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People's Republic says it will purge self of illicit software

Quxy
Linux

Gong Xi!

I love Microsoft's heavy-handedness! I'm enthusiastically in favour of getting 100% of the people using Windows to pay for it.

Not, of course, that the BSA's fudged "estimates" of pirated software are worth putting any stock in. But as Jonah Greenberg pointed out, "Why should the masses bother with free software when stealing from Microsoft is practically patriotic?"

Here's hoping that this'll be the encouragement that China's Ministry of Information Industries needs to put some welly into their official position in favour of Linux.

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Google 'Instant Previews' hit Google Analytics with fake traffic

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Unhappy

Yet another annoying "feature"

I recommend using Ad Block Plus with the Element Hiding Helper to completely block those instant preview magnifying glass elements that are sensitive to clicking anywhere on the right side of the page.

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Windows hits 25

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Boffin

OS?

DOS ... is still a real mode only non-reentrant interrupt handler, and always will be.

--Russell Williams

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US smartphones – Once you’ve had Android there’s no going back

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Coat

You almost had me...

... until the line about "the same way that there was no going back once everyone had a PC with Word, Powerpoint and Excel on it".

WTF??

Mine's the one with the Nexus Two prototype in the pocket.

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Microsoft loses chief software architect Ray Ozzie

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Unhappy

The real question...

...is what took him so long? He certainly looked frustrated enough up on stage with Ballmer at a couple of the recent developer's conferences...

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Microsoft's fear of an OpenOffice

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A pretty good summary

"OpenOffice [is] little more than a rerun of the best and worst of Microsoft Office."

Yep, that pretty much sums it up. People use Office because they HAVE to, not because anyone actually likes its interface or horrible format-over-content paradigm. OO is just as horrible, but at least it works on more platforms, is more-or-less compatible with MS Office, and doesn't come with a price tag that adds insult to injury.

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Web marketers pledge easier targeted ads opt-out

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FAIL

Yeah, right...

A "pledge" from the Direct "legalise UCE" Marketing Association? This is going to be just as counter-productive as clicking on the "unsubscribe me" links in penis pill email spam.

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Las Vegas death ray roasts hotel guests

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Coat

Practical joke, indeed!

"Ah, I see. I hadn't correctly divined your attitude towards your tenants..."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2PyeXRwhCE

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Men sentenced to prison for Comcast hijack

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Unhappy

Dude...

...This is the Corporate States of America. They do NOT like you messing with their big companies!

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Google frees Gmail updates from Android

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Just another specialty app

Yawn. Updates to the Gmail app don't do anything for the 95% of the user base who don't entrust their personal or business email to the Chocolate Factory. Now if Google announced a clean, fast, stable email client that wasn't tied to their webmail service, THAT would be newsworthy (and welcome).

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4chan invades Tea Party website

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Yeah, 4chan used "We are legion"...

...as did the Gerasenes Demon 2000 years earlier. Since that connection seems to fit both 4chan and the Tea Party equally well, I say let 'em squabble over it.

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Bill would let feds block pirate websites worldwide

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Unhappy

The new boss != the old boss

Umm... because whatever other noble characteristics they undoubtedly possess, the current crop of clowns in Congress is VERY deeply in the pockets of Hollywood et al.

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Paul Allen launches patent broadside on world+dog

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Unhappy

...even as software patents go.

Agreed. Even if we set aside the debate over the value of software patents, it's incredible that any patent examiner who wasn't simply nailed to his perch could have done anything but stamp a big red "Rejected" on the front page of each of the four applications after reading the first few paragraphs. I've read a lot of patents, and I've never read so much vacuous, pointless twaddle as these.

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Nominet chief tells domainers to grow up

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WTF?

The "respectable end of the domaining community"?

Isn't that like the "respectable end of the spamming community"? In both cases, just because a particular practice is legal doesn't make it respectable.

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Flyover states up attacks on Craigslist

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Boffin

It's just you...

Less than half of the states listed are in the South. Only three of them (Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina) might be considered "deep South".

(Nor can more than half of them be considered "flyover states". This story probably has more to do with Election-season "tough on crime" self-promotion than with regional cultural attitudes.)

