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Neuroscientists Show How Brain Responds to Sensual Caress
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A nuzzle of the neck, a stroke of the wrist, a brush of the knee -- these caresses often signal a loving touch, but can also feel highly aversive, depending on who is delivering the touch, and to whom. Interested in how the brain makes connections between touch and emotion, neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have discovered that the association begins in the brain's primary somatosensory cortex, a region that, until now, was thought only to respond to basic touch, not to its emotional quality.

The new finding is described in this week's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

The team measured brain activation while self-identified heterosexual male subjects lay in a functional MRI scanner and were each caressed on the leg under two different conditions. In the first condition, they saw a video of an attractive female bending down to caress them; in the second, they saw a video of a masculine man doing the same thing. The men reported the experience as pleasurable when they thought the touch came from the woman, and aversive when they thought it came from the man. And their brains backed them up: this difference in experience was reflected in the activity measured in each man's primary somatosensory cortex.

"We demonstrated for the first time that the primary somatosensory cortex -- the brain region encoding basic touch properties such as how rough or smooth an object is -- also is sensitive to the social meaning of a touch," explains Michael Spezio, a visiting associate at Caltech who is also an assistant professor of psychology at Scripps College in Claremont, California. "It was generally thought that there are separate brain pathways for how we process the physical aspects of touch on the skin and for how we interpret that touch emotionally -- that is, whether we feel it as pleasant, unpleasant, desired, or repulsive. Our study shows that, to the contrary, emotion is involved at the primary stages of social touch."

Unbeknownst to the subjects, the actual touches on their leg were always exactly the same -- and always from a woman. Yet, it felt different to them when they believed a man versus a woman was doing the touching.

"The primary somatosensory cortex responded more to the 'female' touch than to the 'male' touch condition, even while subjects were only viewing a video showing a person approach their leg," says Ralph Adolphs, Bren Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Caltech and director of the Caltech Brain Imaging Center, where the research was done. "We see responses in a part of the brain thought to process only basic touch that were elicited entirely by the emotional significance of social touch prior to the touch itself, simply in anticipation of the caress that our participants would receive."

The study was carried out in collaboration with the husband-and-wife team of Valeria Gazzola and Christian Keysers, who were visiting Caltech from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

"Intuitively, we all believe that when we are touched by someone, we first objectively perceive the physical properties of the touch -- its speed, its gentleness, the roughness of the skin," says Gazzola. "Only thereafter, in a separable second step based on who touched us, do we believe we value this touch more or less."

The experiment showed that this two-step vision is incorrect, at least in terms of separation between brain regions, she says, and who we believe is touching us distorts even the supposedly objective representation of what the touch was like on the skin.

"Nothing in our brain is truly objective," adds Keysers. "Our perception is deeply and pervasively shaped by how we feel about the things we perceive."

One possible practical implication of the work is to help reshape social responses to touch in people with autism.

"Now that we have clear evidence that primary somatosensory cortex encodes emotional significance of touch, it may be possible to work with early sensory pathways to help children with autism respond more positively to the gentle touch of their parents and siblings," says Spezio.

The work also suggests that it may be possible to use film clips or virtual reality to reestablish positive responses to gentle touch in victims of sexual and physical abuse, and torture.

Next, the researchers hope to test whether the effect is as robust in women as in men, and in both sexes across sexual orientation. They also plan to explore how these sensory pathways might develop in infants or children.

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Dire CBO report projects US debt will double GDP by 2037
By Erik Wasson
06/05/12 09:52 AM ET

U.S. debt is on track to be nearly twice the size of the U.S. economy by 2037, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office warned Tuesday.

The new CBO report warns that increased entitlement spending driven by the retirement of the baby boomers and insufficient revenue is making the long-term outlook for the national debt increasingly dire.

Under CBO’s most likely scenario, in which lawmakers extend current tax rates and fail to curb entitlement spending, debt held by the public would reach 109 percent of the economy by 2026, and it would be almost 200 percent of GDP by 2037. 



Many economists have warned that if debt held by the public approaches 100 percent of GDP it can bring on the kind of fiscal crisis being felt in European countries today, in which governments must suddenly slash spending and lay off workers in the face of rising interest rates caused by spooked investors. 



CBO’s latest prediction is roughly similar to its 2011 report, despite the $2.1 trillion in budget cuts enacted in last August’s debt ceiling deal between the White House and Congress. 



CBO said last year that debt as a share of GDP would reach 109 percent of the economy by 2023—rather than 2026--and would approach 190 percent in 2035.



