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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)

Meet the Perens (Part 2): Secret preloads, Bitkeeper and TCO

(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)

RealNetworks Gives Microsoft a Billion-Dollar Antitrust Suit for Xmas

RealNetworks Inc, the Seattle digital media/streaming media company started by ex-Microsoft exec Ron Glaser, sued Microsoft for antitrust violations late Thursday in a California federal court, charging it with monopoly maintenance and demanding an injunction and damages that could total upwards of a billion dollars, the same number Sun Microsystems would like to realize from its pending antitrust suit against Microsoft. RealNetworks, which missed out on the Justice Department's antitrust suit against Microsoft, has been complaining to the European trustbusters about the software giant and, as a result, the EC is now threatening to force Microsoft to untie its Windows Media Player from its operating system and throw a chastening monkey wrench in Microsoft's whole historic business model. The 64-page suit is the first time Real has brought its grievances to an Ameri... (more)

Remarks Prepared for Delivery by Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey at the Tech Museum of Innovation

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a transcript of remarks prepared for delivery by Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey at the Tech Museum of Innovation: Good morning. The technological advances that have occurred over the last few years, and the ways in which those changes have affected our lives, are incredible. It's a pleasure to be in a room with some of the people responsible for those changes, and I want to thank you for being here today. But while we celebrate the positive contributions of technology, we can't forget that there's a dark side to almost every innovation. Every new technology we create can be abused -- whether it's a common identity thief looking for a new way to steal your bank account information, or an international terrorist looking to advance a murderous plot. So this morning I want to talk to you for a fe... (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)

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)

CA Replaces Tainted General Counsel

Computer Associates, the company the government calls "corrupt," has found a brave soul to replace its ousted general counsel Steve Woghin, who was left to the tender mercies of the federal prosecutors in mid-April, one of a bunch of senior people CA has sacrificed to the government's two-year investigation of its books. Woghin is believed to be the so-called "Executive E" mentioned in legal papers filed by the SEC. The SEC described "Executive E" as instructing other CA executives to lie to the company's outside law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, which was hired in 2002 to investigate CA's tainted accounting practices. Woghin has not been indicted; it is assumed "Executive E" eventually will be. Rumors suggest a whole swat of indictments will be handed out mid-summer. Anyway, Woghin's replacement is Kenneth Handal, currently associate general counsel for the... (more)

Ex-CA CEO Sanjay Kumar's Looking at Doing 100 Years

Related Links: "Not Guilty," Both Kumar and Richards Tell Judge Computer Associates Founder Charles Wang Government's Next Target Ex-Computer Associates CEO Sanjay Kumar could be sentenced to 100 years in the slammer if he's found guilty of everything he was charged with on Wednesday, according to the Justice Department. Not exactly a Martha Stewart reprise. Ditto the former head of the company's worldwide sales Stephen Richards. CA's former general counsel Stephen Woghin, who turned state's evidence and has reportedly been drawing the noose tighter and tighter around the necks of Kumar and Richards, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and obstruction of justice in federal court in Brooklyn Wednesday morning. He could get 25 years. CA, on the other hand, which turned a blind eye to the company's so-called 35-day month shenanigans until ... (more)

Cherokee Indians To Encircle Open Source?

Jeff Merkey, who used to be chief scientist at Novell and wrote NetWare's SMP kernel, calls open source a "socialist movement that's destroying the software industry in America." He's also convinced open source misappropriates other people's IP. But he thinks he's figured out a way to make it a commercially viable capitalist tool by letting the Cherokee Nation run it. Merkey has rewritten NetWare and merged it with Linux to create a distribution called GaDuGi, a Cherokee word for the work crews that used to engage in what we might call community service for the good of the whole tribe. He says he has turned GaDuGi over to the Cherokee Nation, which will hold the copyright. GaDuGi will be distributed under a new Cherokee Nation Open Source License that is still being written, but reportedly differs from other open source licenses in recognizing trade secret rights in ... (more)

Deep Web's New Open Source Intelligence Site To Provide Free One-Stop Shopping For Key Non-Classified Information

Deep Web Technologies’ (DWT) “open source intelligence” (OSINT) site at http://osint.deepwebtech.com/ is now accessible by the public free of charge. The user friendly site is maintained and was created by DWT, provider of federated search technology and solutions for accessing the deep web, and the company responsible for empowering the search capabilities of popular federal government-sponsored sites such as the highly praised Science.gov (http://www.science.gov). Open Source Intelligence is information collected from multiple publicly available, but often obscure sources, that is then verified or checked for accuracy, authenticity and validity to create usable intelligence. Sources for open source intelligence can include experts on any subject, in any language. In addition to common, public search portals, the information collected to create a ... (more)

FTC OKs Google-DoubleClick Merger

The Federal Trade Commission this morning gave Google a Christmas present and approved its controversial $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick over the objections of competitors like Microsoft, Yahoo and AT&T – and the massed privacy front. The 4-to-1 vote came after the head of the Federal Trade Commission, Deborah Platt Majoras, refused to bow to pressure from the Electronic Privacy Center (EPC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) and recuse herself from the agency’s review of the deal.  That review centered on the acquisition’s antitrust implications. Privacy concerns were not part of the decision. The FTC figures the deal is “unlikely to substantially lessen competition.” The dissenting voice belonged to commissioner Pamela Jones Harbour who said, “If the Commission closes its investigation at this time, without impos... (more)