Archive for April, 2006

Big Brother Bill is watching you

on Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Microsoft yesterday began expanding its anti-piracy program by quietly pushing out a software update that in many cases automatically scans Windows computers and reports on whether they are powered by unlicensed software.

Now big brother bill scans your computer and reports it back to Microsoft.


Microsoft pays $115 million of Copyright Infringement

on Friday, April 21st, 2006

A Texas jury has awarded $133 million in damages to David Colvin, after finding Microsoft and Autodesk guilty of infringing upon Colvin’s two software patents for software antipiracy protection. Colvin’s company, z4 Technologies Inc., filed patents for ‘passwords and codes assigned to individual software copies to prevent unauthorized copies.’ Microsoft was ordered to pay $115 million, and Autodesk $18 million for infringement of the product-activation schemes. A spokesman from Microsoft contends that ‘Microsoft developed its own product-activation technologies well before z4 Technologies filed for its patent.’ Appeals are expected.

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UMD died?

on Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

Reuters is reporting that Universal Media Disc, Sony’s PSP-only movie format, is about to kick the bucket. While the discs’ novelty factor resulted in strong sales shortly after the PSP’s May 2005 launch, interest rapidly dropped and movie companies are no longer interested in producing titles.
From the article:

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has completely stopped producing UMD movies, according to executives who asked not to be identified by name. Said one high-ranking exec: It’s awful. Sales are near zilch. It’s another Sony bomb — like Blu-ray.

No more .XXX

on Monday, April 3rd, 2006

From slashdot:

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has once again scrapped the plan for a new internet “domain” .xxx for pornography. Supporters of the .xxx address suffix argued that it would have helped to protect children and others from accidental exposure to internet pornography, particularly if stronger filters were used to screen out explicit material from other internet domains. Pressure from conservative Christian groups in the US, which has a veto over the internet addressing system, led the organisation last year to put off introducing a new “.xxx” domain for pornography on the internet. That drew international complaints that the US exercised too much power over the internet and added to a European-backed movement to shift control of the online medium to an international group

Well, I agree.