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Slashback: MyCrowzOft, Inundation, Taxation

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the happy-year-of-the-monkey dept.

Slashback 175

Tonight's Slashback brings updates on Microsoft's softened stance on MikeRoweSoft.com, good news on the thankfully exaggerated demise of Niue's wireless network, and an update on Windows 98's revised appointment with fate. Read on below for the details.

You have until April 15 ... quickenman writes "I used TurboTax for many years but used TaxCut last year (2002) after they Put C-Dilla spyware into the program. TaxCut worked well (it lacked 1 form I needed) but TurboTax seemed to be a little more user friendly. I publish several free internet newsletters, "Dr M's Computer Tip List" and also "Dr M's Computer Tips"and have told my subscribers that the link to eliminate that C-Dilla spyware is still available even though Intuit no longer lists it on their web site. Go to: support.turbotax.com/kb/ViewDocument.asp?do cumentId=491&categoryId=80068"

All publicity is probably good publicity ... for Mike Rowe. bwhaley writes "Microsoft has eased is reins after the an unexpected battle from teenager Mike Rowe in defense of his "trademark infringing" domain, mikerowesoft.com. According to a Reuters article, 'Microsoft has indicated it may have overreacted to the Web site' run by Microsoft's namesake. Thanks to this Slashdot story and lots of others like it, Mike Rowe may be able to keep his domain after all."

I doubt that Mike Rowe is Microsoft's namesake ;)

Niue free wi-fi is not gone freitasm writes "In a previous Slashdot article the author said "The world's first free national wireless grid is no longer with us, after waves from Cyclone Heta swept over Niue's thirty metre cliffs, destroying everything." This turned now not to be what actually happened there. It is now known that the The Niue Internet Users Society stored everything in water proof containers before the cyclone hit the island" "Most of the equipment survived," said IUS-N technical manager, Richard St. Clair. "That's because we stored it all in a water-tight metal shipping container before the cyclone hit." "Some WiFi antennas were lost," said Emani Lui, who originally installed and tuned the antennas for the WiFi service. "But many have now been repaired or replaced and are functioning normally." Since then Telecom New Zealand has restored communications with the island."

CosmacVIP writes "The .nu domain manager says anyone who wants to help should make donations to the New Zealand Red Cross's Pacific Cyclone Relief Fund (www.redcross.org.nz), instead of registering .nu domain names, so the aid will go directly to those who need it most."

All depends on whom you ask. Greedo writes "This article at Wired contradicts earlier news that HP was working on getting WMA support built into their branded iPod. "We're not going to be supporting WMA for now," said Muffi Ghadiali, product marketing manager for HP's digital entertainment products group. However, one analyst said that between now and summer, HP may come up with a way to convert WMA to AAC, or an equivalent technical fix. I guess we wait and see."

After that, if it breaks, you get both pieces. Ieshan writes "Microsoft has just decided to resume support for Windows 98 and apparently other product lines, as mentioned in this CNN article. Well, I guess it didn't die for long. They say customers in developing countries weren't made aware of the changes. I say they probably realized that people in developing countries couldn't afford to upgrade entire networks, and might pursue alternatives."

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hahahaha (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061201)

darryl loves my cock

Re:hahahaha (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061406)

The sheer number of trolls on /. is incredible. People must spend hours a day trying to get FP. Why? What is the point?

Slashdot trolling. What is it all about? Is it good, or is it whack?

Re:hahahaha (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061592)

Really, people have no clue about how much work is actually involved with this first post shit. I didn't know it. I didn't know it until I was actually in it. Yeah, you gotta be in it to understand what it's like.

Re:hahahaha (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061717)

way beyond whack, say I.

yahoo (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061202)

for me
cause i'm teh bestest

WTF?! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061209)

ALL these stories are DUPES!

(so is this comment)

Myth? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061219)

Is the male "point of no return" a myth? I mean, if your mom catches you masturbating do you complain about blue balls to her and ask her if you can finish? I've never been caught so i don't know. Anyone?

