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RIM Explores Microsoft Alliance, Other Radical Moves
Authored by: JamesK on Saturday, June 30 2012 @ 05:38 PM EDT
Reuters has reported, citing three sources familiar with the situation, that Research In Motion Ltd. is strongly considering, among other things, forming an alliance with Microsoft as a way to stave off RIM's further losses.

You'd think they'd have learned from what happen to Nokia after they "partnered" with Microsoft. If they have to join up with MS, then they're toast!

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How Red Hat Decides Which Open Source Companies to Buy
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 30 2012 @ 05:49 PM EDT
When it comes to deciding which company Red Hat might acquire next, there are a number of factors that [Red Hat CEO, Jim Whitehurst] considers. For one, the company needs to fit in the space in which Red Hat operates. Then within that space, there is an effort to find a company that has a good number of community members, such that Red Hat needs to acquire the company, versus simply hiring a few people. Fundamentally, though, it is all about the people.

"When you buy an open source company, if the people aren't coming and passionate about staying then you spend a lot of money for what? Because you don't get a lot of intellectual property," Whitehurst said.

Sean Michael Kerner, Datamation

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Managing Discovery of Electronic Information: A Pocket Guide for Judges
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 30 2012 @ 07:44 PM EDT
I had the opportunity to visit the Administrative Office of the US Courts, and I ran across a rack of publications outside their cafeteria. As it turns out, the Federal Judicial Center publishes a huge variety of handbooks and guides, many of which are available for download as PDF files. You can browse the library at http://www.fjc.gov/library/fj c_catalog.nsf/.

I picked up a copy of "Managing Discovery of Electronic Information: A Pocket Guide for Judges"; while I am neither attorney nor judge, I found it interesting in terms of how various technologies are considered in the context of the discovery process.

Wes Morgan

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Japanese nuclear officials withheld Fukushima radiation maps
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 30 2012 @ 08:33 PM EDT
Japanese nuclear officials have apologised to Fukushima residents for withholding maps showing dangerous radiation areas after last year's meltdowns.

[...]

But Kawauchi mayor Yuko Endo rejected the apology, saying it was too late.

He says if his village had been given the maps they could have avoided evacuating into areas of high radiation.

Mark Willacy, ABC News [Australia]

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China responds to Fukushima

Article Highlights
  • Before the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, China had big nuclear expansion plans, with more than 40 reactor units under construction or in planning.
  • The Fukushima disaster led China to conduct safety inspections of all its reactors and to suspend nuclear project approvals until a new nuclear safety plan could be adopted.
  • Under Beijing's new safety regulatory system, reactors that are operating or under construction will be spared major redesign, but future projects will face re-engineering, perhaps leading the Chinese to adopt safer third-generation reactor designs created by Chinese firms.
Yun Zhou, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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Burying the Story Along with the Body - Did the New York Times Lead Anthony Shadid to His Death?
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, July 01 2012 @ 03:04 AM EDT
"Just 11 months after Anthony’s deeply traumatic kidnapping, for which he received no counseling or treatment for possible PTSD, The New York Times insisted that Anthony illegally infiltrate Syria in a poorly planned, dangerously risky operation. His editors overruled Anthony’s objections and failed to provide equipment he had requested.

When he then died of what his cousin suspects was a heart attack, the Times put out an inaccurate story that obscured the newspaper’s role in his death, while proclaiming him a hero and basking in the reflected glory." - Anthony Shadid’s close cousin, Dr. Edward Shadid of Oklahoma City

Alison Weir, CounterPunch

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WAAAY OT - "Now you're just the Star Wars that I used to know"
Authored by: SirHumphrey on Sunday, July 01 2012 @ 03:44 AM EDT
Now you're just the Star Wars that I used to know

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My first Raspberry Pi post
Authored by: Ian Al on Sunday, July 01 2012 @ 05:29 AM EDT
I wondered what I could do to stop myself installing a complete desktop's
worth of software on my new Rasberry Pi (not that I couldn't. I'm using a
16GB SD card).

So, I thought I would show off by posting on Groklaw.