In its new report, CBO says that if policies in current law are continued, including allowing the Bush era tax rates to increase in January and going forward with automatic payments under Medicare to physicians, the debt path is less explosive. Debt held by the public rises from 73 percent of GDP this year to 61 percent by 2022 and 53 percent by 2037.



This prediction is slightly rosier than last year when CBO predicted federal debt held by the public would grow from about 70 percent in 2011 to 84 percent by 2035 under the current law scenario. The problem is that Congress is unlikely to allow scheduled spending cuts and tax increases, including an expansion of the alternative minimum tax, to take effect.

“The explosive path of federal debt under the alternative fiscal scenario underscores the need for large and timely policy changes to put the federal government on a sustainable fiscal course,” the CBO report urges. 



Tuesday’s report will likely provide additional campaign fodder for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his supporters, who are emphasizing the need to tackle the long-term debt as a way to create business certainty and boost jobs. 



Already Super PACs supporting Romney have been running television advertisements that blame President Obama for the exploding debt.



The White House has fired back that Romney’s fiscal plans would hurt the poor while protecting tax breaks for the wealthy, and has urged Congress to adopt a combination of spending cuts and tax increases.



CBO’s report focuses on Medicare and Social Security spending as major drivers of the debt increase.

Spending on healthcare entitlements in the report rises from 5 percent of GDP today to nearly 10 percent in 2037. Social Security grows from more than 10 percent of GDP to almost 16 percent in the next 25 years.



Obama last fall proposed modest cuts to Medicare to try to stabilize its finances but the White House has not put forth a specific Social Security plan.



The House-passed budget, authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) seeks to tackle Medicare by partially privatizing it. 



Future seniors would be given the option of receiving subsidies to buy private insurance rather than remain in the traditional fee-for-service program. 



Democrats say that this approach will actually increase costs and since the subsidies would be capped, would result in many seniors paying more for their healthcare. They are preparing to paint the GOP as ending Medicare “as we know it” in the fall campaign. 



The Ryan budget was also essentially mum on fixes to Social Security. Bipartisan commissions like the Bowles-Simpson commission have proposed lower cost of living increases and an increased retirement age to shore up the program.

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Putin says to push military ties with China

BEIJING | Wed Jun 6, 2012 7:31am EDT

BEIJING (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he will boost military cooperation with China, including holding more joint exercises, after the United States announced plans to shift most of its warships to the Asia-Pacific by 2020.

Putin referred to recent Sino-Russian joint navy exercises in the Yellow Sea as an example of military cooperation which, he said, would go on.

"We will continue cooperation also between our military," he told Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in Beijing, where he is attending a security summit and meeting his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao.

"Recently joint navy exercises were held in the Yellow Sea, and they were the first of such exercises. We have agreed with Chairman Hu that we will continue such cooperation," Putin said.

Chinese and Russian naval forces held six days of exercises in the Yellow Sea off China's east coast in April, with drills including anti-submarine operations and the rescue of hijacked vessels.

China deployed 16 ships and two submarines, while Russia sent four warships from its Pacific fleet, according to Chinese state media.

"We assign an important role to the joint initiative on strengthening security in the Asia-Pacific region and in this context we will maintain the relationship between our militaries," Putin said in an earlier statement.

"We favor the formation of an open and equal-minded security and cooperation architecture in the region, based on the principles of international law," he said.

China and Russia have forged close economic and diplomatic ties following years of hostility and suspicion during a large part of the Cold War, and both have looked askance at U.S. military involvement in what they view as their backyards.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Saturday the United States would reposition its naval fleet so that 60 percent of its battleships would be in the Asia-Pacific by the end of the decade, up from about 50 percent now.

China has long been wary of U.S. intentions, with hawkish voices in the People's Liberation Army saying that the United States was bent on encircling China and crippling its rise.

China's fast-modernizing navy has stirred worries among neighbors, including in Southeast Asia, where several countries are in dispute with China over territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Under the U.S. plans, Panetta announced the Navy would maintain six aircraft carriers assigned to the Pacific. Six of its 11 carriers are now assigned to the Pacific, but that will fall to five when the USS Enterprise is decommissioned soon.

The number will return to six when a new carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, is completed in 2015.

The U.S. Navy had a fleet of 282 ships as of March. That is expected to slip to about 276 over the next two years before beginning to rise toward the goal of a 300-ship fleet, according to a 30-year Navy projection released in March.


(Reporting by Gleb Bryanski; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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European Central Bank chief Draghi sees gradual recovery amid debt crisis; rates on hold

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Published: June 5 | Updated: Wednesday, June 6, 5:48 AM

FRANKFURT — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the bank is staying with its forecast for a gradual economic recovery this year in the 17 countries that use the euro.