Re:Myth? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061286)

it's a myth. sure, once the cum starts going through your prostate and out your urethra, yeah, there's no stopping. other than that, it might take a while to get horny again, but you can cum.

as far as blue balls, well, wait till she leaves. not that i've been caught.

Re:Myth? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061471)

When mom walks in I just keep that arm a'pumpin'. Usually she sprints over and I shoot my wad into her mouth and then tongue-cleans whatever is left or dripped down. When she's in a real good mood she'll jab her thumb up my anus when I'm coming for that extra effect.

After that she usually lets me go down on her. It's pretty cool eating out the pussy that gave birth to me. If dad gets home early then he'll join in and then take me up the ass.

We're a close family.

Re:Myth? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061672)

Reading that made me hard. I am so confused now.

Re:Myth? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061838)

Quick, masturbate to straight porn and try to forget about it!

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Re:Ben and Jay-Lo have BROKEN UP! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061685)

Maybe it's just me, but WHO THE FUCK CARES? Also, if I hear the word "Bennifer" one more time, I am going to fucking kill every motherfucker I see for the next fucking couple of god damn hours. I mean really, WHAT THE FUCK? Whoever came up with "Bennifer" should be shot in the head like that Vietnam guy. FUCK.

Re:Ben and Jay-Lo have BROKEN UP! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8062557)

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Domain names? (5, Funny)

Quasar1999 (520073) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061243)

Mike Rowe gets to live? Yeah!!! :)

Seriously, it's getting to the point where I wouldn't put it past microsoft to actually require a name change for guys like Mike in the next ten years... How blatantly wrong could they be? I'm surprised they didn't go after any website that had "Bob" in the name... cuz after all, that's a lot like their MS Bob...

On the flipside though, how long before people start changing their names just so they can get domain names? I'm eyeing Natalie H. Gritts myself... sure I'm a guy... but the domain name, and the right to keep it would be priceless, and worth the ackwardness... :)

Re:Domain names? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061353)

If you knew SWEET FUCK ALL then you'd know that a company is LEGALLY REQUIRED to defend such potential violations of their copyrighted name or risk losing clear violations in the future.

Take you GODDAMN HEAD out of the sand long enough to realise that your anti-Microsoft bigotry doesn't make you enlightened... it makes you a dumb-ass.

Re:Domain names? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061402)

LOL dude I love you, "sweet fuck all", thats like an instant classic man :)

Re:Domain names? (3, Funny)

scowling (215030) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061435)

If you knew sweet fuck all, you'd know that it's their trademark that they have to defend, and that copyright is not an issue in this story.

Re:Domain names? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061631)

If you knew sweet fuck all, you'd not realise that sweet fuck all is a phrase that means "nothing", and then you'd post to slashdot and look like an idiot.

Re:Domain names? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061383)

On the flipside though, how long before people start changing their names just so they can get domain names? I'm eyeing Natalie H. Gritts myself... sure I'm a guy... but the domain name, and the right to keep it would be priceless, and worth the ackwardness... :)

Who is Natalie H. Gritts? You completely lost me there.
Sincerely,
Emma Soffass

Visit my on-line trading and auction site at: http://Emma'sExchange.com [emmasexchange.com] !

Re:Domain names? (1)

allism (457899) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062798)

You know, I didn't realize why Experts Exchange [experts-exchange.com] had a hyphen between experts and exchange in their url until I accidentally typed it without the hyphen...

Re:Domain names? (1)

tsunamifirestorm (729508) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061478)

i don't really think that anyone will confuse MikeRoweSoft.com with Microsoft.com when looking at them spelled out (at least I hope so). And whenever anyone says the domain name, they'll have to spell it out, and then you could tell the difference. So if you never mistake one for the other, they're shouldn't be a problem, right?

Re:Domain names? (1)

zakezuke (229119) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061616)

The funny thing is... Microsoft is such a bland name...

Micro - micro computer, as in desktop. Rather then a mini computer that's more like a desk.

Soft - Soft ware, as in stuff you run on a computer.

Micro - Soft - a company who picked the most generic name possible that communicated they made software for micro computers.

