Begun, the Patent Wars have

“The implication here is really that there is a huge number of Linux users who will be required to pay royalties if this patent holder knocks on their doors in the US. This is definitely a major impediment to the growth of Linux and makes companies, including Google, that rely on open source code particularly vulnerable to patent threats.”

That is also the view of other industry watchers who expect a flood of lawsuits against companies who rely on open source code.

“Those looking to cash in on buried patents need only spend time poring over code and looking for infringements,” said Christopher Dawson of technology blog ZDNet.

via BBC News – Google fined $5m over Linux patent row.

So a bunch of bass-ackwards idjits in East Teast just handed IP lawyers their biggest payday in a generation.     Trust lawyers to end the joy and love that is Free Software.

Can Your Fear Me Now? | World | Now Taliban regrets cellphone disruptions

Mar 26, 2008 04:40 PM
THE ASSOCIATED PRESSKABUL–Taliban attacks on telecom towers have prompted cellphone companies to shut down service across southern Afghanistan, angering a quarter million customers who have no other telephones.

Even some Taliban fighters now regret the disruptions and are demanding that service be restored by the companies.

The communication blackout follows a campaign by the Taliban, which said the United States and NATO were using the fighters’ cellphone signals to track them at night and launch pinpoint attacks.

About 10 towers have been attacked since the warning late last month – seven of them seriously – causing almost $2 million in damage, the telecom ministry said. Afghanistan’s four major mobile phone companies began cutting service across the south soon after.

I could have sworn we defeated these terrorists a while back. I guess the modern tech is inspiring new thugs.

/headline blatantly lifted from discussion