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(LinuxWorld) — Linux gets a lot of press these days, but much of it appears condescending and is more about the phenomenon of its emergence and growth than it is about the value and use of the technology. That may be about to change, and for the better. As a group, the so-called "mainstream press" often appears to favor Microsoft and show an appalling lack of technical depth in its enthusiastic repetition of the latest Microsoft press release. There’s been a lot of speculation on why this is and whether it even happens. So far, no definitive research provides answers one way or the other. I think there are two explanations. First, the press is largely the victim of a Microsoft marketing strategy that plays off of the social rules people learn in high school: Money and social skills define the in-crowd, and only nerds kvetch about the importance of better ... (more)

Linux.SYS-CON.com "Blast from the Past" No.1: Paul Murphy on Apache & Plan 9

How Apache & Plan 9 will defeat Microsoft's Passport: Dominance of Apache means Microsoft won't have the votes to enforce its approach (Linux.SYS-CON.com, 22 September 2003) ¡ª Linux gets a lot of press these days, but much of it appears condescending and is more about the phenomenon of its emergence and growth than it is about the value and use of the technology. That may be about to change, and for the better. As a group, the so-called "mainstream press" often appears to favor Microsoft and show an appalling lack of technical depth in its enthusiastic repetition of the latest Microsoft press release. There¡¯s been a lot of speculation on why this is and whether it even happens. So far, no definitive research provides answers one way or the other. I think there are two explanations. First, the press is largely the victim of a Microsoft marketing strategy that plays o... (more)

Linux in Government: A Growing Sector

On June 30th, IBM and two US Senators announced the initial deployment of a system to link local Mississippi law enforcements agencies to a single database of public safety information. The federally funded project will deliver public safety information across Mississippi to desktop and a range of mobile devices. The announcement, which included software vendor Tarantella, is additional proof of Linux's importance in the government sector. The State of Mississippi Automated System Project (ASP) will provide local officials with real-time access to public safety information including mug shots, arrest warrants, criminal intelligence, hazardous materials data and medical emergency protocols enhancing their ability to prevent and respond to incidents that pose a danger to the public. The project is expected to be fully deployed in October 2004. The system includes con... (more)

Microsoft Pays Off Lindows, Saves the Windows Trademark

Microsoft has settled the trademark infringement suit that it filed against Linux desktop start-up Lindows.com in December of 2001, the suit that Lindows cleverly managed to stand on its head and turn into an action challenging the legitimacy of the Windows trademark that Microsoft won from the Patent and Trademark Office years ago under cloudy, if not dicey, circumstances. Microsoft is paying Lindows $20 million to buy the Lindows.com name, although Lindows pretty much stopped using it a few weeks ago except in limited circumstances after Microsoft's lawyers basically got it kicked out of the Benelux. Instead Lindows changed its name and the name of its Linux operating system to Linspire. So now Lindows or rather Linspire is going to use Microsoft's own money to advance its position on the desktop. Lindows told the SEC this morning in an amendment to its IPO filing ... (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)

The World Hockey Association Hires Law Offices of Michael E. Kulwin in Nevada for Legal Defense and Counterclaim Against Nexus Asset Holdings, LLC and Global Developments, Inc.

VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/30/07 -- The World Hockey Association (PINKSHEETS: WHKA) today confirmed it has hired the Law Offices of Michael E. Kulwin in Nevada for its legal defense and upcoming counterclaim in US Federal Court against Nexus Asset Holdings LLC and Global Developments Inc. On February 16, 2007, The World Hockey Association (WHA) was named as a defendant in a complaint filed in the United States District Court of Nevada by Nexus Asset Holdings, LLC (Nexus), and Global Development, Inc. (Global). The complaint alleges a wide variety of actions on the part of the WHA and William R. Smith, Robert M. Hull, and Peter Young, all directors of WHA Corp. The WHA firmly believes that the allegations by Global and Nexus are without any merit. The WHA and the individual defendants, William R. Smith, Robert M. Hull, and Peter Young, will vigorously defend ... (more)

PR Newswire Summary of High Tech Copy, May 16, 2006

Following is a summary of high technology news releases transmitted today by PR Newswire. The full text of these releases is available at the PR Newswire for Journalists, http://media.prnewswire.com/. LATU064 05/16/2006 00:01 r f AZ-GeoQuest-Film-DVD (PHOENIX) ANOTHER ROAD HOME: Israeli Woman/Palestinian Man - Controversial Film Now on DVD! HKM008B 05/16/2006 01:11 r f PCNTF-Earnings (SINGAPORE) Pacific Internet Reports Strong Revenue and Earnings Growth HKTU001 05/16/2006 01:17 r f System-General-ITC (TAIPEI) System General Announces Judge's Initial Determination of ITC Investigation 337-541 SFTU061 05/16/2006 02:00 r f CA-ILOG-JViews-AJAX (SAN FRANCISCO) ILOG JViews Adds Industry-First AJAX Support for Enhanced User Experience UKM029 05/16/2006 02:03 r f Gemplus-SA (LUXEMBOURG) Oi Brazil Welcomes all New Subscribers With 128KB SIMs From Gemplus SFTU013 05/16/2006... (more)

Russian Drug Control Authorities Meet With IDenta Executives in Tel Aviv -- Testing IDenta Drug Detector Products for Inclusion in Russia's War on Drugs

JERUSALEM -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/05/08 -- IDenta Corp. (PINKSHEETS: IDTA) announced today that company officials met last week with leaders of the Federal Service of the Russian Federation For Narcotics Control (FSKN) and two additional Russian agencies interested in using IDenta drug detection products to help combat that country's very serious war on drugs. The meetings, held in Tel Aviv, included high ranking representatives of Russian Homeland security agencies and were arranged through the Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute, www.export.gov.il/Eng/, and the Israeli commercial attaché in Russia. "These meetings opened a vast new market for all of IDenta's drug and explosive detection products," proclaimed Yaacov Shoham, IDTA CEO. "The leaders of all of the Russian agencies attending were very impressed. We even discussed the possibility of devel... (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)

Hospitality Pavilion In Downtown Denver Will Serve 2008 Democratic National Convention

DENVER, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- A two-square-block hospitality village will arise west of Denver's Union Station during the Democratic National Convention in August, providing what may currently be the last best place still available for close-in meeting and event space within blocks of convention headquarters at the Pepsi Center. MorEvents, of Englewood, has secured the space directly west of Denver's Union Station, between 17th and 18th Streets. The global event planning company will erect The Green, a pavilion of clear-span structures that include numerous 40' X 40' hospitality chalets clients may reserve for the entire week and two major-event venues designed to accommodate from 200 to 1,500 guests. The Green also includes an exhibition area for 32 exhibitors as well as a common networking center and Internet café with open patio, bar and snack service, and pla... (more)

LECG Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results

EMERYVILLE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 07/29/08 -- LECG Corporation (NASDAQ: XPRT), a global expert services firm, today reported financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2008. LECG also announced today new expert additions in its New York City, NY office. As of the second quarter of 2008, LECG has organized its business into two segments: economics services and finance and accounting services (FAS). The company is reporting revenues, gross profit and certain operating metrics along these segment lines with the results issued today. Michael Jeffery, LECG chief executive officer commented, "We are disappointed with the quarter's revenues and earnings. These results were largely a reflection of revenue softness in the US which was partially offset by a strong contribution from our international businesses. The revenue decline was particularly... (more)