Why is it these companies pick such boring names and at the same time get granted the rights to hold them as trademarks? [old joke] They should shorten their name to MoF... at least then they will save megabytes of data with all those damn license agreements, and it would be unique in the computing world so people don't accidently step on their trademark. When your IT department asks you what you need on your PC, you can tell them "MoF Off" [/old joke]

Re:Domain names? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061698)

Why is it these companies pick such boring names

So you like interesting names like Apple instead? How about Sun, Oracle, or Ford.

at the same time get granted the rights to hold them as trademarks?

So to have a trademark you have to have an interesting name? So all companies should be zipbangboom computers and woozywoops automotive.
I am guessing that you consider zakezuke to be a very interesting name.

Re:Domain names? (5, Interesting)

jhoffoss (73895) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062009)

All you have to do is look at Gates' net worth to see that bland works in big business. And the publicity this kid has gotten is fantastic; he'll have a good chance at having name recognition at any interview he sits down in (were you that guy with the site ten years ago...)

I'm surprised he hasn't had to sell the damn domain just to cover his hosting costs though.

Mike Rowe Soft is officially dead (2, Informative)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061822)

Mike Rowe is taking down mike rowe soft because due to all the "helpful" traffic he could not pay the internet bandwidth bill. I submitted this story to slashback but the dumb editors rejected it and instead claim slashdots publicity helped the poor guy. sheesh want incredible self serving disinformation; is karl rove working for Slashdot now?

Re:Mike Rowe Soft is officially dead (4, Informative)

MrAngryForNoReason (711935) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062093)

Not sure where you heard that but according to MikeRoweSoft.com [mikerowesoft.com] the site is staying up due to the kind offer of hosting from Deafening-Urge.net [deafening-urge.net]. So slashdot publicity helped the guy get new hosting after slashdot publicity caused him to lose his host. It all balances out in the end.

Thats why they call it Karma

Re:Mike Rowe Soft is officially dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8062718)

No, that was dharma.

Disinformative (1)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062683)

Three days ago (Jan. 19) he posted on his site the news of the offer from Deafening-urge.net.
You posted this today, the 22nd. I can't help but point the self-serving disinformation finger back at you.

Re:Domain names? (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061829)

According to the story Mike wants $10,000 for the domain. Now that there have been over 250,000 hits in such a short time, and huge publicity, he should probably ask for more if someone wants to buy it from him.

Re:Domain names? (1)

Stephen Samuel (106962) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062347)

The $10,000 request was a "Piss off, I'm not selling it, and this should be high enough to disuade you". Problem is, he wasn't aware that the price isn't entirely unreasonable. I had one friend sell his domain for $35K and another sold his domain for $15 (admittedly, during the .com boom). $10Million would have been more along the lines of "piss of and don't bother me". Unfortunately, he's a bit young, and so $10K seemed outrageous.

Re:Domain names? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8062668)

this is a 5 because, why? I don't get it.

Re:Domain names? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8062678)

I'm surprised they didn't go after any website that had "Bob" in the name

The Church of the Subgenius [subgenius.com] would certainly counter-sue.

why are south indians such asslickers?? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061266)

why do south indian niggers eat so much curry? is that because they are gay?

MOD PARENT UP (+5, TRUTH) (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061361)

you said it!!!

Intuit (5, Interesting)

Aurix (610383) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061267)

I don't know about everyone else, but we gave up on Intuit a long time ago, after they introduced a heap of serials/product keys just to install/upgrade. Between our numerous versions, and multiuser licences, trying to install Quickbooks/other Intuit shit was a nightmare. We'll never be supporting them again.

he really ought to change it (1, Funny)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061274)

Now that MicRo is famous he could give in and change it to buttheadedsoftwarearchitect.com

Re:he really ought to change it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061502)

Referring to the Apple/Carl Sagan controversy?

I saw we skip right to LawyersAreWimps.com ;)

Re:he really ought to change it (4, Funny)

Bistronaut (267467) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061671)

If he did that, Microsoft really would have a case against him. Nobody's going to confuse microsoft with mikerowesoft, but buttheadedsoftwarearchitect is getting a bit too close.

