico Biancuzzi interviews Nitin and Vipin Kumar, authors of VBootkit, a rootkit that is able to load from Windows Vista boot-sectors. They discuss the "features" of their code, the support of the various versions of Vista, the possibility to place it inside the BIOS (it needs around 1,500 bytes), and the chance to use it to bypass Vista's product activation or avoid DRM.

Feed It Takes A Court To Explain That Downloads Aren't Public Performances? (

It's no secret that copyright law is a bit out of step with the times these days, and probably could use a massive rewrite. The problem is that Congress is continually retrofitting it with changes and additions that tend to lead to even more problems and certainly don't make the system any better prepared to deal with ongoing changes in the content marketplace. Take, for example, the latest court battle, where performing rights organization ASCAP tried to claim that music downloads from online services should count as "public performances." Why? Because copyright law allows for performance rights, meaning that if downloads are performances, ASCAP can collect more royalties for each download. This is mainly because performance rights can be negotiated (or denied), while other rights are compulsory. Luckily a federal judge had a bit of common sense and pointed out that downloads are not public performances, though there will likely be a series of appeals on this issue. The key point is that the inability of copyright law to flexibly deal with digital music and networks means we're only going to see more attempts like this one where stakeholders try to squeeze more money out of the system through legal loopholes, rather than through providing more value to music consumers.

Submission + - Fair use in scientific blogging?

GrumpySimon writes: "Recently, a well-read science blog, Retrospectacle posted an article on a scientific paper. This blog post reproduced a chart and a table from the original article and everything was fully attributed. When the publishers, the mega-science publishing house Wiley found out, they subsequently threatened legal action unless the chart and table were removed. Understandably, this whole mess has stirred up quite a storm of protest, with many people seeing this as falling under fair use, and calling for a boycott of Wiley & Wiley's journals."
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Submission + - Linux to sponsor a car at the Indy 500

Davidian1024 writes: "Tux, the cherubic penguin mascot of the Linux computer operating system has just taken up residence on the front nose of the Chastain Motorsports Panoz / Honda Indy car. Driver, Stephan Gregoire, and team owner, Tom Chastain, applied the ceremonial first decal yesterday to the distinctive two-tone blue, 225 mph Indy racer that Gregoire will pilot for this year's 91st running of the famed Indianapolis 500 mile race on May 27, 2007."

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