Daily News Brief: The Go for Broke Edition (Just Ask SCO)


Japan Sets Sights on Moon

Everybody's getting into the space race in some shape or form, and Japan joins a growing list of names seeking a lunar landing. JAXA, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, launched an H-2A rocket meant to help explore the Earth's moon. According to JAXA, it's the largest lunar mission since NASA's Apollo nearly 40 years ago. The 10 month mission hopes to learn more about the moon's origin and evolution.

No Net Taxation without Representation

But what happens when representation drags their feet? Potentially higher DSL and cable modem bills , that's what. Set to expire this November, the current moratorium keeps state and local governments from taxing any service that allows users to access online content. Some have proposed making the ban permanent, but so far, politicians haven't gotten on board with the idea, fearing states need the flexibility in evaluating whether collecting taxes is necessary or not. Various bills are being weighed in both chambers of Congress, including another four year moratorium, and time is running out. With just weeks before the deadline, oneon of the proposed bills have been voted on, and if that continues through November 1st, then expect to see some changes in your service provider's billing.

SCO Group Files Chapter 11

Most of us saw it coming, but today it's official: SCO Group filed for bankruptcy protection . SCO's three year suing spree over the use of its code in Linux hasn't panned out the way they'd hoped, which would have had SCO collecting royalties. But lost claims and counter-claims, mounting legal costs, and a recent ruling stating Novell as the rightful UNIX copyright holder have sent SCO's finances into a downward spiral, and that's before the 95 percent royalties SCO owes them. IBM had no comment following the announcement, though Novell stated, " We're assessing our options for how to pursue our interests. "

In Other Legal News

Fark.com , the popular news aggregator that posts stories ranging from humorous to bizarre, is attempting to track down and sue a man they claim tried to hack into their site and steal staff passwords. Site owner Drew Curtis says the hacker successfully infiltrated a moderator's email account, which he used to send other staff members forged emails imploring them to click on links that contained Trojan horse programs and other nasty code. Curtis beleives the snoop works at a Memphis television station, and has subpoenaed Comcast to identify the culprity. Undisclosed economic and punitive damages are being sought, and you can bet the outcome will make a Fark headline.

$100 Laptop Sees Another Price Bump

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project seeks to bring affordable notebooks and technology to developing or otherwise inpoverished countries, but the price keeps going up. What once started out at $130 quickly rose to $148, then $176, and are now slated to run $188 . Just how much higher will it rise? No more than $2, or so spokesman George Snell hopes, who said they're committed to keep in the cost from going above $190. Roughly $200 is still a bargain for a wireless capable notebook, but that's still double the infamous "$100 Laptop" moniker (which OLPC states as a longterm goal), and given the target audience, it could be hard to get governments on board if the price doesn't stabilize.

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