Amazing.. (-1, Funny)

iantri (687643) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061285)

That's two dupes in one article. A slashdot record?

All depends on whom you ask. Greedo writes "This article at Wired contradicts earlier news that HP was working on getting WMA support built into their branded iPod. "We're not going to be supporting WMA for now," said Muffi Ghadiali, product marketing manager for HP's digital entertainment products group. However, one analyst said that between now and summer, HP may come up with a way to convert WMA to AAC, or an equivalent technical fix. I guess we wait and see."
Reported ages ago (a week? week and a half?)

After that, if it breaks, you get both pieces. Ieshan writes "Microsoft has just decided to resume support for Windows 98 and apparently other product lines, as mentioned in this CNN article. Well, I guess it didn't die for long. They say customers in developing countries weren't made aware of the changes. I say they probably realized that people in developing countries couldn't afford to upgrade entire networks, and might pursue alternatives."

And this one is pushing what, two weeks?

Honestly, this is pretty bad even by Slashdot standards.

Re:Amazing.. (1, Funny)

XorNand (517466) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061311)

You must be new here (along with your mods). Elesewise you'd know what "Slashback" means.

Re:Amazing.. (2, Insightful)

iantri (687643) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061375)

Yes I do; updates on previous stories.

These stories both were already followed up on. Do we really need another story with the same followup repeated?

Slashdot has enough dupes already! ;)

Re:Amazing.. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061492)

You must be new here (along with your mods). Elsewise you'd know that mods can't be new.

Yet Another Reason To Have A Troll, +1 Mod. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061859)

Seriously. Patently obvious, and look at all the fishes jumping into his boat.

Re:Amazing.. (3, Informative)

el-spectre (668104) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061349)

Assuming that this isn't a troll... Slashback, by definition, is a bunch of updates on earlier stories...

Re:Amazing.. (1)

Frizzle Fry (149026) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061707)

Why is this informative? We all know what slashback is. The point is that if you post a story following up on an old story, and then post that exact same followup as a slashback (to the original story), it's a dupe. Ooh, but apparently we can be Informative by defining basic terms so I'll pick up some karma:

A dupe, by definition, is a story that repeats exactly the same information given in an older story [slashdot.org].

Re:Amazing.. (1)

el-spectre (668104) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061910)

It probably shouldn't have been mod'ed informative. It should have been considered what it was, an attempt to clarify something to someone who was confused. Depending how you read his post he did or didn't understand (and I can see it both ways, but at first saw it as the latter).

Precisely why the fuck I would be looking for karma, I don't know. I was trying to help the guy out. That said, I feel enlightened by your post, and bet you are glad you spent those seconds of your life giving me shit. Feel better now?

Re:Amazing.. (2, Informative)

Breakfast Pants (323698) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061758)

Assuming your post isn't a troll: he mentioned that this contains two updates that have already been released. He wasn't refering to the original stories; he was making the point that the original stories have already had follow up stories that tell this exact same stuff. HP>Here [slashdot.org] was the follow up story posted to the original HP ipod story, and here [slashdot.org] was the follow up about windows 98 support. So what was your point again? I'm not quite sure, we'll just have to use my point: you are a fucking idiot.

Re:Amazing.. (-1, Troll)

el-spectre (668104) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061866)

I was trying to be helpful. Unless you have something to contribute other than being a dick, fuck off.

Windows ME support? (5, Insightful)

gooberguy (453295) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061344)

Well it's great they're still going to support 98, but ME? Come on! ME is quite possibly the worst OS Microsoft put out. Sure XP sends stuff to MS without telling you, and 98 is unstable, but at least they are useable operating systems. The worst thing about ME is that you can't restart in DOS mode, no matter what. Even though it runs on top of DOS, and you can use a boot disk to get to DOS, ME won't let you restart into DOS mode. Networking support is also a pain. By "a pain" I mean would rather get shot than try and get ME working with a network card. One time, when I didn't know the evils of ME, I tried getting a Realtek card to work. Bad idea! After almost a week of screwing with the computer, I formatted it and put (what I think is the best thing to come out of Microsoft) Windows 2000 on it. The card worked great in 2000. I thought 2k and ME are supposed to have the same TCP/IP implementations, the ones from BSD. I bet MS could save a TON of time and money by solving all ME problems with a free format and XP home installation.

