“There are laws to protect both the intellectual property involved as well as the content that is created and owned by the content providers,” said Tom Waldrop, a spokesman for the company, which developed HDCP. “Should a circumvention device be created using this information, we and others would avail ourselves, as appropriate, of those remedies.”
mikesd81 writes "Novell reached a deal in principle to sell itself in 2 parts. A private equity firm will buy part of it, while a strategic buyer is slated to buy the Suse division. It's being reported that VMware may be front runner for being that company. Novell and VMware are already partnered in the virtualization department." top
mikesd81 writes "According to Gartner research firm, Google's Android smartphone operating system will in a single year have leapfrogged competitors like Apple's iPhone, Research in Motion's Blackberry and Microsoft Windows phones in global popularity, and will challenge Nokia to become the world's most popular mobile OS by 2014. Gartner says that the explosive growth of Android will give it 17.7% of world wide sales by the end of 2010. Robert Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner, says
"It's a matter of Android really going more into the hands of the mainstream user. The iPhone will remain focused toward the higher end of the market, while through the end of this year and into 2011, all that growth you see in Android will come from the fact that most of the vendors who are backing it will release cheaper smartphones."
mikesd81 writes "Russia's unmanned cargo ship Progress 38 missed docking with the ISS and sailed right on by it instead of docking on autopilot. A telemetry lock between the Russian-made Progress module and the space station was lost and the module flew past at a safe distance. NASA said the crew was never in danger and that the supplies are not critical and will not affect station operations. There will be no other attempts at docking today, and the orbit of the module raises questions of any other attempts again. Packed aboard the spacecraft are 1,918 pounds of propellant for the station, 110 pounds of oxygen, 220 pounds of water and 2,667 pounds of dry cargo — which includes spare parts, science equipment and other supplies." top
mikesd81 writes "Techdirt reports Cafe Press is running an official Twilight t-shirt design contest, however in the rules there are some interesting restrictions:
* No use of the official Twilight movie
* No use of images or depictions of the actors in the movie
* No use of explicit sexual language or graphics
* No use of copyrighted material from the movie or its promotional materials (e.g. no use of images of the movie, movie posters or from the movie website)
* No blood
* No fangs
* No stakes thru the heart
* No coffins
* No bats
* No use of Twilight book cover images
* No pictures of apples
So create a T-shirt promoting a movie, without promoting the movie. No wonder the prize is $500." top
mikesd81 writes "In the first federal appeals court opinion dealing with “sexting”, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled Wednesday that parents could block the prosecution of their children on child pornography charges for appearing in photographs found on some classmates’ cellphones. Miller vs. Mitchell (pdf) began in 2008 when school officials in Tunkhannock, Pa., discovered seminude and nude photographs of some female students on other student's phones. George Skumanick Jr., the DA at the time, said the students and their parents could be prosecuted if they did not participate in an after-school “education program.”
The syllabus called for the girls to write a report explaining why they were there, what they had done, and why it was wrong. The course was voluntary, however if the students opted out or did not complete it they would be prosecuted. Sighting the district attorney’s actions interfered with the girls’ constitutional rights to be photographed and to be free from compelled speech — and with the parents’ rights to direct their children’s upbringing, three families refused. In March, the district court temporarily barred the district attorney from initiating any criminal charges against the girls. Wednesday’s opinion came in response to his appeal and upholds the injunction but does not resolve the case.
The unanimous ruling of the judges, Thomas L. Ambro, Michael A. Chagares and Walter K. Stapleton, criticized the district attorney’s reliance on the girls’ presence in the photographs as a basis for the potential charges.
“Appearing in a photograph provides no evidence as to whether that person possessed or transmitted the photo,” said the opinion, by Judge Ambro." top
mikesd81 writes "Apparently, the Canadian Booksellers' Association is attempting to block Amazon from building a distribution center up there. The Canadian Booksellers' Association says if Amazon.com Inc. is allowed to open a distribution centre in Canada, it will set a precedent for changing Canadian foreign ownership rules. A Canadian Heritage spokesman said the government has ordered a review of Amazon's proposal to open a Canadian distribution center to determine if the investment "will be of net benefit to Canada. The bookseller association argues the additional competition would not be a net benefit to Canada or the Canadian-controlled bookselling sector. Association president Stephen Cribar outlines his concerns:
"Individual Canadian booksellers have traditionally played a key role in ensuring the promotion of Canadian authors and Canadian culture," Cribar said in the letter. "These are values that no American dot-com retailer could ever purport to understand or promote."