I only mastered dd'ing the image to the SD card this morning having
discovered a published bug in the windowed alternative. i wasted ages
trying to get GPartEd authorised only to find that sudo does not actually
demand a password. Then i realised that I could not resize my working Linux
partition and had to do it on the nettop.

Still, this post is working just fine. The Rasberry Pi does rather make my
nettop look like a speed fanatic, but all I have to do is glance at the tiny
board and it all seems rather good.

Must avoid trying to get UTube to work!

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Regards
Ian Al
Software Patents: It's the disclosed functions in the patent, stupid!

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Startling picture of the UK Queen and McGuinness
Authored by: SilverWave on Sunday, July 01 2012 @ 07:40 AM EDT
Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness discussed Queen's loss

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RMS: The 4 Freedoms
0 run the program for any purpose
1 study the source code and change it
2 make copies and distribute them
3 publish modified versions

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UserFriendly spot on
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, July 01 2012 @ 11:22 AM EDT
link

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BBC - Harry Potter and the History of the Law
Authored by: WWWombat on Sunday, July 01 2012 @ 12:59 PM EDT
I've just been watching (via BBC's iPlayer) a couple of episodes of "The Strange Case of the Law".

The programme is a brief history of English common law from Saxon times. The 2nd episode covers issues related to liberty, execution of King Charles, and Habeas Corpus - particularly with its impact on hiding prisoners abroad and on the trigger of abolishment of slavery.

I've found it interesting, but with 3 episodes covering over 1000 years, I can't help but wonder what didn't make the cut!

The series concludes on broadcast TV in a few days, and the episodes are available (if you don't get hit by the BBC's UK-only restrictions) until 11th July.

The link to Harry Potter? He's the barrister presenting the programme.

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America's Cup Yachting World Series
Authored by: jheisey on Sunday, July 01 2012 @ 01:37 PM EDT
Oracle may have lost their lawsuit against Google, but their sailing yacht
(actually a large catamaran) is doing pretty good. It is going up against Team
New Zealand in the America's Cup Yachting World Series. It's being telecast
today on NBC at 1:30 Central Daylight time.

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Off Topic Thread
Authored by: mdhmiller on Sunday, July 01 2012 @ 01:51 PM EDT
By accident I ran across a NYTimes article by an actuary who was telling the
story of his tribulations in getting a patent on {his special version of}
statistical sampling. Besides not being special at all (like the techniques have
been used for years), at its core, the patent is nothing more than applied
mathematics and standard statistics. Unbelievable but true!
"Patents Aren’t Only for Engineers" by JAY VADIVELOO (May 12, 2012)
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/jobs/an-actuary-proves-patents-arent-only-for-
engineers.html

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Are Facebook apps changing e-mail addresses and losing e-mail?
Authored by: sciamiko on Sunday, July 01 2012 @ 05:32 PM EDT
Does anyone know whether there is any truth in this story (cnet) ?

An alarming number of people are reporting that the new e-mail address Facebook forced on users this week is changing their address books while intercepting and losing unknown amounts of e-mail.

Facebook users say contacts' e-mail addresses on phones and personal devices have been altered without their consent -- and their e-mail communication is being redirected elsewhere, and lost.

s.

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Samsung appeals Apple's injunction against Galaxy Nexus
Authored by: hardmath on Sunday, July 01 2012 @ 09:14 PM EDT

CNet Link

Samsung has filed a motion with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit appealing the preliminary injunction issued by Judge Lucy Koh on Friday, saying the order is "inconsistent" with court directives regarding share losses.

Samsung asks that the injunction be stayed for the duration of the appeal.

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Apple vs. Samsung coverage?
Authored by: sela on Monday, July 02 2012 @ 05:17 PM EDT
I wish Groklaw did some coverage and analysis of Apple vs. Samsung.

Haven't been here for a long time. I used to read Groklaw on a daily basis during the SCO vs. IBM trial and really enjoyed the insightful analysis.

Now Apple vs. Android (Samsung, HTC etc) seem to look more and more like the new SCO vs. IBM, and I'm really missing a website that provides in-depth analysis of the case, like Groklaw used to do back than, and I cannot find anything except for Florian Muller's deceptively named "FOSSPatents", with his anti-FOSS bias.

PJ, is there a chance you can provide some insight into this case? For example, some analysis of this?

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