Re:Windows ME support? (1)

rcpitt (711863) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061427)

ME bad? You obviously never tried to run Windows 1.0 - or even 3.0

The fact that it ran on DOS was the only thing going for it - you could still get lots of DOS software and run in character mode :)

Re:Windows ME support? (1)

jowaju (641863) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061482)

Actually you can get MS-Dos support for ME. Try here:

http://www.coease.com/dosfix.htm

I've used it numerous times to get Partition Magic 5 to work with ME.

Re:Windows ME support? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061532)

If you think this is bad, try hooking up a scanner, camera, hell even a printer to an ME machine. It doesn't work with ANYTHING! Anyone who bought a machine with ME on it should file a class action lawsuit demanding, at the very least, a free copy of a working operating system such as 2000.

Re:Windows ME support? (1)

sessyargc (202542) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061536)

Win ME? well at work we never had problem with it, except, like all MS product, that it keeps on crashing.

I thought 2k and ME are supposed to have the same TCP/IP implementations

even if they have the same protocol stack implementation, its the drivers that are the ones that's totally toast. most probably its not a stack problem its a driver problem.

Re:Windows ME support? (2, Interesting)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061559)

I have a friend who was working at MS at the time ME came out. He didn't work on any OS stuff but he entered one of their computer rooms to work on some server stuff one late night. There were two guys from the ME team working on a computer trying to get it to install ME. This was about a week before the ME launch. Out of curiosity he asked them: "Oh, you work on the ME development team, how does ME compare to the other OS?" Without a blink, they respond: "It's a piece of crap. Don't bother installing it." Then they started laughing and opened a cooler and started drinking.

Re:Windows ME support? (3, Funny)

M.C. Hampster (541262) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061759)


Interesting? Um, ok. Let me try.

Um, I have this friend who used to date Linus Torvalds. One time, this friend was watching Linus install Linux and um, he was really frustrated and said "Man, this whole thing sucks! Why did I ever write it!". Seriously, and then Linus pulled out a crack pipe and started smoking.

Re:Windows ME support? (4, Insightful)

bhtooefr (649901) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061783)

Are you sure they were really on the ME team?

After all, the Win2K team was quoted as calling 98 (the team of which would have been reassigned to ME, most likely) a "toy OS".

BTW, this could also be a troll, as ME is as hard to install as 98 (identical installer, except for ME graphics and text). ME IS a piece of crap. The ME team might have said that (after all, chances are no Intel engineer would say the P4 was a good design, and it was essentially made by marketdroids) about their own creation, as it WAS a "trick" to make people think they were getting 2000 Home, when they were really getting 98 with a 2000 explorer.exe.

Re:Windows ME support? (3, Insightful)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062491)

But it is a toy OS. All I use it for is to run some toys. :)

KFG

Re:Windows ME support? (1)

skorpion_of_ranax' (741541) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062464)

Let's not forget that ME was released with one and only one purpose: convince the Home and Home Office user to drop "Personal" Windows and install "Business" Windows.
Part of an overall plan to get all Windows installations on the same kernel.
Main problem was that Win2K wasn't ready soon enough to allow the pissed-off ME users to make the switch. Hence, XP...

Slastdot (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061370)

That's two dupes in one article. A slashdot record? All depends on whom you ask. Greedo writes "This article at Wired contradicts earlier news that HP was working on getting WMA support built into their branded iPod. "We're not going to be supporting WMA for now," said Muffi Ghadiali, product marketing manager for HP's digital entertainment products group. However, one analyst said that between now and summer, HP may come up with a way to convert WMA to AAC, or an equivalent technical fix. I guess we wait and see." Reported ages ago (a week? week and a half?) After that, if it breaks, you get both pieces. Ieshan writes "Microsoft has just decided to resume support for Windows 98 and apparently other product lines, as mentioned in this CNN article. Well, I guess it didn't die for long. They say customers in developing countries weren't made aware of the changes. I say they probably realized that people in developing countries couldn't afford to upgrade entire networks, and might pursue alternatives." And this one is pushing what, two weeks? Honestly, this is pretty bad even by Slashdot standards.

