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Oooomph ! (that’s deep snow!)

Posted on February 12th, 2008 at 11:03 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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For Clinton, Bid Hinges on Texas and Ohio

Posted on February 12th, 2008 at 10:51 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008

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“She has to win both Ohio and Texas comfortably, or she’s out,” said one superdelegate who has endorsed Mrs. Clinton, and who spoke on condition of anonymity to share a candid assessment. “The campaign is starting to come to terms with that.” Campaign advisers, also speaking privately in order to speak plainly, confirmed this view.


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Trend Micro patent claim provokes FOSS community, leads to boycott

Posted on February 12th, 2008 at 9:23 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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Trend Micro might insist that its patent case against Barracuda Networks isn’t about free software — but try telling that to the free and open source software (FOSS) community. Since Barracuda Networks went public about the case last month, it has heard from “a tremendous number of individuals” according to Dean Drako, Barracuda’s president and CEO. Even more significantly, announcement of the case has led to a boycott against Trend Micro.

The case is an attempt to enforce Trend Micro’s patent for antivirus detection on an SMTP or FTP gateway. Already successfully used against such companies as McAfee, Symantec, and Fortinet, the patent is being applied against Barracuda for its distribution of Clam Antivirus (ClamAV), the popular FOSS antivirus program, with its hardware products.

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Some of those who contacted Barracuda suggested prior art — documents that would prove that the idea of gateway antivirus existed before Trend Micro applied for its patent in 1995. “We have already received about 20 prior art submissions, many of which appear at first inspection to be very relevant,” Drako reports.

Many of the responses expressed concern about the possible impact of the case on the FOSS community. Justin Mason, the creator of SpamAssassin, blogged that “Trend Micro’s actions are clearly an attack on free and open source software and its users, as well as on Barracuda Networks…. Given Apache SpamAssassin’s prevalence in many anti-spam mail filtering appliances (including Barracuda!), this is a very worrying precedent for us — our product could be next.”

In the same vein, Pamela Jones of Groklaw wrote, “I think it’s another attempt to attack the FOSS development model and force those using such software to pay the proprietary dudes a tax. That’s the same dream that SCO started with, and Microsoft shares the dream. A lot of proprietary software folks realize the sun is setting on their business model, and they would like a piece of what is replacing it…. If ClamAV is not successfully defended, I think there may be an avalanche of this kind of attack, proprietary vendors looking for some silver to cross their palms from anyone using FOSS software.”


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Half Of UK Men Would Swap Sex For 50 Inch TV

Posted on February 12th, 2008 at 9:20 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Nearly half of British men surveyed would give up sex for six months in return for a 50-inch plasma TV, a survey — perhaps unsurprisingly carried out for a firm selling televisions — said on Friday.

Electrical retailer Comet surveyed 2,000 Britons, asking them what they would give up for a large television, one of the latest consumer “must-haves.”

The firm found 47 percent of men would give up sex for half a year, compared to just over a third of women.

“It seems that size really does matter more for men than women,” the firm said.

Let’s see… a TV for six month of no-sex? I guess I’m going to open my own TV store!


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Danish Block Of The Pirate Bay Leads To Even More Traffic

Posted on February 12th, 2008 at 9:07 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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We’ve noted in the past that every time the RIAA or the IFPI scores a “significant blow” against an operation they accuse of piracy, it only seems to drive more attention to those sites. That appears to be happening once again. Since the IFPI convinced a Danish court to block users from accessing the Pirate Bay, traffic from Denmark to the Pirate Bay has actually increased, thanks mainly to the news coverage of the story. So, for such a significant blow, it appears that all the IFPI has succeeded in doing is providing free advertising for the Pirate Bay.


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