He says, however, that Europe’s debt crisis means increased “downside risk” to growth.

Draghi made the remarks after the bank left its key refinancing interest rate unchanged at 1 percent. He said economic activity “remains weak, with heightened uncertainty weighing on confidence.”

Some economic indicators have suggested that the eurozone’s mild contraction will worsen this year. But the ECB left its growth projection unchanged at between 0.5 and 0.3 percent growth this year.

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The Gear, Gadgets and Weaponry of a D-Day Paratooper
By Jon Phillips
June 6, 2012 | 6:30 am
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Imagine the terror. You’re D-Day paratrooper, one of 13,000 soldiers who’ve dropped behind enemy lines to fight the Germans in Normandy. Your mission is to neutralize Rommel’s response to an Allied beach invasion that will occur in just a few hours, but you’re also desperate to survive.

There’s little comfort in combat, but you know your buddies have your back. You also vest confidence if your equipment. The army has loaded you to the hilt with gear, guns and gadgets, and any single piece of hardware could prove to be a life-saver.

Today, on the 68th anniversary of D-Day, we take a focused look at the gadgets and weapons American paratoopers took into battle. Their design is archaic -- a far cry from the nearly sci-fi weapons covered by Wired’s Danger Room. But it’s still instructive to revisit the gear our soldiers used in 1944. Each artifact speaks to the viscerally personal nature of war.

We thank the National WWII Museum for helping us with this photo gallery. Assistant Director of Collections Toni Kiser photographed each image, and Tom Czekanski, Director of Collections and Exhibits, helped explain the history behind each piece of gear.

Compasses

Two different types of compasses were issued for D-Day soldiers. A larger model was made especially for paratroopers, and was worn on one’s wrist. And then there was a class of much smaller compasses that could be, well, hidden just about anywhere.

On the left is one of the wrist models manufactured by a company called Superior Magneto. Officially, the compass was called “Compass, Wrist, Liquid-Filled.” The body is made of Bakelite plastic, and the needle tip was at one time luminescent. The white arrow on top is painted directly on the glass bezel.

The other three compasses were sourced from survival kits -- also known as “escape and evasion kits,” which we describe in the next slide. These devices were nowhere near as accurate as the wrist compasses, but were still useful if you needed to find your general bearings in a pinch. And because they were so small, they could be easily concealed in the event of capture. In fact, the escape compass came to be known as the “asshole compass.”

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Deadline Hollywood

‘Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ To Premiere In New Zealand On Nov. 28
By THE DEADLINE TEAM
Tuesday June 5, 2012 @ 5:09pm PDT
Tags: Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Warner Bros

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will have its world premiere November 28 in New Zealand — two weeks before its U.S. debut and on Jackson’s home turf. Warner Bros bows the film in the states December 14, 2012; the second film in the series, The Hobbit: There And Back Again, is set for domestic release December 13, 2013. New Line Cinema and MGM teamed on the movies, the prequels to the JRR Tolkein novels that begat Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Filming on the Hobbit movies is taking place at Stone Street Studios in Wellington and on location throughout New Zealand.

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on Jun 5th, 2012, 08:58am, WingsofCrystal wrote:
My adopted soldier sent me a note asking if I could send a card to his friend

"one of my friends was hit by an incoming rocket and isn't doing very good. I was gonna ask you if you could pass along his address at Walter Reed National Medical Center to maybe the letter writing team at Soldiers Angels. So they can send letters or flowers or anything to him and his family."

ATTENTION INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
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I know this is a UFO site but if any of you are so inclined, please send Gustavo a card and keep him in your prayers.

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I'm sorry to hear that. He'll be in my thoughts.


What an honor for this man:

D-Day: Statue of 'Band of Brothers' hero Richard Winters unveiled

(CBS News) Along the Normandy coast in Saint-Marie du Mont France, people gathered to unveil a statue to Maj. Dick Winters and to all junior officers who led American men on D-Day, 68 years ago.

Wednesday marks the 68th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe, D-Day.

On that day, 73,000-thousand American GI's stormed Normandy's beaches and helped save the world. But 13,000 paratroopers had already jumped behind enemy lines hours before.

Sgt. Bill Guarnere, now 89, was one of them. In June of 1944 Guarnere was a 21-year-old from South Philadelphia. He belonged to Company E of the 101st Airborne, nicknamed "Easy Company." None of them had ever seen combat.

Easy Company's commander had been killed in the jump. Lt. Dick Winters found himself in charge. The 26-year-old's first battlefield was part of the largest amphibious assault in history.

"He led us all the way," Guarnere said of Winters.

