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Comment Re:Free competitors are equal or better than Digsb (Score 1) 259

It's is a shame that Digsby went down this route and will result in me installing one of the suggestions above.

Digsby had a lot of potential with their integration with Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites. I have noticed that many of my friends are no longer using IM clients as much as they used to because they simply post everything to Twitter or Facebook.

Digsby was a single application that allowed me to keep tabs on all of these streams, but now I will have to find alternative (probably open source) solutions.

Comment Re:I call FUD (Score 1) 836

And how does that make it any better then of it was on the job application. Would it be reasonable for the city to ask for a copy of the keys to your house so they can search it? That would be similar to the concept of allowing them access to your "private" web accounts. What I do in public is perfectly fine for them to examine, but what I do in private is not.

WHO Investigates Claims That Swine Flu Resulted From Human Error 249

Tom DBA writes "Bloomberg reports on claims that the swine flu could have been accidentally made in a lab, which are now being investigated by the World Health Organization. Quoting: 'Adrian Gibbs, 75, who collaborated on research that led to the development of Roche Holding AG's Tamiflu drug, said in an interview today that he intends to publish a report suggesting the new strain may have accidentally evolved in eggs scientists use to grow viruses and drugmakers use to make vaccines. Gibbs said that he came to his conclusion as part of an effort to trace the virus's origins by analyzing its genetic blueprint. ... Gibbs and two colleagues analyzed the publicly available sequences of hundreds of amino acids coded by each of the flu virus's eight genes. ... [The CDC's Nancy Cox says] since researchers don't have samples of swine flu viruses from South America and Africa, where the new strain may have evolved, those regions can't be ruled out as natural sources for the new flu.'" Time has a related story evaluating the World Health Organization's response to H1N1.

Submission + - The Open Source Petition letter to IBM

OS2World News Master writes: "On November 19, 2007, we sent the second letter to IBM where we insisted on implementing the estipulations contained in this petition because we believe that OS/2 is an important part of the history of the Operating System, and furthermore, it still contains values that the computer science field considers unique. On this second letter we requested IBM to open source three specific components. The SOM (System Object Model) Core, Workplace Shell (graphical user interface) and Kernel. The Petition can still be signed at: Esther Schindler also made an analysis about this petition on this article."
The Military

Submission + - Flying Humans (

mlimber writes: The NYTimes is running a story about flying humans who jump from planes or other high locations wearing a wing suits akin to flying squirrels. Their efforts have potential military and X-treme sports applications. They have some good pictures and a video at the site, and here's an excerpt:

Modern suit design features tightly woven nylon sewn between the legs and between the arms and torso, creating wings that fill with air and create lift, allowing for forward motion and aerial maneuvers while slowing descent. As the suits, which cost about $1,000, have become more sophisticated, so have the pilots. The best fliers, and there are not many, can trace the horizontal contours of cliffs, ridges and mountainsides.
YouTube also has some video along these lines, one with a flier "skimming six feet above skiers in the Swiss Alps."


Submission + - Thomas guilty of infringement

hymie! writes: " Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two, was found liable Thursday for copyright infringement in the nation's first file-sharing case to go before a jury. Twelve jurors here said the Minnesota woman must pay $9,250 for each of 24 shared songs that were the subject of the lawsuit, amounting to $222,000 in penalties."

Submission + - Record Companies Win Music Sharing Trial (

heroine writes: ""the record companies accused Thomas of downloading the songs without permission and offering them online through a Kazaa file-sharing account." But was she busted for seeding or for originating the files?"
The Courts

Submission + - EU court crushes Microsoft's antitrust appeal

Stony Stevenson writes: European antitrust regulators have won a historic victory over Microsoft when an EU court upheld the European Commission's 2004 ruling that the U.S. software giant abused its market dominance. The European Union's second-highest court dismissed Microsoft's appeal on all substantive points, but threw the company a small bone by reversing the Commission on the creation and funding of a monitoring trustee to ensure implementation of one of the remedies.

In a crucial finding backing the Commission's order that Microsoft change its business practices, the court said the company was unjustified in tying new applications to its Windows operating system in a way that harmed consumer choice. In a revealing detail, the judges ordered Microsoft to pay most of the costs including some of its business rivals' which had supported the Commission's case.
The Courts

IBM Asks Court To Declare Linux Non-Infringing 133

A Cyclic Graph writes "We finally have a redacted version of IBM's Reply Memorandum in Support of Summary Judgment on Counterclaim 10 in SCO v. IBM. In short, IBM is asking the Court to declare that Linux doesn't infringe upon any of SCO's purported intellectual property. This document is the last word on that matter until the Court either declares there to be no doubt that Linux is free of infringement, or decides that that issue has to be decided by the jury. In their brief, IBM points out that SCO puts forth a convoluted set of non-answers referencing each other to disguise it's inability to answer IBM. Their set of cross-references is so complex that Groklaw readers graphed the claims to make what little sense of them they could."

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