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Hurd's HP legacy: Dell racer, IBM chaser

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Boffin

HP != Hewlett-Packard

Agilent, not HP, is arguably Hewlett-Packard's successor. Given what the computing and printer division had become by then, 1999 was actually rather late to spin off Bill and Dave's own love into a company without the soap opera drama of Compaq. Yes, Agilent has had its ups and downs, but it's doing real R&D and producing real test innovation without the Fiorina and Hurd melodramas.

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Is it a phone? Is it a Taser? No, it's a cattle prod!

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FAIL

So, it's just a repackaged cattle prod...

...and except for the electricity, it's not much like a projectile-firing taser at all. Hog farmers and stockyard workers in Australia routinely use a legally-available cheap compact prod about the same size as a N1200, which should serve the same purpose as this "cellphone" shocker.

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MS confirms Windows shortcut zero-day flaw

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Unhappy

Yes, it IS a big deal.

It must be nice to work in an environment that takes security so seriously. Unfortunately, things are a lot messier in the real world. We design SCADA products, and many of our customers -- multinational energy firms included -- route SCADA over the public Internet. Worse, Windows-based SCADA control systems are ubiquitous in these unsophisticated IT communities. So, yeah, it IS a big deal.

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Russian spies dumped in Vienna after swap

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Happy

La fête fatale?

I'd submit that Anna might be better characterised as la femme fatale, although the whole saga might legitimately be described as une fête fatale. (Not 'a fete worse than death', mind, as that's strictly reserved for church fetes.)

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Motorola Flipout

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No kidding

Boy, I hope that it's more durable than the Twist...

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Hybrid hard drives: what's not to like?

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WTF?

X11 gobbles free memory?

Wow, I think that Xorg memory leak problem was fixed a donkey's age ago. I can't recall the last time I rebooted one of my Linux (Fedora, Ubuntu) notebooks for anything but a kernel update.

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Obama Twitter hacker avoids jail

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Boffin

Less egg on face here

Well, David Kernell's sentencing hearing isn't until 24th September, so he hasn't technically "got serious jail time" yet. But, yeah, since he's expected to get 15 to 21 months, your point stands. Not surprisingly, since the "damage" caused by this sort of prank is political embarrassment, the penalty is commensurate with how much embarrassment it caused.

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Google's Android market needs Jobsian strongman

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Apparently not...

Indeed, one of my big reasons for abandoning iPhone in favour of Android was its horrible reliance on iTunes. Talk about a nasty user experience...

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Software freetards demand axing of ACTA

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Shame on you, El Reg...

...for publishing an article that attempts to tar the critics of ACTA as "freetard" extremists.

In fact, the widespread criticism against ACTA from mainstream organisations in countries outside of the US and Western Europe has more to do with the way that ACTA and the way it is being developed circumvents legitimate multilateral forums such as WTO and WIPO to avoid global accountability, and seeks confrontation as opposed to cooperation, particularly with developing countries.

For an issue that's of such importance to the IT community, there's been little in-depth, fair-handed coverage of ACTA here.

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Apple reels as Steve Jobs Flashturbates

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Stop yer whinging...

...el Reg is an equal-opportunity tech basher, and Gavin's name got drawn from the hat to be fanboi Andrew's counterpoint.

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Fanbois howl over 'hang a lot' Safari 5

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Unhappy

Safari 5 Reader is nice...

...except that it doesn't do anything about the problem with Adobe Flash on OSX. Installed it, used it for five minutes, enjoyed the way Reader works -- and then had to do the usual force-quit dance because Flash had maxed out one of the CPUs. So, back to Firefox and NoScript. Until Safari can actually block Flash ads and popups (instead of just hiding them), it's pretty useless.

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Microsoft says XP netbooks die on October 22

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Boffin

Depends upon where you live

32% of all netbooks shipped worldwide in 2009 had Linux preinstalled. However, Linux accounted for only about 10% for netbooks sold in the US, largely due to a massive push by Microsoft in the last quarter of the year. For netbook sales in Asia in the first quarter of 2010, it appears that the Linux share was nearly unchanged. Unless Microsoft continues to sell Windows into the Asian market at a deep discount, it's likely that the Linux share in the price-sensitive Asian netbook markets is going to rise. This is particularly true in China, where the government is continuing to quietly invest in Linux-based computing infrastructure, which encourages consumers to look at Linux desktops more seriously.

