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Robotics

+ - A truly globetrotter robot

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Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "A British robotic submarine, Isis, has a very busy schedule these days. Last January, it was taking a 3-week Antarctic dive. In May, it was exploring a giant canyon just off the coast of Portugal. Its next mission will be the exploration of the Whittard Canyon, another deep submarine valley, this time off the coast of Ireland. This deep-diving remotely operated vehicle (ROV) looks like a van. It is 2.7 meters long, 2 meters high and 1.5 meters wide, it weighs 3,000kg and can dive down to 6,500 meters. But this van has enough equipment to take high-quality videos of sharks appearing at an unusual depth of 3,600 meters... But read more for additional details about this robotic submarine and see how how it is equipped to take clear pictures in the deep ocean."
The Almighty Buck

+ - Lawrence Lessig to leave copyright sphere->

Submitted by brandonY
brandonY (575282) writes "The founder of Creative Commons, the Stanford lawyer behind the "Eldred v. Ashcroft" case, and the author of "Code" has spent the last 10 years working tirelessly on behalf of limited copyright terms, net neutrality, and the public domain. Tuesday, Lawrence Lessig announced on his blog that he has "decided to shift my academic work, and soon, my activism" from fighting the good fight for the public domain to fighting the good fight against corruption and the influence of big money's effects on legislation in general."
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Novell

+ - Novell Announces Real-Time Linux Enhancements and

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Novell today announced new enhancements to SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time and unveiled new partnerships that expand the ecosystem around Novell's low latency Linux solution. SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time, the only enterprise-class, open source real-time operating system offered by an enterprise Linux distributor today, is a high performance, customizable, fully supported solution for running mission-critical applications that require deterministic processing and speed."
Music

+ - Linux device makes good, better, Best

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Another Linux-based gadget has broken into the mainstream consumer electronics marketplace. The Sonos Digital Music System is now available in more than 450 Best Buy retail outlets, alongside Linux-powered classics like the TiVo, Linksys WRT54G (V1-3), and Sony HD TVs. The device lets you easily distribute music digitally throughout your home."
Software

+ - OSS becomes OSS - Too Late?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "4Front Technologies [http://www.opensound.com/] will finally license [http://www.4front-tech.com/hannublog/] their Open Sound System (the commercial version of the Linux kernel's old OSS audio drivers) under the GPL and CDDL. Maybe a little too late as ALSA has taken its place now. Developers may eventually change that again as OSS's API is much nicer to program for. The system setup is easier, too. But it will be a hard fight.

Official announcement tomorrow."

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Operating Systems

+ - When is it appropriate to go Web-Based?

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Nightlyfe
Nightlyfe writes "I work for a fair-sized resort that is currently exploring changing accounting systems. In our preliminary discussions, the controller asked us to look at web-based systems. I explained that this would seriously limit our options, and may have other drawbacks as well. Going to web-based applications has some serious advantages/disadvantages as I see it. Yes, all of your backup and security is someone else's responsibility, but on the other hand...*all of your backup and security is someone else's responsibility.* I've always felt that that's a pretty significant risk to take with corporate/business applications. We have the hardware and infrastructure in-house to handle an application suite for this, so what are the benefits to going web-based? What are the challenges we could expect to face? I'd really like to know if other slashdot readers have experienced similar situations and what they found out."
Communications

+ - Creative works killed by copyright laws->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Did you ever think you would live in a world where there would be illegal knowledge and culture? Where powerful corporations could dictate what music you could listen to or what books you could read? Where those same unaccountable corporations could dictate what kind of art could be produced in the first place? It might surprise you to learn that you are already living in such a world. With only some exceptions, everything on this site violates copyright laws. However, if you do look at it, you just might ask yourself why this should be, and you may wonder how our individual rights have been jeopardized, and may be jeopardized further with the invocation of even more draconian Intellectual Monopoly (property) laws. A day after Michael Geist talks about Dealing with Unlawful Content, now the question is how do you deal with Unlawful Content that shouldn't be unlawful?"
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