Hard drive giant Seagate Technology has filed a lawsuit against rival STEC Inc, claiming patent infringement. The Solid State Drive (SSD) war has begun.
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Jon Lech Johansen, better known to most as "DVD Jon" has been subpoenaed as part of the ongoing iPod/iTunes antitrust lawsuit.
Operating systems use a binary system to measure disk space, while hard drive manufacturers use a decimal system. The result - When you fit a 750GB drive to your PC and fire up your OS, you only see 698.5GB - a whopping 51.5GB short of what most people expect to see.
I've never hidden the fact that I consider rebates to be nothing more than a legalized scam. The customer pays full price for a product and is then faced with all the fun of filling out paperwork and jumping through a series of hoops (a bit like completing a tax return while running an assault course). If the customer completes all the challenges, there's a chance that they'll see their rebate check. If they stumble at any stage in the game, it's tough luck. Things are about to get worse - just in time for the holiday season.
I'm a firm believer that copyright laws are an essential tool in making sure that the creator of any piece of work (whether that work be analog or digital) gets a fair opportunity to make a living from their efforts. I also strongly believe that anyone who thinks that copyright laws are a bad thing has never actually created something and based their livelihood on that piece of work generating an income. However, I am also a firm believer in fair use and the fair application of the law, and the way that I see current copyright laws being used to criminalize minor copyright infringements bothers me a great deal.
Silicon Graphics Inc has emerged from bankruptcy protection and has slapped graphics chip vendor ATI with a patent infringement lawsuit.
Back in early November I covered a story about a Microsoft Xbox Live update which bricked at least one console. At the time a few readers commented saying that they wouldn't be surprised if this ended up in a lawsuit - well, they were right!
There's no better time to realize just how many EULAs (End User License Agreements), and just how incomprehensible they are, than when setting up a new PC. But does anyone actually bother reading them?
Microsoft is raking in $5 for every Android handset HTC sells thanks to a lucrative patent settlement, according to Citi analyst Walter Pritchard.
According to a letter sent from Apple to Lodsys, the firm behind the threatening letters being sent to app developers, devs are already licensed to use Lodsys patents.