The heroics of Easy Company inspired the acclaimed HBO series, "Band of Brothers," based on historian Stephen Ambrose's best-selling book.

Eight hours after they landed, Winters led a dozen men in an attack in Brecourt Manor. Fifty German soldiers in trenches guarded an artillery battery and its four heavy guns shelling Omaha Beach.

Winters improvised an attack on a fixed position that's still taught at West Point. Easy Company destroyed all four guns. He personally seized military maps revealing the German army's positions all along the Normandy coast.

Winters was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army's second highest medal for valor. He retired to his hometown of Lancaster, Penn., and died last year at 92.

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on Jun 5th, 2012, 08:52am, WingsofCrystal wrote:
Dumb dumb dumb!

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So then..it's ok if 75 pound dog flies around the car going 70miles an hr in accident on the highway and kills a kid sitting that is buckled in?
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on Jun 6th, 2012, 12:17pm, philliman wrote:
I'm sorry to hear that. He'll be in my thoughts.


What an honor for this man:

D-Day: Statue of 'Band of Brothers' hero Richard Winters unveiled

(CBS News) Along the Normandy coast in Saint-Marie du Mont France, people gathered to unveil a statue to Maj. Dick Winters and to all junior officers who led American men on D-Day, 68 years ago.

Wednesday marks the 68th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe, D-Day.

On that day, 73,000-thousand American GI's stormed Normandy's beaches and helped save the world. But 13,000 paratroopers had already jumped behind enemy lines hours before.

Sgt. Bill Guarnere, now 89, was one of them. In June of 1944 Guarnere was a 21-year-old from South Philadelphia. He belonged to Company E of the 101st Airborne, nicknamed "Easy Company." None of them had ever seen combat.

Easy Company's commander had been killed in the jump. Lt. Dick Winters found himself in charge. The 26-year-old's first battlefield was part of the largest amphibious assault in history.

"He led us all the way," Guarnere said of Winters.

The heroics of Easy Company inspired the acclaimed HBO series, "Band of Brothers," based on historian Stephen Ambrose's best-selling book.

Eight hours after they landed, Winters led a dozen men in an attack in Brecourt Manor. Fifty German soldiers in trenches guarded an artillery battery and its four heavy guns shelling Omaha Beach.

Winters improvised an attack on a fixed position that's still taught at West Point. Easy Company destroyed all four guns. He personally seized military maps revealing the German army's positions all along the Normandy coast.

Winters was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army's second highest medal for valor. He retired to his hometown of Lancaster, Penn., and died last year at 92.

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Read the rest here:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57448042/d-day-statue-of-band-of-brothers-hero-richard-winters-unveiled/


Thanks Phil,

Richard Winters is AMAZING!!!!!! I have "Band of Brothers", wonderful series.

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on Jun 6th, 2012, 1:48pm, drwu23 wrote:
So then..it's ok if 75 pound dog flies around the car going 70miles an hr in accident on the highway and kills a kid sitting that is buckled in?
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Hi drwu23,

"Garden State drivers who fail to buckle up their cat or dog could face criminal charges as well as fines totaling up to $1,000, according to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission."

I just can't see people having to buckle up their cats, yorkies, etc.

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Hi drwu23,

"Garden State drivers who fail to buckle up their cat or dog could face criminal charges as well as fines totaling up to $1,000, according to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission."

I just can't see people having to buckle up their cats, yorkies, etc.

Crystal





I'm not a fan of silly gubbermint intrusion either but if I had an animal with me driving at highway or interstate speed you can bet your ass it would be restrained in some manner.
Imo it is as dangerous as the people who talk, text, and eat food when they drive.
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on Jun 6th, 2012, 10:43pm, drwu23 wrote:
I'm not a fan of silly gubbermint intrusion either but if I had an animal with me driving at highway or interstate speed you can bet your ass it would be restrained in some manner.
Imo it is as dangerous as the people who talk, text, and eat food when they drive.


Good morning drwu23,

That's good to know.

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Washington Post

Panetta meets with U.S. commanders in Afghanistan

By William Wan, Published: June 6

KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta landed in Afghanistan Thursday morning to confer with military leaders on plans to withdraw troops and deal with rising violence in the continuing war with the Taliban.

His visit to the capital came a day after a suicide attack that killed at least 22 civilians and wounded more than 50, and an errant NATO air strike that reportedly killed women and children in eastern Afghanistan.

Panetta called Wednesday’s suicide attack “much more organized than we’ve seen before.” According to witnesses, the first bomber on a motorcycle attacked a parking lot often used by NATO supply vehicles in southern Kandahar and a second bomber detonated as others tried to help the wounded.