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Quxy
Happy

Ask for a Windows refund

So far, I've been able to get Amazon to refund the cost of Windows on both netbooks I've purchased from them in the US.

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Washington cop tases naked lawn sex man

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Boffin

ID NOT required in either PA or WA

The police officer may have demanded an ID in this situation, but likely the two lovebirds were not legally obligated to provide ID. Washington isn't one of the 24 states that has a “stop and identify” statute (nor is PA, FYI); so unless Yelm has such a statute, the Supreme Court holds that persons are not obligated to identify themselves when detained by police. Additionally, there is no law in the USA requiring citizens to carry identification of any kind ("stop and identify" statutes require a person detained to identify himself to a police officer, and in some cases, provide additional information, not to carry or provide ID documents).

Of course, none of that has much bearing on whether or not sticking up for your rights in an encounter with the cops is worth the aggravation...

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Quxy
WTF?

ID?

Since when do residents of Washington have a legal requirement to carry or produce ID (except when engaged in activities like driving)? If the cop saw open containers of alcohol, perhaps he was looking for proof-of-age; but something smells fishy...

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Mr Ballmer goes to Washington for China pirate gripe

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FAIL

..or just report truthful numbers

Yawn. Every time Microsoft has trundled out their "counterfeit software" complaint in the past, it's turned out that their "counterfeit" figure includes ALL PCs not running licensed copies of Windows. You actually see a fair bit of Linux desktop use in China, so my guess is that this 79% figure is again padded to include non-Microsoft operating systems.

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Apple lifted 'make web go away' button from open source

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WTF?

And what is non-innovative about using OSS?

Eh? You write as if the proprietary closed-source nature of Windows is good for anyone. Apple's insight was that they could make a better commercial product by building on high-quality peer-reviewed OSS, and use their internal development resources for things like the UI where differentiation was important. And, no surprise, that's worked very well for them.

OSX incorporates well over 200 OSS projects. Unfortunately, Apple's token contributions back to these projects and the OSS community at large - let's not even get into KHTML, Safari, and WebKit - has always been a source of contention. At the point that Apple contributes something substantial back to the community that has been critical to the success of OSX, Stevie-boy can finally brag about Apple's "openness".

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Can Windows Phone 7 gain momentum with all eyes on Apple?

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FAIL

Yes, it IS the interface...

Since Android was intended to support vendor interfaces like SenseUI, it's not exactly a failure when it competently does just that. In any case, both user satisfaction surveys and the fact that in the first quarter of 2010 Android's US market share increased by 29 percent, while the iPhone's market share increased by 8 percent, indicate that actual users are quite happy with both Android and iPhone.

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ARM chippies cooperate on Linux

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Boffin

Umm, Linaro is not a distro

The article is more than a little misleading.

Linaro is NOT another distro, but rather a common software foundation and set of tools for other distributions to use. It is driven by silicon suppliers (the folks who make ARM-core chips), and provides a way for them to test their board support packages and make them available to device manufacturers, distributions and software developers.

All of the application software will be developed in the appropriate upstream open source project, and written for the target distro (Debian, Ubuntu, MeeGo, LiMo) that lands on top of Linaro.

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Quxy
Welcome

This will be good for Debian too

As a heavy user of Linux on ARM embedded processors, I welcome a distro project focused on that (huge) family of processors. At the moment, Linux on ARM is fragmented among several different development communities, depending upon architectural details (e.g. MMU vs MPU, internal vs external RAM, execute from Flash vs RAM, etc.) and the target market (e.g. multimedia, network device, smartphone, automotive, deeply embedded, etc.) for the specific variant. Hopefully this will bring some coherence to what has become the second most popular Linux target.

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Apple picks death not compliance for open source iPhone game

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Boffin

Just as anticipated by the FSF

No surprise here. As FSF pointed out at the beginning,

"In most ways, this is a typical enforcement action for the FSF: we want to resolve this situation as amicably as possible. We have not sued Apple, nor have we sent them any legal demand that they remove the programs from the App Store... The only thing we're doing differently is making this announcement. Apple has a proven track record of blocking or disappearing programs from the App Store without explanation. So we want to provide everyone with these details about the case before that happens, and prevent any wild speculation."

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74 Democrats defy Obama man's net neut plans

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FAIL

Of course they oppose it...

