Another one from the "benefits of the patent system" department: Fortune talks
with Seagate CEO Bill Watkins
about why that company is not worried
about the increasing popularity of flash-based solid-state drives.
"But in case flash prices continue to plummet and the flash drives
really do catch on, Watkins has something else up his sleeve.... Seagate
and Western Digital (WDC), two of the
major hard drive makers, have patents that deal with many of the ways a
storage device communicates with a computer, Watkins says. It stands to
reason that sooner or later, Seagate will sue - particularly if it looks
like SSDs could become a real threat.
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Following up on yesterday's item about the threats made by Sequoia Voting against Ed Felten: NJ.com reports
that plans for an independent audit of Sequoia's voting machines have been dropped. "Sequoia maintains the errors, which were documented in at least five counties, occurred due to mistakes by poll workers. The firm, which is based in Colorado, examined machines in Middlesex Count, and concluded that poll workers had pushed the wrong buttons on the control panels, resulting in errors in the numbers of ballots cast.
But officials found it odd that such an error never occurred before and the clerk's association wanted further testing.
On the advice of county's attorneys, however, [county clerk Joanne] Rajoppi said today she must forego all plans for independent analysis.
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Trade Shows and Conferences
on Novell's plans for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, as discussed at the
company's BrainShare 2008 conference. "The technical areas of
primary focus will be the mission-critical data center, the tools to allow
Unix-to-Linux migration, green IT, and continued work on the Linux desktop,
[CTO Jeff] Jaffe said. On the mission-critical data center front, SLES 11
will include automated and assisted self-healing capabilities, including
single-node clusters and automated hardware failure detection, he
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EFYtimes has an interview with KDE founder Matthias Ettrich
covering KDE history, his role at Trolltech, KDE 4, and more. "I mean, try to compare Windows XP with KDE 3: nobody in their right mind would choose Windows over GNU/Linux based on the desktop experience alone. The Web problem has also been solved. Microsoft clearly lost the Web war -- they failed to enhance the Web in a proprietary way. What remains are some legal issues on the multimedia side that can be mostly worked around, the office documents formats issue and the flood of applications that only run on Windows, mostly games.
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with the Linux Foundation's executive director Jim Zemlin.
"InfoWorld: So are Microsoft's days as the dominant provider of desktop and server and maybe even handheld operating systems numbered?
Zemlin: Monopolies don't last forever, so I mean, I think they've got a long way to go. It's just natural over time that people aren't going to allow a single company to dominate the market. But the more important thing that Microsoft I think is grappling with now, and you saw that recently they've opened up their protocols and they're trying to be a more open company, is they realize that there's been a fundamental shift in how companies create innovative products and compete in the marketplace. And companies are doing that through open and mass collaboration.
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kubuntu-de.org has an interview with Tobias König regarding Akonadi
, the new personal information storage facility for KDE 4. "At first the most important: Akonadi is not a groupware server! In contrast, Akonadi is an intermediate storage and abstraction layer for PIM data. This is similar to Phonon, for multimedia or Solid for hardware. Akonadi abstracts the access and maintenance of data for the rest of the system (i.e. the address book or the calendar). This is achieved by offering a common interface for all the data.
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ars technica reviews the newly-freed Komodo Edit release
. "Komodo Edit has a decent range of features that put it squarely between a conventional editor and a full-fledged IDE. The feature set includes basic project management, a snippet system, effective find-and-replace with support for regular expressions, extremely robust support for plug-ins and user modification, a tab-based multiple document interface, syntax highlighting and folding, code completion and tips, and basic code validation.
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