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Linux Business

Submission + - Lacking contributions of corporations to OSS

Sargun Dhillon writes: "William Hurley, or better known as whurley, from BMC software writes about a town much like the open source world where no one gives back. As the open source community is exploding in size it is being taken advantage of some. Open source projects are being used by companies who adequately contribute back to open source, but there are a few evil companies which are not willing contribute back. This is only one more bump that OSS must pass over."
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - PS3 Users to help Folding@home

HockeyPuck writes: Sony announced on Thursday that owners of any Internet-connected PS3 will be able to participate in a wide-ranging, distributed, scientific experiment led by Stanford University's Folding@home program, which is seeking to better understand a process called protein folding and its relationship to several serious diseases. ch+project/2100-11393_3-6167491.html

Submission + - Google to remove identifying data from search logs

darkuncle writes: "Via techdirt: a couple of Google lawyers have announced via the Google Blog that Google will begin removing identifying data from search logs after 18-24 months in an effort to make logs "much more anonymous". This is particularly interesting in light of recent stories about search log data being used in trials. One wonders (as noted by TechLiberation) how data can be made "more anonymous" — either it is, or it isn't. In any case, law enforcement (especially the U.S. government) will probably be less than thrilled with this development (witness pending legislation and general calls by law enforcement for mandatory data retention, both in the U.S. and abroad)."

Submission + - P2P trojan threatens to "kill you," delete

soulxtc writes: "Instead of the proverbial "gotcha letter" via your ISP, a mysterious copyright holder has created a trojan that overwrites all of their program, music, and system files with popular comic book character images warning them not to use P2P or it will "kill them." Have Japanese copyright-holders in fact gone "nuclear" in their fight? It will most certainly only backfire as parents have to soon start consoling their children about how their favorite comic book character is dancing on their PC screen deleting all of their kids files and threatening to "kill them" or "turn them in to the police.""

California Joins Open Document Bandwagon 188

Andy Updegrove writes "A legislator in California has decided that it's time for California to get on the open formats bandwagon. If all of the bills filed in the last few weeks pass, California, Texas, and Minnesota will all require, in near-identical language, that 'all documents, including, but not limited to, text, spreadsheets, and presentations, produced by any state agency shall be created, exchanged, and preserved in an open extensible markup language-based, XML-based file format.' What type of formats will qualify? Again, the language is very uniform (the following is from the California statute): 'When deciding how to implement this section, the department in its evaluation of open, XML-based file formats shall consider all of the following features: (1) Interoperable among diverse internal and external platforms and applications; (2) Fully published and available royalty-free; (3) Implemented by multiple vendors; (4) Controlled by an open industry organization with a well-defined inclusive process for evolution of the standard.'"

Submission + - EU warns Microsoft of more fines

what about writes: From

Microsoft faces further fines in the European Commission's antitrust case for allegedly setting unreasonable prices for software rivals seeking interoperability information.

The latest formal charges could lead to new fines against the U.S. software giant, the Commission said in a statement Thursday.

The Commission found in 2004 that Microsoft violated European Union antitrust rules by failing to give to other makers of small-business servers the information they needed to compete with some of Microsoft's own products.
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - OhMiBod Music Powered Vibrator Review (SFW)

The Foo writes: "The OhMiBod is the first of its kind, in that it is the first music-powered vibrator. Yes, you have read that correctly: music-powered vibrator. The OhMiBod is a revolutionary new vibrator that is designed to work hand in hand with your iPod (Or other music players). The 7 1/2" long sex toy is the bridge that most tech enthusiasts have been waiting for. Seriously, this is the kind of thing you sit and think to yourself about "How cool that would be if.""
Wireless Networking

Submission + - WiMAX complexity causing problems

An anonymous reader writes: The transition of nomadic WiMAX (IEEE 802.16d) to mobile WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e) will be more difficult than it first looked like. WiMAX implementors, that used to offer it as a 3G killer, are facing unexpected complexity in the implementation. Read more
PlayStation (Games)

Journal Journal: Will the Wii's Success help Playstation 3? 2

The Wii currently is the hottest item on the block. You can't find it in stores at all and it's all the rage on the internets. Early fanboy reports imply that the Wii is the king of the next generation, and that the 360 and the PS3 will just be afterthoughts. Obviously, it's way to early to tell this. However, a more important fact is pointed out by the success of the Wii. Third party developers will be listening and acting on this. The Wii will begin to gain momentum, and business sens

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