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Submission + - Slashdot BETA Discussion (slashdot.org) 60

mugnyte writes: With Slashdot's recent restyled "BETA" slowly rolled to most users, there's been a lot of griping about the changes. This is nothing new, as past style changes have had similar effects. However, this pass there are significant usability changes: A narrower read pane, limited moderation filtering, and several color/size/font adjustments. BETA implies not yet complete, so taking that cue — please list your specific, detailed opinoins, one per comment, and let's use the best part of slashdot (the moderation system) to raise the attention to these. Change can be jarring, but let's focus on the true usability differences with the new style.

Submission + - EU: Music piracy should not be a concern for copyright holders (arstechnica.com)

castrox writes: "Ars Technica writes that the European Commission has published research based on samples from 16,000 users. The research suggests there are no correlation between piracy and decreased sales, but very well the opposite. This leads to the conclusion that music piracy should not be a "concern for copyright holders".

A very popular belief among Slashdotters and others just got handed a official research document (from the EC, no less) to strengthen it! Link to the actual research: http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu/publications/pub.cfm?id=6084"


Submission + - EFF Busts Illegitimate Subdomain Patent (infozine.com)

eldavojohn writes: "Unlike a lot of community support protection programs, the EFF's Patent Busting Project is starting to bear real fruit instead of just leveling the finger at companies. The USPTO is revoking an illegitimate patent granted in 2004 that sounds like automatically assigning subdomains. Sites like Wordpress, LiveJournal or basically anyone with generated subdomains have been doing this for quite some time. If you have some extra cash, now's the time to pony up a few bucks so the EFF can continue on as one of the few organizations genuinely protecting your interests."

Submission + - Judge in Pirate Bay trial biased 1

maglo writes: "The judge who handed down the harsh sentence to the four accused in the The Pirate Bay trial was biased, writes Sveriges Radio (Sweden Public Radio): sr.se (swedish). Google translation. The judge is member of two copyright lobby organizations, something he shares with several of the prosecutor attorneys (Monique Wadsted, Henrik Pontén and Peter Danowsky). The organizations in question are Svenska Föreningen för Upphovsrätt (SFU) and Svenska föreningen för industriellt rättsskydd (SFIR)."
The Courts

Submission + - PirateBay lose court case, founders go to jail (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "The Pirate Bay has lost its landmark court case against US entertainment companies including Sony, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros and EMI. The founders of the site, Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, Fredrik Neij, Carl Lundstrom and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, have been sentenced to a year in prison each, and hit with a $3.6 million fine. Kolmisoppi dismissed the case as "theatre for the media" in a Twitter update earlier today, and claimed that "nothing will happen to TPB, us personally or file sharing whatsoever." He also announced a leak of the verdict on Twitter before the court handed down its judgement: "Really, it's a bit LOL. It used to be only movies, now even verdicts are out before the official release.""

Submission + - Documentary About Swedish Wiretapping Released (wiretappingsweden.com)

Praedon writes: "Recently covered here on slashdot, was about a law that was passed to engage in warrantless wiretapping called the FRA Law in Sweden. It has encouraged a group called Urban Lifestyle to release a documentary expressing the views of Swedish residents on the impact that the law will have on their rights to privacy. More information about the making of the documentary, the people involved in it, and their views on the law can be found on their blog."
The Internet

Submission + - Prince and Village People to sue Pirate Bay 1

newcaribou writes: It's a sign o' the times — Prince and the Village People are planning to take The Pirate Bay to court in Sweden for allowing users to download their songs without permission. The artists' lawyer, acquired with the help of the Web Sheriff, does however admit that the Purple One and the Macho Men haven't quite worked out who to sue yet.

Submission + - Logging System Changes 1

whiggy writes: I am trying to find a suitable application to use for logging changes to the systems that I manually make, e.g., change an IP address on a server, reinstall an application, change config, etc. We have a helpdesk system, but I do not find the format suitable. Does anyone have any recommendations for an application suitable for this? Preferrably some changelog-type FOSS :-)

Submission + - The Economics of Open Source

Alice White writes: "Mayank Sharma has put together an article discussing the economics of open source and what the projects do with their donations.

"So why are donations important? Since it seems to bother so many people, I thought I'd ask someone in the know. Fabio Erculiani, lead-developer of the two-man development team that churns out the popular Gentoo-based Sabayon Linux lists some common expenses of running a FOSS project. "We have hosting bills," explains Erculiani who has passed on a job offer by Google to complete his studies,"backup systems such as NASs, RAID arrays (hard drives tend to break often here... I had two breakages in around 6 months)..."

Taken from http://www.packtpub.com/article/the-economics-of-o pen-source-donations"

Submission + - Microsoft fine overturned

ddrichardson writes: Following up on an earlier story, Microsoft's $1.5bn fine in the case with Alcatel-Lucent has been over turned. Microsoft are claiming a "victory for consumers". From the article:

A US court has overturned a decision ordering Microsoft to pay phone firm Alcatel-Lucent $1.52bn (£777m) for infringing music patents. The federal judge in San Diego reversed a jury's decision which had ruled that Microsoft's Media Player software infringed on two Alcatel patents.

Submission + - Microsoft patent infringement suit tossed (arstechnica.com)

castrox writes: "Ars Technica reports on the just tossed verdict on the claimed Microsofts patent infrigement concerning MP3 compression, filed by Alcatel-Lucent. Quoting Ars:

A judge has overturned a jury's $1.52 billion award in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Alcatel-Lucent against Microsoft. Ruling that Microsoft had not violated one of the two patents in question after all, Judge Rudi Brewster threw out the verdict and indicated that the second patent was on shaky ground as well.
The future of software patents, it seems, will be dominated by people in courtrooms."

Submission + - Keeping track of all your systems

FrodoTeeBagins writes: Managing multiple servers, programs, and updates is something that IT professionals do everyday. Keeping track of all the servers, passwords, software versions, update history, and logs is becoming a chore that builds up and becomes more complex day by day. What program or method do you use to keep track of all your systems information?

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