The association also contends that allowing Amazon to operate a business within Canada would contravene the Investment Canada Act, which requires that foreign investments in the book publishing and distribution sector be compatible with national cultural policies. Canadian cultural laws also protect the Canadian book industry from foreign competition."
mikesd81 writes "NASA and NOAA are now predicting Solar Cycle 24 will be less intense thanonce thought. An international panel of experts led by NOAA and sponsored by NASA has released a new prediction for the next solar cycle. Panel chairman Doug Biesecker of the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center says:
"If our prediction is correct, Solar Cycle 24 will have a peak sunspot number of 90, the lowest of any cycle since 1928 when Solar Cycle 16 peaked at 78."
mikesd81 writes "Computerworld reports A federal jury in California has found two Web hosting companies and their owner liable for contributing to trademark and copyright infringement for hosting sites selling counterfeit Louis Vuitton goods. In a verdict handed down last week, the jury assessed damages totaling more than $32 million against hosting companies Akanoc Solutions Inc., Managed Solutions Group Inc., both in Fremont, Calif., and Steven Chen, the owner of the two companies. In awarding the damages, the jury agreed with Paris-based Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A.'s claims that the defendants knowingly allowed several Web sites they hosted to sell products that infringed Louis Vuitton's copyrights and trademarks. Lawyers for Chen had argued that Akanoc and Managed Solutions were protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA), which limits the liability of ISPs for activities by its customers that might constitute copyright infringements. The defense lawyers said Chen and his companies could not be held liable for the actions of Web sites they might have hosted but did not directly own or operate." top
mikesd81 writes "Apple has apparently forced Ninjawordsto censor certain words from their application for it to be approved. Despite carrying a 17+ rating, Ninjawords for iPhone suffers one humiliating flaw: it omits all the words deemed "objectionable" by Apple's App Store reviewers. Despite on the same device you can look up the words on any search sight, and other dictionary apps don't have to remove these words. Phil Crosby, one of Ninjawords's developers, says via email:
The App Store approval process for Ninjawords took two months. Matchstick submitted the first build on May 13; it was rejected two days later. Says Crosby, "We were rejected for objectionable content. They provided screenshots of the words 'shit' and 'fuck' showing up in our dictionary's search results. What's interesting is that we spent a good deal of time making it so that you must type vulgar words in their entirety, and only then will we show you suggestions in the search results. For instance, if you type 'fuc', you will not see 'fuck' as a suggestion. This is in contrast to all other dictionaries we're aware of on the App Store (including Dictionary.com's application), which will show you 'fuck' in the search results for 'fuc', 'motherfucker' for 'mother', etc.
Apple rejected it with this message
Thank you for submitting Ninjawords to the App Store. We've reviewed Ninjawords and determined that we cannot post this version of your iPhone application to the App Store at this time because it contains objectionable content which is in violation of Section 3.3.12 from the iPhone SDK Agreement which states:
"Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple's reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users."
Parental Controls have been announced for iPhone OS 3.0. It would be appropriate to resubmit your application for review once this feature is available.
iPhone Developer Program
There is a listing of the omitted words at the above link.
Apple requires you to be 17 years or older to purchase a censored dictionary that omits half the words Steve Jobs uses every day."
mikesd81 writes "A story on the EFF website states The Obama Administration's decision to support Bush-era concealment policies has forced the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge (PK) to drop their lawsuit about the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Federal judges have very little discretion to overrule Executive Branch decisions to classify information on "national security" grounds, and the Obama Administration has recently informed the court that it intends to defend the classification claims originally made by the Bush Administration. Very little is known about ACTA, currently under negotiation between the U.S. and more than a dozen other countries, other than that it is not limited to anti-counterfeiting measures. Leaked documents indicate that it could establish far-reaching customs regulations governing searches over personal computers and iPods. Multi-national IP corporations have publicly requested mandatory filtering of Internet communications for potentially copyright-infringing material, as well as the adoption of "Three Strikes" policies requiring the termination of Internet access after repeat allegations of copyright infringement, like the legislation recently invalidated in France. Last year, more than 100 public interest organizations around the world called on ACTA country negotiators to make the draft text available for public comment." top
mikesd81 writes "Wired.com reports that you may not know it, but if you have a wireless router, a cordless phone, remote car-door opener, baby monitor or cellphone in your house, the FCC claims the right to enter your home without a warrant at any time of the day or night in order to inspect it. FCC spokesman David Fiske says "Anything using RF energy — we have the right to inspect it to make sure it is not causing interference." The FCC claims it derives its warrantless search power from the Communications Act of 1934, though the constitutionality of the claim has gone untested in the courts. "It is a major stretch beyond case law to assert that authority with respect to a private home, which is at the heart of the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable search and seizure," says Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer Lee Tien. "When it is a private home and when you are talking about an over-powered Wi-Fi antenna — the idea they could just go in is honestly quite bizarre.""