Monday, October 16, 2006

IBM's Counterclaim 10 Outlines 5 Ways SCO's Wrong

Posted by timothy on Sunday October 15, @01:06PM from the darlure-to-launch dept. The Courts IBM Unix Linux

ColonelZen writes "My article at IPW reads: But, however slowly, the wheels of justice do grind on. The discovery phase of SCO v. IBM is now complete, and as per the court's schedule the time to raise Summary Judgment issues is now. And IBM has indeed raised them ... such that it is very possible that all of SCO's claims against IBM could wind up dismissed piecemeal in those motions. ... Yesterday, IBM's redacted memo in support of CC10 hit Pacer. ... This is 102 pages detailing five independent but overlapping, direct and powerfully detailed reasons why SCO's claims of Linux infringement against its code are nonsense."

[The redacted memo: and ]

Egypt's nuclear dilemma

It came as no surprise when in September Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak called for Egypt to pursue a nuclear energy programme. Iran rivals Saudi Arabia's claim to religious dominance and Egypt's pretensions to regional political supremacy. If Iran acquires nuclear weapons capability, it is expected to encourage other countries in the region, especially Sunni Arab states like Egypt and perhaps even Saudi Arabia, to follow suit, sparking a nuclear arms race.

Interesting way to give immediate feedback! Click on an answer and it shows the current result of the survey!

Readership Frequency Survey

I'm curious about how folks are using Cool Tools. If you don't mind, please click on this self-revealing poll.

I hope the Internet can survive!

Howard Stern Coming To the Net

Posted by kdawson on Monday October 16, @07:01AM from the shock-and-aww dept. The Internet Entertainment

theodp writes, "To promote an Internet radio service Sirius is launching this week, Howard Stern's 4+ hour program will be made available live online for free on October 25 and 26. The new Sirius service will offer 75+ channels of CD-quality programming for $12.95/month with no need to buy a Sirius satellite receiver."

Did you ever see the walls of TVs in newsrooms or the movies? You could (given adequate bandwidth) replicate that on your PC with many windows open to different live feeds.

Oct 16, 6:09 AM EDT

Yahoo Adds CBS News to Video Lineup


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Yahoo Inc. this week will begin showing news clips supplied by 16 CBS Corp. television stations scattered across the country, providing the Internet's most trafficked Web site with another online video magnet.

Are we going to rely on the Chinese to provide security?

Oct 16, 12:07 AM EDT

Lenovo Introduces Newly Secure ThinkPads

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- ThinkPad notebooks from Chinese computer-maker Lenovo Ltd., which already let the user log on with a thumbprint instead of a password, will now allow users to encrypt their hard drives at the press of a finger.

... The program works with Utimaco's SafeGuard Easy software, which has received certification from the U.S. government for purchase by its agencies, according to Clain Anderson, director of the company's ThinkVantage technologies.

I'll say it again. There will be a demand for lawyers who specialize in Virtual Law

Reuters' Latest 'Scoop': The First News Service In Second Life

from the dateline:-who-caresville dept

Add the venerable news service Reuters to the ever-growing list of companies trying to look cool by setting up shop inside the virtual world Second Life. [rather: recognizing the future! Bob] The company has put up the requisite building in the game, but has gone a set further by assigning a reporter to cover it full time. Under the nickname "Adam Reuters", a London-based reporter will cover the in-game business of Second Life, just as if it were any other growing economy in which Reuters has a bureau, and posting the stories on a dedicated site. SL users can also go to the Reuters building to read stories, or meet up with the reporter during his posted "office hours". The first story he's written -- which even features a "Second Life" dateline -- is on the leading in-game bank, which some have alleged is little more than a Ponzi scheme. Reuters' interest in Second Life seems to have been pushed by the company's CEO, who claims in The New York Times to have been playing in it for a long time. There are undoubtedly some interesting stories to be told about the in-game economy -- like when in-game banks fail and cause people to lose real-world money -- but this really seems secondary to the publicity aims of this move. In real life, Reuters competes furiously with other newswires like Dow Jones and Bloomberg to get its stories out to its financial-industry subscribers the quickest. While it may have beaten its rivals on this scoop, somehow we doubt they're too bothered -- particularly when Second Life has a population of just 850,000 (most of which isn't in the game at any given time), and its economy remains small, with user-to-user transactions worth just $7.1 million in September.

