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The Courts

Submission + - Pirate Bay defendants found guilty

Jamamala writes: News leaked early from the Swedish courts that all 4 founders of the Pirate Bay had been found guilty of "assisting in making copyright content available". This was later confirmed as official. All will receive 1 year in jail, and have been ordered to repay fines of 30 million SEK ($3,620,000) between them. However, Peter Sunde (aka brokep) has already explained that this decision does not mean the end of the line in this case: both sides have three weeks to file an appeal.

Submission + - Linux text editors: Do any make the grade? (

jcatcw writes: Computerworld's Sharon Machlis has been reviewing text editors on Linux. Nine of them to be exact. She wants something that can do prose and some coding, which turns out to a hard combination to find. Her thoughts on some of them:

Emacs: I'd characterize the UI as actively hostile
KVIM: This is an editor that's so nonintuitive that you'll need instructions before you can use it to type a single word.
Bluefish: This is an appealing piece of software if you're looking for a text editor to do Web coding.
Komodo Edit: has just about everything I look for in an editor except spell check.
NEdit: If NEdit were the only tool available to me, I think I could make it do many of the things I need.

I bet I'll be even happier once that planned UltraEdit version for Linux is released.

The Internet

Submission + - Skype goes dark ..or at least very overcast

abeorch writes: "Have I missed the boat on this one but it seems something pretty major has happened at Skype. Its been non-functional for over a day (died 7am GMT yesterday) and it seems that there is some pretty major network issues. Even the wire services have started to cover it. Something about design issues with the way the network reconstructs after a major connectivity loss."

Submission + - Physicists claim to have broken the speed of light

bain writes: "The Telegraph report that two German physicists; Dr Gunter Nimtz and Dr Alfons Stahlhofen of the University of Koblenz, claim to have broken the speed of light by 'conducting an experiment in which microwave photons — energetic packets of light — travelled "instantaneously" between a pair of prisms that had been moved up to 3ft apart.' Since this goes against Einstein's special theory of relativity, you can expect a lot of people to dismiss this as rubbish."

Submission + - Skype leaves users hanging

NeoTerra writes: Skype, a popular VoIP client, is currently experiencing what it calls "Peer-to-peer network problems." This problem hangs the client program, and does not allow anyone to log-in.

From the article:

"Due to peer-to-peer network issues there are problems with Skype login. This issue is being investigated. We will give new updates when the issue has been resolved. We apologise for any inconvenience," said the entry.

Since going to press Skype has issued the following statement: "UPDATED: Some of you may be having problems logging in to Skype. Our engineering team has determined that it's a software issue and hopes to have this resolved quickly.

"Meanwhile, you can simply leave your Skype client running and as soon as the issue is resolved, you will be logged in. We apologize for the inconvenience."

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