Because of the enormous public outcry against Wall Street, Congresscritters are being forced to (in public, anyway) endorse "financial reform". That leaves only the MPAA and telcos as money sources for the Democrats, so you can bet they're going to suck up to those industries for dear life.

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ISP slapped with $807,000 fee for 'groundless' spam case

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Unhappy

This is really too bad

Azoogle (aka Epic Advertising) is a well-known pain in the collective arse of the ISP community It's sad that Alex "Teflon" Zhardanovsky managed to weasel out of this one at the expense of a small ISP.

Zhardanovsky is no stranger to SPAM litigation: I recall that in pre-trial discovery in the infamous "Get a "Free" Plasma TV" spam case a few years ago, Azoogle admitted to hiring the Ralsky spam gang to sent out the spam.

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Google programming Frankenstein is a Go

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There's a lot to like about Go...

...particularly in the way they've implemented inheritance and interfaces, its clean syntax, and the way the language is (still?) pretty uncluttered (yes, I like the idea of a garbage-collected, concurrent C). I sure hope that they come up with some sensible solution to exceptions and generics, though.

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Google blames developers for lousy Android battery life

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I agree

I get better battery life with a Motorola Droid than I ever did with an iPhone 3G, for my normal mixture of all-day streaming audio, web browsing, and email usage. Perhaps this is simply due to better 3G coverage from Verizon than AT&T (i.e. lower radio power), but I have no trouble using 3G all day long on a single battery charge.

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Best Buy tech finds 'child abuse' wallpaper on broken PC

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Unhappy

"Innocent until proven guilty"?

How quaint. Yes, that's how it's supposed to work. However, child abuse/porn is such an emotionally charged issue that it's a rare DA who can approach such a case without bias or a politically-motivated agenda, and a rare investigator who will go to much effort to unearth evidence that might cast doubt on the obvious guilt of the perp.

No, if this guy is actually innocent, he'd better get a good lawyer to start an investigation of his own before the entire trail of evidence is destroyed.

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Microsoft fluffs boffins with supercomputer promise

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FAIL

'Fluff' is the key word here

The website referenced in the article contained no substantive information, just a few fluffy stories ('eradicate malaria!, simplify rocket science! more efficiently screw policyholders!'), and an unsuccessful attempt to install Silverlight. The 'please visit www.modelingtheworld.com for your ideas and feedback' yielded a black page which again tried unsuccessfully to install Silverlight.

The technical computing boffins *I* work with use Linux -- coz that's where the affordable supercomputing power is right now. To a person, they're also turned off by marketing hype, so Microsoft is unlikely to impress any of them with glossy websites that require unsupported plugins.

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Microsoft: 'Using IE6 is like drinking 9-year-old milk'

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Coat

Perth Pink

"This is a browser with a message in, and the message is 'beware'. This is not a browser for drinking, this is a browser for laying down and avoiding.'"

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Viewsonic VMP74 1080p media player

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HiSense is still ahead

Nice box. But its capabilities are eclipsed by the new HiSense MP801H (the successor to the MP800H previously reviewed by el Reg http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/1105/review_media_player_hisense_1080p/). For that matter, I think that once you install the latest firmware update, the MP800H itself edges out the VMP74.

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Adobe declares 'LOVE' for Apple

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Kicking and screaming, perhaps

As has already been pointed out, the UI in the Windows versions of Adobe products is pretty nasty compared to what the "Mac faithful" are accustomed to. Mac and Linux users have already been forced into that situation with Framemaker, and it's an unpleasant, frustrating experience.

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Quxy
Pint

Have a beer with that popcorn

Handbags at high noon?

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Google searches divine future unemployment rate

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FAIL

Figures often beguile me...

...particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."

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Nokia takes Apple to court, again

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Boffin

No surprise about Wisconsin

The Western District of Wisconsin has for years been a "magnet" jurisdiction, just like the Eastern District of Texas, because of the traditionally plaintiff-friendly juries in that district. Unfortunately for Nokia, recent Federal appeals court decisions make it easier for the defendant to transfer the case to a court more favourable to them (perhaps effectively signalling an end to "magnet" jurisdictions). If Apple can show "good cause" (e.g. key witnesses are in a different geographical area), and that its proposed forum is "clearly more convenient," then the case will likely be transferred (to the less-plaintiff-friendly Northern District of California, for instance).

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