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Comment Re:... and Microsoft will pay for its own success (Score 2) 106

Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents.

And yet it has never done anything about that. It hasn't sued all the distros to stop the operating system. They did use the claim for a bit of FUDdery, but that is not being a patent troll.

They claimed Linux violates their property which may have the effect of scaring off potential users, how is that nothing?

United Kingdom

Badgers Digging Up Ancient Human Remains 172

One of England's oldest graveyards is under siege by badgers. Rev Simon Shouler now regularly patrols the grounds of St. Remigius Church looking for bones that the badgers have dug up. The badger is a protected species in England so they can not be killed, and attempts to have them relocated have been blocked by English Nature. From the article: "At least four graves have been disturbed so far; in one instance a child found a leg bone and took it home to his parents. ... Rev. Simon Shouler has been forced to carry out regular patrols to pick up stray bones, store them and re-inter them all in a new grave."

Geek Squad Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter To God Squad 357

An anonymous reader writes "A Wisconsin priest has God on his car but Best Buy's lawyers on his back. Father Luke Strand at the Holy Family Parish in Fond Du Lac says he has received a cease-and-desist letter from the electronics retailer. From the article: 'At issue is Strand's black Volkswagen Beetle with door stickers bearing the name "God Squad" in a logo similar to that of Best Buy's Geek Squad, a group of electronics troubleshooters. Strand told the Fond du Lac Reporter that the car is a creative way to spur discussion and bring his faith to others. Best Buy Co. tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that it appreciates what Strand is trying to do, but it's bad precedent to let groups violate its trademarks.'"

Comment Re:Batteries (Score 1) 253

I was thinking of this because of a silicon based explosive that I was under the impression (wrong impression), was compressed and a powerful explosive. It is not compressed, just extremely cold and when exposed to liquid oxygen, releases a lot of energy. Still pretty interesting:

An accidental explosion in a German physics lab has led to the identification of a superpowerful explosive. The substance - an exotic form of silicon - releases seven times as much energy as TNT, and explodes a million times faster.

cool stuff.

Comment Re:There's more than efficiency to consider. (Score 1) 155

I've seen those small solar yard lights using some kind of polycarbonate like stuff 'protecting' the silicon - it becomes milky white & powdery with exposure to the sun in just a few years.. And... I picked up this 70W/20V panel on ebay once that worked for a while until the sticky plastic backing wrinkled up (which wreaked havoc on the delicate layer of silicon it was supposed to protect). So yeah, they can and will make crappy solar panels. Although that really doesn't change the fact that solar panels could potentially last for hundreds of years with a little effort, they are still very delicate.

Comment Re:US Electrical system is better (Score 1) 1174

I know people like to say 'its the current that kills', but how does this apply here? If I touch a live wire, nothing is going to happen to me unless/until I ground - from that point the shock I receive will be a circuit and will have a certain amount of resistance.. If the voltage is double, then won't twice the current flow through that part of the body?
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - The Pirate Bay R.I.P. (

CrashNBrn writes: We have heard rumblings of The Pirate Bay going the way of the DoDo Bird. The possibility that the current owners were considering selling. This has indeed occurred.
According to BetaNews, "Wayne Rosso, former president of Grokster has been working with Global Gaming Factory X, the Swedish firm that recently bought the Pirate Bay, to turn the service legit and legal without changing the user experience at all."
Rosso said, "I'm calling this new model 'resource supported'. In short, the more computer resources the user contributes to The Pirate Bay, the more his content consumption is subsidized. I won't drill down any further due to commercial confidentiality, but it can actually work. And if it does, it will be huge."

While the piratebay blog goes on to say, "If the new owners will screw around with the site, nobody will keep using it. That's the biggest insurance one can have that the site will be run in the way that we all want to. And — you can now not only share files but shares with people. Everybody can indeed be the owner of The Pirate Bay now. That's awesome and will take the heat of us."

Color me skeptical, but it should certainly be interesting seeing the fallout from this.


Submission + - YouTube striped the Audio Track from my Video!! ( 2

FredMastro writes: "All the time I read how the RIAA is suing everyone and YouTube is taking down fair use videos and the world is falling apart with Copyright. I read it and I agreed about the ridiculousness of it and complained in my head and moved on, hoping one day I'd see that article that says things are turning around. Until about 5 minutes ago. I've had what I believe is clearly a FairUse video on YouTube for three years. Just found out that YouTube has stripped out the audio content from my video stating it was copyrighted! Of course it is but that doesn't mean it's not fair use! Is there anything I can do about it? This is ridiculous. Has this been happening a lot? I've not seen any articles stating they started stripping out audio tracks from the movies. I'm more interested if there is someone to complain too that can do anything about it. You can view the original video on SoapBox or try and download it directly from my site."

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