inode_buddha (576844) writes "According to El Reg — MPHJ Technology, one of the most notorious patent trolls in America, has filed a lawsuit against the US Federal Trade Commission, claiming that the agency's attempts to interfere with its business are in violation of its constitutional rights. The obscurely named MPHJ is a patent-assertion entity that demands royalties of about $1,000 per employee from companies that own networked scanners with a "scan to email" function. By its own admission, MPHJ has so far sent letters to about 16,000 businesses, warning them that their use of such scanners is in violation of its patents. Links to the case are in the article, for the armchair lawyers and ex-groklawers..." Link to Original Source top
inode_buddha writes "After completing its bailout rescue and paying back the money with interest, AIG is considering suing the US Government for doing so. The reasons why? Among other things, the 14% interest rate paid to the government, and also "The lawsuit does not argue that government help was not needed. It contends that the onerous nature of the rescue — the taking of what became a 92 percent stake in the company, the deal’s high interest rates and the funneling of billions to the insurer’s Wall Street clients — deprived shareholders of tens of billions of dollars and violated the Fifth Amendment, which prohibits the taking of private property for “public use, without just compensation.” The former CEO and current major shareholder said: “The government has been saying, ‘We’re your friend, we owned and controlled you and we let you go.’ But A.I.G. doesn’t owe loyalty to the government,” a person close to Mr. Greenberg said. “It owes loyalty to its shareholders.”
inode_buddha writes "Not long ago we ran a story about how a NY newspaper published lists of gun owners. Now, it seems the same newspaper has hired armed guards in response to unspecified threats to the editor, amid "large volumes of negative response". Funny, I thought these people had some problem with gun ownership?" Link to Original Source top
inode_buddha (576844) writes "The Supreme Court reaffirmed its two-year-old decision relaxing limits on corporate campaign spending. The justices reversed a Montana court ruling upholding state restrictions. Its interesting how anybody who doesn't toe the wall street party line is a "liberal"." Link to Original Source top
inode_buddha (576844) writes "It's part of the $1 billion AOL patent deal, and it's something that would have made many minds explode back in the 1990s. It still makes my mind explode today. Marc Andreesen points out that MS now has a significant chunk of the old Netscape. What are the ramifications for Mozilla?" Link to Original Source top
inode_buddha (576844) writes "The Supreme Court ruled 5-to-4 that people arrested for any offense, however minor, may be forced to strip before being jailed even if no reasonable suspicion of contraband exists.
TFA has an amazing case of a man who was detained due to incorrect information, leading to the suit at hand." Link to Original Source top
Simplify the Linux kernel by reducing its state space
inode_buddha (576844) writes "This Wall Street Journal blurb notes that a senior attorney who led several antitrust investigations against Google has been hired by Microsoft. The article is behind a paywall but it does say that his new job will be the same at Microsoft, namely, he will continue fighting on Microsoft's behalf in front of the FTC.
I find it interesting how this was published in a very quiet way, buried behind a paywall right before a weekend." Link to Original Source top
inode_buddha (576844) writes "According to this article at El Reg, Rupert Murdoch is not happy with Obama's comments on SOPA. He seems to think that Obama is being swayed by lobbyists and campaign contributions. Bear in mind that Murdoch owns several media outlets that are directly affected by the legislation, including FOX news." Link to Original Source top
inode_buddha (576844) writes "Groklaw has just received an invitation to be archived in the Library of Congress. In true FOSS style, PJ has decided to ask all the contributors and commenters if they wish to be included, since commenters own the copyrights on their comments. So far, the answer seems to be "yes". Even for Anonymous Cowards. It's a great honor for Groklaw, but one wonders how many AC's there are, or would Congress think that they are all one person?" Link to Original Source top
inode_buddha writes "SCO Group has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chap. 11. Groklaw has the late-breaking news. This means they whill try to re-organize and continue business, but nobody is sure what will happen to the legal cases." top
inode_buddha writes "Microsoft is accusing IBM of a large-scale campaign to limit users choices in Office formats. The article goes on to explain that IBM is pushing ODF via several standards bodies, while Microsoft tries to fast-track OOXML through the ECMA.