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Hello (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061428)

why don't they sue this [mycrosoft.com]. It took me one whois to find it.

Re:Hello (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061463)

http://micro.soft.com/

Re:Hello (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061727)

My guess would be because they aren't in the same business as microsoft. They don't seem to be in any business for that matter. Looks like a placeholder to me.

All is not so rosy with Niue's WiFi future? (2, Informative)

styrotech (136124) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061466)

Possible trouble with the government owned monopoly telco according to the NBR [nbr.co.nz] magazine.

CBS plays politics with speech (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061469)

Last week, CBS censored free speech by refusing to sell airtime to the MoveOn Voter Fund for a political ad during the Super Bowl. The ad is critical of the Bush Administration's run-up of the federal deficit.

CBS -- owned by media giant Viacom -- says it doesn't run "controversial" ads during the Super Bowl. But it plans to air a White House drug policy spot during the game. The last such ad linked marijuana smoking to terrorism... hardly uncontroversial.

It is no coincidence that the White House and the FCC are pushing through new media ownership limits at the behest of CBS and other media giants -- efforts that MoveOn and Free Press activists have been fighting. CBS/Viacom spent $4 million lobbying Congress in the last four years alone.

CBS is playing politics with the right to free speech: another example of media monopoly's chilling effect on democratic debate.

We need your help to spread the word about CBS and the growing media crisis. Many members of Congress continue to fight media consolidation because millions of Americans have raised their voices. This recent insult proves that we need millions more.

First, forward this email to everyone you know who cares about free speech and democracy.

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Help us expand the number of activists working to build a media system that serves the public interest, not just corporate interests. Our democracy depends on it.

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Free WiFi Network in Govt sights (2, Interesting)

slyall (190056) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061514)

According to this [nbr.co.nz] article in the (New Zealand) National Business Review [nbr.co.nz] the Niue Government doesn't like the competition from the Niue Internet Users Society and is using strongarm tactics to protect it's phone monopoly.

OldSchoolNapster (3, Funny)

OldSchoolNapster (744443) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061517)

This seems as good a time as any to introduce my new screename. Im not worried about being sued because old-school Napster never cared about copyrights.

Would they sue me? (5, Funny)

kaizenfury7 (322351) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061528)

If I registered the site called MyGrowsSoft.com and used it to sell Viagra?

Re:Would they sue me? (5, Funny)

jpmkm (160526) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061793)

minegoessoft.com might be a bit more appropriate, but it doesn't sound much like microsoft.com anymore.

Re:Would they sue me? (1)

Vaystrem (761) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062340)

Probably not.
However if you registered: MineGrowsSoft.com they may take action.

My Crows Oft... (4, Funny)

hndrcks (39873) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061615)

...spake 'nevermore'.

(apologies to Edgar)

Re:My Crows Oft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8062447)

(apologies to Edgar)
Why? Did he write a poem about a crow that I'm not aware of?

Smart and Bigger (1, Interesting)

Mostly a lurker (634878) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061657)

Was I the only one to get a chuckle from the name of Microsoft's lawyers going after Mike Rowe? "Smart and Biggar" is so appropriate, though they lacked commonsense in this case.

Colonel Sanders and Mike Rowe ... (5, Interesting)

HrothgarReborn (740385) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061726)

...Have something in common.
I saw on a PBS special a few years back that the original Colonel Sanders, after selling off Kentucky Fried Chicken, opened a restuarant called the Colonel's Lady and was sued by KFC for using his name and his face to which they held the trademarks. The Colonel won eventually.

Just thought someone might think that was an interesting precedent.