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Computer Security Podcasts That Don’t Suck

Over the last several months, I've done my best to seek out every podcast related to computer security concepts. I started with a list of just under fifty podcasts and gradually eliminated the ones that consistently failed to offer interesting ideas or were simply too watered down. I'm left the following list of podcasts that I feel are worth listening to. Since each podcast certainly isn't for everyone, I've included some details to make it easier to pick that ones that would most likely interest you the most.

Political stalkers? (Look for staged “candid moments” that show the candidates in a good light.)

Politicians caught on Internet candid cameras

By Deborah Charles Sun Oct 15, 8:08 AM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Want to catch a senator napping during a congressional hearing? Or letting a possible racial slur slip out at a campaign rally?

Then log on to Internet video-sharing Web sites like -- the latest weapon in U.S. politics where a candidate's missteps can be viewed by hundreds of thousands of people.

Political campaigns for the November 7 congressional elections have sent out mass e-mails with links to videos of opponents in unscripted, often embarrassing, situations.

Some campaigns have even dispatched young staffers known as "trackers" armed with video cameras. Their sole job is to track a rival candidate's every move and make sure their cameras are rolling in case the politician makes a gaffe.

Republican Sen. George Allen (news, bio, voting record) of Virginia got some unwanted publicity when at a political rally he pointed to a tracker sent by rival James Webb's campaign and called the young man a "macaca" -- an African monkey and sometimes a racial slur.

The video of Allen's remarks to S.R. Sidarth, a 20-year-old U.S. college student, spread swiftly on the Internet (, drew the attention of Democratic activists and boosted Webb's campaign.

"If you guys had written it down, it wouldn't have had nearly the impact," Webb campaign spokeswoman Kristian Denny Todd told Reuters. "But what you saw with the video was, you saw his demeanor, the way he repeated it, the way he did it laughingly. That's stuff that can't be captured in words. People have got to see it for themselves."

Other videos that have made the rounds include one of Republican Sen. Conrad Burns (news, bio, voting record) of Montana napping during a Senate hearing ( to the tune of "Happy Trails."

... "Anybody with a video camera, a little bit of technology and some great creativity and energy and luck or skill can become an important player in the political process," he added. "And that's the power, that's what makes it so radical."

... Amateur video as a propaganda tool has an impact on how campaigns are managed.

"It limits the ability of candidates to go out in small groups of people to refine their message to see what works and what doesn't," Darr said. "Because now it's all going to be on tape and they're going to be accused of flip-flopping."

Experts predict that video-sharing and "social networking" sites like and, which are just starting to be used by politicians, will play an even bigger role in the 2008 presidential election.

"If you've got a brain you've got to" use the sites, Noble said. "There are always people who ignore the technology, and if they ignore it long enough they'll get beat."

October 15 2006

Movie Downloads: iTunes v. The Rest

Nick Gonzalez

We started testing the various movie download services earlier this summer when rumors of Apple’s new movie download store first heated up. We’re now regular customers of three of the services. Michael Arrington is an iTunes junkie because he likes having movies and music videos on his iPod, Nik Cubrilovic likes Movielink and I’m hooked on Guba’s very low prices. For those of you considering ditching the Netflix account or the weekly trip to Blockbuster and downloading movies instead, one of these might be just what you’re looking for.

If you are a Mac user, the choice is easy. Only iTunes will work on your platform. If you are on a PC you can try any of the services below, which include CinemaNow, Movielink, Guba, Amazon Unbox and iTunes. Note, however, that you’ll be forced to use Internet Explorer [How did Microsoft manage that? Bob] to download these movies unless you use iTunes or Amazon Unbox.

DRM is a big part of all of these products. Make sure you read the terms and conditions carefully before agreeing. At least for Amazon Unbox, the terms are somewhat draconian. DRM will keep many users away who’d like the ability to burn movies to DVD, transfer to other computers, etc. These users will simply purchase and rip DVDs directly (removing DRM), or use bittorent to acquire movies.

More on each below.

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