- The recent bubble in SCO's stock means they're off delisting watch. For all the good that's going to do 'em. Coverage at InternetNews, Earthtimes, TechRockies & RTTNews
- SCO's still trying the ol' sandbag trick in the Novell case, and Novell's fighting back. You might just consider this gross misconduct born of desperation, but SCO signaled from the very beginning that they were going to try to withhold evidence. Not real smart to cue people in advance that you're going to try a stunt like this.
The fundamental problem here is that there are no serious penalties for gaming the system, nothing sufficient to deter this kind of behavior. If your courts are full of people who are incapable of feeling embarrassed over their own behavior, your only alternative is strict sanctions, rigorously enforced. By rule, and by tradition, the courts just don't do that in this country. At least not yet.
- A mildly belated piece on SCO's Q2 numbers from IT Jungle
- A piece on the USDOJ siding with M$ in its current fight with Google.
- Another ugly example of telco astroturfing.
- A note of skepticism about the recently announced "WiTricity" thing.
- A review of Parallels 3.0 on OS X, in case you're interested.
- A controversy over the patenting of "synthetic life". The patent angle actually worries me more than the "synthetic life" thing. Does that make me a geek?
- Another piece on the Julie Amero circus, blaming the whole episode on Windows.
- Slashdot on patenting security patches for other companies' products. a good way to win very few friends indeed in the IT industry.
It's getting harder every day to pick out a single poster child for patent reform. there's just so many volunteers.
- A new controversy over whether Vista really supports "Turbo Memory" or not. Sony says it doesn't, which is why they aren't shipping
- A sort of IP issue from space, regarding the use of raw Cassini images of Saturn by "amateurs". A whole community's grown up around looking at raw NASA images as they come in, speculating about them, and sometimes doing a bit of homegrown image processing. Mission scientists are used to having dibs on raw data, and aren't too keen on getting scooped by outsiders, so there's a bit of tension going on right now.
- Slashdot on the recent RIAA raid here in Oregon. The local TV news coverage showed a number of people going around in gear that looked just like regular SWAT team gear, but the lettering on the back said "RIAA" instead of "FBI" or "DEA". It's like they fancy themselves an arm of the government now. Or more to the point, they fancy that the government is one of their arms now.
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