May 2, 2009
Piracy Is Bad, No Matter What
The leak of the new X-Men movie last month really took a toll on the market for the film. It made $35 million at the opening and could read $90 million before the weekend is over.
Google Sued Over Android Trade Name
Someone else is using the name as well, and has a registration with the PTO. Google says the suit has no merit, but that's what all defendants say. More in Vnunet.com.
Another Data Breach
Sigh, this time from LexisNexis and Investigative Professionals. Data for 40,000 was compromised and 300 people were actually victimized. More in the Washington Post.
May 1, 2009
Windows 7 News
It looks as if Windows 7 will show up for sale in October. The Release Candidate will be available for almost 13 months once it goes public on May 5, and XP will be around for netbooks for a while as well. Seems as if the first downturn in Microsoft profits motivates the company to sell something that people want, and they seem to want XP. At least until Windows 7 wins them over the way Vista did not.
Minnesota Says Yes to Discovery for DUI Source Code
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ok'd a discovery request for breath testing machines. This has been a ongoing issue in DUI law as the manufacturers have guarded their code as trade secrets. Access has been denied in several other states. The ruling is here, and the story is in Ars Technica.
April 28, 2009
XP, the Operating System that will not Die
Microsoft is adding an XP virtualization mode to Windows 7. Compatibility under Vista was sketchy, even when the property box was checked for earlier versions of Windows. Microsoft is adding its virtualization technology directly into Windows 7 which means XP won't appear to run on top of 7. Once the virtualization and application are run, it will appear to run as any other Windows 7 program. An XP license not required for this feature. This is Microsoft's way of moving business to the new OS. More from Computerworld.
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of FFC Policy on Fleeting Expletives
The Supreme Court ruled today that the FCC does indeed have the authority to fine broadcast networks for fleeting expletives uttered on their shows. The ruling, however, did not address whether the FCC policy could be overturned on the First Amendment issues. The Court sent the case back to the lower courts for consideration of that issue. The case is FCC v. Fox Television Stations, Inc.