Big batch of LD's going on auction

I'm putting up over 400 LD's for auction in the next week. If you're interested, tell me now :-).

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p>I am expecting to put them up on Ebay as one big lot. However, if somebody has a better idea, please let me know, I'm very open.

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Press: SCO may press Linux Patent Claims

An article in Linux Business Week's online edition is claiming to have seen an SCO press release about requiring a royalty payment of $96/CPU for all servers running non-SCO brands of Linux.

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p>They apparently claim that the license is required due to UNIX patents acquired by the company from Novell who acquired them from AT&T.

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p>There are further claims that IBM may have dissuaded them from following through on it.

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p>Ed. Note:Call me paranoid, but this is exactly the kind of move that Microsoft would love. Add to that the rumor that SCO will be using one of the anti-trust lawyers who played against MicroSoft and it is an interesting situation.

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Playstation 3 write-up at Inquirer

Sounds more like a supercomputer than a game machine, but here are the basics:"...the computers are made of cells, each one containing a CPU, which will probably be a PowerPC, and eight APUs (vectorial processors) each with 128K of memory.

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p> It will run at 4GHz, producing a not inconsiderable 256Gflops, with the cells connected to the central 64MB memory through a switched 1024 bit bus."

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p>Sounds like a total monster, not to mention a complete bear to program.

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p>Reade the entire article at the above link.

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Declaration of ICANN independence by Aaron

This is one of the better short statements about ICANN that I've read. Well thought out and to the point, it lists the various offenses of this offensive organization and serves as a call to arms (or keyboards) against the body.Read it Here

Teenager's Browser Quadruples Web Speed (or does it)

There are a number of sites that have picked up pointers to this article in the News Observer about an Irish lad who created a browser that quadruples web surfing speed over a standard modem link (and plays DVD's). I've yet to find independent corroboration of the claims by the browser's maker, but it sounds like it needs some investigation.

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p>Either way, the kid has made a lot of noise and (if you believe the story) a lot of code. 760K lines in 18 months. That's about 1500 lines of code per day.

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FavIcons (those bookmark icons)

This morning I decided I wanted little icons for my web pages, so I set out to put them online. There's information on the web, but some of the tools have gone missing. Here are my hints

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IBM #1 in patents Again

According to a CNet article, IBM will be announcing today that they have been issued over 3200 patents, putting them firmly in the #1 spot for 2003, in front of Canon (the #2 at just under 2000 patents).

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Interesting article on OSX X11

Linux Journal has published an article on Apple's new OSX implementation of X11.

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p>Discussion includes why and how, and some comments by Avie Tevanian.

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EFF & DMCA: Unintended Consequences

An article that appears on the EFF website describes the "unintended consequences" of the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act).

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p>Areas covered include:

  • Free express and scientific research
  • Fair use
  • Competition and innovation

An article worth reading. Then consider giving some money to the EFF (and maybe the ACLU). Don't forget to write your congresspeople and senators.

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A funny thing happened on the way to the printer

One of the things I was looking for at MWSF2003 was a good 11x17 full bleed photo printer. Here's what I found.

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