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Submission + - FTC short-circuits privacy-invading computer spy ring (

coondoggie writes: "The Federal Trade Commission today said it settled a case that involved seven rent-to-own PC firms and a software vendor which worked together to spy on consumers using the rented computers. The software captured screenshots of confidential and personal information, logged computer keystrokes, and in some cases took webcam pictures of people in their homes, all without owner notice or consent."

Submission + - Defending a Patent Troll - can anyone help or recommend an affordable attorney? ( 1

trollfood writes: The troll suit against my web site got itself "consolidated" with PayPal, Amazon, Adobe, and a half dozen other megacorporations. I'm one guy, and I "just get by" from my site, and the tiny part of it they sued me for is quite obviously not infringing, and earns only a few coffee's worth of daily income anyhow.

Can anyone recommend an *affordable* attorney?

Are you, or anyone you know, interested in getting into patent defence in the Eastern District of Texas? If you're able to do me a sweet deal on fees, you will get to join the 48-attorney (no joke) joint defence group, and enjoy full uncensored first-hand inside access to an enormous troll suit: you'll learn how to attack patents, how to attack trolls, and the intimate details of how the worlds most famous patent court works... all while winning my case for me (*should* be easy, since noninfringement is quite obvious).

Surely that experience is worth something to someone? It would look good on a CV probably? If nothing else, saving one good guy (me) from being eaten by trolls is (IMHO!) a fight to be proud of taking on :-)

All help/suggestions gratefully received!


Submission + - The decline of the Opera Web browser (

An anonymous reader writes: A short rant about how the Opera browser no longer can be recommended to people who are not already long-time and die-hard fans.

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