dhammabum (190105) writes "The Indian government and several Indian Institutes of Technology have developed a cheap, linux-based prototype for eventual use by students once production starts — projected for 2011. The government became involved after a "lukewarm response from known corporates in this sector"." Link to Original Source top
dhammabum (190105) writes "In view of the Supreme Court's recent decision granting corporations the right of free speech, part of that right is the right to vote and hold office. Murray Hill, a PR firm in Washington DC, is trying to register itself as a Republican, its first step in running for Congress. It would certainly cut out the middleman if corporations represented themselves. Why pay lobbyists when you can get it wholesale????" Link to Original Source top
British pub fined for WI-FI copyright infringement
dhammabum (190105) writes "Few details yet but a British pub lost a civil case brought against it because someone allegedly downloaded copyrighted material on their WI-FI hotspot. I'm sure this will give the RIAA et al ideas for other countries. Should hotspot providers be considered carriers?" Link to Original Source top
dhammabum (190105) writes "The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting the discovery of extremely large rats in New Guinea. Hard to take this all that seriously, it is just crying out hoax, but the picture is cute. They apparently just walked into the explorers' camp, the area is so isolated." top
dhammabum (190105) writes "Groklaw reports the Software Freedom Law Center's response to this nefarious agreement: The patent covenant only applies to software that you develop [FOSS] at home and keep for yourself; the promises don't extend to others when you distribute. You cannot pass the rights to your downstream recipients, even to the maintainers of larger projects on which your contribution is built... PJ has been following this issue closely, it looks like Microsoft has started the next phase of their attack on opensource as the SCO-IBM case is all but history. My question — why, oh why did Novell do this?"