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(LinuxWorld) — Here it is, just as promised. This is the conclusion of the Perens extravaganza begun last week. This week's column is made up of excerpts from my conversation with Perens two weeks ago. The conversation followed no set course. My questions were not pre-ordained; they wandered over the Linux terrain like it was a cow-path in Texas. But Perens' responses were lucid, well-informed and very interesting. I have trimmed and edited the conversation a bit in order to pack as much of it as I could into this week's space. Lobbying for change LW: Let's say that I, as a hot-headed journalist, wanted to see the Texas Legislature enact new legislation that would make EULAs subordinate to the constitution and not the other way around. Where customers could not be assumed guilty and have to prove their innocence, but rather enjoy the normal way of things under the l... (more)

Millions of Consumers Are Taking Control Over Risk From Identity Theft With a Free Online Secure Payment Service From Orbiscom

NEW YORK, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading payment solutions provider Orbiscom today announced that millions of consumers are taking control over risks from identity theft and online fraud with a free security service from Orbiscom. The service is available from credit card and online payment issuers and generates disposable numbers linked to a real account that can only be used within constraints specified by the card holder. As a result, merchants and unauthorized persons are prevented from seeing direct financial details in transactions that do not require the physical card, like online or by phone. Consumers wary of exposing their personal credit card information over the Web are now shopping with confidence, taking an active role in securing their own sensitive financial information to protect themselves from fraudsters looking to steal credit card numbers. Mo... (more)

A streaming media player for the rest of us

After my less than satisfying visit to the land of Linux streaming media viewers just a few weeks ago, I was a little reluctant to try another, in spite of the readers who suggested I look at Xine. I shouldn't have been. I found the Xine experience satisfying in every aspect. Xine installation is quick, easy, and well documented. On my Red Hat 7.2 desktop box with its 1-GHz Athlon CPU, 512 megabytes of RAM, and a GeForce 2 MX video card, I got video that rivaled anything I've seen, even in full-screen mode. I downloaded xine-lib-0.9.8.tar.gz and xine-ui-0.9.8.tar.gz source code tar balls from the Xine project page on SourceForge. A perfectly behaved configure script -- I was impressed by the level of detail and information provided by the scripts -- started the normal install process of ./configure; make; make install. Per the README on the Web site, I installed xine... (more)

Spam About the "CAN-SPAM" Act...from a US Government Office

Any editor for print and online publications is all too familiar with the plague of the completely unrelated press release. However, LinuxWorld Magazine has managed to collect some with an ironic twist: we have been repeatedly spammed by a member of the White House's Office of Management and Budget with a single 1.5MB photo of U.S. President George W. Bush signing the CAN-SPAM Act - which many industry observers fear is more of a "permission to spam" law than a "stopping spam" law. Since the law does not go into effect until January 1, it seems a bit premature to begin the spamming orgy now. Of course, perhaps the OMB is not worried about said Act, considering that government agencies are immune from the CAN-SPAM rules. That must explain why there was no removal link in the spam we have received many times over the last few days and why, when half of the editorial sta... (more)

Inventor of the World's First Unsung PC Sues Intel for $1.5b

Our New Year's prediction that 2004 would be the year of IP litigation is turning out to be true. The latest quirky indication of that fact is the $1.5 billion suit that was leveled at Intel Thursday morning charging that the Pentium, a superceded chip, infringed a 1993 US patent held by All Computers Inc, a Toronto company that few people have ever heard of. Fewer people still have ever heard of the 71-year-old Canadian, Mers Kutt, who's making the charges even if Mr. Kutt can lay claim to having invented the world's first personal computer, a thing called the MCM-70, a widget that again few people have ever heard of. The suit, filed in federal court in Virginia by the California IP law firm of Levin & O'Connor, claims the Pentium violated patent number 5,506,981 entitled "Apparatus and Methods for Enhancing the Performance of Personal Computers." Described as a "... (more)

Google Loses Geico Gambit

A U.S. district court has ruled against Google in a trademark suit over the sale of the terms Geico and Geico Direct in Google's AdWords service. In April 2004 Google had changed a previous AdWords policy that stopped the sale of other companies’ words and phrase, and this policy was quickly attacked legally by Geico. The ruling follows an earlier judgement in December that had favored Google. The most recent ruling, however, found that Geico had “established a likelihood of confusion” and that there had been a breach of the insurance firm’s trade mark rights “solely with regard to those sponsored links that use GEICO's trade marks in their headings or text." The matter is not completely over, as the two parties now have 30 days to settle their differences, or failing that, go to trial. "Geico will continue to aggressively enforce its tr... (more)

Oh, God, HP...