Re:Colonel Sanders and Mike Rowe ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061740)

What is it that they have in common? The fact that they are trademark cases that involve a name? I don't think Microsoft owns Mike Rowe's name and image. Oh why do I bother. Yes you are so smart. W00t.

Obligatory Twilight Zone quote (5, Funny)

OneIsNotPrime (609963) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061782)

"Dr M's Computer Tip List" and also "Dr M's Computer Tips"

Wait a sec... DRM's Computer Tip List? DRM's Computer Tips?

Don't fall for it! IT'S A COOKBOOK! IT'S A COOKBOOK!

funny shit (1)

sethadam1 (530629) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062822)

Damn, dude, that is seriously funny. Great reference. I don't know who modded you "insightful," but I think that's a masterfully funny post. And moreover, I think anyone who doesn't agree probably didn't get it.

TurboTax 2003 activation not required, correct? (2, Informative)

angle_slam (623817) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061858)

I don't know why it's such a big deal with TurboTax. After I filed it, I deleted the program, and removed the spyware. You can't use TurboTax 2002 this year, so why keep it. And since TurboTax 2003 is not copy protected, might as well use TurboTax this tax year.

Re:TurboTax 2003 activation not required, correct? (4, Interesting)

glinden (56181) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062091)

I did the same, but I still found it annoying. When you installed TurboTax 2002, C-Dilla was also quietly installed. C-Dilla ran all the time, taking up memory. Originally, C-Dilla would remain installed even when you uninstalled TurboTax. Only after a public outcry did Intuit decide to release an uninstaller for C-Dilla. Sure, it's not the end of the world, but it's definitely annoying.

Seriously, people (2, Flamebait)

Wrexen (151642) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062063)

If Microsoft enforcing its trademark against MikeRoweSoft is an evil-empire action, what kind of precedent are we setting for other companies? I'm just going to start companies called Banc ov Amerika, Koka-Kola, Jonsen and Jonsen, Redd Hat Linucks, and Appul.

This guy said himself that he intentionally made a homophone of Microsoft just to mess with them. It's a clear-cut case of trademark infringement. I don't see the problem here.

Re:Seriously, people (4, Insightful)

Malcontent (40834) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062238)

Chances are this is not infringement. There have been numerous cases where people who used their own names as their business names have been found not to infringe.

Of course ICANN is not a fair organization and they would have probably taken the domain from the guy but in court Mike would have prevailed.

BTW there are thousands of companies called delta, washington, montana or whatever. It's OK for two businesses to have the exact same name. The issue is whether a reasonable person would confuse the two businesses. Maybe you would confuse the MikeRoweSoft company and Microsoft but a reasonable person would not.

Re:Seriously, people (1)

Wrexen (151642) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062263)

He does web design. Should I be able to make a Jiffy-Lube type store called Ford? I think any "reasonable" person would assume in both cases that the same company is at work, especially since Microsoft has its hand in pretty much any software-related market.

As an aside, for made-up words like Microsoft, the trademark dilution rules are much stricter - I can't make a Verizon dish soap.

Re:Seriously, people (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8062303)

If you can possibly confuse MikeRoweSoft web design with Microsoft Corporation, you shouldn't be sucking oxygen.

Re:Seriously, people (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8062570)

Made up is harder but still possible. GM got away with naming a car berrita and beat a trademark infringmenet case brought by the gun maker.

Re:Seriously, people (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8062597)

That's really a wonderful comparison. Now if only it were related to Mr. Rowe. First, Microsoft does not sell web design, in any form. Ford however, does sell auto service. You're suggesting that I couldn't name my concrete company Ford, because Ford makes the vehicles that use my roads. That's ridiculous. Microsoft sells computer hardware and software. I could even give you "computer service" as they sell tech support. But web design? Give me the link for the Micro~1 Web Design department that I can hire to create my website.

Re:Seriously, people (1)

Wrexen (151642) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062757)

Microsoft makes FrontPage, which is a web design tool. Also, their bCentral service provides small businesses with web storefronts, so in a way they are doing web design. Also, a "reasonable" person can't possibly have any idea how many different computer-related markets Microsoft is involved in, so it's totally reasonable that a person would think that web design is Microsoft's latest business venture.