Microsoft seems to feel that the competition is unfair, according to TFA at El Reg, including quotes from a letter at MS InterOp. Pot, meet Kettle?"
OK, I'm well into my 40's now. Yeah, time marched on. Moved 3x and retired. Managed to cram SuSE-11.2 onto a P2-466 mHz box with 5 gigs of disk. Still got the old SMP Pentium pros and a few Alpha boxes.
Still at it, complete with natalie portman and hot grits, go figure. Broadband is nice tho. My last journal entry was on dialup.
Trying to figure out the new metamod system.
Kids are in college now. Time for a new GF, its been 15 years. Car and house are paid for anyway.
inode_buddha writes | about 11 years ago
'Nother b-day rapidly approaching, gonna be 36 yrs. W00t! (sorta). There's _way_ too much shit going on; most of the guys at work are new now, but they might have to lay off again. I plan to be elsewhere by then cuz unemployed holidays suck. Thinking to go west or to the Pacific. It doesn't help that my entire industry got outsourced 20 yrs ago.
getting older still: I remember when Dad was engineering prof. at the Uni Illinois, champaign-urbana. (bout 1972) He turned 36, and had time on the school's 4070 mainframe. I had a ball learning punch cards. the idea of abstraction to a series of symbols was fascinating.
Cooking up a new version of SteigenLinux, the old site is just embarassing now. The landlord just asked me to leave, so that'll delay things a bit.
Playing with the 2.6-test kernels lately, its gonna rock.
No I don't care a hoot bout the SCO thing either. I read the stuff but I'm not worried.
Back from vacation, gotta go to work tomorrow. Weird how everybody I know has the same gripes about work, even in totally different fields.
Cool that 2.6 is in testing. I see AC has his own patch set started already. This should be good, if 2.5 was any indication. Makes me wonder where Con would go with it...
Cool, Linus and AKPM are at OSDL now. Also, the SGI stuff is giving me a serious hard-on. Now all I need is a few more $$$...
Called upon to moderate again, but kind of tired ATM. I'll prolly take it easy instead. Weird how vacations can wear you out; did you ever try to drive 1000 miles with a 4-year old? It sure makes work seem irrelevant...
Moderation is kinda weird; this group is a *lot* looser than the "traditional" Usenet groups I'm used to. For instance, *nothing* is assumed, not a common interest, background, or anything else. Hence, I take it seriously when I have to moderate, and I take it all with a grain of salt when I get moderated. Meta-moderation is even harder.
On a similar note, it's cool when I get a story accepted (rarely). Mainly, the context is all-important, and there are as many different contexts as there are slashdot users it seems. Often the meaning that I intended gets mangled beyond recognition, and the follow-up posts are even more mangled. Once again, joy with a grain of salt. All of it is educational and enlightening; discretion and judgement are required tho; being dispassionate is the rule of the day.
Overall, I'd rather be editing (with maybe a script to catch dupes), but it's OK that maybe I should hold off on that kinda thing for now. Regardless, I'd *always* rather be posting and participating.
Wrote in a question to Kevin Mitnick today. Waited 8 years to see if there was a similar-thinking soul. I hope he gets it, it's not even close to all that I would ask in a similar vein, but I think it's the kind of thing he would go for. Everyone else seems to be asking "How do you hope to get up to speed?"
I'm asking "Do you think humanity is any different because of their technologies? Is it better? Worse? Why or why not?"
Mixed reviews to "India Rising" story (posted by Timothy as "YRO: Speaking out for Free Software in India") along with a few mis-understandings... overall, I'm pleased because at least it looks like it got people to think and read/write. Need to find a way to avoid the mis-understandings in the future, except for the obvious trolls, sloppy readers, and the generally trashed. Very pleased that a few Indians posted thoughtfully after carefully reading.
A story I submitted finally got accepted... go figure. Makes my day, actually; less work than moderating, and I always appreciate good writing and thinking, even if I had to blog most of it. It keeps life interesting when you can deal with people on the other side of the world *right now*