NewsBytes – Saturday 28th August 2010

XP RIP 25/10/01 – 22/10/10

It seems Microsoft is going to retire Windows XP on 22nd October – no, really this time! As reported by one of the few MVP’s I have respect for:

…Windows XP, up to this point, was one of the most popular versions of Windows and continues to dominate the desktop PC market.  However, Windows 7 is making steady progress to eventually overtake it…


To which I would remind everyone that it’s not surprising since the majority of new machines purchased will be Windows 7 OEM whether you like it or not.  (Read here for a related article)

Warner & Disney being original?

Maybe.  Its being reported that Disney and Warner are going after agencies that advertise on “illegal” Bittorrent trackers.  Since everyone else has failed to make a dent on the piracy issue, this latest tactic just won’t work.  By demonizing the file sharer with actions of the past, what has happened is a community has been created.  Just look at the way ACI or TBI are written about on the net.  In fact TBI seems to have pulled out of the file sharing “work” due to the massive bad press it generated.  I would say the file sharing community is now a rather powerful voice on the Net and its all been created (in my opinion) by the tactics of some instead of reasoned discussion at the time to find a solution.

Disney and Warner (I would expect) will find that the community “monster” they have helped to create will further turn against them and even if they were successful, does anyone really believe that in the absence of adverts trackers/indexers would disappear anyway?

Torrentfreak reports:

There have been many innovative anti-piracy strategies over the years, from simple scare tactics to high profile hammer-blow aggression, from ISP pressure to the more recent attempts at domain name seizure. This week, a new tactic has been witnessed in the United States – an attack on those who provide financing for file-sharing venues – the advertisers.


The LHC Lives on!

A lawsuit against the LHC has been rejected by a court in Hawaii.  Concerns in the suit about the dangers of the LHC are reported to have no evidence offered to back up them up.

Softpedia reports:

A Court in Hawaii has just rejected a new lawsuit brought against the Large Hadron Collider. The plaintiffs failed to produce any evidence that the machine is dangerous, the ruling says…….The decision was passed down on August 24, by a Hawaiian appeals court. The judges said that the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) could not be held responsible for any ill side-effects that may derive from using the LHC.


Microsoft and its phone skeletons?

Microsoft has phone woes? if it can’t sell you phones you want to buy it can jump on the coat tails of those that do (Android) since it doesnt appear that anyone is particularly excited about Windows Mobile 7.

Readers to Openbytes will have read my experiences of WinMob and maybe understand why Microsoft products (phone in this case) are not looked at too favorably.  Just remember, if you are at Redmond….Don’t mention the f’Kin phone and there will be a chair coming towards you on Mobile 7 launch day if you mention it!

Dr Schestowitz says in his report which covers these topics and much more:

…So, why is Microsoft so desperate to make Android Microsoft dependent? Well, it’s because their own phones are failing and market share is falling. Microsoft’s mobile reality is gloomy. Vista Phone 7 [sic] won’t change much, definitely not with its reliance on Silverlight..


You’re all sued! – Paul Allen shows you how to make friends?

Interval Licensing – a firm owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is allegedly suing Google, Apple and Facebook (and others).  No, not to become the most unpopular man in the IT but because its claimed they have violated patents.

The patents involved allegedly are:

— U.S. Patent No. 6,263,507, for “Browser for Use in Navigating a Body of Information, With Particular Application to Browsing Information Represented By Audiovisual Data.”

— U.S. Patent No. 6,034,652, for “Attention Manager for Occupying the Peripheral Attention of a Person in the Vicinity of a Display Device.”

— U.S. Patent No. 6,788,314, for “Attention Manager for Occupying the Peripheral Attention of a Person in the Vicinity of a Display Device.”

— U.S. Patent No. 6,757,682, for “Alerting Users to Items of Current Interest.”

(From Reuters)

Reuters reports that one of the named companies said:

…an unfortunate trend of people trying to compete in the courtroom instead of the marketplace.


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