Re:Seriously, people (1)

Malcontent (40834) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062609)

'Should I be able to make a Jiffy-Lube type store called Ford?'

Of course you should. You don't think there is a ford's jiffy lube in the US? As long as you don't use the ford logo they you are OK. Especially if your name is ford.

" I think any "reasonable" person would assume in both cases that the same company is at work, especially since Microsoft has its hand in pretty much any software-related market."

On what planet? Certainly not this one. Certainly not any judge.

Re:Seriously, people (1)

Wrexen (151642) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062777)

"You don't think there is a ford's jiffy lube in the US?"

That's not what I said, or at least what I meant. I can't open a store called "Ford Oil Change" and expect to not get sued for TM infringement. It's intentionally exploiting another brand's identity.

Re:Seriously, people (5, Informative)

psykocrime (61037) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062337)

If Microsoft enforcing its trademark against MikeRoweSoft is an evil-empire action, what kind of precedent are we setting for other companies? I'm just going to start companies called Banc ov Amerika, Koka-Kola, Jonsen and Jonsen, Redd Hat Linucks, and Appul.

This guy said himself that he intentionally made a homophone of Microsoft just to mess with them. It's a clear-cut case of trademark infringement. I don't see the problem here.


<IANAL>

If you started a company called Appul that sold microcomputers and related software, then Apple might have a case.. but if your Appul company sold fertilizer or hand-tools, they'd have nothing. Likewise for Jonsen and Jonsen... do that and sell barbed-wire or plastic soda bottles, and you're not infringing anything.

In Mike Rowe's case, he's not selling personal computer operating systems and productivity software, and it's just weird that his name, said real fast, sounds like half of Microsoft.

In the case of your fictional Banc of Amerika, or Redd Hat Linucks, I think you might get in trouble, because they're still the exact same words as the name of the "real" company, just spelled different... and the made up versions don't have any real meaning, unlike "Mike Rowe" which is somebody's name.
</IANAL>

Analyst my ass (3, Insightful)

rmull (26174) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062103)

However, one analyst said that between now and summer, HP may come up with a way to convert WMA to AAC, or an equivalent technical fix. I guess we wait and see.

What??? That makes about as much sense as converting ogg to mp3. It can be done easily, but it'll be lossy as hell - they're different formats, damnit. Maybe I could an analyst and then they could pay me to be dumb. Or better yet - a pundit. Bah.

Re:Analyst my ass (1)

sirReal.83. (671912) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062188)

forget about that, i'm not sure how they're so uncertain with HP's ability to reencode.. WMA->WAV->AAC, in fact *->WAV->*

but i guess we'll "wait and see" what their crack team comes up with... either that's a joke or HP is run by preschool students.

Will MightGrowSoft.com be getting sued, too? (3, Informative)

schmaltz (70977) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062396)

www.mightgrowsoft.com/ [mightgrowsoft.com]

This domain's been around since 1997, and their site layout is strangely familiar. Not to bring any heat on them- this must be protected parody, or IP law is seriously broken.

Or I am crazy. Help me figure this one out.

Heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8062434)

Reminds me of "Norman AntiVirus" that got shipped with my PC :)

Lawyers to apologize (1)

localhost00 (742440) | more than 10 years ago | (#8062584)

Today, the lawfirm Luvim & Burnim, who represents both Microsoft and RIAA, plan to publicly apologize for the mixup involving MikeRoweSoft.com. The mixup was made when a secretary inadvertently swapped Microsoft files with RIAA files. Lawyers had then reported to Microsoft, not knowing they had RIAA paperwork in their briefcases instead of Microsoft paperwork. "This was totally unexpected. We didn't think it was usual for Microsoft to accuse a website of copyright violations," said Seymour Skinner. "I swore they only wanted to purchase the domain name." In a related story, the RIAA has backed down on their $100 million offer to purchase www.kazaa.com.
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