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  • Open Source Initiative, Free Software Foundation Unite Against Software Patents
    By on March 1, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments


    WebMink writes “In rare joint move, the OSI and FSF have joined with Eben Moglen’s Software Freedom Law Center to file a U.S. Supreme Court briefing in the CLS vs Alice case. The brief asserts the basic arguments that processes are not patentable if they are implemented solely through computer software, and that the best test for whether a software-implemented invention is solely implemented through software is whether special apparatus or the transformation (more…)



  • After a User Dies, Apple Warns Against Counterfeit Chargers
    By on July 26, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    After a Chinese woman was earlier this month evidently electrocuted while talking on her iPhone while it was plugged in to charge, Apple is warning users to avoid counterfeit chargers. From CNet: “Last week, reports surfaced in China that suggested the woman, Ma Ailun, might have been using a third-party charger designed to look like the real thing. Although third-party chargers are not uncommon, they vary widely in terms of safety and quality. Earlier (more…)

  • Kim Dotcom Wins Case Against NZ Police To Get Seized Material Back
    By on June 1, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    New submitter Mistakill writes “It seems the case against Kim Dotcom for the NZ Police isn’t going well, with Kim Dotcom scoring another victory in his legal battles. Police have been told they must search everything they seized from Dotcom and hand back what is not relevant to the U.S. extradition claims. Justice Helen Winkelmann told police their complaints about the cost and time of the exercise were effectively their own fault for indiscriminately (more…)

  • Pushing Back Against Licensing and the Permission Culture
    By on January 30, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    kthreadd writes “Luis Villa has an interesting discussion on the topic of not licensing at all, what he calls POSS or Post Open Source Software. With a flood of new hackers flocking to places like GitHub which doesn’t impose any particular requirements for hosted projects, the future of Open Source may very well be diminishing. Skip licensing, just commit to GitHub. What legal ramifications will this have on the free and open source community going (more…)

  • How we saw a different side of Man Utd against Spurs
    By on January 20, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Robbie Savage says Manchester United showed they can defend at White Hart Lane

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  • Panda Blood May Hold Potent Assailant Against Superbugs
    By on December 31, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “Pandas have long been the face of conservation efforts by environmental activists, but a recent finding may boost even further the need for pandas to evade extinction. Researchers have discovered a powerful antibody in panda blood that could serve as the next frontier in the fight against increasingly prevalent superbugs. The compound is called cathelicin-AM. Discovered when researchers analyzed the creatures’ DNA, it has (more…)

  • MIT Researchers Defend Against Wireless Attacks
    By on August 25, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    alphadogg writes “MIT researchers have devised a protocol to flummox man-in-the-middle attacks against wireless networks. The all-software solution lets wireless radios automatically pair without the use of passwords and without relying on out-of-band techniques such as infrared or video channels. Dubbed Tamper-evident pairing, or TEP, the technique is based on understanding how man-in-the-middle attacks tamper with wireless messages, and then detects (more…)

  • Selby sets records against Hendry
    By on April 24, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Mark Selby sets two records in leading Stephen Hendry 12-4, John Higgins leads Rory McLeod 10-5 and Stuart Bingham builds a 9-7 advantage over Ding Junhui in round two at the World Championship.

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  • The Campaign Against a Mosque at Ground Zero is Un-American
    By on September 10, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Republicans and leaders of other faiths are rallying against the building by a Muslim organization of a “community center”—including a mosque—two blocks from Ground Zero, calling it a threat to American values. But the threat to our values isn’t coming from the mosque. It’s coming from those who want to stop it.

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  • HP CEO’s Browsing History Used Against Him
    By on August 17, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    theodp writes “Anything you browse can and will be used against you. An investigation of ousted HP CEO Mark Hurd’s surfing history reportedly convinced the HP Board that Hurd had had a personal relationship with sexual harassment accuser Jodie Fisher, even if not sexual. Just the latest example of how HP ‘work[s] together to create a culture of inclusion built on trust, respect and dignity for all.’ The WSJ reported a person close to the investigation (more…)