But Panetta noted that despite the increase in recent weeks, overall violence was lower compared to previous years.

In comments before his arrival, he said the purpose of his visit was “to get a sense of just exactly what are the Taliban doing” and to get an assessment from U.S. commanders about how NATO will deal with the Taliban and the Haqqani network operating from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“I think it’s important to make sure we are aware of the kind of attacks they’re going to engage in as we go through the rest of the summer,” he said.

Panetta began the four-hour stopover meeting with U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and the U.S. commander of NATO-led forces, Gen. John Allen, who must withdraw 23,000 U.S. troops by the end of September, leaving 68,000 in country. According to the Obama administration’s plan, those departures will be filled by Afghan forces and U.S. advisory teams. Their performance will determine how commanders proceed with continuing withdrawals until the end of 2014.

Panetta was also expected to meet with Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak.

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In Battle With Oracle, HP Outs Customer Cell Numbers
By Robert McMillan
June 7, 2012 | 6:30 am
Categories: Hardware, Litigation, Microprocessors, Software

When Oracle announced plans to dump support for the Itanium microprocessor last year, it was inundated with hundreds of complaints from customers who found themselves using soon-to-be-obsolete servers built by Hewlett-Packard.

Now, thanks to HP’s legal team, you can find about 150 of these complaints online, complete with names, job titles, company names, email addresses, and, in a few cases, even mobile phone numbers belonging to the unhappy customers. The spreadsheet was filed on March 27 by HP’s attorneys as part of the ongoing legal battle between HP and Oracle over the Itanium processor.

Oracle still supports Itanium, but it is no longer porting new software — most importantly the upcoming 12c database — to the platform. HP sued Oracle last year saying that it is contractually obliged to do the port.

In the ugly dispute, the customer has often been collateral damage. In fact, that’s one of the themes that has emerged in the HP v. Oracle lawsuit, which is being tried in California’s Santa Clara Superior Court this week.

Oracle has borne the brunt of the customer outrage to date, and that plays out in the spreadsheet, which was originally emailed within Oracle by Christophe Lucet, a European Oracle employee who manages customer relations. He sent it to his boss, Oracle Chief Customer Officer Jeb Dasteel to let him know about unhappy customers, writing: “Naturally, this whole thing has been a massive distraction. HP have been very aggressive in terms of bombarding customers with communication and this is causing lots of Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt amongst customers which we can do without.”

In fact, that was HP’s stated strategy, which HP server chief David Donatelli summed up in a March 28 email as “customer outrage first.”

It worked. Sort of. Sales of Itanium systems dropped 23 percent over the past year, but customers are plenty mad at Oracle. The spreadsheet is peppered with complaints of anti-competitive or unfair business practices, with customers seeing the Itanium move as a strong-arm tactic to force them to buy Oracle’s recently acquired Sparc-based servers.

“Oracle’s announcement that it will no longer support the Itanium chip strikes me as an act of desperation,” writes an ERP manager with Bio-Rad Laboratories. “As an Oracle customer I’m sure it’s designed to force me into buying Sparc, but will have in fact the opposite effect. This seems like an anti-competitive act to [shore] up a failing product line.”

“It seems more like unfair business practices to pull support for Oracle on Itanium,” wrote one systems administrator with Abbott laboratories.

A list of disgruntled Oracle customers who use HP’s hardware would be pretty useful to a competitor such as IBM, which makes its own database, called DB2, along with its own server hardware. In fact, DB2 still supports HP’s Itanium servers.

HP entered the information into the court record to make a point in the trial, and Santa Clara Superior Court records are not only available to the public, they can be found on the web. “The list reflects customers who wrote to Oracle to express their outrage at Oracle’s anti-customer behavior by cutting off support for Itanium,” says HP Spokesman Michael Thacker. “The list shows the impact to customers, and evidences Oracle’s desire to move customers off Itanium and to Sun platforms.”

It’s not clear whether HP’s legal team tried to redact the customer contact information. But the judge in the case, James Kleinberg, “made it clear that the only items he would allow under seal were items around future product information or items around sensitive financial information from Intel,” says Thacker.

If Judge Kleinberg, refused to seal the customer information, that was probably a mistake, says Eric Goldman, a law professor at Santa Clara University School of Law.

If HP never actually asked to have it redacted, that was a “little sloppy” on the part of the company’s legal team, he adds. “The litigants are expected to redact confidential information in the documents they file,” he says. “Normally, the parties are overzealous about redaction, so it’s rarer to see an issue where confidential information leaked out.”

Either way, customers are the big losers.


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