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Comment This just in from Norway... (Score 1) 297

Just read about this in the paper today, a Norwegian parking company just started with this practice and the guy caught was quite surprised as he was not notified about his wrongdoings until the ticket came in the mail (he parked there several times thus getting several tickets). The Norwegian Data Inspectorate is looking into this practice.

(Google translate of article)

Comment Re:Well... (Score 5, Interesting) 89

I have been to many african countries and the only way the are able to communicate with work, family and friends is through mobile phone. There is no infrastructure for wired communications and the postal service is almost non existant or cost a furtune (also there is a lack of places where you can pick up the mail). You can be in the middle of nowhere and you find a mobile phone mast and people with mobile phones. Many of them do in fact have several phones, one on each major provider, as the providers not always peer with each other or the peering is defunc. Mobile serivce is cheap as long as you call people on same carrier, thus another reason for more than one phone.


Submission + - Dubai's police chief calls Blackberry a spy tool (

crimeandpunishment writes: Does the battle over the Blackberry ban in the United Arab Emirates have its roots in a spy story? Dubai's police chief says concern over espionage...specifically, by the US and Israel....led to the decision to limit Blackberry services. The UAE says it will block Blackberry email, messaging, and web services on October 11th unless it gets access to encrypted data. Comments by Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim are often seen as reflecting the views of Dubai's leadership, and would appear to indicate a very hard line in talks with Research in Motion.

Comment Not worth it (Score 3, Insightful) 169

3Par is not worth it, HP is just being bully and want to get rid of the HD partnership so they can push their own storage.
For Dell and their customers this is a relief as they would have burned a lot of their cash reserves, now HP have. 3Par was impressive yesterday tomorrow somebody else will show how storage should be done.


Submission + - NetApp acquires DataDomain

jmoen writes: "NetApp and Data Domain announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement under which NetApp will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Data Domain common stock for $25 per share in cash and stock. The transaction is valued at approximately $1.5B, net of Data Domain's cash. Data Domain is the leading provider of deduplication storage systems. Full press release at NetApp"

Submission + - Virginia Health Database Held for Ransom ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The Washington Post's Security Fix is reporting that hackers broke into servers at the Virginia health department that monitors prescription drug abuse and replaced the homepage with a ransom demand. The attackers claimed they had deleted the backups, and demanded $10 million for the return of prescription data on more than 8 million Virginians. Virginia isn't saying much about the attacks at the moment, except to acknowledge that they've involved the FBI, and that they've shut down e-mail and a whole mess of servers for the state department of health professionals. The Post piece credits Wikileaks as the source, which has a copy of the ransom note left behind by the attackers.

Submission + - Nortel filed for Bankruptcy

An anonymous reader writes: From the article: Nortel Networks Corp., North America's biggest maker of telephone equipment, filed for bankruptcy protection in Wilmington, Delaware, amid the global credit crunch and declining sales. Nortel, based in Toronto, had more than $1 billion in assets and debt, according to today's Chapter 11 filing of its U.S. subsidiary. The company said that several Canadian affiliates will also seek court protection today. Nortel's U.S. stock reached a split-adjusted high of almost $900 in 2000 as the dot-com boom fueled demand for telephone equipment. Since then, the company lost out to Cisco and Juniper Networks Inc., whose products enabled phone companies to transmit phone signals over Internet lines.

Submission + - Patent Infringement Lawsuit Filed Against Red Hat 2

mm4 writes: Groklaw reports IP Innovation LLC has just filed a patent infringement claim against Red Hat and Novell. It was filed October 9, case no. 2:2007cv00447, IP Innovation, LLC et al v. Red Hat Inc. et al, in Texas. Where else? The patent troll magnet state.
Media (Apple)

Apple Cuts Off Linux iPod Users 854

Will Fisher writes "New iPods will no longer be able to work with Linux. iTunes now writes some kind of hash (SHA1, md5?) to the iPod database which new iPods check against. If this check fails then the iPod reports that it contains 0 songs. This appears to be protection against 3rd party applications writing out their own databases. We haven't found out how to generate our own valid hashes (but we do know the hash includes the database itself, and possibly the iPod serial number), and are looking for help."

Submission + - SCO Group goes into Chapter 11

talexb writes: "Yahoo News reports that SCO Group has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. "We want to assure our customers and partners that they can continue to rely on SCO products, support and services for their business critical operations," said Darl McBride, President and CEO, The SCO Group. "Chapter 11 reorganization provides the Company with an opportunity to protect its assets during this time while focusing on building our future plans.""
The Courts

Submission + - SCO files for Chapter 11 protection (

dominator writes: FTA: "SCO announced that it filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. SCO's subsidiary, SCO Operations, Inc., has also filed a petition for reorganization. The Board of Directors of The SCO Group have unanimously determined that Chapter 11 reorganization is in the best long-term interest of SCO and its subsidiaries, as well as its customers, shareholders, and employees."

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