Pikoro writes "Microsoft has secured a patent deal with the world's biggest consumer electronics manufacturer to receive fees for devices powered by Google's Android and Chrome operating systems.
Hon Hai — the parent company of Foxconn — said the deal would help prevent its clients being caught up in an ongoing intellectual property dispute.
Microsoft says that Google's code makes use of innovations it owns.
Google alleges its rival's claims are based on "bogus patents".
"The patents at issue cover a range of functionality embodied in Android devices that are essential to the user experience, including: natural ways of interacting with devices by tabbing through various screens to find the information they need; surfing the web more quickly, and interacting with documents and e-books."" top
Judge rules that resale of MP3s violates copyright law
Pikoro writes "A judge has sided with Capitol Records in the lawsuit between the record company and ReDigi — ruling that MP3s can only be resold if granted permission by copyright owners.
"The Order is surprising in light of last month's United States Supreme Court decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons, which reaffirmed the importance and applicability of the First Sale Doctrine in the United States of America."" top
Raspberry Pi available for Sale 0600 GMT on Feb 29th
Pikoro writes "Raspberry Pi has just sent out the following email notice to subscribed users:
The Raspberry Pi Foundation will be making a big (and very positive) announcement that just might interest you at 0600h GMT on Wednesday 29 February 2012. Come to www.raspberrypi.org to find out what's going on." top
Pikoro writes "This morning, Sony started sending out emails to PSN subscribers which Sony has detected are running jailbroken Playstation 3 consoles.
From the email: "A circumvention device and/or unauthorized or pirated software currently resides on your PlayStation(R)3 system. Immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from your PlayStation(R)3 system. Failure to do so will result in termination of your access to the PlayStation(R)Network and access to Qriocity(TM) services through your PlayStation(R)3 system."
Anonymous writes "Looks like, in a successfull attempt to get Hatoyama to back down from moving Futenma off of Okinawa, that the US may have had reason to sink the South Korean corvette, the Cheonan." top
Pikoro writes "I'm curious. I have been using Linux since my first Slackware install (13 floppies back in the 286 days). I always see people trying to get Windows programs running under Linux using WINE. I've been wondering. Why all the time being spent trying to get Windows software running under Linux, when there is so much great Linux software out there that doesn't run under Windows? Why not a "LINE" project to help people port Linux software to windows? Or perhaps a Linux ELF compatibility layer so we can run Linux software on Windows, the same way we can run Windows software under Linux.
This will, of course, require community support, so I'm asking for help in all areas. Monitoring current porting efforts, creating an application compatibility layer to enable ELF and APP binaries to run under Windows, etc...
So I pose the question to the Linux community: Any interest in a GPL ELF application compatibility layer for Windows?" top
Pikoro writes "Matt over at embeddedether.net has a curious and slightly over-engineered project up at his site.
He has created a Mechanical hit counter for his website.
From the page:
I've always subscribed to the Rube Goldberg School of Engineering Design, the philosophy of which is "simple, elegant solutions are for the unimaginative". These are words I can live by.
Overengineered designs are where Art and Science meet, eye each other up a bit, sink a few pints, and head off to Science's apartment to see his etchings. I tip my hat to Mr. Goldberg, using a machine that tips hats in 22 steps, starting with cracking an egg.
Here, then, is my humble contribution to the rich tradition of overengineering — the Mechanical Hit Counter.
Pikoro writes "I have been working in the IT field for the past 20 years or so, and after getting hired by the largest financial company in the world, I thought I might have finally found a place to retire from.
However, after working here for about 6 months, I find myself, not exactly burnt out, but longing for a complete career field change.
It's not that doing IT related tasks aren't fun anymore, but they have become more "work" than "play" over the last few years.
Since all of my experience has been IT related, I'm not sure where I could go from here.
What would slashdot readers consider doing for a living after being in a single field for so long?"