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Comment Re:Never forget. (Score 1) 742

Groklaw has a huge library of documentation. A researcher's dream. Lots of legal docs containing evidence of Microsoft's many and varied nasty deeds. PJ may have left the building, but Groklaw is still there with all the documentation and articles intact, many of them transcribed to make them searchable. It's also been archived by the Library of Congress, so it's never going to disappear entirely.

Submission + - Elephants Console Each Other, Show Empathy Rare in Animal Kingdom (

sciencehabit writes: Elephants, both African and Asian, have long been considered empathetic animals. They help baby elephants stuck in mud holes, use their trunks to lift other elephants that are injured or dying, and even reportedly reassure distressed individual elephants with a gentle touch of their trunk. But it’s one thing to witness something that looks like consolation, and another to prove that this is what elephants are doing. Now, scientists have shown that African elephants do indeed get distressed when they see others in trouble, and they reach out to console them—just as we do when we see someone suffering. Elephants, thus, join a short list of other animals, including great apes, canines, and some birds, that scientists have shown to reassure others.

Submission + - Samsung suing Dyson for damaging its reputation (

An anonymous reader writes: Updated due to exchange rate error.
""Dyson filed a patent infringement against the electronics giant last year, which claimed Samsung had copied the steering system from its DC37 and DC39 vacuum cleaners, but it was dropped after Samsung presented “prior art” showing the idea being used in machines before Dyson had patented it.
Now Samsung has got its back up about the claim and is prepping its lawyers once more for such intolerance.
“We are initially seeking 10bn won from the UK-based manufacturer. However, the amount will increase depending on how the court proceedings go,” Samsung’s spokesperson told the Korea Times. “Samsung’s marketing activities were negatively affected by Dyson’s groundless litigation, which is intolerable.”"
Samsung has also called Dyson a patent troll. Dyson, naturally shot back saying that they actually develop and patent technologies (such as their cyclonic vacs).
With the current exchange rate, this means it's just short of $10million USD that Samsung wants.
The Dyson suit was filed (and dropped last year). Does Samsung really think their brand was damaged by $10million in under a year over a vacuum cleaner lawsuit?"

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How region coding help media companies?

vatz writes: Today I was trying to purchase a blue ray set of 'Game of Thrones' series from amazon, but unfortunately found that the disk is region coded and wouldn't work in my country. My attempts to find this title from a local eCommerce site didn't yield any result also. This made me think; what is the gain for the producer/distributor of the media which region coding brings. In my case it certainly resulted in a missed sale.

Submission + - AT&T accused of overcharging customers for calls tocollect users' location d (

Carly Page writes: An FCC complaint has accused US operator AT&T of overcharging users for calls, in a bid to collect users' location data under its Hemisphere scheme. Once a user has ended a call, AT&T allegedly keeps them connected for an additional 20-30 seconds to collect their location, and charges for the call accordingly.

Submission + - Buying Their Way Onto The NY Times Bestsellers List 4

Freshly Exhumed writes: An endorsement from Oprah Winfrey. A film deal from Steven Spielberg. A debut at the top of The New York Times bestsellers list. These are the things every author craves most, and while the first two require the favor of a benevolent God, the third can be had by anyone with the ability to write a check — a pretty big one to ResultSource, a San Diego-based marketing consultancy what Forbes says is essentially a laundering operation aimed at deceiving the book-buying public into believing a title is more in-demand than it is. Soren Kaplan, a business consultant and speaker, hired ResultSource to promote his book “Leapfrogging.” Responding to the WSJ article on his website, Kaplan breaks out the economics of making the list.“It’s no wonder few people in the industry want to talk about bestseller campaigns,” he writes “Put bluntly, they allow people with enough money, contacts, and know-how to buy their way onto bestseller lists.”

Submission + - Minix 3.2.1 Released (

kthreadd writes: Minix, originally designed as an example for teaching operating system theory which was both inspiration and cause for the creation of Linux has just been released as version 3.2.1. Major new features include full support for shared libraries and improved support for USB devices such as keyboards, mice and mass storage devices. The system has received many performance improvements and several userland tools have been imported from NetBSD.

Submission + - Microsoft Azure total outage for secured storage ( 2

rtfa-troll writes: There has been worldwide (all locations) total outage of storage in Microsoft's Azure cloud. Apparently "Microsoft unwittingly let an online security certificate expire Friday, triggering a worldwide outage in an online service that stores data for a wide range of business customers." according to the San Francisco Chronicle (also Yahoo and the Register). Perhaps too much time has been spent sucking up to storage vendros and not enough looking after the customers? This comes directly after a week long outage of one of Microsoft's SQL server components in Azure. This is not the first time that we have discussed major outages on Azure and probably won't be the last. It's certainly also not the first time that we have discussed Microsoft cloud systems making user's data unavailable.

Submission + - Pwnie Express releases network hacking Kit (

puddingebola writes: From the article, "The folks at security tools company Pwnie Express have built a tablet that can bash the heck out of corporate networks. Called the Pwn Pad, it’s a full-fledged hacking toolkit built atop Google’s Android operating system.
Some important hacking tools have already been ported to Android, but Pwnie Express says that they’ve added some new ones. Most importantly, this is the first time that they’ve been able to get popular wireless hacking tools like Aircrack-ng and Kismet to work on an Android device."

Pwnie Express the price is $795.

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