In a series of whipsaw revelations over the last 10 days - on which more ink seems to have been spent than Enron got - it has come to light that HP's non-executive chairman Patricia Dunn, who is supposed to be one of the most powerful women in America and was instrumental in removing HP CEO Carly Fiorina, set in train a search for a boardroom leak that involved getting the home and cell phone records of the HP board, nine journalists and two unidentified HP employees to see who was leaking to the press. The technique used to get the phone bills, which HP has admitted to, is known as pretexting, which usually means pretending to be the person whose records you're after to get a copy of those records but however it's done it definitely means lying about who you are to get those records. There's a federal law against pretexting to get financial records, but other than th... (more)

Written Statement of Kevin J. O'Connor, Chairman of the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property, at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Intellectual Property Enforcement

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a written statement by Kevin J. O'Connor, Chairman of the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property, at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Intellectual Property Enforcement: -- Introduction Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Specter, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to discuss the Department of Justice's efforts to protect intellectual property rights through criminal enforcement. As America continues its transformation into an information- and innovation-based economy, the protection of America's creative assets is a top priority of the Department of Justice. Intellectual property embodies America's cultural heritage, consumer confidence and trust in brands for products ranging from prescription medicines to spark plugs, and most of the assets of our vibran... (more)

The Homeland Security Market 2013-2023: Aviation, Mass Transit, Maritime, Infrastructure, Cyber, CBRN, Border, CTI & Public Safety

LONDON, October 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Visiongain's landmark 553 page report The Homeland Security Market 2013-2023: Aviation, Mass Transit, Maritime, Infrastructure, Cyber, CBRN, Border, CTI & Public Safety is one of the most definitive and comprehensive reports on the homeland security sector. This detailed report forecasts 27 national markets with 9 submarket forecasts within each individual national market, providing the reader with extremely thorough market analysis. The homeland security market is expected to record sustained growth throughout the forecast period 2013-2023. Of course, the sheer range and diversity of the homeland security market analysed within this comprehensive report (across 27 national markets and 9 submarkets in each national market) demonstrates significant regional variations, but this should not discount the impressive growth prospec... (more)

TC3 Health, LLC Announces Compliance Technologies for Claims Payers Under the Patriot Act

COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- TC3 Health, LLC an industry leader in loss control and integration technologies announced the immediate availability of OFACsecure(SM), a compliance tool for health care payers designed to meet the federal guidelines under the USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism). The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) has been designated to administer, publish and enforce the master list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDNs) that prohibits US underwriters, brokers, agents, primary insurers, reinsurers and US citizen employees of foreign firms in the insurance industry of making or receiving or any contribution of funds, goods or services for the benefit of persons designated as SDNs. Payers are require... (more)

The Spice Depot Appoints Former Assistant US Attorney Richard A. Stanley, Esq. to its Board of Directors

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/13/08 -- The Spice Depot, Inc. (PINK SHEETS: SDEO) ("Spice Depot" or the "Company"), a provider of all-natural and organic spices and spice products, is extraordinarily pleased to announce the appointment of Richard A. Stanley, Esq. to its Board of Directors. The appointment of Mr. Stanley is of strategic benefit to the Company as it grows its North American and global presence. The Company will rely on Mr. Stanley's extensive knowledge of US law and regulatory environments to help negotiate what is expected to be an accelerated period of growth and increased capitalization. "We are honored to have someone of Mr. Stanley's wisdom and experience join The Spice Depot board," says Company President Danny Ferraro, "Notwithstanding the fact that his knowledge and depth of influence within the legal realm cannot be undere... (more)