junglee_iitk (651040) writes "It is not just IP that warrants an arrest based on IP. Indian ambassador's daughter was wrongfully arrested based on the address of a computer used to send threatening email to the a New York school teacher. The daughter has now moved to sue the government for her treatment.
junglee_iitk (651040) writes "NYTimes.com is calling the bluff on popular opinion about how Open Source is soaring as a new business model. It argues that "societal and strategic importance" of open source software based companies "far exceed their financial value as operating businesses" due to their poor monetary value, giving examples of MySQL and Oracle-Sun fiasco, to Firefox and Linux as an operating system.
While the title might make an open source enthusiast a little... anxious, the arguments seem to be actually quite sound." Link to Original Source top
Discovery of new micro-organisms in the stratosphe
junglee_iitk (651040) writes "Three new species of bacteria, which are not found on earth and highly resistant to ultra violet radiation, have been discovered in the upper stratosphere by some Indian scientists. These bacteria which do not match any species on earth were found in samples collected through a balloon sent up to the stratosphere in April 2005.
The payload consisted of a cryosampler containing 16 evacuated and sterilised stainless steel probes. Throughout the flight, the probes remained immersed in the liquid neon to create a "cryopump effect". These cylinders after collecting air samples from different heights ranging from 20 to 41 km were parachuted down and safely retrieved, it said." Link to Original Source top
junglee_iitk writes "The arrest of tomb robbers has led archaeologists to the first of the graves of three royal dentists. The tomb robbers discovered the site two months ago. "We have to thank the thieves," Zahi Hawass, chief of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said. Excavation continues(pictures) in hope to find more tombs in the area. Their location near the Step Pyramid of King Djoser — believed to be Egypt's oldest pyramid — indicate the respect accorded dentists by Egypt's ancient kings, who "cared about the treatment of their teeth". Although archaeologists have been exploring Egypt's ruins intensively for more than 150 years, Hawass believes only 30 percent of what lies hidden beneath the sands has been uncovered."